Charles Lummis (1859-1928) was a noted author, photographer, ethnographer, archaeologist, and librarian. Gaining fame for walking from Ohio to California in the 1880s, Lummis spent much of his life documenting and protecting the lives and activities of the people of the Southwest United States. The collection contains letters, photographs, publications, music, and newspaper clippings.

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  • Photo album #2, 1910-1919 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1910-1919
    Six photographic prints in an album, "To Alice and Carlita with love and best wishes for a Happy 1919, “Daddy”, Chas. F. Lummis". Images are of the home that Charles Lummis built called El Alisal, bridges, and Charles ...
  • Photo album #3, 1920 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1920
    Six photographic prints in an album, "To dear Alice and Carlita, with love from “Daddy”, Chas. F. Lummis." Images are of Don Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Will Rogers, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, Charles Lummis, and Mission San Juan ...
  • Photo album #4, 1920 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1920
    Six photographic prints in an album, "To Alice and Carlita, with love" from Charles Lummis. Two are prints are of Charles Lummis. One photographic print is of a painting of Charles Lummis by Mrs. Louise Burrell. There is ...
  • Southwest, circa 1890s‐1920s, SW‐78‐1570 to SW‐78‐1625 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1890?‐1929?
    Box 11, Folder 1: Fifteen photographic prints, some have Lummis' signature. Images are predominantly from New Mexico: Santa Fe, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Gran Quivira, Tesuque, and Taos. The last image is labeled Tiahuanaco, ...
  • Latin America, circa 1890s 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1890?-1899?
    Fifteen photographic prints of Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. Images include Chimu ruins, coast scenes, a mountain view, street scenes, a hillside village, a palace, a gristmill, lamas, and a textile. Some prints have Lummis' ...
  • Southwest, circa 1890s‐1920s. Unidentified 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928; Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942
    Date:1890?‐1929?
    Box 11, Folder 2: Sixty-three unidentified photographic prints of the southwest. Images are of landscapes, village scenes, buildings, cliff dwellings, ruins, individual and group portraits. Some prints have Lummis' signature.
  • Photo album #1, 1919 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1919
    Six photographic prints in an album, "To Alice and Carlita, with love and all best wishes, Daddy". Images are of Charles Lummis, nature, two toddlers labeled "Lummis Abeita", and a family portrait of Mariquita Mellini with ...
  • Southwest, circa 1890s‐1920s, SW-78-910 to SW-78-1565 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1890?‐1929?
    Box 10: One hundred and thirty-nine photographic prints from Charles Lummis' travels through the southwest: Arizona, New Mexico and California. Images include Montezuma Castle and Well, the Moqui and Hualpi Pueblos of East ...
  • Southwest, pottery and furnishings, undated. 1 photograph 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:undated
    This photographic print is an interior view of El Alisal, the home that Charles Lummis built, with pottery on shelves above a fireplace. Baskets are on the ground below. A tapestry is on the left. Paintings are above center ...
  • People, Charles Lummis, undated. 3 photographs 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:undated
    Three photographic prints of Charles Lummis.
  • El Alisal, undated. 3 photographs 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:undated
    Three photographic prints of El Alisal, the home that Charles Lummis built. The first image is of the exterior, approaching the front from the right. The other two images are interior views of a great room decorated with ...
  • Southwest, circa 1890s‐1920s, SW‐78‐05 to SW‐78‐945 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1890?‐1929?
    Box 9: One hundred and seventy-two photographic prints from Charles Lummis' travels through the southwest: New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Images include Abo, Acoma, Alto, Campo, Cebollita, Cochiti, Cubero, Cuiapaipa ...
  • Photo album #6, 1911-1919 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928; Hartsook, Fred, 1876-1930; Alliot, Hector, 1862-1919
    Date:1911-1919
    Eight photographic prints of portraits with inscriptions. Individuals include: Marguierite, Clara, Alberta, Larene, Mariska Aldrich, Anna, Charles Lummis and his son Jordan "Quimu".
  • Photo album #5, 1922 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1922
    Seventeen photographic prints and a list of illustrations of Camulos and Santa Barbara. The album is, "To Blessed Alice and my little “tocaya” Carlita, with no end of love, Chas. F. Lummis, as of Xmas 1922." Individuals ...
  • Camulos, miscellaneous, circa 1880s-1920s. Miscellaneous unidentified 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1880?-1920?
    Contains twenty-two photographic prints believed to be by Charles Fletcher Lummis. Images depict construction, city parks, buildings, and a country home.
  • Camulos, miscellaneous, circa 1880s-1920s. Miscellaneous 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1880?-1920?
    Contains thirty-nine photographic prints by Charles Fletcher Lummis. Images depict cityscapes, corner buildings, Victorian townhouses, Clay St. Hill Railroad Co. 12 trolley car, Los Angeles Chutes Theatre water slide, a ...
  • El Alisal, circa 1890s-1910s. Unidentified 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1890?-1910?
    Contains eighteen photographic prints by Charles Fletcher Lummis. Images are related to his home, El Alisal, and generally focus on Spanish colonial and Pueblo history.
  • Camulos, miscellaneous, circa 1880s-1920s. Camulos 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1880?-1920?
    Contains fifteen photographic prints by Charles Fletcher Lummis. Images are related to Rancho Camulos. Today it is a Santa Clarita Valley ranch in Piru, California and National Historic Landmark that the Hispanic del Valle ...
  • Camulos, miscellaneous, circa 1880s-1920s. Camulos unidentified 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1880?-1920?
    Contains five photographic prints by Charles Fletcher Lummis. Images are of people related to Rancho Camulos. Today it is a Santa Clarita Valley ranch in Piru, California and National Historic Landmark that the Hispanic ...
  • El Alisal, circa 1890s-1910s 

    Contributor:Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928
    Date:1890?-1910?
    Contains ninety-four photographic prints by Charles Fletcher Lummis. Images are of his home, El Alisal, which Lummis began construction on in 1889. It was built on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco in northeast Los Angeles ...

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