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Guide to the Robert and Betty Franklin Collection, 1953-2001
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Information:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Robert and Betty Franklin Collection
    Dates: 1953-2001
    Bulk Dates: 1977-1997
    Identification: URB/RBF
    Creator: Franklin, Robert and Betty
    Physical Description: 10.38 linear feet
    Language of Materials:


    Spanish; Castilian
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Robert and Betty Franklin Collection documents 20 years of Robert and Betty Franklin's collaborative work as a husband and wife newspaper team working in the Northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley, especially Sylmar, Pacoima, and the City of San Fernando, from 1961 through 1997. Robert Franklin worked as an independent news photographer and Betty as a journalist for the local Herald Corporation newspaper group, most notably the San Fernando Sun and Breeze. The collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings and photographs.
    Other Information:
    This collection was processed with generous support from the Tom W. Reilly estate.

    Biographical Information:

    Robert Franklin, an orphan raised in the Sylmar area and a WWII veteran twice decorated with the Silver Star married his wife, Betty, in 1945. The Franklins worked collaboratively as a husband and wife newspaper team for 20 years. They covered the Northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley, primarily Sylmar, Pacoima, and the City of San Fernando for the local Herald Corporation newspaper group, most notably the San Fernando Sun and Breeze. Robert Franklin worked as an independent news photographer and Betty as a journalist. In 1989, Betty was recognized for her public service as the Odd Fellows Citizen of the Year.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Zac Burgenbauch, April Feldman, Fran Griffin, 2013

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research use.

    Electronic Format:

    Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.  For more information please see http://digital-library.csun.edu/.  

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Related Materials:

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Newspaper Clippings, 1961-2001
    Series II: Photographs, 1961-2000
    Series III: Subject Files, 1953-1990

    Scope and Contents

    The Robert and Betty Franklin Collection documents the careers of the Franklins through their writing and photography. Materials cover 1953-2001 and focus on community service, social organization, local politics, infrastructure expansion projects, business, and education, and include the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, Pioneer Cemetery, and the Sylmar and San Fernando Chambers of Commerce. The direct relationship of Robert Franklin’s photographs to the newspaper articles written by Betty Franklin provide additional photographic content of events beyond the single photograph represented in articles, and a more extensive and deeper portrait of daily life of the cities of Sylmar, Pacoima, and San Fernando. The collection has been divided into three series: Newspaper Clippings (1961-2001), Photographs (1961-2000), and Subject Files (1953-1990).
    Series I, Newspaper Clippings, documents Betty Franklin's work as a reporter, and consists entirely of clippings from the newspapers for which the Franklins worked. Originally arranged in binders they include Betty Franklin’s articles, Robert Franklin’s photographs, and few supporting document such as brochures or correspondence. These clippings have been photocopied and are arranged chronologically.
    Series II,Photographs, documents Robert Franklin’s photographic work, and includes negatives, contact sheets, and prints. Slides have been moved to the end of the series. Folder one contains images of Robert and Betty Franklin. The remaining folders include shots taken as a part of Robert's work as a photographer for local newspapers in the northern San Fernando Valley. Images are arranged chronologically.
    Series III, Subject Files, deals with such topic as the Sunset Farms area development project, Lopez Adobe, the San Fernando Mission, and Pioneer Cemetery. The series is arranged alphabetically.