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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Index Terms
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

  • Overview of the Collection

    Repository: The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA
    91108
    Phone: 626-405-2180
    Email: jwatts@huntington.org
    Title: Collection of Panoramic Photographs.
    Dates: 1851-1995
    Dates: (bulk 1920s-1930s)
    Quantity: 18.86 linear feet
    Abstract: The Huntington Library's Collection of Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1995, depicts a wide variety of subjects and provides an important resource for the visual history of the United States, with a particular emphasis on California and the American West. Subjects include landscapes, group portraits, and miscellaneous views. The collection also contains photographs by some of the better known photographers and photographic firms of the first part of the twentieth century. Photographers and publishers represented in the collection include Charles Z. Bailey; Bailey and Ramsey; Bryant Studio; Bunnell Photo Shop; California Panorama Company; Bell Clements; Fay Foto Service; R. J. Gallagher; George. R. Lawrence Company; J.D. Givens; Gordon Panoramic Photo Company; Griffith Photo; Harris Photographic Company; Karen Halverson; George W. Hazard; L. M. Hermance; Hiller; Hughes Photos; B. Isensee; William Henry Jackson; I. L. Maduro; Mayhart Studio; C. R. Nock; Panorama Publishing Company; Pettit's Studio; Photo News Service; C. C. Pierce; A.C. Pillsbury; Pillsbury Picture Company; Prince Photo; G. H. Rice; H.H. Rideout; Sanford and Black Photo News Service; Thompson; O.A. Tunnell; H.A. Varble; Miles F. Weaver; and West Coast Art Company.
    Identification: photPAN
    Language of Material: English

    Historical Note

    This finding aid brings together information about the Huntington’s panoramic photographs. These images have been collected by or donated to the Huntington over the course of many years.

    Scope and Contents

    The Huntington Library's Collection of Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1995, contains 117 panoramas that depict a wide variety of subjects and provide an important resource for the visual history of the United States, with a particular emphasis on California and the American West. Subjects include landscapes, group portraits, and miscellaneous views. The landscapes include views of Los Angeles and vicinity (including central Los Angeles, Hollywood, East Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Mount Lowe); views of San Francisco (including balloon views of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire created by the George R. Lawrence Company); miscellaneous landscapes (including Yosemite Falls; Tehachapi Loop; Los Gatos, California; Camp Bowie, Texas; Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains; Furnace Creek in Death Valley; Hoover Dam; Thermopolis, Wyoming; and unidentified views); views of industry (including the Newport News shipyard and the Venice-Del Rey oil fields); desert and mining towns (including Virginia City, Nevada; Bisbee, Arizona; and Ouray, Colorado); the Panama Canal; and Norris Dam (Tennessee). The group portraits include clubs; employees; school children; professional organizations; military personnel; pageant and play participants (including two portraits of casts of the Mission Play); birthday parties; and miscellaneous groups. The miscellaneous views include views of the Ascot Park Racetrack in Gardena, California; a revival held by Aimee Semple McPherson in Balboa Park (San Diego); opening ceremonies of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics; and the raising of the U.S.S. Battleship Maine in Havana Harbor.
    The collection also contains photographs by some of the better known photographers and photographic firms of the first part of the twentieth century. Photographers and publishers represented in the collection include Charles Z. Bailey; Bailey and Ramsey; Bryant Studio; Bunnell Photo Shop; California Panorama Company; Bell Clements; Fay Foto Service; R.J. Gallagher; George. R. Lawrence Company; J.D. Givens; Gordon Panoramic Photo Company; Griffith Photo; Harris Photographic Company; Karen Halverson; George W. Hazard; L. M. Hermance; Hiller; Hughes Photos; B. Isensee; William Henry Jackson; I.L. Maduro; Mayhart Studio; C.R. Nock; Panorama Publishing Company; Pettit's Studio; Photo News Service; C.C. Pierce; A.C. Pillsbury; Pillsbury Picture Company; Prince Photo; G.H. Rice; H.H. Rideout; Sanford and Black Photo News Service; Thompson; O.A. Tunnell; H.A. Varble; Miles F. Weaver; and West Coast Art Company.
    Titles in brackets are supplied; otherwise all titles come from the photographs themselves.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged broadly by subject as follows: landscape; group portraits; and miscellaneous. It is further subdivided by subject within each broad category.

    Related Material

    See also:
    Finding aid for
    Title: Collection of California and Southern California Panoramic Negatives,
    Huntington Library Photo Archives.
    photCL 410,
    Title: Photographs: Raising of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor, Cuba,
    1912, Huntington Library Photo Archives.
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 107,
    Title: Henry E. Huntington Gardens and Residence Panoramas, 1910s-1920s,
    Huntington Library Photo Archives.

    Index Terms

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

    Persons:

    Bailey, Charles Z.
    Clements, Bell.
    Gallagher, R. J., photographer.
    Givens, J. D. (James David), b. 1893.
    Halverson, Karen, 1941-
    Hazard, George Washington, 1842-1914.
    Hermance, L. M.
    Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942.
    Maduro, I. L.
    McPherson, Aimee Semple, 1890-1944--Photographs.
    Nock, C. R.
    Pierce, C. C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946.
    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence).
    Rendall, S. A.--Photographs.
    Rice, G. H.
    Tunnell, O. A.
    Varble, H. A.
    Weaver, M. F. (Miles F.), 1879-1932.

    Organizations:

    Alaska Yukon Club--Photographs.
    Ancon Hospital (Ancon, Ancon, Panama)--Photographs.
    Ascot Park (Gardena, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Bailey and Ramsey.
    Bryant Studio.
    Bunnell Photo Shop.
    California Panorama Company.
    Drama League of America--Photographs.
    Fay Foto Service (Boston, Mass.).
    Gamut Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Geo. R. Lawrence Co.
    Gordon Panoramic Photo Company.
    Grand Army of the Republic. John F. Godfrey Post (Pasadena, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Griffith Phot.
    Harris Photographic Company.
    Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Hughes Photos.
    Keystone Cirkut Foto Company
    Maine (Battleship)--Photographs.
    Mayhart Studio.
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mount Lowe Railway--Photographs.
    Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad Co.--Photographs.
    Native Sons of the Golden West--Photographs.
    Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company--Photographs.
    Olympic Games (10th : 1932 : Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Pacific Electric Railway Company--Employees--Photographs.
    Panorama Publishing Company.
    Pasadena (Calif.). Police Dept.--Photographs.
    Pettit's Studio.
    Phi Sigma Kappa--Photographs.
    Photo News Service.
    Pillsbury Picture Company.
    Prince Photo.
    Raymond Hotel (Pasadena, Calif.)--Photographs.
    H.H. Rideout (Firm : Washington, D.C.).
    Sanford and Black Photo News Service.
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
    Universal City Studios--Photographs.
    Universal Film Manufacturing Company--Employees--Photographs.
    West Coast Art Co.
    Women's City Club of Los Angeles--Photographs.

    Places:

    Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Belvedere Gardens (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Big Bear Lake (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Bisbee (Ariz.)--Photographs.
    Camp Bowie (Fort Worth, Tex.)--Photographs.
    Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.)--Photographs.
    Gaillard Cut (Panama)--Photographs.
    Gatun Dam (Panama)--Photographs.
    Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)--Photographs.
    Los Gatos (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Miraflores Locks (Panama)--Photographs.
    Norris Dam (Tenn.)--Photographs.
    Ouray (Colo.)--Photographs.
    Panama Canal (Panama)--Photographs.
    San Francisco--Photographs.
    Thermopolis (Wyo.)--Photographs.
    Virginia City (Nev.)--Photographs.
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Photographs.

    Subjects:

    Beauty contests--California--Ocean Park--Photographs.
    Beauty contests--California--Redondo Beach--Photographs.
    Birthday parties--California--Photographs.
    Business districts--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Canals--Panama--Design and construction--Photographs.
    Clubs--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Congresses and conventions--Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Country clubs--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Dairy farms--California--Photographs.
    Dam construction--Tennessee--Photographs.
    Delegations--California--1912--Photographs.
    Harbors--Photographs.
    High school students--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Historic sites--California--Los Angeles County--Photographs.
    Hotels--Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Junior high school students--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Meetings--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Meetings--Ulster County (N.Y.)--Photographs.
    Meetings--Washington (D.C.)--Photographs.
    Mining camps--Photographs.
    Nurses--Texas--Photographs.
    Oil wells--California--Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Pageants--California--San Gabriel--Photographs.
    Parks--Photographs.
    Picnicking--California--Photographs.
    Railroad yards--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    Railroads--Track--California--Tehachapi Mountains--Photographs.
    Real estate development--California--Los Angeles--Photographs.
    San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906--Photographs.
    School children--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    School children--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Schools--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Schools--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Schools--California--Santa Monica--Photographs.
    Shipyards--Photographs.
    Soldiers--California--Photographs.
    Valleys--Photographs.

    Document Types:

    Panoramas.
    Portraits.

    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

    photPAN, Collection of Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1995.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired from James B. Barnes, August 1, 1947; Mark A. Chapman, November 11, 1949; Collector's Council, January 2003; Dawson's, April 6, 1979 and September 10, 1979; Ben Field, March 9, 1956; Mrs. Grace M. Grafton, 1996; Barbara Greer, January 1987; Hardy, 1946; Ernest and Elsie Heatherington, 2007; Jack Kemble, July 1987; Robert Tyler Lee; Michael Harrison McCandless, 2002?; McLaughlin, July 13, 1946; James B. McNair, May 5, 1956; Peter Palmquist; H.E. Roberts; Herman Smith, May 7, 1974; Charles Staufenberg, 2008; Paul Taylor, September 5, 1991; Marifrances Trivelli, September 13, 2001; Julia A. Vinock.

    Processing Information

    The photographs were flattened and encapsulated by the Huntington Library Preservation Department between 1988 and 2005.

    Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

    Arrangements for viewing panoramas must be made with the Curator of Photographs.
    A copy print of William Henry Jackson's Raymond Hotel panorama is available for study.