A collection of photographs by American
editor and writer Charles F. Lummis, featuring portraits of himself, family, and friends,
and the building of his Los Angeles house, El Alisal.
Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859-1928) was a journalist, editor, author, ethnologist,
archaeologist, poet, builder, and photographer. He was editor of the magazine The Land of
Sunshine (later titled Out West), founded the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles in 1903, and
served as librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library from 1905 to 1910. Lummis took up
photography around the mid-1880s, selling and publishing many of his own images, while also
taking personal photographs. He continued taking photographs until the end of his life. El
Alisal, the name Lummis gave to the stone house he built, is now a Los Angeles
Historic-Cultural Monument called the Lummis House.
9.1 Linear Feet
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the five autochromes.