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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Warren C. Dickerson (1853-1936) Collection, circa 1890-1920
    Dates: circa 1890-1920
    Collection Number: P-005
    Creator/Collector: Dickerson, Warren C.
    Extent: 55.2 linear feet (Boxes: letter, 5x7, 3 ov)
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    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles, California 90007-4057
    Abstract: Warren C. Dickerson was a commercial postcard photographer whose work covers the late nineteenth century through about 1920. While Dickerson’s work as a whole is inclusive of photographs from throughout the United States, about one-third of the photographs are of California, which make up this collection. The photographs feature diverse subjects such as architecturally unique southern California residences, amusement parks, cityscapes and mountain scenes located throughout the counties and cities of the state.
    Language of Material: English


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    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    Warren C. Dickerson (1853-1936) Collection, circa 1890-1920. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Acquisition Information

    The Warren C. Dickerson Collection was transferred to the museum in 1934 directly from the photographer. Cataloging was completed in 1945 when the collection was integrated into the museum’s negative collection.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Very little is known about Warren C. Dickerson, who donated his collection of work to the museum in 1934, two years before his death. He traveled throughout the United States ranging from New York and Maine to Southern California, selling photographs to commercial postcard companies. A majority of the Dickerson Collection is contained within the bulk years of 1890-1920, with work that is illustrative of diverse aspects of the United States during the early twentieth century. During the winter of 1991, an edition of Terra, produced by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, featured Dickerson’s work. In a segment titled “Focus on the West”, an image of a new federal building construction site, featuring horse-drawn wagons in front of a city street background, was taken during late 1906 or early 1907.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    While Dickerson photographed throughout the United States extensively, about one-third of the donated work is made up of images from throughout California. The Seaver Center houses Dickerson’s work in its entirety as it was donated. However, the scope of the Warren C. Dickerson Collection specified within this finding aid includes only work from California in order to fit with the mission and scope of the repository. Photographs depict significant landmarks, buildings, or events from eighteen California counties. Dickerson’s dry plate glass negatives contain a diverse array of locations and subjects, ranging from Yosemite landscapes to Los Angeles seaside amusement park scenes. The series have been arranged according to county, and further subdivided into subseries by city or locale. For certain counties, an additional subseries is included to hold photographs that cannot be identified on the city of locale level.

    Indexing Terms

    De Longpré, Paul, 1855-1911
    University of California, Berkeley
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
    Berkeley (Calif.)
    Oakland (Calif.)
    Eureka (Calif.)
    Provo (Utah)
    Inyo County (Calif.)
    Skidoo (Calif.)
    Bakersfield (Calif.)
    San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)
    San Gabriel Valley (Calif.)
    Alhambra (Calif.)
    Bunker Hill (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Dominguez Hills (Calif.)
    Garvanza (Calif.)
    Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Los Angeles River (Calif.)
    Long Beach (Calif.)
    Port of Long Beach
    Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Beverly Hills (Calif.)
    Pasadena (Calif.)
    Pomona (Calif.)
    Redondo Beach (Calif.)
    San Gabriel (Calif.)
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)
    Santa Clarita (Calif.)
    Santa Monica (Calif.)
    Sawtelle (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Mount Wilson (Calif.)
    Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
    Tamalpais, Mount (Calif.)
    Muir Woods National Monument (Calif.)
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
    Mammoth Lakes (Calif.)
    Monterey County (Calif.)
    San Jacinto Mountains (Calif.)
    Riverside (Calif.)
    Daggett (Calif.)
    Ontario (Calif.)
    Redlands (Calif.)
    Arrowhead Springs (Calif.)
    San Bernardino Mountains (Calif.)
    San Bernardino (Calif.)
    Point Loma (Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Santa Barbara (Calif.)
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Stanford (Calif.)
    Santa Cruz (Calif.)
    Ventura (Calif.)
    Tulare (Calif.)
    Cities and towns – California
    Harbors – California
    Amusement parks – California
    Pike, The (Long Beach, Calif. : Amusement park)
    Parks--California--Los Angeles
    Mountains – California
    Waterfalls--California--Yosemite National Park
    Lakes – California
    Arrowhead Springs (Calif.)
    Railroads, Cable – California
    Air shows
    Church buildings
    Hotels – California
    Piers – California
    Libraries – California
    Auditoriums -- California -- Los Angeles
    Dwellings – California
    Architecture, Spanish colonial--California, Southern
    Buildings -- California -- Los Angeles
    Architecture -- California
    Courthouses – California
    Mount Lowe Railway
    Astronomical observatories – California
    Rivers – California
    Battleships -- United States
    Lighthouses – California
    Bridges – California
    Indians of North America
    Carnegie libraries
    Streetcar cars -- California -- Los Angeles
    City traffic -- California -- Los Angeles

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