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Al Greene (1906-1980) Photographic Print Collection
P-002.3  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Al Greene (1906-1980) Photographic Print Collection
    Dates: (bulk 1880-1950s)
    Collection Number: P-002.3
    Creator/Collector: Greene, Al (1906-1980); Maude, Frederick Hamer (1858-1959); Putnam, John R.; Putnam, Arion; Al Greene and Associates Putnam & Valentine
    Extent: 47 linear feet (186 three-ring binders)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Abstract: The Al Greene Photographic Print Collection constitutes an important collection of historical photographs of early California and Los Angeles up to the mid-20th Century. The collection of approximately 13,000 prints was assembled by Al Greene, a photographer and long-time operator of a thriving Los Angeles photographic and photo-mural business. The collection is divided into geographical headings: Center city Los Angeles; Los Angeles neighborhoods; Los Angeles County; California cities and counties; and the western United States. Later sections of the collection are arranged by subject rather than by geographic location: California Missions; Industries; Agriculture; Transportation; Schools; Houses. Within these large sections are smaller categories that focus on the history, landscape, built environment, and development of Southern California and the Southwest from approximately 1869-1950.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    Al Greene (1906-1980) Photographic Print Collection. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Acquisition Information

    Al Greene's archive was acquired directly from the photographer by the History Department of the Natural History Museum in the early 1960s.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Al Greene (1906-1980) was a commercial photographer in mid-twentieth century Los Angeles whose company, Al Greene & Associates, specialized in making photographic murals. He not only shot many of the photographs in this collection, but also bought the print and negative collections of retiring photographers in the region, such as Frederick H. Maude, John R. and Arion Putnam, and C.C. Pierce, among others. Consequently the range of images covered extends from the 1869 into the 1950s. Greene’s practice of copying other photographer’s images and supplying his own identification should alert researchers to treat the photographer/creator, descriptive, and date information on the photographs with some skepticism. The collection concentrates on Los Angeles, Southern California, and the Missions but also includes Northern California tourist destinations such as San Francisco and Yosemite and Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is divided into both subject and geographical headings assigned by former History Department curators and archivists. The geographical headings include: Los Angeles city center; Los Angeles neighborhoods; Los Angeles County; California cities and counties; and other western states. Subject headings include: California Missions; Industries; Agriculture; Transportation; Schools; and Houses. Within these large sections are smaller categories that focus on the history, landscape, built environment, and development of Southern California and the Southwest from approximately 1869-1950. Greene not only produced many of these photographs but also bought the print and negative collections of retiring photographers in the area. Consequently the range of images covered extends from the 1869 into the 1950s. Greene’s practice of copying other photographer’s images and supplying his own identification should alert researchers to treat the photographer/creator, descriptive, and date information on the photographs with some skepticism. Greene generally assigned numbers to his negatives and the corresponding prints. However, some prints are not numbered on the back. The Greene Binder Number is that assigned by the Seaver Center. Researchers should refer to the Greene Binder Number at all times when ordering reproductions.

    Indexing Terms

    Cityscapes--California--Photographs
    Cities and towns--California--Photographs
    Landscape--United States--Photographs
    Missions--California--Photographs
    Adobe houses--California--Photographs
    Agriculture--California--Photographs
    Industries--California--Photographs
    Vehicles--California--Photographs
    Plants--California--Photographs
    Animals--California--Photographs
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--19th century--Photographs
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--20th century--Photographs
    California--History--Photographs
    Churches
    Transportation
    Parks
    Architecture
    California
    Los Angeles, California
    Photographs
    California
    Los Angeles, California
    Photographs

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