Charles W. McLaughlin photographs

Finding aid created by Serena Rodholm
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Fax: 951-827-4673
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles W. McLaughlin photographs
Date (inclusive): circa 1850-1984
Collection Number: MS 125
Creator: McLaughlin, Charles W.
Extent: 1.88 linear feet (5 boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains the negatives of Charles W. McLaughlin's photographic work documenting the Inland Empire of Southern California (San Bernardino and Riverside counties). The photographs span more than a sixty year period showing the region's development from a rural/agricultural area to a more urban one. Most of the subject matter is landscapes, architecture, and people within the San Bernardino mountains, but areas and landmarks outside of the Inland Empire are included as well. The collection covers material from about 1850 to 1984.
Languages: The collection is in English.


This collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Charles W. McLaughlin photographs (MS 125). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Serena Rodholm, 2019.
Processing of the [Collection Title] was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Andrew Lippert, Special Collections Processing Archivist.

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains the negatives of Charles W. McLaughlin's photographic work documenting the Inland Empire of Southern California (San Bernardino and Riverside counties). Spanning from circa 1850 to 1984 it shows the development of the region from its agrigultural and pastoral origins. A newspaper article written on the death of Charles McLaughlin is also included. Charles McLaughlin took much of his pictures within the San Bernardino Mountains at smaller trails and lakes. The collection also contains folders of wildlife areas and landmarks outside of the Inland Empire such as Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon National Park, etc.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Indexing Terms

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


Riverside County (Calif.)
San Bernardino County (Calif.)
San Gorgonio Wilderness (Calif.)

Genres and Forms of Materials

Negatives (photographs)

Box 1, Folder 1

Bloom circa 1905-1972

Box 1, Folder 2

Bloomington circa 1908-1965

Box 1, Folder 3

Bodie and Virginia City 1954

Box 1, Folder 4

Capitol Reef and Bryce National Park circa 1923-1953

Box 1, Folder 5

Cards circa 1875-1948

General Note

This folder contains photographs of a Native American papoose and Mount Lowe.
Box 1, Folder 6

Colton - W.P.A. circa 1940-1943

Box 1, Folder 7

Colton and Highland circa 1886-1966

Box 1, Folder 8

Cross on Mount Rubidox 1951

Box 1, Folders 9-10

Depots circa 1886-1981

Box 1, Folder 11

Depots - cars and trains circa 1887-1965

Box 1, Folder 12

Desert Cajon circa 1892-1978

Box 1, Folder 13

Feather River - Western Pacific 1955

Box 2, Folder 1

Flood 1969

Box 2, Folders 2-4

Fontana circa 1911-1982

Box 2, Folder 5

Fontana Historical Society circa 1928-1976

Box 2, Folder 6

Glenn Ranch circa 1890-1967

Box 2, Folder 7

Grand Canyon 1952

Box 2, Folder 8

Hannigan 1955

Box 2, Folder 9

Ice House Canyon and San Jacinto circa 1921-1922

Box 2, Folders 10-11

Lytle Creek circa 1887-1970

Box 2, Folder 12

Middle Fork circa 1922

Box 2, Folder 13

Motor bike circa 1900-1920

Box 3, Folder 1

News circa 1906-1984

Box 3, Folder 2

North Fork circa 1920-1929

Box 3, Folder 3

Portraits circa 1842-1915

Box 3, Folders 4-6

Redlands circa 1891-1977

General Note

Folder six originally contained the note "K.B. Write".
Box 3, Folder 7

Redlands - H.B. Wright Cabin Crafton Depot circa 1890-1920

Box 3, Folder 8

San Berdoo - small clock circa 1891-1972

Box 3, Folder 9

San Bernardino circa 1923-1925

Box 3, Folders 10-12

San Bernardino County Museum circa 1957-1978

Box 3, Folder 13

San Bernardino Fire Department circa 1907-1911

Box 4, Folder 1

San Bernardino houses, hotels, and streets circa 1944-1979

Box 4, Folders 2-3

San Bernardino Mountain circa 1888-1965

Box 4, Folder 4

San Bernardino Mountains - Gold Hill circa 1929-1963

Box 4, Folder 5

San Bernardino postcards - Harlem circa 1880-1984

Box 4, Folder 6

San Gabriel Mountains - trail sign circa 1890-1969

Box 4, Folders 7

San Gorgonio Mountains circa 1934-1954

Box 4, Folders 8-9

San Jacinto Mountains circa 1850-1973

Box 4, Folder 10

San Sevaine Boy Scouts - Middle Fork Falls circa 1918-1974

Box 5, Folder 1

San Sevaine - Middle Fork Falls circa 1922-1941

Box 5, Folder 2

Sequoia - Kings Canyon 1956

Box 5, Folder 3

Shandon Hills circa 1918-1974

General Note

The title may refer to Shandin Hills, CA.
Box 5, Folder 4

South Fork circa 1921-1934

Box 5, Folder 5

The Sun article circa 1991

Box 5, Folder 6

Tombstone, Arizona circa 1952-1954

Box 5, Folder 7

Top San Berdoo Peak 1928

Box 5, Folder 8

Trains circa 1869-1972

Box 5, Folder 9

Trapping circa 1926-1935

Box 5, Folder 10

Whiskers circa 1937-1941

Box 5, Folder 11

Yosemite undated