Inventory of Turrill-Miller Photograph Collection, 1905-1920

Processed by University Archives staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Anne McMahon
University Archives
Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara, California 95053-0500
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Santa Clara University. All rights reserved.

Inventory of Turrill-Miller Photograph Collection, 1905-1920

University Archives

Santa Clara, California

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  • University Archives
  • Santa Clara University
  • 500 El Camino Real
  • Santa Clara, California 95053-0500
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Processed by:
University Archives staff
Encoded by:
Anne McMahon
© 1999 Santa Clara University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Inventory of Turrill-Miller Photograph Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1905-1920
Record group:
Creator: Turrill, Charles Beebe, 1854-1927
Extent: 4 linear feet of photographs and negatives
Repository: Santa Clara University Archives
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Language: English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Turrill-Miller Photograph Collection, Santa Clara University. University Archives.


Charles Beebe Turrill was born March 6, 1854, and died in 1927. He began his work as an amateur photographer in 1886, and started a professional business around 1900 in San Francisco. His work at Santa Clara College, later Santa Clara University, reflect his interest in photography as a form of historical documentation. As quoted in the San Francisco Call and Post, Sept. 17, 1921, Turrill explained, "I am fighting to preservethe history of California - for the accuracy of historic records." He spent time at Santa Clara restoring photographs damaged in a fire in the Fathers' residence hall, 1909, and took other photographs himself "to show present conditions, the building of a new residence and senior hall and the class pictures."
(Correspondence from Turrill to J. Perkins Tracy, April 8, 1914, Society of California Pioneers)

Scope and Content

The Turrill-Miller Photograph Collection is a collection of images that captures campus life and the built environment of Santa Clara College from 1905-1920. During that time, Charles Beebe Turrill, of the photography firm of Turrill & Miller photographers, photographed student organizations, construction of new buildings, individual portraits, and sports events. The period was defined by dramatic changes in the built environment. As such, the majority of the collection comprises images of campus buildings.
The Collection includes approximately 4 linear feet of photographs and glass negatives. Image sizes include 8x10 and 11x13.

Container List


8x10 Subject Series

Physical Description: 2 l.f. of gelatin silver prints
Box 1









Adobe Lodge


California Hotel


Dormitories - Senior Hall/O'Connor Hall




Mission Church




St. Joseph's Hall


Science Building


The Ship


Sodality Hall


Student Chapel


Walsh Building

Box 2

Campus Views


Adobe Wall






General, 1911-1913


Grave of unknown


Sacred Heart Statue


St. Joseph's Shrine


Swimming Tank


Tennis Courts




Commercial Department

Box 3

Engineering Students



Box 4

Jesuit Groups


Law School




Military - Santa Clara Cadets


Mission Santa Clara


Performing Arts



Box 5





Student Life


Villa Maria (Cupertino)


11x13 Subject Series

Physical Description: .25 l.f. of mounted gelatin silver prints



Student Chapel




Knights of Columbus


Trips to Manresa


Student Life






Student Societies


Glass Negative Series

Physical Description: 1.5 l.f. of 8x10 glass negatives