The Story Behind the Collection

Barbara’s husband, Terry Anderson, is Julian P. Graham’s grandson and it is that legacy that created the Julian P. Graham Historical Photographic Collection to help preserve and share Graham’s thousands of iconic images of the Monterey Peninsula. Barbara and Terry were staying at The Lodge at Pebble Beach in 2002 and Terry pointed out all the Graham images that were framed and displayed in the Lobby, Golf Pro Shop and The Tap Room restaurant.

Barbara was fascinated and she contacted the Bancroft Library at Berkeley (Graham had willed everything to Berkeley) and contacted The Pebble Beach Company.  Berkeley had not be able to acquire Graham’s negatives according to his will and The Pebble Beach Company welcomed Barbara and showed her all of their Graham photos (which were stored in many full filing cabinets). With The Pebble Beach Company, Barbara and Terry were able to recover approximately 20,000 negatives and Barbara continued to search and locate another 6,000+ negatives; making their archive a staggering 26,000+ images detailing the history of the Monterey Peninsula from 1924 to 1963. 

Barbara started a website in 2004, www.loonhill.com and www.julianpgraham.com, with 135 images with no response, so she had 2 web designers keep adding images until there were 3,000+ online on her website.  People worldwide began contacting Barbara, interested in Graham’s images to use in books, magazines, newspapers, film, TV and the internet as well as individual collectors of historical photographs.  Barbara, highlighting Julian P. Graham’s historical images, wrote her first eBook, “Salvador Dali’s, ‘A Surrealistic Night in an Enchanted Forest” in 2012, her second eBook, “Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 65 Photos, 1926-1934” in 2015 and her third eBook, “Pebble Beach Road Races in the Forest, 1950-1956” in 2017.

Barbara’s goal is to honor Julian P. Graham’s treasure trove of historical photographs by locating, preserving, and exhibiting the spectacular images of a bygone era of the Monterey Peninsula.