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Historical Society of Southern California Collection - Thornton Fitzhugh Collection of Architectural Photographs and Ephemera: Finding Aid
photCL 400 volume 10  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Historical Note of HSSC
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Historical Society of Southern California Collection - Thornton Fitzhugh Collection of Architectural Photographs and Ephemera
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1895-approximately 1928
    Collection Number: photCL 400 volume 10
    Collector: Fitzhugh, Thornton, 1864-1933
    Extent: 184 photographs and ephemera in 1 box
    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: Disbound album with photographs, clippings, and other ephemera related to the architectural work of American architect Thornton Fitzhugh (1864-1933). The collection chiefly consists of photographs and renderings of commercial and residential buildings designed by Fitzhugh in Los Angeles and Arizona.
    Language: English.

    Access

    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

    [Identification of item], Historical Society of Southern California Collection - Thornton Fitzhugh Collection of Architectural Photographs and Ephemera, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of the Historical Society of Southern California, 1992.

    Biographical Note

    Architect Thornton Fitzhugh (1864-1933) designed many notable buildings in the Los Angeles area and Arizona. He maintained offices in Los Angeles at 864 Pacific Electric Building and later at 401 N. Avenue 50, and in Phoenix, Arizona. Fitzhugh is probably best known for the design and construction of Henry E. Huntington's Pacific Electric Building and the exclusive Jonathan Club. He worked chiefly with reinforced concrete and gained a considerable reputation as a pioneer and expert in the use of this material. He built office buildings, banks, churches, government facilities such as mental hospitals and penal institutions, and residential apartments and homes.

    Historical Note of HSSC

    Founded in 1883, the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) is the oldest historical society in California. As part of its mission to collect and preserve Southern California’s history, the HSSC amassed a photo archive over many decades. The HSSC shifted its emphasis to programs and publications in the 1980s and, in 1992, the organization donated its photo archive to The Huntington Library.
    The Historical Society of Southern California Collection contains approximately 15,000 photographs and negatives focused on Southern California from approximately 1870 to 1980. As such, it is an important visual record of the growth and history of the region. The collection represents a variety of donations made to the Society over many years. It is organized into discrete sub-collections (each with a unique “volume” number) within the overall collection, which is identified by call number photCL 400.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains photographs, clippings, and other ephemera related to the architectural work of Thornton Fitzhugh. Included are photographs and renderings of commercial and residential buildings designed by Fitzhugh in Los Angeles and Arizona; among the more notable are the Pacific Electric Building, the Jonathan Club, Union Labor Temple, and Bimini Hot Springs, in Los Angeles, and the Territorial Institute for the Insane, Phoenix. The original album contained many loose and unidentified photographs and for this reason the original order of the collection was not preserved.
    The collection was originally in album form and titled "Some Examples of Architectural Work from the Office of Thornton Fitzhugh, Los Angeles, Cal. & Phoenix, Arizona."

    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    The sub-collections of the Historical Society of Southern California Collection (photCL 400) are individually cataloged in the Huntington Online Catalog.  

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Arizona Territorial Prison -- Photographs.
    St. Joseph's Hospital (Phoenix, Ariz.) -- Photographs.
    Pacific Electric Railway Company -- Buildings -- Photographs.
    Apartment houses -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
    Architecture -- Arizona -- Phoenix -- Photographs.
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
    Architecture, Domestic -- Photographs.
    Bank buildings -- California -- Photographs.
    Commercial buildings -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
    Concrete construction -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
    Concrete construction -- Arizona -- Photographs.
    Church buildings -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
    Political clubs -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs.
    Arizona -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs.

    Forms/Genres

    Photographs.
    Clippings.
    Letters.
    Postcards.

    Contributors

    Tener, R. E., photographer.
    Baker, Chas. H., photographer.
    Martin, Frederick W., photographer.
    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence), photographer.
    Galezio, L. A., photographer.