Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Pioneers of San Bernardino
Bulk Dates: Circa 1880-1900
Collection number: Consult library
City of San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society (AACR)
San Bernardino Public Library, California Room
200 online items
San Bernardino Public Library
Abstract: This group of San Bernardino Pioneers was the daring folks that in the 1850s traveled by wagon trains on the Santa Fe and
Salt Lake Trails that brought them to San Bernardino. They formed a pioneer society.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection open for research.
Pioneers of San Bernardino. Consult library. San Bernardino Public Library, California Room, San Bernadino, CA 92410.
The original negatives were collected by Pioneer Society and digitized as part of LSTA Grant 2006-2007
When applying for the grant with the Local History Digital Resources Project, the California Room committee was asked to select
the photographs that would best benefit our patrons. Due to the interest in early settlers of San Bernardino, the collection
of pioneer negatives was selected. Now many would have access to portraits of those individuals who are mentioned in the written
histories of the area. The 200 photographs consist primarily of portraits provided courtesy of the City of San Bernardino
Historical and Pioneer Society.
A few other photos were made available from local donors. This completes our pioneer portrait collection. In the future if
we find suitable photographs to add to the collection, we will digitize the materials and add them to the collection. The
digital images are available to the public through the library's website (see
) in addition to the California Digital Library's (CDL) Calisphere website (see
Scope and Content of Collection
This group of San Bernardino Pioneers was the daring folks that in the 1850s traveled by wagon trains on the Santa Fe and
Salt Lake Trails that brought them to San Bernardino. They formed a pioneer society in our town.
They had their portraits displayed at the Pioneer Cabin on F Street in San Bernardino. The portraits were tagged with a number
that corresponded with an index that contained names of the individuals in the pictures. These numbers appear on the negatives
and therefore are visible on our digitized photos.
A fire destroyed the cabin, the pictures, and the index. The firemen saved a box of negatives. A number of years after the
fire, the negatives were located at the fire station. Then later they were presented to the San Bernardino Public Library.
Prints were made. The original negatives and prints are available at the San Bernardino Public Library in the California Room.
The prints were put in a notebook with as much information as possible concerning the people depicted. Mary L. Lewis compiled
this work. She included brief biographies on such notables as John Brown, Jr., George Cooley, Henry Goodcell, Dr. Ben Barton,
and the Holcomb family. She also made a copy of the notebook and that was given to The City of San Bernardino Historical and
Pioneer Society located at D and 8th Streets.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.
Names and Places
Goodcell, Henry, 1823-1902
Hancock, Joseph, 1822-1924
Cooley, George, 1831-1916
Barton, Ben, Dr., 1823-1897
San Bernardino, (Calif.)
Genres and Forms of Materials