Photographer C.C. Pierce – Charles Chester Pierce – recorded the boomtown growth of Los Angeles from 1886 through the early 1920s. Before he died in 1946, the Huntington Library obtained his collection of photographs.
In addition to his own images, Pierce obtained the negatives and prints from several other regional photographers. He also rephotographed artwork and drawings of historical importance.
Most of the images in this photo gallery are from the Los Angeles Times archives – images the paper purchased directly from C.C. Pierce.
For more on C.C. Pierce, check out Larry Harnisch’s article L.A.’s boomtown years captured in photos.
[Updated July 12, 2012 with ten additional photos by C.C. Pierce.]