Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein.
The Huntington Library January 16, 2007
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108
Phone: 626-405-2180
Email: jwatts@huntington.org


Overview of the Collection

Repository: The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108
Phone: 626-405-2180
Email: jwatts@huntington.org
Collector: Patton family
Title: Patton Family Collection of Negatives and Photographs
Dates: 1885-1945
Dates: (bulk 1895-1907)
Quantity: 16 boxes, 7.73 linear feet
Abstract: The Patton Family Collection consists of 156 glass plate negatives, 218 film negatives, 875 photographs, and a negative book, 1885-1945 (bulk 1895-1907), created and/or collected by members of the Patton family and friends. The collection provides an intimate look into the private lives of one of Southern California's prominent families around the turn of the twentieth century.
Identification: photCL 282
Language of Material: English

Biographical Note

In 1844, Benjamin D. Wilson, second Mayor of Los Angeles, married Ramona Yorba, daughter of Bernardo Yorba, a well-known land owner during California's Mexican period. After Ramona's death, Wilson married Margaret S. Hereford in 1853. He was the father of one son and three daughters. Mariona Wilson married James DeBarth Shorb (1842-1896) and Ruth Wilson married George Smith Patton (1856-1927) (one-time District Attorney of Los Angeles and the first Mayor of San Marino) on December 10, 1884. Ruth and George sired two children, George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) or "Georgie" and Anne Wilson Patton (1887-1971) or "Nita." George Smith Patton, Jr., General in the United States Army, became famous in World War II as "Old Blood and Guts."
Patton and his family resided at Lake Vineyard, apparently built by Benjamin Wilson on 128 acres in the heart of present-day San Marino. This house, Lake Vineyard I, was torn down in 1910 to make way for a larger house, Lake Vineyard II, which was the site of planning sessions for the incorporation of present-day San Marino.
Ann Wilson, Ruth Wilson Patton's sister, lived with the Patton family at Lake Vineyard and may have been the photographer for the images in the first four boxes of the collection, and was the photographer and creator of the photograph album in Box 5.
The Patton and Banning Families, both prominent in the history of Southern California, shared a close relationship; Benjamin Wilson and Phineas Banning (founder of the Port of Los Angeles and of Wilmington, California) were business partners. George S. Patton, Jr., married Beatrice Banning Ayer.

Scope and Contents

The Patton Family Collection consists of 156 glass plate negatives, 218 film negatives, 875 photographs, and a negative book, 1885-1945 (bulk 1895-1907), created and/or collected by members of the Patton family and friends. The collection provides an intimate look into the private lives of one of Southern California's prominent families around the turn of the twentieth century.
Boxes 1 and 2 contain copy prints of glass plate negatives taken by Ann Wilson, sister of Ruth Wilson Patton, and printed in her darkroom on the family's Lake Vineyard property. These photographs depict members of the Patton family and friends of the family; interiors of both of the Lake Vineyard houses in San Marino, California (Lake Vineyard I and II); views of the Lake Vineyard property; and photographs of the Patton family and friends on Santa Catalina Island and views of Catalina. Box 3 contains photographs of the Banning residence in Wilmington, California, along with images of the Patton and Banning families at family celebrations; and photographs (many created by studio photographers) of members of the Patton family, including George S. Patton, Jr.; Anne Wilson Patton; Ruth Wilson Patton; and George Smith Patton, Sr. Box 4 contains snapshots taken by an unidentified individual of (presumably) Patton family friends at various resort locations in California, including Catalina and Mount Tamalpais, as well as photographs of the Patton family at Lake Vineyard. Box 5 contains a photograph album created by Ann Wilson that contains images of members of both the Patton and Shorb families.
In addition to the images created by Ann Wilson, the collection includes photographs created by Joseph Harrison Lamson, Frank G. Schumacher, George Steckel, and James D. Westervelt.
Many photographs have annotations on the verso added in 1976 by Hancock Banning.

Arrangement

The collection is generally arranged by photographer and subject. Copy prints of Ann Wilson's glass plate negatives form the first part of the collection, followed by copy prints of photographs taken by an unidentified individual. Box 5 houses a photograph album created by Ann Wilson.

Related Material

See also:
Identifier/Call Number: photCL 180,
Title: Banning Family Albums.
Identifier/Call Number: photCL 451,
Title: Banning Family Collection of Photographs.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Banning, Hancock, Sr.--Photographs.
Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927--Photographs.
Lamson, Joseph Harrison, 1840-1902.
Patton, Anne Wilson--Photographs.
Patton, George S. (George Smith)--Photographs.
Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945--Photographs.
Patton, Ruth Wilson--Photographs.
Patton, Susan Glassell--Photographs.
Schumacher, Frank G., b. 1861.
Steckel, Geo. (George), b. 1864.
Westervelt, James D., b. 1844.
Wilson, Ann.

Family Names:

Banning family--Photographs.
Shorb family--Photographs.

Organizations:

United States Military Academy--Photographs.
Virginia Military Institute--Photographs.

Places:

Long Beach (Calif.)--Photographs.
Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.)--Photographs.
San Marino (Calif.)--Photographs.
Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)--Photographs.
Sant Cruz (Calif.)--Photographs.
Wilson, Mount (Calif. : Mountain)--Photographs.
Tamalpais, Mount (Calif.)--Photographs.
Wilmington (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.

Subjects:

Bicycles--Photographs.
Children--Photographs.
Dwellings--California--San Marino--Photographs.
Horsemanship--California--San Marino--Photographs.
Interiors--California--San Marino--Photographs.
Military cadets--Photographs.
Parades--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
Recreation--California--Photographs.
Ships--California--Photographs.
Tennis--California--San Marino--Photographs.

Document Types:

Clippings.
Negatives.
Notes.
Photograph albums.
Photographs.

Restrictions on Access

Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

photCL 282, Patton family Collection of Negatives and Photographs, 1885-1945.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Anne Wilson Patton, 1957.

Processing Information

The glass plate negatives and prints made from those negatives were rehoused, numbered and arranged by Brita Mack and Jane Apostol in the late 1980s. Jane Apostol rehoused, numbered and arranged the remainder of the collection, and created the original Container List, in 2005. In November 2006, Sue Luftschein created this finding aid based, in part, on the original Container List.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

The collection consists of glass plate and film negatives, copy prints from these negatives, and original photographs. Boxes 1-2 contain the copy prints, plus some photographs for which there are no existing negatives. Original glass plate negatives are housed in boxes 6-12. Original film negatives, boxes 13-15, are housed in cold storage. Requests to view negatives must be made with the Curator of Photographs.

 

Container List

Box 1, Item 1-30

Patton family photographs, 1895-1896

Note

[George Smith Patton Sr., Ruth Patton, Nita, Georgie, and unidentified children, in and around the Lake Vineyard house, playing with pets, on horseback, playing tennis.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 8, 26, 28. Digital surrogate available for number 15.]
Box 1, Item 31-46

Patton family photographs, 1897-1898

Note

[Ruth Patton, Nita, Georgie, and unidentified children, in and around the Lake Vineyard house, playing with pets, on horseback.]
Box 1, Item 47-69

Patton family photographs, 1897-1898

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 54-59.]

Note

[Ruth Patton, Ann Wilson, Nita, Georgie, members of the Banning family, and unidentified children, in and around the Lake Vineyard house, playing, riding bicycles.]
Box 1, Item 70-84

Patton family photographs, 1899

Note

[George Smith Patton, Sr., Nita, Georgie, Maurice Phillips, and unidentified children, in and around the Lake Vineyard house, playing, riding bicycles.]
Box 1, Item 85-99.1

Lake Vineyard interiors, 1897-1904

Note

[Some with members of the Patton family.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 87, 94.]
Box 1, Item 100-122

Lake Vineyard and Patton family photographs, 1900-1904

Note

[Lake Vineyard interiors, many with Patton family members and friends.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 101, 102, 104, 108-111a, 112-118.]
Box 1, Item 123-144

Lake Vineyard and Patton family photographs, 1901-1903

Note

[Patton family and friends on the porch at Lake Vineyard.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 123, 128, 129, 131, 132, 134, 136-142. Digital surrogate available for numbers 127 and 143.]
Box 1, Item 145-175b

Lake Vineyard and Patton family photographs, 1900-1901

Note

[Exteriors of the Lake Vineyard house, Lake Vineyard grounds, and Patton family members and friends around the grounds.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 146-152, 154, 155, 157-160, 163-170, 175.]
Box 2, Item 176-197

Lake Vineyard and Patton family photographs, 1901-1907

Note

[Exteriors of the Lake Vineyard house, Lake Vineyard grounds, and Patton family members and friends around the grounds.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 176-178; 184, 185, 189, 190, 197.]
Box 2, Item 198-210

Lake Vineyard grounds and San Gabriel Valley views; George Jr. at Tournament of Roses, 1900-1907

Note

[No glass plate negative for number 209. Digital surrogate available for number 210.]
Box 2, Item 211-220

Lake Vineyard II, undated

Note

[Interiors and exteriors.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for number 214a.]
Box 2, Item 221-231

Lake Vineyard II, undated

Note

[Interiors and exteriors.]
Box 2, Item 232-249

San Marino and San Gabriel Valley; Cooper House; Patton family and friends, 1895-1901

Note

[No numbers 239-241.]

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 232, 235-238, 243-249.]
Box 2, Item 250-271

Family trips, c. 1900-1905

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 250-261.]
Box 2, Item 272-290.1

Views of Catalina; Patton family and friends, 1899-ca. 1902

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 272.1, 272.2, 275, 275.1, 276, 280, 284, 284.1, 285. 286.1, 289, 290.1]
Box 2, Item 291-306.1

Views of Catalina; Patton family and friends, 1899-ca. 1902

Note

[No glass plate negative for numbers 291-291.3, 293.1-293.3, 294.1, 299.1-299.3, 300.1-300.6, 301.1, 304.1, 306.1.]
Box 3, Item 307-317

Views of Banning residence in Wilmington; Patton family and friends, ca. 1900

Box 3, Item 318-336

Virginia Military Institute and West Point: cadets and views; George Jr., 1903-1904

Box 3, Item 337-347

George Smith Patton Jr., 1885-1945

Note

[Number 344 missing as of November 2006.]
Box 3, Item 348-359.1

Ann Wilson Patton, undated

Note

[Includes clipping.]
Box 3, Item 360-361

Ruth Wilson Patton, undated

Box 3, Item 362-364.2

George Smith Patton Sr., undated

Box 3, Item 365-370

Susan Glassell Patton (Mrs. Lemoyne Wills), undated

Note

[Includes note re: geneology.]
Box 3, Item 370.1

Ann Wilson, undated

Box 3, Item 370.2-370.3

Mrs. Adelaide Brown, 1908

Box 3, Item 370.4

"Aunt Nellie" (Mrs. Eleanor Brown), undated

Box 3, Item 371-374

Lake Vineyard II, undated

Box 3, Item 375-376

George Smith Patton I; Susan Glassell Thornton Patton, undated

Note

[George Smith Patton I was the father of George Smith Patton, Sr.]

Note

[Copies of oil portraits from Lake Vineyard. No print for number 376.]
Box 3, Item 377

Lake Vineyard and Catalina, c. 1895

Note

[17 photographs glued into small booklet, created by Ann Patton.]
Box 3, Item 378

Patton family with Henry E. Huntington and Hancock Banning at Lake Vineyard, November 1903

Box 3, Item 378.1-381

"Patton family Album", undated

Note

[Prints made from negatives lent to the Huntington Library by Special Collections, University of California at Fresno. To be used only with prior permission.]
 

Snapshots printed from negatives created by an unidentified individual

 

Catalina

Box 4, Item 382-387

Views, undated

Physical Description: [Numbers 385-387 prints only.]
Box 4, Item 388-389

"Ma and I on Catalina Island," undated

Box 4, Item 390

"Me wading," undated

Box 4, Item 391-393

Glass-bottom boats, undated

Box 4, Item 394

Sailboat, undated

Box 4, Item 395

Boats, undated

Box 4, Item 396

Seal Rocks, undated

Box 4, Item 397-399

Tents, undated

 

Boats

Box 4, Item 400

Battleship, undated

Box 4, Item 401

Battleship and birds, undated

Box 4, Item 402

"View on Northern boat", undated

Box 4, Item 403

"Fire drill on Northern boat", undated

Box 4, Item 404-405

"Government boat", undated

Box 4, Item 406

"Gas launch", undated

Box 4, Item 407

"Boats-one 3-master", undated

Box 4, Item 408

"4-masters", undated

Box 4, Item 409

Fishing boats, undated

 

Redondo Beach

Box 4, Item 410-411

Gulls on pier, undated

 

Long Beach

Box 4, Item 412

"Me-Long Beach," undated

Note

[Boy with rope.]
Box 4, Item 413

"Me on sand, Long Beach," undated

Note

[2 boys.]
Box 4, Item 414-415

Bathers, undated

Box 4, Item 416-419

Breakers, undated

Note

[Number 416 print only.]
 

Santa Cruz

Box 4, Item 420-422

Arch Rock, undated

Box 4, Item 423

Rocks along coast, undated

Box 4, Item 424

Fishing pier. Fish on deck, boat Mizpah in background, undated

Box 4, Item 425-426

Suspension bridge, undated

Box 4, Item 427-428

Surf, undated

 

San Francisco

Box 4, Item 429

San Francisco from Bay, undated

Box 4, Item 430

Boat, off San Francisco, undated

 

Muir Woods

Box 4, Item 431

Group walking along railroad track, undated

 

Mount Tamalpais

Box 4, Item 432-436

Panoramic views, undated

Box 4, Item 437

San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais, undated

Box 4, Item 438

Hotel, undated

Box 4, Item 439

Train, undated

Box 4, Item 440

Train marked "Mount Tamalpais Gravity," undated

Box 4, Item 441-442

Railroad tracks, undated

 

Los Angeles

Box 4, Item 443

Pigeon farm, undated

Box 4, Item 444

Westlake Park: birds on a float, undated

Box 4, Item 445-448

Parade scenes, undated

 

Mount Wilson

Box 4, Item 449

"Ma and I on Mount Wilson," undated

 

Mount Lowe

Box 4, Item 450

Squirrel by sign: "To Inspiration Point," undated

 

Pasadena

Box 4, Item 451

Hotel Green, undated

 

Miscellaneous

Box 4, Item 452

Moonstone Beach, undated

Box 4, Item 453

Gulls on a float, undated

Box 4, Item 454

Birds on a rock in water, undated

Box 4, Item 455

Unidentified high school, undated

 

Military school and camp scenes

Box 4, Item 456-471

Cadets at military school, undated

Box 4, Item 472-484

Military camp views, undated

 

Lake Vineyard

Box 4, Item 485

Wilson House, Lake Vineyard, undated

Box 4, Item 486-488

Olives at Lake Vineyard, undated

Box 4, Item 489-491

Poinsettias, undated

 

"Our houses"

Box 4, Item 492-494

Unidentified houses, undated

 

Family and friends

Box 4, Item 495

"Nita on steps," 1895

Box 4, Item 496

"Georgie and Nita at the fountain" (George Smith Patton, Jr. and Ann Patton), undated

Box 4, Item 497

"Georgie and Arvin by the fountain," September 1895

Box 4, Item 498

"Georgie, Arvin, and Aunt Suzie under date palm, Lake Vineyard," September 1895

Box 4, Item 499

"Georgie and Spot in wagon," undated

Box 4, Item 500

"Children in front of house," February 1896

Box 4, Item 501

"Me in garden," undated

Box 4, Item 502

"Me fishing," undated

Box 4, Item 503

"Nita and Georgie on beach in Redondo," undated

Box 4, Item 504

Georgie (?) and 2 unidentified women at beach, undated

Box 4, Item 505

"GSP playing tennis," undated

Box 4, Item 506

"Grandma and cats," undated

Box 4, Item 507

"Ma and cats," undated

Box 4, Item 508

"Ma eating peaches," undated

Box 4, Item 509

"Ma rowing," undated

Box 4, Item 510

"Me with hoe," undated

Box 4, Item 511

"Ma wading," undated

Box 4, Item 512

"Leona," undated

Box 4, Item 513

"Papa and I" [Leona?], undated

Box 4, Item 514-515

"Bert and Leona," undated

Box 4, Item 516

"Leona on grass," undated

Box 4, Item 517-519

"Leona picking flowers," undated

Box 4, Item 520

Unidentified woman on stepladder, undated

Box 4, Item 521

Group in buggy, undated

 

Additional snapshots

 

Patton family and Lake Vineyard

Box 4, Item 522-523

George S. Patton, Jr., in uniform, undated

Box 4, Item 524-525

George S. Patton, Jr., in uniform on front steps of Lake Vineyard, undated

Box 4, Item 525a-525b

Walking up and down the stairs at Lake Vineyard, undated

Physical Description: [Negatives only.]
Box 4, Item 526

George S. Patton, Jr. at Lake Vineyard with two unidentified women, undated

Box 4, Item 527-530

Front steps of Lake Vineyard, undated

Box 4, Item 531-532

Dog and cat at Lake Vineyard, undated

Box 4, Item 533-537

Ann Wilson Patton, undated

Box 4, Item 538

George S. Patton, Sr., on horseback, undated

 

Cadets and friends

Box 4, Item 539-542a

Group photographs and snapshots, undated

 

Catalina?

Box 4, Item 543

Seascape, undated

Box 4, Item 544

Sailboat, undated

Box 4, Item 545-547

Wharf, with large fish hanging from hook, undated

Box 4, Item 548

Bathers, undated

Box 4, Item 549

Beach at water's edge, undated

Box 4, Item 550

Passengers seated on boat, undated

Box 4, Item 551-552

Exterior of unidentified houses, undated

Box 4, Item 553

Unidentified interior, undated

Box 4, Item 554

Unidentified woman in room, undated

Box 4, Item 555-556

Unidentified group in outdoor location, undated

Box 4, Item 557

Landscape with trees, undated

Box 4, Item 558

Grandstand (?), undated

 

"Photos removed to Patton Collection"

Box 4, Item 559-561

San Pedro: Great White Fleet, undated

Box 4, Item 562-565

Mrs. Patton's Electric [automobile]. San Marino, undated

Box 4, Item 566

George S. Patton, Sr. at Catalina, undated

Physical Description: [Print only.]
Box 4, Item 567

Georgie in the grass, undated

Physical Description: [Print only.]
Box 4, Item 568

Parade, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 569-571

San Francisco Plunge, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 572

General view of Long Beach, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 573

Ocean view, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 574

Surf, Santa Cruz, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 575

Catalina Boats [men playing guitars], undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 576

Battleship, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 577

Interior view of a bedroom [Lake Vineyard?], undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 578

Trees, Santa Cruz, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 4, Item 579

GAR camp, Long Beach, undated

Physical Description: [Negative only.]
Box 5, Item Volume 1

Photograph album of Patton and Shorb Families, 1896-1902

Note

[Accompanied by note from Hancock Banning. According to Banning, many of the photographs were taken and developed by Ann Wilson in her darkroom on the Lake Vineyard property. He identified volume 1 (51) as the darkroom.]

Note

[Some duplication exists with other subjects and views in the collection.]