Finding aid to the California history cards, mission series, 1905 MS.1320

Finding aid prepared by Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030

Title: California history cards, mission series
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1320
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 pamphlet, 52 playing cards)
Date: 1905
creator: Bowman, Mary M.
creator: Ellerbe, Rose L.

Processing history

Processed by Liza Posas, June 7, 2012. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


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Preferred citation

California history cards, mission series, 1905, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1320.

Scope and contents

This collection consist of an informational pamphlet and fifty-two illustrated playing cards. Per the pamphlet "These cards contain a comprehensive outline history of California under the rule of Spain, beginning with the discovery of the Pacific Ocean, and including the missions. Each card is illustrated, and views of all the mission are given."
The text was prepared by Mary M. Bowman and Rose L. Ellerbe. The engravings of the half-tone illustrations were done by Mrs. S.M. Sweet of the Commercial Engraving Company in Los Angeles.

Custodial history

Collection was originally part of the Francis Watkins papers and library, which was donated to the Braun Research Library in 1987 by Watkins brother-in-law, Mr. A. R. Ameday.


Donated to the Braun Research Library by Mr. A. R. Ameday, 1987.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California -- History
Catholic Church -- Southwest, New
Missions -- California
New Spain
Southwest, New -- Discovery and exploration