Scope and Content
Title: Britton and Rey, Lithographers. Artotypes : Artistic homes of California [chiefly San Francisco], published in San Francisco
Newsletter and Advertiser,
Date (inclusive): 1887-1902
Collection number: Mss Photo 182
Britton and Rey, Lithographers.
.5 linear feet
(ca. 300 prints)
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: The collection includes artotypes of business blocks, street views, churches, schools, hotels, "bird's eye" views, and other
public buildings such as an old people's home, a bath, a store, and athletic club in San Francisco. Other cities are also
represented, though with far fewer illustrations, including San Jose, San Rafael, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, and Santa Cruz.
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Early gift to the library, provenance unknown.
Britton and Rey, Lithographers. Artotypes : Artistic homes of California [chiefly San Francisco], published in San Francisco
Newsletter and Advertiser. Mss Photo 182. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Scope and Content
This collection includes artotype images of private homes, public buildings, businesses, and other images of San Francisco
and the Bay area from 1887 to 1902. The artotypes were published along with the San Francisco Newsletter, and are dated accordingly.
While some of images spanning the chronology of the collection are not numbered in a series, the majority are organized into
three distinct batches: Series I, New Series, and Panoramic Series. Those without plate numbers are organized separately,
solely according to date. There are many homes depicted in artotypes labeled "Artistic Homes of California," including many
homes in San Francisco prior to the 1907 earthquake and fire. Included are images of homes of many major figures in California
and specifically San Francisco history, such as Charles Crocker, J.C. Flood, John D. Spreckels, Leland Stanford, and M.H.
de Young. The majority of the artotypes are exterior views of homes and businesses in San Francisco, as well as views of San
Francisco at large, however, other cities such as San Jose, Oakland, Alameda, San Rafael, and Belvedere are also represented.
There are groups of artotypes labeled "Bird's-Eye Views of San Francisco" and "Picturesque San Francisco." These series include
images of Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, and other San Francisco landmarks. Images of Yosemite primarily constitute
the series labeled "Picturesque California." Additionally, there are several artotypes of famous paintings which were exhibited
in the Bay area during this period. The original collector of the series remains unknown, although it seems possible that
any recipient of the San Francisco Newsletter during this period could have amassed such a collection of images.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
. 20$aBritton and Rey, Lithographers.
. 0$aArchitecture, Domestic--California--San Francisco.
. 0$aAlameda (Calif.)--History.
. 0$aBerkeley (Calif.)--History.
. 0$aCamp Waterman (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
. 0$aChinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
. 0$aGolden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.)
. 0$aOakland (Calif.)--History.
. 0$aSan Francisco (Calif.)--History.
. 0$aSan Jose (Calif.)--History.
. 0$aSan Raphael (Calif.)--History.
. 0$aSanta Cruz (Calif.)--History.