California Views Photographed by I.W. Taber, ca. 1885-1890

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The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

California Views Photographed by I.W. Taber, ca. 1885-1890

Collection number: BANC PIC 1962.005 -- PIC

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California 1996
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    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    August 1996
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: California Views Photographed by I.W. Taber
Date (inclusive): 1885-1890
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1962.005 -- PIC
Extent: 39 photographic prints mounted on 20 boards; mounts 19 x 26 cm. 38 digital objects
Photographer: Taber, I.W.
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] California Views, BANC PIC 1962.005, 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.

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


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 List


:1 Hotel del Coronado from North - Coronado, San Diego Co[unty], B 4296


:2 Hotel del Coronado - from the beach, San Diego Co[unty], Cal[ifornia], B 4290


:3 Hotel del Coronado - Coronado, San Diego Co[unty], Cal[ifornia], B 4291


:4 Hotel del Coronado - Court - Coronado, San Diego Co[unty], Cal[ifornia], B4293


:5 The Englewood Hotel, Riverside, Cal[ifornia], B 2020


:6 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, Cal[ifornia], B 1960


:7 Santa Barbara Mission. Founded in 1786, B 1313


:8 Santa Barbara, Main Street, B 1440


:9 Ross' Vineyard and Winery, San Gabriel, B 575


:10 Sierraa Madre Villa, B 569


:11 Raymond Hotel - South Pasadena, Cal[ifornia], B 3156


:12 Spanish Bayonet (cactus) in bloom - height 18 feet - South Cal[ifornia], B 3793


:13 San Anita Ranch, San Gabriel, Cal[ifornia], B 1968


:14 Los Angeles, 2nd Street from the hill [about 1894], B 2746


:15 Los Angeles, Cal[ifornia]. Main Street, B 2042


:16 Church of our Lady Angels, the oldest building in Los Angeles. Built in 1821, B 1967


:17 "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, B 4243


:18 San Anita Ranch, San Gabriel, Cal[ifornia], B 1968


:19 Old Adobe building at Monterey, occupied by Gen[eral] Fremont's soldiers during the Mexican War, B 308


:20 Cypress tree near Monterey, B 2290


:21 Old Mission San Gabriel, B 572


:22 The Golden Gate, and Black Point, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], B 1166


:23 Conservatory, Golden Gate Park, S.F. [San Francisco], B 199


:24 Golden Gate Park from Music Stand, S.F. [San Francisco] Cal[ifornia], B 3612


:25 Sutro Heights, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], 1886. Stairway carved in rock No. 17


:26 California Street from Sansome Street, San Francisco, 1 B 517


:27 Upper Corridor, Palace Hotel, S. F. [San Francisco], Cal[ifornia] B 26


:28 Palace Hotel Court B 2194


:29 Cliff House B 1701


:30 Stanford's Residence, California St[reet], S. F. [San Francisco] B 3620


:31 [Garden statuary, Stanford residence ?] no number


:32 J. C. Flood's Residence, California Street, San Francisco B 2430


:33 The Colton and Crocker Mansions, S. F. [San Francisco] Cal[ifornia] B 45


:34 Mrs. Colton residence, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia] no number


:35 Mrs. Mark Hopkins' residence, S. F. [San Francisco], Cal[ifornia] B 100


:36 J. C. Flood's residence, Menlo Park, Cal[ifornia] B 1077


:37 Street scene, Chinatown, S. F. [San Francisco], Cal[ifornia] B 3666


:38 San Diego, Cal[ifornia] - from the bay B 4170


:39 Lion and Bee Hive House, Salt Lake [C. R. Savage, photographer] no number