GUIDE TO THE JOSE AGUIRRE FAMILY COLLECTION

COLLECTION NUMBER:
C009.

COLLECTION TITLE:
Jose Aguirre Family Collection.

CREATOR(S):
Jose Aguirre family.

DATES OF MATERIAL:
ca. 1900-1949.

EXTENT:
51 items (47 photographic prints, 1 photomechanical print, 1 postcard, 2 prints): some hand-colored; 45 x 45 cm. or smaller.

LOCAL CONTROL NUMBERS:
Photographic prints: OP15605/0-50.

REPOSITORY:
San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
1-619-232-6203

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:
Gift of Thomas B. Moon, 1991 (769-D).

RESTRICTIONS:
Access to some fragile items restricted, except by permission of the curator.

COPYRIGHT:
For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives of the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Jose Aguirre Family Collection, San Diego History Center, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

GENERAL NOTES:
Arrangement: by local control number and size, with oversize items in separate flat storage box. Forms part of: San Diego Historical Society Original Print Collection.

BIOGRAPHICAL OR HISTORICAL NOTE:
Born in Spain in 1882, Jose J. Aguirre emigrated to San Diego in 1905 where he worked as a meat cutter for Hardy’s Market (later Young’s Market). He married Petra Ardaiz, also a native of Spain, and had a son James. He died in 1968.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection contains mostly studio portraits of Jose Aguirre, his wife, son, and other family members. Many of the photographs are mounted in card frames or textured-paper folders. It includes the work of early San Diego photographers Louis F. Steinbach, George J. Vreeland, Melvin H. Sykes, Alice Whitney Smith, Alfred C. Platt, Fred Hartsook, and others; and family portraits by F. Mena of Elizondo, in the Basque region of Spain. The images depict infants, young girls and boys dressed for first communion, wedding couples, and family groups. Most lack identification. There are also two oversize hand-colored photographic prints of Jose Aguirre, his wife, and son.

SUBJECTS INDEXED:
Aguirre family.
Families — California — San Diego.
Immigrants — California — San Diego.
Spaniards.

CONTENTS LIST:

Box 1
Folder 1
OP15605/0Snapshot of man in U.S. Army uniform
OP15605/1Postcard portrait of Joe [Jose?] Aguirre and another man
OP15605/2Portrait of young girl in first communion dress
OP15605/3Portrait of Joe [Jose?] Aguirre of 4062 Louisiana Ave.,San Diego, and a young boy, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
OP15605/4Portrait of young boy and girl
OP15605/5Portrait of [Jose Aguirre?] on cabinet card, photographed by Richard E. Bennette
OP15605/6Portrait of young man
Folder 2
OP15605/7Portrait of young boy dressed for first communion, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
OP15605/8Portrait of [Jose Aguirre?] on boudoir card, photographed by Alfred C. Platt
OP15605/9Portrait of older woman on card with impressed border, photographed by F. Mena of Elizondo, Spain
OP15605/10Group portrait of U.S. Army soldiers in uniform in front of barracks
OP15605/11Portrait of young boy
OP15605/12Portrait of three infants mounted in textured-paper folder
OP15605/13Portrait of young girl mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
OP15605/14Portrait of infant mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Richard E. Bennette
OP15605/15Portrait of infant mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
Folder 3
OP15605/16Portrait of young man matted and mounted on stand-up card frame, photographed by George J. Vreeland
OP15605/17Portrait of young man matted and mounted on stand-up card frame
OP15605/18Portrait of young woman matted and mounted on stand-up card frame, photographed by Melvin H. Sykes
OP15605/19Portrait of young woman matted and mounted on stand-up card frame, inscribed on back, “Recuerdo de Felicia a para la Petra y familia”; photographed by Gainsborough Studio
Folder 4
OP15605/20Portrait of young woman matted and mounted on stand-up card frame, inscribed on front, “With love Madalene”; photographed by Jarrett-Fullerton
OP15605/21Portrait of young woman matted and mounted on stand-up card frame, photographed by Jarrett-Fullerton
OP15605/22Portrait of girl in communion dress matted and mounted on stand-up card frame, photographed by Alice Whitney Smith
Folder 5
OP15605/23Landscape view of town of Barralda, Spain; copy of print by Jean Leon Studio, San Diego
OP15605/24Group portrait, possibly of Aguirre family members and others [Jose Aguirre second row, left of young man with accordian?] in Basque region of Spain; matted and mounted photomechanical print by F. Mena of Elizondo, Spain
OP15605/25Portrait of wedding couple [Jose and Petra Aguirre?] mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
OP15605/26Portrait of man and woman mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
OP15605/27Portrait of man and woman mounted in textured-paper folder
OP15605/28Portrait of young man playing saxophone matted and mounted in stand-up card frame, photographed by Fred Hartsook
Folder 6
OP15605/29Portrait of Joe [Jose?] Aguirre of 4062 Louisiana Ave., San Diego, and a young boy [his son James?] mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
OP15605/30Portrait of Joe [Jose?] Aguirre of 4062 Louisiana Ave., San Diego, and a young boy [his son James?] mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Louis F. Steinbach
OP15605/31Portrait of young boy matted and mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Enos P. James
Folder 7
OP15605/32Group portrait of mostly vineyard laborers [Jose Aguirre, fifth from right, in front?]; copy of photographic print mounted on 23 x 28 cm. card, from Joe Aggurie [i.e. Aguirre] family at 4547 Kansas Street
OP15605/33Man on horse [Jose Aguirre riding horse on Catalina Island?] mounted on 23 x 28 cm. card, photographed by Reyes of Catalina Island, California
Folder 8
OP15605/34Portrait of young boy matted and mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Maxwell
OP15605/35Family portrait, husband and wife and five children, mounted in stand-up card frame, photographed by Edward J. Campbell
OP15605/36Portrait of young girl in first communion dress mounted in textured-paper folder
Folder 9
OP15605/37Colored print of rural scene showing stream
OP15605/38Print of windmill, church, and other buildings by stream
Box 2 — Oversize
Folder 10
OP15605/39Oval-shaped, hand-colored portrait of man, woman, and child [Jose Aguirre, his wife Petra, and son James?] mounted on 28 x 45 cm. card
Folder 11
OP15605/40Oval-shaped, hand-colored portrait of young boy [Jose Aguirre’s son James?] mounted on 45 x 28 cm. card
Folder 12
OP15605/41Portrait of wedding couple, photographed by Alfred C. Platt
OP15605/42Flowers arranged around a grave site, photographed by A. McCallum of Oceanside, California
OP15605/43Family portrait, husband and wife and four children, photographed by F. Borgia of Los Angeles
OP15605/44Family portrait [with a young Jose Aguirre in back row?]
Folder 13
OP15605/45Family portrait, photographed by F. Mena of Elizondo, Spain
OP15605/46Group portrait, possibly of Aguirre family members and others [Jose Aguirre second row, left of young man with accordian?] in Basque region of Spain, mounted on card, photographed by F. Mena of Elizondo, Spain
OP15605/47Family portrait, photographed by F. Mena of Elizondo, Spain
Folder 14
OP15605/48Portrait of Petra Aguirre in wedding dress and [her father?] matted and mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by F. Borgia of Los Angeles
OP15605/49Portrait of wedding couple [with best man and maid of honor?] matted and mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by F. Borgia of Los Angeles
OP15605/50Portrait of woman matted and mounted in textured-paper folder, photographed by Fred Hartsook