Photograph album of Southern California, between 1880 and 1899?

Processed by Jane Carpenter with assistance from Simon Elliott; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Photograph album of Southern California
Date (inclusive): between 1880 and 1899?
Collection number: 94/21
Physical Description: 1 album (37 photographic prints) : albumen ; 21 x 29 cm (leaves)

Photographs (11 x 19 cm) are mounted on both sides of 19 leaves of thin white cardboard, with captions along lower margin of many of the photos.

Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige and white woven cloth clamshell box with velcro closure; printed spine label with title "Southern California."
Abstract: Disbound leaves of an album containing mounted black-and-white photographs of Southern California views, probably taken between 1880 and 1899.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Photograph album of Southern California (Collection 94/21). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233582 

Scope and Content

Several photographs show towns--San Luis Obispo, and possibly Riverside or Redlands, California-- in the early stages of their settlement, revealing scattered homes among broad agricultural fields, orchards, and vineyards, with mountains in the background. There is also a view of Redlands from the Terrace Villa Hotel, the first hotel in the city, then called Lugonia, built in 1886 by D.L. Clark, and a view of the Du Bois Residence, "Casa Blanca", in Riverside, signed "Parker Photo" by J.C. Parker. Other photos, possibly taken in or near these towns, include shots of a wide tree-lined avenue, still unpaved; a large Italianate house on lush grounds, a rose-covered cottage, women and child standing on a bridge over a canal, men fishing in a rocky pond, two ladies on a rocky hillside overlooking a waterfall, horses and buggies on the beach, and a rocky coastline. Agricultural photographs focus on cultivation of oranges, grapes, and calla lilies; one photo shows two Chinese field workers drying grapes in a [raisin?] vineyard. Photographs of San Diego include views of San Diego Bay, San Diego Mission with adobe fence and palms in foreground, and Hotel Del Coronado, one signed "Coonley Photo." Other mission photographs include views of Santa Barbara Mission, San Juan Capistrano, and San Luis Rey Mission. Five photographs--three signed "Parker Photo"--depict Native Americans: bare-breasted Moqui, or Hopi, women in Winslow, Arizona; Pueblo women from Isleta, carrying pots on their heads, and Mojave women in Needles, Calif.; an unidentified Indian family "at home" in a wretched shelter of poles and blankets; and an old Indian wood carrier, a heavy bundle of sticks tied to his back.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Santa Barbara Mission --Photographs.
Mission San Juan Capistrano --Photographs.
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) --Photographs.
San Diego Mission --Photographs.
Hotel del Coronado (Coronado, Calif.) --Photographs.
Spanish mission buildings --California --Photographs.
Mohave women --California --Needles --Photographs.
Hopi women --Arizona --Winslow --Photographs.
Agriculture --California, Southern --Photographs.
Orange industry --California, Southern --Photographs.
California, Southern --Photographs.
San Diego (Calif.) --Photographs.
San Luis Obispo (Calif.) --Photographs.
Riverside (Calif.) --Photographs.
Redlands (Calif.) --Photographs.
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico --Photographs.

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints --California, Southern --1880-1899.
Photographic prints --California, Southern --1880-1899.
Photograph albums --California, Southern --1880-1899.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Coonley, Henry E., photographer.
Parker, J.C. (Joseph Chamberland), 1834-1910, photographer.
Slocum, J.E., photographer.

Related Material

Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94)   in UCLA Library Special Collections.