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Finding Aid for the Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight's photographs

Finding aid prepared by Katie Richardson, September 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
Knight, Carl W., 1885-1984
Title
Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight's photographs
Collection no.
0321
Date [inclusive]
1920-1970
Extent
5.92 Linear feet, 9 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight's photographs consists mainly of photographs, negatives, and slides of portraits and scenic views of Missouri and Southern California. In addition to the images, there are a few textual items that include financial documents, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous ticket stubs and pamphlets that Knight collected. The date span of the collection ranges from 1920 to 1970.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight's photographs, Collection no. 0321,Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Carl Wells Knight was born on March 24, 1885 in Springfield, Missouri to Emma Lamb Knight and George Wells Knight. He had one sister named Pansy and a brother named Harry. By trade, Carl was a professional photographer and owned a studio in Springfield, Missouri. During World War I Carl served in the military. Ultimately, he moved to California after completing his military service. Knight worked in both Los Angeles and San Diego photographing homes, commercial endeavors, and people's portraits. He operated a studio in San Diego with his partner, Sherman Trease, called the Trease-Knight Studio. He also worked for Stuart Studio in Los Angeles, California around 1936. Carl died on June 15, 1984 in Los Angeles, California.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of photographs, negatives, and slides of portraits and scenic views of Missouri and Southern California. In addition to the images, there are a few textual items including financial documents, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous ticket stubs and pamphlets that Knight collected.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
September 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 donated by former USC University Archivist, Paul Christopher.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Ephemera
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs
  • Slides (photographs)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Photographs
  • San Diego (Calif.)--Photographs
  • Springfield (Mo.)--Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Christopher, Paul
  • Knight, Carl W., 1885-1984

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Slides circa 1960-1964 

Arrangement

The slides were kept in original order and for the most part, the original file titles were used in describing the materials.

Box
1-2
Box Folder

 Trip 1960 

1 1

  1961 August 

1 2

 San Fernando Valley 1961 November 

1 3

 Cats 1961-1964 

1 4-7

  1962 January 

2 1

 Clouds 1962 March 

2 2

  1962 April 

2 3

  1962 April 7 

2 4

  1962 May 

2 5

 Medals 27 1962 May 

2 6

 Rifle Range and Miscellaneous Slides 1964 April 

2 7

 Rifle Range 1964 November 8 

2 8

 Copy of slides and postcards undated 

2 9

 Black and white old pictures undated 

2 10

 Miscellaneous undated 

2 11

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Series 2:  Photographs and Negatives 1916-1993 

Arrangement

The photographs and negatives series was kept in original order and for the most part, the original file titles were used in describing the materials. The files are organized alphabetically with two subseries: portraits and rifle matches.

Box
2-7
Box
2-7

 Anderson Fence Co. undated   13 photographs and 14 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   2 12
    Box Folder
Negatives   2 12

 Automobile undated   4 photographs and 6 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   2 13
    Box Folder
Photographs   2 13

 Beach undated   5 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   2 14
    Box Folder
Negatives   2 14

Box Folder

 Camping undated   12 photographs

2 15

 Central Meat Markets 1936 April 26   1 photograph and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   2 16
    Box Folder
Negatives   2 16

 Christmas Pictures from Pansy M. Knight 1937-1969   4 photographs and 8 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   2 17
    Box Folder
Negatives   2 17

Box Folder

 Cow and Baby undated   1 negative

2 18

 Couple undated   3 photographs

2 19

 Dennstedt Company Portraits by Carl Knight 1936   37 photographs and 38 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   2 20
    Box Folder
Negatives   2 20

 Documentary Scenes undated   Folder 1: 31 photographs and 25 negatives Folder 2: 16 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   3 1-2
    Box Folder
Photographs   3 1

Box Folder

 Early Missouri Work undated   Folder 1: 40 photographs Folder 2: 30 photographs

3 3-4

 Engagement undated   30 photographs

3 5

 Family Group undated   18 photographs and 2 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   3 6
    Box Folder
Photographs   3 6

Box Folder

 Groupings undated   5 negatives

3 7

 Hillcrest Booster Club 1936 April 9   1 photograph and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   3 8
    Box Folder
Photographs   3 8

Box Folder

 Hillcrest Business Association 1936 June 12   5 negatives

3 9

 Hillcrest Cafe 1936 March 25   1 photograph and 2 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   3 10
    Box Folder
Negatives   3 10

 Homes undated   12 photographs and 2 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   3 11
    Box Folder
Photographs   3 11

 Knight, Carl W. undated   6 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   3 12
    Box Folder
Negatives   3 12

 Miscellaneous Photographs undated   2 photographs and 6 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   3 13
    Box Folder
Negatives   3 13

Box Folder

 Mission San Juan Capistrano undated   2 negatives

3 14

 Missouri Springs 1916 January 16-17   2 negatives and 1 photocopy


    Box Folder
Photographs   3 15
    Box Folder
Negatives   3 15

Box Folder

 Outdoor Activities undated   5 photographs

3 16
Map-case Drawer

 Oversize Portraits undated   18 photographs

Scope and Content

Portraits of men, women, children, a school, a family, and a train set.

5 3
Box

 Photographic Film undated   27 film sheets

8-9

 Scenery undated    50 photographs and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   3 17
    Box Folder
Photographs   3 17

Box Folder

 Signed Work undated   13 photographs

3 18

 Studio undated   30 negatives

4 1

 Texas? undated   44 photographs

4 2

 Training for Races circa 1930s   7 photographs

4 3

 Unidentified Baby undated   2 negatives

Note on back of the portrait:

18400 Paulson 36 vert bl. 799 6-21

4 4

 Unidentified Children undated   22 photographs

4 5

 Unidentified Female 1939 June 19   2 photographs and 17 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   4 6
    Box Folder
Photographs   4 6

Box Folder

 Unidentified Girl undated   2 negatives

4 7

 Unidentified Men undated   23 photographs

4 8

 Unidentified Women undated   47 photographs

4 9

 Water Activities undated   20 photographs

4 10

 Wedding negatives circa 1930's   6 negatives

4 11

 Weddings undated   8 photographs and 2 negatives

4 12

 Winter Activities undated   6 photographs

4 13

 Unusual Images undated   22 photographs

4 14

 USC Work circa 1993   Folder 1: 22 photographs and textual materials Folder 2: 20 photographs and 19 negatives Folder 3: 12 photographs and textual materials


    Box Folder
Textual materials   4 15,17
    Box Folder
Photographs   4 15-17
    Box Folder
Negatives   4 16

 Portraits circa 1930s-1954 

Box
5-6
Box
5-6

 Allison, Beth Undated   3 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   5 1
    Box Folder
Negatives   5 1

Box Folder

 Anderson, Helen Undated   1 negative

5 2

 Ardaiz, Jose Undated   2 photographs and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   5 3
    Box Folder
Negatives   5 3

 Barker, Edma C. Undated   5 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   5 4
    Box Folder
Photographs   5 4

Box Folder

 Barney 1936 June 28   4 negatives

5 5

 Beckinam, Evelyn 1939 May   1 negative

5 6

 Birmey, Walter Undated   4 negatives

5 7

 Black, Mrs. E.C. 1936 May 12   4 photographs and 6 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   5 8
    Box Folder
Photographs   5 8

 Bone, Lilla Undated   10 photographs and 10 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   5 9
    Box Folder
Negatives   5 9

Box Folder

 Brieglet, Dr. G. A. (1017) Undated   2 negatives

5 10

 Buckingham, Mrs. S. E. (953) Undated   3 negatives

5 11

 Callam Family Undated   12 photographs and 12 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   5 12
    Box Folder
Photographs   5 12

 Campbell, Effie Undated   6 photographs, 6 negatives, and 1 letter


    Box Folder
Negatives   5 13
    Box Folder
Textual materials   5 13
    Box Folder
Photographs   5 13

Box Folder

 Cann, Dr. G.A. Undated   2 negatives

5 14

 Carter, Lloyd W. Undated   4 negatives

5 15

 Child Portraits Undated   24 photographs

5 16

 Dennison, Fred 1936 May 23   2 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   5 17
    Box Folder
Negatives   5 17

Box Folder

 Female Adult Portraits (2 folders) Undated   Folder 1: 31 photographs Folder 2: 70 photographs

5 18-19

 Gallington, Mrs. Undated   4 photographs and 5 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   5 20
    Box Folder
Photographs   5 20

Box Folder

 Graham, Coretta Undated   1 negative

5 21

 Greer, Jim 1954 December   2 photographs

5 22

 Griffig, Mrs. John H. Undated   5 negatives

5 23

 Haffeuhame, Edd? Undated   7 negatives

5 24

 Hall, James, Mrs. 1936 May 21   3 photographs and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   5 25
    Box Folder
Negatives   5 25

 Hanson Undated   2 photographs and 6 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   5 26
    Box Folder
Photographs   5 26

 Harms, Edwin M. Undated   5 photographs and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   5 27
    Box Folder
Photographs   5 27

Box Folder

 Harner, Ella 1936 June 10   6 negatives

5 28

 Jones, Catherine Undated   3 photographs and 2 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 1
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 1

Box Folder

 Kirby, Fama's Sister Undated   1 negative

6 2

 Knight, Maurice Undated   1 negative

6 3

 Lewis, Miss C. Undated   1 negative

6 4

 "Lovelly" Undated   10 photographs and 13 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 5
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 5

Box Folder

 Male Adult Photographs Undated   21 photographs

6 6

 Markle, Phyllis 1936 July 22   1 photograph and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 7
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 7

Box Folder

 Martinez Undated   3 negatives

6 8

 McCallum, Alice Jean Undated   1 negative

6 9

 McHarg, Betty 1936 April 11   4 photographs and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 10
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 10

Box Folder

 Meredith, Jean M. Undated   1 negative

6 11

 Norris Wedding (?) 1937 May 18   3 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 12
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 12

Box Folder

 Olson, Mr. and Mr. C. E. Keefe 1936 May 28   5 negatives

6 13

 Piteock, V. 1936 May 19   3 photographs and 6 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 14
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 14

 Pitts, Mrs. A. L. Undated   1 photograph and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 15
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 15

Box Folder

 Ramsey, Mary Undated   3 negatives

6 16

 Roberts Family Undated   16 photographs and 13 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 17
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 17

 Semison, Margaret Undated   4 photographs and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 18
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 18

Box Folder

 Shaffer, Mr. Undated   7 negatives

6 19

 Smiley, Georgia Undated   2 photographs and 5 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 20
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 20

Box Folder

 Smith, Copy of Seal Undated   2 negatives

6 21

 Smith, Mogel Undated   5 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 22
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 22

 Sutton, Mrs. P. Undated   4 photographs and 6 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 23
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 23

 Thompson, Will Undated   1 photograph and 3 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 24
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 24

Box Folder

 Von Breton, C. H. 1937 October 16   6 negatives

6 25

 Walsh, Dorothy Undated   1 photograph and 1 negative


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 26
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 26

 Wells, Mrs. H. E. 1936 May 23   5 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   6 27
    Box Folder
Negatives   6 27

Box Folder

 Whitt 1936 July 20   1 negative

6 28

 Wright, Ethel 1938 January 1   4 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   6 29
    Box Folder
Photographs   6 29

 Rifle Matches 1933-1968 

Box
6-7
Box
6-7
Box Folder

 California State Small Bore Matches 1966 September 24-25   3 negatives

6 30

 Copy of Panel Group for Betty Duncan Undated   1 negative

6 31

 Four men- 10 sec at F8 Ilford paper at rifle range 1964   2 negatives

6 32

 Glendale Rifle Club Undated   22 negatives

6 33

 Gun Club Team circa 1963-1964   7 negatives

6 34

 Los Angeles Rifle Club Westerns Nate Matches 1966 May 7-8   3 negatives

6 35

 Los Angeles Clubs (L.A. Rifle Club- Discard Negatives) 1967 November 4-5   5 negatives

6 36

 Mr. Knight and the United States and British Rifle Teams Undated   4 negatives

6 37

 Rifle Club 1965 November 6-7   7 negatives

6 38

 Rifle Club Events Undated   50 photographs, 9 negatives, and textual material


    Box Folder
Photographs   7 1
    Box Folder
Negatives   7 1
    Box Folder
Textual materials   7 1

 Rifle Club Prints and Documents 1946   34 photographs, 20 negatives, and textual material


    Box Folder
Textual materials   7 2
    Box Folder
Negatives   7 2
    Box Folder
Photographs   7 2

 Rifle Range Undated   2 photographs and 5 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   7 3
    Box Folder
Photographs   7 3

 Rifle Range circa 1949-1950   5 photographs and 4 negatives


    Box Folder
Photographs   7 4
    Box Folder
Negatives   7 4

Box Folder

 Rifle Range 1968 May 4-5   3 negatives

7 5

 Rifle Range- Pacific Coast Championship 1951-1952   3 negatives and 3 captions

7 6

 Rifle Range, Target, Dahlia 1933 July 16   3 photographs and 6 negatives


    Box Folder
Negatives   7 7
    Box Folder
Photographs   7 7

Box Folder

 Rifle Range Trophy Winners 1963 November 3-4   7 negatives

7 8

 Wheel Chair and Shooting Match 1949 February 6   19 photographs, 8 negatives, and 1 clipping


    Box Folder
Textual materials   7 9
    Box Folder
Photographs   7 9
    Box Folder
Negatives   7 9

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Series 3:  Financial Documents 1913 - 1932   4 negatives

Scope and Content

Includes deeds, contracts, and titles.

Box
7
Folder
10

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Series 4:  Miscellaneous Items from the life of Carl W. Knight undated 

Scope and Content

Business cards, pamphlets, ticket stubs, and a commencement book from USC's graduation in 1960.

Box
7
Folder
11

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Series 5:  Newspaper Clippings 1989 - 1955 

Scope and Content

Newspaper clippings mentioning Knight's work, cartoon clippings, and an article about Pansy, Knights sister's fifty year high school reunion.

Box
7
Folder
12

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Series 6:  Photostat Corporation prices and photo-copying regulations circa 1944   5 items

Box
7
Folder
13

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Series 7:  Receipts 1935-1961 

Scope and Content

Receipts from photograph orders.

Box
7
Folder
14

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