The B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs consists of more than 4,800 photographs, glass plate negatives, and
film negatives, as well related manuscript and ephemeral
materials, created by Southern California photographer B.D. Jackson (ca. 1850-1937). The collection dates from 1903 to
the 1950s (bulk 1920s-1930s) and provides a visual history of the growth of the San Gabriel
Valley and Southern California's suburban communities, a survey of California and the West's notable landscapes, and an
overview of Jackson's career as a landscape and scenic view photographer.
Bradford "Dan" Jackson (ca. 1850/51-1937) was born in Sullivan, Ohio, around 1850. He began his career as a portrait photographer
in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In 1901, in search of a better climate, he moved with his wife, Cora, and his stepdaughter, Ruth, to Pomona, California,
where he purchased a portrait studio. In addition to portrait work, he began photographing the surrounding towns, mountains,
and beaches of Southern California. Jackson lived and worked at various times in Pomona, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Hollywood,
La Canada, Glendora, La Crescenta, and Glendale, all of which figure in his work.
Eventually he gave up the portrait aspect of the business and concentrated on landscape views for the production of stereographs
and postcards. As he said, "Views don't talk back."
4888 photographs (including glass plate negatives, film negatives, photographs) and manuscript and ephemeral materials in
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material,
nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and
obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Advance arrangements for viewing glass plate and film negatives and positives must be made with the Curator of Photographs.
The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.