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Guide to the De la Guerra Family Photographs
BANC PIC 1984.062--PIC  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: De la Guerra family photographs
    Date (inclusive): circa 1870-circa 1920
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1880-1885)
    Collection number: BANC PIC 1984.062--PIC
    Creator: Guerra family
    Extent: 1 box (49 photographic prints) 49 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Mainly 19th century studio portraits of members of the de la Guerra family of Santa Barbara, California.
    Languages represented: Collection materials are in English and Spanish
    Physical location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research. Please use digital facsimiles when possible.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], De la Guerra Family Photographs, BANC PIC 1984.062: [item number]--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital reproductions of items are available.

    Related Collections

    Records of various court cases and individual pieces of correspondence related to José de la Guerra y Noriega and Pablo de la Guerra are cataloged separately in the collections of The Bancroft Library.
    Facsimile copies of de la Guerra family papers are held by The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. Theses facsimiles are from originals deposited in the archives of the Santa Barbara Mission.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Guerra family.
    Guerra, Pablo de la, 1819-1874 -- Pictorial works.
    Guerra y Noriega, José de la, 1779-1858 -- Family -- Pictorial works.
    Dibblee, Thomas B. -- (Thomas Bloodgood), b. 1823 -- Family -- Pictorial works.
    Dwellings --California -- Santa Barbara -- Photographs.
    Mexicans -- California -- Photographs.
    Pioneers -- California -- Santa Barbara -- Portraits.
    Mexican Americans -- California -- Photographs.
    Hispanic Americans -- California -- Photographs.
    Card photographs.
    Photographic prints.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The de la Guerra family photographs were a gift to The Bancroft Library from California historian and collector Joseph Armstrong Baird. Their earlier provenance is unknown, but inscriptions suggest they belonged to a de la Guerra descendant.


    Additional material is not expected.

    Processing Information

    The de la Guerra family photographs were cataloged by James Eason, Archivist for the Pictorial Collections. The collection was processed for digitization as part of the California Cultures project by Mary Elings, Archivist for Digital Collections. The digitization was carried out by the Digital Imaging Lab at UC Berkeley.

    Biographical Information

    The de la Guerra family of Santa Barabara were among the most prominent of Californio families, holding extensive ranchos under Spanish land grants prior to California statehood. Pablo de la Guerra (1819-1874), was a son of Don José Antonio Julian de la Guerra y Noriega (1779-1858) and was active in politics and government during the early decades of California statehood. The Casa de la Guerra adobe in Santa Barbara survives into the twenty-first century and houses a local history museum.
    Several daughters and granddaughters of José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega and his wife, Maria Antonia Carrillo de la Guerra, married early Anglo-American pioneers of California, bringing the surnames of Dibblee, Robinson, Ord, Hartnell and Lee, among others, into the family. Other Californio families closely related by marriages are Carrillo, Oreña and Sepulveda.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Mainly studio portraits of members of the de la Guerra family, descendants of Don José Antonio Julian de la Guerra y Noriega. Includes views of the family home in Santa Barbara, member of the family of Thomas B. Dibblee and Francesca de la Guerra Dibblee, Pablo de la Guerra, and others. Also included are two pamphlets about the family home.
    Photographers of the images present include I.W. Taber, C.E. Watkins, Rieman & Co., Dames & Williams, W.N. Tuttle, Bradley & Rulofson, Tuttle & Fitzgerald, Tuttle & Lee, A.M. Stringfield, [I.N.] Cook, Hayward & Muzzall, G.D. Morse, Opposition Photographic Gallery, G. Larauza (Barcelona), Jones & Lotz, Oriental Photographic Parlors (San Luis Obispo), I. Ramirez, N.H. Reed, and Brewster's Gallery.