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Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches: Finding Aid
photCL 455  
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1905
    Collection Number: photCL 455
    Extent: 21 photographs in 1 album; album 24.5 x 30 cm. (9.5 x 12 in.)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This photograph album is made up of early 20th century photographs of eight California missions, in both ruined and repaired states. The album also includes photographs of San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, and Catholic churches the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, and the Royal Presidio Chapel. Photographs of particular interest include images of tourists, Native American children, and Catholic nuns.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Brian Bartholomew in April 2003.

    Scope and Content

    This photograph album is made up of early 20th century photographs of eight California missions, in both ruined and repaired states. The missions that are depicted in the album are San Luis Rey, Santa Ines, San Fernando Rey, San Miguel, San Francisco Dolores, San Luis Obispo, San Gabriel, San Juan Capistrano, and San Carlos Borromeo. Other photographs also show San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels (also known as Plaza Church), and the Royal Presidio Chapel. Two photographs depict people alongside the missions: photograph (8) shows people going into the Mission San Francisco de Asís and photograph (15) shows two Native American children at Mission San Fernando Rey. One photograph of particular interest is that of a group of Native American school children with three Catholic nuns, who presumably may be their teachers. They are standing in front of an unidentified church building.
    Some of the photographs are faded or are peeling off the album pages and are bent. Charles Ironmonger is the only photographer that has been identified as a contributor to this album; no other photographers have not been identified, and the compiler of this album is unknown.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  
    California missions
    Catholic church buildings -- Photographs.
    Indian school children -- Photographs.
    Indians of North America--California -- Photographs.
    Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Mission San Antonio de Pala -- Photographs.
    Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Mission San Juan Capistrano -- Photographs.
    Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Missionaries—Clergy -- Photographs.
    Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Royal Presidio Chapel (Monterey, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    San Diego Mission -- Photographs.
    San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    San Francisco de Asís Mission (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Photographs.
    San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) -- Photographs.
    Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.) -- Photographs.


    Ironmonger, Charles, photographer.


    Photograph Albums.