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Adolph Petsch collection of photographs of Pasadena and Southern California

 Collection — Box: P004
Identifier: PC -020
Consists of 51 cabinet photographs of Pasadena, California and other Southern California cities, including Long Beach and Los Angeles. The photographs document many of the houses, churches, hotels, schools, and businesses in Pasadena between the years 1881-1888. Some photographs show the Long Beach Hotel, Mission San Gabriel, and two bird's eye views of Los Angeles.


  • circa 1881-1888

Language of Materials

Finding aid is written in English.

Physical Description

2 folders (0.2 linear feet)


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.


2 folders

Biographical / Historical

Adolph Petsch was an early Pasadena resident. In 1881 he and three other businessmen formed the Hermosa Land and Water Company in Cucamonga, San Bernardino County. Petsch was active in civic affairs and assisted in the organization of the inaugural La Fiesta de los Angeles in 1894.

Acquisition Information

The Wagner family in memory of Adolph Petsch.

Related Collections

Los Angeles, 1932-33, PC 17

Physical Description

2 folders (0.2 linear feet)

General Note

Supplied titles were created using descriptions recorded by unknown person on verso of the photographs. These descriptions sometimes use racial terms that were commonplace at the time, but are considered to be derogatory today.
Finding aid to the Adolph Petsch collection of photographs of Pasadena and Southern California
Jaime Henderson
2017 February
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the California Historical Society Repository

678 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105