UCLA Catalog Record ID
Scope and Content
Title: Barlow Medical Library Construction Photographs,
Date (inclusive): 1906-1907
Collection number: 409
Creator: Farquhar, Robert D. 1872-1967
Extent: 1 document box
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: A collection of photographs (positives and negatives)
taken during the construction of the Barlow Medical Library building in Los
Angeles during 1906-1907 by the architect, Robert D. Farquhar, or his
Physical location: History and Special Collections Division,
Biomedical Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical
Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and
their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission
to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.
[Identification of item], Barlow Medical Library construction photographs (Manuscript collection 409). Louise M. Darling Biomedical
Library History and Special Collections
Division, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
The photographs were purchased by the UCLA Biomedical Library in 2006 from
Ricardo Bandini Johnson, whose family had obtained them from Robert D. Farquhar,
architect of the Barlow Medical Library building.
As a service to the students of the College of Medicine, University of
Southern California, of which he was a faculty member, and to the practicing
physicians of Los Angeles, Dr. Walter Jarvis Barlow funded the construction of a
handsome domed building just across the street from the College to house a
medical library open to all members of the medical profession. The building was
dedicated in 1907 and deeded by Dr. Barlow to the Los Angeles College Clinical
Association (a non-profit holding corporation of the College of Medicine).
Control and management of the library collection was vested in the Board of
Trustees of the Barlow Medical Library Association.
In 1909 the College of Medicine changed its affiliation to become part of the
University of California, with the buildings including the Barlow Library
building deeded to the University of California. The Barlow Medical Library
Associates continued to run the Library and retained ownership of its books and
journals. On November 7, 1932, the Board of Trustees of the Barlow Medical
Library Association adopted resolutions providing for the transfer of the books
and journals of the Barlow Medical Library to the Los Angeles County Medical
Association, and by December 1934 that transfer was completed.
The building was sold and torn down in the 1950's. In 1958 money from this
sale established the Walter Jarvis Barlow History of Medicine Collection Fund in
the History and Special Collections Division of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical
Library, for the purchase of secondary historical materials.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of 56 original and 6 additional duplicate 3x4"
prints, and 62 original 3x4" negatives. The photographs depict the exterior of
the Barlow Medical Library building during various phases of construction and
after completion, and some views of the completed interior.
Also included is a two-page article from "The Pacific Outlook", titled: "Dr.
Barlow's great gift; new home for a medical library, built by a Los Angeles
philanthropist, nearly ready for occupancy", and three envelopes from the
photo-finishing shop that processed the prints.
UCLA Biomedical Library Manuscript Collection #93: Barlow Medical Library
UCLA Biomedical Library Manuscript Collection #134: Barlow Medical Library
ephemera and papers separated from books in the Barlow Medical Library
UCLA Young Research Library Department of Special Collections Collection
#1578: Robert D. Farquhar architectural drawings.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Library (Los Angeles) -- Archives
Los Angeles College
Clinical Association -- Archives
Los Angeles County
Medical Association -- Archives
Robert D., 1872-1967
Facility Design and Construction --
Libraries, Medical -- California --
Libraries, Medical -- history --
Genres and Forms