This finding aid brings together information about the Huntington’s collections of panoramic negatives. These 436 negatives
are located in three separate collections: the Verner Collection of Panoramic Negatives, the Harold A. Parker Collection of
Photographs and Negatives, and the “Dick” Whittington Studio Collection of Photographs and Negatives. They depict Los Angeles
and surrounding areas, and group portraits, 1889-1958. The collection is an important resource for the visual history of
Los Angeles, and contains photographs by some of the better known photographers and photographic firms of the first part of
the twentieth century.
Harold A. Parker (1878-1930) was born in Iowa and immigrated to Pasadena with his parents in 1892 at the age of 14. He became
interested in photography at an early age, and began working professionally in 1900. He opened his Pasadena studio in 1904
and operated it until his death in 1930 at the age of 52. Parker also operated a studio in the Tahoe Tavern at Lake Tahoe
between 1908 and 1910, where he produced a number of images of both the Tavern, Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding areas. Parker
was noted for his photographs of California, especially his images of the California Missions and the Tournament of Roses
parades; he was also responsible for the earliest aerial images of Pasadena. A commercial photographer, Parker worked as a
contract photographer for the Pasadena Star-News Tournament of Roses edition, and took pictures of civic and social organizations, local retailers, and private individuals
who commissioned him to record their gatherings, buildings, and various rites of passage.
13 boxes, 67.83 linear feet
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.
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment.