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Lanterman Family Photograph Album Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lanterman Family Photograph Album Collection
    Dates: 1867-1940s
    Collection Number: LFA
    Creator/Collector: Lanterman, Roy S., 1869-1948. Lanterman, Emily Constance, 1873-1949. Lanterman, Frank. Lanterman, Lloyd Stanley, 1897-1987. Pate, Mary Florence, 1904-1956. Lanterman family.
    Extent: Five boxes.
    Repository: Lanterman House History Center and Archives
    La Canada Flintridge, California 91011
    Abstract: Consists of the personal photographs and some paper ephemera collected by the Lanterman family as a founding family of La Cañada Flintridge, California. Materials date from 1867 to the 1940s, with images of the Lanterman House and California travel.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open to the public for research. Use is restricted by rules intended to protect and preserve the materials in good condition for the future. Contact the Lanterman House Archives at least 48 hours in advance to ensure access to the materials. For additional information, please contact the Lanterman House Archives.

    Publication Rights

    Use of the materials is governed by applicable copyright law. The Lanterman House and Lanterman House Archives reserve the right to restrict any materials from reproduction at any time. Property rights reside with the Lanterman House. The Lanterman House’s physical ownership of the materials in its collection does not imply ownership of copyright. It is the user’s responsibility to resolve any copyright issues related to the use and distribution of reproduced materials. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Lanterman House Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Lanterman Family Photograph Album Collection. Collection Number: LFA. Lanterman House History Center and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    On April 21, 1987, the City of La Cañada Flintridge purchased the family papers and the furnishings of the Lanterman House from the Church of the Lighted Window, which had inherited them from the last surviving member of the Lanterman family.

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Lantermans are one of the founding families of La Cañada Flintridge, California. Originally from New Jersey, Jacob Luce Lanterman (1827-1908) and his wife Ammoretta (1831-1902) brought their children Roy, Frank, and Stella, to California in the 1870s. Along with their children and grandchildren, they established La Cañada’s first local church, founded its school district, and played a large role in the development of its land. Dr. Roy S. Lanterman (1869-1948), and his wife Emily C. Folsom (1873-1949) settled in La Cañada, building their home, El Retiro, now known as the Lanterman House, in 1915. They had two sons, California State Assemblyman Frank Dexter Lanterman (1901-1981), who championed water rights for unincorporated areas as well as reforms in the treatment of the developmentally disabled, and engineer Lloyd Lanterman (1897-1987). Florence Pate (1904-1956), daughter of local pioneer Charles Pate (1874-1961) and close family friend, was engaged to Lloyd and participated in some of the family activities. The Lantermans traveled extensively by car throughout California to numerous national parks and historical locations, including Yosemite National Park and the Panama-California Exposition in San Francisco. Stella Bell Lanterman (1858-1933) married prominent businessman Lawson M. La Fetra (1844-1907) and lived in Glendora, California. Jacob Lanterman would spend his later years staying at both his daughter’s house and in La Cañada at either El Retiro or his own home, Homewood. The Lanterman and La Fetra families often interacted, enjoying picnics and other family events outdoors at all three family homes, including Jacob Lanterman’s Homewood.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Lanterman family photograph albums collection consists of personal photographs and some ephemera in four albums and three partial albums dating from 1867 to the 1940s. It is not known what happened to the missing portions of the albums. Notable in the collection an album of the Peter Lanterman family, which consists of portraits of all ten of his children and their spouses, including his son, who became a founder of La Cañada, Jacob L. Lanterman. There are numerous images of the Lanterman House, the family home of the Roy S. Lanterman family, built in 1915. The Roy Lanterman family documented their extensive travel by car throughout California to numerous national parks and historical locations, including Yosemite National Park and the Panama-California Exposition in San Francisco. The LaFetra family of Glendora is also highlighted in this collection, as Stella LaFetra, daughter of family patriarch Jacob L. Lanterman, married into this family. Florence Pate, daughter of La Cañada pioneer Charles Pate, was engaged to Lanterman son Lloyd, and was considered like a member of the Lanterman family. Her travel album documents traveling by boat through the Panama Canal and the workings of the Holland-America Line during the 1920s. The albums are arranged thusly: 1. Peter Lanterman Family Album (Box 1) 2. Roy S. Lanterman Family Album (Box 2) 3. The Lantermans in Yosemite (Box 3) 4. Partial Albums (Box 4) a. La Fetra Family Album b. La Fetra and Lanterman Family Album c. Lanterman Travel Album 5. Florence Pate: My Second Trip Abroad via the Panama Canal (Box 5)

    Indexing Terms

    Family life--California--History.
    Automobile travel--California.
    Lanterman, Jacob L., -1908.
    Lanterman family
    LaFetra family.
    La Cañada Flintridge (Calif).
    Glendora (Calif.).
    Panama Canal (Panama).

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