Register of the Marquis McDonald Photographs

Mandeville Special Collections Library 0175S
UC, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
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Register of the Marquis McDonald Photographs, 1949-1950

MSS 0334

Mandeville Special Collections Library



La Jolla, CA 92093-0175

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  • Mandeville Special Collections Library 0175S
  • UC, San Diego
  • La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
  • Phone: (858) 534-2533
  • Fax: (858) 534-5950
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© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
This file last updated: September 1997.


Title: Marquis McDonald Photographs,
Date (inclusive): 1949-1950
Collection number: MSS 0334
Extent: 0.10 linear feet (163 photographs of 47 sites or images in one folder.)
Repository: Mandeville Special Collections Library, Geisel Library, UC, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Shelf Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Preferred Citation

Marquis McDonald Photographs, MSS 0334. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.


Photographic images of Jesuit and Dominican missions by Marquis McDonald, traveller and writer, during a 1949-1950 overland trip down the Baja California peninsula. Many of the images illustrate McDonald's book BAJA: LAND OF LOST MISSIONS (1968).


Marquis McDonald often took the opportunity provided by overseas employment in places like Alaska, Afghanistan, Okinawa, and Saudia Arabia to travel and explore interesting places. After working in Saudia Arabia for several years following World War II, McDonald settled in Visalia, California, and took the time to pursue his interest in Baja California. Together with Glenn Oster, an acquaintance from Saudia Arabia, McDonald planned and executed an overland trip down the length of the Baja California peninsula from the autumn of 1949 through the late spring of 1950.
As the adventurers journeyed from the border to Cabo San Lucas down dirt roads in a World War II surplus jeep, they sought out mission ruins of the Jesuit and Dominican religious orders. Eighteen years later, McDonald published a book about that trip entitled Baja: Land of Lost Missions (1968), which provides descriptions of the people and places they encountered.


The Marquis McDonald Papers contain only photographic materials created during the 1949-1950 trip through Baja California, many of which were published in BAJA: LAND OF LOST MISSIONS (1968). They are principally of mission buildings in various formats of 2 1/4 black and white print, 2 1/4 ektachrome color slide, and 35mm kodachrome color slide. Most black and white negatives have corresponding prints.
The materials are organized by format. Within each format, items are arranged geographically as one would travel from north to south in the order presented in his book. A list for each format provides McDonald's descriptive title with the corresponding Archives Negative Number. Additionally, there is an alphabetical list of titles. All slides and negatives have been filed in the Archives Negative File.
Access to Photographic Materials
Black and white prints made from individual 2 1/4 black and white negatives are housed in the collection folder. In cases where a positive image does not exist for a listed negative, request assistance from the reference staff and the negative will be made available in a protective enclosure for inspection.
All color slides located in the Archives Negative File must be requested by the corresponding negative number, e.g. ASC2/M189/1.
* -Negative without black and white print
Negative Number Description
AN3/M189/1(B-1) "Nearing Catavina Ranch" AN3/M189/2(B-2) "Approaching Lake Chapala" AN3/M189/3(B-3) "Camping near Catavina Ranch" *AN3/M189/4(B-4) "Trail to Santa Maria de Los Angeles" AN3/M189/5(B-5) "Ruins Mission Santa Maria de Los Angeles" AN3/M189/6(B-6) "Ruins Mission Santa Maria de Los Angeles" AN3/M189/7(B-7) "Ruins Mission Santa Maria de Los Angeles" AN3/M189/8(B-8) "On the trail to Dolores del Norte" AN3/M189/9(B-9) "Ruins Mission Dolores del Norte" AN3/M189/10(B-10) "Mission San Borja" *AN3/M189/11(B-11) "Mission San Borja" AN3/M189/12(B-12) "Mission Santa Gertrudis" AN3/M189/13(B-13) "Campanile, M. Santa Gertrudis" AN3/M189/14(B-14) "Ruins Mission Santa Maria Magdalena" AN3/M189/15(B-15) "Estuary, Mulege" AN3/M189/16(B-16) "Mission Santa Rosalia Mulege" AN3/M189/17(B-17) "Site old Mission San Jose del Cabo" AN3/M189/18(B-18) "Cape San Lucas" AN3/M189/19(B-19) "Ruins Mission San Juan Londo" AN3/M189/20(B-20) "Ruins Mission San Juan Londo" AN3/M189/21(B-21) "Ruins San Juan Londo" AN3/M189/22(B-22) "Ruins Mission San Juan Londo" AN3/M189/23(B-23) "Ruins Mission San Juan Londo" AN3/M189/24(B-24) "Mission San F. Xavier" AN3/M189/25(B-25) "Mission San F. Xavier" AN3/M189/26(B-26) "Mission San F. Xavier"AN3/M189/27(B-27) "Roof, Mission San F. Xavier" AN3/M189/28(B-28) "Monolith, Mission San F. Xavier" AN3/M189/29(B-29) "Ruins Mission La Presentacion" AN3/M189/30(B-30) "Ruins Mission La Presentacion" AN3/M189/31(B-31) "Ruins Mission La Presentacion" AN3/M189/32(B-32) "Reservoir, M. La Presentacion"
Negative Number Description
ASC2/M189/1(K-1) "Ruins, Mission Descanso" ASC2/M189/2(K-2) "Ruins Mission San Miguel Archangel" ASC2/M189/3(K-3) "Ruins Mission Guadalupe Fronteriza" ASC2/M189/4(K-4) "Ensenada. Todos Santos Bay" ASC2/M189/5(K-5) "Ensenada. Todos Santos Bay" ASC2/M189/6(K-6) "Ruins Mission Santa Catarina" ASC2/M189/7(K-7) "Ruins Mission Santo Tomas, Last Site" ASC2/M189/8(K-8) "Ruins Mission Santo Tomas, First Site" ASC2/M189/9(K-9) "Ruins Mission San Vicente" ASC2/M189/10(K-10) "Ruins Mission San Vicente" ASC2/M189/11(K-11) "Trail to Melling Ranch" ASC2/M189/12(K-12) "Ruins Mission Santo Domingo" ASC2/M189/13(K-13) "Ruins Mission El Rosario" ASC2/M189/14(K-14) "Ruins Mission Santisimo Rosario (newer church adjoining, with bells from Santa Rosa") ASC2/M189/15(K-15) "Ruins Mission San Fernando Velicata" ASC2/M189/16(K-16) "Cirio plants near Catavina Ranch" ASC2/M189/17(K-17) "Approaching Lake Chapala" ASC2/M189/18(K-18) "Ruins Mission Santa Maria de Los Angeles" ASC2/M189/19(K-19) "Ruins Mission Calamyget" ASC2/M189/20(K-20) "Road south of Punta Prieta" ASC2/M189/21(K-21) "Mission San Borja" ASC2/M189/22(K-22) "Mission Santa Gertrudis" ASC2/M189/23(K-23) "Ruins Mission Dolores del Norte" ASC2/M189/24(K-24) "Arroyo San Ignacio" ASC2/M189/25(K-25) "Date Palms, San Ignacio" ASC2/M189/26(K-26) "Mission San Ignacio" ASC2/M189/27(K-27) "Mission San Ignacio" ASC2/M189/28(K-28) "Mission San Ignacio" ASC2/M189/29(K-29) "Road, San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia" ASC2/M189/30(K-30) "Road, San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia (Los Tres Virgenes volcanos in background") ASC2/M189/31(K-31) "Quay, Santa Rosalia" ASC2/M189/32(K-32) "Ruins Mission Santa Maria Magdalena" ASC2/M189/33(K-33) "Ruins Mission Nuestra Senora Guadalupe" ASC2/M189/34(K-34) "Scene at Mulege" ASC2/M189/35(K-35) "Estuary at Mulege, Mission in Background" ASC2/M189/36(K-36) "Dam at Mulege, Mission in Background" ASC2/M189/37(K-37) "Mission Santa Rosalia de Mulege" ASC2/M189/38(K-38) "Mission Santa Rosalia de Mulege" ASC2/M189/39(K-39) "Mission Santa Rosalia de Mulege" ASC2/M189/40(K-40) "Concepcion Bay" ASC2/M189/41(K-41) "Concepcion Bay" ASC2/M189/42(K-42) "Ruins Mission La Purisima Concepcion" ASC2/M189/43(K-43) "Mission Comondu" ASC2/M189/44(K-44) "Beach at La Paz" ASC2/M189/45(K-45) "Modern church, La Paz"ASC2/M189/46(K-46) "Site Mission Santiago de las Coras" ASC2/M189/47(K-47) "Site Mission Santiago de las Coras (New church on site) ASC2/M189/48(K-48) "Road Between San Antonio and Los Barriles" ASC2/M189/49(K-49) "Site of Mission San Jose del Cabo (viejo) ASC2/M189/50(K-50) "Site Mission San Jose del Cabo (light house later built on this site and destroyed") ASC2/M189/51(K-51) "Cabo San Lucas" ASC2/M189/52(K-52) "Road from Todos Santos to Cape San Lucas" (missing) ASC2/M189/53(K-53) "Mission El Pilar at Todos Santos" ASC2/M189/54(K-54) "Ruins Mission Santa Rosa de Las Palmas" ASC2/M189/55(K-55) "Mission San Luis Gonzaga" ASC2/M189/56(K-56) "Ruins Mission Dolores del Sur" ASC2/M189/57(K-57) "Rancho La Presa"
Negative Number Description
ASC3/M189/1(E-1) "Ruins Mission El Rosario" ASC3/M189/2(E-2) "Ruins Mission Santisimo Rosario" ASC3/M189/3(E-3) "Mission San Borja" ASC3/M189/4(E-4) "Mission San Borja" ASC3/M189/5(E-5) "Mission San Borja" ASC3/M189/6(E-6) "Road to San Borja" ASC3/M189/7(E-7) "Mission Santa Gertrudis" ASC3/M189/8(E-8) "Mission Santa Gertrudis" ASC3/M189/9(E-9) "Campanile -Mission Santa Gertrudis" ASC3/M189/10(E-10) "Road, San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia" ASC3/M189/11(E-11) "Ruins Mission Dolores del Norte" ASC3/M189/12(E-12) "Chapel San Antonio Real" ASC3/M189/13(E-13) "Ruins Mission Santa Rosa de las Palmas" ASC3/M189/14(E-14) "Mission Ruins San Juan Londo" ASC3/M189/15(E-15) "Mission Ruins on San Bruno Bay" ASC3/M189/16(E-16) "Mission Loreto" ASC3/M189/17(E-17) "Mission Loreto" ASC3/M189/18(E-18) "Mission Loreto" ASC3/M189/19(E-19) "Puerto Escondido and unknown mission ruins" ASC3/M189/20(E-20) "Puerto Escondido and unknown mission ruins" ASC3/M189/21(E-21) "Ruins Mission Liguig" ASC3/M189/22(E-22) "Mission San Xavier" ATC4/M189/23(E-23) "Mission San Xavier" (unmounted transparency) ASC3/M189/24(E-24) "Mission La Presentacion" ASC3/M189/25(E-25) "Trail to San Pedro Martir" ASC3/M189/26(E-26) "Ruins San Pedro Martir Mission" ASC3/M189/27(E-27) "Ruins Mission San Pedro Martir" ASC3/M189/28(E-28) "Ruins Mission San Pedro Martir" ASC3/M189/29(E-29) "Ruins Mission Liguig" ASC3/M189/30 "Ruins Mission Descanso" ASC3/M189/31 "Ruins Mission San Miguel Archangel" ASC3/M189/32 "Ruins Mission Guadalupe Fronteriza" ASC3/M189/33 "Mission Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe" ASC3/M189/34 "False Guadalupe Site" ASC3/M189/35 "Ensenada" ASC3/M189/36 "Todos Santos Bay"ASC3/M189/37 "Ruins Mission Santo Tomas (last site)" ASC3/M189/38 "Ruins Mission Santo Tomas (first site)" ASC3/M189/39 "Ruins Mission San Vicente" ASC3/M189/40 "Road to Meling Ranch" ASC3/M189/41-42 "Ruins Mission San Pedro Martir" (2) ASC3/M189/43 "Ruins Mission Santo Domingo" ASC3/M189/44-45 "Mission El Rosario" (2) ASC3/M189/46-47 "Ruins Mission Santisimo Rosario" (2) ASC3/M189/48 "Ruins Mission San Fernando" ASC3/M189/49-50 "Ruins Mission Santa Maria de Los Angeles" (2) ASC3/M189/51 "Ruins Mission Calamyget" ASC3/M189/52-60 "Mission San Borja" (9) ASC3/M189/61-64 "Mission Santa Gertrudis" (4) ASC3/M189/65-67 "Mission San Ignacio" (3) ASC3/M189/68 "Road San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia" ASC3/M189/69 "Mission Santa Rosalia Mulege" ASC3/M189/70 "Conception Bay" ASC3/M189/71 "Ruins Mission La Purisima" ASC3/M189/72 "Mission Comondu" ASC3/M189/73 "Ruins Mission San Juan Londo" ASC3/M189/74 "Ruins Mission on San Bruno Bay" ASC3/M189/75 "Mermaids of Loreto" ASC3/M189/76-81 "Mission San Xavier" (6) ASC3/M189/82-83 "Puerto Escondido" (2) ASC3/M189/84-85 "Ruins Mission Liguig" (2) ASC3/M189/86 "Ruins Mission La Presentation" ASC3/M189/87 "Mission San Luis Gonzaga" ASC3/M189/88 "Dolores Del Sur" ASC3/M189/89 "Modern Church, La Paz" ASC3/M189/90 "Todo Santos Plaza" ASC3/M189/91 "Site Mission Santiago (modern church on site) ASC3/M189/92 "Site Mission Santiago (first)" ASC3/M189/93 "Site Mission San Jose del Cabo (viejo)" ASC3/M189/94 "Site Mission San Jose del Cabo (newer)" ASC3/M189/95 "Rancho La Presa" ASC3/M189/96 "Cape San Lucas" ASC3/M189/97 "Trail to Guadalupe -Glenn Oster" ASC3/M189/98 "Glenn Oster"
Bahia Concepcion ASC2/M189/40-41; ASC3/M189/70 Cabo San Lucas ASC2/M189/51; ASC3/M189/96 Calamyget AN3/M189/19; ASC3/M189/51 Catavina Ranch Area AN3/M189/1-3; ASC2/M189/16-17 Descanso ASC2/M189/1; ASC3/M189/30 Dolores del Norte AN3/M189/8-9; ASC2/M189/23; ASC3/M189/11 Dolores del Sur ASC2/M189/56; ASC3/M189/88 Ensenada and Bahia Todos Santos ASC2/M189/4-5; ASC3/M189/34-35 Guadalupe Fronteriza ASC2/M189/3; ASC3/M189/32; ASC3/M189/34 (False Guadalupe Site)Loreto ASC3/M189/16-18, 75 Meling Ranch, Road to ASC2/M189/11; ASC3/M189/40 Nuestra Senora Guadalupe ASC2/M189/33; ASC3/M189/33 La Paz ASC2/M189/44-45; ASC3/M189/89 La Presentacion AN3/M189/29-32; ASC3/M189/24, 86 Puerto Escondido, Ruins at ASC2/M189/19-20, 82-83 Punta Prieta, Road south of ASC2/M189/20 La Purisima ASC2/M189/42; ASC3/M189/71 Rancho La Presa ASC2/M189/57; ASC3/M189/95 El Rosario ASC2/M189/13; ASC3/M189/1, 44-45 San Antonio and Los Barriles, Road between ASC2/M189/48 San Antonio Real ASC3/M189/12 San Borja AN3/M189/10-11; ASC2/M189/21; ASC3/M189/3-6, 52-60 San Bruno Bay, Ruins on ACS3/M189/15, 74 San Fernando Velicata ASC2/M189/15; ASC3/M189/48 San Ignacio ASC2/M189/24-28; ASC3/M189/65-67 San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia, Road from ASC2/M189/29-30; ASC3/M189/10, 68 San Jose de Comondu ASC2/M189/43; ASC3/M189/72 San Jose del Cabo ASC2/M189/49-50; ASC3/M189/93-94 San Juan Bautista de Liguig ASC3/M189/21, 29, 84-85 San Juan Londo AN3/M189/19-23; ASC3/M189/14, 73 San Luis Gonzaga ASC2/M189/55; ASC3/M189/87 San Miguel Archangel ASC2/M189/2; ASC3/M189/31 San Pedro Martir ASC3/M189/25-28, 41-42 San Vicente ASC2/M189/9-10; ASC3/M189/39 San Xavier AN3/M189/24-28; ASC3/M189/22, 76-81; ATC3/M189/1 Santa Catarina ASC2/M189/6 Santa Gertrudis AN3/M189/12-13; ASC2/M189/22; ASC3/M189/7-9, 61-64 Santa Maria de Los Angeles AN3/M189/4-7; ASC2/M189/18; ASC3/M189/49-50 Santa Maria Magdalena AN3/M189/14; ASC2/M189/32 Santa Rosa de las Palmas ASC2/M189/54; ASC3/M189/13Santa Rosalia ASC2/M189/31 Santa Rosalia Mulege AN3/M189/15-16; ASC2/M189/34-39; ASC3/M189/69 Santiago ASC2/M189/46-47; ASC3/M189/91-92 Santisimo Rosario ASC2/M189/14; ASC3/M189/2, 46-47 Santo Domingo ASC2/M189/12; ASC3/M189/43 Santo Tomas ASC2/M189/7-8; ASC3/M189/37-38 Todos Santos ASC2/M189/53; ASC3/M189/90