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Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein.
The Huntington LibraryAugust 02, 2006
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108




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Overview of the Collection
Repository: The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA
91108
Phone: 626-405-2180
Email: jwatts@huntington.org
Creator: Parker, Harold A. (1878-1930)
Title: Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies
Dates: ca.1900-1930
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet, 4 boxes
Abstract: The Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies consists of 96 hand-colored lantern
slides and autochrome lantern slides, and 52 color transparencies, ca. 1900-1930, depicting, for the most part, unidentified
houses, landscapes, plants and gardens in and around Pasadena; the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena; aerial views,
presumably of Pasadena; mountain lakes and landscapes; desert landscapes and flora; the Grand Canyon, Pueblo ruins,
and the Petrified Forest; unidentified landscapes; and the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Identification: photLS 402
Language of Material: English
Biographical/Historical Note
Harold A. Parker (1878-1930) was born in Iowa and immigrated to Pasadena with his parents in 1892 at the age of 14. He
became interested in photography at an early age, and began working professionally in 1900. He opened his Pasadena
studio in 1904 and operated it until his death in 1930 at the age of 52. Parker also operated a studio in the Tahoe Tavern at
Lake Tahoe between 1908 and 1910, where he produced a number of images of the Tavern, Lake Tahoe, and the
surrounding areas. Parker was noted for his photographs of California, especially his images of the California Missions and
the Tournament of Roses parades; he was also responsible for the earliest aerial images of Pasadena. A commercial
photographer, Parker worked as a contract photographer for the Pasadena Star-News Tournament of Roses edition, and
took pictures of civic and social organizations, local retailers, and private individuals who commissioned him to record their
gatherings, buildings, and various rites of passage.
After Parker's death in 1930, the studio was operated by his wife, Marjorie. Sometime in the 1930s, Dickson and Thurber
Studios purchased the business and operated it until shortly after World War II when it was subsequently purchased by Lee
and Mac. J. Allen Hawkins, who had worked for Parker as a teenager, purchased approximately 35,000 glass plates and
negatives from Lee and Mac and moved them to his studio on North Lake Avenue, Pasadena. They were stored there until
construction began for the 210 Freeway, when a large number were destroyed. Hawkins sold the remainder to a movie
photographer who later gave them to Donald Parker, Harold Parker's son.
Scope and Contents
The Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies consists of 96 hand-colored lantern slides and
autochrome lantern slides and 52 color transparencies (copies of earlier hand-colored photographs), ca. 1900-1930,
depicting, for the most part, unidentified houses, landscapes, plants and gardens in and around Pasadena; the Huntington
Hotel in Pasadena; aerial views, presumably of Pasadena; mountain lakes and landscapes; desert landscapes and flora; the
Grand Canyon, Pueblo ruins, and the Petrified Forest; unidentified landscapes; and the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco
earthquake. Many of the unidentified landscape images may depict Lake Tahoe and its environs.
The collection does not contain any of Parker's Tournament of Roses photographs.
It is not known whether Harold Parker traveled to San Francisco after the earthquake, and thus the attribution of the
transparencies is questionable.
Arrangement
The images are arranged first by format: lantern slides and autochromes followed by color transparencies. Arrangement is
by subject: identifiable images of Pasadena followed by images of mountain landscapes, desert landscapes, sites outside of
California, and unidentified and miscellaneous images.
Related Material
See also:
Identifier/Call Number: PhotCL 402,




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Title: Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Negatives, 1898-1949.
Identifier/Call Number: photCL 330,
Title: J. Allen Hawkins Collection.
Index Terms
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Places:
Huntington Hotel (Pasadena, Calif.)--Photographs.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)--Photographs.
Pasadena (Calif.)--Photographs.
Petrified Forest National Park (Ariz.)--Photographs.
Subjects:
Architecture, Domestic--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
Bird's-eye views.
Desert plants--California--Photographs.
Deserts--Arizona--Photographs.
Deserts--California--Photographs.
Gardens--California--Photographs.
Gardens--California--Pasadena--Photographs.
Indians of North America--Antiquities--Photographs.
Lakes--Photographs.
Landscape--California--Photographs.
Mountain plants--Photographs.
Mountains--Photographs.
San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906--Photographs.
Document Types:
Autochromes.
Color transparencies.
Lantern slides.
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
PhotLS 402, Harold A. Parker Studio Collection of Lantern Slides and Transparencies, ca. 1900-1930.
Acquisition Information
Donated by Roy Dickson, 1999.
Processing Information
The collection was numbered and rehoused by Sue Luftschein in August 2006. This finding aid was created by Sue
Luftschein in August 2006.
Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements
Arrangements for viewing the collection must be made with the Curator of Photographs.


                          Container List
                     




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Container List



       Box 1, Item 1-12           Pasadena gardens and houses, undated
                                       Note
                                       [Number 1 depicts the John Henry Meyer Residence, "Villa Alegre," 1021 Oak Grove
                                       Avenue, San Marino, California; Marston and Van Pelt, architects; Paul G. Thiene,
                                       consulting landscape architect. Number 2 depicts the Charles S. Eaton Residence, 1161
                                       Virginia Road, San Marino, California; Robert Farquhar, architect. Numbers 3 and 4 depict
                                       the garden of the Loring Residence, 700 South San Rafael, Pasadena; Myron Hunt,
                                       architect.]
                          
       Box 1, Item 13-17          Autochromes of Pasadena houses and gardens, undated
       Box 1, Item 18             Huntington Hotel, undated
       Box 1, Item 19-21          Aerial views of Pasadena taken from a balloon, undated
                                       Note
                                       [Number 20, portrait of Harold Parker.]
                               
       Box 1, Item 22             Eagle Rock, undated
       Box 1, Item 23             Santa Barbara--Cross in the Cemetery, undated
                                       Note
                                       [Original number 1265.]
                          
       Box 1, Item 24-32          Mountain lakes, undated
                                       Note
                                       [Possibly Lake Tahoe.]
                          
       Box 2, Item 33-34          Mountain lakes, undated
       Box 2, Item 35-46          Mountain landscapes; Streams and rivers; Waterfalls; Mountain skies; Geyser,
                                  undated
       Box 2,    Item 47-52       Trees, undated
       Box 2,    Item 53-59       Desert landscapes and flora, undated
       Box 2,    Item 60-63       Fields of wildflowers, undated
       Box 3,    Item 64-79       Grand Canyon, undated
       Box 3, Item 80-81          Pueblo ruins, undated
       Box 3, Item 82             Petrified Forest, undated
       Box 3, Item 83             Solar eclipse, January 3, 1908
       Box 3, Item 84-87          Unidentified gardens and plants, undated
       Box 3, Item 88-92          Miscellaneous landscapes, undated
       Box 3, Item 93-94          Miscellaneous, undated
       Box 4,                     San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
       Item 95-147
       Box 4, Item 148            Miscellaneous, undated




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