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The Finding Aid of the K. Garrison Clarke collection of photographs of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico 0322
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Arrangement
  • Acquisition
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical note
  • Preferred Citation

  • Title: K. Garrison Clarke collection of photographs of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico
    Collection number: 0322
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 128.0 Items 1 box
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1975
    Abstract: The collection consists of 128 black and white reprints of images taken by K. Garrison Clarke between 1948 and 1975. Most of the images are taken in and around Los Angeles County. A sizable amount of photographs are from a 1961 photo shoot at Jungleland USA, an animal training center in Thousand Oaks, CA that housed animals used in Hollywood films. Images from a commercial experiment at Oxnard and the Channel Islands (1965) and photographs from a shoot for Mexico West Coast Magazine in Baja California (1965) are also included.
    creator: Clarke, Kenrow Garrison, 1931-

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.


    Original order and original series designation were maintained with the Clarke Collection. The numbers assigned to each photograph were selected by the donor.


    The collection was given to the University of Southern California by Ann Clarke Barrett, the daughter of Clarke, on April 24, 2004.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes images taken by K. Garrison Clarke between 1949 and 1975. Some of the photographs were for commerical purposes while others were experiments. A sizable amount of the images come from the Jungleland USA, Oxnard/Channels Islands, and Baja California shoots.

    Biographical note

    Kenrow Garrison Clarke was born on February 28, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. He developed his passion for photography at an early age when his neighbor, who happened to be the head photographer for Cecil B. DeMille, introduced him to the craft by giving him some old lenses to play with. In 1948, at the age of 17, Clarke purchased his first camera, a Speed Graphic, for $175. Clarke always looked for photo opportunities and markets for his images. He started selling photographs to local newspapers, which led to him receiving actual assignments shortly thereafter. However, it wasn't until 1965, when Garrison opened Garrison Publications, that he was able to do what he loved for a living. After creating his publication business, Clarke's first contract was with Mexico West Coast Magazine; the images taken for the magazine are part of the collection. Clarke continues to dabble in photography, and occasionally serves as a guest instructor of photography at local high schools.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], K. Garrison Clarke collection of photographs of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico, Collection no. 0322, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Clarke, Kenrow Garrison, 1931- -- Photograph collections
    Corrigan, Ray, 1902-1976 -- Photographs
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. -- Photographs
    Animals--California--Thousand Oaks--Photographs
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)--Photographs
    California, Southern--Photographs
    Channel Islands (Calif.)--Photographs
    Conejo Valley (Calif.)--Photographs
    Inglewood (Calif.)--Photographs
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Photographs
    Natural history--Photographs
    Oxnard (Calif.)--Photographs
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)--Photographs
    Thousand Oaks (Ventura County, Calif.)--Photographs