Richmond local history photograph collection

Richmond Public Library staff
Richmond Public Library
Main Library
325 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 620-6561
URL: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/~library/
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Richmond Public Library


Descriptive Summary

Title: Richmond local history photograph collection
Dates: 1900-2007
Bulk Dates: 1910-1920
Collection number: Consult repository
Collector: Richmond Public Library (Richmond, Calif.)
Collection Size: 260 items 260 online items
Repository: Richmond Public Library
Richmond, CA 94804
Abstract: Richmond Public Library’s digital photograph collection includes two hundred sixty photographs of historical interest on the City of Richmond from its earliest beginnings to 2007. There are photographs of the early settlers, local businesses, major industries, civic buildings, residences and neighborhoods. Prominently represented are the Standard Oil Company, the Pullman Company, and the Kaiser Shipyards. A small selection of color photographs document industries and buildings which still exist in the city today. Many of the historic photographs were taken by the Cheney Photo Advertising Company and from the Jack M. Barry collection. The color photographs were taken by staff member Rose Cheney (no relation to the Cheney Company.)
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Digitized collection materials available online.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the Richmond Public Library. For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact the Library Director.

Preferred Citation

Richmond local history photograph collection. Richmond Public Library, Richmond, California.

Acquisition Information

Collected by Richmond Public Library staff and others, 1910-present.

Project Information

The photographs were selected from the 2,500 photographs in the library’s local history collection, commonly known as the "Richmond Collection." They provided a look at the City of Richmond's early beginnings and its development into an industrial city which played an important role in World War Two. The initial project of digitizing two hundred photographs took place during the 2005-2006 grant years. Activities included photographic documentation, digitization, and cataloging of the photographs. Digitization was performed by Northern Micrographics using flatbed scanners. A TIFF master, JPEG access image, and GIF thumbnail image were created for each photograph. Project Staff cataloged the photographs in CONTENTdm software and conformed to the CDL’s Guidelines for Digital Objects specifications for descriptive and copyright metadata. An additional 60 photographs were added to collection during the 2006-2007 grant years. Northern Micrographics digitized twenty-five photographs. Thirty-five color photographs were taken with a NIKON D70 digital camera to document historical buildings and businesses which remain in existence today. The project was part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP), a multi-year 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. Leveraging the infrastructure of the California Digital Library (CDL) in partnership with Califa and Infopeople, the LHDRP explores a model to aggregate, preserve, and provide permanent public access to local history materials maintained by California cultural heritage institutions via a single statewide online access point.

Scope and Content of Collection

Richmond Public Library’s digital photograph collection includes two hundred sixty photographs of historical interest on the City of Richmond from its earliest beginnings to 2007. There are photographs of the early settlers, local businesses, major industries, civic buildings, residences and neighborhoods. Prominently represented are the Standard Oil Company, the Pullman Company, and the Kaiser Shipyards. A small selection of color photographs document industries and buildings which still exist in the city today. Many of the historic photographs were taken by the Cheney Photo Advertising Company and from the Jack M. Barry collection. The color photographs were taken by staff member Rose Cheney (no relation to the Cheney Company.)

Indexing Terms

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

Names and Places

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Kaiser Shipyards (Richmond, Calif.)
Pullman Company
Standard Oil Company
Point Molate (Calif.)
Richmond (Calif.)
Stege (Calif.)
Macdonald Avenue (Richmond, Calif.)

Topics

Boat & ship industry--California--Richmond
Business districts--California--Richmond
Industrial facilities--California--Richmond
Petroleum industry--California--Richmond
Railroad locomotive industry--California--Richmond
Schools--California--Richmond
Stores & shops--California--Richmond
Streets--California--Richmond
World War, 1939-1945--California--Richmond
Historic buildings--California--Richmond
Parks--California--Richmond

Genres and Forms of Materials

Map
Postcards
Photographs