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Stiles Collection of Photographs of South Pasadena and Los Angeles County: Finding Aid
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Box 1



South Pasadena and Los Angeles County

Physical Description: 187 photographs

South Pasadena

Folders 1-4 (Items 1-40)

Residents and homes. 1899-1907, undated

Includes chiefly images of various members of the T. D. Keith family and exterior views of their home in South Pasadena; also contains photographs of other South Pasadena residents and residences. People depicted include Roy Stephens, postmaster of South Pasadena from 1897-1907, dressed in a bullfighter's costume; the George W. Wilson family; the Edward H. Rust family; the William Brainerd family; the Stephenson family; and the Baker family. The photographs depict outdoor scenes, including children lighting fireworks or posing with flags during Fourth of July celebrations (Item 10, 1905 and Item 18, 1899?); Mabel Keith with her bicycle (Item 11); the Keith family during Thanksgiving (Items 13-14, 1903?); and people posing in front of residences. One photograph, a cabinet card portrait of Merton E. Keith, son of T. D. Keith, is by Los Angeles photographer Elkanah P. Tresslar (Item 24).
Folders 5-7 (Items 41-69)

South Pasadena, general. 1887-1896, undated

Contains photographs depicting residences, including those of the Reverend A. Moss Merwin, Carolyn W. Dobbins, and Margaret Collier Graham's Wynyate; gardens and landscaping; El Centro School and students (Items 54-61, approximately 1888-1890); Hotel Marengo (Item 64, 1887) and Hermosa Vista Hotel (Item 65); a church; Adobe Flores; and Diaspora Villa. Also contains views of hiking parties and picnickers, including one photograph of the Keith family with the family of Aaron F. McReynolds (Item 52).
Folder 8 (Items 70-79)

South Pasadena, panoramic views. Approximately 1890-1899

Includes map and legend created by previous archivist showing sites referenced in Item 70, among them the Mohr and Graham block, South Pasadena Hotel, first Raymond Hotel, El Centro School, Graham House, and the Santa Fe tracks.
Folder 9 (Items 80-87)

Raymond Hotel (first). 1895

Views include photographs featuring the hotel against a backdrop of snow-covered San Gabriel Mountains, with railroad tracks in the foreground (Items 80-81); a stereograph of people posing in front of a garden with the hotel in the background (Item 83); and images of the hotel as it burned down on April 14, 1895, and subsequently in ruins (Items 85-87).
Folder 10 (Items 88-95)

Raymond Hotel (second) and Painter Hotel. Approximately 1900-1913

Includes images of the Roy Knabenshue dirigible on site (Items 93-94) and a stereograph of the Painter Hotel (Item 95).
Folder 17 (Items 148-153)

South Pasadena buildings. Approximately 1887-1896

Includes one panorama and one stereograph of South Pasadena and depictions of the Jersey Dairy and dairy cart; the South Pasadena Hotel; the interior of a general store, with Aaron F. McReynolds at the counter; the post office; and the Santa Fe Depot.
Folder 20 (Items 184-199)

South Pasadena High School. Approximately 1910

Includes depictions of a group of students posing on front steps; sports teams and events; orchestra practice; and students at a "hobo day" event and at graduation.

Railroads. Approximately 1894-1895

Folder 11 (Items 96-103)

Railroads Approximately 1894-1895

Includes photographs of the Pasadena and Pacific viaduct through South Pasadena; Pasadena and Pacific railway cars; people gathered outside of a train on a field; and engines and trains at a Southern Pacific Railroad depot at San Fernando Boulevard in Los Angeles, possibly the River Station during a labor strike in 1894.

San Gabriel Valley

Folder 12 (Items 104-114)

Views. 1890, 1901, undated

Includes views of the San Gabriel Mountains, from Altadena (Items 104-107); the Church of the Angels in Pasadena (Items 108-109, 1890); stereographic views of the Eagle Rock outcropping in Highland Park (Items 110-111); the Old Mill in San Marino; and the Queen Anne Cottage at Baldwin Ranch in Arcadia. Photographs are undated.
Folder 13 (Items 115-122)

San Gabriel Mission

Includes undated photographs of the Mission and of the San Gabriel Cemetery.

Los Angeles

Folder 14 (Items 123-132)


Contains undated photographs depicting various scenes in the City of Los Angeles including Echo Park, Eastlake Park, Westlake Park, oil wells, workers picking oranges, and the residence of General William S. Rosecrans in Gardena.

Miscellaneous Los Angeles County

Folders 15, 22 (Items 133-139, 208-209)

Views. 1902, undated

Includes photographs depicting passengers at the Inglewood train station; beach scenes in Long Beach, including one from the Fourth of July (Item 135, 1902); boats in San Pedro Harbor; a schoolhouse; images of a Chinese laundry, Lee Hing Laundry, possibly located in Alhambra; and an Independent Ice Company wagon.

Santa Catalina Island

Folder 16 (Items 140-147)

Views. Approximately 1904

Includes images of Avalon Bay; Sugar Loaf; and residences, tent cabins, and Grand View hotel near the shoreline in the town of Avalon. Items 141 and 147 are stereographic depictions of Avalon Bay.


Folder 19 (Items 168-183)

Tournament of Roses. 1901

Includes depictions of Maccabees, Americus Club, a Chinese dragon float, and crowd scenes.

San Diego County

Physical Description: 12 photographs
Folder 18 (Items 154-165)

Views. Approximately 1903, undated

Includes depictions of the city of San Diego from the Coronado Ferry; San Diego Bay from Point Loma; Coronado Island; the four-mast German bark Altair, with the Coronado Ferry and anchored off the Spreckels coal wharves (Items 157-159, approximately 1903); an Indian sexton in Old Town; Estudillo House; Mission San Diego; and a residence in La Jolla.

San Juan Capistrano

Physical Description: 1 photograph
Folder 18 (Item 166)

San Juan Capistrano Mission

Contains one undated image depicting the Mission in ruins.


Physical Description: 1 photograph
Folder 18 (Item 167)


Contains one undated image of a man on a street with hotel in background.

San Francisco

Physical Description: 8 photographs
Folder 21 (Items 200-207)

Views of the San Francisco Earthquake. 1906

Contains photographs of buildings in ruins, some with signs visible, including for the Mission Theater, R. N. Mason & Co., the First National Bank, and Pete Dailey.
Folder 23


Physical Description: 1 item

Chiefly blank undated notebook with three pages containing handwritten titles for some of the photographs, devised by an unidentified person.

Glass-plate negatives and copy film negatives

Access Information

[RESTRICTED] Please use later prints. Access to the original negatives is restricted. Arrangements for viewing negatives must be made in advance with the Curator of Photographs.

Includes nine boxes containing 189 negatives, chiefly glass-plate negatives and some copy film negatives; some of the glass-plate negatives are broken or cracked. Twenty prints do not have corresponding negatives.
Neg. box 1

Items 1-24

Neg. box 2

Items 25-37, 39-41, 43-44, 47

Items 38, 42, and 45 have no corresponding negatives. The glass-plate negative corresponding to Item 46 is in Neg. box 9.
Neg. box 3

Items 48-52, 54-61, 63-64, 66-73

Items 52 and 66 have copy film negatives; Items 53, 62, 65, and 74 have no corresponding negatives.
Neg. box 4

Items 75-83, 85-91, 93-95

The print of Item 85 is larger than the image depicted in the glass-plate negative; Item 87 has both a glass plate negative and a copy film negative. Items 84 and 92 have no corresponding negatives.
Neg. box 5

Items 96, 98-101, 103-114

Items 97 and 102 have no negatives.
Neg. box 6

Items 115-121, 124-125, 127-132, 135-139

Items 122, 123, 126, 133, and 134 have no corresponding negatives.
Neg. box 7

Items 140-143, 148-153

Item 150 has two corresponding negatives, one 5 x 8 in. and one 4 x 5 in. Items 144, 145, 146, and 147 have no corresponding negatives.
Neg. box 8

Items 154-209

Items 184-207 have copy film negatives. Item 209 has two variant corresponding glass plate negatives.
Neg. box 9

Item 46 [broken negative]