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Whittier Public Library Historical Photograph Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Project Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Whittier Public Library historical photograph collection
    Dates: Circa 1890-1960
    Bulk Dates: 1900-1954
    Collection number: Consult library
    Collector: Whittier Public Library
    Collection Size: 205 photographs 205 online items
    Repository: Whittier Public Library
    Whittier, CA 90602
    Abstract: The Whittier Historical Photograph Collection includes images documenting the foundation of the community of Whittier, California during the periods of the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century. The images in the Whittier Historical Photograph Collection depict not only historical buildings and portraits of early Whittier settlers; they also document the beginnings of the California citrus, oil, and transportation industries. Many of the images in this collection display the prosperous time of growth as seen in similar early California settlements. Images include the Casa de Governor Pio Pico, (home of the last Mexican Governor of California), the Jonathan Bailey house, (purchased under the protection of the Homestead Act for $234), the Carnegie Library of Whittier, theaters (Sundown Drive-in), churches, local canyons, oil derricks, commercial buildings, personal photographs of residents, schools (including the reformatory school, Fred C. Nelles), and the funeral of poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The collection also includes images of historical craftsman homes, many of which are still standing. The collection includes photographic prints, negatives, and postcards.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Whittier Public Library historical photograph collection. Consult library. Whittier Public Library, Whittier, CA 90602.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection of photographs is derived from various sources including donations from the Coffin family, the McMurray family, and Orville G. Espolt.

    Project Information

    This collection was assembled from the Whittier Historical Photograph Collection at the Whittier Public Library as part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP). Working in part with the California Digital Library, Califa, and the LHDRP, this collection of images were digitized and preserved for future researchers, scholars, students, and the general public. These images will now be available via the California Digital Library?s (CDL) Calisphere website (see http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu ).
    Project activities spanned from July 2006 ? June 2007. Activities included digitization, photograph documentation and research, preservation, and cataloging. Digital objects were created and cataloged using Contentdm, a digital asset management tool shared by LHDRP participants. Cataloging conforms to the CDL?s Guidleines for Digital Objects specifications for descriptive and copyright metadata. (see http://www.cdlib.org/inside/diglib/guidelines/ ).
    The Whittier Public Library plans to continue to digitize the majority of their remaining photograph collection and early Whittier Daily News newspaper collections. For more detailed information on this collection and other digitized collections at the Whittier Public Library, contact the Whittier Public Library. (see http://www.whittierlibrary.org/ ).
    For more information on the LHDRP, see http://www.cdlib.org/inside/projects/oac/lsta/ .

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Whittier Historical Photograph Collection includes images documenting the foundation of the community of Whittier, California during the periods of the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century. The images in the Whittier Historical Photograph Collection depict not only historical buildings and portraits of early Whittier settlers; they also document the beginnings of the California citrus, oil, and transportation industries. Many of the images in this collection display the prosperous time of growth as seen in similar early California settlements. Images include the Casa de Governor Pio Pico, (home of the last Mexican Governor of California), the Jonathan Bailey house, (purchased under the protection of the Homestead Act for $234), the Carnegie Library of Whittier, theaters (Sundown Drive-in), churches, local canyons, oil derricks, commercial buildings, personal photographs of residents, schools (including the reformatory school, Fred C. Nelles), and the funeral of poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The collection also includes images of historical craftsman homes, many of which are still standing. This digitized collection includes photographic prints, negatives, and postcards.
    This particular digitized collection is part of the Whittier Public Library History Room collection which also includes many more photographs, newspapers, yearbooks, oral histories, maps, and other ephemera regarding the City of Whittier and California history. Works by John Greenleaf Whittier as well as local authors are also represented. Within the collection is also the Whittier Hills Archive, containing primary and secondary resources that relate to the conservation and preservation of the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor. For additional information regarding the collections inside the Whittier Public Library History Room, visit: http://www.whittierlibrary.org/adult-history-room.html 

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.

    Names and Places

    Bailey, Jonathan, 1819-1904
    Bailey, Rebecca, 1821-1898
    Bailey, Ruthette (White)
    Baldwin, Sarah, 1853-1947
    Bayless, Jane
    Bjorkman, Ruth (Samson)
    Buckmaster, Lloyd, 1890-1987
    Buckmaster, Percy, 1892-1969
    Caralambo, George, 1828-1913
    Clark, Artilissa Dorland, 1854-1940
    Clarks, Arestas Charles, 1843?-1903
    Coffman, Annie Dorland, 1865-1942
    Dexter, Walter F., 1886-1945
    Ditwiler, Thelma
    Dorland, Henry, d. 1901
    Ellis, Ruth
    Ernest, Maude (Hibbs)
    Espolt, Orville G., 1901-1987
    French, Lillian (Flanders)
    Fulmer, Margaret
    Gregory, Ernest
    Grover, Ermine
    Hadley, Washington, 1817-1911
    Hodge, Marion
    Hofstetter, Marilyn
    Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944
    Lindley, Hervey (Owens, Kate C.), 1854-1926
    Newlin, Emilie, d. 1888
    Perry, Herman
    Pickering, Mary
    Pico, Pio de Jesus IV, 1801-1894
    Reynolds, Marion
    Rice, Mabel
    Robbins, Cleo
    Stevens, A.J., 1897-1961
    Votaw, Merritt, 1878-1975
    Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
    Catalina Island (Calif.)
    Whittier (Calif.)

    Topics

    Agriculture
    Automobile Rallies
    Banks
    Barbershops
    Cemeteries
    Citrus fruit industry
    City and Town Halls
    Churches
    Club Houses
    Construction
    Croquet
    Demolition
    Electricians
    Electric Railroads
    Fire Engines and Equipment
    Fire Fighters
    Founder's Day
    Hospitals
    Hotels
    Landscapes
    Librarians
    Libraries
    May Day
    Motorcycles
    Newspapers
    Parades
    Parks
    Pioneers
    Police
    Railroads
    Railroad Cars
    Railroad Stations
    Ranches
    Residences
    Schools
    Stores & shops
    Streets
    Theatres
    War Bonds and Funds
    Water Supply
    Young Men's Christian Associations

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Photographs