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Historical Society of Southern California Collection -– Frank Rolfe Collection of Negatives and Photographs: Finding Aid
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Photographs and Photograph Albums

Box 1, Item 1-116

Los Angeles aqueduct survey photographs, 1906-1907

Physical Description: [1 photograph album and loose photographs.]


[Includes fragment of an envelope addressed to Rolfe.]
Box 2, Item 117

"Pictorial History of the Aqueduct," text by Allen Kelly; photos by Bledsoe; compiled and produced by Times-Mirror Printing and Binding House, 1913

Box 2, Item 118-271

Photograph album containing landscape views of Los Angeles and surrounding counties, and city views of Los Angeles, 1926-1928


[Central Los Angeles; San Gabriel Valley; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Kern County; and Yosemite.]



Advance arrangements for viewing the negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs.
Box 3

Negatives 272-658

Box 3, Item 272-338

Los Angeles. Central Los Angeles and vicinity, miscellaneous buildings, 1920-1932, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[The wrecking of the Temple Block, the Amestoy Block, the Hall of Records, and Bunker Hill; West Adams; Houses where Rolfe and his wife lived in the 1920s and 30s; Snowstorm of 1932; 1920 Inglewood earthquake.]
Box 3, Item 339-352

Hollywood and vicinity, 1926-1927

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[The Mulholland Dam and images of Brentwood and Bel Air.]
Box 3, Item 353-368

Santa Monica, 1903, 1926


[The Santa Monica Mountains and Decker Canyon.]
Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 3, Item 369-377

South Los Angeles County, 1926


[Long Beach harbor; San Pedro; Palos Verdes.]
Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 3, Item 378-400

Santa Catalina Island, 1901-1903

Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 3, Item 401-436

North Los Angeles County, 1925-1926

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[Pacoima Canyon; Tujunga; Big Tujunga Canyon; Placentia Canyon; the Saint Francis Dam and San Francisquito Canyon; Santa Clara River; Antelope Valley; "Golden Spike" celebration at Lang.]
Box 3, Item 437-455

San Gabriel Valley, 1926

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[The San Gabriel Mountains; Devil's Gate Lake; San Gabriel River.]
Box 3, Item 456-495

Orange County, 1925-1926, 1930


[Huntington Beach; Balboa Beach; Corona del Mar; Newport; Lake Arden; Santiago Canyon; Modjeska's home; San Juan Capistrano; Trabuco Canyon; Puente hills; Santa Ana River; Santa Ana Canyon.]
Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 3, Item 496-507

San Diego County, 1925-1926


[San Luis Rey Mission; San Luis Rey Canyon; Henshaw Lake; Santa Margarita River; Santa Margarita Ranch.]
Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 3, Item 508-594

San Bernardino County, ca. 1903, 1925-1926, 1930-1931

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[Mining camps, including Ivanpah and Camp Roach; Stateline Pass; Construction of the Ludlow and Southern Railway; Bagdad Chase Mine and the Bagdad Mining and Milling Company.]
Box 3, Item 595-658

Riverside County, 1899, 1918, 1925-1927, 1931-1932

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[Coldwater Canyon; Temescal Tin Mine, Temescal and the Temescal Valley; Ruins of the Rolfe house; Lake Elsinore; Hog Lake; San Jacinto River; Mount San Jacinto; Idyllwild; Coachella Valley; Eagle Mountain.]
Box 4

Negatives 659-832

Box 4, Item 659-670

Ventura County, 1926, 1931


[Mission San Buenaventura; Ojai; Creeks and canyons.]
Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 671-683

Kern County, 1926, 1929-1930


[The Kern River.]
Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 684-689

Inyo County, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[Lila C Mine; Ash Meadow; Devil's Hole.]
Box 4, Item 690-693

Yosemite, 1925

Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 694-707

Northern California, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[Stanford University; Susie Lake; Fallen Leaf Lake; Crescent City.]
Box 4, Item 708-713

Nevada, c. 1903


[Truckee River dam projects.]
Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 714-718

Oregon, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 719-723

Washington, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 724-729

Utah, 1931

Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 730-750

Glacier Park, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives.]
Box 4, Item 751-786

People, [Negatives.] undated


[Frank Rolfe and his family and friends.]
Box 4, Item 787-832

Miscellaneous, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives.]


[Southeastern California desert views; Desert mining camps; Camp Stump Springs and ITR; Kenwood Heights tract; unidentified images.]

Rolfe family portraits

Box 5, Item 833-859

Rolfe family portraits, 1949, 1959, undated


Ovid Rolfe photographs and ephemera

Box 5, Item 860, eph 1-2

Ovid Rolfe photo and ephemera, undated


Clippings and publications

Box 5, eph 3-7

Biographical sketches, undated

Box 5, eph 8-11

Clippings, undated

Physical Description: [Photocopies and originals.]


Box 6, eph 12-15

Diplomas, 1891, 1894, 1898, 1924


Card File

Box 7, eph 16

Card file, undated


Negative Books

Box 8, eph 17-20

Negative books, 1905-1932