Overview of the Collection
Scope and Content
Overview of the Collection
Title: Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad
Dates (inclusive): 1948-1954
Collection Number: photCL 120
Schad, Jasper G., 1932-
150 photographs in 4 boxes; prints mostly 31 x 25 cm. (12 x 10 in.) and 20 x 25 cm. (8 x 10 in.); 114 negatives 10 x 12 cm.
(4 x 5 in.) or smaller, (6 deteriorated).
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Abstract: This is a collection of photographs of 11 California missions and their grounds, taken during a restoration period from the
late 1940s to
the mid-1950s. Notable missions that are depicted include San Fernando Rey de España, San Luis Rey de Francia, Santa Barbara,
and Santa Inés. The photographs were
taken by Jasper Schad, except for two taken by Brother Barnabas of Mission San Luis Rey.
Finding aid last updated on October 14, 2014.
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Photographs of California Mission Restoration by Jasper Schad. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Gift of Jasper Schad in 1954, 1956, and 1961.
Jasper G. Schad was born in 1932 in Los Angeles County, California. He served as the dean of libraries at Wichita State University
from 1971 until 1998.
Schad's father, Robert O. Schad, was the curator of rare books at the Huntington Library from 1926 to 1961.
Scope and Content
This collection contains 150 photographs and 114 negatives of the restoration of some California missions and their surrounding
lands from the late 1940s to mid-1950s.
The photographs were taken by Jasper Schad, except for two taken by Brother Barnabas of Mission San Luis Rey.
The missions that are shown in the photos include San Antonio de Padua, San Buenaventura, San Gabriel Arcángel, San Luis Obispo
de Tolosa, Santa Barbara, La Purísima
Concepción, San Juan Capistrano, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, San Fernando Rey de España, San Luis Rey de Francia, and Santa
Inés. Unidentified mission photographs are also included. The photographs show a contemporary Native American village; a cemetery;
restoration work in progress; restoration workers; fully restored mission buildings; contemporary building additions to the
missions; mission dedication ceremonies; aerial views of the mission grounds; chapel interiors; branding irons; a confessional;
a baptism fountain; a water spout; a lavendería; reservoirs; bell towers; furniture; mission ruins; and Goodwin Knight, Robert
O. Schad, Joseph Scott, and Father Finbar Kenneally, all of whom appear once in this collection.
Jasper Schad had indicated in an interview that he had taken these photos as an amateur during a trip his parents had taken
him on to fuel his interest in history. The
collection also holds ten non-mission negatives, all of which depict California locations; Mr. Schad mentioned that his parents
had included these negatives in this
collection because it was thought the negatives would be of interest to the Huntington. The negatives show Kennedy Gold Mine,
Bale Grist Mill, the sitting room of
Andres Pico Adobe, and an unidentified Ventura turn-of-the-century house. Some images exist only in negative format.
The collection is arranged numerically by item number.
Architecture -- Conservation and restoration -- Photographs.
Missions -- California -- Photographs.
Historic buildings -- Photographs.
Mission La Purísima Concepción (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.
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Mission : Calif.) -- Photographs.
San Antonio de Pádua (Mission) -- Photographs
San Buenaventura Mission -- Photographs.
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- Photographs
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.) -- Photographs
Santa Barbara Mission -- Photographs.
Santa Inés Mission (Solvang, Calif.) -- Photographs
Barnabas, Brother, photographer.