The Frank B. Rodolph collection consists of 1254 original photographs taken by Rodolph and associates, including Isaiah W.
Taber. The Taber photographs, primarily of Alaska, can be found in volume 14 (BANC PIC 1905.17159). Rodolph's subjects include
a variety of cityscapes, residences and other buildings chiefly of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz and
Monterey areas of California. Many of the photographs are of recreational and leisure activities, including outings of a Bay
Area group of photographers (including Rodolph) who called themselves "the Merry Tramps." Numbers in parentheses on the caption
lists are photographer's numbers that appear on the photographs. Captions on the container listing were provided by the donor
of the collection, Margaret E. Schlichtmann.
Frank Bequette Rodolph (1843-1923) was a commercial photographer active in Oakland during the 1870s and 1880s. Born in Wisconsin,
he and his family traveled overland to California in 1850. They settled first in Placerville and later operated a ranch on
Cache Creek. Moving to Oakland in 1869, Rodolph attended business college and opened a stationery store on Broadway in partnership
with his father. The store also sold school books and sheet music, and in the 1880s Rodolph began doing printing work as well.
Many of his photographs were taken on his extensive travels throughout California.
1254 photographs in 16 albums
620 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 is open for use.