Charles Betts (C. B.) Waite (December 19, 1861 – March 22, 1927) was an American photographer who worked in Mexico at the turn of the twentieth century. He signed his work C. B. Waite, and his full name is often mistakenly stated as Charles Burlingame Waite.
Born on December 19, 1861 in Ohio[a] to William and Ann (née Dawson) Waite.[b] Waite’s brother, Frank Dawson Waite, was editor of the San Diego Sun newspaper from 1887 to 1910. Charles Betts Waite moved to California by June 1881, when he was working with photographer Henry Ellis Coonley in the San Diego region. In the 1890s, Waite’s photographs of Southern California ranches and landscapes appeared in the magazine Land of Sunshine, and he was contracted by railroad companies to provide views of Arizona and New Mexico. In 1885, Waite’s only child, a daughter, was born.