Pictorialist Photographs of California Missions by Louis Fleckenstein: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Michelle Sanchez and updated by Diann Benti.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Pictorialist Photographs of California Missions by Louis Fleckenstein
Dates (inclusive): approximately 1920
Collection Number: photCL 411
Creator: Fleckenstein, Louis, 1866-1943.
Extent: 33 photographs in 1 box; prints 13 x 10 cm. (5 x 4 in.), album 18 x 25 cm. (7 1/4 x 10 in.)
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This disbound album contains 33 pictorial photographs of California mission ruins taken by photographer Louis Fleckenstein (1866-1943) around 1920; 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: English.

Access

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pictorialist Photographs of California Missions by Louis Fleckenstein, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

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

Biographical Note

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, California, 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 album contains 33 pictorial photographs of California mission ruins taken by photographer Louis Fleckenstein around 1930, including 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.
Item titles transcribed from penciled captions below photographs.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  
California missions -- Photographs.
Catholic church buildings -- Photographs.
Mission San Antonio de Pala -- Photographs.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Juan Capistrano -- Photographs.
Mission San Jose (Alameda County, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Mission : Calif.) -- Photographs.
Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Royal Presidio Chapel (Monterey, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Antonio de Pádua (Mission) -- Photographs.
San Buenaventura Mission -- Photographs.
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Francisco de Asís Mission (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Juan Bautista (Mission : San Juan Bautista, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Santa Barbara Mission -- Photographs.
Santa Clara Mission -- Photographs.
San Diego Mission -- Photographs.
Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Photograph albums.
Photographs.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Album

Box 1, Item 1

San Juan Capistrano - ruin.

Box 1, Item 2

San Luis Opispo - 1772.

Box 1, Item 3

Ruins of Soledad - 1791.

Box 1, Item 4

San Carlos Borrmo [Borromeo] - (Carmel) 1770.

Box 1, Item 5

Carmel (Belfry) - 1770.

Box 1, Item 6

San Antonio de Padue [Padua] - 1771.

Box 1, Item 7

San Antonio de Padua - 1771.

Box 1, Item 8

San Miguel - 1779.

Box 1, Item 9

San Miguel Arcangel - 1797.

Box 1, Item 10

San Luis Opispo de Toloso [Tolosa] - 1772.

Box 1, Item 11

San Carlos (Monterey) 1790.

Box 1, Item 12

San Juan Bautista - 1797.

Box 1, Item 13

San Juan Bautista.

Box 1, Item 14

Santa Clara - 1777.

Box 1, Item 15

San Jose de Gaudalupe - 1797.

Box 1, Item 16

San Francisco Dolores - 1776.

Box 1, Item 17

San Jose de Gaudelupe.

Box 1, Item 18

San Juan Bautista - 1797.

Box 1, Item 19

Sonoma Mission, 1823.

Box 1, Item 20

La Puríssima [Purísima] Concepcion - 1787

Box 1, Item 21

Santa Ynez - 1804.

Box 1, Item 22

San Diego - 1769.

Box 1, Item 23

San Buena Ventura - 1782.

Box 1, Item 24

Santa Barbara - 1786.

Box 1, Item 25

San Fernando Rey - 1797.

Box 1, Item 26

Queen of the Angels - Los Angeles - 1781.

Box 1, Item 27

San Gabriel - 1771.

Box 1, Item 28

San Juan Capistrano - rear.

Box 1, Item 29

San Juan Capistrano - Cloisters.

Box 1, Item 30

San Luis Rey - 1789.

Box 1, Item 31

San Juan Capistrano - 1776 front.

Box 1, Item 32

Pala - 1798.

Box 1, Item 33

San Fernando Rey - 1797.