Fredda C. Carr Photographs

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Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Fredda C. Carr Photographs

Collection number: MS 12

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
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Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Debra Roussopoulos
© 2009 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fredda C. Carr photographs
Dates: 1949-1985
Collection number: MS 12
Creator: Carr, Fredda C. (Fredda Carlisle)
Collection Size: 8 boxes
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: The Fredda C. Carr Photographs document the people and local activities of San Lorenzo Valley, California from the 1950's through the 1980's.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Fredda C. Carr photographs. MS 12. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Fredda Carr.


Born May 28, 1903 in Lynn, Massachusetts, Fredda ran her own professional studio in San Lorenzo Valley, California for nearly four decades from 1949 to 1985. Fredda was adept at capturing rural California through photojournalism and portraiture and spent her entire adult life connected to the people and activities she recorded with her camera.
She belonged to the Order of the Amaranth and Eastern Star. She died November 23, 1992 at age 89.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection documents the activities and small town life of San Lorenzo Valley, California. Subjects include: holidays, parades, horse shows, theater productions, business groups and community activities. Formal and informal portraiture of families, homes, properties and animals are also included. Of particular note are the horse shows hosted by Rory Calhoun and Lita Baron. The collection includes black and white prints and negatives. There are a few color enlargements, along with newsclippings and annotated invoices from the studio.


The collection is arranged by subject.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Carr, Fredda C. (Fredda Carlisle)--Archives
Photographers--California--Santa Cruz County
San Lorenzo Valley (Calif.)
Horse shows

Collection Contents

box-folder 6:5-7

Series 1  Biographical, 1954-1973

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains biographical information, business receipts and news clippings about Fredda C. Carr and her photography studio.
box-folder 6:5

Home, Photography Studio, Order of the Amaranth, 1955-1973

box-folder 6:6

Home & Studio - Boulder Creek & Ben Lomond, cats, ca. 1945-1985

box-folder 6:7

Receipts and news clippings, 1954-1968

box 1-8

Series 2  Photographs, 1949-1985

Physical Description: 8 boxes

Scope and Content Summary

The approximately 1900 photographs are almost exclusively black and white 8 x 10" enlargements. The approximately 900 negatives range from 3 ¼x 5" to 4 x 5". The negatives are plagued with vinegar syndrome and have been separated from the photographs. Several had to be discarded as they were in an advanced state of disintegration. Fredda's original organization and subject titles were preserved during arrangement.
box-folder 1:1-13

Ben Lomond, 1949-1968

box-folder 1:1

Brant Home, Christmas Party, 1949-1954

box-folder 1:2

Minstrel Show, 1955

box-folder 1:3

Comedy Capers, Community Club, Husbands in drag, 1956

box-folder 1:4

Fashion Show, Paddy Smith, Valley Players, Christmas Dinner, 1956

box-folder 1:5

Auxillary Fashion Show, Barbeque, Dam dedication, 1957

box-folder 1:6

Fire Auxillary, Halloween Dance, 1957

box-folder 1:7

Hind Family, Lou's Ron-da-vou, PTA Spring Play, Valley Players, 1957

box-folder 1:8

Auxillary Installation, Fire Auxillary Can-Can, Halloween Dance, 1958

box-folder 1:9

Swimming Hole, Jerry Tugwell, 1958

box-folder 1:10

Andre's San Souci, Auxillary Dance & Installation, Brant Family, Halloween, 1959

box-folder 1:11

Halloween, Minstrel Show, Theater poster, "Accidentally Yours", 1959

box-folder 1:12

Halloween, Park & Barbeque, Newell Dam Slide, Play, "Intimate Strangers", Wee Kirk Church, 1960-1968

box-folder 1:13

Valley Days, ca. 1945-1985

box-folder 2:1-10

Boulder Creek, 1950-1965

box-folder 2:1

Veteran's Building Dedication, Study of Cancer, Christmas Dance-High School, Boulder Creek Days, Businessmen's Assoc., Professor Gordon, 1950-1953

box-folder 2:2

Aldenhagen Home, Bowling, Boulder Creek Days, Halloween, Floral Club, Harry Pons, Skit, 1954

box-folder 2:3

Calla Fields, Children & Pets, Boulder Creek Days-Judy Lee's Leonettes, Group portraits, Parade, 1955

box-folder 2:4

Log Sawing, Parade, Side Show, 1957

box-folder 2:5

Boulder Creek Days, Father Hubbard, Log Sawing, Mary Ann Arris, Square Dancing, 1958

box-folder 2:6

Boulder Creek Days, Post Office Dedication, Square Dancing, 1959

box-folder 2:7

Boulder Creek Days, Pavilion Dedication, Portraits, 1960

box-folder 2:8

Boulder Creek Days, 1961

box-folder 2:9

Boulder Creek Days, Fashion Show, Ray Scott, 1964

box-folder 2:10

Boulder Creek Days, 1965

box-folder 3:1

Felton, 1954-1962

box-folder 3:2-6; 4:1-7

Horse Shows, 1949-1959

box-folder 3:2

Boulder Creek, Felton, Graham Hill Showgrounds, 1949-1950

box-folder 3:3

Los Gatos, Watsonville, 1950

box-folder 3:4

Santa Cruz County Horseman's Association (SCCHA), Los Gatos, 1950-1953

box-folder 3:5

Boulder Creek, 1953

box-folder 3:6

Santa Cruz County Horseman's Association (SCCHA), Santa Cruz Sheriff Posse, 1953

box-folder 4:1

Boulder Creek, Guadalupe Red Shirts, 1954

box-folder 4:2

Graham Hill Showgrounds, 1954

box-folder 4:3

Parade, Installation, 1954

box-folder 4:4

San Lorenzo Valley Horsemen, 1954

box-folder 4:5

San Lorenzo Valley Horsemen's Association Dinner, Santa Cruz County Horsemen's Association Television Program, 1954

box-folder 4:6

Boulder Creek Stables, Horse Portraits, Graham Hill Showgrounds, Santa Cruz County Horsemen's Association Installation, Terry Colt, 1955-1959

box-folder 4:7

Horsemen, Horse Shows, Flat Saddle Los Gatos, Santa Cruz County Horsemen's Association, ca. 1950-1980

box-folder 5:1-5; 6:1-4

General, 1954-1985

box-folder 5:1

Dancers, Henry Cowell Park; Masonic Club; School Bus Driver; San Lorenzo Valley Majorette, 1949-1953

box-folder 5:2

San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley Little League, 1955-1956

box-folder 5:3


box-folder 5:4


box-folder 5:5


box-folder 6:1

Family Portraits, Square dancing, Masonic orders, 1960-1963

box-folder 6:2

Group Portraits, 1964-1969

box-folder 6:3


box-folder 6:4

ca. 1945-1985

box 7-8

Negatives 4x5 black and white, 1949-1987