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Collinge (J. Walter) Photograph Collection
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The J. Walter Collinge Photograph Collection contains over three hundred photographs by Santa Barbara photographer J. Walter Collinge (1883-1964). Recognized for his photography of architecture, landscapes, and nudes, this collection concentrates on Collinge's architectural and scenic photography in and around Santa Barbara's many historical places and events, especially Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
James Walter Collinge (1883-1964) was one of the most unlikely individuals to become an accomplished photographer. From childhood Collinge was nearly deaf and almost blind. Collinge was born in a small town in Montana and would later say that he was the first white baby born in the town. His family moved west settling in Ashland, Oregon, where Collinge apprenticed to a photographer. At the age of 17, Collinge won an Honorable Mention in a photography competition sponsored by Youth's Companion magazine.
340 Photographic Prints
Property rights reside with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head Archivist of the Gledhill Library.
Collection is open for research.