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Finding Aid for the California Historical Society collection of historic postcards

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, 2013

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
California Historical Society.
Title
California Historical Society collection of historic postcards
Collection no.
0399
Date
circa 1900-1979
Extent
5.0 linear ft., 6 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
This small collection of postcards came to USC chiefly through the California Historical Society. Many of them appear to have originated with the same few families, based on notes and addresses on them. The images are of geographic subjects especially California, but there are also many European scenes and some non-geographical postcards.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], California Historical Society collection of historic postcards, Collection no. 0399, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

The six boxes of postcards in this collection contain images from all over the world, but the strength of the collection is in its images of Los Angeles and its environs in the early to mid-20th century. Many of the postcards are even older, especially some of the European ones which appear to be from late 19th to early 20th century. Though the bulk of the collection is the postcards that depict views of geographic features and urban scenes, there are a number of postcards with images of famous paintings, cartoons, holiday greetings, etc.

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Organization

The postcards are organized by geographical location or by theme. The geographically-organized postcards progress from most local (Los Angeles) to most global (countries outside the United States).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2013
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Lillian I. Allard collection of California Postcards, Special Collections, USC Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • California Historical Society.

Genre(s)

  • Photographic postcards

Geographic Name(s)

  • Europe, Western--Postcards
  • United States--History--20th century--Postcards

Subject(s)

  • California--Postcards
  • Missions--California--Postcards

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  California Postcards 

 Los Angeles (City) 

Scope and Content

Los Angeles--General Views

Los Angeles--Architecture--General

Los Angeles--Architecture--Churches

Los Angeles--Architecture--Commercial

Los Angeles--Architecture--Commercial--Hotels

Los Angeles--Architecture--Domestic

Los Angeles--Architecture--Public

Los Angeles--Architecture--Train Stations

Los Angeles--Parks

Los Angeles--Streets

Los Angeles--Angel's Flight

Los Angeles--Court Flight

Los Angeles--Hollywood--General

Los Angeles--Hollywood--Architecture--General

Los Angeles--Hollywood--Architecture--Commercial

Los Angeles--Hollywood--Architecture--Domestic

Los Angeles--Hollywood--Radio Shows

Los Angeles--Hollywood--Streets

Los Angeles--Venice

Box
1

 Los Angeles (County) 

Scope and Content

Altadena/ Mt. Lowe

Arcadia

Beverly Hills

Burbank

Calabasas

Catalina (Santa Catalina Island)

Claremont

Glendale

Glendale--Parks

Hermosa Beach

Inglewood

Lakewood

Long Beach

Marineland

Pasadena

Pomona

Redondo Beach

San Marino

San Pedro

Santa Monica

Sierra Madre

South Pasadena

Topanga

Universal City

Whittier

Other Cities in Los Angeles County

Box
2

 California--Other Counties 

Scope and Content

Box 2

Alameda

Alameda--Architecture

Butte

Calaveras

Calaveras--Natural Features--Big Tree Grove

Calaveras--Natural Features--Mercer's New Calaveras

Imperial

Inyo

Kern

Lake

Mendocino

Mono

Monterey

Nevada

Orange

Orange--Buena Park

Orange--Laguna Beach

Placer

Riverside

Riverside--Palm Springs

Sacramento

San Bernardino

San Bernardino--Big Bear and Big Bear Lake

San Bernardino--Lake Arrowhead

San Diego

San Diego--Panama California Exposition, 1915-17

San Diego--Calfornia Pacific International Exposition, 1935-36

San Diego--Ramona

Box 3

San Francisco

San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara

Santa Cruz

Siskiyou

Sonoma

Tuolumne

Ventura

Box
2-3

 California Missions 

Box
3

 National Parks 

Scope and Content

Death Valley

Sequoia National Park

Yosemite National Park

Box
4

 Camp Scenes 

Box
4

 Redwood trees/ Redwood Highway 

Box
4

 Ocean Scenes 

Box
4

 Desert Scenes 

Box
4

 California--Miscellaneous 

Box
4

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Series 2:  United States (Other than California) 

Scope and Content

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Montana

Nevada

Nevada--Boulder Dam

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Oregon

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Washington, D.C.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Yellowstone National Park

Southwestern United States

Box
4-5

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Series 3:  Foreign Postcards 

Scope and Content

Asia

Australia

Canada

Cuba

Denmark

England

France

Germany

Greenland

Holland

Italy

Mexico

Norway

Russia

Box
5-6

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Series 4:  Topical Postcards 

Box
6

 Animals 

Box
6

 Art 

Box
6

 Chinese Porcelain 

 Holidays 

Box
6

 Humor 

Box
6

 Transportation 

Box

 Airplanes 

6

 Automobiles 

6

 Ships 

6

 Western Themes 

Box
6

 Miscellaneous 

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