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Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part II
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • 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
    Phone: 626-405-2180
    Email: jwatts@huntington.org
    Creator: Banning family.
    Title: Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part II
    Dates: 1814-1979
    Dates: (bulk 1880-1920)
    Quantity: 22.61 linear feet, 27 boxes
    Abstract: The Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part II, consists of 1204 photographs and 23 photograph albums dated 1814-1979 (bulk 1880-1920). The three most substantial categories of images in this collection are views of Santa Catalina Island; Banning family properties and residences in southern California; and portraits of family members and relatives. Of special significance are the Catalina photographs documenting the development of the island from a natural enclave with a few inhabitants to a thriving tourist resort. Volume 7 in the Family Album section contains images of the devastating effects of the Catalina fire of 1915. Also of particular interest are photographs of the George S. Patton family. Photographers represented in the collection include Joseph Brent Banning; Bertrand and Co.; Bradley and Rulofson; C.T. Colliers; B.F. Conaway; Dewey Bros.; Hervé Friend; William M. Godfrey; Jarvis Studios; A.L. Mojonier; Payne, Stanton, and Co.; Putnam Studios; Reyes; F.G. Schumacher; Stanton and Burdick; Steckel Studios; Steckel and Lamson; and I.W. Taber.
    Identification: photCL 451
    Language of Material: English

    Biographical Note

    The Banning Family played a pivotal role in the development of southern California. Phineas Banning (1830-1885) immigrated to California from Philadelphia in 1852, and soon became a partner in a freight and stage-line business that ran between San Pedro and Los Angeles. He founded the settlement of Wilmington near San Pedro, which served as the hub of the Banning Company. Banning’s many business interests included shipping, warehousing, real estate, and transportation services to Los Angeles and inland areas. The Banning Company continued under the direction of Phineas’s sons, William, Joseph Brent (J.B.), and Hancock, until the company dissolved in 1920.
    The Banning Company purchased the majority interest in Santa Catalina Island in 1892 with the intention of developing the site as a resort. In partnership with Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, the family turned Catalina into a renowned fishing destination. The Bannings controlled Catalina Island until 1919 when they sold their controlling interest for $3.5 million dollars to chewing gum magnate William Wrigley.

    Scope and Contents

    The Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part II, consists of 1204 photographs (cabinet cards, stereographs, mounted snapshots, snapshots, and copy prints) and 23 photograph albums dated 1814-1979 (bulk 1880-1920). The most substantial categories of photographs in the collection are: views of Santa Catalina Island; Banning family properties and residences in southern California; and portraits of family members and relatives. Of special significance are the Catalina photographs documenting the development of the island from a natural enclave with few inhabitants to a thriving tourist resort. The collection also includes views of the Banning family properties in Wilmington, their Conejo Ranch in Ventura County, and a camp at Pomona. Other categories include the Ayer Family; the Horn/Russell Family; Banning Family Employees; Miscellaneous and Unidentified Portraits; Banning Family Trips; George S. Patton Family; Oversized Photographs; Ephemera; and Family Albums. This final category focuses primarily on Banning properties, family portraits, and especially Catalina, including one album documenting the devastating Catalina fire of 1915 (Volume 7). Of particular interest are the images of the George S. Patton family who were close friends of the Bannings.
    There are a significant number of photographers represented in the collection, chief among them Joseph Brent Banning or "J.B.B.," as he signed his images. J.B. Banning’s amateur views are noteworthy as the earliest and largest body of visual documentation of Catalina and other Banning holdings. Many of southern California’s most notable commercial portrait and landscape photographers are represented in the collection including: Bertrand and Co.; Bradley and Rulofson; C.T. Colliers; B.F. Conaway; Dewey Bros.; Hervé Friend; William M. Godfrey; Jarvis Studios; A.L. Mojonier; Payne, Stanton, and Co.; Putnam Studios; Reyes; F.G. Schumacher; Stanton and Burdick; Steckel Studios; Steckel and Lamson; and I.W. Taber.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in the following categories: Santa Catalina Island; Wilmington; Conejo Ranch, Ventura County; Camp at Pomona; Banning Family Members and Residences; Ayer Family; Horn/Russell Family; Banning Employees; Miscellaneous and Unidentifed Portraits; Banning Family Trips; George S. Patton Family; Oversized Photographs; Ephemera; and Family Albums.
    Box 26 houses glass plate negatives. Box 27 houses film negatives.

    Related Material

    See also:
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 64,
    Title: Interior and exterior views of the William Banning Residence on Hoover Street, Los Angeles,
    Huntington Library Photo Archives.
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 180,
    Title: Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part I, 1850-1979 (bulk 1880s-1910s),
    Huntington Library Photo Archives.
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 282,
    Title: Patton Family Collection of Negatives and Photographs, 1885-1945, (bulk 1895-1907),
    Huntington Library Photo Archives.
    Identifier/Call Number: mssBanning Company,
    Title: Records of the Banning Company, 1859-1948,
    Huntington Library Manuscripts Department.

    Index Terms

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

    Persons:

    Banning, Hancock, 1865-1925--Photographs.
    Banning, Joseph Brent, 1861-1920--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Banning, Joseph Brent, 1861-1920, photographer.
    Banning, Phineas, 1830-1885--Photographs.
    Banning, William, 1858-1946--Photographs.
    Banning, William L., 1814-1893--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Biscailuz, Eugene W., b. 1883--Photographs.
    Collier, Charles T.
    Conaway, B. F.
    Dewey, George N.
    Friend, Hervey.
    Godfrey, W. M. (William Mollock), 1825-1900.
    Holder, Charles Frederick, 1851-1915--Photographs.
    Jarvis, Benjamin.
    Mojonier, A. Louis.
    Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1856-1927--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1856-1927--Photographs.
    Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945--Photographs.
    Rogers, Will, 1879-1935--Photographs.
    Schumacher, Frank G., b. 1861.
    Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912.

    Organizations:

    Bertrand and Co.
    Bradley and Rulofson.
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Payne, Stanton and Co.
    Plaza Photo Gallery.
    Stanton and Burdick.
    Steckel and Lamson.
    Sunbeam Gallery.

    Family Names:

    Ayers family--Photographs.
    Patton family--Photographs.

    Places:

    Pomona (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Wilmington (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Ventura County (Calif.)--Photographs.

    Subjects:

    Boats and boating--California--Santa Catalina Island--Photographs.
    Camping--California--Photographs.
    Children--Photographs.
    Chinese--Photographs.
    Fishing--California--Santa Catalina Island--Photographs.
    Golf--California--Santa Catalina Island--Photographs.
    Indians of North America--Photographs.
    Italians--Photographs.
    Japanese--Photographs.
    Ranch life--California--Ventura County--Photographs.
    Recreation--California--Santa Catalina Island--Photographs.
    Ships--Photographs.
    Stagecoaches--California--Santa Catalina Island--Photographs.
    Unskilled labor--California--Photographs.

    Document Types:

    Cabinet photographs.
    Clippings.
    Cyanotypes.
    Ephemera.
    Negatives.
    Photograph albums.
    Photographs.
    Photogravures.
    Portraits.
    Postcards.
    Stereographs.
    Tintypes.

    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 451, Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part II, 1814-1979.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Richard W. Call and Mrs. Daniel A. Sisk, June 1996.

    Processing Information

    The collection was arranged, numbered and rehoused, and a Container List created, by Jane Apostol in 2004. Jennifer Watts created the original finding aid in May 2004. The machine-readable finding aid was created by Sue Luftschein in March 2007.
    Ten stereographs of the Civil War published by the firms Taylor and Huntington and E. and H.T. Anthony and Co. were transferred to the Photo Archives' stereograph collection. For a list of these items, contact the Curator of Photographs.

    Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

    Arrangements for viewing negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs. Film negatives are housed in Munger Cold Storage.