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Harry Crosby Collection
MSS 0333  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Digital Content Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harry Crosby Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0333
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Languages: English
    Physical Description: 11.0 Linear feet (3 archives boxes, 1 flat box, 136 mounted photographs, and over 5,000 negatives)
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1992
    Abstract: The Harry Crosby Collection contains photographs of UC San Diego; an exhibit of photographs entitled "Baja California, 1967-1992: Photographs by Harry Crosby" and a book proposal which led to the publication of The Cave Paintings of Baja California (1975). Also included are black-and-white negatives documenting Sonora, Mexico, between 1960-1970; Tijuana in 1964; and a study of ranches and ranch life in Baja California from 1967-1997.
    Creator: Crosby, Harry W., 1926-

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Harry Crosby Collection contains images of UC San Diego taken during the mid-1960s; a photograph exhibition, entitled "Baja California, 1967-1992: Photographs by Harry Crosby"; and a book proposal on the mountains, people and cave paintings of Baja California. Also included are black-and-white negatives documenting Sonora, Mexico, between 1960-1970; Tijuana in 1964; and a study of ranches and ranch life in Baja California from 1967-1997. The bulk of the UCSD photographs were taken to illustrate a promotional brochure entitled We Propose to Challenge and document buildings and campus life during the mid-1960s. The Baja California photograph exhibit includes images of peninsular mission architecture, historic places, everyday life on remote ranches, and landmarks along the unpaved transpeninsular highway.
    ACCESSIONS PROCESSED IN 2008
    Arranged in five series: 1) PHOTOGRAPHS OF UCSD, 2) BAJA CALIFORNIA, 1967-1992, 3) RURAL LIFE IN SONORA, 1960-1973, 4) MANUSCRIPTS, and 5) NEGATIVES.
    ACCESSION PROCESSED IN 2015
    Arranged in three series: 6) NEGATIVES AND SLIDES, 7) CONTACT SHEETS, and 8) PRINTS.

    Biography

    Harry W. Crosby was born in Seattle, Washington, on June 10, 1926. He received his B.A from Occidental College in 1948 and his masters degree from San Diego State University in 1951. In 1963, he retired from teaching in the San Diego Unified School District to become a professional photographer. Between 1963 and 1974, Crosby worked in commercial photography, specializing in brochure, magazine and book illustration.
    In 1967, Crosby was hired by the Commission of the Californias to illustrate a book to commemorate the California bicentennial entitled The Call to California (1969). During his research for the book, he rode 600 miles in Baja California, mostly on muleback, and followed the route of the Portola/Serra expedition of 1769. While photographing historic places in Baja, Crosby also became interested in peninsular rock art and the history of the isolated ranch families he encountered.
    Crosby has since written and illustrated numerous books and articles on Baja California, including The King's Highway in Baja California (1974), The Cave Paintings of Baja California (1975), "Baja's Murals of Mystery" ( National Geographic, 1980, Vol.158, No.5, p.692-702), Last of the California (1981), Doomed to Fail (1989), Antigua California, Mission and Colony on the Peninsular Frontier, 1697-1768 (1994), The cave paintings of Baja California : discovering the great murals of an unknown people (1997), and Gateway to Alta California: the expedition to San Diego, 1769 (2003).

    Preferred Citation

    Harry Crosby Collection, MSS 333. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Digital Content Note

    Selected materials from the collection have been digitized and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Crosby, Harry W., 1926- -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. -- Buildings -- Pictorial works
    University of California, San Diego. -- Pictorial works
    Architecture -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Description and travel -- Pictorial works
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Social life and customs
    Jesuit architecture -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
    Photographic prints -- 20th century
    Rock paintings -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
    Spanish mission buildings -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)