A Mid-Century Archival Treasure: The J. Allen Hawkins Photographic Archives
Pasadena’s twentieth century history is documented in the remarkable archives of commercial photographer J. Allen Hawkins (1915-1986). He opened his first studio in Pasadena in 1931 and worked consistently for the next forty-plus years, photographing a wide spectrum of local life and area institutions. As the official photographer of the Tournament of Roses, he photographed every parade and football game from 1935 to 1975. These photos and tens of thousands more are preserved in collections at the Huntington Library, Pasadena Public Library, and Pasadena Museum of History.

The bulk of J. Allen Hawkins’ work, more than 250,000 prints and negatives, resides at Pasadena Museum of History. Interns from PCC’s Digitization Skills Certificate program spent the summer of 2014 scanning dozens of images from the collection and creating metadata for them. The interns chose their favorite images to feature in this online exhibition.

This is a curated digital exhibition featuring photographs and objects from the partners of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration. The PDHC database currently contains over 50,000 records related to Pasadena’s history. To view all of our photographs related to the career of Hawkins, please visit our website. To view and search the entire PDHC collection, please visit us at www.pasadenadigitalhistory.com.
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