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The photographs by Carol M. Highsmith on this site, and those included in the California book showcasing new images of the beautiful Golden State, are part of the Jon B. Lovelace Collection, a gift of 4,000 images to the Library of Congress.

Highsmith’s nearly year-long visual study of California is made possible by funding from the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation in memory of Jon B. Lovelace.

Mr. Lovelace, who died in 2011 at age 84, was a pioneer in the mutual-fund industry who helped turn the Capital Group into one of the largest and most prestigious money-management companies in the nation.

He was also a generous philanthropist who preferred to donate anonymously to organizations that focused on the arts, the environment, and education.

In recognition of Jon B. Lovelace’s 50 years of service, Capital Group has underwritten Carol’s project to take 5,000 photographs documenting the State of California. The collection will be housed at the Library of Congress. In addition, a book has been published—also in Jon’s honor—featuring a selection of these photographs.

The collection of Highsmith images that bears his name will provide a valuable visual portrait of California at the beginning of the 21st century and will be given to the Library of Congress copyright-free. The images will be housed in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, for all to see and use without restriction.

The photographs are part of This Is America! Project, which, in photos and the written word, is documenting our times in America, state by state, over the next 15 years.