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Ralph Bowers Bowman San Diego Photographs Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0537

Scope and Contents

The Ralph Bowers Bowman San Diego Photographs Collection (1922-1937) includes scenes of the San Diego metropolitan area. Subjects of the photographs include landmarks, waterfront scenes of fishing boats, freights ships and naval ships; Balboa Park; La Jolla; Point Loma; aerial views; street scenes; football games; visiting dignitaries; and personal photographs of Bowman's children and family. Also documented by the photographs are several road trips to St. Louis, the Imperial Valley, Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, and the Yosemite Valley.

Dates

  • 1922-1937

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Any photograph with an identifiable family member may not be made use of by a third party or licensed for commercial use without the permission of Julia E. Reid or her brother, Stewart Reid, during their lifetimes.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Any photograph with an identifiable family member may not be made use of by a third party or licensed for commercial use without the permission of Julia E. Reid or her brother, Stewart Reid, during their lifetimes.

Biographical Note

Ralph Bowers Bowman (1878-1937) was a businessman who sold industrial machinery. After the death of his first wife he remarried and moved his family from St. Louis to Phoenix to live with his mother, eventually settling in San Diego. His two daughters by his first wife were Julia Bowman Robinson (1919-1985), an eminent mathematician and the first woman president of the American Mathematical Society, and Constance Bowman Reid (1918-2010), a biographer of mathematicians. Around the time of his first wife’s death, Bowman took up photography, a hobby that would produce thousands of photographs. For a more detailed history of Ralph Bowers Bowman and his family, see document titled “Ralph Bowman Photographs” by Julia E. Reid in the James E. Lunbeck Donor File.

Extent

5.33 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement Note

I.  Photo Albums, 1922-1937

II. Negatives, 1923-1937

Physical Access Requirements

Photo albums are unbound. Black paper is decomposing badly and produces a large amount of black dust when handled. Negatives are housed in paper sleeves. Loose photo prints are housed in mylar sleeves.

Custodial History

James E. Lunbeck is the partner of Julia E. Reid, the daughter of Ralph Bowers Bowman's daughter, Constance Bowman Reid. The donors have chosen to donate the majority of Bowman’s photographs of St. Louis and Phoenix to historical institutions in their respective cities.

Source of Acquisition

James E. Lunbeck

Accruals and Additions

2015-051

Related Materials

John and Jane Adams Postcard Collection, 1880-2007

G. Hamilton Hammon Scrapbook, 1911-1939

San Diego Corral of the Westerners Records, 1921-2013

San Diego Photograph Collection, 1870-1975

Processing Information

Processed by Lucas Buresch, November 2017.

Title
Ralph Bowers Bowman San Diego Photographs Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Lucas Buresch
Date
12/01/2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

Contact:
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US
619-594-6791