Harry Crosby Collection

Finding aid prepared by Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
858-534-2533
spcoll@ucsd.edu
Copyright 2005


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)

 

Accessions Processed in 2008

 

PHOTOGRAPHS OF UCSD

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 1) PHOTOGRAPHS OF UCSD: Black-and-white contact sheets, negatives, and mounted photographs taken between 1965 and 1970. Many of the photographs were taken to illustrate the brochure entitled We Propose to Challenge (1966) and document instruction, laboratories, student life, and some faculty, including philosophy professor Herbert Marcuse. Other photographs show Muir and Revelle Colleges, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University Hospital, an "Electronic Music Happening," and composer Ernst Krenek during his February 1970 visit to UCSD. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 1, Folder 1

Electronic Music Happening 1968

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Contact sheets.
Box 1, Folder 2

Krenek, Ernst - Visit to UCSD 1970 February

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Contact sheets; 2 x 2 black and white negatives.
Box 1, Folder 3

Muir College undated

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Contact sheet.
Box 1, Folder 4

Revelle College 1967 August 23

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Contact sheets; 2 x 2 black and white negatives.
Box 1, Folder 5

Scripps Institution of Oceanography 1967, undated

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2 x 2 and 4 x 5 black and white negatives.
Box 1, Folder 6

University Hospital 1968 June - July

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Contact sheets and 2 x 2 black and white negatives; taken for a brochure.
 

We Propose to Challenge 1966

Box 1, Folder 7

Brochure

Box 1, Folder 8

Contact sheets for brochure; 4 x 5 negatives

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Exhibition prints

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Exhibition print

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Production prints

 

BAJA CALIFORNIA, 1967-1992

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 2) BAJA CALIFORNIA, 1967-1992: Ninety-two black-and-white and color images of people and places in Baja California, including peninsular mission architecture, historic places, everyday life on remote ranchos, and landmarks along the unpaved transpeninsular highway. The photographs are arranged in the order in which they were exhibited. Arranged in three subseries: A) Pre-history and History of Antigua California, 2) Life at Remote Ranches In Baja California, and 3) Landmarks Along the Trans-Peninsular Highway.
This exhibit is available online: Images of Baja California 
The following subseries descriptions were written by Crosby and describe three groups of exhibited photographs.
A) Pre-History and History of Antigua California
"The Native Americans of the central and lower peninsula disappeared after less than two centuries of exposure to alien diseases and European ideological and economic domination. Their material remains are few and, for the most part, inconspicuous. Thirty years ago, during my first major adventure in Baja California, I was guided to magnificent displays of rock art, paintings and engravings. That experience-- and the scant printed information available on the subject-- inspired me to spend fifteen months in the mountains of the mid-peninsula during the next seven years. My investigations resulted in the text and illustrations for The Cave Paintings of Baja California [1975]. The pre-historic art of Baja California now attracts admiring visitors from around the world. The peninsula displays a variety of other remains as well, items worked from or built of stone: hunting blinds, sleeping circles, metates, manos, and other miscellaneous implements."
"The permanent Spanish presence in California began with a toehold established in 1697. During the eighteenth century, the mission-based colony grew to encompass the entire peninsula and expanded onto the mainland to the northwest. I was introduced to peninsular history when I was hired to illustrate a book commemorating the two hundredth anniversary [1969] of Spanish entry into Alta California. My experience did not begin with books or documents, it came in the field in encounters with remains of mission churches, el camino real-- the inter-mission road-- and other masonry constructions resulting from early economic activity: mining, pearling, cattle ranching, and mission agriculture."
"Historic preservation was barely a concept during the peninsula's three Hispanic centuries. Known losses were great, but most went unrecorded and can only be imagined. Since the opening of the paved highway in 1973, I have watched the patrimony of the peninsula suffer accelerating losses from neglect, looting, and development. I hope that my work will stimulate interest in finding, recording, and preserving the historical legacy. That is my appeal to Baja California's leaders and residents- and to sincere aficionados wherever they reside."
B) Life at Remote Ranches in Baja California
"Peninsular California experienced profound changes during the first third of the nineteenth century. Mexican independence [1821] ended Spanish interest and support; the new government lacked finances and was primarily involved in its own organization and solving problems closer to the heart of the republic. By 1830, Baja California languished for lack of money, supplies, and trade. As the numbers of mission Indians declined, missions were abandoned or secularized. The Presidio of Loreto, the peninsula's largest employer, was scaled down, then abandoned. Local men turned to subsistence ranching or farming on small land claims or, more frequently, to squatting on ex-mission properties or at remote water sources in the sierras or their foothills. The population, so dispersed, developed the basis for much of the small economic activity in the area. The few towns and villages became trading centers where merchants dealt with farmers and ranchers."
"This economy, with many of its practices and traditions almost unchanged, persisted to a remarkable degree in 1967 when I first entered the remote areas. However, in half a dozen years, the paved road brought in the outside world and old ways quickly began to fade. Goods and produce from the mainland and tourism from the United States changed the local economy by lowering demand for more expensive local produce and by creating other needs for local labor. I was extremely fortunate to arrive before those events, to travel to many dozens of inaccessible ranches, to know their people, and to experience the last days of a culture hauntingly like that of our own American West in the nineteenth century. My 1981 book, Last of the Californios, set forth my photographs, my experiences, and my research vis-à-vis this remarkable-- and remarkably nearby-- survival."
C) Landmarks Along the Wheeltracks Grandly Known as the 'Trans-Peninsular Highway'
"Since the second decade of the twentieth century, men have used automobiles to travel over the more level terrain in various parts of the peninsula. Gradually, after truly heroic efforts with hand tools and a little dynamite and blasting powder-- the efforts of various communities, companies, and ranchers made it possible to traverse the entire length of Baja California, usually with aid from local manpower and mulepower to pass through the most difficult terrain. By the 1940s, it was possible, with favorable weather, to drive a high-clearance vehicle from San Diego to San José del Cabo, but few made the trip without long delays due to mechanical problems or shortages of fuel or other wondrous difficulties. Such trips were adventures, often the greatest adventures of the travelers' lives. A cult sprang up around Baja California travel. The individuals or families that offered gas and meals along the way became in-group personalities. Howard Gulick and Peter Gerhard put their experiences to use in creating a truly inspired handbook, Lower California Guidebook-- a historically accurate and geographically sound work that assisted the traveler and educated him as he went."
"The same set of wheeltracks served the slow-growing peninsular economy as an avenue for imports from the U. S. and mainland Mexico and for exports of local produce from fisheries, fields, or herds. Mexican truckers became part of the growing legend; regulars often provided assistance to visitors in distress, sometimes pulling them from mud or sand, sometimes transporting vital vehicle parts, sometimes carrying them to places from which they could get conventional transportation back to their homes. I know at one time or another, I needed and got all of these services and much more. Travel was slow in those days, stops were frequent and there was a lot of camaraderie; friendships were made between fellow travelers and with those who lived or worked along the road. It was an idyll not truly appreciated until the paved road was built and opened in 1973. Changes were sudden and mostly painful to old-timers, whether gringo or peninsular. Much of the romance disappeared. Few of those who had provided services along the old road had the money or political clout to be involved in profits from the new tourism. An era had ended; Lower California Guidebook is a collectors' item. Sic transit gloria mundi...."
 

Pre-History and History of Antigua California

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Enrique Hambleton with petroglyphs, Sierra de San Francisco 1974

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11.5 x 11.5
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Harry Crosby at Cueva Pintada, Sierra de San Francisco 1977

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21 x 21
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Boca de San Julio, Sierra de San Francisco 1974

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11.5 x 11.5
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Prehistoric hunting blinds 1973

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15 x 15
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Daunting view of the Sierra de la Giganta from Chuenque on the Loreto Plain 1990

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21 x 21
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Mision de San Javier seen from a high mesa to the east 1967

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21 x 21
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View of San Javier from the south slope of the arroyo 1967

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Interior view of Mision de San Javier 1967

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Plaster detail on the arch beneath the choir loft at Mision de San Javier 1967

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View from San Javier's belfry 1967

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Lime kiln midway between the missions at San Javier and San Jose de Comondu 1986

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Foundations of the church built at Mision de San Jose de Comondu in 1716 1990

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One of several agricultural plots developed at Mision de San Jose de Comondu 1967

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15 x 15
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Ruins of the chapel at the visiting station of Londo 1990

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Once an important cattle ranch for Mision de Loreto. 15 x 15
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Grapevines at Mision de San Ignacio 1974

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Long the most important of the peninsula's wine producing missions. 15 x 15
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Facade of Mision de San Ignacio 1967

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Great Muralla, or dike at Mision de San Ignacio 1971

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Mision de San Luis Gonzaga 1990

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21 x 21
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El Camino Real midway between San Ignacio and Santa Gertrudis 1967

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15 x 15
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El Camino Real in Arroyo del Infierno 1971

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El Camino Real crosses the Llano del Gentil as it approaches Mision de San Borja 1967

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El Camino Real crosses the Llano del Gentil - trail marker 1967

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11.5 x 11.5
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Mision de Santa Maria de los Angeles 1967

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Bahia de la Ventana and the Surgidero de Cerralvo 1992

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Ruins of an eighteenth century silver refining installation 1974

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Real de Santa Ana 1974

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15 x 15
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Adobe ruins at Santa Ana 1974

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21 x 21
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San Telmo Valley seen from foothills of the Sierra de San Pedro Martir 1968

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15 x 15
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Map of Missions undated

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15 x 15
 

Life at Remote Ranches in Baja California

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View to the west looking down the arroyo of Rancho del Potrero 1980

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15 x 15
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View northward over Rancho de San Antonio 1972

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15 x 15
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Rancho de Santa Barbara on the eastern slope of Sierra de San Juan 1973

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15 x 15
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Rancho de Vivelejos 1980

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15 x 15
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Rancho de San Dionisio in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna 1972

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21 x 21
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Corredor at Rancho de la Soledad 1972

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Corredor at Rancho de las Calabazas 1971

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Rancho de la Purificacion 1972

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Chapel at Rancho de la Soledad 1972

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Las Jicamas, a seasonal goat ranch 1980

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21 x 21
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Goats released after milking at Rancho de las Jicamas 1980

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15 x 15
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Drawing water at Rancho de los Pozos 1971

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15 x 15
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Kitchen scene at Rancho de Pie de la Cuesta 1971

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21 x 21
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Kitchen scene at Rancho de la Vinorama [de arriba] 1980

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15 x 15
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Berta's mural at Rancho de Santa Marta 1973

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11.5 x 11.5
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Treadle sewing machine at Rancho de Pie de la Cuesta 1971

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15 x15
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Grindstone at Rancho de Guadalupe 1980

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15 x 15
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Tanning Vats at Rancho de San Nicolas 1971

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15 x 15
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Flume at Rancho de San Gregorio 1971

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15 x 15
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Picking dates at Rancho de San Martin 1980

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Cattle in the tinaja at Rancho del Zorillo 1980

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15 x 15
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Mule roundup near Rancho de San Martin 1980

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Mules in stone corral at Rancho de Vivelejos 1980

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15 x 15
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Packtrain crosses the mesa del Tabardillo 1977

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15 x 15
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Opening a cattle gate between the ranches of San Nicolas and San Pablo 1973

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Return from a three-day roundtrip to the nearest store 1980

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My party starts the descent from San Gabriel to San Narciso 1980

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Ranchers from San Antonio guide their animals through Arroyo del Infierno 1971

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Burros rest between burdens at Rancho Carricito 1980

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Loading a burro at Rancho de Santa Cruz 1972

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15 x 15
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Loaded burros stop for water at Rancho de Guadalupe 1980

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15 x 15
 

Landmarks Along the Trans-Peninsular Highway

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San Felipe as it was.... 1952

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El Pedregoso 1990

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21 x 21
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Landform fifteen miles southeast of El Rosario 1990

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Rancho de Arenoso 1971

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Laguna Seca de Chapala 1967

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Laguna Seca de Chapala 1967

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Arturo Grosso 1967

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11.5 x 11.5
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Gas Station/Rest Stop near Mezquital 1971

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Gas Station/Rest Stop near Mezquital 1971

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Roadside butcher shop in Villa Insurgentes 1967

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Hulks of old cars at Calmalli 1971

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Hulks of old cars at Calmalli 1967

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Stretch of the old dirt road near Rancho del Tablon 1971

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Old road into San Ignacio 1971

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Frank Fischer's Garage in San Ignacio

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Frank Fischer's Garage in San Ignacio

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Frank Fischer's Garage in San Ignacio

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Frank Fischer's Garage in San Ignacio

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Windmill and pump built from auto parts near San Ignacio 1972

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Old road from San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia 1975

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Santa Rosalia near sunset 1967

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Santa Rosalia: the Boleo mill in action 1967

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Santa Rosalia: Scrapped railroad wheels at the Boleo mill 1967

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Santa Rosalia: Narrow gauge engine at the Boleo mill 1967

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Santa Rosalia: A worker oiling machinery at the Boleo mill 1967

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Local ranchers scan horizon from atop El Picacho in the Sierra de la Laguna 1972

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Red volcanic agglomerate cliff in Arroyo de San Pablo 1977

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Sierra de San Francisco. 15 x 15
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Morning mists at Mesa del Tabardillo, northwest Sierra de San Francisco 1977

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Sea of Cortez from a beach north of the salina at San Evarito 1972

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Sea of Cortez from a beach south of Los Dolores 1972

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Large zalates (ficus palmeri) flourish in canyon above San Sebastian 1967

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Great Tinaja in Arroyo del Parral 1971

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RURAL LIFE IN SONORA, 1960-1973

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) RURAL LIFE IN SONORA, 1960-1973: Black and white mounted photographs of the Sonora region, including ranch owners and their family, local traditions and crafts, historic or significant buildings, landmarks, and other images of daily life. Arranged alphabetically by photograph title.
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A-E 1960-1969

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Includes following titles:
A Matachín During Holy Week at Santa María de Tepupa
Adobe Manufacture
Church Bells at Cedros
Cibuta on the Río Magdalena
Cobbled street in El Fuerte
Cobbler, Alamos
Construction of Fishing Boats, Puerto Peñasco (3)
El Campo Santo - Holy Ground, Movas
El Gran Desierto
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F-L 1959-1969, 1986

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Includes following titles:
Fire in the Night, Alamos (2)
In the Cool of the Evening, Suaqui de Batuc
La Dura
La Purísima Concepción de Nuestra Señora de Caborca (2)
La Purísima Concepción del Real de los Alamos
Las Trincheras
Lleñeros on an Alamos Street
Looking East over the Plaza Principal, Alamos
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M-S 1962-1969

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Includes following titles:
Mules
Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Arizpe
Nuestra Señora de la Concepción de Movas
Nuestro Padre San Ignacio de Cabórica
Ox Cart, Rancho Cerro Agudo, Sinaloa
Pinacate (3)
Ranch House at Capitahuaca, Eighteen Miles South of Alamos
Ranch House, Rancho Cerro Agudo, Sinaloa
Retail Stores
Retail Stores, Villa de Sinaloa
Río Sonora near Ures
San Antonio Paduano del Oquitoa
San Miguel Arcángel de Horcasitas
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S-W 1960-1973

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Includes following titles:
Santa María de Tepupa
Street Scene in Alamos
Talabartero (Leatherworker), Alamos (2)
Tapete Weaver in Masiaca
The Municipal Laundry, Suaqui de Batuc
Vah Ki, Arizona
When the River is Your Only Water Source, Suaqui de Batuc
 

MANUSCRIPTS

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 4) MANUSCRIPTS: Includes Crosby's treatment proposal for a book on Baja California mountain people, cave paintings, and sierra life. The proposal led to his book entitled The Cave Paintings of Baja California (1975). The volume includes Crosby's written proposal, a statement of professional background, his vita, a map of Baja California, and 39 photographs. Also includes a chapter entitled "The Cape Sierra," regarding Crosby's exploration of the Baja California region, and annotated to reflect desired photograph placements.
Box 1, Folder 9

Sierras of Baja California, The People of the Baja California Mountains undated

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A proposal to the media for word and picture coverage of some nearby but remarkably isolated places and people. Includes photographs.
Box 1, Folder 10

"The Cape Sierra" chapter 2013

 

NEGATIVES

Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 5) NEGATIVES: Black-and-white negatives arranged in three subseries: A) Baja California Sierra, B) Tijuana, and C) Sonora. The first subseries contains negatives in 35mm, 2 1/4 in, 4x6 cm, 6x7 cm, 6x9 cm, and 6x12 cm formats and largely document the ranches and ranch life in the Sierra de San Francisco, Sierra de Guadalupe, Sierra de San Borja, and Sierra de la Laguna. This series does not contain images of cave paintings and mural art. The Tijuana subseries contains images from a study of Tijuana, Mexico, taken in June 1964 and later published in Tijuana 1964: una visión fotográfica e histórica. The Sonora subseries contains images of towns, missions, churches, and people in the state of Sonora, Mexico.
All content in this series has been digitized and can be viewed by clicking the link below.
 

Baja California Sierra

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3,323 black-and-white negatives; located in negative archive.
 

Tijuana

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644 black-and-white negatives; located in negative archive.
 

Sonora

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398 black-and-white negatives; located in negative archive.
 

Accession Processed in 2015

 

NEGATIVES AND SLIDES

Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) NEGATIVES AND SLIDES: Black and white and color negatives and slides, mostly 35mm and 2 x 2 inches. Baja California is captured in scenes of desert ranchos and daily ranch life, rock art, Sierra de Laguna, Sierra de Guadalupe, Sinaloa, Sonora, and other landscapes. The images are often labeled with Crosby's own numbering system. Many of the negatives can be cross-referenced with Series 7) CONTACT SHEETS. Series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 2, Folder 1

Baja California ranch portraits 1997, undated

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Fernando Arce Sandoval. 2 x 2 black and white negatives.
Box 2, Folder 2

Baja Sierra 1967, 1971

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Numbers 1403, 1167 920410, and 848A. Rosarito, BC. 2 x 2 black and white negatives. Also see Series 7) CONTACT SHEETS.
Box 2, Folder 3

Casas de Millan, Estremadura, Spain. Birthplace of Miguel del Barco undated

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35mm color slides.
Box 2, Folder 4

Cave Paintings of Baja California (Sunbelt Edition) 1998

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Includes 35mm color slides, 35mm color negatives, and 2 x 2 color transparencies for Cave Painting collection.
Box 2, Folder 5

El Rosario

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2 x 2 color transparencies.
Box 2, Folder 6

Nayarit 1989 November

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Numbers 891101-891103. Chacala, Matanchén. 2 x 2 black and white negatives.
Box 2, Folder 7

Real de Santa Ana, Baja California Sur 1988 November 15

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4 x 5 black and white negatives.
Box 2, Folder 8

Rock art in the Sierra de San Francisco 2011

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Includes description of individual slides written by Harry Crosby. 35 mm color slides.
Box 2, Folder 9

San Felipe 1955

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35mm color slides.
Box 2, Folder 10

San Rafael undated

General Note

2 x 2 color transparency.
Box 2, Folder 11

San Telmo undated

General Note

4 x 5 black and white negatives; 2 inch color transparency.
 

Sierra de Guadalupe undated

General Note

Rancho San Miguel, Rancho Calabasas, Rancho Santa Teresa, Rancho Santo Domingo, Rancho Gueribito, Rancho Rosarito, Rancho San Jorge, Rancho Santa Marta, San Francisco de la Sierra, and Tijuana. 2 x 2 color transparencies. These slides (1-77) are housed in the negative archive.
Box 2, Folder 12

Sierra de Juarez 1955

General Note

Laguna Hanson, Mining Village: Ojos Negros, and Sawmill "El Aserradero". 35mm color slides.
Box 2, Folder 13

Sierra de la Laguna 1972

General Note

San Dionisio to Laguna Uplands, Paraje de Pepe. 35mm color slides.
Box 2, Folder 14

Sierra de la Laguna undated

General Note

Rancho San Dionisio, Laguna uplands. Includes 35mm black and white negatives, 35mm color slides, and color transparencies.
Box 2, Folder 15

Sierra de San Francisco 1978

General Note

35mm color slides.
Box 2, Folder 16

Sierra rock painting trip 1973

General Note

Leree family in San Gregorito; Harry, Enrique Hambleton, Ramon Aree, and Tacho Aree. 35mm black and white negatives.
Box 2, Folder 17

Sinaloa undated

General Note

4 x 5 black and white negatives.
Box 2, Folder 18

Sonora 1969-1970

General Note

Numbers 59D01, 69409-69413, 69N11, 60401, 60409, and 70004. Caborca, Alamos, Guayparín, La Dura. 35mm and 2x 2 black and white negatives. Also see Series 7) CONTACT SHEETS.
 

CONTACT SHEETS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) CONTACT SHEETS: Black and white prints of negatives of Baja California, with a run of contact sheets depicting Sonora. Images includes landmarks, ranchos and rancho life, families, buildings, and other natural scenes. Arranged numerically by Crosby's own negative roll numbering systems. Researchers should note that the first half of the contact sheets captures Baja California in general, while the second half focuses on Sonora, which is reflected by a change in how the rolls are numbered.
Box 2, Folder 19

Roll no. 361, 386, 419, 433, 434, 511, and 732 1967 February

General Note

Santa Rosalia mill, San Jose de Comonou, San Jose del Cabo, and Cabo San Lucas.
Box 2, Folder 20

Roll no. 827-844 1967

General Note

San Vicente, La Purisima, Arroyo San Sebastian, and San Javier.
Box 2, Folder 21

Roll no. 848-859, 896, 971, and 973 1967

General Note

Mission San Francisco de Borjas, San Borja, Yubay, Graxiola family, Cabo San Lucas, San Vicente.
Box 2, Folder 22

Roll no. 1150-1162 1971 December

General Note

El Rosario, El Pedregoso, San Ignacio, and San Borjitas.
Box 2, Folder 23

Roll no. 1163-1174 1971 December

General Note

Mulegé, Sierra de la Giganta, Palmár at Todos Santos, San Ignacio/Santa Rosalía, San Bartolo, and Pescadero Rancho Los Pozos.
Box 2, Folder 24

Roll no. 1281-1290 1972

General Note

Rancho La Trinidad, Pie de la Cuestra.
Box 2, Folder 25

Roll no. 1291-1300 1972

General Note

Rancho Rosarito, Gonzalez family, Rancho San Francisco, Rancho San Nicolás, and Rancho San Gregorio.
Box 2, Folder 26

Roll no. 1301-1310 1972

General Note

El Infierno, San Nicolás, Rancho San Gregorio, Rancho La Victoria, and Rancho San Dionisio.
Box 2, Folder 27

Roll no. 1311-1320 1972

General Note

Rancho La Victoria, Cape Sierra, Rancho San Dionisio, Rancho Kakigui, and Natividad Cave.
Box 2, Folder 28

Roll no. 1321-1330 1972 November

General Note

Altamirano family, Sandoval family, San Ignacio, Sierra de San Francisco, and Capilla Ruins at San Pablo.
Box 2, Folder 29

Roll no. 1331-1339 1972-1974

General Note

San Ignacio, Rancho La Soledad, La Purificación, and Giganta.
Box 2, Folder 30

Roll no. 1341-1349 1974

General Note

Santa Marta, San Gregorio, Santa Gertrudis, and San Borja.
Box 2, Folder 31

Roll no. 1375; 1400-1427 1969-1976

General Note

San Luis, Santa Cruz, San Telmo Valley, Real de Santa Ana, and San Antonio.
Box 2, Folder 32

Roll no. 1428-1500 1976-1978

General Note

Santa Rosalía, La Esperanza, the Agiular family, and Rancho San Gregorio.
Box 2, Folder 33

Roll no. 1501-1510 1980

General Note

Sierra de Gudalupe, Rancho Las Jicamas, San Martin, and Rancho El Zorrillo.
Box 3, Folder 1

Roll no. 1511-1521 1980 November

General Note

Rancho San Martin, Rancho Vivelejos, Rancho Santo Domingo, Sierra de Guadalupe, and San Gabriel.
Box 3, Folder 2

Roll no. 1522-1560 1987 March

General Note

San Ignacio, Granite Hills, and Cañon del Parral.
Box 3, Folder 3

Roll no. 1565-1576 1988 November

General Note

Comondu, Rancho Santa Rosa, Santa Ana, Rancho Santa Gertrudis, Real de Santa Ana, and Rancho El Palmarito.
Box 3, Folder 4

Roll no. 891101-901207 1990 December

General Note

Matanché Nayarit, La Giganta Range, Caduaño, Cerro La Vírgen, and Comondú Vejo.
Box 3, Folder 5

Roll no. 901208-901217 1990 December

General Note

Comondú Viejo.
Box 3, Folder 6

Roll no. 920401-920410 1992 April

General Note

Santa Rosalita, Quiñí, Comondú, EL Horno, and Giganta.
Box 3, Folder 7

Roll no. 920411-920416; 930401 1992 April

General Note

La Giganta, San José de Comondú, Vendana Bay, El Horno, Magdalena Bay, and Cataviña.
Box 3, Folder 8

Roll no. 95801-95808 1995 August

General Note

Cuestra de Ligui, El Patrocinio, San Jose de Gracia, and San Javier.
Box 3, Folder 9

Roll no. 951001-951006 1995 October 31

General Note

La Rinconada, La Arenosa on Rivera, and San Antonio.
Box 3, Folder 10

Roll no. 97401-97403 1997 April 24

General Note

Arroyo Grande and Rivera/Crespi.
Box 3, Folder 11

Roll no. 71101-72N01 1972

General Note

Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 12

Roll no. 86N01-86N02 1986

General Note

Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 13

Roll no. 62401-62408 undated

General Note

Pinacate and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 14

Roll no. 62D01-62D02 undated

General Note

Alamos, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 15

Roll no. 63401-63406 undated

General Note

Batuc/Tepupa, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 16

Roll no. 69N01-69N11 1969 November

General Note

Horcasitas, Arizpe, Sonora River, Tubutama, Caborca, San Ignacio MIssion, Quijano, and Santa Ana, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 17

Roll no. 69401-69413 1969 April

General Note

Sinaloa, Los Alamos, Rio Chico, La Dura, San Jose de Dimas, Onavas, Culiacán, Guayparín, and Cerro Agudo, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 18

Roll no. 70001-70007 1970

General Note

San Xavier del Bac; Vah Ki; Gila Butte; Bapchule, Arizona; Picacho, Arizona; Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 19

Roll no. 68301-68303 1968 March

General Note

Pinacate, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 20

Roll no. 60N01-60N03 undated

General Note

Las Trincheras, Onavas, Masiaca, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 21

Roll no. 59D01-60409 undated

General Note

Caborca, Alamos, Pinacate, Sonora.
Box 3, Folder 22

List of prints by roll and frame number undated

 

PRINTS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 8) PRINTS: Mounted and un-mounted black and white prints of Baja California, Sonora, and Tijuana. As with the other series, the images include ranchos, landmarks, and daily life. Many prints are labeled with Crosby's corresponding negative number. Arranged chronologically.
 

Sonora

Oversize FB-537, Folder 1

1961-1963

General Note

Los Álamos leather worker and tortilla maker, Sinaloa, and Tepupa. See negative numbers 63403-008; 62001-003; 60405-004, 006, and 010; 60402-002, 003, and 005; 60406-003, and 69401-006.
Oversize FB-537, Folder 2

1962, undated

General Note

See negative rolls 64408, 62408, 62407, 62D01, 63403, 69N07, 62D01, 69N10, 63401, 69402, 69N06, 69N08, 69404, 69405, 60ND2, 69N05, 69401, 69403, 60407, 69406, 60405, 86N02, and 69N10.
Oversize FB-537, Folder 3

circa 1965

General Note

Adobe workers, Nayarit; Álamos.
Oversize FB-537, Folder 4

Baja California 1967-1990

General Note

Includes Don Chale Espinoza, Cuestra de las Virgenes, Misión de San Luis Gonzaga, and San Javier. See negative numbers 1171-26, 1517-22, 901205-03, 901216-01, 1333-09, and 840-001.
Oversize FB-537, Folder 5

Assorted undated

General Note

See negatives 69N10-004, 60407-011, 69406-002, 372-007, 231-007, 62408-009, 62407-007, and 63403-008.
Oversize FB-537, Folder 6

Rosalyn Turteck conducting at St. James, La Jolla undated

 

Tijuana

Oversize FB-537, Folder 7

undated

General Note

See negatives 362-006, 357-012, 278-004, 276-004 and 009, 262-002, 249-009, and 234-012.
Oversize FB-537, Folder 8

undated

General Note

See negative rolls 357, 231-232, 234, 239, 259, 263-265, 273, 275-277, 278, 281, 284, 372, 302, 358, 356, 245, and 283.