The Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part I, consists of 996 black and white photographs, 82 glass plate negatives
(5 x 7 inches and 5 x 8 inches), and 1 scrapbook, 1855-1979 (bulk 1880s-1910s), collected by the Banning family and depicting
various family members and friends and family properties (residential and commercial), with an emphasis on Wilmington and
Santa Catalina Island, California. Of special significance are the Catalina photographs documenting the development of the
island from a natural enclave with a few inhabitants to a thriving tourist resort. Photographers represented in the collection
include G.O. Ayer; Joseph Brent Banning; Boye; Bradley and Rulofson; E.M. Brickey; Henry H. Buehman; Detroit Photographic
Company; George N. Dewey; Ida M. Essery; Hervey Friend; William H. Godfrey; A.C. Golsh; Lola L. Huddleston; Truman W. Ingersoll;
Charles Ironmonger; Keystone Photo Service; Theodore Marceau; Frank L. Park; J.R. Putnam; Putnam and Valentine; P.V. Reyes;
Frank G. Schumacher; Silas Selleck; Stagg Photography; George Steckel; Noren F. Swenson; Isaiah W. Taber; Louis Thors; C.B.
Waite; James D. Westervelt; and Charles A. Zimmerman.
The Banning Family played a pivotal role in the development of southern California. Phineas Banning (1830-1885) immigrated
to California from Philadelphia in 1852, and soon became a partner in a freight and stage-line business that ran between San
Pedro and Los Angeles. He founded the settlement of Wilmington near San Pedro, which served as the hub of the Banning Company.
Banning’s many business interests included shipping, warehousing, real estate, and transportation services to Los Angeles
and inland areas. The Banning Company continued under the direction of Phineas’s sons, William, Joseph Brent (J.B.), and
Hancock, until the company dissolved in 1920.
8.91 linear feet, 11 boxes
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