Information for Researchers
Scope and Content
Collection Title: Stereographs of the West from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection
Date: ca. 1858-1906
1019 digital objects
The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
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Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Information for Researchers
Stereographs are available for use.
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.
[Identification of item], Stereographs of the West from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection, ca. 1858-1906, 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.
Additional Bancroft Library stereograph collections available on the Internet include:
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.02074-.02118--STER:
Title: Views of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., after the 1906 earthquake and fire
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.13652-.13974--STER:
Title: Photographs of Oregon, California, Idaho, and other Western scenes by M.M. and G.I. Hazeltine
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.14906-.16118--STER:
Title: Zelda Mackay collection of stereographic views
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.16269-.16449--STER and BANC PIC 1905.16754-.16756--STER:
Title: Charles L. Camp collection of stereographs
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.17116-.17119--STER:
Title: Western survey expeditions of 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1965.027--STER:
Title: Stereographic views from the Eugene Compton collection by Carleton E. Watkins
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1965.028--STER:
Title: Yosemite stereoviews by C.L. Pond
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1965.030--STER:
Title: Miscellaneous stereoviews from the Eugene Compton collection
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1971.055--STER:
Title: Lone Mountain College collection of stereographs by Eadweard Muybridge
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1971.069--STER:
Title: Stereographic views of San Francisco Bay Area locations by Eadweard Muybridge
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1978.004--STER:
Title: Stereoviews of Colorado
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1980.082--STER:
Title: Stereoviews of Indians and the Colorado River from the J.W. Powell survey
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1981.116--STER:
Title: San Francisco earthquake and fire stereographs by W.S. Smith
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1984.041--STER:
Title: Stereo views of California and the West
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1985.072--STER:
Title: San Francisco earthquake and fire stereographs
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1987.011--STER:
Title: Stereo views from Alaska to Mexico
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1989.018--STER:
Title: Stereograph cards of the San Francisco earthquake and fire
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1992.054--STER:
Title: Gomez de la Cortina family stereograph collection
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 19xx.090--STER:
Title: Stereoviews of the U.S. Geographical Survey Expedition West of the 100th Meridian of 1872 by William Bell
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 19xx.091--STER:
Title: Stereoviews of the U.S. Geographical Survey Expedition West of the 100th Meridian of 1873 by Timothy H. O'Sullivan
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 19xx.141--STER:
Title: Alfred A. Hart stereograph collection relating to the Central Pacific Railroad
The stereographs were assembled from various sources.
Scope and Content
This finding aid describes 1,042 stereographs acquired by The Bancroft Library through the year 1995. The stereographs were
acquired as single items and collections of fewer than 30 stereographs. Collections of more than 30 stereographs have been
described separately in their own finding aids. These collections are listed under "Related Collections."
The stereographs date approximately from 1858 through 1906. Their subject matter varies, but is primarily landscapes of the
West. Views in California predominate, but many other locales are featured including Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada,
Utah, Colorado, and Mexico.
The collection represents the work of more than 90 photographers and publishers. The stereographs have been grouped alphabetically
under the photographer's or publisher's name, whether an individual or a company. Among the more prolific photographers and
companies (each having 15 or more stereographs in the finding aid), represented are: E.L. Bickford, F. Jay Haynes, William
B. Ingersoll, James M. Jacobs, William Henry Jackson, C.W.J. Johnson, Keystone View Company, Kilburn Brothers, Lawrence &
Houseworth (and their successors Thomas Houseworth & Co.), Eadweard Muybridge, Alphonse Pinart, C.L. Pond, J.J. Reilly, C.R.
Savage, Strohmeyer & Wyman, H.C. White & Co., Underwood & Underwood, and Carleton E. Watkins. Many other photographers and
companies are also represented (see the Container Listing for a complete list). The 119 stereographs by unidentified photographers
are grouped at the end of the finding aid.
The container listing contains the following information for each stereograph (when available):
Catalog Number, Caption, Photographer, Photographer's Number, Place of Publication, Date of Publication, and
Photographer's Series. Container listing information contained in parentheses appears in manuscript on the stereograph. Information in brackets
has been supplied. Any information taken from the verso of the stereograph has been noted. All of the information in the container
listing is fully searchable in the online version of the finding aid. Therefore, the online finding aid is the preferred means
of subject access to the stereographs.
Two catalog number schemes for the individual stereographs are represented in the container listing. All catalog numbers are
preceded by the designator "BANC PIC." The first catalog number scheme consists of the designation "1905" followed by a five
digit item number, e.g. BANC PIC 1905.12345. The second scheme consists of the year of acquisition, followed by a three digit
collection or item number, and an individual item number if the stereograph is part of a collection. (e.g. BANC PIC 1980.072
for an individual item; BANC PIC 1980.072:2 for item number 2 of the designated collection. Note that the item number in the
latter example is preceded by a colon.) Use the complete catalog number to request originals in the Library or to cite originals.