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Title: Marian Osgood Hooker Collection, 1894-1896Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: MS-0469
Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet
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Marian Osgood Hooker was born in 1875 in San Francisco, California to Katherine Putnam Hooker and John Daggett Hooker.  Her father was a wealthy businessman connected to the hardware industry and iron works.  He served as vice president of Baker Iron Works, and was president of Western Union Oil Company for a time.  In 1886, Hooker moved his family from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to pursue business opportunities there.  In Los Angeles, the Hooker home entertained prominent guests, such as John Muir the conservationist, George Hale the astronomer, artists, and other intellectual figures.

Marian attended the Marlborough School for Girls, an exclusive preparatory school in Los Angeles.  There, she studied art history and became interested in photography, a common hobby for a young woman of wealth and leisure at the time.  She began visually documenting her family, classmates, home life, friends, and school play productions.  She even printed her own glass plate negatives, demonstrating a skill and aptitude for photography, and foreshadowing the amateur photographer she would become.

After graduating, Marian and her mother took an eight-month excursion to Europe in 1896.  While in Europe, Marian photographed European architecture, street life, villages, and other sites, showing a particular interest in Italy.  Between 1899 and 1922, Marian and her mother took four other extended European trips.  Katherine wrote several noteworthy works about their travels with Marian's photographs accompanying the text, including Wayfarers in Italy (1902) and Farmhouses and Small Provincial Buildings in Southern Italy (1925).  The images in the latter text supposedly influenced several Southern California architects, such as Myron Hunt.

Besides Europe, Marian also enjoyed traveling around the Sierra Nevada.  In 1903, John Muir asked her to hike up Mt. Whitney with him and small group of people, making her the first woman to scale the mountain. Mt. Whitney had been named after her maternal great uncle, a prominent geologist.

Marian graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1910 with a degree in medicine.  The University of California appointed her as the Assistant Medical Examiner in 1912.  Around this time, Marian's father passed away.  After Hooker's death, Katherine moved to San Francisco where Marian moved in with her.  While a physician, Marian wrote several books on medicine, but she eventually left the profession to take care of her mother.  In 1924, they moved to Santa Barbara.  Although they never traveled abroad again, both women took automobile trips around California, always with a camera in hand.

Marian passed away in 1968 in Santa Barbara.

Author: Amanda Lanthorne
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Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Possibly donated by John and Jane Adams
Related Materials:

John and Jane Adams Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University

Louise Patterson Scrapbook, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University

San Diego Scrapbook Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University

San Diego Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University

Hooker Family Papers, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Related Publications:

Hooker, Katherine. 1901. Wayfarers in Italy. New York: C. Scribner's Sons.

Hooker, Marian Osgood, Katharine Putnam Hooker, and Myron Hunt. 1925. Farmhouses and small provincial buildings in southern Italy. New York: Architectural Book Pub. Co.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Marian Osgood Hooker Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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