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Finding Aid for the Charles E. Shelton Collection of Photographs of the Southwest, ca. 1865-1961
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Description
Charles E. Shelton (1914-2002) was a newspaper and book publisher in Southern California. He published and edited the Azusa Herald and the Glendora Press, published The Desert Magazine, and founded the weekly Palm Desert Post. Shelton also established Best West Publications and ran the Southwest Desert Art Gallery in Palm Desert with his wife, Kathleen Gunn Shelton. The collection contains 91 negatives and 15 prints of the U.S. southwest that Shelton gathered when compiling his book Photo album of yesterday's southwest (1961).
Background
Charles E. Shelton, was a native of Glendora and graduate of Pomona College, and made his career in newspaper and book publishing in Southern California. After graduating from Pomona College in 1935, he worked for the Los Angeles Times as a junior sports writer. An R.O.T.C member in college, he was called to duty in 1941. He served through World War II in the Pacific Theater as a Press Officer for the Army Air Corps. After the war, Shelton published and edited the Azusa Herald and the Glendora Press. In the 1960s, he published The Desert Magazine, founded the weekly Palm Desert Post, and, with his wife, Kathleen Gunn Shelton, established Best West Publications, publisher of books on southwestern art and travel. They also ran the Southwest Desert Art Gallery in Palm Desert for a number of years.
Extent
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.