This collection contains photographs, negatives, and some ephemera chiefly collected by California
conservationist and editor William H. Thrall (1873-1963)
for use in
Trails magazine. The photographs primarily date from the 1930s, but also include copy prints (and some originals) of late 19th and
early 20th photographs.
The images depict mountain and forested
landscapes and outdoor recreational activities including hiking, skiing, and camping, chiefly in the San Gabriel Mountains
and surrounding mountains of Southern California,
as well images of historical mountain pioneers.
William Henry Thrall (1873-1963), conservationist and editor, was born in Connecticut on September 26, 1873, and came to California
in 1888. Thrall became an authority on the trails and history of
the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. From 1933 to 1938 he served as head of
the Division of Mountain Education of the Los Angeles County Department of
Recreation. He wrote many articles about the San Gabriel Mountains and was editor
of Trails magazine from 1934 to 1939. Thrall married Olive J. Fryer (1880-1952) in December 1898. Thrall died on February 20, 1963.
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.
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services
Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.