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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: Owen C. Coy Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1888-1937
    Collection Number: P-035
    Creator/Collector: Coy, Owen Cochran, 1884-1952 Withey, Henry F. California State Historical Association
    Extent: 4.59 linear feet (Boxes: 11 letter)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Abstract: Photographs are primarily of California historic sites, landmarks, artifacts and events, including people who have contributed to the state's history. This includes images of California missions and Native Americans. Coverage includes the age of Spanish exploration, but the concentration is for the 19th and early 20th century. ca. 1888-1937, undated.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Owen C. Coy Photograph Collection. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    Owen Cochran Coy (1884-1952) had a long career as an historian. He was a professor of history at the University of Southern California from 1925-1950. He began his career as a history teacher at Eureka High School, 1909-1913. He served as the secretary and subsequently as director for the California Historical Survey Commission from 1915-1923. Following the commission’s administrative restructuring, he served as director of the California State Historical Association (CSHA) from 1923 to 1950. He served as a state technical director of the Historical Records Survey, W.P.A. in 1936. His publication work included book editing, such as Pictorial History of California, and editor for the CSHA serial publication, California History Nugget.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Photographs are primarily of California historic sites, landmarks, artifacts and events, including people who have contributed to the state's history. This includes images of California missions and Native Americans. Coverage includes the age of Spanish exploration, but the concentration is for the 19th and early 20th century. ca. 1888-1937, undated. The collection resulted from Coy's work as director of the California State Historical Association and its publication, California History Nugget, his involvement with the 1936 WPA Historical Records Survey, and his tenure as a USC professor. Copy prints were derived from C.C. Pierce, Keystone, Lester S. Ford, chambers of commerce, private firms, and others. Many are snapshots, perhaps taken by Coy, Henry F. Withey and others. Other images include clippings and postcards. See also Gen. Col. 1212 Historic American Buildings Survey, Southern California District 3. See also Gen. Col. 1003 - Owen C. Coy Collection

    Indexing Terms

    Historical Records Survey (U.S.)