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Theodore P. Lukens Collection of Negatives
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical 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
    Phone: 626-405-2180
    Email: jwatts@huntington.org
    Creator: Lukens, Theodore Parker, 1848-1918.
    Title: Theodore P. Lukens Collection of Negatives
    Dates: 1882-1903,
    Dates: undated
    Quantity: 2.92 linear feet, 7 boxes
    Abstract: The Lukens Collection consists of 213 glass plate negatives and 243 film negatives created by Theodore Lukens, 1882-1903 and undated, that depict scenes in and around Los Angeles County, central California, and the Southwest.
    Identification: photCL 467
    Language of Material: English

    Biographical Note

    Theodore P. Lukens (1848-1918) was a conservationist and pioneer community leader in Pasadena, California. Born in Ohio, he came to California with his wife in 1880. He became active in business and municipal affairs, serving as president of the Board of Trustees of the city of Pasadena in 1890-1892 and 1894-1895. Lukens was a friend of John Muir and promoted many conservation causes. He served as supervisor of the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains from 1905-1907 and throughout his career held various positions in private and government forestry organizations. Lukens remained prominent in civic affairs in Pasadena until his death in 1918.

    Scope and Contents

    The Lukens Collection consists of 213 glass plate negatives and 243 film negatives created by Theodore Lukens, 1882-1903 and undated, that depict scenes in and around Los Angeles County, central California, and the Southwest. The collection's images depict schools in Pasadena; the Lukens house at 195 North Marengo in Pasadena (including interiors showing decorative objects such as Native American artifacts); members of the Lukens family; friends of the Lukens family (including John Muir and the family of John Brown); houses and hotels in Pasadena and South Pasadena; trees; the San Gabriel Mountains (including campers and camps, Bear Canyon, Mount Islip, the San Gabriel River, Governor Henry Harrison Markham and his camp, seed planting, and local flora); the San Jacino Mountains (including Idyllwild Hotel, Strawberry Valley, and local flora); the San Bernardino Mountains (including Bear Creek and Bear Valley, camping scenes, Seven Oaks Camp, Mount San Gorgonio, and local flora); Arizona and the Grand Canyon (including Walnut Canyon); the Sierra Nevada Mountains (including scenes in Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, and Mono Counties, the Kern and King's Rivers, Devil's Postpile National Monument, Lake Tenaya, Mount Whitney, Yosemite, and local flora); a gold mine near Acton; lava rocks near Barstow; San Diego; the San Fernando Mission; and Santa Catalina Island.
    Prints of some of the negatives can be found in photograph albums that form part of the Papers of Theodore Lukens, housed in the Manuscripts Department of the Huntington Library.


    The collection is arranged by subject and geographically.

    Related Material

    See also:
    Title: Papers of Theodore Parker Lukens, Manuscript Division, Huntington Library.

    Index Terms

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


    Banning, Joseph Brent--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Gaut, Helen Lukens--Photographs.
    Lukens, Theodore Parker, 1848-1918--Homes and haunts--Photographs.
    Markham, Henry Harrison, 1840-1923--Photographs.
    Muir, John, 1838-1914--Photographs.
    Van Dyke, Theodore S. (Theodore Strong), b. 1842--Photographs.


    Brown family--Photographs.


    San Fernando, Rey de Espana (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.)--Photographs.


    Bear Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Bear Creek (San Bernardino Mountains, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Bear Valley (San Bernardino County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Calaveras County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Devils Postpile National Monument (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Eaton Canyon (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Flagstaff (Ariz.)--Photographs.
    Fresno County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Grand Canyon (Ariz.)--Photographs.
    Inyo County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Islip, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Kern River (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Kings River (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mono County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mount Baldy (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Mount San Gorgonio (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Pasadena (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Bernardino Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Diego (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Gabriel River (Calif.)--Photographs.
    San Jacinto Mountains (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)--Photographs.
    Strawberry Valley (San Jacinto Mountains, Calif.)--Photographs.
    Tenaya Lake (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Tulare County (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Walnut Canyon National Monument (Ariz.)--Photographs.
    Whitney, Mount (Calif.)--Photographs.
    Wilson, Mount (Calif. : Mountain)--Photographs.
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Photographs.


    Art objects--Photographs.
    Camp sites, facilities, etc.--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Camp sites, facilities, etc.--California--San Bernardino Mountains--Photographs.
    Campers (Persons)--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Campers (Persons)--California--San Bernardino Mountains--Photographs.
    Deserts--California--Los Angeles County--Photographs.
    Deserts--California--Riverside County--Photographs.
    Elementary schools--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Forest nurseries--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Forests and forestry--California--Photographs.
    Hotels--California--San Diego--Photographs.
    Hotels--California--San Jacinto Mountains--Photographs.
    Hotels--California--Santa Barbara--Photographs.
    Hotels--California--Santa Catalina Island--Photographs.
    Indian arts--North America--Photographs.
    Interior decoration--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
    Log cabins--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Mines--California--Los Angeles County--Photographs.
    Miners--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Miners--Dwellings--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Petroglyphs--California--Death Valley--Photographs.
    Reforestation--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Trees--California--San Gabriel Mountains--Photographs.
    Trees--California--San Bernardino Mountains--Photographs.
    Trees--California--San Jacinto Mountains--Photographs.
    Trees--California--Sierra Nevada--Photographs.

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    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 467, Theodore P. Lukens Collection of Negatives, 1882-1903 and undated.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles, September 2002.

    Processing Information

    Between 2002 and 2005, Jane Apostol arranged, rehoused, and numbered the collection, and created a Container List. In December 2006-January 2007, Sue Luftschein created this finding aid based, in part, on the original Container List.

    Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

    The collection consists entirely of negatives. Arrangements for viewing the collection must be made with the Curator of Photographs.
    Film negatives have been separated from glass plate negatives and are stored in Munger Cold Storage. All negatives are numbered sequentially.