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Finding Aid to the J. J. Markey and San Luis Rey Historical Society Papers and Photographs MS.1319
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  • Title: J. J. Markey and San Luis Rey Historical Society Papers and Photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1319
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1959
    Abstract: Dr. J. J. (Joseph James) Markey (1897-1985) was a physician and amateur archaeologist and was president of the San Luis Rey Historical Society in 1957. This collection of papers and photographs includes newspaper clippings following Markey’s archaeological exploits, photographs of Markey and other members of the San Luis Rey Historical Society, and artworks created from their findings.
    creator: Markey, Joseph James, 1897-1985
    creator: San Luis Rey Historical Society


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred citation

    J. J. Markey and San Luis Rey Historical Society Papers and Photographs, 1952-1959, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1319; [folder number] [folder title][date].


    Deposited to the Library from Ruth D. Simpson or M. R. (Mark Raymond) Harrington, circa 1964

    Biographical Note

    Dr. J. J. (Joseph James) Markey (May 31, 1897-December 1985) was a physician who had served in World War I and was an amateur archaeologist. In 1957, Markey was the president of the San Luis Rey Historical Society and gave lectures and led field trips in Southern California. Markey wrote in his biographical history that he directed archaeological expeditions in China, Java, Germany, California, France, England, Morocco, and Tahiti between 1924 and 1955, although he did not hold a degree in archaeological studies.

    Scope and contents

    This collection includes newspaper clippings of various archaeological exploits of Dr. J. J. Markey in Southern California from 1952-1957, as well as bulletins and field trip announcements from the San Luis Rey Historical Society. Photographs in this collection feature archaeological sites, artifacts, artwork, sculpture, newspaper articles, and people, including Dr. J. J. Markey, painter Eileen Herbster, and sculptor George Stromer. Some photographs feature members of the San Luis Rey Historical Society in a chemistry lab, and other photographs feature society members at archaeological sites with metal detectors. Some of the photographs have “Search for Buried Treasure” written on the verso. Photographs of George Stromer feature him sculpting a human head from a found skull, as well as photographs of the finished sculpture.

    Processing history

    Initial processing by Braun Library Staff. Finding aid completed completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 August 20, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Herbster, Eileen
    Stromer, George
    Art, American
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- California
    San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)