Finding Aid for the Charles E. Shelton Collection of Photographs of the Southwest, ca. 1865-1961

Processed by Simon Elliott; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2003
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Charles E. Shelton Collection of Photographs of the Southwest, ca. 1865-1961

Collection number: 1313

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Simon Elliott, May 2003
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Edited by:
Josh Fiala, September 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles E. Shelton Collection of Photographs of the Southwest,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1865-1961
Collection number: 1313
Creator: Shelton, Charles E., 1914-2002
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Charles E. Shelton (1914-2002) was a newspaper and book publisher in Southern California. He published and edited the Azusa Herald and the Glendora Press, published The Desert Magazine, and founded the weekly Palm Desert Post. Shelton also established Best West Publications and ran the Southwest Desert Art Gallery in Palm Desert with his wife, Kathleen Gunn Shelton. The collection contains 91 negatives and 15 prints of the U.S. southwest that Shelton gathered when compiling his book Photo album of yesterday's southwest (1961).
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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 where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cynthia Shelton, 2002.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles E. Shelton Collection of Photographs of the Southwest (Collection 1313). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Charles E. Shelton, was a native of Glendora and graduate of Pomona College, and made his career in newspaper and book publishing in Southern California. After graduating from Pomona College in 1935, he worked for the Los Angeles Times as a junior sports writer. An R.O.T.C member in college, he was called to duty in 1941. He served through World War II in the Pacific Theater as a Press Officer for the Army Air Corps. After the war, Shelton published and edited the Azusa Herald and the Glendora Press. In the 1960s, he published The Desert Magazine, founded the weekly Palm Desert Post, and, with his wife, Kathleen Gunn Shelton, established Best West Publications, publisher of books on southwestern art and travel. They also ran the Southwest Desert Art Gallery in Palm Desert for a number of years.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 91 negatives and 15 prints of the U.S. southwest that Shelton gathered when compiling his book Photo album of yesterday's southwest which was published by Desert Magazine in Palm Desert California in 1961. The images were collected from a variety of libraries, museums and historical societies in and around the southwest. There is also an unbound proof copy of the book in the collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Shelton, Charles E., 1914-2002--Archives.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Photo album of yesterday's southwest (first half), 1961.

Box 1, Folder 2

Photo album of yesterday's southwest (second half), 1961.

Box 1, Folder 3

Chapter title pages, 1961.

Box 1, Folder 4

1887.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on front end papers.
Box 1, Folder 5

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.14.
Box 1, Folder 6

May 1867.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.16.
Box 1, Folder 7

1896.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.22.
Box 1, Folder 8

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.23.
Box 1, Folder 9

1886.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.24.
Box 1, Folder 10

1874.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.25.
Box 1, Folder 11

ca. 1890.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.30.
Box 1, Folder 12

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.34.
Box 1, Folder 13

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.36.
Box 1, Folder 14

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.69.
Box 1, Folder 15

1885.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.106.
Box 1, Folder 16

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.110.
Box 1, Folder 17

1900.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.115.
Box 1, Folder 18

ca. 1900's.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.130.
Box 1, Folder 19

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.132.
Box 1, Folder 20

1885.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.140.
Box 1, Folder 21

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.148.
Box 1, Folder 22

n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) for image on p.149.
Box 1, Folder 23

In Arizona. Wagon train on way to California in 1886. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, 1886.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) & contact print not in book.
Box 1, Folder 24

Canyon del muerto - Remains of Indians killed by Spaniards - photo 1906. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, 1906.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) & contact print not in book.
Box 1, Folder 25

The old Mormon Pioneer trail from Salt Lake City to San Bernardino. Picture shows bit of trail between Death Valley and Las Vegas. Photo made in 1891. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, 1891.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) & contact print not in book.
Box 1, Folder 26

Death Valley Brass Band, n.d.

Physical Description: Print (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 27

Pete Dailey, grubstake prospector, in Death Valley, 1900. He wandered the Nevada, Arizona and California deserts for more than 20 years. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, 1900.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 28

Professor T.S. Palmer, Ash Meadow, Nevada. March 1891. Barber, Mary, a Piute squaw. Photograph by W.C. Burnett, March 1891.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 29

Arizona stage driver. Photograph by C.C. Pierce, n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 30

In Arizona in 1886. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, 1886.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 31

Powell's boat in Marble Canyon in 1872. Boat named 'Emma Dean'. Photograph by J.K. Hillers, 1872.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 32

Flat boat 'Edith', used by George Wharton James, about to be launched on Colorado, c. 1904. Photograph by George Wharton James, ca. 1904.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 33

W.D. Johnson, F.S. Dellenbaugh, John K. Hillers, on 1872 Powell expedition. Repairing 'Canonita' at the mouth of the Dirty Devil River. Photograph by C.C. Pierce, 1872.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 34

On the Virgin River, with Powell expedition in 1870's. Photograph by J.K. Hillers, 1870s.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 35

Death Valley. Telescope Peak in background. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 36

Monsen's 1906 Painted desert expedition. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, 1906.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 37

W.C. Burnett, correspondent for San Francisco Examiner, with Death Valley Expedition, n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 38

Canyon de Chelly area. Photographer near ruins...notched tree ladder to ruins. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, n.d.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 39

Photo made in 1889, of outfits traveling from Arkansas to California on old Butterfield stage route. On Colorado Desert in Calif. Took nearly six months to make trip. Photograph by Frederick Monsen, 1889.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 40

One half of the Best Party - 1891, 1891.

Physical Description: Negative (8 × 10) not in book.
Box 1, Folder 41

v.d.

Physical Description: Negatives (4 × 5) used in book on pp.10,17,86,87,107,124,136,138,145,151,161,162,163,164,169,177,179,182,184,191.
Box 1, Folder 42

v.d.

Physical Description: Negatives (4 × 5) not used in book - 35 negatives, mostly unidentified.
Box 1, Folder 43

v.d.

Physical Description: 11 contact prints (4 × 5) - 9 used in book, and 2 not.