Hdoc: Growing Up in Downtown Los Angeles During the 1880s

Apr. 16, 2020

In 1964 an audio recording was made by a member of one of the early pioneer families of Los Angeles. In the recording, Belle Buford Thom Collins recalled growing up in 1880s Los Angeles. The interviewee's father, Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915), was Los Angeles County district attorney, mayor of Los Angeles (elected 1882) and a California state senator.

Excerpts from "Reminiscences of Los Angeles by Belle Buford Thom Collins." Part of The Huntington Library's collection on California Revealed.

All images are from original photographs in The Huntington Library and are available digitally through the Huntington Digital Library, primarily from the Ernest Marquez Collection.

The Hdoc series examines The Huntington through short documentaries that expose the archives, collections, and stories that make the institution unique.

 

Recent Videos and Recorded Programs

Print of a pirate
Lecture
Confederate Infamy
Sep. 23, 2020

Robert Bonner, professor of history at Dartmouth College, probes the deep history of the images, words, and ships that cast odium on the slaveholders' rebellion of the 1860s. This lecture is a Rogers Distinguished Fellow's Lecture in Nineteenth-Century American History.

 
Lecture
37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium
Sep. 11, 2020

The 37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium was presented by Huntington staff via Zoom. During the program, four brief presentations by Gardens staff provided updates about the Desert Garden Collections, discussed recent construction in the garden, and took a look at ongoing efforts to document...

 
Conservator taking photo of finished Blue Boy
Video
The Blue Boy Returns
Sep. 9, 2020

One of the most famous works at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, has been restored and reinstalled in the Thornton Portrait Gallery. This major conservation undertaking involved high-tech data gathering and analysis as well...

 

Search Videos and Recorded Programs