Collection processed by Leigh Johnsen
2012 San Joaquin County Historical Society
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95241
Phone: (209) 331-2055
Fax: (209) 331-2057
URL: http://www.sanjoaquinhistory.org/

Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection, 1951-1990

Collection number: Ms85

San Joaquin County Historical Society
Processed by:
Ed Wittmayer and Leigh Johnsen
Date Completed:
2013
Encoded by:
Leigh Johnsen
2013
San Joaquin County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection
Date: 1951-1990
Collection Number: Ms85
Location: Erickson Vault
Extent: 5 boxes
Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
Language of Material: Records written in English
Abstract: The Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection consists of photographic prints and negatives taken by Ed Ehrhardt (1915-1996), a Lodi, California, policeman, who off duty owned and operated Ehrhardt's Photo Shop with his wife, Winifred Wood Ehrhardt (1920-2009). The images feature men, women, children, families, and other groups posing at weddings and other occasions. The collection affords visual insights into a cross-section of society; clothing fashions; and wedding practices in and around Lodi, California, during the last half of the twentieth century.

Access Information

Collection is open for research by appointment.

Conditions of Use

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Preferred citation: [Item number], Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection, Ms85, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

Historical Sketch

A native of Kansas, Edwin Ehrhardt (1915-1996) moved to Lodi, California, as a youth. Graduating from Galt High School, he worked briefly at a local tire manufacturer, then joined the Lodi Fire Department. In 1948, he became an officer in the Lodi Police Department and soon afterward won appointment as the Department's identification officer, a position he held until his retirement two decades later. Ehrhardt subsequently attributed his hiring to a longstanding interest of his in photographic skills. Several years after joining the Lodi Police Department, he opened Ehrhardt's Photo Shop with his wife. The Ehrhardts' business is known to have taken official photographs at more than fourteen hundred local weddings during its forty years in existence, many of which are represented in this collection.

Scope and Content

The Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection consists of seven boxes of color and black-and-white negatives featuring men, women, children, families, and other groups posing for weddings, anniversaries, reunions, confirmations, and other occasions. The subjects in each image are identified by name. The collection has been divided into two series, (2) Weddings and (2) Various Occasions, each arranged in chronological order.

Access Points

Names and Subjects

Ehrhardt, Edwin (1915-1996)
Ehrhardt, Winifred Wood (1920-2009)
Lodi (Calif.)--History
Lodi (Calif.)--Social life and customs--Pictorial works
Photographs--1950-2010


Collection Contents

 

Series Weddings 1951-1990

Scope and Content Note

Photographs color prints of married couples at weddings. Arranged chronologically.
Box 1

Wedding Photographs. 1951-1971

Box 2

Wedding Photographs. 1971-1990

 

Series Various Occasions 1951-1990

Scope and Content Note

Photographic negatives of individuals and groups at reunions, anniversaries, confirmations, and other occasions. Arranged chronologically.
Box 3

Various Occasions. 1951-1960

Box 4

Various Occasions. 1961-1965

Box 5

Various Occasions. 1966-1972

Box 6

Various Occasions. 1973-1986

Box 7

Various Occasions. 1987-1990