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Stiles Collection of Photographs of South Pasadena and Los Angeles County: Finding Aid
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This collection contains 209 photographs of families, residences, commercial and municipal buildings, and the natural environment of South Pasadena, the city and county of Los Angeles, and other locations chiefly in California, taken approximately 1887-1913, mostly by photographer T. D. Keith ([1848]-1896). The photographs are chiefly later prints from glass-plate negatives and, to a lesser extent, from copy film negatives; also included are 20 prints without corresponding negatives, one cabinet card photograph, and a notebook containing three pages of handwritten titles for some of the photographs.
T. D. Keith ([1848]-1896), also known as Truman D. Keith, was an American photographer known for his photographs of South Pasadena and environs. Born in New York, he moved to California in 1887, living in San Bernardino before moving to South Pasadena later that year. Keith served as postmaster of South Pasadena from approximately 1889-1892, and his wife, Nellie E. Keith (1851-1935), served as City Librarian from 1895-1930. Their children include Merton E. Keith ([1874]-1908), who worked as a court reporter, councilman, city clerk, and member of the library board; Mabel Keith (1884-1906); and Mildred Keith Stiles (1892-1961), wife of Conrad A. Stiles and mother of Keith L. Stiles.
189 negatives in 9 boxes; chiefly glass-plate negatives; plates chiefly 13 x 21 cm. (5 x 8 in.) and 10 x 13 cm. (4 x 5 in.) + 209 prints (chiefly later prints corresponding to the negatives), one cabinet card photograph, and 1 notebook in 1 box
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