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Historical Society of Southern California--Charles Prudhomme Collection of Photographs
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Index Terms
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

  • Overview of the Collection

    Repository: The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road,
    San Marino, CA
    91108
    Creator: Prudhomme, Charles J., 1854-1934.
    Title: Historical Society of Southern California--Charles Prudhomme Collection of Photographs
    Dates: 1870s-1933
    Dates: (bulk 1923-1933)
    Quantity: 3 boxes, 1.83 linear ft.
    Abstract: The collection consists of 249 black and white photographs (some exist in duplicate), 235 negatives, and 1 blueprint that depict sites primarily within Los Angeles and California, as well as people associated with the history of the Los Angeles region.
    Collection no: photCL 400 volume 4
    Language of Material: English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Charles J. Prudhomme (1854-1934) was born in Los Angeles, the son of Leon Victor Prudon (Prudhomme), a transplanted Frenchman, and Mercedes Tapia, a native Californian. Prudhomme’s father played a role in early California history, participating in the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. Prudhomme was the historian for Ramona Parlor 109, Native Sons of the Golden West, and collected historic relics related to California history.
    The Prudhomme Collection comprises one portion of the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) Collection, which was donated to the Huntington Library in 1992. The HSSC Collection as a whole contains approximately 15,000 photographs and negatives covering the period circa 1870 to circa 1980, and almost exclusively depicts Southern California. As such, it is an important visual record of the growth and history of the region.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of 249 black and white photographs (some exist in duplicate), 235 negatives, and 1 blueprint that depict sites primarily within Los Angeles and California, as well as people associated with the history of the Los Angeles region. Included are images of streets in Central Los Angeles including Olvera Street; Los Angeles parks and squares; adobes and homes in the Los Angeles area; and photographs of members of pioneer families associated with the history of Los Angeles and Southern California. These include Don Juan Bautista Alvarado, members of the Alvarado family, members of the Dominguez family, Senora Luisa Avila de Garfias, Don Juan de la Guerra, members of the Lugo family, Senorita Josephine Ocampo, Eugene R. Plummer and members of the Plummer family, Andrea Alvarado Rowland and Viola Rowland, members of the Sepulveda family, members of the Tapia family, Francisco Viejar, and Maria Ybarra de Lopez.
    Some images exist only in negative format; cards indicating this are interfiled within the collection of photographs. Negatives are housed in Box 3.
    The bulk of the photographs were taken by Charles J. Prudhomme.

    Arrangement

    The collection is generally arranged in subject order. The photographs in the first half of the collection are filed by geographic location, with Los Angeles locations first, followed by Los Angeles environs, the remainder of the state, and out of state locations. The second half of the collection consists of portraits; these are filed alphabetically.

    Index Terms

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

    Organizations:

    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs

    Persons:

    Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882--Portraits.
    Avila de Garfias, Luisa--Portraits.
    de la Guerra, Juan--Portraits.
    Ocampo, Josephine--Portraits.
    Plummer, Eugene R.--Portraits.
    Rowland, Andrea Alvarado--Portraits.
    Rowland, Viola--Portraits.
    Viejar, Francisco--Portraits.
    Ybarra de Lopez, Maria--Portraits.

    Family Names:

    Alvarado family -- Portraits.
    Dominguez family -- Portraits.
    Lugo family -- Portraits.
    Plummer family -- Portraits.
    Sepulveda family -- Portraits.
    Tapia family -- Portraits.

    Places:

    Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs
    La Puente (Calif.) -- Photographs
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Photographs
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- Portraits -- Photographs
    Los Nietos (Calif. : Township) -- Photographs
    Malibu (Calif.) -- Photographs
    San Fernando Valley (Calif.) -- Photographs
    Santa Monica Canyon (Los Angeles County, Calif.) -- Photographs
    Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs

    Subjects:

    Adobe houses -- California -- Photographs
    Historic sites -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs
    Parks -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs
    Streets -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs

    Document Types:

    Photographs.
    Blueprints.
    Negatives.

    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 400 volume 4, Historical Society of Southern California – Charles Prudhomme Collection, 1870s-1933.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to the Huntington Library by the Historical Society of Southern California, 1992.

    Processing Information

    The collection was organized, numbered and rehoused by Virginia Neely, August 1998; this finding aid was prepared by Sue Luftschein, February-March 2006.

    Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

    Box 3, negatives, is housed in Munger Cold Storage. Permission to view negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs.