Finding Aid to Mammoth Plate Photographs of Yosemite Valley, between 1861 and 1881

Finding Aid written by James Eason
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
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Fax: (510) 642-7589
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to Mammoth Plate Photographs of Yosemite Valley, between 1861 and 1881

Collection number: BANC PIC 1959.066--C

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/
Finding Aid Written By:
James Eason
Date Completed:
1998
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2008 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Mammoth plate photographs of Yosemite Valley
Date (inclusive): between 1861 and 1881
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1959.066--C
Creator: Watkins, Carleton E. Farquhar, Francis Peloubet
Extent: 27 photographic prints : albumen ; images 40 x 54 cm. or smaller, mounts 48 x 61 cm. 13 digital objects
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/
Abstract: Yosemite views, with one image of the Columbia River, Oregon.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research, except for originals, which are restricted. Use viewing prints or digital facsimiles only: Shelved as BANC PIC 1959.066--PIC. Use of originals only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mammoth Plate Photographs of Yosemite Valley, BANC PIC 1959.066--C, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

Digital reproductions of selected images (those created by Carleton E. Watkins) are available.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Albumen prints
Landscapes (Representations)--California
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Scope and Content of Collection

Yosemite views, with one image of the Columbia River, Oregon. Photographs are mostly mammoth-plate sized, with several in the smaller imperial plate dimensions. Although formerly assembled in a single mammoth album, views appear to be from negatives taken in the 1860s on up to Watkins' "New Series" of the 1878-1881 period.

Note

Some bear printed labels from Watkins' New Series, others captioned in ms.

Container Listing

 

Cap of Liberty, 3100 Ft. and Nevada Fall, 700 Ft., Yosemite [printed 1878 or later] BANC PIC 1959.066:01

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 858.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

The Upper Valley, from Eagle Point Trail, Yosemite [printed 1878 or later] BANC PIC 1959.066:02

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 853.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Yosemite Falls, from Glacier Point [printed 1878 or later] BANC PIC 1959.066:03

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 845

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

[The Sentinel? reflected in river with snag in foreground.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:04a

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 33.7 x 24.0 cm.

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[Cathedral Rock, river in foreground, with spires at left.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:04b

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 23.0 x 32.0 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[Cathedral Rock reflected in river, with tree leaning in from right] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:05a

Additional Note

Portrait orientation.

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 34.5 x 24.2 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[Yosemite Falls viewed between two oak [?] trees.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:05b

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 33.2 x 24.2 cm

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[El Capitan at right, river and meadow in foreground.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:06a

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 24.5 x 35.4 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[River with wooded banks, with the Sentinel[?] or Cathedral Spires[?] in background.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:06b

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 30.5 x 20.2 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[River view, Yosemite.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:06c

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 29.9 x 20.2 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[Three Brothers.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:07a

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 20.1 x 30.4 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[Nevada Falls.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:07b

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 30.4 x 20.3 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

[El Capitan.] [between 1865 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:07c

Additional Note

Very poor condition. Severe water damage to print.

Additional Note

Smaller than mammoth plate: 30.2 x 19.9 cm.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Photographs.

 

Pinus Ponderosa [Ponderosa (the Yellow Pine), height about 250 feet] [between 1865 and 1880?] BANC PIC 1959.066:08

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 48.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Sequoia "Grizzly Giant" Mariposa. 110 ft. round at base, 93[?] ft. at 20[?] feet from ground. [Section of the Grizzly Giant] [ca. 1865-1866?] BANC PIC 1959.066:09

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 113.

Additional Note

Similar to Watkins' stereographs numbered 94 and 1174.

Additional Note

Title in ms. on mount. Taber later issued the same view, titled "Section of the Grizzly Giant".

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

The Vernal Falls, 350 Ft. [186-] BANC PIC 1959.066:10

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 87.

Additional Note

For another Bancroft Library copy of this photograph, see: BANC PIC 1905.17143:51; 19xx.198.1:9; 19xx.198.4:15; 1973.057:24; 19xx.198.5:08 [ex red box 8). Related view published by Taber: 1885.001:08

Additional Note

This copy severely water damaged. For another copy in Bancroft Library collections, see BANC PIC 1905.17143:51, for which a digital surrogate is available.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Three Brothers, 3900 feet [The Three Brothers--Reflected or Three Brothers 4480 ft. Yosemite] [1865-1866] BANC PIC 1959.066:11

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 28.

Additional Note

Title from ms. caption on mount. Later issued by Taber with title "The Three Brothers--Reflected"

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Bridal Veil, 940 ft. [Bridal Veil Falls--Front View] BANC PIC 1959.066:12

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Title from ms. caption on mount.

Additional Note

For another Bancroft Library copy of this photograph, see: BANC PIC 19xx.199.1:06; 1952.021:011. Related view published by Taber: 1885.001:11

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 16

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

[Nevada Falls, 700 Ft] [between 1865 and 1880] BANC PIC 1959.066:13

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 92.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 19xx.198.1:10; 1973.057:33; 19xx.198.5:09

Additional Note

Re-mounted with no original caption preserved. "Vernal Fall" transcribed onto new mount, apparently in error

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

La Capitaine, 3300 feet [El Capitan] BANC PIC 1959.066:14

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Title from ms. caption on mount.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1885.001:06.

Additional Note

Taber number: 677. Tentative attribution to Watkins.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

[Mirror Lake--Mount Watkins(?) fully reflected] BANC PIC 1959.066:15

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print: albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 19xx.198.5:06; 19xx.198.1.11; 19xx.198.4:14

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 75.
 

Cathedral Rock--full front view BANC PIC 1959.066:16

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print: albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 19xx.198.4:04; 19xx.198.1:2; 19xx.198.5:02

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 21.
 

Looking Down the Valley from Union Point. [At left:] Sentinel Rock, 4125[?] feet. [1878-1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:17

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 843.

Additional Note

Title from another copy, formerly in the Gordon Bennett collection: "View Down the Valley from Union Point. Yosemite."

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

[The Yosemite Falls--reflected] [between 1861 and 1878] BANC PIC 1959.066:18

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 52.

Additional Note

Title based on caption as later issued by Taber. Ms. caption on Bancroft copy lists elevations of section of the falls, and a date.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1973.057:27

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Cathedral Spires--full front view [between 1861 and 1881] BANC PIC 1959.066:19

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print: albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 22.

Additional Note

For another Bancroft Library copy of this photograph, see: BANC PIC 19xx.198.4:05; 19xx.198.2:7; 19xx.199.1:2; 19xx.198.6:05
 

Map of the Yosemite Valley [1865] BANC PIC 1959.066:20

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E. Gardiner, James T. (James Terry) King, Clarence
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Scope and Content Note

Albumen photographic copy, by C.E. Watkins, of a manuscript map of Yosemite drawn by Clarence King and James Gardiner.

Custodial History

Part of an album given by Mr. And Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Maps
Photographs.

 

Cape Horn, Columbia River [Oregon] [1867?] BANC PIC 1959.066:21

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print :albumen.

Provenance

Part of an album given by Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

Physical Condition

Remounted.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 420.

Indexing Terms

Oregon--Pictorial works
Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.