Lou K. Ross Lantern Slide Collection of Southern California Missions: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Michelle Sanchez.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Lou K. Ross Lantern Slide Collection of Southern California Missions
Dates (inclusive): approximately 1920s
Collection Number: photCL 516
Creator: Ross, Lou K., 1878-1962.
Extent: 58 photographs in 3 boxes : lantern slides + 1 typescript document.
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
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: English.
Note:
Finding aid last updated on March 20, 2015.

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Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lou K. Ross Lantern Slide Collection of Southern California Missions, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Gift of Jane Calhoun in October 1987.

Biographical Note

Lou K. Ross (1878-1962) was born in Michigan and later lived in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Clarence Ross, an auditor for a lumber company. Lou Ross used to give lectures on the California Missions, accompanied by lantern slides, to club groups.

Scope and Content

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 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 lecture written by Mrs. Lou K. Ross in 1929, is included in the information file for this collection. The lecture was designed to educate Los Angeles club groups on the condition of the California missions at the time; it also notes which lantern slides correspond to certain points in the lecture.

Arrangement

The lantern slides are arranged according to their corresponding points in the accompanying lecture, "Missions and Romance of Southern California," followed by slides not referenced in the lecture.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Missions, Spanish--California--Photographs.
Missions, Spanish--California--Pictorial works.
Indians of North America--California--Photographs.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel, Calif.)--Photographs.
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)--Photographs.
Mission San Juan Capistrano--Photographs.
Mission San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel, Calif.)--Photographs.
San Buenaventura Mission--Photographs.
San Diego Mission--Photographs.
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)--Photographs.
San Juan Bautista (Mission : San Juan Bautista, Calif.)--Photographs.
San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)--Photographs.
San Rafael Mission (Marin County, Calif.)--Photographs.
Santa Barbara Mission--Photographs.
Secularization--California--Photographs.
Serra, Junípero, 1713-1784--Pictorial works.
Dana Point (Calif.)--Photographs.
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Photographs.

Forms/Genres

Lantern slides.
Photographs.


Collection Contents

 

Container list

Box 1

Lantern slides 1-23

Item  1

Fr. Junípero Serra [illustration]

Item  2

The first date palm in California. San Diego. [photograph]

Item  3

Cross built from the materials of the first mission, marking the spot on which San Diego de Alcala was founded in 1769. [photograph]

Item  4

Mission San Diego [illustration]

Item  5

Mission San Diego. Cross marking site where California’s first Christian martyr (Padre Jaymi) fell. [photograph]

Item  6

Mission San Diego [illustration]

Item  7/A

Mission San Diego. Ruins. [photograph]

Item  8

Mission San Diego. Church front and side walls. [photograph]

Item  9

Mission San Diego. Prickly pear cactus. [photograph]

Item  10

[Monks traveling on foot] [illustration]

Item  11

Mission San Luis Rey [illustration]

Item  12

Mission San Luis Rey. Secularization [photograph]

Item  13

Mission San Luis Rey. Church and ruins [photograph]

Item  14

Mission San Luis Rey. Chapel ruins [photograph]

Item  15/B

Mission San Luis Rey. Restored mission [Also corresponds to typescript page 27][photograph]

Item  16

Dana Point, California [photograph]

Item  17

Mission San Juan Capistrano at the height of prosperity [illustration]

Item  18

Mission San Juan Capistrano. Church ruins [photograph]

Item  19

Mission San Juan Capistrano. [Priest sitting and reading] [photograph]

Item  20

Mission San Juan Capistrano [photograph]

Item  21

Mission San Juan Capistrano [Ruins with two tourists][photograph]

Item  22

Mission San Juan Capistrano. Olive press [photograph]

Item  23

Mission San Juan Capistrano. [Ruined arch, part of church?] [photograph]

Box 2

Lantern slides 24-47

Item  24

Mission San Juan Capistrano. Bell court [photograph]

Item  25/C

Mission San Juan Capistrano [Also corresponds to typescript page 27][photograph]

Item  26

Mission San Gabriel [illustration]

Item  27

Mission San Gabriel. Eulalia Parez [Perez] de Guillen [photograph]

Item  28

Mission San Gabriel [Damaged] [illustration]

Item  29/D

Mission San Gabriel. Bell tower. [Also corresponds to typescript page 27] [photograph]

Item  30

Mission San Gabriel [photograph]

Item  31

Mission San Fernando Rey [Damaged] [photograph]

Item  32

Mission San Fernando Rey. Ruins [photographs]

Item  33

Mission San Fernando Rey. Ruined church [photograph]

Item  34

[Does not exist]

Item  35

Mission San Fernando Rey [photograph]

Item  36

[Does not exist]

Item  37

Mission San Fernando Rey [photograph]

Item  38/E

Mission San Fernando Rey [Also corresponds to typescript page 27] [photograph]

Item  39

Mission San Buenaventura [illustration]

Item  40

Secularization [colorized photograph of theatrical play]

Item  41

Mission San Buenaventura [photograph]

Item  42

Mission San Buenaventura [Slide does not correspond to typescript] [photograph]

Item  43

Mission San Buenaventura. Church interior [photograph]

Item  44/F

Mission San Buenaventura [Also corresponds to typescript page 27] [photograph]

Item  45

California coast [photograph]

Item  46

Mission Carmel [Slide does not correspond to typescript] [photograph]

Item  47

Mission Santa Barbara, 1875 [photograph]

Box 3

Lantern slides 48-G

Item  48

Mission Santa Barbara [illustration]

Item  49

Mission Santa Barbara [photograph]

Item  50

Mission San Fernando Rey [photograph]

Item  51

Mission San Gabriel [illustration]

Item  52

Mission San Juan Bautista [photograph]

Item  53

Mission San Juan Bautista [photograph]

Item  54

Mission San Miguel [photograph]

Item  55

Mission San Rafael [photograph]

Item  56

[Indian woman with baskets] [photographs]

Item  57

Indian woman splitting acorns near Fresno Flat [photograph]

Item  58

Chapman Park drive-in market [Los Angeles, California] [photograph]

Item  59

“Los Angeles today” [Aerial view of Los Angeles buildings and freeways][photograph]

Item  G

Mission Santa Barbara [Corresponds to typescript page 27] [photograph]