Lewis Geddes Notebooks

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
The UCSD Libraries
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University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Geddes, Lewis J.
Title: Lewis Geddes Notebooks,
Date (inclusive): 1930 - 1937
Extent: 1.20 linear feet (4 archives boxes)
Abstract: Papers of Lewis Geddes, San Diego photographer and historical researcher. The bulk of the materials relate to historic adobe structures in San Diego County, Baja California, and Arizona. Included are notes and photographs created in the 1930s relating to the historic buildings. Also included are typescripts of works by others, concerning pioneer experiences in San Diego County in the 19th century, and genealogical information on early San Diego County residents.
Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0129
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Not Available

Preferred Citation

Lewis Geddes Notebooks, MSS 0129. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Biography

Lewis Geddes and his wife Frances came to Los Angeles, California in 1923. After five years, they moved to San Diego and setup a studio gallery in the Casa de Machado adobe in historic Old Town. Lewis, a photographer, and Frances, a painter of portrait and figure, developed an active interest in reconstructing and preserving San Diego's historic past.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lewis J. Geddes Papers contain photographs and manuscript notes on many adobe structures from California's early history. Included are images of mission, rancho, and urban structures in California, Arizona, and Baja California, Mexico. Geddes also collected manuscript materials from several of San Diego's early pioneers. The collection is divided into two series: 1) NOTEBOOKS and 2) WRITINGS.
SERIES 1 : NOTEBOOKS
The NOTEBOOKS series provides significant image documentation of many remanent adobe structures standing at the time of Geddes' research in the 1930's. Geddes assembled in notebooks his photographs, contributed photographs, and pencil notes from different sources. The bulk of the materials relate to San Diego County and comprise four volumes arranged alphabetically by place name. As Geddes' interests widened, he created notebooks on other popular mission sites and ranchos north of San Diego and in Baja California, Mexico. Each volume begins with a table of contents.
SERIES 2: WRITINGS
The WRITINGS series contains manuscript materials related to the pioneer experience in San Diego County in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Two interesting works on the ranching frontier are found in Herbert Crouch's reminiscences as a sheep rancher in the San Luis Rey Valley and John Kelly's life on a cattle ranch. Crouch, an Australian emigrant, included interesting sketches of pioneers and people he employed, observations on the sheep and bee businesses, and information on rainfall and floods. The experiences of a woman in San Diego County are set down in The Account of Lucy Brown Wentworth. Additionally, Geddes collected or created translations and transcriptions of early Mission San Diego baptismal and death records, notes on San Diego pioneer family genealogy, and transcriptions of gravestones of pioneers from the Mount Hope Cemetery. The series is arranged alphabetically by author and title.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Geddes, Lewis J. -- Archives
Adobe houses -- California -- San Diego County
Adobe houses -- Southwest, New
Ranch houses -- California -- San Diego County
Spanish mission buildings -- California -- San Diego County
Ranch houses -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
Spanish mission buildings -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- San Diego County
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration
San Diego County (Calif.) -- History
Genealogies -- United States -- California -- 20th Century.
Photographic prints -- 1930-1939.

Contributors

Crouch, Herbert
Kelly, John Lincoln
Wentworth, Lucy Brown


Collection Contents

 

NOTEBOOKS

box 1, folder 1

San Diego County - Adobes [A-J], Volume I - pp. 1-60

box 1, folder 2

San Diego County - Adobes [A-J], Volume I - pp. 61-134

box 1, folder 3

San Diego County - Adobes [L-R], Volume II - pp. 1-61

box 1, folder 4

San Diego County - Adobes [L-R], Volume II - pp. 62-97

box 1, folder 5

San Diego County - Adobes [L-R], Volume II - pp. 98-128

box 1, folder 6

San Diego County - Adobes [S-W], Volume III - pp. 1-47

box 1, folder 7

San Diego County - Adobes [S-W], Volume III - pp. 48-91

box 2, folder 1

San Diego - Missions, Indian Reservations, Old Town San Diego

Note

Volume IV, pp. 1-38
box 2, folder 2

San Diego - Missions, Indian Reservations, Old Town San Diego

Note

Volume IV, pp. 39-67
box 2, folder 3

San Diego - Missions, Indian Reservations, Old Town San Diego

Note

Volume IV, pp. 68-107
box 2, folder 4

California and Arizona, Volume I

Note

San Luis Obispo, Monterrey, pp. 1-68.
box 2, folder 5

California and Arizona, Volume I

Note

San Luis Obispo, Monterrey, pp. 69-123.
box 2, folder 6

California and Arizona, Volume II

Note

Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Juan Bautista, pp.1-26
box 2, folder 7

California and Arizona, Volume III -- Ranchos

Note

Ranchos - Los Angeles, Ventura & Missions - Santa Barbara, La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Ynez, pp.1-51
box 2, folder 8

California and Arizona, Volume III

Note

Ranchos - Los Angeles, Ventura & Missions - Santa Barbara, La Purisima Concepcion, Santa Ynez, pp. 52-91
box 2, folder 9

Arizona [and California Counties]

Note

Imperial, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernadino Counties, pp. 1-50
box 3, folder 1

Arizona [and California Counties]

Note

Imperial, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernadino Counties, pp. 51-83
box 3, folder 2

Baja California [Mexico]

Note

Maps, Missions, and Ranchos, pp. 1-42
box 3, folder 3

Baja California [Mexico]

Note

Maps, Missions, and Ranchos, pp. 43-76
 

WRITINGS

box 3, folder 4

Crouch, Herbert. "Reminiscences of San Diego County, 1869-1889."

Note

pp. 1-64 [typescript carbon]
box 3, folder 5

Crouch, Herbert. "Reminiscences of San Diego County, 1869-1889."

Note

pp. 65-103 [typescript carbon]
box 3, folder 6

Green, F.E. "The San Diego Mission Dam and Irrigation System."

Note

Original typescript
box 3, folder 7

Guern, Ann Woodbury and Winifred Davidson, trans. 1933

Note

"Book of the Dead of the Vicinity of San Diego, 1849-1880," (typescript carbon)
box 3, folder 8

Index of Baptisms Registered at Mission San Diego

box 3, folder 9

Index of Baptisms Registered at Mission San Diego

box 4, folder 1

Kelly, John Lincoln

Note

"Life on a San Diego County Ranch," pp. 1-80.
box 4, folder 2

Kelly, John Lincoln

Note

Life on a San Diego County Ranch, pp. 81-156.
box 4, folder 3

Notes: Pioneers - Mt. Hope Cemetery 1937

box 4, folder 4

San Diego Family Trees

box 4, folder 5

Vaerlen, B.D., trans. "The Account of Lucy Brown Wentworth."

Note

Typescript
 

ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES

box 4, folder 6

Originals of Preservation Photocopies