Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Michelle Sanchez.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Photo Archives
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad
Dates (inclusive): 1948-1954
Collection Number: photCL 120
Creator: Schad, Jasper G., 1932-
Extent: 150 photographs in 4 boxes; prints mostly 31 x 25 cm. (12 x 10 in.) and 20 x 25 cm. (8 x 10 in.); 114 negatives 10 x 12 cm. (4 x 5 in.) or smaller, (6 deteriorated).
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Abstract: This is a collection of photographs of 11 California missions and their grounds, taken during a restoration period from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. Notable missions that are depicted include San Fernando Rey de España, San Luis Rey de Francia, Santa Barbara, and Santa Inés. The photographs were taken by Jasper Schad, except for two taken by Brother Barnabas of Mission San Luis Rey.
Language: English.
Finding aid last updated on October 14, 2014.


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Preferred Citation

Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


Gift of Jasper Schad in 1954, 1956, and 1961.

Biographical Note

Jasper G. Schad was born in 1932 in Los Angeles County, California. He served as the dean of libraries at Wichita State University from 1971 until 1998. Schad's father, Robert O. Schad, was the curator of rare books at the Huntington Library from 1926 to 1961.

Scope and Content

This collection contains 150 photographs and 114 negatives of the restoration of some California missions and their surrounding lands from the late 1940s to mid-1950s. The photographs were taken by Jasper Schad, except for two taken by Brother Barnabas of Mission San Luis Rey.
The missions that are shown in the photos include San Antonio de Padua, San Buenaventura, San Gabriel Arcángel, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Santa Barbara, La Purísima Concepción, San Juan Capistrano, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, San Fernando Rey de España, San Luis Rey de Francia, and Santa Inés. Unidentified mission photographs are also included. The photographs show a contemporary Native American village; a cemetery; restoration work in progress; restoration workers; fully restored mission buildings; contemporary building additions to the missions; mission dedication ceremonies; aerial views of the mission grounds; chapel interiors; branding irons; a confessional; a baptism fountain; a water spout; a lavendería; reservoirs; bell towers; furniture; mission ruins; and Goodwin Knight, Robert O. Schad, Joseph Scott, and Father Finbar Kenneally, all of whom appear once in this collection.
Jasper Schad had indicated in an interview that he had taken these photos as an amateur during a trip his parents had taken him on to fuel his interest in history. The collection also holds ten non-mission negatives, all of which depict California locations; Mr. Schad mentioned that his parents had included these negatives in this collection because it was thought the negatives would be of interest to the Huntington. The negatives show Kennedy Gold Mine, Bale Grist Mill, the sitting room of Andres Pico Adobe, and an unidentified Ventura turn-of-the-century house. Some images exist only in negative format.


The collection is arranged numerically by item number.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


Architecture -- Conservation and restoration -- Photographs.
Missions -- California -- Photographs.
Historic buildings -- Photographs.
Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.) -- Photographs
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs
Mission San Juan Capistrano -- Photographs.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Mission : Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Antonio de Pádua (Mission) -- Photographs
San Buenaventura Mission -- Photographs.
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- Photographs
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) -- Photographs
Santa Barbara Mission -- Photographs.
Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.) -- Photographs



Added Entries

Barnabas, Brother, photographer.

Collection Contents




31 x 25 cm prints

Box  1, Items 1-5

La Purísima Concepción

Church interior, exterior of mission
Box  1, Items 6-13

San Fernando

Door, church exterior reconstruction, ruins, Native American village, branding iron. [1949]
Box  2, Items 14-15

San Gabriel

Façade of church, confessional box. [1948]
Box  2, Items 16

San Juan Capistrano

Arch showing construction. [1949]
Box  2, Items 17-26

San Luis Rey

Gardens; water spout; priests, including Fr. Finbar Kenneally ; church interior;arches; mission exterior; aerial view of mission; restoration work; dome at the crossing of the church. [1949]
Box  3, Items 27-36

Santa Barbara

Bell wheel, branding iron, façade statues, altar, reservoir, inner court, front façade, lavenderia, church interior, cemetery. [1949]
Box  3, Items 37-41

Santa Inés

Church interior, ruined arch, baptismal font, bell tower, reconstruction work. [1949]

20 X 25 cm and smaller prints

Box  4, Items 42

San Buenaventura

Box  4, Items 43-48

La Purísima Concepción

Mission exteriors, church interiors, reservoir. [1949-1950]
Box  4, Items 49-62

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

Faraway and closeup views of mission ruins. [1950]
Box  4, Items 63-65

San Antonio de Padua

Restoration work, corridor, exterior of mission. [1949]
Box  4, Items 66-103

San Fernando

Structure details, mission ruins, exterior of mission, restoration work, finished restoration, aerial views of mission, classrooms, cellar. [1949-1950]
Box  4, Items 104-108

San Luis Obispo

Doorway, roof structure details, chapel interior, mission front exterior. [1950]
Box  4, Items 109-128

San Luis Rey

Aerial views of mission, restoration work, restoration workers, dedication ceremony, Lt. Governor Goodwin Knight, Joseph Scott, chapel interior, contemporary restroom additions to the mission. [1949, 1950, 1954]
Box  4, Items 129-137

Santa Barbara

Altar, bell wheel, front façade restoration, mission exterior, restoration workers. [1949-1951]
Box  4, Items 138

Santa Inés

Restoration work in corridor. [1949]
Box  4, Items 139-192


Exteriors of buildings, bench, stairways, windows, cabinets, doors, gift shop, restoration work, restored corridors and buildings, restoration workers, classroom, groundbreaking ceremony, Robert O. Schad. [1949-1950]


Access Information

Access to the negatives is restricted. Arrangements for viewing negatives must be made in advance with the Curator of Photographs.
Box 5

10 x 12 cm and smaller negatives (Cold Storage)


Negatives with corresponding prints

Items 6, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 25, 26, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 48, 51, 53, 58, 65, 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 103, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 131, 132, 133, 134, and 135.

Negatives with no prints (unique images)



Box  5, Items 193-223

San Fernando

Structural details, corridors, church interior, mission exteriors, restoration work, restoration workers, Ranchito Romolo, and Dr. and Mrs. G.M. Lindblad. [1949-1950]
Box  5, Items 224-240

San Luis Rey

Restoration work, restoration workers, landscape views of mission. [1949-1950]
Box  5, Items 241-242

Santa Barbara

West and east bell towers [1949]
Box  5, Items 243-244

Santa Inés

Confessional, restoration work. [1948-1949]
Box  5, Items 245-248

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

Mission ruins. [1949]

Miscellaneous non-mission

Box 5, Items 249-250

Kennedy’s Gold Mine tailing wheel, Bale Grist Mill. [1949-1950]

Box 5, Items 251-252

Andres Pico Adobe

Sitting room of Andres Pico Adobe
Box 5, Items 253-258

[Unidentified early 20th century house. Possibly in Ventura, Calif. ]

Interiors and exteriors of the “Pietra House”. [“Pietra House” is not the name of the house. 1950.]
Box 6

Deteriorated negatives (cold storage)

Box 6, Items 259

Negative for print (172) (Unidentified mission restoration work)

Box 6, Items 260-261

Possibly San Fernando

Box 6, Items 262

Possibly San Luis Rey

Box 6, Items 263

San Luis Rey restoration work

Box 6, Items 264

Negative for print (6) (Original door at west end of sala, San Fernando mission)