California Historical Society collection of historic postcards Edit


Finding Aid Author
Jacqueline Morin
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  • circa 1900-1979 (Creation)


  • 5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    6 boxes

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  • Abstract

    This small collection of postcards came to USC chiefly through the California Historical Society. Many of them appear to have originated with the same few families, based on notes and addresses on them. The images are of geographic subjects especially California, but there are also many European scenes and some non-geographical postcards.

  • Organization

    The postcards are organized by geographical location or by theme. The geographically-organized postcards progress from most local (Los Angeles) to most global (countries outside the United States).

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], California Historical Society collection of historic postcards, Collection no. 0399, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Scope and Content

    The six boxes of postcards in this collection contain images from all over the world, but the strength of the collection is in its images of Los Angeles and its environs in the early to mid-20th century. Many of the postcards are even older, especially some of the European ones which appear to be from late 19th to early 20th century. Though the bulk of the collection is the postcards that depict views of geographic features and urban scenes, there are a number of postcards with images of famous paintings, cartoons, holiday greetings, etc.

  • Related Archival Materials

    Lillian I. Allard collection of California Postcards, Special Collections, USC Libraries.