PIERCE, Charles C.

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PIERCE, Charles C. (1861-1946) was a pioneer Los Angeles photographer. He came to Los Angeles in 1886 from Chicago due to health issues and remained until his death in 1946. Along with two other photographers who accompanied him, he began to document the people and architecture of the area. Pierce also became a collector and dealer in historical photographs of Los Angeles and the surrounding vicinity and he assembled a pictorial record of most of the important civic, commercial, and social events which occurred during the half century after his arrival.

The UCLA Department of Special Collections acquired the account books for 1909 to 1921 of C.C. Pierce's photographic shop in Los Angeles. The large manuscript ledgers in eight volumes give a detailed listing of his customers and the nature of his business. In addition to the account books, the library also acquired glass plates and film negatives, some of which are accompanied by prints, of portraits and views taken during the early years of the 20th century. Most are of Southern California scenes. Pierce photographed on Santa Catalina Island on many occasions.

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