Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Clark B. Waterhouse Photograph Collection,
Collection Number: ECS01.01
Waterhouse, Clark B.
Selected online items available
Sourisseau Academy for State and
San Jose State University
San Jose, California 95192
Abstract: The Clark B. Waterhouse Photograph Collection is comprised of
305 black and white photographs that were originally organized in a scrapbook. It is
assumed that Waterhouse was the photographer of the collection, as the bulk of the
photos are from a six-week trip he took with classmates and professors from the
University of California (Berkeley) during the summer of 1916.
Language of Material: All material is in English.
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Sourisseau Academy. Neither the original
photographs nor the digital images held by the Sourisseau Academy may be reproduced,
published, or used on the Internet without the expressed, written permission of the
Executive Secretary. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sourisseau
Academy 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 researcher.
The credit line, "Courtesy of the Edith C. Smith Trust Collection, Sourisseau
Academy for State and Local History" must accompany any such use.
[Title of photograph], Clark B. Waterhouse Photograph Collection, Edith C. Smith
Photograph Collection, Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History
The Clark B. Waterhouse Photograph Collection was acquired by the Sourisseau Academy
Clark Booth Waterhouse was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 8, 1893, the son of
George B. and Leof Mills Waterhouse. His family moved from Illinois to Nevada before
continuing on to California, where they settled in the small town of Saratoga in
Waterhouse attended the Saratoga grammar school and Campbell High School, from which
he graduated in 1912. After graduation, he enrolled in the University of California
(Berkeley), where he studied landscape engineering. During his course work,
Waterhouse spent six weeks traveling through California with five other students and
two of their professors, Drs. John W. Gregg and Ralph Tallant Stephens. Their travel
was devoted to studying landscapes, gardens, and many famous private estates in
California, such as the Huntington Estate in Pasadena; the Peabody Estate in
Montecito; the Crocker Estate in Burlingame; the Gillespie Estate in Santa Barbara;
and the Silent Estate in San Gabriel Valley.
Waterhouse spent the winter of 1915-1916 working in Santa Barbara, and also worked
for several summers in forestry work at Lake Tahoe. He enlisted in the army as a
corporal in October 1917 and was stationed in Washington, D.C., with the 3rd
Battalion of the 20th Engineers (Forestry) Regiment. He was sent to Camp American
University, a training station on the campus of American University, where the US
Army, with the US Forest Service, trained foresters and lumbermen for their upcoming
service in the forestlands of France. While in D.C., Waterhouse contracted pneumonia
and died in December of that same year. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery
in Arlington, Virginia.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Clark B. Waterhouse Photograph Collection is comprised of 305 black and white
photographs that were originally organized in a scrapbook. It is assumed that
Waterhouse was the photographer of the collection, as the bulk of the photos are
from a six-week trip he took with classmates and professors from the University of
California (Berkeley) during the summer of 1916.
The collection primarily details the landscape designs of many famous California
estates during the late 1910s, such as the Huntington Estate in Pasadena; the
Peabody Estate in Montecito; the Crocker Estate in Burlingame; the Gillespie Estate
in Santa Barbara; and the Silent Estate in San Gabriel Valley. Some of
Waterhouse's comments, such as "Poor arrangement of sidewalk and
lawn;" "Example of spotted planting;" and "Planting to obtain
axis and hide county road" reminds the researcher that the photo was taken by a
student of landscape engineering who was interested in the preservation of forests
and keeping the outdoors beautiful.
The subjects of the photographs include early Japanese gardens, estate gardens,
garden statuary, courtyards, landscapes, fountains, pools, lily ponds, garden malls,
houses, mansions, roadways, early subdivided neighborhoods, and garden architecture
such as pergolas and arbors. Another subject covered in the photographs is the 1915
Panama-California Exposition that was held in San Diego, in which Waterhouse
primarily took photos of the buildings and grounds. Other subjects in the
photographs include a beach on La Jolla, a Greek temple in San Diego, and the great
oak tree that stood near the Waterhouse home in Saratoga.
The arrangement of the collection was established by Waterhouse, when he placed all
the photos in a scrapbook. The photos were carefully removed and numbered, but no
other arrangement was imposed on the collection. Their arrangement in the finding
aid reflects Waterhouse's organization in the scrapbook, which seems to be in
broad categories such as Japanese gardens, pools, interior courtyards, malls, etc.
The following terms may be used to index this collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Cravens, John S., Estate of
Crocker, William H., Estate of
de Sabla, Eugene J., Estate of
Gillespie, J. Waldron, Estate of
Gould, Edwin, Estate of
Grant, Joseph D., Estate of
Gregg, John William (1880-1969)
Knapp, George O., Estate of
Letts, Arthur, Estate of
Newhall, George A., Estate of
Panama-California Exposition (1915:
Peabody, Frederick Forrest, Estate of
Stephens, Ralph Tallant
Silent, Charles K., Estate of
Spinks, William A., Estate of
University of California,
Wattles, Gurdon W., Estate of
Whitman, Jennie Crocker, Estate of