The Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill Photography Collection

Description

In 1986, Keith Gledhill donated to the AD&A Museum a collection of over 100 photographic materials by his mother and father, Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill. Arriving in 1917, the recently married couple, opened their portrait studio on Chapala Street, one block from the infamous oceanfront Potter Hotel which is now Ambassador Park near Stearns Wharf.

Although industrial growth was progressing rapidly throughout the United States, Santa Barbara remained focused on architecture, civic value and pageantry focusing on the city’s cultural elite.  This made it a haven for a diverse and growing community of artists and professionals allowing the Gledhills easy access to subjects for their portraiture business.

Carolyn and Edwin lived an unconditional lifestyle which was deemed scandalous by early 20th Century standards: at the time of their marriage, Edwin was 19 and Carolyn in her 30s.  This unorthodox lifestyle mirrored itself in real life while Edwin was often viewed as the primary photographer of the studio, it was really Carolyn who was the professional.  Edwin would pose the subjects but it was only when Carolyn found the pose to her liking that she would pull the shutter.  This often resulted in empowered appearing women suggesting an early expression of feminism.  But Carolyn had an untimely death in the 1930s while Edwin continued with the photography studio preserving in print Santa Barbara’s historic resources.

The Gledhill collection is augmented with additional photographs by Henry Ravell, a colleague and fellow photographer who arrived in Southern California from New York in 1914.

Collection Items

RAVELL, Henry
Mexican Cathedral

RAVELL, Henry
Praying Corn Sellers

RAVELL, Henry
Narrow walkway

RAVELL, Henry
Two Mexicans

RAVELL, Henry
A Church Doorway

RAVELL, Henry
Street Scene in Mexico

RAVELL, Henry
Two Figures and Doorway

RAVELL, Henry
Two Figures on Walkway

RAVELL, Henry
Mexican Building

RAVELL, Henry
Church in Mexico

RAVELL, Henry
Entrance and Balcony

RAVELL, Henry
Child in Doorway

RAVELL, Henry
Peasants and Horse

RAVELL, Henry
Doorway and Man

RAVELL, Henry
Patio and Stairs

RAVELL, Henry
Water Carrier

RAVELL, Henry
Church and Burros

RAVELL, Henry
Jesuit Church

RAVELL, Henry
Santa Barbara Mission

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Girl with Bonnet

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Girl Seated on a Chair

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Boy with Book, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Girl with a Large Hat (Seated), 1913

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Girl with a Large Hat (Standing), 1913

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Boy (Keith), 1912

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Girl with Book at Window, 1935

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Boy at Sideboard, 1907

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Young Girl in Doorway, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Child at Water Faucet, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Jack and Jill (Margaret and Baily Gledhill), 1919

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Miss Roxana Dabney, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Miss Margaret Doe, 1918

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
"Aunt" Jane McClaren, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Miss Potter & Dog

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Mrs. Max Fleischman, 1927

Miss Virginia Bartlett, 1924

Mrs. W.N. Hawley, 1915

Lady with White Scarf, 1910

Fashion Models, 1935

Negative of 1986.41 and 1986.42

Thomas Moran, 1921

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Thomas Moran, 1921

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Francesco Fenzi,botanist, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Edwin Markham, poet

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Adam Even, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Conde Nast, 1925

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
David Gray Sr., 1928

Negative of 1986.50

Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson

Jeddu Krishnamurti

Mrs. Chester Alan Arthur

George Parrish Tebbets

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Charles F. Lummis

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Robert Weeks de Forest

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Mrs. Josiah Doulton

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Frederick Hurren Rhead

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Carolyn Even Gledhill

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Theatrical Scene (two figures)

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Theatrical Scene (three figures), 1921

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Theatrical Scene (old man), 1921

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Theatrical Scene (death scene), 1921

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Santa Barbara Mission, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Santa Barbara Mission, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Santa Barbara Mission, 1908

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Cypress Tree (La Jolla), 1951

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Pan-Pacific Exhibition #1, 1915

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Pan Pacific Exhibition #2, 1915

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Pan-Pacific Exhibition #3

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Pan-Pacific Exhibition #4, 1915

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Pan-Pacific Exhibition #5, 1915

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Decorative Detail (NYC?), 1951

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
N.Y.C. Bridge #1, 1938

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
N.Y.C. Bridge, 1938

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Tugboat and Bridge (N.Y.C.)

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
N.Y.C. Street (Library)

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Rockerfeller Center Building, 1938

Santa Barbara Mission, 1910

GLEDHILL, Carolyn and Edwin
Sheep in Meadow, 1919

Artist unknown
(P91) Fugi From Kashiwabara (Tokaido)

(G54) O'Hato, Nagasaki

(L47) Mukojima, Tokyo

Artist unknown
Chuzenji, Nikko

Artist unknown
(p99) Shiraitono-Taki (a waterfall) near Fuji Mt.

Artist unknown
Four Women (3 with Umbrelllas)

Artist unknown
G75 Nagasaki Harbour

Artist unknown
Main Street,Yokohama

Artist unknown
Jikan Waterfall, Nikko

Artist unknown
Sakuraya, Yokohama

Artist unknown
View of Yokahama

Artist unknown
Six Ricefield Workers
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