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About this collection

Photographs from the Garma Arteaga Johnson Collection.

A collection of over 300 black & white and color family photos was recently recovered from the Arteaga Family home in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, after being stored in an inaccessible attic space for 13 years. The photos are in six “magnetic” photo albums and depict members of the Garma, Arteaga, and Johnson families. The recovered photos date from the 1940s to 2002.  Two photo albums originally belonged to Fanny Escobedo Garma, who died in 1987. The albums were passed down to Fanny Garma Arteaga, who added four albums of photos to the collection.  There is a seventh album depicting family members since 2002 and is in the possession of Mrs. Arteaga. Because the first six albums had been stored in the uninsulated attic, and in non-archival photo albums, they have been subject to extreme temperature variations, as well as humid and dry weather patterns. The photos are not in stable condition. Photograph conditions range from dry and brittle paper to fading color. The aim of digitizing the collection is to provide a way to keep the photographic images accessible even after the physical photos are stabilized and stored in archival materials where they will be handled less. To start this digitization project involves scanning and digitally publishing 12 black & white and 13 color prints (including 3 polaroid prints) dating from the 1940s to 2007. The prints include four generations of members of the Garma, Arteaga and Johnson families. The prints were selected based on their condition and priority was given to older prints that are brittle or are fading. 

 

 
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