The collection consists of 21 photograph albums containing more than 6000 photographic prints, postcards, and ephemeral items
collected by James Duval Phelan between the years 1902 and 1929. The albums, numbered 82 through 102, were originally part
of Phelan's papers. Volumes 1-81 remain with his papers (BANC MSS C-B 800).
James Duval Phelan was born in San Francisco, April 20, 1861, and was intimately associated throughout the greater part of
his life with the political, business and cultural history of the city. His father, James Phelan, was an Irish immigrant who
came to California in the gold rush and made a fortune in trade, banking, insurance, and real estate. Young Phelan attended
San Francisco schools, was graduated from St. Ignatius College in 1881 and studied law at the University of California. After
graduation he traveled abroad for a year and a half, studying municipal governments and writing articles on his observations
for various magazines and San Francisco newspapers. Influenced by his father, he gave up his early aspirations to become a
lawyer or a writer and turned to a business career, first as his father's partner, and then, in 1892, as his successor in
the banking business and as manager of the considerable estate which he had inherited.
21 albums (ca. 6000 photographic prints, postcards, and ephemeral souvenirs); various sizes
1335 digital objects
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted
in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
Collection stored off-site. Advance notice required for use.