Bell Family Photograph Albums of Travel in the American West photCL 212

Suzanne Oatey
The Huntington Library
March 2021
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library Photo Archives
Title: Bell family photograph albums of travel in the American West
Identifier/Call Number: photCL 212
Physical Description: 5.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1908-1924
Abstract: A group of family photograph albums dated 1908 to 1924, depicting automobile trips throughout the American West to national and state parks.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Bell family photograph albums of travel in the American West, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Raymond M. Bell, 1976.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 10 family photograph albums, 1908-1924, chiefly of trips to tourist sites and national parks in the Western United States, depicting travel by car, mountain camping, natural scenery, and hiking. Little is known about the Bell family, but most of the snapshots have captions identifying locations and dates. One album says photographs by J. O. Downing, and there is a postcard album with postcards sent from all over the country, approximately 1910s. Album contents: Vol. 1. Sierra Club trip, Glacier National Park, 1924 -- Vol. 2. My 1923 Outing: Southern Nevada - Southern Utah - Northern Arizona (with two-page narrative describing an 1,850-mile automobile trip) -- Vol. 3. Construction of Granite Reef Dam, 1908, on the Salt River, Arizona, with workers' encampment and residences. Some snapshots of Native Americans; town of Roosevelt; Roosevelt Power Canal; Tonto Basin -- Vol. 4. Mount Rainier trip, August 1921 -- Vol. 5. Red Rock Canyon (Mojave Desert, Nevada), 1919 -- Vol. 6. Sequoia Park, July 1918 -- Vol. 7. High Sierra, Sierra Nevada Mountains, 1919 -- Vol. 8. Camp High Sierra, 1923 -- Vol. 9. Scenery and people at a log cabin, horseback riding, around Pinecrest, Tuolumne County, California, 1910s? -- Vol. 10. Souvenir postcards sent from various places in the United States, 1910s?.

Processing Information

Volume numbers were assigned by Huntington Library staff circa late-20th century. In 2021, Suzanne Oatey created a finding aid.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Automobile travel -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century
Dams -- Arizona
Hiking -- California
Outdoor recreation
Glacier National Park (Mont.)
Granite Reef Dam (Ariz.)
Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.)
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
Photograph albums

Box 1

Volumes 1-2 1923-1924

Box 2

Volumes 3-6 1908-1921

Box 3

Volumes 7-8 1919-1923

Box 4

Volumes 9-10 1910s?