Finding Aid to California Views Photographed by I.W. Taber, 1885-1890

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Finding Aid to California Views Photographed by I.W. Taber, 1885-1890

Collection number: BANC PIC 1962.005--PIC

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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Processed by Padma Rubiales and Terry Boom.
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: California views photographed by I.W. Taber
Date: 1885-1890
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1962.005--PIC
Photographer: Taber, I.W.
Extent: 39 photographic prints mounted on 20 boards; mounts 19 x 26 cm. 39 digital objects (39 images)
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

Information for Researchers

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California views photographed by I.W. Taber, BANC PIC 1962.005--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below.Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.
Selected items were digitized or re-digitized at a later date.

Related Collections

The Bancroft Library has extensive holdings of I. W. Taber photographs. See the on-line catalog for other collections.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of Francis P. Farquhar

Biography

Isaiah West Taber was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts August 17, 1830. Taber went to sea at the age of fifteen and spent several years working on whaling ships in the North Pacific. He came to California in 1850, where he spent four years working first as a miner, then a farmer. Taber returned to New Bedford in 1854 where he studied dentistry and began a dental practice. An interest in amateur photography eventually became his life-work. He settled in Syracuse, New York, where he opened his first studio. In 1864 he returned to California at the inducement of the photographers Bradley and Rulofson, whom he worked for until 1871. Taber established the "Taber Gallery" at No. 12 Montgomery Street in 1871. His highly successful business was well-known for portraiture and a vast stock of California and Western views -many of which were the unacknowledged works of other photographers. Taber's success and stature in California and abroad are evident in his being awarded the photographic concession of the Midwinter Fair of 1893-94 in San Francisco, his being sent to London in 1897 to photograph the pageant of the Queen Victoria Jubilee, and his commission to photograph King Edward VII. Taber's career ended in 1906 when his entire collection of glass plates, view negatives and portraits on glass were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire. He died February 22, 1912.
(Sources: Hart, James D. A Companion to California. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978, p.439; Murray, W. H. The Builders of a Great City: San Francisco's Representative Men. San Francisco: The Journal, 1891, p.329-330 ; and Burdette, Robert J. American Biography and Genealogy. California edition. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., [191-]), p. 756-761.)

Scope and Content

This collection of Taber photographs was presumably collected by Francis P. Farquhar who donated them in 1962. It consists of 39 photographs mounted back-to-back on 19 x 26 cm. mounts. Included are views of hotels, mansions, missions, buildings and general city views taken in various California locations. Photographs 1-21 are primarily of Southern California locales including the Hotel del Coronado (San Diego), the Englewood Hotel (Riverside), Santa Barbara Mission, and the Raymond Hotel (Pasadena). Locations in Los Angeles and San Gabriel are also included in this portion of the collection. Photographs 22-37 consist of San Francisco scenes, including Golden Gate Park, Sutro Heights, the Palace Court Hotel, the Cliff House, and Chinatown. Photographs of the mansions of Leland Stanford, J. C. Flood, David Colton, Charles C. Crocker, and Mrs. Mark Hopkins, all located in San Francisco, are also in this section. Photograph no. 38 is a view of San Diego from the bay. Photograph no. 39 is of the Lion and Bee Hive house in Salt Lake City, Utah. This photograph is by C. R. Savage.

Container Listing

 

Hotel del Coronado from North - Coronado, San Diego Co[unty] BANC PIC 1962.005:01--PIC

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B 4296
 

Hotel del Coronado - from the beach, San Diego Co[unty], Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:02--PIC

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B 4290
 

Hotel del Coronado - Coronado, San Diego Co[unty], Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:03--PIC

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B 4291
 

Hotel del Coronado - Court - Coronado, San Diego Co[unty], Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:04--PIC

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B 4293
 

The Englewood Hotel, Riverside, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:05--PIC

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B 2020
 

Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:06--PIC

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B 1960
 

Santa Barbara Mission. Founded in 1786 BANC PIC 1962.005:07--PIC

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B 1313
 

Santa Barbara, Main Street BANC PIC 1962.005:08--PIC

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B 1440
 

Ross' Vineyard and Winery, San Gabriel BANC PIC 1962.005:09--PIC

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B 575
 

Sierraa Madre Villa BANC PIC 1962.005:10--PIC

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B 569
 

Raymond Hotel - South Pasadena, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:11--PIC

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B 3156
 

Spanish Bayonet (cactus) in bloom - height 18 feet - South Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:12--PIC

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B 3793
 

San Anita Ranch, San Gabriel, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:13--PIC

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B 1968
 

Los Angeles, 2nd Street from the hill [about 1894] BANC PIC 1962.005:14--PIC

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B 2746
 

Los Angeles, Cal[ifornia]. Main Street BANC PIC 1962.005:15--PIC

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B 2042
 

Church of our Lady Angels, the oldest building in Los Angeles. Built in 1821 BANC PIC 1962.005:16--PIC

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B 1967
 

"Only a few rods off stood the little chapel; in front of it swung on a cross bar from two slanting posts, an old bronze bell which had once belonged to the San Diego Mission. When Ramona read the date "1790" on its side - Ramona, Chapter XIX BANC PIC 1962.005:17--PIC

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B 4243
 

San Anita Ranch, San Gabriel, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:18--PIC

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B 1968
 

Old Adobe building at Monterey, occupied by Gen[eral] Fremont's soldiers during the Mexican War BANC PIC 1962.005:19--PIC

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B 308
 

Cypress tree near Monterey BANC PIC 1962.005:20--PIC

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B 2290
 

Old Mission San Gabriel BANC PIC 1962.005:21--PIC

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B 572
 

The Golden Gate, and Black Point, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:22--PIC

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B 1166
 

Conservatory, Golden Gate Park, S.F. [San Francisco] BANC PIC 1962.005:23--PIC

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B 199
 

Golden Gate Park from Music Stand, S.F. [San Francisco] Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:24--PIC

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B 3612
 

Sutro Heights, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], 1886. Stairway carved in rock BANC PIC 1962.005:25--PIC

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No. 17
 

California Street from Sansome Street, San Francisco, 1 BANC PIC 1962.005:26--PIC

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B 517
 

Upper Corridor, Palace Hotel, S. F. [San Francisco], Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:27--PIC

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B 26
 

Palace Hotel Court BANC PIC 1962.005:28--PIC

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B 2194
 

Cliff House BANC PIC 1962.005:29--PIC

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B 1701
 

Stanford's Residence, California St[reet], S. F. [San Francisco] BANC PIC 1962.005:30--PIC

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B 3620
 

[Garden statuary, Stanford residence ?] BANC PIC 1962.005:31--PIC

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no number
 

J. C. Flood's Residence, California Street, San Francisco BANC PIC 1962.005:32--PIC

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B 2430
 

The Colton and Crocker Mansions, S. F. [San Francisco] Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:33--PIC

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B 45
 

Mrs. Colton residence, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:34--PIC

 

Mrs. Mark Hopkins' residence, S. F. [San Francisco], Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:35--PIC

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B 100
 

J. C. Flood's residence, Menlo Park, Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:36--PIC

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B 1077
 

Street scene, Chinatown, S. F. [San Francisco], Cal[ifornia] BANC PIC 1962.005:37--PIC

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B 3666
 

San Diego, Cal[ifornia] - from the bay BANC PIC 1962.005:38--PIC

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B 4170
 

Lion and Bee Hive House, Salt Lake [C. R. Savage, photographer] BANC PIC 1962.005:39--PIC

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no number