Lou K. Ross Lantern Slide Collection of Southern California Missions

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Lou K. Ross Lantern Slide Collection of Southern California Missions
Dates: ca. 1920s
Collection Number: photCL 516
Creator/Collector: Lou K. Ross; various sources
Extent: 58 lantern slides in 3 boxes; lantern slides 8 x 10 cm. (3 x 4 in.). 1 typescript. See itemized list under "Additional collection guides"
Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: This collection includes lantern slides of eleven California missions, all of which are portrayed through artists’ renderings or through photographs. The missions are shown in states of past affluence and of then present disrepair. The slides are meant to accompany a slideshow lecture given by Mrs. Lou K. Ross to educate Los Angeles club groups about the condition of the missions in the 1920s.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Lou K. Ross Lantern Slide Collection of Southern California Missions. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

Acquisition Information

Given by Jane Calhoun in October 1987.

Scope and Content of Collection

The lantern slides in this collection depict both photographs and artistic renderings of some California missions in various constructional states. The missions that are shown on the slides include San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo, San Gabriel Arcángel, San Juan Capistrano, San Miguel Arcángel, San Buenaventura, San Diego de Alcalá, San Fernando Rey, San Juan Bautista, San Luis Rey, San Rafael Arcángel, and Santa Barbara. Scenes of the missions portray their ruins, restoration, interiors, and artistic imaginings of mission life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The slides also show Indian women with baskets, the secularization of the missions, Dana Point, cactus plants, memorials, Los Angeles, a drive-in market, the California coast, a date palm, an olive press, Father Junípero Serra, and Eulalia Pérez de Guillén. “Missions and Romance of Southern California”, a typescript written by Mrs. Lou K. Ross, is also included in this collection. This typescript contains a lecture designed to educate Los Angeles club groups of the condition of the California missions at the time; it also notes which lantern slides correspond to certain points in the lecture.

Indexing Terms

California missions
Indians of North America--California
Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.)
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.)
San Buenaventura Mission
San Diego Mission
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)
San Juan Bautista (Mission : San Juan Bautista, Calif.)
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)
San Rafael Mission (Marin County, Calif.)
Santa Barbara Mission
Serra, Junípero, 1713-1784
Dana Point (Calif.)
Lantern slides

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