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The Finding Aid of the Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards 0318
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical note
  • Acquisition
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards
    Collection number: 0318
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.38 Linear feet 782 postcards, 2 boxes
    Date: 1890s-1956
    Abstract: The Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards consists of 782 vintage postcards. The postcards are arranged geographically and cover such places as Los Angeles County, Orange County, the California Missions, Riverside County, the Mission Inn of Riverside, San Diego County, Imperial County, San Bernardino, mining towns, and other miscellaneous views and shots of people and places in and around California.
    creator: Allard, Lillian I.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards, Collection no. 0318, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of 782 postcards of California dating from the 1890s to 1956.

    Biographical note

    Lillian I. Allard was born in 1910 in Pennsylvania. She married in October 1929 and subsequently moved with her husband to Southern California where she resided until her death in 1979. They had one child, a son named Frank, who attended USC in 1956 and received a degree in Mathematics. Lillian and her husband were avid collectors and were part of a hobby society. Frequently, they visited second-hand stores. Lillian loved California and showed her admiration for the state by collecting picture postcards of the region.


    The collection was given to the University of Southern California on January 12, 2004 by Frank A. Allard, the son of Lillian I. Allard.


    The postcards were kept in original order and are organized into 10 series by geographical location.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gold mines and mining--California--Postcards
    Imperial County (Calif.)--Postcards
    Long Beach (Calif.)--Postcards
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Postcards
    Mission Inn--Postcards
    Orange County (Calif.)--Postcards
    Riverside County (Calif.)--Postcards
    San Bernardino County (Calif.)--Postcards
    San Diego County (Calif.)--Postcards
    San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.)--Postcards
    Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Postcards