The J. Allen Hawkins Studio Collection of Negatives consists of 3027 negatives and 3607 prints (both vintage prints and copy
prints), 1924-1972, that depict commercial sites, residences, and other subjects
in and around Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. The images provide a look at the commercial,
residential, social, and cultural development of Pasadena and surrounding areas during
the middle years of the twentieth century. The collection also provides, through its breadth and depth of subject matter,
an example of the career activities of a commercial photographer in Southern California
in the early years of the twentieth century. Some of the early photographs may be attributable to Harold A. Parker.
J. Allen Hawkins (1915-1986) was born and raised in Pasadena, California. He developed an interest in photography at an early
age, performing odd jobs for local photographers Frederick W. Martin, E. Willard Spur,
and Harold A. Parker. Hawkins bought his first camera at the age of 10, and opened his first studio, in his parents' house,
at the age of 18.
50 boxes (23.66 linear feet)
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