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Photograph album of early Los Angeles, ca. 1925
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Description
Album belonging to Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes of Los Angeles, containing 87 black & white photographs documenting the early history and development of the city of Los Angeles.
Background
California historian, author, and civic leader. Mrs. Armitage S.C. Forbes (1861-1951), born Harrie Rebecca Piper Smith, was a major leader in the preservation of California historical sites in the 1930s, namely the Campo de Cahuenga site. She was instrumental in identifying the historic road linking the 21 California missions, and determining its name--El Camino Real--and also designed and cast in her own foundry the first bells used to mark the historic highway; she was known as the "Bell Lady," and "America's First Woman Bell Maker." Her books include California Missions and Landmarks: El Camino Real (1903), and Mission Tales in the Days of the Dons (1909).
Extent
1 album (87 photographic prints) : b&w, albumen ; 21 x 30 cm (album)

Photographs (20 x 26 cm) are canvas-backed; photographed captions along lower edge of photo, usually with date; most include photographer's name, "Graham Photo Co" and stock number; verso of each photograph numbered in ms. and signed "Forbes", with one photo signed "Wills & Forbes."

Bound in black grained leather album, secured with two large screw fasteners; owner's name and address gold-stamped on front cover: "Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes, 335 W. 31 St., Los Angeles"; manufacturer's label of Piltzer Mfg. Co. of Los Angeles on inside back cover; illustrated bookplate of Mrs. Forbes on inside front cover, signed by her.

Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige clamshell box, with spine title "Los Angeles Photographs."
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.