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Collection of Southern California and Mexico Photographs
photCL 110  
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Description
This collection contains photographs by commercial photographers dated ca. 1890-1910, illustrating recreation and scenery on Catalina Island, a hotel and public parks in Southern California, and various historical sites and street scenes in Mexico City. Many of the photographs include tourists and local residents, such as bathers on Catalina Island, and people in parks and towns.
Background
Charles Betts Waite was born December 19, 1861 in Auburn Township, Ohio. He first delved into photography when he was in his late twenties, working as a view photographer for Burdick and Company in Los Angeles. Over time, Waite became known for his work as a landscape photographer with his own studio. After marrying at the age of thirty-five, Waite moved to Mexico City and established a photography studio there, specializing in views of the city. He became associated with the Sonora News Company and contracted with them to take photographs of Mexico’s indigenous people and more out-of-the-way areas for travel magazines and books, and tourist postal cards. Waite lived in Mexico for almost 27 years before returning to Los Angeles in 1923. He died there on March 22, 1927.
Extent
114 photographs in 1 box; prints 20.5 x 12.5 cm. (8 x 5 in.). See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
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. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.