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Arthur M. Ellis Collection of Photographic Negatives: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains photographs, negatives, positives, and lantern slides depicting Southern California, primarily in the late 19th century, that were compiled by Los Angeles lawyer and writer Arthur M. Ellis (1875-1932), often for use in his research and lectures on California history. The images focus mainly on Los Angeles and nearby communities and provide quite a comprehensive picture of the growth and development of the region at the turn of the twentieth century. The collection dates from the years ca. 1850 to the 1920s and includes 1366 photographic prints (mostly copy prints from 8 x 10 inch glass-plate and film negatives), 1520 4 x 5 inch and smaller glass negatives, glass positives, film negatives and lantern slides, 203 8 x 10 inch glass plate negatives, and 734 8 x10 inch film negatives.
Background
Arthur McDonald Ellis (1875-1932) was born in Missouri. When he was two years old, his parents moved the family to California, where his grandfather had settled in the early 1850s. Ellis was educated in Pomona and at the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduation he began a teaching career, but left the profession after a few years to study law. He established his practice in Los Angeles in 1903. Ellis studied history while at Berkeley, and his interest in the subject was life-long. He served as director of the Historical Society of Southern California, and was its president during 1927-1928. He was also a trustee of the Southwest Museum. He lectured statewide on California history and accumulated a large collection of photographs and slides depicting Southern California and the Southwest, which he used in his presentations. He published a number of books, including The Indians of Los Angeles County (1926), a collection of letters of early pioneer Hugo Reid that provided firsthand accounts of the Native Americans of California and their treatment by the Mission padres.
Extent
approximately 6700 photographs (including prints, negatives, positives, and lantern slides) in 67 boxes (28 linear feet)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
Advance arrangements for viewing glass plate negatives and positives, lantern slides, and film negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs. The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.