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Historical Society of Southern California Collection—Ana Bégué de Packman Collection of Photographs and Papers
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Description
The majority of the Ana Bégué de Packman Collection consists of portraits of Southern California rancho families and their descendants, as well as photographs of the town of San Juan Capistrano and its environs, including Mission San Juan Capistrano and the adobe houses surrounding the mission. Also included are photographs, correspondence, maps, ephemera, and newspaper clippings related to Southern California ranchos and the Spanish-Mexican families who owned them, as well as Los Angeles during the late 1800s. Photographers include: Charles C. Pierce, Charles J. Prudhomme, Charles C. Puck, and Edward Vischer.
Background
Ana Bégué de Packman (1882-1973) served as the Secretary of the Historical Society of Southern California from the 1930s through the 1950s; she was involved in educational outreach programs, took part in speaking engagements, and supported restoration efforts for various California landmarks. Packman was also the curator of Casa Figueroa, a historic adobe built by Don Ramon Figueroa prior to the arrival of Anglo-Americans.
Extent
209 photographs total: 179 prints, 18 negatives, 9 stereographs, 2 tintypes, 1 glass plate. Prints 25 x 35.5 cm. (10 x 14 in.) and smaller. Collection also consists of correspondence, maps, ephemera, notes, and a name index.
Restrictions
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.
Availability
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.