Graham Photograph Collection

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Monterey Public Library
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Monterey, California 93940
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Graham Photograph Collection
Dates: 1924-1958
Collection Number: PHO 909
Extent: 26 glass plate negatives; b & w, in 3 glass plate boxes; 8 x 10 in.
Repository: Monterey Public Library
Monterey, California 93940
Abstract: hotographic negatives (131 total) date primarily from 1924 to the 1950s. They consist of interior and exterior views of the Hotel Del Monte, scenic views, and views of Monterey historic adobe buildings from 1924 to 1937. Collection also includes photographs of Fishermanʼs Wharf buildings from the 1950s. There are also some photographs made by Grahamʼs predecessors.
Language of Material: English


Access by appointment only; contact Local History Librarian or designated staff.

Publication Rights

Reproduction by Local History Librarian or other designated staff; may be restricted due to condition of the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Graham Photograph Collection. Collection Number: PHO 909. Monterey Public Library

Acquisition Information

Gift from Ray A. March.

Biography/Administrative History

Julian P. Graham, born March 13, 1886, Washington, D.C., originally planned on a career as a semi-professional baseball player. Instead, he became a traveling photographer. Arriving in Carmel, he worked for developer J. F. Devendorf. In February 1924, Samuel F. B. Morse, Chairman of the Board of Del Monte Properties Company, offered Graham a job at the Hotel Del Monte resort in Monterey. Graham operated his studio in the Hotel from 1924 until 1944, when he moved his shop to Pebble Beach, adjacent to the new Del Monte Lodge. Graham worked as an independent photographer, photographing various Hotel and Pebble Beach sports events, visitors and celebrities, as well as Monterey Peninsula scenic and historic sites. In 1944, Graham married Gwen Campbell, Del Monte Press Bureau director. Julian Graham is considered one of the outstanding, world-renowned photographers of the Monterey region. His work was reproduced in many national magazines.

Scope and Content of Collection

Series based on formats. Series I consists of glass plate negatives; Series II consists of 8 x 10 film negatives; Series III contains 3 x 4 film negatives.