Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein.
The Huntington Library November 10, 2006
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108
Phone: 626-405-2180
Email: jwatts@huntington.org


Overview of the Collection

Repository: The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108
Phone: 626-405-2180
Email: jwatts@huntington.org
Collector: Glendora Historical Society
Title: Glendora Historical Society Collection of B.D. Jackson Photographs and Negatives
Dates: 1893-1951
Dates: (bulk 1920s-1930s)
Quantity: 6.23 linear feet, 7 boxes
Abstract: The Glendora Historical Society of B.D. Jackson Photographs and Negatives consists of 1202 black-and-white and color photographs (including postcards, stereographs, mounted photographs, and photograph albums) and 202 black-and-white and color negatives created by B.D. Jackson and/or collected by Jackson, his wife Cora, and his stepdaugher Ruth, 1893-1951 (bulk 1920s-1930s). The collection provides a broad overview of the growth of many of the San Gabriel Valley's suburban communities as well as a survey of many notable landscapes of California and the American West. It also gives an overview of Jackson's career as a commercial, landscape, and scenic view photographer, and contains family photographs. The collection supplements and complements the B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs (photCL 332). Many of the negatives in the Jackson Collection exist in print form in the Glendora Collection, and many of the images in the Glendora Collection round out series in the Jackson Collection.
Identification: photCL 448
Language of Material: English

Biographical Note

B.D. Jackson (1850/51-1937) was born in Sullivan, Ohio; the "B" stood for Bradford, and the "D" came from his nickname Dan. He began his career as a portrait photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1901, in search of a better climate, he moved to Pomona, California where he purchased a portrait studio. In addition to portrait work, he began photographing the surrounding towns and the mountains and beaches of Southern California. Jackson lived and worked at various times in Pomona, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Hollywood, La Canada, Glendora, La Crescenta, and Glendale, all of which figure in his work. Eventually he gave up the portrait aspect of the business and concentrated on landscape views for the production of stereographs and postcards. As he said, "Views don't talk back."
Jackson was one of the first photographers to document the construction and completion of the Angeles Crest Highway, and his images of the Montrose-La Crescenta flood of 1934 were used by Los Angeles County officials to document the drainage patterns of the mountains.

Scope and Contents

The Glendora Historical Society of B.D. Jackson Photographs and Negatives consists of 1202 black-and-white and color photographs (including postcards, stereographs, mounted photographs, and photograph albums) and 202 black-and-white and color negatives created by B.D. Jackson and/or collected by Jackson, his wife Cora, and his stepdaugher Ruth, 1893-1951 (bulk 1920s-1930s). The collection provides a broad overview of the growth of many of the San Gabriel Valley's suburban communities as well as a survey of notable landscapes of California and the American West. It also gives an overview of Jackson's career as a commercial, landscape, and scenic view photographer, and contains Jackson family photographs. The collection supplements and complements the B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs (photCL 332). Many of the negatives in the Jackson Collection exist in print form in the Glendora Collection, and many of the images in the Glendora Collection round out series in the Jackson Collection.
The first part of the collection concentrates on many of the San Gabriel Valley's growing communities and scenic landscapes, including Glendale, Eagle Rock, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Pasadena, Glendora, and the San Gabriel Mountains. Photographs of Glendale, Eagle Rock, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, and Glendora include panoramic views. The Pasadena images include an early photograph album of Jackson's images of Busch Gardens, and views of Arroyo Seco Canyon. The photographs of Glendora include numerous residential street scenes, and views of the grounds of Judge Charles Silent's home. The San Gabriel Mountains photographs include a large number of the series of the newly-completed Angeles Crest Highway; views of Camp Coldbrook; Big Pines; and Mount Lowe and Mount Wilson (including many views of the Granite Gate on the Mount Lowe Railway).
Images of the San Fernando Valley include views of Sunland; Tujunga Canyon; the ruins of the St. Francis Dam; and Chatsworth Park Lake and Twin Lakes. Images of Los Angeles County include views of the Bernheimer Gardens in Pacific Palisades; views of Antelope Valley; and photographs of Vasquez Rocks.
Jackson also ventured beyond the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County for landscape views; these include views of Palm Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and Painted Canyon in Riverside County; Lake Tahoe and Palisades Glacier in the Sierra Nevada Mountains; Yosemite National Park; Mount Rainier; Yellowstone; and Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah.
The collection also contains work created before Jackson's move to California in 1901, such as "Jackson's World's Fair Views," a small photograph album of 26 views of the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, 1893); miscellaneous views of Lake Michigan; and portraits created in his Grand Rapids studio.
The latter part of the collection contains personal photographs taken by Jackson and members of his extended family. Included are a photograph album with snapshots documenting a number of the photographic trips Jackson took in the 1930s.
A presumably early photograph album showcasing B.D. Jackson's work can be found at the end of the collection. It contains 26 prints depicting primarily residential and commercial interiors.
The collection also contains miscellaneous manuscript material in the form of notebooks containing scraps of information on Jackson's stereograph series and real estate purchases.
In addition to snapshots taken by, presumably, Cora and Ruth Jackson, the collection contains images by Angeleno Photo Service, Frasher's Fotos, and "HWM."

Arrangement

The collection is arranged geographically and by subject. Original ephemeral materials have been placed at the end of the collection.

Related Material

This collection complements and supplements the B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs, also in the Huntington's Photograph Archives. It contains similar and related subjects, photographic prints of many of the Jackson Collection's unprinted negatives, and photographs of Jackson and his extended family.
See also:
Identifier/Call Number: photCL 332,
Title: B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs, 1903-1950s.

Index Terms

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

Persons:

Jackson, B.D.
Jackson, Cora--Photographs.
Green, Ruth Jackson--Photographs.
Silent, Charles, Judge--Homes and haunts--Photographs.

Organizations:

Angeleno Photo Service.
Frashers Inc.
Mount Lowe Railway--Photographs.
World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)--Photographs.

Places:

Angeles Crest Highway (Calif.)--Photographs.
Antelope Valley (Calif.)--Photographs.
Arroyo Seco (Calif.)--Photographs.
Big Pines Camp (Calif.)--Photographs.
Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)--Photographs.
Busch Gardens (Pasadena, Calif.)--Photographs.
Camp Coldbrook (San Gabriel Mountains, Calif.)--Photographs.
Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
Glendale--Photographs.
Glendora (Calif.)--Photographs.
Joshua Tree National Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
La Canada Flintridge (Calif.)--Photographs.
La Crescenta (Calif.) --Photographs.
Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Photographs.
Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
Mount Baldy (Calif.)--Photographs.
Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.)--Photographs.
Orange County (Calif.)--Photographs.
Palisade Glacier (Calif.)--Photographs.
Palm Canyon (Palm Springs, Calif.)--Photographs.
Pasadena (Calif.)--Photographs.
Red Rock Canyon State Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
Riverside County (Calif.)--Photographs.
Saint Francis Dam (Calif.)--Photographs.
San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
Santa Ana Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)--Photographs.
Sunland (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)--Photographs.
Tujunga (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
Utah--Photographs.
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
Wilson, Mount (Calif.)--Photographs.
Yellowstone National Park--Photographs.
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
Zion National Park (Utah)--Photographs.

Subjects:

Adobe houses--California--Photographs.
Cactus--California--Glendale--Photographs.
Campers (Persons)--California--San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
Canyons--California--Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Photographs.
Canyons--California--San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
Canyons--California--Riverside County (Calif.)--Photographs.
Children--Photographs.
Dwellings--Photographs.
Earthquakes--California--Santa Barbara--1925--Photographs.
Floods--California--La Crescenta--1934--Photographs.
Floods--California--Montrose--1934--Photographs.
Interiors--Photographs.
Joshua tree--California--Photographs.
Missions--California--Photographs.
Panoramas--California--Eagle Rock--Photographs.
Panoramas--California--Glendale--Photographs.
Panoramas--California--La Crescenta--Photographs.
Panoramas--California--La Canada--Photographs.
Yucca--California--Photographs.

Document Types:

Black-and-white negatives.
Clippings.
Leaflets.
Notebooks.
Notes.
Positives.
Photographs.
Photograph albums.
Postcards.
Snapshots.
Stereographs.

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

photCL 448, Glendora Historical Society Collection of B.D. Jackson Photographs and Negatives, 1893-1951.

Acquisition Information

The Glendora Historical Society donated parts of the collection in 1969; the remainder was donated by Mrs. T.F. Wettstein from the estate of Mrs. Max L. [Ruth Jackson] Green, November 1976. The provenance of individual items is unclear.

Processing Information

In November 2006, Sue Luftschein rehoused, numbered and arranged the collection, and created this finding aid. Some ephemeral materials were preservation photocopied during rehousing.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

The collection contains unprinted negatives. Arrangements for viewing these negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs.

 

Container List

 

Glendale

Box 1, Item 1-3

Panoramic views of Glendale, ca. 1915

Box 1, Item 3.1-3.2

Adobes, undated

Note

[Photographic postcards by Angeleno Photo Service.]
 

Eagle Rock

Box 1, Item 4-5

Panoramic views of Eagle Rock, ca. 1915

 

La Canada

Box 1, Item 6-14

Panoramic views of La Canada, 1911-1918, undated

Box 1, Item 15

First Community Church, undated

Box 1, Item 16-16A

La Canada garage, undated

 

La Crescenta

Box 1, Item 17-20

St. Luke's of the Mountains, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 1, Item 21-23

Montrose-La Crescenta flood, 1934

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 64 (1-40).]
Box 1, Item 23.1

Panorama of La Crescenta, 1920

 

Pasadena

Box 1, Item 24-32

"Photograph Postcards of the Busch Gardens, Pasadena," undated

Note

[Small photograph album with handwritten title page. For original negatives, see photCL 448 folder 9 (15-17).]
Box 1, Item 33

Tournament of Roses parade, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 9, folder 15.]
Box 1, Item 34-40

Arroyo Seco Canyon, 1930, undated

Physical Description: [Numbers 35-40 negatives only.]

Note

[Includes original envelope (eph 1).]
 

Glendora

Box 1, Item 41-46

Street scenes, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 12 (16-18).]
Box 1, Item 47-51

Judge Charles Silent's home, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 12 (19-40).]
Box 1, Item 52-56

Orange groves, 1911, undated

Box 1, Item 57

Glendora Citrus Association building, undated

Box 1, Item 58

Canyon scene, undated

 

San Gabriel Mountains

Box 1, Item 59-140

Angeles Crest Highway, 1931-1933

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 19 (74-78); photCL 332 folder 64 (41-89).]

Note

[Includes photograph album compiled by Jackson, and leaflet by Jackson (eph 2).]
Box 2, Item 141-191

Camp Coldbrook, 1911, undated

Note

[Seel also photCL 332 folder 19 (30-59). Original negatives for numbers 159-161, photCL 332 folders 19 (31, 34, 35).]

Note

[Numbers 145, 149, 171, 189 postcards addressed to or sent by Ruth Jackson. Numbers 147 and 148 depict B.D., Cora, and Ruth Jackson.]
Box 2, Item 192-202

Big Pines, 1930

Note

[Includes original envelope with Jackson's notes (eph 3). See also photCL 332 folder 19A.]
Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 203-211

Mount Lowe and Mount Wilson, undated

Note

[Number 205 souvenir postcard; number 206 photographic postcard by the Howland and Dewey Co.]
Box 2, Item 212-214

Mount Baldy, 1907, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 21.]
Box 2, Item 215-222

Miscellaneous San Gabriel Mountains, undated

Note

[Includes Mint Canyon, Switzer's Chapel, Orchard Camp.]

Note

[Original negatives for numbers 216, 217, 218, 221: photCL 332 folder 19 (1, 60, 62N, 118).]
 

San Fernando Valley

Box 2, Item 223-230

Sunland, February 8, 1931, undated

Physical Description: [Numbers 224-229 negatives only; number 230 positive.]
Box 2, Item 231-236

Tujunga Canyon, February 9, 1930

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 4 (7-10).]
Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 237-243

St. Francis Dam, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 31 (1-3.1).]

Note

[Negatives for numbers 239, 240, 241.]
Physical Description: [Numbers 242-243 negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 244-247

Chatsworth Park Lake and Twin Lakes, 1930

Note

[Includes original envelope (eph 4).]
Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
 

Los Angeles County Miscellaneous

Box 2, Item 248-248A

Pershing Square, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 40 (3-4).]
Box 2, Item 249

View from Griffith Park, undated

Box 2, Item 250

Elysian Park, February 23, 1930

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 2, Item 251

Sunset at Santa Monica, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 43.]
Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 2, Item 252-255

Bernheimer Gardens, Pacific Palisades, February 23, 1930

Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 256-258

Las Flores Canyon [Malibu?], February 23, 1930

Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 259

Avalon Harbor, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 33 (1-27).]
Physical Description: [Negative.]
Box 2, Item 260-263

Antelope Valley, undated

Box 2, Item 264-266

Noah Beery's Paradise Mountain Resort and Trout Preserve, ca. 1931

Note

[Souvenir postcards collected by Ruth Green? Number 266 has Noah Beery autograph addressed to Max Green.]
Box 2, Item 267-276

Vasquez Rocks, February 16, 1930, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 34 (12-14.2).]
Physical Description: [Numbers 267-275 negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 277

Agua Dulce Canyon, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 34 (1-1.22).]
 

Orange County

Box 2, Item 278-279

Santa Ana Canyon, undated

 

Riverside County

Box 2, Item 280-282

Palm Canyon, February 27-28, 1926

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 48 (28-59).]
Physical Description: [Numbers 281-282 negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 283-288

Joshua Tree National Park, January 26, 1930

Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 2, Item 289

Palms to Pines Highway, undated

Note

[Photographic postcard by Frasher's Fotos.]
Box 2, Item 290-299

Painted Canyon, undated

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 34 (15-19.23).]
Physical Description: [Numbers 295-299 negatives only.]
 

Kern County

Box 2, Item 300-312

Red Rock Canyon, undated

Note

[Original negatives for numbers 303, 305, 306, 310-310A, 311-311A, 312: photCL 332 folder 34 (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11.]
 

Santa Barbara Earthquake

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 30.]
Box 2, Item 313-318

Stereographs of the Santa Barbara earthquake, June 29, 1925

Note

[Original negatives: photCL 332 folder 30 (1, 36, 28, 35, 41, 46).]
 

Sierra Nevada Mountains

Note

[See also photCL folder 35.]
Box 2, Item 319-328

Stereographs of Lake Tahoe, undated

Note

[Original negatives: photCL 332 folder 30 (15, 18, 19, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, 35).]
Box 3, Item 329-334

Palisades Glacier, undated

Note

[Original negative for number 329: photCL 332 folder 35 (7).]
Box 3, Item 335-348

Souvenir views of Palisades Glacier and surrounding area, undated

Note

[Photographs by Frasher's Fotos and HWM. Original souvenir envelope and card for Glacier Lodge included.]
Box 3, Item 349-350

Temple Crag, undated

Note

[Original negative for number 336: photCL 332 folder 35 (9).]
Box 3, Item 351-352

Devil's Postpile, undated

Note

[Original negative for number 337: photCL 332 folder 35 (12).]
Box 3, Item 353

Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park, undated

Box 3, Item 354

Tourists, undated

 

Yosemite

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 23.]
Box 3, Item 355-355.1

Yosemite Valley, ca. 1904

Note

[See photCL 332 folder 23 (51, 55, 56).]
Box 3, Item 356-356B

Yosemite from Artist's Point, ca. 1904

Note

[See photCL 332 folder 23 (45-50, 53).]
Box 3, Item 357

El Capitan, ca. 1904

Note

[Original negative? photCL 332 folder 23 (40).]
Box 3, Item 358

Cathedral Rocks, undated

Note

[Original negative: photCL 332 folder 23 (28).]
Box 3, Item 359

Half Dome, undated

Box 3, Item 360-362

Waterfalls, undated

Note

[Original negative for number 361? photCL 332 folder 23 (35, 35.1, 35.2).]
Box 3, Item 363

Road to Yosemite Valley, undated

Note

[Original negative: photCL 332 folder 23 (83).]
 

Mount Rainier

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 57.]
Box 3, Item 364-365

Views of Mount Rainier, undated

 

Yellowstone

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 55.]
Box 3, Item 366

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, undated

Box 3, Item 367-367A

Yosemite Canyon and Falls, undated

Note

[Original negative: photCL 332 folder 55 (8).]
 

Utah

Box 3, Item 368-372A

Bryce Canyon, 1930, undated

Note

[Original negative for numbers 368-368A: photCL 332 folder 58 (16).]
Box 3, Item 373-374

Zion National Park, undated

Note

[Original negative for number 373: photCL 332 folder 58 (6).]
Box 3, Item 375

Cedar Breaks, undated

Note

[Original negative: photCL 332 folder 58 (17).]
 

Trees and plants

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 27.]
Box 3, Item 376-387

Yucca trees, undated

Box 3, Item 388-398

Joshua trees, undated

Note

[Number 397 includes B.D. Jackson.]
Box 3, Item 399-404

Palm trees, undated

Box 3, Item 405-409

Smoke trees, undated

Note

[Original negative for number 405: photCL 332 folder 27 (25).]
Box 3, Item 410-413

Cactus, undated

Physical Description: [Number 413 negative only.]
Box 3, Item 414-415

Pampas plants, undated

Box 3, Item 416-417

Desert cotton blow, undated

Box 3, Item 418

California Poppies, undated

Box 3, Item 419

Date gardens, Indio, undated

Note

[Original negative: photCL 332 folder 27 (21.1).]
Box 3, Item 420

View with pine trees, undated

Box 3, Item 421

Hydrangeas, undated

Box 3, Item 422

Oranges, undated

Box 3, Item 423

Trees in an orchard, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
 

Missions

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 18.]
Box 3, Item 424-424A

San Gabriel Mission, undated

Box 3, Item 425-428

San Fernando Mission, May 25, 1930

Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 3, Item 429-430

San Juan Capistrano, undated

Physical Description: [Number 430 negative only.]
Box 3, Item 431

San Luis Rey Mission, undated

 

Unidentified panoramas

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 17.]
Box 3, Item 432-436

Panoramas, undated

 

Unidentified landscapes

Note

[See also photCL 332 folder 17.]
Box 3, Item 437-457

Landscapes, undated

Physical Description: [Numbers 454-457 negatives only.]

Note

[No number 436.]
 

World's Columbian Exposition

Box 3, Item 458-481

"Jackson's World's Fair Views," 1893

Note

[Photograph album; includes cover and hand-written list of image titles (eph 5, 5.1).]
 

Miscellaneous

Box 4, Item 482-502C

Miscellaneous images, ca. 1900, undated

Note

[Includes mountain roads; panorama of McCalla Heights in East Los Angeles; unidentified residences; parade float; sunset; surf; animals; Lake Michigan; Monterey adobe; unidentified churches; unidentified portrait of a man; view of a pipeline; and master cut outs (negatives) for Christmas cards.]

Note

[Number 494, Moonlight on Lake Michigan, rehoused in box 5.]
Physical Description: [Numbers 500-502C negatives only.]
 

Family photographs

Box 4, Item 503

B.D. Jackson and unidentified man, undated

Box 4, Item 504

Cora Jackson, undated

Box 4, Item 505

Cora and Ruth Jackson, undated

Box 4, Item 506-518

Ruth Jackson, ca. 1900, 1903, ca. 1911, undated

Box 4, Item 519-524, envelopes 1-8

Green Family photographs, 1949, 1951, undated

Note

[Envelope 4P contains color photographs; rehoused in Cold Storage.]
Physical Description: [Envelope 8 negatives only.]
Box 4, Item 525-527, envelope 9

Max Green, undated

Box 4, Item Photograph album 1

Photograph album 1, 1929, 1930, undated

Note

[Loose pages from a photograph album with images of Arroyo Seco Canyon; Colorado Desert; Las Flores Canyon; Palm Canyon; Vasquez Rocks; Mint Canyon; Painted Canyon; Tujunga Canyon; and Redwood Highway. Taken on Jackson's photographic trips?]
Box 4, Item Photograph album 2

Jackson and Green Family photographs, 1923, 1915, 1934, undated

Note

[Includes photographs of Jackson's home at 710 East Elk Avenue, Glendale; and Jackson's studio in Glendora.]

Note

[Includes ephemeral materials, souvenir views of the Blue Ridge Parkway, souvenir postcards of Cincinnati, Ohio, and 19 loose pictures.]
 

Portfolio of B.D. Jackson's work

Box 5, Item Photograph album 3

"B.D. Jackson, Photographer," undated

Note

[Leather bound photograph album with residential and commerical interiors; residential streets; train station and dining car interiors; theater interior; Granite Gate (Mount Lowe Railway); orange and lemon trees.]
 

Manuscript material

Box 6, Item MSS 1

Notebook, undated

Note

[Lists of stereograph sets with numbers and titles; notes on business costs.]
Box 6, Item MSS 2

"18 x 28 Cottage", 1904-1924

Note

[Diary entries; expenses for cottage at 710 E. Elk Avenue, Glendale; expenses for other properties (Michigan Avenue and Penn Street, Hollywood lot); contract for purchase of Hollywood lot.]
Box 6, Item MSS 3

Unidentified notes and poems, undated

Box 6, Item Eph 8

Los Angeles Times clipping on St. Francis Dam disaster, March 25, 1928