Huntington Library acquires collections of LA early photography and Santa Barbara ephemera

E.G. Morrison, Roller Coaster at the Arcadia Hotel, Santa Monica, late 1880s, albumen print (photo: Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens)The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced the purchase of the Ernest Marquez Collection of 4,600 images of early Southern California during the 1870s to the 1950s, especially from Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades.

Another purchase the Council made hits closer to home: a set of 383 rare pamphlets, maps, and ephemera related to the early history of Santa Barbara. According to the press release, these items come “from the collection of Clifton F. Smith (1920–1999), author of Flora of Santa Barbara who had been the librarian at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.”

via LA Times

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