Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid to the Patrick J. Rafferty Mission Inn, Riverside, California Collection
BANC PIC 2019.035  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (73.75 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Overview
 
Table of contents What's This?
Description
Professionally-photographed views of the Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif., taken by various photographers, chiefly at the turn of the 20th century.
Background
Patrick J. Rafferty’s collection on Riverside’s Mission Inn is the result of a life-long passion for the historic hotel. He first saw the inn at age seven, on a visit to his grandmother who lived nearby. As a teen in the 1970s he began spending significant time exploring the property. He endeared himself to generations of inn managers, staff, family members (e.g. Miller family member Roberta Richardson), and fellow “Friends” by learning as much as he could, not only about the architecture and guestrooms, but also the magic shop, book bindery, music room and stained glass studios. As the youngest member of the Artifacts Committee, under the leadership of Esther Klotz, the teenage Patrick was actively involved in securing, preserving and restoring art and artifacts from the Mission Inn's collection. His first professional position with the inn was as Executive Housekeeper, at age 20, overseeing a staff of six along with 20 guestrooms, 137 apartments and multiple public spaces. The Mission Inn and its history became the focus of Patrick Rafferty's collecting. He amassed historic postcards, ephemera, photographs, and other artifacts over decades, while pursuing a career in the hospitality industry as a manager of properties in San Francisco and Hawaii.
Extent
37 photographs in 3 boxes : lantern slides and glass negatives ; sheets 22 x 17 cm or smaller
Restrictions
Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright 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 owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment only. Inquiries should be submitted to Bancroft Reference via the Reference Inquiry form.