Robert C. Frampton was a popular local photographer who began his career as taking nature photos for the U.S. Forest Department. He distinguished himself as a pioneer in aerial photography as well as documenting the history of the growing city of Claremont and surrounding communities.
The strength and significance of the collection is in its aerial photography of the Los Angeles basin over a 40-year period, especially the Pomona Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains. Frampton piloted his airplane over the same run on the same day each year over the Pomona Valley and his photographs document the changes to the valley. As the collection contains thousands of photographs which are arranged numerically and sequentially by Frampton, the collection is only accessible through typewritten/handwritten index cards (3 linear feet) and handwritten catalogs and indexes (41 volumes).
Lisa Crane, Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian, Special Collections would like to brainstorm with DH workshop attendees on how to make these materials discoverable and accessible using DH technology. Lisa will bring examples of the indexes/catalogs and boxed photographs from the collection.