The Puck Collection consists of
photographs both taken and collected by Charles C. Puck. They depict buildings,
monuments, civic happenings, modes of transportation, flora and fauna, and anything
else that captured his particular interests. Puck compiled several scrapbooks on
topics such as adobes and buildings of Los Angeles, illustrating them with his
photographs and annotating them with historical anecdotes and personal
recollections. Puck also collected the work of noted Los Angeles photographers like
Charles C. Pierce and James B. Blanchard to supplement his own archive. At the time
of his gift to the Historical Society of Southern California, Puck had amassed a
large array of images documenting the changing face of Los Angeles and its
There is little information on Charles Puck beyond the basic facts that he resided in
Los Angeles for many years and worked in the city as a postal employee. Puck used
his leisure hours to indulge his twin passions for regional history and photography.
From 1914 until 1958, Puck set out with his camera to record many facets of life in
Southern California. Puck occasionally supplied photographs to commercial
photographer Charles C. Pierce, who ran a business providing stock pictures of
Southern California to a variety of organizations and publishers. Consequently,
Puck’s photographs have often been incorrectly attributed to Pierce in various
publications and periodicals of the era.
in 42 boxes (30.29 linear feet)
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.
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment.