Finding Aid to Photographic Portraits of Prominent Californians and Visitors to San Francisco, circa 1871-1876 PC-RM-Watkins: Box 1-2

Finding aid prepared by Wendy Welker.
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105

Collection Summary

Title: Photographic portraits of prominent Californians and vistors to San Francisco
Date (inclusive): circa 1871-1876
Collection Number: PC-RM-Watkins: Box 1-2
creator: Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916
Physical Description: 43 photographic prints (cabinet photographs), 16 x 11 cm. (0.5 Linear feet)
Repository: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographic portraits of prominent San Franciscans and visitors, circa 1871-1876 taken by Carleton E. Watkins.

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Photographic portraits of prominent San Franciscans and visitors by Carleton E. Watkins, PC-RM-Watkins, California Historical Society.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 -- Portraits
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902 -- Portraits
Bloomer, Hiram Reynolds, 1845-1911 -- Portraits
Brookes, Samuel Marsden, 1816-1892 -- Portraits
Davidson, George, 1825-1911 -- Portraits
Hallidie, Andrew Smith,, 1836-1900 -- Portraits
Iwakura, Tomomi, 1825-1883 -- Portraits
Mills, Darius O. (Darius Ogden) -- Portraits
O'Brien, William Shoney, 1825 or 6-1878 -- Portraits
Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875 -- Portraits
Stebbins, Horatio, 1821-1902 -- Portraits
Walker, James, 1819-1889 -- Portraits

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Consult repository.


No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Wendy Welker.

Scope and Contents

Portraits of well-known Californian and other prominent people who came through San Francisco, circa 1871-1876. Included are Andrew Hallidie, Darius Ogden Mills, Milliam O'Brien, William C. Ralston, Tomomi Iwakura, and Horatio Stebbins. There are three photographs of Louis Agassiz, and a few of the other scientists of the Hassler Expedition taken in 1872. Many artists are represented, including Albert Bierstadt, Samuel Marsden Brookes, James Walker, and Hiram Reynolds Bloomer.


Portraits are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Container List

Graphic materials 1, Folder 1

Agassiz, Louis circa 1872

Graphic materials 1, Folder 2

Benoni, Irwin undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 3

Bierstadt, Albert undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 4

Bloomer, H.R. (Hiram Reynolds) undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 5

Bradford, William [artist] undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 6

Brookes, Samuel Marsen undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 7

Brumagin, William undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 8

Bryant, William Cullen [photo of etching] undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 9

Clifford, W.B. [artist] undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 10

Crocker, Margaret undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 11

Davidson, George [served with U.S. Coast Survey, 1845-1895] undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 12

Dearborn, True H. 1870

Graphic materials 1, Folder 13

Delfs, Charlotte Blanc undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 14

Field, Cyrus [promoter of the first transatlantic telegraph cable] undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 15

Floyd, A.L. 1874

Graphic materials 1, Folder 16

Hallidie, Andrew circa 1875

Graphic materials 1, Folder 17

Harrington, Joseph A. [artist] undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 18

Herzong, Alfred undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 19

Iwakura, Tomomi [Japanese ambassador to the U.S.] circa 1872

Graphic materials 1, Folder 20

Latham, Milton Slocum undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 21

Lauderbock undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 22

Mills, Darius Ogden 1876

Graphic materials 1, Folder 23

O'Brien, William ["Bonanza king"] undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 24

Ralston, William C. undated

Graphic materials 1, Folder 25

Ralston, Bertha 1873

Graphic materials 2, Folder 26

Schofield, John (U.S. Army) undated

Graphic materials 2, Folder 27

Smith, John [proprieter of the Cosmopolitan Saloon, San Francisco] circa 1875

Graphic materials 2, Folder 28

Stebbins, Horatio

Graphic materials 2, Folder 29

Redding, Benjamin undated

Graphic materials 2, Folder 30

Rogers, Randolph 1872

Graphic materials 2, Folder 31

Walker, James undated

Graphic materials 2, Folder 32

Watson, Minnie and Carrie Wyatt undated

Graphic materials 2, Folder 33

Unidentified undated