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Parish (William A.) photographs of late-19th century architecture in Southern California
photCL 182  
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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington LibraryPhoto Archives
    Title: William A. Parish photographs of late-19th century architecture in Southern California
    Creator: Parish, William A. (William Alfred), 1906-1982
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 182
    Physical Description: 1.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date: approximately 1942
    Abstract: A collection of photographs taken approximately 1942 of Southern California structures built in the late 19th century. Huntington Library curator William A. Parish took the photographs to accompany a proposed book on regional architecture, and his typescript draft is also part of the collection.
    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]. William A. Parish photographs of late-19th century architecture in Southern California, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of William A. Parish, approximately 1960s-1970s.

    Biographical / Historical

    William A. Parish (1906-1982) held several positions at the Huntington Library, rising to Acting Art Curator and Curator of Prints. He authored a number of Huntington Library exhibition catalogs, including one on English eighteenth-century architecture, published in 1941.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains photographs and an unpublished draft typescript on Southern California architecture, 1870-1900, by Huntington Library curator William A. Parish, dating from approximately 1942. Parish traveled all over the region to take photographs of late-19th century buildings, which include churches, houses, businesses, railway depots, warehouses, and schools. There are about 100 black-and-white prints, 8 x 10 inches and smaller, with Parish's identifications written on the back. Images are mostly exteriors with some close-ups of architectural details. The draft typescript, written for a proposed Huntington Library Press book, includes.demographic statistics for Southern California in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and a list of Southern California architects, some with dates and names of their buildings. Photographs include structures in the Los Angeles area, Ventura County, San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. Some residences pictured are those of Theodore Lukens, Jackson Graves, and Charles Fernald.

    Processing Information

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Architecture -- California -- 19th century
    Architecture, Domestic -- California -- 19th century
    Church buildings -- California -- 19th century
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    San Luis Obispo (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    Santa Barbara (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    Ventura County (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    Drafts (documents)
    Fernald, Charles, 1830-1892 -- Homes and haunts
    Graves, J. A. (Jackson Alpheus), 1852-1933 -- Homes and haunts
    Lukens, Theodore Parker, 1848-1918 -- Homes and haunts