Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches, ca. 1905

Huntington Library. Photo Archives
Huntington Library. Photo Archives
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San Marino, California 91108
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches, ca. 1905
Dates: ca. 1905
Collection Number: photCL 455
Creator/Collector: Unknown
Extent: 21 photographs in 1 album; album 24.5 x 30 cm. (9.5 x 12 in.). See itemized list under “Additional collection guides.”
Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
San Marino, California 91108
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 of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Photograph Album of California Missions and Catholic Churches, ca. 1905. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

Acquisition Information

Gift of Brian Bartholomew in April 2003

Scope and Content of Collection

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; all other photographers have not been identified.

Indexing Terms

California missions
Catholic church buildings
Indian school children
Indians of North America--California
Mission La Purísima Concepción (Calif.)
Mission San Antonio de Pala
Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.)
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.)
Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Royal Presidio Chapel (Monterey, Calif.)
San Diego Mission
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)
San Francisco de Asís Mission (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)
Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.)
Photograph Albums

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