Finding Aid for the Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight photographs 0321

Katie Richardson, Sue Luftschein
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.
USC Libraries Special Collections
September 2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0189
specol@usc.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Title: Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight photographs
creator: Knight, Carl W.
Identifier/Call Number: 0321
Identifier/Call Number: 149
Physical Description: 8.09 Linear Feet 15 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1920-1988
Date (bulk): 1920-1970
Abstract: The Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight's photographs consists mainly of photographs, negatives, and slides of portraits and scenic views of Missouri and Southern California. In addition to the images, there are a few textual items that include financial documents, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous ticket stubs and pamphlets that Knight collected. The date span of the collection ranges from 1920 to 1970.

Biographical note

Carl Wells Knight was born on March 24, 1885 in Springfield, Missouri to Emma Lamb Knight and George Wells Knight. He had one sister named Pansy and a brother named Harry. By trade, Carl was a professional photographer and owned a studio in Springfield, Missouri. During World War I Carl served in the military. Ultimately, he moved to California after completing his military service. Knight worked in both Los Angeles and San Diego photographing homes, commercial endeavors, and people's portraits. He operated a studio in San Diego with his partner, Sherman Trease, called the Trease-Knight Studio. He also worked for Stuart Studio in Los Angeles, California around 1936. Carl died on June 15, 1984 in Los Angeles, California.

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of photographs, negatives, and slides of portraits and scenic views of Missouri and Southern California. In addition to the images, there are a few textual items including financial documents, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous ticket stubs and pamphlets that Knight collected.

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight photographs, Collection no. 0321, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Acquisition

The collection was donated by former USC University Archivist, Paul Christopher.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Photographs
San Diego (Calif.) -- Photographs
Springfield (Mo.) -- Photographs
Ephemera
Negatives (photographic)
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Knight, Carl W. -- Archives

 

Slides 53487 circa 1960-1964

Arrangement

The slides were kept in original order and for the most part, the original file titles were used in describing the materials.
Box 1, Folder 1

Trip 53496 1960

Box 1, Folder 2

53497 1961 August

Box 1, Folder 3

San Fernando Valley 53498 1961 November

Box 1, Folder 4-7

Cats 53495 1961-1964

Box 2, Folder 1

53499 1962 January

Box 2, Folder 2

Clouds 53500 1962 March

Box 2, Folder 3

53501 1962 April

Box 2, Folder 4

53502 1962 April 7

Box 2, Folder 5

53503 1962 May

Box 2, Folder 6

Medals 27 53504 1962 May

Box 2, Folder 7

Rifle Range and Miscellaneous Slides 53505 1964 April

Box 2, Folder 8

Rifle Range 53506 1964 November 8

Box 2, Folder 9

Copy of slides and postcards 53507 undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Black and white old pictures 53508 undated

Box 2, Folder 11

Miscellaneous 53509 undated

 

Photographs and Negatives 53486 1916-1993

Arrangement

The photographs and negatives series was kept in original order and for the most part, the original file titles were used in describing the materials. The files are organized alphabetically with two subseries: portraits and rifle matches.
Box 2, Folder 12

Anderson Fence Co. 54446 undated

Physical Description: 13 photographs and 14 negatives
Box 2, Folder 13

Automobile 54493 undated

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 6 negatives
Box 2, Folder 14

Beach 54479 undated

Physical Description: 5 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 2, Folder 15

Camping 54486 undated

Physical Description: 12 photographs
Box 2, Folder 16

Central Meat Markets 54521 1936 April 26

Physical Description: 1 photograph and 4 negatives
Box 2, Folder 17, Box 10, Folder 4

Christmas Pictures from Pansy M. Knight 54498 1937-1969

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 8 negatives
Box 2, Folder 18

Cow and Baby 54522 undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 2, Folder 19

Couple 54485 undated

Physical Description: 3 photographs
Box 2, Folder 20

Dennstedt Company Portraits by Carl Knight 54461 1936

Physical Description: 37 photographs and 38 negatives
Box 3, Folder 1, Box 3, Folder 2

Documentary Scenes 54436 undated

Physical Description: Folder 1: 31 photographs and 25 negatives Folder 2: 16 negatives
Box 3, Folder 3-4

Early Missouri Work 54439 undated

Physical Description: Folder 1: 40 photographs Folder 2: 30 photographs
Box 3, Folder 5

Engagement 54489 undated

Physical Description: 30 photographs
Box 3, Folder 6

Family Group 54443 undated

Physical Description: 18 photographs and 2 negatives
Box 3, Folder 7

Groupings 54504 undated

Physical Description: 5 negatives
Box 3, Folder 8

Hillcrest Booster Club 54531 1936 April 9

Physical Description: 1 photograph and 3 negatives
Box 3, Folder 9

Hillcrest Business Association 54532 1936 June 12

Physical Description: 5 negatives
Box 3, Folder 10

Hillcrest Cafe 54533 1936 March 25

Physical Description: 1 photograph and 2 negatives
Box 3, Folder 11

Homes 54447 undated

Physical Description: 12 photographs and 2 negatives
Box 3, Folder 12, Box 10, Folder 1

Knight, Carl W. 54495 undated

Box 3, Folder 13

Miscellaneous Photographs 54505 undated

Physical Description: 2 photographs and 6 negatives
Box 3, Folder 14

Mission San Juan Capistrano 54492 undated

Physical Description: 2 negatives
Box 3, Folder 15

Missouri Springs 54499 1916 January 16-17

Physical Description: 2 negatives and 1 photocopy
Box 3, Folder 16

Outdoor Activities 54478 undated

Physical Description: 5 photographs
Map-case 5, drawer 3

Oversize Portraits 79728 undated

Scope and Content

Portraits of men, women, children, a school, a family, 2 men camping, and a train set.
Box 8, Box 9

Photographic Film 54651 undated

Physical Description: 27 film sheets
Box 3, Folder 17

Scenery 54477 undated

Physical Description: 50 photographs and 3 negatives
Box 3, Folder 18

Signed Work 54437 undated

Physical Description: 13 photographs
Box 4, Folder 1

Studio 54500 undated

Physical Description: 30 negatives
Box 4, Folder 2

Texas? 54480 undated

Physical Description: 44 photographs
Box 4, Folder 3

Training for Races 81242 circa 1930s

Physical Description: 7 photographs
Box 4, Folder 4

Unidentified Baby 78067 undated

Physical Description: 2 negatives

Note on back of the portrait:

18400 Paulson 36 vert bl. 799 6-21
Box 4, Folder 5, Box 10, Folder 12, Box 15

Unidentified Children 54483 undated

Physical Description: 22 photographs
Box 4, Folder 6

Unidentified Female 54506 1939 June 19

Physical Description: 2 photographs and 17 negatives
Box 4, Folder 7

Unidentified Girl 54507 undated

Physical Description: 2 negatives
Box 4, Folder 8, Box 10, Folder 12, Box 15

Unidentified Men 54482 undated

Physical Description: 23 photographs
Box 4, Folder 9, Box 10, Folder 3, Box 15

Unidentified Women 54481 undated

Physical Description: 47 photographs
Box 4, Folder 10

Water Activities 54484 undated

Physical Description: 20 photographs
Box 4, Folder 11

Wedding negatives 54445 circa 1930's

Physical Description: 6 negatives
Box 4, Folder 12

Weddings 54459 undated

Physical Description: 8 photographs and 2 negatives
Box 4, Folder 13

Winter Activities 54487 undated

Physical Description: 6 photographs
Box 4, Folder 14

Unusual Images 54444 undated

Physical Description: 22 photographs
Box 4, Folder 15-17

USC Work 54435 circa 1993

Physical Description: Folder 1: 22 photographs and textual materials Folder 2: 20 photographs and 19 negatives Folder 3: 12 photographs and textual materials
Box 14

[Miscellaneous photographs]

Physical Description: Mounted on glass.
 

Portraits 54603 circa 1930s-1954

Box 5, Folder 1

Allison, Beth 81524 Undated

Physical Description: 3 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 5, Folder 2

Anderson, Helen 81525 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 5, Folder 3

Ardaiz, Jose 81526 Undated

Physical Description: 2 photographs and 3 negatives
Box 5, Folder 4

Barker, Edma C. 81527 Undated

Physical Description: 5 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 5, Folder 5

Barney 81528 1936 June 28

Physical Description: 4 negatives
Box 5, Folder 6

Beckinam, Evelyn 81529 1939 May

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 5, Folder 7

Birmey, Walter 81530 Undated

Physical Description: 4 negatives
Box 5, Folder 8

Black, Mrs. E.C. 81531 1936 May 12

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 6 negatives
Box 5, Folder 9

Bone, Lilla 54501 Undated

Physical Description: 10 photographs and 10 negatives
Box 5, Folder 10

Brieglet, Dr. G. A. (1017) 54514 Undated

Physical Description: 2 negatives
Box 5, Folder 11

Buckingham, Mrs. S. E. (953) 54515 Undated

Physical Description: 3 negatives
Box 5, Folder 12

Callam Family 54518 Undated

Physical Description: 12 photographs and 12 negatives
Box 5, Folder 13

Campbell, Effie 54519 Undated

Physical Description: 6 photographs, 6 negatives, and 1 letter
Box 5, Folder 14

Cann, Dr. G.A. 54641 Undated

Physical Description: 2 negatives
Box 5, Folder 15

Carter, Lloyd W. 54520 Undated

Physical Description: 4 negatives
Box 5, Folder 16

Child Portraits 54442 Undated

Physical Description: 24 photographs
Box 5, Folder 17

Dennison, Fred 54523 1936 May 23

Physical Description: 2 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 5, Folder 18-19

Female Adult Portraits (2 folders) 54440 Undated

Physical Description: Folder 1: 31 photographs Folder 2: 70 photographs
Box 5, Folder 20

Gallington, Mrs. 54524 Undated

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 5 negatives
Box 5, Folder 21

Graham, Coretta 54662 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 5, Folder 22

Greer, Jim 54488 1954 December

Physical Description: 2 photographs
Box 5, Folder 23

Griffig, Mrs. John H. 54525 Undated

Physical Description: 5 negatives
Box 5, Folder 24

Haffeuhame, Edd? 54526 Undated

Physical Description: 7 negatives
Box 5, Folder 25

Hall, James, Mrs. 54527 1936 May 21

Physical Description: 3 photographs and 3 negatives
Box 5, Folder 26

Hanson 54528 Undated

Physical Description: 2 photographs and 6 negatives
Box 5, Folder 27

Harms, Edwin M. 54529 Undated

Physical Description: 5 photographs and 3 negatives
Box 5, Folder 28

Harner, Ella 54530 1936 June 10

Physical Description: 6 negatives
Box 6, Folder 1

Jones, Catherine 54534 Undated

Physical Description: 3 photographs and 2 negatives
Box 6, Folder 2

Kirby, Fama's Sister 54535 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 3

Knight, Maurice 54536 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 4

Lewis, Miss C. 54537 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 5

"Lovelly" 54538 Undated

Physical Description: 10 photographs and 13 negatives
Box 6, Folder 6

Male Adult Photographs 54441 Undated

Physical Description: 21 photographs
Box 6, Folder 7

Markle, Phyllis 54565 1936 July 22

Physical Description: 1 photograph and 4 negatives
Box 6, Folder 8

Martinez 54566 Undated

Physical Description: 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 9

McCallum, Alice Jean 54661 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 10

McHarg, Betty 54567 1936 April 11

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 11

Meredith, Jean M. 54659 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 12

Norris Wedding (?) 54568 1937 May 18

Physical Description: 3 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 6, Folder 13

Olson, Mr. and Mr. C. E. Keefe 54569 1936 May 28

Physical Description: 5 negatives
Box 6, Folder 14

Piteock, V. 54570 1936 May 19

Physical Description: 3 photographs and 6 negatives
Box 6, Folder 15

Pitts, Mrs. A. L. 54571 Undated

Physical Description: 1 photograph and 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 16

Ramsey, Mary 54572 Undated

Physical Description: 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 17

Roberts Family 54573 Undated

Physical Description: 16 photographs and 13 negatives
Box 6, Folder 18

Semison, Margaret 54574 Undated

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 19

Shaffer, Mr. 54575 Undated

Physical Description: 7 negatives
Box 6, Folder 20

Smiley, Georgia 54576 Undated

Physical Description: 2 photographs and 5 negatives
Box 6, Folder 21

Smith, Copy of Seal 54577 Undated

Physical Description: 2 negatives
Box 6, Folder 22

Smith, Mogel 54578 Undated

Physical Description: 5 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 6, Folder 23

Sutton, Mrs. P. 54579 Undated

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 6 negatives
Box 6, Folder 24

Thompson, Will 54580 Undated

Physical Description: 1 photograph and 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 25

Von Breton, C.H. 54581 1937 October 16

Physical Description: 6 negatives
Box 6, Folder 26

Walsh, Dorothy 54582 Undated

Physical Description: 1 photograph and 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 27

Wells, Mrs. H. E. 54583 1936 May 23

Physical Description: 5 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 6, Folder 28

Whitt 54584 1936 July 20

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 29

Wright, Ethel 54585 1938 January 1

Physical Description: 4 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 11, Box 12

Unidentified women [on glass]

Physical Description: Mounted on glass.
Box 12

Unidentified men [on glass]

Physical Description: Mounted on glass.
Box 13, Box 14

[Unidentified children]

Box 14

[Unidentified groups]

Physical Description: Mounted on glass.
 

Rifle Matches 54604 1933-1968

Box 6, Folder 30

California State Small Bore Matches 54467 1966 September 24-25

Physical Description: 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 31

Copy of Panel Group for Betty Duncan 54456 Undated

Physical Description: 1 negative
Box 6, Folder 32

Four men- 10 sec at F8 Ilford paper at rifle range 54465 1964

Physical Description: 2 negatives
Box 6, Folder 33

Glendale Rifle Club 54463 Undated

Physical Description: 22 negatives
Box 6, Folder 34

Gun Club Team 54457 circa 1963-1964

Physical Description: 7 negatives
Box 6, Folder 35

Los Angeles Rifle Club Westerns Nate Matches 54468 1966 May 7-8

Physical Description: 3 negatives
Box 6, Folder 36

Los Angeles Clubs (L.A. Rifle Club- Discard Negatives) 54455 1967 November 4-5

Physical Description: 5 negatives
Box 6, Folder 37

Mr. Knight and the United States and British Rifle Teams 54450 Undated

Physical Description: 4 negatives
Box 6, Folder 38

Rifle Club 54469 1965 November 6-7

Physical Description: 7 negatives
Box 7, Folder 1

Rifle Club Events 54448 Undated

Physical Description: 50 photographs, 9 negatives, and textual material
Box 7, Folder 2

Rifle Club Prints and Documents 54449 1946

Physical Description: 34 photographs, 20 negatives, and textual material
Box 7, Folder 3

Rifle Range 54451 Undated

Physical Description: 2 photographs and 5 negatives
Box 7, Folder 4

Rifle Range 54452 circa 1949-1950

Physical Description: 5 photographs and 4 negatives
Box 7, Folder 5

Rifle Range 54454 1968 May 4-5

Physical Description: 3 negatives
Box 7, Folder 6

Rifle Range- Pacific Coast Championship 54471 1951-1952

Physical Description: 3 negatives and 3 captions
Box 7, Folder 7

Rifle Range, Target, Dahlia 54460 1933 July 16

Physical Description: 3 photographs and 6 negatives
Box 7, Folder 8

Rifle Range Trophy Winners 54464 1963 November 3-4

Physical Description: 7 negatives
Box 7, Folder 9

Wheel Chair and Shooting Match 54438 1949 February 6

Physical Description: 19 photographs, 8 negatives, and 1 clipping
Box 7, Folder 10, Box 10, Folder 9

Financial Documents 54494 1913 - 1932

Physical Description: 4 negatives

Scope and Content

Includes deeds, contracts, and titles; business records, correspondence, and notes.
Box 7, Folder 11, Box 10, Folder 10

Miscellaneous Items from the life of Carl W. Knight 54502 undated

Scope and Content

Business cards, pamphlets, ticket stubs, and a commencement book from USC's graduation in 1960; a sign advertising the business and stationery.
Box 7, Folder 12, Box 10, Folder 7-8

Newspaper Clippings 54490 1989 - 1955

Scope and Content

Newspaper clippings mentioning Knight's work, cartoon clippings, and an article about Pansy, Knights sister's fifty year high school reunion; magazines and journals.
Box 7, Folder 13, Box 10, Folder 6

Photostat Corporation prices and photo-copying regulations 54462 circa 1944

Physical Description: 5 items
Box 7, Folder 14

Receipts 54496 1935-1961

Scope and Content

Receipts from photograph orders.
Box 10, Folder 11

Paul Christopher notes and correspondence 1987-1988