The collection consists of 424 black and white photographs that document the activities of the Southern California Division
of the California Centennials Commission during the years 1948 to 1950. The photographs document events developed by the Division
to commemorate California's centennial.
The California Centennials Commission was established in 1946 to direct the state’s participation in the centennial observances
of the discovery of gold, the Gold Rush, and the admission of California to the Union. The Southern California Division was
organized in 1947, with the assistance of the Historical Society of Southern California, to cooperate with the state-wide
Commission; it organized local programs. The state Commission was chaired by Joseph R. Knowland; the Southern California Division
was managed by Lloyd D. Mitchell.
1.42 linear ft., 2 boxes
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imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment.