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Charles Kelly Photograph Collection 1982.023
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    Identifier/Call Number: 1982.023
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Museum of Man
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.92 Linear feet (One photo album)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1918-1938
    Date (inclusive): 1905-1966

    Scope and Content

    The Charles Kelly Photograph Collection is comprised of a photograph album of Kumeyaay and Pala subjects from various reservations in San Diego County. The majority of the photographs are from the Inaja-Cosmit Reservation, but other locations include: Campo Reservation, Pala Reservation, Mesa Grande Reservation, Warner Springs, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The collection contains 35mm negatives, and prints of varying sizes: 35mm, 2.5 in. x 3.5 in., 2.5 in. x 4 in., 2.5 in. x 4.5 in., 2.75 in. x 4.5 in., 3 in.x 4.75 in., 3 in. x 3.5 in., 3.5 in. x 3.5 in., 3.5 in. x 3.75 in., 3.5 in. x 5 in., 3.5 in. x 5.5 in., 3.5 in. x 6 in., 4 in. x 5, 5 in. x 7 in., 5.5 in. x 9 in., 8 in. x 10 in.


    The Kelly family settled in southeastern San Diego County in 1860. Charles Kelly (b. 1881) was a rancher and a livestock raiser following the footsteps of his father. He befriended the Indians who were moving from Vallecitos Valley between 1860 and 1875. In 1900, most of the Kelly ranch was converted to the Inaja-Cosmit Reservation.