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Guide to the Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Albany Library historical photograph collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1891-2001
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1905-1994)
    Collection number: Consult repository
    Collector: Albany Historical Society (Albany, Calif.)
    Extent: 601 items 601 online items
    Repository: Alameda County Library System. Albany Library.
    Albany, California 94706
    Abstract: The Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection includes images related to the history of Albany, from the late 1800s to 2001. Notable aspects of the collection includes images of homes and buildings (including school buildings, the public library, and the Peralta Park Hotel), street scenes, significant individuals, and historic events (such as the Judson Powder Works explosion in 1905, the Fourth of July Parade in 1913, the City's 75th Anniversary celebration in 1983, and the opening of the new Albany Library in 1994).
    Language: English.
    Selected digitized photographs available online.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Unless otherwise noted, all photographs in the collection are the property of the Albany Library. Neither the original photographs nor the digital images in the catalog may be reproduced, published, or used on the Internet without the expressed, written permission of either the Albany Library or the copyright holder. The credit line, "Courtesy of the Albany Library Historical Collection" should accompany any such use.

    Preferred Citation

    Please use the following citation format for all items: [Item (title)]. Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection. Albany Library (Albany, Calif.)

    Acquisition Information

    Majority of items in the collection were donated by the Albany Historical Society in 1994.

    Project Information: Albany Library Historical Photograph Digitization Project

    In the fall of 2001, the library received an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant from the State Library for an historical photograph digitization project. The goals of the project were preservation (by creating and storing archival scans) and increased access (by making images from the collection available on the World Wide Web). During the project year (October 2001-September 2002), 550 photographs from the collection of the Albany Historical Society were scanned. An additional 51 images, previously not cataloged, were scanned and added to the collection, including some photographs donated to the library by individuals and organizations in the community. MARC catalog records for all 601 images were created and added to the Alameda County Library's online catalog. Each record includes a thumbnail that links to a larger version of the image. In addition, a separate web page  was created to provide direct access to the Albany Historical Photograph Collection.

    Administrative History

    The Albany Historical Society was founded in 1977 by Catherine Webb, a local historian who had been documenting the history of Albany for more than thirty years. In January 1994, to coincide with the opening of the new library building, she donated the entire collection of the Historical Society to the Albany Library, where it is displayed in a special alcove designed to house it. Since then, members of the community have donated additional materials to the library's collection.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection includes images related to the history of Albany, from the late 1800s to 2001. Notable aspects of the collection includes images of homes and buildings (including school buildings, the public library, and the Peralta Park Hotel), street scenes, significant individuals, and historic events (such as the Judson Powder Works explosion in 1905, the Fourth of July Parade in 1913, the City's 75th Anniversary celebration in 1983, and the opening of the new Albany Library in 1994).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Accornero family
    Barassi family
    Barbegelata family
    Barbegelata-Machado family
    Blank, Jerome--Mayor
    Browne, Gerald
    Call, Hubert F.--Mayor
    Clark, Richard ("Dick")--Mayor
    Cola family
    Ganong, Ruth--Mayor
    Hein, George--Mayor
    Howell, Lewis M.--Mayor
    Olson family
    Sbragia family
    Toreky family
    Webb, Catherine
    Albany (Calif.)
    Albany Hill--California
    Codornices Village--California--Albany
    Gill Tract--California--Albany
    Albany (Calif.)--75th Anniversary
    Albany (Calif.)--Fire Department
    Albany (Calif.)--Mayor
    Albany (Calif.)--Police
    Albany (Calif.)--Volunteer Fire Department
    Albany High School (Albany, Calif.)
    Albany Library--California
    Albany Methodist Church--California--Albany
    Baseball--California--Albany
    Business enterprises--California--Albany
    Church buildings--California--Albany
    City council members--California--Albany
    City halls--California--Albany
    Clubs--California--Albany
    Codornices Village--California--Albany
    Cornell School--California--Albany
    Dwellings--California--Albany
    Golden Gate Fields--California--Albany
    Judson Powder Works
    Municipal government--California--Albany
    Parades--California--Albany
    Peralta Park Hotel--California--Albany
    Railroads--California--Albany
    Saint Alban's Episcopal Church--California--Albany
    San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)
    Schools--California--Albany
    Stores, Retail--California--Albany
    Streets--California--Albany
    Veterans Memorial Park--California--Albany

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photograph
    Screened Print
    Digital Image