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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs
    Dates (inclusive): 1903-1950s
    Bulk dates: 1920s-1930s
    Collection Number: photCL 332
    Creator: Jackson, B. D., 1850 or 1851-1937
    Extent: 4888 photographs (including glass plate negatives, film negatives, photographs) and manuscript and ephemeral materials in 63 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs consists of more than 4,800 photographs, glass plate negatives, and film negatives, as well related manuscript and ephemeral materials, created by Southern California photographer B.D. Jackson (ca. 1850-1937). The collection dates from 1903 to the 1950s (bulk 1920s-1930s) and provides a visual history of the growth of the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California's suburban communities, a survey of California and the West's notable landscapes, and an overview of Jackson's career as a landscape and scenic view photographer.
    Language: English.


    Advance arrangements for viewing glass plate and film negatives and positives must be made with the Curator of Photographs. The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Donated by Mrs. Ruth L. Green, 1966.

    Processing Information

    The collection was partially rehoused, arranged and numbered, and a preliminary Container List created, by Jane Apostol in the 1980s. In October-November 2006, Sue Luftschein completed the rehousing and arranging, and created this finding aid based, in part, on the original Container List.

    Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

    The majority of photographs are copy prints, unless otherwise noted. Most of the copy prints were made from glass plate negatives, unless otherwise noted. Film negatives are housed in cold storage. The majority of the film negatives are unprinted. Arrangements for viewing glass plate and film negatives and positives must be made with the Curator of Photographs.

    Biographical Note

    Bradford "Dan" Jackson (ca. 1850/51-1937) was born in Sullivan, Ohio, around 1850. He began his career as a portrait photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1901, in search of a better climate, he moved with his wife, Cora, and his stepdaughter, Ruth, to Pomona, California, where he purchased a portrait studio. In addition to portrait work, he began photographing the surrounding towns, mountains, and beaches of Southern California. Jackson lived and worked at various times in Pomona, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Hollywood, La Canada, Glendora, La Crescenta, and Glendale, all of which figure in his work. Eventually he gave up the portrait aspect of the business and concentrated on landscape views for the production of stereographs and postcards. As he said, "Views don't talk back."
    Jackson was one of the first photographers to document the construction and completion of the Angeles Crest Highway, and his images of the Montrose-La Crescenta flood of 1934 were used by Los Angeles County officials to document the drainage patterns of the mountains in that area.

    Scope and Contents

    The B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs consists of 804 4 x 5 in. and 8 x 10 in. glass plate negatives, 1782 film negatives (including stereo negatives), 2302 black and white photographs (including stereos, postcards, and photograph albums), and related manuscript and ephemeral materials, 1903-1950s (bulk 1920s-1930s). The collection provides a visual history of the growth of the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California's suburban communities, a survey of notable landscapes of California and the American West, and an overview of Jackson's career as a landscape and scenic view photographer. The collection is complemented and supplemented by the Glendora Historical Society Collection of B.D. Jackson Photographs and Negatives (photCL 448), also in the Huntington's Photo Archives. Many of the negatives in the Jackson Collection exist in print form in the Glendora Collection, and many of the images in the Glendora Collection round out series in the Jackson Collection.
    The first part of the collection concentrates on many of the San Gabriel Valley's growing communities and scenic landscapes. The photographs of Glendale, Burbank, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, Monrovia, Glendora, and San Dimas include views of public buildings, businesses, churches, residences, and schools. The Glendale images include many photographs of Glendale's business district and the Rossmoyne development. The La Canada images include photographs of the Jacob Lanterman House (Homewood), the Roy and Emily Lanterman House (El Retiro), El Nido (the residence of Lieutenant Governor A.J. Wallace), and Dryborough Hall. The Pasadena images include numerous photographs of Busch Gardens, the Colorado Street Bridge, and Tournament of Roses parades from the mid-1920s and 1935. The photographs of Glendora include numerous views of streets in downtown Glendora as well as photographs of Judge Charles Silent's home. Images of Mount Wilson and Mount Lowe include the Observatory, the incline railway, and the Mount Lowe Railway. Images of the San Gabriel Mountains depict Orchard Camp, Camp Oak Wilde, Camp Coldbrook, Angeles Crest Highway, Switzer's Camp, Ice House and Wolfskill Canyons, and Mint Canyon.
    Other Southern California landscapes and scenic views include San Juan Capistrano and other missions; Avalon Harbor and the Hotel St. Catherine on Catalina Island; Hollywoodland, Bernheimer Gardens, Lake Hollywood, Mulholland Drive and Mulholland Dam, and Easter Services at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood; Sunset Canyon, Sylvan Crest Trail, oil wells, Echo Park, Griffith Park, and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles; Point Fermin in San Pedro; beaches and surf at Santa Monica, Venice, Ocean Park, Redondo Beach and Laguna Beach; Pacoima Canyon, Big Tujunga Canyon, Encino Country Club grounds, and the Santa Susanna Pass in the San Fernando Valley area; Palm Canyon in Riverside County; Ramona's Marriage Place, Mission Cliff Gardens, La Jolla, and Torrey Pines in San Diego County; Agua Dulce Canyon and Vasquez Rocks in Los Angeles County; and sunsets and sunrises taken from southern California beaches and mountains.
    Jackson also ventured beyond the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County for landscape views, and these make up the bulk of the latter part of the collection. The collection contains numerous images of the San Bernardino Mountains including Big Bear Lake, Seven Oaks Camp, and Lake Arrowhead; Mount Baldy and the surrounding area, including Kelly's Camp, Camp Baldy, Mirror Lake, San Antonio Canyon, and San Antonio Falls; Yosemite National Park; scenic canyons, including Red Rock Canyon in Kern County and Painted Canyon in Riverside County; Lake Tahoe, Mount Whitney, Temple Crag, Mount Tallac, and the Devil's Postpile in the Sierra Nevada Mountains; Mount Shasta; redwoods in Sequoia National Park; Yellowsone; Crater Lake and Mount Hood in Oregon; and Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah.
    Other scenic views depict images of ships, including the U.S.S. California, the steamer "Ruth Alexander," and a wrecked warship off Point Honda; the aftermath of the 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake, including many views of the Hotel Californian and the Santa Barbara Mission; dams, including the ruins of the St. Francis Dam, and the Boulder Dam; the 1918 San Jacinto Earthquake; the Montrose-La Crescenta flood of 1934; and the construction and completion of the Angeles Crest Highway.
    Other images portray parade scenes (in Glendale, Burbank, and Azusa?); the 1925 National Orange Show in San Bernardino; rural and mountain roads (including views of the Ridge Route); unidentified individuals; Malibu Lake Mountain Drive; surf and beach scenes; residential interiors; and personal snapshots of B.D. and Cora Jackson on various trips, at home, and in front of Jackson's shop in Glendora.
    The collections also contains sample stereo cards, used by Jackson to advertise this aspect of his business, and photograph albums that display many of his postcards and scenic photographs. Ephemeral materials include brochures and leaflets about Jackson's stereo views and the Angeles Crest Highway, and type blocks for two of his stereographs. Manuscript materials include correspondence regarding the printing of a client's stereo negatives. The collection also contains family photographs taken after Jackson's death, presumably by his stepdaughter, Ruth Green, and postcards of Gold Rush Country scenes, presumably collected by Cora Jackson or Ruth Green.


    The collection is arranged primarily by subject, and each subject has been assigned a "folder" number. The same folder number can span several physical folders. Copy and original prints, photograph albums, postcards and lantern slides are in boxes 1-16, manuscript material is in box 17, boxes 18-51 house glass plate negatives, and boxes 52-63 contain film negatives (and are housed in cold storage).

    Related Material

    The Huntington's Photograph Archives contains additional photographs that complement and supplement this collection. These additional photographs, created and collected by B.D. Jackson, his wife, Cora, and his stepdaughter, Ruth Green, form the Glendora Historical Society Collection of B.D. Jackson Photographs and Negatives, and contains similar and related subjects, photographic prints of many of the Jackson Collection's unprinted negatives, and photographs of Jackson and his extended family.

    Index Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Jackson, Cora.
    Lanterman, Jacob--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Lanterman, Roy--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Silent, Charles, Judge--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Wallace, Albert Joseph--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Wattles, Gurdon H.--Homes and haunts--Photographs.


    Bernheimer Gardens (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Catalina Casino--Photographs.
    Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lowe observatory (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mission Inn--Photographs.
    Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mission San Juan Capistrano--Photographs.
    Mount Lowe Railway--Photographs.
    National Orange Show (1925 : San Bernardino, Calif.)
    Pottenger Sanatorium for Diseases of the Lungs and Throat--Photographs.
    Ramona's Marriage Place (San Diego, Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Diego Mission--Photographs.
    San Fernando, Rey de Espana (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Barbara Mission--Photographs.
    Santa Ines Mission (Solvang, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Tournament of Roses--Photographs.


    Agua Dulce Region (Calif.)--Photographs.
    American River (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Angeles Crest Highway (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Arroyo Seco (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Avalon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Big Bear Lake (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Big Pines Camp (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)--Photographs.
    Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Busch Gardens (Pasadena, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Photographs.
    Crater Lake National Park (Or.)--Photographs.
    Devil's Gate Dam (Los Angeles County)--Photographs.
    Devils Postpile National Monument (Calif.) --Photographs.
    Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Echo Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Encino (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Glacier Point (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Glendale (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Glendora (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Griffith Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Hollenbeck Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Hood, Mount (Or.)--Photographs.
    Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)--Photographs.
    Ice House Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    La Canada Flintridge (Calif.)--Photographs.
    La Crescenta (Calif.) --Photographs.
    La Jolla (San Diego, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Laguna Beach (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lake Arrowhead (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lassen County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lincoln Highway--Photographs.
    Little Bear Lake (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mecca Hills Wilderness (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Merced River (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mint Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mission Cliff Gardens (San Diego, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Monrovia (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Montrose (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mount Baldy (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.)--Photographs.
    Mount Rubidoux (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mulholland Dam (Hollywood, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Ocean Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Palisade Glacier (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Palm Canyon (Palm Springs, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Pasadena (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Point Fermin (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Pomona (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Red Rock Canyon State Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Redlands (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Redondo Beach (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Ridge Route (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Riverside County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Saint Francis Dam (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Bernardino Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Diego County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Dimas (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Fernando Valley (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Gabriel Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Barbara (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Monica (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Sequoia National Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Shasta, Mount (Calif. : Mountain)--Photographs.
    Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)--Photographs.
    South Pasadena (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Sun Valley (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Sunland (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)--Photographs.
    Topanga (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Torrey Pines State Reserve (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Tujunga (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Verdugo Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Whitney, Mount (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Wildwood Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Wilson, Mount (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Wolfskill Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Yellowstone National Park--Photographs.
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Zion National Park (Utah)--Photographs.


    Beaches--California--Los Angeles County--Photographs.
    Beaches--California--Orange County--Photographs.
    Business districts--California--Burbank--Photographs.
    Business districts--California--Glendale--Photographs.
    Business districts--California--Glendora--Photographs.
    Business districts--California--Monrovia--Photographs.
    Business districts--California--San Dimas--Photographs.
    Campers (Persons)--California--San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Canyons--California--San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Canyons--California--Riverside County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Churches--California--La Canada Flintridge--Photographs.
    Churches--California--San Dimas--Photographs.
    Dwellings--California--Eagle Rock--Photographs.
    Dwellings--California--La Canada Flintridge--Photographs.
    Earthquakes--California--San Jacinto--1918--Photographs.
    Earthquakes--California--Santa Barbara--1925--Photographs.
    Floods--California--La Crescenta--1934--Photographs.
    Historic bridges--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Interiors--California--Eagle Rock--Photographs.
    Library buildings--California--Glendale--Photographs.
    Library buildings--California--Monrovia--Photographs.
    Library buildings--California--South Pasadena--Photographs.
    Mountain Roads--California--San Bernardino Mountains--Photographs.
    Mountain Roads--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Oil wells--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Parades--California--Los Angeles County--Photographs.
    Parade floats--California--Los Angeles County--Photographs.
    Parade floats--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Parks--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Public buildings--California--Glendale--Photographs.
    Rural roads--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Rural roads--California--San Fernando Valley--Photographs.
    Rural roads--California--San Gabriel Valley--Photographs.
    Schools--California--Eagle Rock--Photographs.
    Schools--California--La Canada Flintridge--Photographs.
    Schools--California--San Dimas--Photographs.
    Schools--California--South Pasadena--Photographs.
    Streets--California--La Canada Flintridge--Photographs.
    Sun--Rising and setting--Photographs.

    Document Types:

    Black-and-white negatives.
    Lantern slides.
    Photograph albums.
    Type (composition equipment).