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Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches, ca. 1905
photCL 455  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches, ca. 1905
    Dates: ca. 1905
    Collection Number: photCL 455
    Creator/Collector: Unknown
    Extent: 21 photographs in 1 album; album 24.5 x 30 cm. (9.5 x 12 in.). See itemized list under “Additional collection guides.”
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    San Marino, California 91108
    Abstract: This photograph album is made up of early 20th century photographs of eight California missions, in both ruined and repaired states. The album also includes photographs of San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, and Catholic churches the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, and the Royal Presidio Chapel. Photographs of particular interest include images of tourists, Native American children, and Catholic nuns.
    Language of Material: English


    Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches, ca. 1905. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Brian Bartholomew in April 2003

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The missions that are depicted in the album are San Luis Rey, Santa Ines, San Fernando Rey, San Miguel, San Francisco Dolores, San Luis Obispo, San Gabriel, San Juan Capistrano, and San Carlos Borromeo. Other photographs also show San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels (also known as Plaza Church), and the Royal Presidio Chapel. Two photographs depict people alongside the missions: photograph (8) shows people going into the Mission San Francisco de Asís and photograph (15) shows two Native American children at Mission San Fernando Rey. One photograph of particular interest is that of a group of Native American school children with three Catholic nuns, who presumably may be their teachers. They are standing in front of an unidentified church building. Some of the photographs are faded or are peeling off the album pages and are bent. Charles Ironmonger is the only photographer that has been identified as a contributor to this album; all other photographers have not been identified.

    Indexing Terms

    California missions
    Catholic church buildings
    Indian school children
    Indians of North America--California
    Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.)
    Mission San Antonio de Pala
    Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.)
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
    Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.)
    Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Royal Presidio Chapel (Monterey, Calif.)
    San Diego Mission
    San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)
    San Francisco de Asís Mission (San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)
    Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.)
    Photograph Albums

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