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Finding Aid to the Patrick J. Rafferty Mission Inn, Riverside, California Collection
BANC PIC 2019.035  
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  • Processing Information
  • Content Description
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Patrick J. Rafferty Mission Inn, Riverside, California collection
    Creator: Rafferty, Patrick J.
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 2019.035
    Physical Description: 37 photographs in 3 boxes : lantern slides and glass negatives ; sheets 22 x 17 cm or smaller
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1900-1920
    Abstract: Professionally-photographed views of the Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif., taken by various photographers, chiefly at the turn of the 20th century.
    Physical Location: Many Bancroft Library collections are stored off-site and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment only. Inquiries should be submitted to Bancroft Reference via the Reference Inquiry form.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted to The Bancroft Library. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Patrick J. Rafferty Mission Inn, Riverside, California photograph collection was given to The Bancroft Library by Peter W. Shott in 2018.

    Biographical / Historical

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [Collection Title and call number], The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff in 2019.

    Content Description

    Collected professionally-photographed views of the Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif., taken by various photographers, chiefly at the turn of the 20th century. Negatives record both interiors and exteriors. One negative depicts owner and developer Frank A. Miller. Two negatives are of Oregon Trail pioneer Ezra Meeker and his ox-drawn wagon, perhaps during his tour of the region in 1909. Lantern slides are of the Mission Inn, other points of interest in Riverside, and various locations throughout California: Lake Tahoe, Pasadena, Mariposa Big Tree Grove, Los Angeles, Mission Santa Barbara, San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Gabriel, Mission San Fernando, Echo Lake, Mount Shasta, and the Ostrich Tree on Cypress Point, Monterey.
    Future additions are expected, which will include Mission Inn photographic prints, slides, postcards, and ephemera.


    Additions expected.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hotels -- California -- Riverside
    Architecture, Spanish colonial -- Influence -- Photographs
    Rafferty, Patrick J.
    Mission Inn