Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad, 1948-1954

Huntington Library. Photo Archives
Huntington Library. Photo Archives
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad, 1948-1954
Dates: 1948-1954
Collection Number: photCL 120
Creator/Collector: Schad, Jasper
Extent: 150 photographs in 4 boxes; prints mostly 31 x 25 cm. (12 x 10 in.) and 20 x 25 cm. (8 x 10 in.); 114 negatives 10 x 12 cm. (4 x 5 in.) or smaller, (6 deteriorated). See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: This is a collection of photographs of 11 California missions and their grounds, taken during a restoration period from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. Notable missions that are depicted include San Fernando Rey de España, San Luis Rey de Francia, Santa Barbara, and Santa Inés. The photographs were taken by Jasper Schad, except for two taken by Brother Barnabas of Mission San Luis Rey.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad, 1948-1954. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

Acquisition Information

Given by Jasper Schad in 1954, 1956, and 1961.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains photos of the restoration of some California missions and their surrounding lands from the late 1940s to mid-1950s. The missions that are shown in the photos include San Antonio de Padua, San Buenaventura, San Gabriel Arcángel, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Santa Barbara, La Purísima Concepción, San Juan Capistrano, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, San Fernando Rey de España, San Luis Rey de Francia, and Santa Inés. Unidentified mission photographs are also included. The photographs show a contemporary Native American village; a cemetery; restoration work in progress; restoration workers; fully restored mission buildings; contemporary building additions to the missions; mission dedication ceremonies; aerial views of the mission grounds; chapel interiors; branding irons; a confessional; a baptism fountain; a water spout; a lavendería; reservoirs; bell towers; furniture; mission ruins; and Goodwin Knight, Robert O. Schad, Joseph Scott, and Father Finbar Kenneally, all of whom appear once in this collection. Jasper Schad had indicated in an interview that he had taken these photos as an amateur during a trip his parents had taken him on to fuel his interest in history. The collection also holds ten non-mission negatives, all of which depict California locations; Mr. Schad mentioned that his parents had included these negatives in this collection because it was thought the negatives would be of interest to the Huntington. The negatives show Kennedy Gold Mine, Bale Grist Mill, the sitting room of Andres Pico Adobe, and an unidentified Ventura turn-of-the-century house. Some images exist only in negative format.

Indexing Terms

Architecture—Conservation and restoration
California missions
Historic buildings
Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.)
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Mission : Calif.)
San Antonio de Pádua (Mission)
San Buenaventura Mission
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)
Santa Barbara Mission
Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.)

Additional collection guides