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Kern County Local History Photograph Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kern County Local History Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1853-2001
    Collection number: Consult repository
    Collector: Kern County Library
    Collection Size: 260 photographs
    Repository: Kern County Library
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    Abstract: Kern County Library's photograph collection includes images of historical interest of Bakersfield and other areas of Kern County from the late 1800s to 2001. Images document buildings, business people, city views, earthquakes, education, floods, government officials, hospitals, hotels, industry, libraries, military facilities, organizations, parades and processions, petroleum industry, stores and shops, theaters, and transportation.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English and French
    Digitized collection materials available online.

    Access

    Collection is available for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the Kern County Library.

    Preferred Citation

    Kern County Local History Photograph Collection. Kern County Library, Bakersfield, California.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was created by Kern County Library staff from 2005-2007 as part of the Local History Digital Resources Project.

    Processing Information

    These photographs were assembled from various photograph collections in the Kern County Library's Jack Maguire Local History Room and digitized as part of a one-year project from July 2005 through June 2010. The project provides access to primary graphic resources documenting the history of Kern County, in accordance with the library's mission to make the world of knowledge and ideas accessible to the public, to provide for their educational, informational, and cultural needs. The project created a foundational virtual collection of images and an associated Encoded Archival Description (EAD) collection description, which are available to the public through the library's home page  in addition to the California Digital Library's Online Archive of California website .
    The digitization project was part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP), a program supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Together with the California Digital Library (CDL), Califa, and InfoPeople, the LHDRP enables libraries to gather, preserve, and provide permanent access to local history materials maintained by California cultural heritage institutions through a single statewide access point. For more information, see the LHDRP website .
    Project activities included conservation, photographic documentation (metadata), digitization, and cataloging of most photographs in the Maguire Local History Room vault. Julie Page of the California Preservation Program examined the collection in July 2005, and many of her recommendations regarding conservation and preservation were carried out during the course of the project.
    Digitization of the first 225 images was performed by Northern Micrographics. The library scanned 35 additional images in-house.
    For more detailed project information, please see the project website.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Kern County Library's photograph collection includes images of historical interest of Bakersfield and other areas of Kern County from the late 1800s to 2001. Images document buildings, business people, city views, earthquakes, education, floods, hospitals, hotels, industry, libraries, military facilities, organizations, parades and processions, petroleum industry, stores and shops, theaters, and transportation.
    Format is primarily black-and-white photographs, with 10% of the collection being color photographs. The photographs document city life and commercial activities. Of particular interest are a large group of photographs depicting the early history of the petroleum industry. The bulk of these photographs were taken by amateur photographers, and include captions and dates.
    Items were selected from a wide range of photograph collections housed in the Kern County Library, including the photographs of Kathleen Walker; photographs from the "Shades of the Westside" and "Shades of the Hill" collections; the scrapbooks of Frederic Chandler Ripley, Jr., of the Chanslor-Canfield-Midway Oil Company; a scrapbook of the Kern County Land and Cattle Company, a scrapbook of Kern County schools' nutrition experiments, and the scrapbook of project engineer Roland Stone of the China Lake Naval Weapons Center.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.

    Names

    Baker, Bill
    Baxter, Warner
    Bewick, G.T
    Blake, George
    Briggs, Paul
    Bruce, Jimmy
    Bufano, Bennie
    Catani, J.R
    Christo, 1935-2009
    Crites, Arthur S.
    Cuddy, John
    Cullimore, Clarence
    DeLaveaga, Mila (1910-2005)
    Dopyera, Bob
    Dowd, Ed
    Durant, Russell Clifford
    Dyke, H.R.
    Earhart, Amelia
    Fay, Ella
    Ford, Tennessee Ernie 1919-1991
    Fox Theater
    Fritts, Evelyn Tiffany
    Gable, Clarke
    Gault family
    Gault, Finis
    Gault, Josephine; Gault, Pauline
    Gault, Pauline
    General Petroleum Corporation
    George, Jessie
    George, Travis
    Gianopulos, Margaret
    Hagin, Berdel
    Havely, Carl
    Higley, Bert
    Hilliard, John Morrison
    Jackson, Leroy
    Jastro, Henry A.
    Jefferson School
    Laidley, Mariella
    Langford, Sam
    Lebeck, Peter
    LeGar, Edward
    LeGar, Kenneth C.
    Lester, Jack
    Livezey, Charles V.
    Lopez, J. J
    Lopez, Mary
    Magee, Lois
    Maxwell Jr., Adrian I.
    Meachem, J.J.
    Meachem, Kay
    Meachem, Mary
    Mills, Dale
    Mitchell, John
    Montez, Angelita
    Murray, Bud
    Napoleon, Cleo
    Napoleon, George
    Napoleon, Jules
    Napoleon, Lucille
    Nielsen, G.H.
    O'Brien, Thomas
    Parry, Mrs. Lloyd
    Pavy, Ellen
    Petersen, Adolf
    Pettypoal, Ed
    Press, Harry
    Ripley, Frederic Chandler (1877-1960)
    Rolf, Carrie
    Ross, Charles P.
    Rutan, Dick
    Schmidt Jr., Walter
    Schmidt, Olive
    Scribner, W.H.
    Shell, Mary K.
    Siegal, Benny "Bugsy"
    Skaggs, Lloyd
    Spencer, Addie
    Standard Oil Company
    Stark, Mary
    Stewart, Wesley
    Stoner, Austin Foster (1862-1915)
    Strongin, Seymore
    Taft College
    Tiffany, E.L
    Tiffany, Margie
    Tiffany, Met
    Vasiliki, Peter
    Warner, George
    White, Jim
    Wilson, Eleanor
    Winter, Mary
    Young, Robert
    Wilson, Eleanor (1902-1991)

    Places

    Bakersfield (Calif.)
    Arvin (Calif.)
    China Lake (Calif.)
    Delano (Calif.)
    Fellows (Calif.)
    Keene (Calif.)
    Kern County (Calif.)
    Lamont (Calif.)
    Maricopa (Calif.)
    Midland (Calif.)
    Oildale (Calif.)
    Randsburg (Calif.)
    Rosamond (Calif.)
    Taft (Calif.)
    Tehachapi (Calif.)
    Tejon Ranch (Calif.)
    Wasco (Calif.)

    Topics

    Buildings--California--Kern County
    Business People--California--Kern County
    City views--California--Kern County
    Earthquakes--California--Kern County
    Education--Primary--California--Kern County
    Education--Secondary-- California--Kern County
    Floods--California--Kern County
    Government Officials--California--Kern County
    Hospitals--California--Kern County
    Hotels--California--Kern County
    Industry--California--Kern County
    Libraries--California--Kern County
    Military Facilities--California--Kern County
    Organizations--California--Bakersfield
    Parades & processions--California--Bakersfield
    Petroleum Industry--California--Kern County
    Stores and Shops--California--Kern County
    Theaters--California--Kern County
    Transportation--California--Kern County

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Photographic prints