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The Finding Aid of the Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards

Finding aid prepared by Katie Richardson, October 2010

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Allard, Lillian I.
Title
Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards
Collection no.
0318
Date
1890s-1956
Extent
1.38 Linear feet, 782 postcards, 2 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards consists of 782 vintage postcards. The postcards are arranged geographically and cover such places as Los Angeles County, Orange County, the California Missions, Riverside County, the Mission Inn of Riverside, San Diego County, Imperial County, San Bernardino, mining towns, and other miscellaneous views and shots of people and places in and around California.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards, Collection no. 0318, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Lillian I. Allard was born in 1910 in Pennsylvania. She married in October 1929 and subsequently moved with her husband to Southern California where she resided until her death in 1979. They had one child, a son named Frank, who attended USC in 1956 and received a degree in Mathematics. Lillian and her husband were avid collectors and were part of a hobby society. Frequently, they visited second-hand stores. Lillian loved California and showed her admiration for the state by collecting picture postcards of the region.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of 782 postcards of California dating from the 1890s to 1956.

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Arrangement

The postcards were kept in original order and are organized into 10 series by geographical location.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
October 2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition

The collection was given to the University of Southern California on January 12, 2004 by Frank A. Allard, the son of Lillian I. Allard.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Postcards

Geographic Name(s)

  • Imperial County (Calif.)--Postcards
  • Long Beach (Calif.)--Postcards
  • Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Postcards
  • Orange County (Calif.)--Postcards
  • Riverside County (Calif.)--Postcards
  • San Bernardino County (Calif.)--Postcards
  • San Diego County (Calif.)--Postcards
  • San Gabriel River Valley (Calif.)--Postcards
  • Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Postcards

Personal Name(s)

  • Allard, Lillian I. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • California--Postcards
  • Gold mines and mining--California--Postcards
  • Mission Inn--Postcards
  • Missions--California--Postcards

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Historic Pictures of Los Angeles County 1905-1930   127 postcards

Scope and Content

Pictured are the following: Echo Park, Broadway St., Los Angeles High School, Angels Flight, Spring Street, City Hall, Hall of Records and County Courthouse, Post Office and bank, Mission Church "Our Lady of the Angels," residence of Gen. Harrison Gray, Times building, Young Men's Christian Association Building, Trust and Savings Building, Laemmle Boulevard, Universal City, Hollywood Bowl, Hamburger's Department Store, Hotel Hayward, Gilligan Apartments, Occidental College, Pacific Electric Depot, Southern Pacific Station, Hotel Melrose, Mulholland Dam, Automobile Club of Southern California, University of Southern California, Woman's Club House, Hotel Hollywood, Cahuenga Canyon, Polytechnic High School, Oil Wells, the American Olive Company, Long Beach, San Pedro Harbor, Venice, Redondo Beach, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, Glendale, Pasadena, Mt. Lowe, Pomona, Monrovia, Claremont, and Santa Catalina Island.

Box
1

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Series 2:  Historic Pictures of Orange County 1906-1944   18 postcards

Scope and Content

Pictured are the following cities: Santa Ana, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa, San Juan Capistrano, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, and Orange.

Box
1

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Series 3:  Historic Pictures of California Missions 1902-1956   100 postcards and 1 newspaper clipping

Scope and Content

Pictured are missions in the following locations: San Diego, Monterey, King City, San Gabriel, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Clara, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Juan, Paso Robles, San Jose, San Fernando, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Oceanside, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino. Also included, is a newspaper clipping about Ghost Chapel of Las Flores located where Camp Pendleton now resides. The article is dated August 19, 1956.

Box
1
Box
2

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Series 4:  Historic Pictures of Riverside County 1890s-1937   168 postcards plus textual items and photographs

Scope and Content

Pictured are the following cities: Hemet, San Jacinto, Murrieta, Temecula, Elsinore, Corona, Beaumont, Banning, Palm Springs, and Coachella Valley. Also included are two pictures, one of Hotel Glenwood and the other of Palma Hotel in South San Jacinto. In addition, there are a few textual items including a County of Riverside brochure, a map of the area, and a newspaper clipping about San Jacinto's educational history dated October 31, 1968.

Box
1
Box
2

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Series 5:  Mission Inn Riverside, California 1906-1939   56 postcards

Box
1

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Series 6:  Historic Pictures of San Diego County 1907-1916   80 postcards and 1 book post

Scope and Content

Pictured are the following places: Warner Hot Springs, Caves of La Jolla, Escondido Hotel, Escondido Reservoir, Fifth Street San Diego, San Diego Bay, Court House, Knickerbocker Hotel, Maryland Hotel, Sweet Water Dam, Public Library, Hotel Robinson, New Southern Hotel, U.S. Grant Hotel, Motor Car, Scissors Grinder, Old Town, Church of the Immaculate Conception, The Plaza, Hotel Balboa, Point Loma, Los Banos Bath House, First Methodist Church, American National Bank, Bishops School, State Normal School, San Diego High School, Encinitas, Mission Cliff Pavilion, Mission Valley, the Carnegie Library, Union Building, La Mesa, Broadway, San Diego Business District, Fort Rosecrans, Coronado, Tent City, Tioga Hotel, Torpedo Fleet, Panama-California Exposition and City, Stadium, Paradise Valley Sanitarium, and the Mexican border. Also included, is a book post with a panoramic view of Escondido, California.

Box
1
Box
2

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Series 7:  Historic Pictures of Imperial County 1908-1931   8 postcards

Scope and Content

Pictured are the following places: Holtville, El Centro, Brawley, fruit picking, and Sheppard's Bridge.

Box
1

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Series 8:  Historic Pictures of San Bernardino 1902-1924   101 postcards

Scope and Content

Pictured in this series are the following:

From Redlands the Elks Club, First Congregational Church, Orange Street, Public Library, Casa Loma Hotel, Cajon Street, University Club, Union High School, University of Redlands, entrance to the Sterling residence, Canon Crest Park, Mirror Lake, Smiley's residence, W.N. Moore's residence, Wissahickon Inn, Santa Fe Depot, home of Mrs. Meigs, Gregory residence, San Timeteo Canyon, Silvan Park, Burrage residence, Fisher's residence, Baptist Church, Unitarian Church, Hill Crest Inn, Hornby residence, and Cajon Street.

From San Bernardino Pine Crest, Big Bear Lake, Court House, Katz building, third street. New City Fire Hall, Stewart Hotel, Santa Fe Depot, So. Pacific and Salt Lake Station, Urbita Springs, E Street, Elk's Temple, City Library, San Bernardino High School, Woman's Club, and Meadow Brook Park.

From Ontario the Hotel Royal, Ontario Hotel, and the Country Club.

From Chino the Public School, Sugar Factory, and Central Avenue.

From Loma Linda the Sanitarium and the hospital.

From Colton the Church and Lincoln School.

From Arrowhead the Water Canyon, Penyugal hot springs, Mud Cienga, and Casa del Desierto Hotel.

Also pictured is Yucca Palms, 29 Palms, Ludlow, and the Oakglen school and lodge.

Box
1

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Series 9:  Miscellaneous Historic Pictures of California 1906-1922   92 postcards

Scope and Content

Pictured are places and people in and around California.

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1

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Series 10:  Historic California Mining Towns 1907-1912   32 postcards

Scope and Content

California mining towns pictured include: Julian, Calico, Ludlow, Stedman, Leadfield, Ballart, Panamint, Randsburg, Garlock, Hornitos, Sonora, Rough and Ready, Jackson, El Dorado, Placerville, Redding, Orleans, and Sacramento.

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1

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