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B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs
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Description
The B.D. Jackson Collection of Negatives and Photographs consists of 804 4 x 5 in. and 8 x 10 in. glass plate negatives, 1782 film negatives (including stereo negatives), 2302 black and white photographs (including stereos, postcards, and photograph albums), and related manuscript and ephemeral materials, 1903-1950s (bulk 1920s-1930s), that provide a visual history of the growth of the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California's suburban communities, a survey of California and the West's notable landscapes, and an overview of Jackson's career as a landscape and scenic view photographer.
Background
B.D. Jackson (ca.1850-1937) was born in Sullivan, Ohio; the "B" stood for Bradford, and the "D" came from his nickname Dan. He began his career as a portrait photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1901, in search of a better climate, he moved to Pomona, California where he purchased a portrait studio. In addition to portrait work, he began photographing the surrounding towns and the mountains and beaches of Southern California. Jackson lived and worked at various times in Pomona, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Hollywood, La Canada, Glendora, La Crescenta, and Glendale, all of which figure in his work. Eventually he gave up the portrait aspect of the business and concentrated on landscape views for the production of stereographs and postcards. As he said, "Views don't talk back."
Extent
33.19 linear feet, 60 boxes
Restrictions
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.
Availability
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment.