Historical Society of Southern California Collection—Ana Bégué de Packman Collection of Photographs and Papers

ca. 1820-1955 (bulk 1930s)

Descriptive Summary

Title: Historical Society of Southern California Collection—Ana Bégué de Packman Collection of Photographs and Papers
Dates: ca. 1820-1955 (bulk 1930s)
Collection Number: photCL 400 volume 33
Creator/Collector: Condé, Bruce, 1913-1992; Dewey, George N.; Dominguez, Manuel, 1803-1883; Giffen, Guy J. (Guy James), 1886-; Kurtz, W. (William), 1833-1904; Marceau, Theodore C., 1860-1922; Packman, Ana Bégué; Pierce, C. C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946; Prudhomme, Charles J., 1854-1934; Puck, Charles C.; Schumacher, Frank G., 1861-; Vischer, Edward
Extent: 209 photographs total: 179 prints, 18 negatives, 9 stereographs, 2 tintypes, 1 glass plate. Prints 25 x 35.5 cm. (10 x 14 in.) and smaller. Collection also consists of correspondence, maps, ephemera, notes, and a name index.
Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
Abstract: The majority of the Ana Bégué de Packman Collection consists of portraits of Southern California rancho families and their descendants, as well as photographs of the town of San Juan Capistrano and its environs, including Mission San Juan Capistrano and the adobe houses surrounding the mission. Also included are photographs, correspondence, maps, ephemera, and newspaper clippings related to Southern California ranchos and the Spanish-Mexican families who owned them, as well as Los Angeles during the late 1800s. Photographers include: Charles C. Pierce, Charles J. Prudhomme, Charles C. Puck, and Edward Vischer.
Language of Material: English


Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.

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

Historical Society of Southern California Collection—Ana Bégué de Packman Collection of Photographs and Papers. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

Acquisition Information

Given by the Historical Society of Southern California, ca. 2008.

Biography/Administrative History

Ana Bégué de Packman (1882-1973) served as the Secretary of the Historical Society of Southern California from the 1930s through the 1950s; she was involved in educational outreach programs, took part in speaking engagements, and supported restoration efforts for various California landmarks. Packman was also the curator of Casa Figueroa, a historic adobe built by Don Ramon Figueroa prior to the arrival of Anglo-Americans.

Scope and Content of Collection

A small number of the California rancho families are pictured in both professional and amateur portraits, with a focus on the Dominguez, Machado, Sepulveda, and Yorba families. Other portraits include those of Los Angeles mayors and pioneers, such as Matthew Keller, Cameron Erskine Thom, and Elijah H. Workman. Photographs of Mission San Juan Capistrano show the mission complex in ruins, with views of the church, courtyard, bell tower, and outside workspaces. The interior of the restored Serra Chapel are also shown, with an emphasis on the altarpiece and its statuary. Other missions that are shown in the collection are Missions Santa Barbara, San Antonio de Padua, and San Gabriel Arcangel. Another emphasized portion of the collection concerns adobe houses, specifically ones that are or had been located in the western and southern parts of San Juan Capistrano. Among these adobes are the Blas Aguilar Adobe, Casa de Los Rios, the Burruel Adobe, the Manuel Garcia Adobe, and the Domingo Yorba Adobe. Other Southern California adobes that are also included are the Yorba-Slaughter Adobe, the Dana Adobe, and the Workman-Temple Homestead. Oversized photographs show La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles (Plaza Church) and the statue of Felipe de Neve in Los Angeles Plaza. An interesting photograph of Plaza Church shows Don Antonio F. Coronel surveying the church exterior. Another photograph relating to the Los Angeles area is one of the Beverly Hills Centennial Parade with Eugene W. Biscailuz, Leo Carrillo, and William Boyd on horseback. Of particular interest are two tintypes related to photographer Charles J. Prudhomme. The first is of his mother, Maria Merced Tapia de Prudhomme, and the other is of Prudhomme’s daughter. The rest of the collection contains correspondence, maps, notes, ephemera, and negatives. Noteworthy items from these materials include: a manuscript letter written by Manuel Dominguez; postcards from Bruce Condé (Alfonso de Bourbon Condé) to Ana Bégué de Packman; death notices for Isaac Williams and Henry Mellus; a glass plate negative of Horton House in San Diego; a film negative of Juan Bandini and his daughter Ysidora; and an index book with the names of rancho families written in Packman’s hand. Photographs with corresponding film negatives are: (12), (26), and (29). Related Collections: HSSC Charles Prudhomme Collection of Photographs, photCL 400 volume 4. The UCLA Library Department of Special Collections holds the Ana Bégué de Packman Papers, 1870-1960, which contain photographs, newspaper articles, manuscripts, genealogies, maps, ephemera, and correspondence pertaining to the California missions, Southern California adobes and ranchos, and the city of Los Angeles. NOTES ON SOURCES USED IN THE CREATION OF THIS FINDING AID: Braun Research Library. “Photograph of the Tomas Ramos Adobe in San Juan Capistrano, California, 1933.” Accessed June 5, 2013. http://collections.theautry.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=M38294;type=101 / California State University, Dominguez Hills. “American History through the Eyes of a California Family, 1780s-1920s.” Accessed June 4, 2013. http://csudh.edu/csl/dominguez/default.shtml / Engstrand, Iris Wilson, and Thomas L. Scharf. “Rancho Guajome: A California Legacy.” “The Journal of San Diego History.” 20 (1974). Accessed June 5, 2013. http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/74winter/index.htm / Fink, Augusta. “Palos Verdes Peninsula: Time and the Terraced Land.” Santa Cruz: Western Tanager Press, 1987. / Rush, Alan. “Obituary: Bruce Conde.” “The Independent,” August 5, 1992. Accessed June 4, 2013. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-bruce-conde-1538240.html / State Office. “Sixth Annual Catalogue and Circular of the State Normal School, at Los Angeles, California, for the School Year Ending June 28, 1888.” Sacramento: J.D. Young, Supt. State Printing, 1888. / UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library. “Finding Aid for the Ana Bégué de Packman Papers, 1870-1960.” Accessed June 3, 2013. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt4870174x/ / University of Southern California Digital Library. “California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960.” Accessed June 5, 2013. http://cdm15799.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p15799coll65 / Water and Power Associates. “Early Los Angeles Plaza.” Accessed June 5, 2013. http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Plaza_of_LA_(Page_2).html / Yorba Linda Public Library. “Yorba Linda Public Library California History Collection.” Accessed June 5, 2013. http://oac4.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt8x0nd5m4/

Indexing Terms

Adobe houses--California
Building, Adobe
California missions
Dana adobe
Mayors—California—Los Angeles
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Plaza Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Ranches—California, Southern
Rancho La Puente
Rancho Los Cerritos
San Antonio de Pádua (Mission)
Santa Barbara Mission
Yorba-Slaughter Adobe
Bandini, Juan, 1800-1859
Biscailuz, Eugene W., 1883-1969
Boyd, William, 1895-1972
Carrillo, Leo
Coronel, Antonio Franco, 1817-1894
Keller, Matthew, 1810-1881
Neve, Felipe de, 1724-1784
Montana, Montie
O’Keefe, Joseph Jeremiah, 1843-
Robinson, Alfred, 1806-1895
Serra, Junípero, 1713-1784
Thom, Cameron Erskine, 1825-1915
Workman, Elijah H., 1835-1906
Yorba, Bernardo, 1800 or 1801-1858
Aguilar family
Avila family
Dominguez family
Lopez family
Machado family
Sepulveda family
Slaughter family
Vallejo family
Yorba family
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Los Angeles County (Calif.)
San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.)
San Juan Capistrano (Calif.)
San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Film negatives
Glass negatives
Letters (correspondence) California 19th century
Portrait photographs

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