Overview of the Collection
Scope and Content
Overview of the Collection
Title: Connie Rothstein Collection of California Missions, The Mission Play, and Southern California
Dates (inclusive): approximately 1862-2004
Bulk dates: 1880s-1920s
Collection Number: photCL 496
approximately 1,500 photographs + ephemera and publications, in 37 boxes
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Abstract: A collection of photographs and ephemera of California Missions, collected by Southern California educator Connie Rothstein,
with an emphasis on the San Gabriel Mission
and the history of the city of San Gabriel, California, and the production of
The Mission Play by John Steven McGroarty. The collection
also includes late-19th and early-20th century photographs of Los Angeles and Southern California, and postcards and ephemera
the Southern California region. Notable in the collection are 391 stereographs of missions and Los Angeles, including some
William Godfrey and H. T. Payne, A. C. Varela, and Carleton Watkins.
Finding aid last updated on October 31, 2014.
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[Identification of item], Connie Rothstein Collection of California Missions, The Mission Play, and Southern California, The
Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Gift of Connie Rothstein, 2010.
Connie Rothstein (born 1940) taught elementary through high school and continuation school for 36 years in the San Gabriel
School District and was a college instructor for three years at California State Polytechnic University,
Pomona and California State University, Long Beach. She began collecting historical photographs of missions as teaching materials
for her 4th grade pupils, gradually collecting other topics of personal and classroom interest.
She built her collection over decades by combing swap meets, flea markets and thrift stores, and acquiring specific items
from dealers. Rothstein also devoted her time to civic and community affairs and was sought out for her
knowledge of the history of the city of San Gabriel in Los Angeles County.
Scope and Content
A collection of photographs and ephemera of California Missions, with an emphasis on the San Gabriel Mission, the history
of the city of San Gabriel,
and the production of
The Mission Play by John Steven McGroarty. The collection also includes late-19th and early-20th century photographs of Los Angeles and Southern
California, and postcards and
ephemera related to the Southern California region. Notable in the collection are 391 stereographs of missions and Los Angeles,
including some by photographers William Godfrey and H. T. Payne, A. C. Varela, and
All of the California Missions are represented in the collection, plus the “sub-missions” or Asistencias of California. The
mission photographs include many unusual views and details, and are a mixture of snapshots
made by tourists and commercial photographs.
There are many views in and around Southern California, most dating from 1880s-1920s, by various photographers. Specific
topics emphasized in and around Los Angeles are: Olvera Street, Chinatown, La Fiesta de Los
Angeles celebration; and the Mount Lowe Railway. There are many cabinet cards and stereographs, and six large panoramic photographs
of the Los Angeles area.
The ephemera include hundreds of postcards and photographic postcards, scrapbooks, and many small publications on the history
of the missions and California, as well as ephemera related to
The Mission Play.
The Mission Play, first performed in 1912 in Southern California, portrayed the establishment of the California Missions under the leadership
of Father Junipero Serra, and the converting of Native Americans
into Christianity by Franciscan friars. The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, dedicated in 1927 in San Gabriel, was built to
stage the play. There is a binder of programs and ephemera on the play and its various
performances, as well as a group of lantern slides and postcards of the play.
Other topics in the collection are: photographs and ephemera of Monterey, California; Oregon and the Columbia River Highway;
and a group of photographs of cowboys and Western culture (mid-20th century).
The collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:
Series I. Photographs
- Prints and Photograph Albums
- California Missions, Asistencias, and Other Churches
- Geographic Locations
Los Angeles and Southern California
- Central and Northern California
Other United States
- Other Subjects
- Miscellaneous unidentified scenes
Cowboys and Western Culture
- Lantern Slides
Series II. Ephemera, Postcards and Publications
- California Missions, Asistencias, and Other Churches
The Mission Play
- Geographic Locations
Los Angeles and vicinity
San Gabriel, City of
Other San Gabriel Valley
Oregon and Columbia River Highway
Godfrey, W. M. (William Mollock), 1825-1900.
Haynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay), 1853-1921.
Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885 -- Homes and haunts -- Colorado.
Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. Ramona.
McGroarty, John Steven, 1862-1944. Mission Play.
Serra, Junipero, 1713-1784
Lugo Adobe (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Antonio de Pala -- Photographs.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Francisco Solano (Sonoma, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Juan Capistrano -- Photographs.
Mission San Jose (Alameda County, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Rafael Arcangel -- Photographs.
Mount Lowe Railway -- Photographs.
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Mission : Calif.) -- Photographs.
Pacific Electric Railway Company.
Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Royal Presidio Chapel (Monterey, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Antonio de Pádua (Mission) -- Photographs.
San Buenaventura Mission -- 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 Juan Bautista (Mission : San Juan Bautista, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Santa Barbara Mission -- Photographs.
Santa Clara Mission -- Photographs.
Santa Cruz Mission -- Photographs.
Santa Inés Mission (Solvang Calif.) -- Photographs.
Stanford University -- History-- Photographs.
Adobe houses -- Photographs.
Missions, Spanish -- California -- Photographs.
Chinese -- California -- Photographs.
Cowboys -- 20th century -- Photographs.
Historic sites -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
Horsemen and horsewomen -- Photographs.
Hotels -- California -- Photographs.
La Fiesta de Los Angeles -- Photographs.
Parades -- California -- Photographs.
Parks -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
Ruins -- Photographs.
Schools -- California -- Pasadena -- Photographs.
Schoolchildren -- Photographs.
Stockyards (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Theater -- California -- History.
Azusa (Calif.) -- History -- Photographs.
California, Southern -- History -- 20th century -- Photographs.
Chinatown (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Colorado -- Photographs.
Columbia River Highway (Or.) -- Photographs.
El Camino Real (Calif.) -- History. -- Photographs.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
La Crescenta (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Long Beach (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Los Angeles County (Calif.) -- History -- Photographs.
Monterey (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Olvera Street (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Oregon -- Photographs.
Pasadena (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Redlands (Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Bernardino County (Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Gabriel (Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Juan Bautista (Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Marino (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Santa Anita Rancho (Los Angeles County, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Santa Barbara (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Santa Ysabel (San Diego County, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Bernard, Bruno, photographer
Bierstadt, Charles, 1819-1903., photographer.
Blanchard, James B., photographer.
Bonine, R. (Robert K.), photographer
Brewster, John Calvin, photographer
Butterfield, S. H., photographer
Cochems, Edward W. (Edward William), 1874-1949, photographer
Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941, photographer.
Davis, James M., photographer.
Ellis, Lemuel S., approximately 1842-1902, photographer.
Ford, Henry Chapman, 1828-1894, artist.
Frese, Adolf, photographer
Gifford, Benjamin A., photographer.
Godfrey, W. M. (William Mollock), 1825-1900, photographer.
Golsh, A. C., photographer.
Hart, Alfred A., 1816-1908, photographer.
Hazeltine, M. M. (Martin Mason), 1827-1903, photographer.
Houseworth, Thomas, 1829-1915, photographer.
Ingersoll, William B. (William Booker), 1834-1905, photographer.
Ironmonger, Charles, photographer
Jackson, B. D., 1850 or 1851-1937, photographer.
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942, photographer
Johnson, C. W. J. (Charles Wallace Jacob), 1833-1903, photographer.
Kilburn, B. W. (Benjamin West), 1827-1909, photographer.
Lamson, Joseph Harrison, 1840-1902, photographer
Locke, H. R., photographer
Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928, lyricist.
Martin, Frederick W., photographer
Maude, F. H. (Frederic Hamer), photographer
McClain, Hubert A., photographer.
Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904, photographer.
Parker, F. (Francis), photographer
Parker, Joseph C. (Joseph Chamberland), 1834-1910, photographer
Payne, Henry T., approximately 1845- photographer.
Pierce, C. C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946, photographer
Pierce, Edward W., photographer.
Putnam, J. R., photographer
Rea, William J., photographer.
Reilly, John James, 1838-1894, photographer.
Rieder, M., photographer.
Ritchie, Robert O., photographer
Roberts, Henry E. (Henry Edmund), 1869-1961, photographer
Smith, E. F. (Los Angeles, Calif.), photographer
Snell, E. B., photographer
Stanton, T. E. (Thomas E.), photographer
Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912, photographer.
Tuttle, W. N., photographer.
Tyler, O. E., active 1883-1884, photographer.
Vail, J. G. (Geneva, N.Y.), photographer
Vale, W. A., 1847-
Varble, H. A., photographer
Varela, A. C. (Alexander C.), 1839-1915, photographer
Waite, C. B. (Charles Betts), 1861-1927, photographer
Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916, photographer
Weaver, M. F. (Miles F.), 1879-1932, photographer
Wendt, Julius M., photographer
Wesner, H. B., photographer
Westervelt, James D., 1844-, photographer.
Wyatt, Ralph J., photographer
Bertrand & Company, photographer
Black-D Photo Service, photographer
Bradley & Rulofson, photographer
California Art Foto Company, photographer.
California Panorama Company, photographer
California Stereoscope and View Co., publisher.
Charles Beseler Co., photographer
Continent Stereoscopic Company, photographer.
Cross & Dimmitt, photographer
Detroit Photographic Co., photographer.
E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm), photographer.
Elite Studio (San Diego, Ca.), photographer
F. H. Rogers & Co., photographer.
Garden City Photo Co., photographer.
Graham Photo Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.), photographer
Griffith & Griffith, photographer.
H. C. White Co., photographer
Hardesty & Armstrong, photographer
Hayward & Muzzall, photographer.
Inman Company, photographer.
Jarvis (Firm : Pasadena, Calif.), photographer.
Kelley & Chadwick, photographer
Keystone View Company, photographer.
Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.), photographer
Mott Studios, photographer
Palace Studio (Los Angeles, Calif.), photographer
Payne, Stanton &Co., 1881-1886, photographer
Prezeau & Tougas, photographer
Putnam & Valentine, photographer.
Roberts & Fellows, photographer.
Sawyer Scenic Photos (Portland, Or.), photographer
Stagg Photographers (Los Angeles, Calif.), photographer
Stereo-Travel Co., photographer.
Strohmeyer & Wyman, photographer
Underwood & Underwood, photographer.
Universal Photo Art Co., photographer.
W.E. Warren, Son & Co., photographer
W.H. Jackson Photograph and Publishing Co., photographer
Webster & Albee, photographer