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Robert S. Harrah Photographs of Robert "Bob" K. Boyd and the Palos Verdes Peninsula
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • General
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: Palos Verdes Library District, Peninsula Center Library. Local History Center.
    Title: Robert S. Harrah Photographs of Robert "Bob" K. Boyd and the Palos Verdes Peninsula
    Creator: Harrah, Robert S.
    Identifier/Call Number: 011
    Physical Description: 2 Folders
    Date (bulk): ca 1950
    Physical Location: Local History Center
    Abstract: Collection includes black and white photographs of sheep herder Robert "Bob" Boyd taken by photographer, Robert S. Harrah. Includes some photographs mounted on board. Collection also includes several press releases and accompanying photos. The collection provides images of 1950s Palos Verdes as the Peninsula experienced a boom in residential development.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: OV 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the Local History Center for access information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation

    [Name of item], Robert S. Harrah Photographs of Robert "Bob" K. Boyd and the Palos Verdes Peninsula (Collection 011). Local History Center, Peninsula Center Library, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

    Biographical / Historical

    Robert S. Harrah (1925-1989) was an American photo journalist and essayist. Harrah served in the Navy during WWII and spent almost two years in the South Pacific. During his service, Harrah met photographer W. Eugene Smith. After the war, Harrah attended photography school and then worked as an assistant to Smith in New York from 1947-1949, before returning to work in photography in California. Harrah took assignments from various publications including Life and Esquire magazines. The photos in this collection of sheep herder Robert "Bob" Boyd were to be published in Life, but with the outbreak of Korean War the project was dropped and the images were not published.


    Arranged by material type; original photographs and press releases followed by exhibit boards.

    Scope and Contents

    Includes oversize black and white photographs of Robert "Bob" K. Boyd and his flock of black karakul sheep taken by photographer Robert S. Harrah. Also includes photographs mounted on exhibit boards for a Harrah exhibit titled, "The Moments Past," and two press releases for the American Karakul Breeders Society with accompanying images of actresses Peggy Lee and Peggy Dow modeling clothing made from the wool of karakul sheep.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated to the Palos Verdes Library District by Ronald Goetz on behalf of photographer Robert S. Harrah.

    Processing Information

    Initial rehousing and stabilization of materials by Local History Center volunteers. Final arrangement and description by Monique Leahey Sugimoto, November, 2022.


    Background information from unpublished memoir by Robert S. Harrah.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Photographs digitized and available for viewing at the Palos Verdes Library District.

    Related Materials

    Local History Center Biographical Files, Boyd, Robert "Bob" folder which includes background research on Boyd and the Karakul Breeders Association.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Karakul sheep
    Boyd, Robert "Bob"