Photographs Related to Rice Growing and Irrigation in California, 1908-1916

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

Photographs Related to Rice Growing and Irrigation in California, 1908-1916

BANC PIC 1905.02929-.02947--A

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1997
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    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:
    October 1996
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Photographs Related to Rice Growing and Irrigation in California,
Date: 1908-1916
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.02929-.02947--A
Extent: 17 photographic prints; black and white, 9 x 30 cm. or smaller 19 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is available for use.

Publication Rights

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.
Copyright 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], Photographs Related to Rice Growing and Irrigation in California, BANC PIC 1905.02929-.02947--A, 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.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Marcel E. Cerf Papers (BANC MSS C-G 38)

Scope and Content

This collection contains 17 black and white photographs taken between the years 1908 and 1916 of rice fields, agricultural equipment, and irrigation procedures, primarily in Yolo County, California. Several photographs feature Fair Ranch, located in Knight's Landing. Other rice fields in Yolo County are also pictured. The construction of Natoma's Levee on the Sacramento River is shown and an unidentified pumping plant. In addition to irrigation, rice threshing and field plowing are depicted. Photographs of tractors and other agricultural equipment, including the "Austen Ditcher" are also included in the collection. The photographers are unknown.

Container Listing


:2929 Main irrigation canal and rice field, Fair Ranch, Knights Landing, 1916


:2930 Main irrigation ditch - Fair Ranch, Yolo Co. [county] 1916, Rice Field


:2931 Threshing rice, Fair Ranch, Knights Landing - 1916


:2932 Rice bindery, Fair Ranch, Knights Landing - 1916


:2933 Rice Field, Fair Ranch, Knights Landing, 1916


:2934 Rice Field - Fair Ranch - Knights Landing 1916


:2935 Irrig. [irrigation] Ditch and rice field, River Farms - Yolo Co. [county] - 1916


:2936 Building Natoma's Levee


:2937 Showing method of building Natoma's Levee on Sacramento River


:2938 Main Pumping Plant - Disctrict 108 - Drainage Pump, 1916


:2939 Plowing in Yolo County District 108 after flood waters had receeded in 1915. Note enormous width cut by plows - depth of plowing 4" to 5". Sanders Plows - Holt Caterpillar


:2940 District 108 - Yolo Co. [county] - Plowing after flood waters receeded 1915 - Caterpillar and John Davis Plows


:2941 Austen Ditcher bought about 1910 by Solano Irrig. [irrigation] Farms, sold to River Farms 1916 - Ditch being dug - Yolo Co. [county] District 108


:2942 Austen Ditcher - vintage about 1910. Bought by River Farms from Solano Irrig. [irrigation] Farms - 1916


:2943 Yolo County - District 108 - 1915. Ditcher being pulled by two Caterpillars - sometimes 3 or 4 Cats. hooked to this ditcher


:2944 Best of San Leandro, Steam Engine, pulling Belt Excavator. Making ditch - automobile Marmon - Date of picture 1915


:2945 Austen Ditcher and ditch, Yolo Co. [county] - District 108, 1916


:2946 Johnson Toe Hold Tractor on market for short period about 1912. Built at Sacramento by Joshua Hendy Iron Works, S. F.


:2947 Beskow Tractor about 1908 - probably patented but never manufactured for sale. Very unique rear whell which was not tangent to ground