Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Michelle Sanchez.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Photo Archives
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
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The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches
Dates (inclusive): approximately 1905
Collection Number: photCL 455
Extent: 21 photographs in 1 album; album 24.5 x 30 cm. (9.5 x 12 in.)
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This photograph album is made up of early 20th century photographs of eight California missions, in both ruined and repaired states. The album also includes photographs of San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, and Catholic churches the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, and the Royal Presidio Chapel. Photographs of particular interest include images of tourists, Native American children, and Catholic nuns.
Language: English.

Access

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

All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington 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.

Preferred Citation

Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Gift of Brian Bartholomew in April 2003.

Scope and Content

This photograph album is made up of early 20th century photographs of eight California missions, in both ruined and repaired states. The missions that are depicted in the album are San Luis Rey, Santa Ines, San Fernando Rey, San Miguel, San Francisco Dolores, San Luis Obispo, San Gabriel, San Juan Capistrano, and San Carlos Borromeo. Other photographs also show San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels (also known as Plaza Church), and the Royal Presidio Chapel. Two photographs depict people alongside the missions: photograph (8) shows people going into the Mission San Francisco de Asís and photograph (15) shows two Native American children at Mission San Fernando Rey. One photograph of particular interest is that of a group of Native American school children with three Catholic nuns, who presumably may be their teachers. They are standing in front of an unidentified church building.
Some of the photographs are faded or are peeling off the album pages and are bent. Charles Ironmonger is the only photographer that has been identified as a contributor to this album; no other photographers have not been identified, and the compiler of this album is unknown.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  
California missions
Catholic church buildings -- Photographs.
Indian school children -- Photographs.
Indians of North America--California -- Photographs.
Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Antonio de Pala -- Photographs.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Juan Capistrano -- Photographs.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Missionaries—Clergy -- Photographs.
Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Photographs.
Royal Presidio Chapel (Monterey, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Diego Mission -- Photographs.
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Francisco de Asís Mission (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) -- Photographs.
Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.) -- Photographs.

Photographers

Ironmonger, Charles, photographer.

Forms/Genres

Photograph Albums.
Photographs.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Photographs

Box 1 , Item 1

San Luis Rey

Box 1 , Item 2

San Antonio de Pala

Box 1 , Item 3

San Luis Rey

Box 1 , Item 4

San Antonio de Pala

Box 1 , Item 5

Santa Ynes

Box 1 , Item 6

San Miguel

Box 1 , Item 7

Los Angeles [The Church of Our Lady the Queen of Angels]

Box 1 , Item 8

San Francisco Dolores [San Francisco de Asís]

Box 1 , Item 9

San Luis Obispo

Box 1 , Item 10

San Gabriel

Box 1 , Item 11

[San Fernando Rey]

Box 1 , Item 12

[Church ruins of San Juan Capistrano]

Box 1 , Item 13

[San Diego de Alcala façade ruins]

Box 1 , Item 14

[La Purísima Concepción ruins]

Box 1 , Item 15

[Two Native American children standing in front of adobe (possibly the Mayordomo’s house) at San Fernando Rey]

Box 1 , Item 16

[Mission San Juan Capistrano ruins]

Box 1 , Item 17

San Carlos de Monterey [Royal Presidio Chapel]

Box 1 , Item 18

[Mission San Francisco de Asís] [Duplicate of (8)]

Box 1 , Item 19

[Wooden framework and wooden building]

Box 1 , Item 20

Carmel Mission, the only mission built of stone [Photographer: Ironmonger]

Box 1 , Item 21

[Three nuns with group of possibly Native American schoolchildren]