Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein.
The Huntington Library August 02, 2006
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108


Overview of the Collection

Repository: The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108
Phone: 626-405-2180
Email: jwatts@huntington.org
Creator: Parker, Harold A. (1878-1930)
Title: Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies
Dates: ca.1900-1930
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet, 4 boxes
Abstract: The Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies consists of 96 hand-colored lantern slides and autochrome lantern slides, and 52 color transparencies, ca. 1900-1930, depicting, for the most part, unidentified houses, landscapes, plants and gardens in and around Pasadena; the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena; aerial views, presumably of Pasadena; mountain lakes and landscapes; desert landscapes and flora; the Grand Canyon, Pueblo ruins, and the Petrified Forest; unidentified landscapes; and the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Identification: photLS 402
Language of Material: English

Biographical/Historical Note

Harold A. Parker (1878-1930) was born in Iowa and immigrated to Pasadena with his parents in 1892 at the age of 14. He became interested in photography at an early age, and began working professionally in 1900. He opened his Pasadena studio in 1904 and operated it until his death in 1930 at the age of 52. Parker also operated a studio in the Tahoe Tavern at Lake Tahoe between 1908 and 1910, where he produced a number of images of the Tavern, Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding areas. Parker was noted for his photographs of California, especially his images of the California Missions and the Tournament of Roses parades; he was also responsible for the earliest aerial images of Pasadena. A commercial photographer, Parker worked as a contract photographer for the Pasadena Star-News Tournament of Roses edition, and took pictures of civic and social organizations, local retailers, and private individuals who commissioned him to record their gatherings, buildings, and various rites of passage.
After Parker's death in 1930, the studio was operated by his wife, Marjorie. Sometime in the 1930s, Dickson and Thurber Studios purchased the business and operated it until shortly after World War II when it was subsequently purchased by Lee and Mac. J. Allen Hawkins, who had worked for Parker as a teenager, purchased approximately 35,000 glass plates and negatives from Lee and Mac and moved them to his studio on North Lake Avenue, Pasadena. They were stored there until construction began for the 210 Freeway, when a large number were destroyed. Hawkins sold the remainder to a movie photographer who later gave them to Donald Parker, Harold Parker's son.

Scope and Contents

The Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies consists of 96 hand-colored lantern slides and autochrome lantern slides and 52 color transparencies (copies of earlier hand-colored photographs), ca. 1900-1930, depicting, for the most part, unidentified houses, landscapes, plants and gardens in and around Pasadena; the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena; aerial views, presumably of Pasadena; mountain lakes and landscapes; desert landscapes and flora; the Grand Canyon, Pueblo ruins, and the Petrified Forest; unidentified landscapes; and the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Many of the unidentified landscape images may depict Lake Tahoe and its environs.
The collection does not contain any of Parker's Tournament of Roses photographs.
It is not known whether Harold Parker traveled to San Francisco after the earthquake, and thus the attribution of the transparencies is questionable.

Arrangement

The images are arranged first by format: lantern slides and autochromes followed by color transparencies. Arrangement is by subject: identifiable images of Pasadena followed by images of mountain landscapes, desert landscapes, sites outside of California, and unidentified and miscellaneous images.

Related Material

See also:
Identifier/Call Number: PhotCL 402,
Title: Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Negatives, 1898-1949.
Identifier/Call Number: photCL 330,
Title: J. Allen Hawkins Collection.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Places:

Huntington Hotel (Pasadena, Calif.)--Photographs.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)--Photographs.
Pasadena (Calif.)--Photographs.
Petrified Forest National Park (Ariz.)--Photographs.

Subjects:

Architecture, Domestic--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
Bird's-eye views.
Desert plants--California--Photographs.
Deserts--Arizona--Photographs.
Deserts--California--Photographs.
Gardens--California--Photographs.
Gardens--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
Indians of North America--Antiquities--Photographs.
Lakes--Photographs.
Landscape--California--Photographs.
Mountain plants--Photographs.
Mountains--Photographs.
San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906--Photographs.

Document Types:

Autochromes.
Color transparencies.
Lantern slides.

Restrictions on Access

Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment.

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

PhotLS 402, Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies, ca. 1900-1930.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Roy Dickson, 1999.

Processing Information

The collection was numbered and rehoused by Sue Luftschein in August 2006. This finding aid was created by Sue Luftschein in August 2006.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

Arrangements for viewing the collection must be made with the Curator of Photographs.

 

Container List

Box 1, Item 1-12

Pasadena gardens and houses, undated

Note

[Number 1 depicts the John Henry Meyer Residence, "Villa Alegre," 1021 Oak Grove Avenue, San Marino, California; Marston and Van Pelt, architects; Paul G. Thiene, consulting landscape architect. Number 2 depicts the Charles S. Eaton Residence, 1161 Virginia Road, San Marino, California; Robert Farquhar, architect. Numbers 3 and 4 depict the garden of the Loring Residence, 700 South San Rafael, Pasadena; Myron Hunt, architect.]
Box 1, Item 13-17

Autochromes of Pasadena houses and gardens, undated

Box 1, Item 18

Huntington Hotel, undated

Box 1, Item 19-21

Aerial views of Pasadena taken from a balloon, undated

Note

[Number 20, portrait of Harold Parker.]
Box 1, Item 22

Eagle Rock, undated

Box 1, Item 23

Santa Barbara--Cross in the Cemetery, undated

Note

[Original number 1265.]
Box 1, Item 24-32

Mountain lakes, undated

Note

[Possibly Lake Tahoe.]
Box 2, Item 33-34

Mountain lakes, undated

Box 2, Item 35-46

Mountain landscapes; Streams and rivers; Waterfalls; Mountain skies; Geyser, undated

Box 2, Item 47-52

Trees, undated

Box 2, Item 53-59

Desert landscapes and flora, undated

Box 2, Item 60-63

Fields of wildflowers, undated

Box 3, Item 64-79

Grand Canyon, undated

Box 3, Item 80-81

Pueblo ruins, undated

Box 3, Item 82

Petrified Forest, undated

Box 3, Item 83

Solar eclipse, January 3, 1908

Box 3, Item 84-87

Unidentified gardens and plants, undated

Box 3, Item 88-92

Miscellaneous landscapes, undated

Box 3, Item 93-94

Miscellaneous, undated

Box 4, Item 95-147

San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Box 4, Item 148

Miscellaneous, undated