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Santa Cruz, California, Photograph album
photCL 191  
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library Photo Archive
    Title: Photograph album of Santa Cruz, California
    Creator: Aydelotte, Charles L. (Charles Leon), 1868-1924
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 191
    Physical Description: 1 Volume (48 photographs in 1 album)
    Date: approximately 1904
    Abstract: A photograph album of Santa Cruz, California, dating from approximately 1904, depicting the pleasure pier, people at the beach, redwood trees, and other scenic views.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Photograph album of Santa Cruz, California, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Cherokee Bookstore, March 1973.

    Biographical / Historical

    Charles Leon Aydelotte (1868-1924) was born in Indiana. He became a professional photographer and relocated to Santa Cruz, California, around 1900 where he operated "Aydelotte's Photographic Studio" until his death in 1924. Many of Aydelotte's scenic views of Santa Cruz were reproduced by major postcard publishers of the day.

    Scope and Contents

    A suede-covered photograph album dating from approximately 1904 containing 48 mounted photographs of Santa Cruz and environs by local photographer Charles L. Aydelotte. Subjects include beachgoers at Santa Cruz beach and views of boardwalk attractions such as the first "Neptune's Casino" (built in 1904 and destroyed by fire in 1906) and the "Electric Pleasure Pier." Other subjects include the "Wave Motor," a motor-driven water tank structure that stored salt water used to wet down dirt roads; the Big Tree Grove of redwoods; a bird's-eye-view of the town; and photographs of crashing ocean waves that appear to take on the form of human faces, with titles such as "Maid of the Mist" and "The Old Man of the Sea." Most photographs have brief captions identifying the subject and location.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, circa late-20th century. In 2020, Suzanne Oatey created a finding aid derived from a collection file.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Amusement piers -- California
    Beaches -- California -- Santa Cruz
    Outdoor recreation
    Redwoods -- California
    Santa Cruz (Calif.)
    Photograph albums