William C. Barry Collection of Los Angeles Area Photographs, ca. 1886-1910

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William C. Barry Collection of Los Angeles Area Photographs, ca. 1886-1910

Collection number: BANC PIC 1964.056--PIC

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1996
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    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    August 1995
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: William C. Barry Collection of Los Angeles Area Photographs,
Date: ca. 1886-1910
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1964.056--PIC
Extent: 76 black and white photographs 61 digital objects
Collector: Barry, William C.
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for use.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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 by the reader.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William C. Barry Collection of Los Angeles Area Photographs, BANC PIC 1964.056--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The William C. Barry Collection of Los Angeles Area Photographs was a gift of Mr. Barry in 1963.

Scope and Content

The Barry Collection contains 76 photographs spanning circa 1860 to circa 1910. The subject matter is primarily early street transportation in Los Angeles, including horse-drawn, cable, and electric cars and a trackless trolley in Laurel Canyon. Also included is a photograph of a two-level trolley in San Diego. Other subjects include Los Angeles street scenes and buildings; an auto race at Ascot Park; views of Mt. Lowe, Mt. Wilson, San Pedro Harbor, La Jolla caves, the Hotel Del Coronado, Mission Santa Barbara, Redlands, Riverside, Long Beach, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island, and Tijuana, Mexico. The collection also contains two photographs of paintings or lithographs. Though the photographers are not indicated, many of the prints bear the stamp or inscription of photographic studios, including Frank L. Park, C.C. Pierce, Park & Company, and Slocum. The prints originally made up an album which was obtained by Barry from an unidentified friend.

Container List


1 1849 [photograph of painting or lithograph] No. 6079


2 The Covered Wagon [photograph of painting or lithograph] Geo Woodworth


3 Twenty Mule Borax Team, Goldfield Desert Freighter 1908 Goldfield C.C. Pierce No. 5410


4 Transportation on Foot [a prospector] C.C. Pierce No. 1410


5 [Man on horse-drawn carriage] C.C. Pierce


6 On the Sands of Long Beach "Thanks for the Buggy ride" 190 [Horses and buggies near the beach] C.C. Pierce


7 Lincoln Heights near Los Angeles High School [Horse—drawn car] C.C. Pierce No. 7063


8 Los Angeles' first street-car C.C. Pierce


9 Street Car Motor on Santa Fe Ave. and Ninth st. 1897 C.C. Pierce


10 Street car running on Euclid Ave. between Ontario Uplan and San Antonio Streets, up to 1900 C.C. Pierce


11 Los Angeles 1897 [Horse drawn car] C.C. Pierce


12 Second Street Cable Line at corner of Broadway 1889 C.C. Pierce No. 7174


13 Fifth and "B" Streets, San Diego ca.1900 [Double deck street car] C.C. Pierce


14 Broadway loking South from Second. Cable road opened June 8, 1899 C.C. Pierce No. 2196


15 Main and Requena Streets, Los Angeles Blanchard Co.


16 Los Angeles North Spring Street from First 1886 C.C. Pierce No. 6332


17 Spring Street Looking North from Third 1902 C.C. Pierce


18 249 Spring Street, corner of First, Los Angeles Hotel Nadeau -- Present site of Times Building. Buildings -- left foreground are on present site of Los Angeles City Hall. Late 1890's or early 1900. Prior to 1904 because Stoll & Thayer were at corner of Third and Spring by 1904 and this shows them at 137 So. Spring. Park Photo


19 Los Angeles trackless trolley -- in Laurel Canyon, early 1900's C.C. Pierce No. 7177


20 [Cable machinery]


21 1880's or later. Cable car crossed the new Southern Pacific railway yards to over Downey Ave. now North Browday [Broadway?]


22 Wilmington and Long Beach Rapid Transit 1887 C.C. Pierce


23 A little Dummey R.R. that run [sic] from the end of the Temple St. Cable R.R. at Hoover St., to foot at East Hollywood. The engineer was 18 years old and his brother, the fireman (?)16. 1892


24 First Los Angeles Electric Car, Pico St. 1887 C.C. Pierce


25 Los Angeles Special from San Fernando Valley ca 1886 C.C. Pierce


26 High Circular Bridge. Old Mt. Lowe Railway, now abandoned. 1910 or earlier.


27 Cable Incline -- 3000 ft. Mt. Lowe 1900 or earlier


28 Early auto race at Old Ascot Park, California, early 1900. Located about 63rd Street east side of Los Angeles.


29 Aerial Trolley Car Co., Inc. L.W. and E.C. Fawkes, Palentees. Burbank, California C.C. Pierce


30 San Pedro, California 1908 [Harbor]


31 Avalon Bay -- Catalina


32 Avalon Bay -- Catalina


33 Avalon Bay -- Catalina


34 Tijuana ca. 1905


35 On trail to Mt. Wilson from Little Santa Anita Canyon, now abandoned. [At Orchard Camp]


36 U.S.-Mexican border boundary mark


37 [Two women and a man resting on rock]


38 [Two women and a man on a hike]


39 [Three women on a rock -- Elks Reunion 1904]


40 [Three women and two men on a rock]


41 [Beach cliffs]


42 Sugarloaf, Avalon


43 La Jolla Caves


44 La Jolla Caves


45 Mount Wilson Cabin -- before 1910


46 Mount Wilson Cabin -- before 1910


47 Mount Wilson Observatory 1904-1905 [under construction]


48 Ostrich Farm. South Pasadena before 1910


49 "If my memory is OK, Sontag and Sam Selig Grocers on North Broadway, Los Angeles, then Downey Ave., consolidated and was [sic] the beginning of the Safewy chain. Better check for sure with Safeway." Barry 1963


50 Mission, Santa Barbara, California Park & Co. Photo No. 1909


51 Interior, Mission Santa Barbara, California Park & Co. No. 368


52 [Church of the Blessed Sacrament, southeast corner of Prospect Ave. and Cherokee Ave., Hollywood.] [Identified by library patron.]


53 Mrs P. Potter [Potter 's home] [lithograph?]


54 Marchant and Crocker American Hotel [lithograph?]


55 Hotel Del Coronado from N.W. 1902-1903 Slocum Photo No. 2567


56 Hotel Del Coronado Main Enterance 1902-1903 Slocum Photo No. 2749


57 Old Country Court House, Los Angeles, California Park & Co. Photo No. 255


58 Garden at Santa Barbara Mission ca. 1900 Park & Co. Photo No. 1901


59 Bixby's Residence No. 142


60 Central Park, Los Angeles No. 180


61 Tijuana ca. 1905


62 [residential area -- two homes]


63 Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue ca. 1906


64 [View from off-shore]


65 Southern California -- perhaps Hollywood


66 Los Angeles, California. Out Temple from Court House Park & Co. Photo No. 283


67 "Think this is an early float -- Pasadena Tournament [of Roses]" 1901 Park Photo


68 Smiley Heights, Redlands, California Conaway Photo No. 545


69 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California No. 561


70 [Sea view through rocks]


71 From top of Mount Wilson, California [Fog covered hills]


72 View from Mont Lowe


73 View in Los Angeles, California ca. 1860-1870 [Open land, few houses]


74 Redlands, California from Smiley Heights. Evidently taken in the 1890's or early 1900's Park & Co. Photo No. 903


75-76 Duplicate of Item No. 49 (two copies)