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Finding Aid for the C.C. Pierce Photographic Collection, ca. 1898-ca. 1934
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: C.C. Pierce Photographic Collection
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1898-ca. 1934
    Collection number: 1756
    Creator: Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946.
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) of photographic prints 3 boxes of glass negatives
    Abstract: This collection consists of glass photonegatives, glass positive transparencies, and black & white photographic prints of the photographer C.C. Pierce (1861-1946). The subject matter primarily covers Los Angeles and the surrounding vicinity.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    The C.C. Pierce collection was originally part of Collection 98, Photographers Collection. In 1979, the photographic prints were arranged by K. Siegel at the folder level by subject. In 2007, Pierce's collection was extracted from Col. 98 and given its own unique collection number and was processed at the item level (glass negatives) and at the folder level (photographic prints) in the Center for Primary Research and Training by Nina Meechoonuk, with assistance from Elizabeth Sheehan.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], C.C. Pierce Photographic Collection (Collection 1756). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5743132 


    Charles C. Pierce (1861-1946) was a pioneer Los Angeles photographer. He came to Los Angeles in 1886 from Chicago due to health issues and remained until his death in 1946. Along with two other photographers who accompanied him, he began to document the people and architecture of the area.
    Pierce also became a collector and dealer in historical photographs of Los Angeles and the surrounding vicinity and he assembled a pictorial record of most of the important civic, commercial, and social events which occurred during the half century after his arrival.
    Library Special Collections acquired the account books for 1909 to 1921 of C.C. Pierce's photographic shop in Los Angeles. The large manuscript ledgers in eight volumes give a detailed listing of his customers and the nature of his business.
    The Library obtained, in addition to the account books, glass plates and film negatives, some of which are accompanied by prints, of portraits and views taken during the early years of the 20th century. Most are of Southern California scenes -- Los Angeles is well represented with views of downtown streets, commercial and civic buildings, and residential areas.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of historic negatives and prints, mainly Los Angeles but also of the surrounding vicinity.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Glass negatives
    2. Prints.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946---Archives.
    Photographers---California---Los Angeles---Archival resources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)---Photographs.

    Related Material

    Photographers Collection (Collection 98)  . Available at Library Special Collections, UCLA.
    C.C. Pierce & Co. Accounts, 1909-1921   (Collection 170/134). Available at Library Special Collections, UCLA.