Inventory of the Selected Photograph Collections

Processed by Genevieve Troka; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
California State Archives
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 653-2246
Fax: (916) 653-7363
Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
© 1999
California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Selected Photograph Collections



California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Archives
  • 1020 "O" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 653-2246
  • Fax: (916) 653-7363
  • Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
Processed by:
Genevieve Troka
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Selected Photograph Collections
Creator: California State Archives
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Selected Photograph Collections, California State Archives.

Introduction

The photographic collection of the California State Archives constitutes a rich and varied source of information about the history of California state government and of the state as a whole. While portions of the collection have been used extensively, most of it remains largely untapped. This is due in part to the fact that descriptive information about photographs, which most often are an integral part of much larger groups of documentary records, is not easily accessed. If one is not familiar with the structure and functions of state government, knowing where to start looking for photographs of railroads, for instance, can be somewhat overwhelming. Also lacking is much in the way of cataloging of collections by subject which would allow researchers to locate the specific images they seek.
The purpose of this guide is to give users of the State Archives an overview of the photographic collection, to increase access to it, and above all, to encourage greater use of the collection. The guide gathers together in one place information about photographs which already exists, for the most part, in other State Archives finding aids. Some guide entries were created just for this purpose because original finding aid descriptions needed to be condensed or particular photographs were not previously described separately from related records. For example, photographs are part of files of cases heard by the Public Utilities Commission and derive most of their significance from the context in which they are found. But the photo researcher interested in locating images of ferry boats may not be interested in the PUC case concerning ferry rates. Other guide entries were upgraded and standardized to conform with the guide's format.
Although the guide is not comprehensive, it does include the largest and most significant photographic series in the collection. A quick review of the guide's contents will reveal that the collection consists of primarily twentieth century, black and white prints and negatives and that it's strengths are in the documentation of state highways and state buildings. Some 185,000 images are described in the guide, about one third of which pertain in some way to the "public works" theme. But upon closer examination, the researcher will uncover many other interesting items: images documenting the efforts of law enforcement officials to solve crimes and incarcerate and rehabilitate the guilty, the post-World War II expansion of the state's educational system, the management of the state's natural and agricultural resources, state officials, politicians and political campaigns, the celebration of the state's bounty at state and local fairs, and many others.

Using the Guide

Guide entries are arranged alphabetically by the name of the state agency which created or collected the photographs. Collections from non-governmental agency sources are placed alphabetically following the aforementioned group. At the end of the guide listings are placed entries pertaining to unprocessed materials to which access may be limited.
Each entry bears a unique, sequential number at the beginning of the entry. The set of numbers which follows the entry number are collection identification numbers. Use these numbers to determine the location of a particular collection using the Location Key also at the end of the guide. Location and identification numbers are required when requesting the retrieval of photographs for research use.
Terminology for photographic formats and for most subject terms is derived from Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) online version of The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) and Library of Congress Subject Headings, respectively. Some subject terms are local in origin. Photographs are black and white unless otherwise specified.
Towards the end of most entries, the researcher will see a cross reference to other finding aids which either provide more extensive information about the collection described or about related records from the same state or local agency. Occasionally, references to restrictions concerning access are also found here. See the California State Archives for more information.

List of Collections

Processed Collections

F3741:2493-2516

Series 1 Agriculture -- Information Office, Photographs 1881-1941

Physical Description: 405 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: gelatin dry plate negatives, lantern slides, photomechanical prints, photographic prints, and negatives. Subjects include avocado packing, shipping and marketing; department personnel; State Fair agricultural exhibits; war preparedness; Governor Culbert Olson (F3741:2498:1); farm machinery; fruit harvesting, inspection and testing; insects; livestock kills; milk production, testing and inspection; peach canning; rodents; spraying equipment; vegetable packing and inspection; weeds; and, weights and measures.
See Deptartment of Agriculture finding aid for more detail.
VB 3:P37(1-298)

Series 2 California Centennial Commission, Photographs 1948-1950

Physical Description: 298 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Photographs document events developed by the Commission to commemorate California's centennial including parades, stage productions with historical themes, placement of historic markers and monuments, California history exhibits (such as the Historical Caravan, a traveling exhibit) and historic preservation projects (the Fallon House Theater in Columbia). Then Governor Earl Warren is depicted (VB3:P37(2)) as is Richard Nixon campaigning for the U.S. Senate (VB3:P37(290)).
See California Centennial Commission finding aid for more information.
F3717

Series 3 Corrections -- Folsom State Prison, Identification Photograph Cards 1923-1945

Physical Description: Approx. 12,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically (chronologically) by prison identification number.

Access Information

Some restrictions may apply. See Reference Archivist for more information.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Identification photographs are adhered to cards which may also include the following information: prison identification number, name, county sent from, crime, occupation, race, sentence, criminal record, age, birthplace and physical description.
See Corrections finding aid for additional information.
F3717:1095-1113

Series 4 Corrections -- Folsom State Prison, Inmate Photograph Albums 1880-1942

Physical Description: 20 volumes

Arrangement

Arranged numerically (chronologically) by prison identification number.

Access Information

Some restrictions may apply. See Reference Archivist for more information.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photograph albums. Identification photographs of inmates may depict individuals in both street clothes and later in prison garb with heads shaved. Other information included: name, crime, prison identification number, county sent from, age, birthplace, sentence and other notes.
See Corrections finding aid for additional information.
F3717:817-871

Series 5 Corrections -- Institutions, Institutional Photographs 1945-1965

Physical Description: Approx. 3,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged by institution then alphabetically by subject.

Access Information

Some restrictions may apply. See Reference Archivist for more information.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints.Subject categories include: "Activities/Programs/Institutional Services"; "Construction"; "Personnel"; "Physical Plant"; "Recreation/Athletics/Free Time"; and, "Vocational Training/Industries/Productive Labor".
See Corrections finding aid for additional information.
F3717:1178-1204

Series 6 Corrections -- San Quentin State Prison, Inmate Photograph Albums 1880-1920

Physical Description: 46 volumes (13 volumes are duplicates)

Arrangement

Arranged numerically (chronologically) by prison identification number.

Scope and Content Note

Identification photographs of male and female inmates may depict individuals in both street clothes and later in prison garb with heads shaved. Other information included: name, crime, prison identification number, county sent from, age, birthplace, sentence and other notes.
See Corrections finding aid for additional information.
F3717

Series 7 Corrections -- San Quentin State Prison, Identification Photograph Cards 1907-1946

Physical Description: Approx. 65,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by prison identification number.

Access Information

Some restrictions may apply. See Reference Archivist for more information.

Scope and Content Note

Identification photographs are adhered to cards which may also include the following information: number, name, county sent from, crime, occupation, race, sentence, criminal record, age, birthplace and physical description.
See Corrections finding aid for additional information.
F3254:1-307

Series 8 Finance -- Administration -- Director, Historical Record Photographs (Links Collection) 1915-1938

Physical Description: 3,190 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of state agency.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photograph albums, photographic prints, negatives, and oversized photographic prints. Photographs document state-owned buildings, equipment, structures and activities of state personnel from various agencies. The largest portion of the collection includes images of such facilities as San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons, state parks, Exposition Park (Los Angeles), State Fairgrounds (Sacramento), Exposition Building (San Diego), state hospitals, state colleges, the University of California, special schools, armories, State Capitol and Capitol Park, and the Governor's Mansion. Of special interest is a large group of images documenting the San Francisco Harbor (c.1915-1930) including the Ferry Building, State Belt Railroad, state dredgers and tugboats, piers, warehouses, wood ships, and activities on the waterfront (F3254:59, 271-272).
A smaller portion of the collection is comprised of photos illustrating state agency activities which were collected by the Dept. of Finance for use in legislative budget hearings. This group includes the Dept. of Agriculture's Grain Lab field work and inspection activities; cadets in training at the California Maritime Academy; students and teachers at state colleges; anti-aircraft, tank and artillery training of the California National Guard; registering vehicles at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles; the drafting room at the Div. of Architecture; and, many other state agency activities.
See finding aid located with collection in folder F3254:1A.
F3722:630-1540

Series 9 Finance -- California State Fair and Exposition, Photographs 1910-1967

Physical Description: 909 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and oversized photographic prints. The largest portion of this collection consists of State Fair Official Photographs (1951-1958) documenting commercial, international and county exhibits; dignitaries including Governors Warren (F3722:953) and Knight (F3722:1157-1158, 1169, 1310, 1319-1320); fair buildings; and some events such as entertainment, beauty contests and product demonstrations. A panoramic photo of the old fairgrounds on Stockton Blvd, is included, 1910 (F3722:632).
See California State Fair and Expositions finding aid for more information.
F3577:239(1-3)

Series 10 Governor -- Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Photographs 1980-1982

Physical Description: 4 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Official portraits of Governor Jerry Brown.
F3757:2a-c, VB1:P25(1-2)

Series 11 Governor -- Edmund G. Brown, Sr., Photographs 1959-1963

Physical Description: 10 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Official portraits of Governor Pat Brown and photographs of him being sworn in by Chief Justice Gibson in 1959 and 1963.
F3757:55-58a

Series 12 Governor -- George Deukmejian, Photographs 1983

Physical Description: 7 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, and color photographs. Official portraits of Governor Deukmejian.
F3757:8-9

Series 13 Governor -- James Gillett, Photographs 1910

Physical Description: 2 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic print and oversized photographic print. Photographs of Governor Gillett at his desk in the Governor's Office and of a banquet given in his honor at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, December 29, 1910.
F3757:43

Series 14 Governor -- Hiram Johnson, Photographs 1911-1917

Physical Description: 17 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Contains portraits of Hiram Johnson as Governor in the Governor's Office, as U.S. Senator, with his grandchildren, and with members of the California delegation to the 1912 Progressive National Convention.
F3938:56-60, F3757:3

Series 15 Governor -- Goodwin Knight, Photographs 1896-1955

Physical Description: 9 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Collection includes images of Knight as a baby, his mother, the house where he was born, his wife and children, his inaugural address (1-3-55), playing baseball, riding a bicycle, receiving a plaque concerning the Camelia Festival, and an official portrait as Governor.
F3757:4, ODC2:15(18)

Series 16 Governor -- Culbert Olson, Photographs 1935

Physical Description: 3 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negative. Official portraits of Governor Olson, one inscribed to his nephew Frank Olson and the other to Secretary of State Frank Jordan.
F3757:6

Series 17 Governor -- George Pardee, Photograph 1934

Physical Description: 1 item

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is photographic print. Portrait of former Governor Pardee inscribed to Secretary of State Frank Jordan.
F3577:241-242, F3757:1, 50

Series 18 Governor -- Ronald Reagan, Photographs 1967-1974

Physical Description: 21 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, and oversized color photographs. Contains several portraits of Governor Reagan as well as images of the Governor at a social function with advisory groups, at press conferences, with Lt. Governor Reinecke receiving a set of commemorative pistols, and receiving a copy of the State Seal.
F3757:7

Series 19 Governor -- Friend Richardson, Photograph 1925

Physical Description: 1 item

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic print. Portrait of Governor Richardson.
F3577:256, ODC2:15(17), F3938:61

Series 20 Governor -- James Rolph, Photographs 1931

Physical Description: 6 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and oversized photographic prints. Official portraits of Governor Rolph and a photo of the Governor meeting with the "Placerville 49ers" in his office. (Members of the "49ers" were descendants of Gold Rush era pioneers.)
F3640

Series 21 Governor -- Earl Warren Papers, Photographs 1891-1953

Physical Description: Approx. 5,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, color photographs, and negatives. This series consists of photographs, the great majority of which were given to Governor Warren by members of the press and other news reporting media. A number were also sent to the Governor by private citizens. The photograph file documents a wide variety of Warren activities and is not limited to his gubernatorial years. Many photographs were used for publicity and political purposes and include a copy of Warren's first formal portrait at the age of three months, pictures of his parents, Warren as a young man, in uniform during World War I, as the District Attorney of Alameda County, and as father and family man. The largest number of photographs depict Warren in his varied activities as Governor and includes photos of Warren signing specific legislative measures, delivering addresses, campaigning for election or on the behalf of other candidates (such as Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bx 3, unprocessed), participating in state-sponsored programs and conferences, at dedications, special events, and other activities.
See Earl Warren Papers finding aid for additional information.
F3577:244

Series 22 Governor -- Pete Wilson, Photograph 1991

Physical Description: 1 item

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: color photograph. Official portrait of Governor Wilson in the Governor's Office.
VB 4:P51(1-37)

Series 23 Legislature -- Assembly County and City Jails Committee, Photographs 1947

Physical Description: 37 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains photographs of state and local law enforcement officials and others who testified before the Committee on the subject of overcrowding in county and city jails. Facilities and operations of state and local correctional institutions and members of the Committee are also depicted.
VB 4:P50(2-18)

Series 24 Legislature -- Assembly Judiciary Committee -- Long Beach Tidelands Subcommittee, Photographs 1898-1955

Physical Description: 74 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by exhibit number.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Photographs were used as exhibits in legislative hearings concerning the effects of shoreline development (beach erosion, flooding...) in the Long Beach area. Some images are copies contained in a report submitted to the Committee which provided an historical overview of tideland development.
LP229:412, 454, 511, 656, 733

Series 25 Senator Randolph Collier Papers, Photographs and Film 1939-1976

Physical Description: 113 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and a motion picture film. Photographs depict the State Senate in session, Collier with members of the California Highway Commission, with Governor Pat Brown and other legislators, at speaking engagements and various ceremonial functions, and touring flood ravaged northwestern California (1964?). The 16mm film depicts Collier traveling to various rural areas in his district probably to survey the condition of roads and bridges (1940's).
See Senator Randolph Collier Papers finding aid for information about related records.
F3901:826-849

Series 26 Los Angeles City -- Los Angeles Police Department (Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Investigation Papers), Photographs 1968-1969

Physical Description: 4,065 items.

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by LAPD numbering system.

Access Information

Autopsy and post-operative photographs are restricted per California Code of Civil Procedure, section 129.

Scope and Content Note

Prints have been placed in albums and negatives are stored separately. Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, color photographs, and color negatives. Photographs are available on microfilm.
Photographs taken by Special Unit Senator and the Los Angeles Police Department during the course of their investigation and by amateur and professional photographers who were present at the crime scene. Images depict key figures in the investigation; evidence; the crime scene before, during, and after the assassination; investigative activities such as trajectory studies and walk-throughs of the crime scene by officials; and, Kennedy campaign activities. Two groups of photographs, "Case prep. notebook" (Q101-102) and "Complete set of photos taken by the FBI" (Q85), offer a good overview of the investigation. Index included at the beginning of each photograph album and as Appendix F of the RFK finding aid.
See RFK Papers finding aid for more information.
F3906:50-241

Series 27 Los Angeles County -- Superior Court. Case File No. A233421-People vs. Sirhan Sirhan -- (Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Investigation Papers), Trial Exhibits 1968-1975

Physical Description: 655 items

Arrangement

Arranged by category (e.g. Grand Jury, Trial, Special Hearing), then by litigant (People or Defense) and then numerically or alphabetically by exhibit designation.

Access Information

Autopsy and post-operative photographs are restricted per California Code of Civil Procedure, section 129.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, color photographs, negatives, and oversized photographic prints. Photographs are part of a larger group of items used as exhibits in court proceedings against Sirhan Sirhan and during the Special Hearing undertaken by Los Angeles County authorities in 1975. Many of the photographs used as exhibits were originally part of the Special Unit Senator records (see above entry).
See RFK Papers finding aid for listing and description of exhibits.
VB 3:P27(1-153)

Series 28 Mental Hygiene -- Sonoma State Hospital, Photographs 1951-1953

Physical Description: 153 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Access Information

Some restrictions may apply. See Reference Archivist for more information.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and color photographs. Hospital facilities and grounds, patient activities (banquets, sports, entertainment, dances, pageants, holiday celebrations, parades...), exhibits concerning hospital programs and vocational training are depicted by this group of photographs. The collection has little or no identification information, however.
See Mental Hygiene-Sonoma State Hospital finding aid for information about related records.
VB 4:P58(1-16)

Series 29 Mental Hygiene -- Sonoma State Hospital, Photographs 1890-1930

Physical Description: 16 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains images of hospital buildings and grounds.
F3416:1(1-11)

Series 30 Military Department -- Adjutant General -- California National Guard, Photographs 1916

Physical Description: 11 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Photographs depict Machine Gun Company, 5th Infantry, N.G.C. training with a trailer mounted machine gun.
F3735:872-1910

Series 31 Natural Resources -- Fish and Game -- Information Office, Photographs 1910-1969

Physical Description: 1,198 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically. Prints and negatives stored separately.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: gelatin dry plate negatives, negatives, and photographic prints. Principal subjects include: portraits of Fish and Game Commissioners and photos depicting their activities; fish hatcheries; fish screens; fish ladders; fish planting operations; fish and game law enforcement; a variety of fish and game species; scenic photographs of rivers, lakes, etc... some unidentified; state game farms, 1930's (F3735:1836-1892); group portraits of department personnel, c. 1926-1938, 1955, 1960 and 1969 (F3735:1901-1910). Many of these photographs were used in Fish and Game publications and were captioned. A caption list is available in folder 1, box 1.
See Natural Resources finding aid for more information.
F3735:2328-2371, 2372-2377

Series 32 Natural Resources -- Mines and Geology, Photographs 1870-1952

Physical Description: 50 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: oversized photographic prints. Images include portraits of State Mining Bureau Board of Trustees and staff mineralogists, State Mining Bureau exhibits, oil derricks and refineries, placer and gypsum mining operations, dredges, the tunneling related construction of Boulder Dam, and Boorman's Dam at Weaver Lake (Nevada County), c.1880.
See Natural Resources finding aid for more detailed information.
F3735:2098-2137

Series 33 Natural Resources -- Mines and Geology, Photographs 1895-1910

Physical Description: 54 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: gelatin dry plate negatives and photographic prints. Contains images of masonry companies in Los Angeles, oil refineries in Alameda and Kern Counties, mining operations in Sutter and Santa Cruz Counties and the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
See Natural Resources finding aid for more information.
F3735:2138-2313

Series 34 Natural Resources -- Mines and Geology, Photographs 1875-1915

Physical Description: 30 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photograph albums, negatives, and photographic prints. Contains photographs of mining operations and geologic formations. Geographic areas included are Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Nevada City, El Dorado County and Placer County.
See Natural Resources finding aid for more detail.
F3735:1949-2089

Series 35 Natural Resources -- Mines and Geology, Dredge Photographs 1903-1912

Physical Description: 141 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and cyanotypes. Contains images of dredges, dredging operations, placer mining and related equipment. Geographic areas include: Shasta, Siskiyou, Tuolumne and Merced Counties.
See Natural Resources finding aid for listing of dredge names.
F3735:1901-1948, 2314-2327c

Series 36 Natural Resources -- Mines and Geology, Watts photographs 1895-1898

Physical Description: 62 items

Arrangement

Arranged by size.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and oversized photographic prints. Field photography by W.L. Watts, Assistant in the Field for the State Mining Bureau. Subjects include: geologic formations, oil yielding geologic formations, oil well operations, gypsum mines, asphalt mines, and other mining operations. Geographic areas included are: Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
See Natural Resources finding aid for more information.
F3725:3466a-j

Series 37 Public Utilities Commission -- Transportation, Railroad valuation working papers 1912

Physical Description: 10 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: postcards. Photographs illustrate the logging operations, saw mill, facilities and railroad equipment of the McCloud River Railroad Co. which was owned by the McCloud River Lumber Co.
See Public Utilities Commission-Part I finding aid for more information.
F3725:3376-3378a

Series 38 Public Utilities Commission -- Transportation, Investigation working papers-ICC docket #14,778 1918-1923

Physical Description: 13 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, oversized photographic prints. These photographs also relate to the Commission's investigation of Case 970 which pertained to the proposed consolidation of railroad operations into one "union terminal" in Los Angeles. Photographs depict the interior of Union Pacific Terminal (1923) and various railroad stations and yards in Los Angeles.
See Public Utilities Commission-Part I for more information.
F3725:3244a, f-m

Series 39 Public Utilities Commission -- Transportation (H.G. Weeks', CRC Engineer, Working Papers), Investigation working papers-case 970 1918

Physical Description: 528 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, gelatin dry plate negatives, negatives. These photographs were generated by a PUC staff engineer during the course of the Commission's investigation of a case concerning a proposed "union terminal" which would combine the operations of all railroads in Los Angeles. Photographs document railroad and street-railroad lines, equipment, yards and stations. Included are Los Angeles street scenes which depict automobiles, trucks, and horse-drawn vehicles.
See Public Utilities Commission-Part I finding aid for more information.
F3725:3168-3170

Series 40 Public Utilities Commission -- Transportation. Engineering Operations Branch, Special railroad crossing reports 1911-1943

Physical Description: 831 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains PUC studies of railroad crossings which were illustrated with photographs. Studies encompassed the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area and include street scenes in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in particular the cities of Venice, Van Nuys, San Bernardino, Redlands and Riverside. Train versus automobile accidents and accident sites are also documented.
See Public Utilities Commission-Part I finding aid for more information.
F3725:2975

Series 41 Public Utilities Commission -- Utilities -- General Engineering Branch, PUC Valuations 1917

Physical Description: 33 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains a photographic report documenting the installation of electric power lines in San Francisco. Images depict linemen preparing and erecting poles.
See Public Utilities Commission-Part I finding aid for more information.
F3725:1454-2617b

Series 42 Public Utilities Commission, Formal Applications 1900-1923

Physical Description: 220 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by application number.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains photographs submitted as exhibits in formal applications heard by the Commission. Although the PUC regulates the activities of a wide range of companies, these photographs pertain primarily to the facilities of water companies including reservoirs, dams and rural areas. Railroad company lines and facilities are also documented including electric railways in downtown Los Angeles (1918).
See Public Utilities Commission-Part I finding aid for information about individual applications.
F3725:394-1313

Series 43 Public Utilities Commission, Formal Complaints 1913-1917

Physical Description: 254 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by complaint number.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, and photograph albums. Contains photographs submitted as exhibits in formal complaints heard by the Commission. Although the PUC regulates the activities of a variety of companies, these photographs primarily concern the facilities, property and activities of water companies. Photographs depict rural areas in San Mateo and Alameda Counties, canals, dams, lakes, dredges, and the laying of water pipes in San Francisco. Also included are photos of waterfront ares in Oakland and San Francisco.
See Public Utilities Commission-Part I finding aid for information about individual cases.
F3725:5024-6512

Series 44 Public Utilities Commission, Formal Complaints 1920-1966

Physical Description: 677 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by complaint number.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains photographs submitted as exhibits in formal complaints heard by the Commission. Photographs generally document the facilities, equipment and activities of companies regulated by the PUC including railroads, trucks, steamships, ferries, electric and street railways, buses, warehouses, telephone and telegraph, and gas, electric and water utilities. Indirectly, the photographs also depict street scenes in many California cities and towns, roadside businesses, bays, rivers, and waterfronts, workers in the industries listed above, and many types of vehicles.
See Public Utilities Commission-Part II finding aid for information about individual cases.
F3274:22-448

Series 45 Public Works -- Architecture. Design, Photographs 1925-1964

Physical Description: 807 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of state agency.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, and oversized photographic prints. Photographs taken by Alfred Eichler, who was an architect for the state for many years (1925-1964), document the construction of state buildings. They are an integral part of a large collection of architectural plans and renderings. Buildings include state colleges and universities, correctional institutions, state mental hospitals, the Benecia State Capitol, Tower Bridge (Sacramento), and Veteran's Home (Yountville).
See Eichler Collection finding aid for complete listing.
F3253:1-326h

Series 46 Public Works -- Architecture. Office of Information, Photographs 1910-1960

Physical Description: 9,254 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of state agency.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, color photographs, and oversized photographic prints. Collection extensively documents the planning, construction, use and maintenance of state-owned buildings. Photographs of facilities such as state and county fairs, correctional institutions, the California Maritime Academy, special schools, fish hatcheries, state hospitals, armories, state parks, state colleges and the University of California, veteran's homes, and state agency offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are included. Although this collection generally focuses more on facilities than on activities, some images of correctional institutions, state hospitals, state colleges and veteran's homes include inmates, patients, students or residents and staff activities.
Of particular interest are: documentation of several restoration projects at Sutter's Fort, Old Custom House (Monterey), Benecia State Capitol, Fort Ross, Columbia and Coloma (F3253:137-154); architectural features fabricated by Gladding, McBean for the State Printing Plant/State Archives, 1923 (F3253:240); the State Capitol and Capitol Park, 1930-1960 (F3253:235-238, 321); models and architectural features designed for the Library and Courts Building and Office Building 1 (F3253:229); construction of the Civic Center in San Francisco, 1915 (F3253:242b); Ralph Stackpole murals at Coit Tower, San Francisco (F3253:245a); students lined up outside the Sherman Institute ("Indian School") in Riverside, c.1900 (F3253:221(22-23)); construction of the Tower Bridge in Sacramento, 1930's (F3253:326b,h); and, several photographs of groundbreaking or dedication ceremonies at state facilities which feature Governors Knight (F3253:9, 227, 232, 242b), Rolph (F3253:7(6)) and Merriam (F3253:92(6)).
See Public Works-Architecture finding aid for detailed contents list. Copy of finding aid also located in Box 1.
F2515:24

Series 47 Public Works -- Highways, Photograph Album 1913-1916

Physical Description: 1 volume

Arrangement

Arranged numerically according to key appearing at beginning of album.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photograph album. This album is entitled the "Book of One Hundred" and contains selected images perhaps assembled to represent the Department's accomplishments during this time period. Depicted are primarily completed road and bridge construction projects in each of Districts I-VII.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information about the department.
F3778:3044-3077

Series 48 Public Works -- Highways, Aerial Photographs 1938-1941

Physical Description: 629 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically and by numeric filing system thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains aerial contact prints from District II (Shasta, Siskiyou and Plumas Counties) which were used to compile topographical mosaics for a report and design study.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:3078-3085

Series 49 Public Works -- Highways, Carquinez Bridge Photographs 1923-1929

Physical Description: 90 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Photographs document the construction of the Carquinez Bridge including the construction wharf, erection of falsework, cofferdams, pumps, concrete piles, fender system, beam grillages, pier anchorage and excavation, floating caissons, pile drivers, steel cutting shoes, anchor barges, ships, viaduct approach, sewer realignment, and bronze fog bell.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:2976-3043

Series 50 Public Works -- Highways, Photographs, District I-X 1912-1949

Physical Description: 5,746 items

Arrangement

Arranged by highway district number and alphabetically by county thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, photograph albums and postcards. This series is one of the most interesting groups from the enormous Public Works-Highways (Transportation) collection. Photographs depict various stages of highway and road construction projects including bridges, construction workers and equipment, rural roadside structures, mule and horse drawn equipment, road camps, convict labor, rock quarrying, flood damage, and scenic highways. Specific subjects of interest include Folsom Prison quarry operations, Wells Fargo Station and Trading Post at Timbuctoo (Yuba Co.), opening ceremonies at "The Rocks" (now Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito Co., 1932), construction of the Yolo Trestle (Yolo Co., 1914-1916), plank roads in the desert (Imperial Co., 1916), African American laborers (F3778:2998, 3005-3007), an demonstration highway at the State Fair (Sacramento Co., 1916), and, a U.S. military camp on the Mexican Border (1914, F3778:3017).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:3086-4324

Series 51 Public Works -- Highways -- Bridge Department, Bridge Construction Project Files 1918-1974

Physical Description: Approx. 1,500 items

Arrangement

Arranged by highway district number, alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Photographs were part of project files and document bridge construction and damage to bridges, especially from flooding. Images of railroad and covered bridges are included.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for detailed list of specific contracts included in series.
F2516:1-93

Series 52 Public Works -- Highways -- Bridge Department -- Toll Bridges, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction Photographs 1933-1937

Physical Description: Approx. 10,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged by contract number.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Photographs provide extremely detailed documentation of all aspects of the Bridge's construction including: East and West approaches, piers and towers, spans, tunnels, toll plaza, cable spinning and final painting. All images are 3 1/2 x 5 1/2" black and white contact prints.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for detailed description.
F3766:311-312

Series 53 Public Works -- Highways -- District I, Engineer's Photographs 1937

Physical Description: 108 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and photograph albums. Photograph albums document sections of U.S. 101 in Humboldt Redwoods State Park which require widening or realignment. Individual photographs show coast highways in Northwestern California.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3802:513-531

Series 54 Public Works - Highways - District III, Photographs 1915-1956

Physical Description: 868 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by highway route number and alphabetically by county thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Contains photographs and negatives depicting highway and bridge sites; road construction and maintenance projects; road construction equipment; flood damage to roads; pavement failures; accidents; roadside and camp structures; snow removal; dredge mining; and levee erosion. Includes information about roads in the following counties: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more detailed description.
F3840:364-367

Series 55 Public Works - Highways - District IV, Appraisal Photographs 1947-1954

Physical Description: 384 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Prepared by property appraisers to accompany appraisal reports, photographs depict structures and land to be purchased or condemned for highway right-of-way purposes. Includes images of downtown Oakland and aerial photographs of rural Santa Clara County. Other areas included are Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3840:372-373

Series 56 Public Works - Highways - District IV, Improvement Photographs 1935-1955

Physical Description: 262 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by city.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Photographs show streets in various San Francisco Bay Area cities before and after street improvement projects.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3840:374

Series 57 Public Works - Highways - District IV, Railroad Crossing 1934-1935

Physical Description: 26 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of crossing.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Photographs were created to illustrate a survey of railroad crossings in Contra Costa County.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3840:368-371

Series 58 Public Works - Highways - District IV, Route Photographs 1920-1954

Physical Description: 438 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Contains photographs of road construction and maintenance activities in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties. Of particular interest are photographs of the Broadway Tunnel (Oakland, 1936) under construction, downtown Oakland in the 1930's and flooding in the town of Mayfield (now Palo Alto) in 1920.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F2515:11-14

Series 59 Public Works -- Highways - District V, Photograph Albums 1913-1923

Physical Description: 4 volumes

Arrangement

Arranged by county, route and section number.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographs albums. Road and bridge construction in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are documented. Included are images of road construction crews and equipment (some of it horse-drawn), construction camps, and flood and storm damage to roads and bridges, and to towns such as Santa Maria (January, 1914). Of particular interest are photographs depicting construction of the Santa Ynez River Bridge (Santa Barbara Co., 1917) and the Cuyama Road (San Luis Obispo Co., 1921-1923).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information about District V.
F3807:150

Series 60 Public Works - Highways - District V, Photographs 1935-1946

Physical Description: 82 items.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Road construction activities in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are documented. Included are images of highway maintenance stations, convict labor camps, and blasting and earth removal operations along the San Simeon to Carmel highway.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3789:177-182

Series 61 Public Works - Highways - District VI, Route Photographs 1912-1936

Physical Description: 41 items

Arrangement

Arranged by county, route and section number.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and photograph albums. Contains photographs of road and bridge construction activities in Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Merced, Mono, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. Road construction equipment and work crews, rural communities, roadside signage, many types of motor vehicles and horse-drawn wagons and carriages, road camps, and flood damage are depicted.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3790:103-106

Series 62 Public Works - Highways - District VII, Contract Photographs 1912-1918

Physical Description: 4 volumes

Arrangement

Arranged by county, route and section.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photograph albums. Photographs depict road and bridge construction primarily in the rural areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. Included are images of storm and flood damage, road construction equipment, road camps, laborers and survey crews. The construction of Route 4 over the Tehachapi Mountains is documented.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3790:142-143

Series 63 Public Works - Highways - District VII, Miscellaneous Photographs 1915-1929

Physical Description: 142 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Photographs document road conditions, hazards and construction work on three Los Angeles County highways to be acquired by the state (Pasadena to Pomona, Los Angeles to Saugus, and Los Angeles to Whittier-1915). Also included are images of road hazards and recent improvements to the "Old Trails Highway" between Los Angeles and the Imperial Valley (1920's) as well as a group of photographs taken to depict "desirable" and "undesirable" roadside business - gas stations, eating establishments and other businesses with unique architecture are featured (1929).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3790:107-123

Series 64 Public Works - Highways - District VII, Appraisal Photographs 1944-1963

Physical Description: 457 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Prepared by the District Right-of-Way Agent to accompany appraisal reports, this series includes photographs of houses, commercial buildings, barns and vacant land purchased or condemned for highway right-of-way purposes. Properties in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties are included.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3790:124-140

Series 65 Public Works - Highways - District VII, Photographs of Winter Storms 1934-1938

Physical Description: 932 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically and numerically by route number.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and photograph albums. Photographs document storm damage (flooding, slides, accumulated debris...) to roads, bridges and nearby structures in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties. Also shown are salvage and road repair work as well as several rivers at flood stage including the San Gabriel and Santa Ana Rivers.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3790:141

Series 66 Public Works - Highways - District VII, Relief Camp C Photographs 1931

Physical Description: 43 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included is: photographic prints. Photographs depict relief camp workers constructing an unemployment relief camp (Relief Camp C) in Los Angeles County and various road construction projects undertaken by Camp C.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F2515:22

Series 67 Public Works - Highways - District X, Photograph Album 1914-1935

Physical Description: 1 item

Arrangement

Arranged by county, route and section number.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photograph album. Asphalt and gravel plants, road construction, bridges, work crews, and road construction equipment are depicted in this album. Geographic areas included are Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information about District X.
F3762:67-75a

Series 68 Public Works - Highways - District X, Contract Photographs 1926-1950

Physical Description: Approx. 4,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged by county, route and section, then grouped by contract number.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Photographs document road construction projects in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo Counties. Depicted are construction equipment, work crews, and rural communities.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3762:76-77

Series 69 Public Works - Highways - District X, District Engineer's Photographs 1926-1939

Physical Description: Approx. 1,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged by county, route and section number.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Road and bridge construction projects in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo Counties are documented. Included are images of flood and storm damage, highway work crews, construction equipment and materials, roadside structures and signage, small towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, construction of the Boulder Dam, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction, the relocation of the Modesto arch (1934), and logging operations (Tuolumne Co.).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more detailed information.
F3762:64-66

Series 70 Public Works - Highways - District X, Photographs 1922-1942

Physical Description: 216 items

Arrangement

Arranged by county, route and section.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains photographs of road construction and maintenance in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Stanislaus Counties. Includes images of road construction equipment, road materials testing and Isleton canneries.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:1361a-1371f

Series 71 Public Works - Highways - Highway Engineer, Miscellaneous Photographs 1918-1935

Physical Description: Approx. 13,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder by district, county, route and section. A numbering system devised by the agency correlates prints and their respective negatives which are filed separately.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Subject categories include: bank protection (protection dikes, floodgates, retaining walls, levees, dams...); beautification (landscaping, plank roads, roadside picnic areas...); bitumens (road surfacing activities, materials and equipment); bridges (timber, steel, stone, suspension and covered bridges); bridge crew pictures (sandblasting, painting...); defective road conditions; detours; drainage (washouts, dams, muddy roads); dust palliative (oiled roads); earthquake damage (damage to Southern California bridges and buildings); earth roads (road conditions and construction); encroachment (signs, Death Valley Mining); equipment (shovels, spreaders, road construction equipment...); gravel roads; gutters; maintenance sites (office buildings, yards, shops...); mud jack work; oil material roads; oil processing in progress; out-of-state; patching; permits (survey work...); railroad crossings (signs, signals, covered railroad bridge...); relief employment; safety devices (guard rails, signs, damaged devices...); sand drifts (highways in Imperial and Monterey Counties); shoulders; signs, signals; slides, slide removal; snow fences; snow removal; storm damage (St. Francis Dam failure...); subways; towns and cities (street views...); traffic census (Los Angeles Co.); traffic stripe; traffic studies (trucks, street cars, buses, stages...); trees (safety issues); Truckee River Experimental Section (experimental road materials); unclassified roads (prison road camp, Death Valley, borax wagons...); miscellaneous (auto wrecks, convict camp, fires, rock quarries...).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more extensive description.
F3778:1322-1351

Series 72 Public Works - Highways - Highway Engineer, Records of the Joint Bank Protection Committee 1937-1959

Physical Description: Approx. 3,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by highway district number.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. This committee was established to investigate means of preventing water erosion along highways and bridges. Photographs document bank protection projects including installation and bank failures.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information about the committee.
F3761:28

Series 73 Public Works - Highways - Joint District X, Photographs 1928-1950

Physical Description: 63 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Series documents the efforts of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties to extend Junipero Serra Blvd. Property and structures in the right of way are depicted including the Ning Yung Cemetery.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:1877-1922

Series 74 Public Works - Highways - Maintenance, Central File 1927-1960

Physical Description: 2,304 items

Arrangement

Arranged by agency numeric filing system.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Photographs removed from subject files document: mud jacking of cracked roadways (1943); new paving techniques (1955-1959); road maintenance, snow removal, slides and weed control (1941-1960); encroachment of highway right-of-ways (1936-1945); reflector signs (1932); neon signs at railroad crossings (1929); road signs erected by automobile clubs (1931-1947); erosion control (1944); road beautification (1932-1942); drainage (1938); armor coating of roads (1927-1930); and, extensive surveys of storm damage to roads (1936-1965).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more detail.
F3778:2051-2057

Series 75 Public Works - Highways - Maintenance, Miscellaneous photographic reports 1928-1946

Physical Description: 825 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Reports document: alternate routes for U.S. 101 and 199 through incorporated cities (includes street scenes in Salinas, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, La Jolla, 1928); maintenance yards (1930); road maintenance (1935-1936); failure of road surfaces (1942); and, street railways and utilities in Los Angeles (1946).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more detail.
F3778:2140-2141

Series 76 Public Works - Highways - Maintenance - Materials and Research, Road test photographic essays 1930-1941

Physical Description: 305 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Photographic reports were prepared on pavement test results and include the Truckee River experimental road (1930) and the Brighton Test Track (1940-1941).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:1791-1795

Series 77 Public Works - Highways - Operations - Construction, Records of the convict labor system 1915-1949

Physical Description: 267 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives and gelatin dry plate negatives. The use of convict labor for road construction projects is documented. Included are images of road construction equipment, labor camps and department personnel.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:1796-1808

Series 78 Public Works - Highways - Operations - Construction, Miscellaneous Photographs 1916-1941

Physical Description: 297 items

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Subject categories include "Roadtrip" (a road trip by the Inyo Good Roads Club to publicize the need for better roads, 1916-1917); "Headwalls" (1935); "Debris Control" (at culvert entrances, 1940); and, "Washouts" (flood damage to roads and bridges, 1938-1941).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:2376-2740

Series 79 Public Works - Highways - Right-of-Way, Bay toll crossing appraisal file 1956-1973

Physical Description: 607 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of bridge.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and color photographs. Contains photographs relating to the appraisal of property to be condemned for the expansion of toll bridge facilities. Bridges included are: Carquinez, Dumbarton, Martinez-Benecia Ferry, Richmond-San Rafael, San Francisco-Oakland Bay, San Diego Coronado, San Pedro Terminal Island and Vincent Thomas.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more extensive description.
F3778:2801-2803

Series 80 Public Works - Highways - Right-of-Way, Slides 1950-1963

Physical Description: 446 items

Arrangement

Arranged into categories as described below.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: color slides and black-and-white slides. Contains three slide programs: 1) Economic Development Survey (1953-1954) - using images and graphs/charts depicts the impact highways have on various geographic areas and includes aerials of urban areas and images of roadside businesses; 2) Service Station and Motel Study (c.1950) - includes images of these establishments along Highway 99 and in West Sacramento; and 3) a set of training slides covering the basic principles of surveying, property appraisal and acquisition including charts, graphs and cartoons (c.1950, 1963).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
F3778:2683-2695

Series 81 Public Works - Highways - Right-of-Way, State building site appraisals 1945-1954

Physical Description: 607 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by geographical location.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints. Photographs document property and structures proposed for condemnation or acquisition by the state. Includes the following sites: Fresno and Sacramento (state colleges); Indio, Los Angeles, and Salinas (state office buildings - downtown Los Angeles in 1948 is documented); Norwalk (Youth Authority facility); and, Sacramento (state buildings, proposed Governor's Mansion - numerous Victorian-era houses in the downtown area are included).
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more extensive description.
F3778:2767-2770

Series 82 Public Works - Highways - Right-of-Way, Water resources appraisal file 1960-1968

Physical Description: 572 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by Dept. of Water Resources district number.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic print. Contains photographs relating to the appraisal of property to be purchased for state water projects. Projects include Oroville Dam and Reservoir, Perris Reservoir, Southern California Aqueduct and Bethany Reservoir to San Luis Forebay.
See Public Works-Highways finding aid for more information.
VB 259:P64

Series 83 Secretary of State - California State Archives, California archives month proclamation 1967

Physical Description: 11 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Governor Reagan, State Archivist W.N. Davis and members of the California Heritage Preservation Commission are shown at the signing of the proclamation.
F3480:2-75

Series 84 Social Welfare, Photographs 1935-1969

Physical Description: 83 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Photographs depict aid recipients (children, families, Native Americans, and older people); homeless people (including several hobo camps or transient camps in Sacramento along the river); children participating in school lunch programs; and department personnel (field agents).
See Social Welfare finding aid for more information about agency programs.
F3729:143

Series 85 Social Welfare - War Services - Wartime Civilian Control Administration, Photographs 1942

Physical Description: 42 items

Arrangement

Unarranged.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Contains images of Japanese-Americans at unidentified control stations en route to internment camps during World War II.
See Social Welfare finding aid for related records.
F3811:1-47

Series 86 Supreme Court - Sacramento Office, Photographs of Chief and Associate Justices 1850-1970

Physical Description: 307 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Includes group and individual portraits of justices, Governors Warren and Knight administering oaths of office to Chief Justice Gibson (1943-1955), and Charter Day at the University of California (1954) depicting then U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren with the justices of the State Supreme Court. Many of the images are copies from other sources.
See Supreme Court transfer lists for listing of justices included.
F3738:98-153

Series 87 Youth Authority - Fred C. Nelles School for Boys (Whittier State School), Inmate History Registers 1892-1948

Physical Description: 56 volumes

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photograph albums. Inmate identification photographs (boys and girls) were included along with newspaper clippings, correspondence and other information concerning their family background and criminal history.
See Youth Authority finding aid for additional detail.
Records concerning juveniles are restricted. See the Reference Archivist for more information.
F3738:271, ODC 2:9(3-8)

Series 88 Youth Authority - Fred C. Nelles School for Boys (Whittier State School), Photographs 1891-1964

Physical Description: 159 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and oversized photographic prints. Includes the following subjects: educational programs; athletics; boys (cadets); institutional buildings and grounds; Camp Whittier; dedication services (1934, 1964); dental and medical care; dining area; school employees; religious services; Youth Authority Board; and former President Herbert Hoover.
See Youth Authority finding aid for additional detail.
Records concerning juveniles are restricted. See the Reference Archivist for more information.
F3738:65 (1-14a), ODC2:21(10-14)

Series 89 Youth Authority - Preston School of Industry, Photographs 1910-1984

Physical Description: 236 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, oversized photographic prints, and negatives. Subject headings include: agricultural and vocational education; athletics; institutional buildings and grounds; dedication services; school employees; fire fighting activities; and, military.
See Youth Authority finding aid for additional detail.
Records concerning juveniles are restricted. See the Reference Archivist for more information.
F3938:62-86

Series 90 (Munsey Collection), Photographs 1900-1902

Physical Description: 25 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically.

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: photographic prints. Consists of photographs created by Munsey Photo primarily of Southern California such as the city of Los Angeles (Broadway and Third St; Court House; East Lake Park...); the Hotel Green in Pasadena; Catalina Island; various missions (San Luis Rey, San Juan Capistrano, San Diego, and Santa Barbara); and Alpine Tavern on Mt. Lowe.
F3938:50-52

Series 91 Lake Elsinore 1927-1929

Physical Description: 3 items

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: oversized photographic prints and oversized color photographs (hand-tinted). Photographs document the development of Country Club Heights at Lake Elsinore (Riverside County) and include views of the resort marina on opening day June 5, 1927, the employees of the Clevelin Realty Co. (construction crew with equipment), and the Clevelin Country Club under construction.
F3938:1

Series 92 Oil Wells 1920

Physical Description: 1 item

Arrangement

No arrangement

Scope and Content Note

Format included is: oversized photographic print. Aerial view of oil wells in Santa Fe Springs (Los Angeles County).

Unprocessed Collections

F3933

Series 93 Education - Special Programs and Support Services. Office of Information, Photographs 1947-1972

Physical Description: Approx. 20,000 items

Arrangement

Arranged numerically and chronologically by photographer's numbering system.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, color slides, and black-and-white slides. Images depict agency programs, activities, and workshops and reflect such post-World War II educational trends as special and vocational education. Majority of photographs were taken by William Stabler, photographer for the Dept. of Education, and were used in department news releases and publications.
See Education finding aid for information concerning related records.
F3937

Series 94 Natural Resources - Forestry, Photographs 1880-1970

Physical Description: Approx. 500 items

Arrangement

Unarranged.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, and oversized photographic prints. Collection includes photographs depicting logging operations (c.1880-1900) in Northern California; Forestry personnel; fire fighting activities, facilities and equipment. Several images show State Forester M.B. Pratt receiving a fire prevention poster from its designer, Walt Disney, 1942 (F3937:2(1-2)).
See Forestry finding aid for more information about related records.
F3840

Series 95 Public Works - Highways. District IV, Photographs 1924-1940

Physical Description: Approx. 2,400 items

Arrangement

Arranged by subject and by county.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives. Road construction and maintenance activities in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. Although unprocessed, this collection is well-organized and identified.
AC 94-06-27

Series 96 (Olson Photo Collection), Photographs 1920-1950

Physical Description: Approx. 9,000 items

Arrangement

Some of the prints are arranged alphabetically by subject; balance of collection is unarranged.

Scope and Content Note

Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives and gelatin dry plate negatives. The collection consists of stock photos from several commercial photo labs in Southern California. Subjects include general California landscapes and aerial views, sporting events, aviation, oil industries, and Long Beach earthquake.
See accession sheet for additional information.