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Pictorialist Photographs of California Missions by Louis Fleckenstein
photCL 411  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pictorialist Photographs of California Missions by Louis Fleckenstein
    Dates: ca. 1920
    Collection Number: photCL 411
    Creator/Collector: Fleckenstein, Louis, 1866-1943
    Extent: 33 photographs in 1 box; photographs 13 x 10 cm. (5 x 4 in.).
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    San Marino, California 91108
    Abstract: This disbound album contains early 20th century pictorial photographs of California mission ruins taken by Louis Fleckenstein; most notable are San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Bautista, San Luis Obispo, and San Fernando Rey. Also included are photographs of smaller missions and Catholic churches, such as San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, and the Royal Presidio Chapel.
    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

    Pictorialist Photographs of California Missions by Louis Fleckenstein. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Partial gift from Jonathan Stein and partial purchase from Paul Kopeikin in August 1998.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Louis Fleckenstein was born in 1866 in Faribault, Minnesota and began a career as a painter. He began to delve into photography when his wife gave him a camera in 1895. Over time, Fleckenstein became involved in pictorial photography, focusing on the beauty of subject matter over reality. He founded the Salon Club of America in 1903, and was appointed Director. In 1907, Fleckenstein moved to Los Angeles and opened a portrait studio there. Seven years later, he founded the Camera Pictorialists of Los Angeles. Around 1920, he photographed the California missions, seeing them as good subjects in their ruined state for atmospheric prints; his photographs helped fuel the public’s interest in the missions’ romantic image. Fleckenstein moved to Long Beach in 1924, where he continued to work with pictorial photography until his death in 1943.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This disbound photo album holds pictorial photographs of Missions San Carlos Borromeo, San Francisco Solano, San Gabriel Arcangel, San Juan Capistrano, San Jose, La Purísima Concepción, San Luis Obispo, San Miguel Arcangel, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, San Antonio de Pádua, San Buenaventura, San Fernando Rey, San Francisco de Asís, San Juan Bautista, San Luis Rey, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Diego, and Santa Inés. Churches and missions that are also shown are Plaza Church (also known as the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels), the Royal Presidio Chapel (also known as San Carlos Cathedral), and San Antonio de Pala Asistencia.

    Indexing Terms

    California missions
    Catholic church buildings
    Mission San Antonio de Pala
    Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.)
    Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma, Calif.)
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Mission San Jose (Alameda County, Calif.)
    Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.)
    Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
    Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.)
    Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Mission : Calif.)
    Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Royal Presidio Chapel (Monterey, Calif.)
    San Antonio de Pádua (Mission)
    San Buenaventura Mission
    San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)
    San Francisco de Asís Mission (San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Juan Bautista (Mission : San Juan Bautista, Calif.)
    San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)
    Santa Barbara Mission
    Santa Clara Mission
    San Diego Mission
    Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.)
    Pictorial works