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Patton Family Collection of Photographs and Negatives: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Patton Family Collection of Negatives and Photographs
    Dates (inclusive): 1885-1945
    Bulk dates: 1895-1907
    Collection Number: photCL 282
    Creator: Patton family
    Extent: 16 boxes (7.73 linear feet)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Patton Family Collection consists of 156 glass plate negatives, 218 film negatives, 875 photographs, and a negative book, 1885-1945 (bulk 1895-1907), created and/or collected by members of the Patton family and friends. The collection provides an intimate look into the private lives of one of Southern California's prominent families around the turn of the twentieth century.
    Language: English.


    Advance arrangements for viewing negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs. The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Patton family Collection of Negatives and Photographs. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Anne Wilson Patton, 1957.

    Processing Information

    The glass plate negatives and prints made from those negatives were rehoused, numbered and arranged by Brita Mack and Jane Apostol in the late 1980s. Jane Apostol rehoused, numbered and arranged the remainder of the collection, and created the original Container List, in 2005. In November 2006, Sue Luftschein created this finding aid based, in part, on the original Container List.

    Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

    The collection consists of glass plate and film negatives, copy prints from these negatives, and original photographs. Boxes 1-2 contain the copy prints, plus some photographs for which there are no existing negatives. Original glass plate negatives are housed in boxes 6-12. Original film negatives, boxes 13-15, are housed in cold storage.

    Biographical Note

    In 1844, Benjamin D. Wilson, second Mayor of Los Angeles, married Ramona Yorba, daughter of Bernardo Yorba, a well-known land owner during California's Mexican period. After Ramona's death, Wilson married Margaret S. Hereford in 1853. He was the father of one son and three daughters. Mariona Wilson married James DeBarth Shorb (1842-1896) and Ruth Wilson married George Smith Patton (1856-1927) (one-time District Attorney of Los Angeles and the first Mayor of San Marino) on December 10, 1884. Ruth and George sired two children, George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) or "Georgie" and Anne Wilson Patton (1887-1971) or "Nita." George Smith Patton, Jr., General in the United States Army, became famous in World War II as "Old Blood and Guts."
    Patton and his family resided at Lake Vineyard, apparently built by Benjamin Wilson on 128 acres in the heart of present-day San Marino. This house, Lake Vineyard I, was torn down in 1910 to make way for a larger house, Lake Vineyard II, which was the site of planning sessions for the incorporation of present-day San Marino.
    Ann Wilson, Ruth Wilson Patton's sister, lived with the Patton family at Lake Vineyard and may have been the photographer for the images in the first four boxes of the collection, and was the photographer and creator of the photograph album in Box 5.
    The Patton and Banning Families, both prominent in the history of Southern California, shared a close relationship; Benjamin Wilson and Phineas Banning (founder of the Port of Los Angeles and of Wilmington, California) were business partners. George S. Patton, Jr., married Beatrice Banning Ayer.

    Scope and Contents

    The Patton Family Collection consists of 156 glass plate negatives, 218 film negatives, 875 photographs, and a negative book, 1885-1945 (bulk 1895-1907), created and/or collected by members of the Patton family and friends. The collection provides an intimate look into the private lives of one of Southern California's prominent families around the turn of the twentieth century.
    Boxes 1 and 2 contain copy prints of glass plate negatives taken by Ann Wilson, sister of Ruth Wilson Patton, and printed in her darkroom on the family's Lake Vineyard property. These photographs depict members of the Patton family and friends of the family; interiors of both of the Lake Vineyard houses in San Marino, California (Lake Vineyard I and II); views of the Lake Vineyard property; and photographs of the Patton family and friends on Santa Catalina Island and views of Catalina. Box 3 contains photographs of the Banning residence in Wilmington, California, along with images of the Patton and Banning families at family celebrations; and photographs (many created by studio photographers) of members of the Patton family, including George S. Patton, Jr.; Anne Wilson Patton; Ruth Wilson Patton; and George Smith Patton, Sr. Box 4 contains snapshots taken by an unidentified individual of (presumably) Patton family friends at various resort locations in California, including Catalina and Mount Tamalpais, as well as photographs of the Patton family at Lake Vineyard. Box 5 contains a photograph album created by Ann Wilson that contains images of members of both the Patton and Shorb families.
    In addition to the images created by Ann Wilson, the collection includes photographs created by Joseph Harrison Lamson, Frank G. Schumacher, George Steckel, and James D. Westervelt.
    Many photographs have annotations on the verso added in 1976 by Hancock Banning.


    The collection is generally arranged by photographer and subject. Copy prints of Ann Wilson's glass plate negatives form the first part of the collection, followed by copy prints of photographs taken by an unidentified individual. Box 5 houses a photograph album created by Ann Wilson.

    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    Index Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Banning, Hancock, Sr.--Photographs.
    Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927--Photographs.
    Lamson, Joseph Harrison, 1840-1902.
    Patton, Anne Wilson--Photographs.
    Patton, George S. (George Smith)--Photographs.
    Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945--Photographs.
    Patton, Ruth Wilson--Photographs.
    Patton, Susan Glassell--Photographs.
    Schumacher, Frank G., b. 1861.
    Steckel, Geo. (George), b. 1864.
    Westervelt, James D., b. 1844.
    Wilson, Ann.

    Family Names:

    Banning family--Photographs.
    Shorb family--Photographs.


    United States Military Academy--Photographs.
    Virginia Military Institute--Photographs.


    Long Beach (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Marino (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Sant Cruz (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Wilson, Mount (Calif. : Mountain)--Photographs.
    Tamalpais, Mount (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Wilmington (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.


    Dwellings--California--San Marino--Photographs.
    Horsemanship--California--San Marino--Photographs.
    Interiors--California--San Marino--Photographs.
    Military cadets--Photographs.
    Tennis--California--San Marino--Photographs.

    Document Types:

    Photograph albums.