Painted Rock Pictograph Collection


© Cal Poly, SLO

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Robert E. Kennedy Library
Noyes, Mary Brumley, 1857-1886 ; Chumash Indians -- California -- San Luis Obispo County -- Art ; Painted Rock Site (Calif.) ; Carrizo Plain National Monument (Calif.)
Contains four India ink drawings from tracings made of the original pictographs found on the formation known as the Painted Rock (La Piedra Pintada; also called the Carisa Rock), located on the Carrizo Plain in eastern San Luis Obispo County, California. Native Americans—primarily Chumash Indians—drew the original drawings on the sacred, ceremonial site. The pictographs were sketched in the 1870s by pioneer Carrizo Plain resident Mary Brumley Noyes, who spent part of her youth on the nearby El Saucito Rancho with her family. An additional donation to the collection is a short, unpublished radio script depicting the Brumley family’s life on the Carrizo Plain, c. 1950s. Donated by her descendents in the 1990s.
Dates covered:
1870s; 1950s
Collection Size:
1 box
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Citation Sample:
Painted Rock Pictograph Collection, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Collection policy:
Collection is open to qualified researchers by appointment only. Collection stored remotely. Advance notice for use required.