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Inventory of Hotels and Apartment Buildings of the San Francisco Bay Area / Produced by the Southern Pacific Passenger Department [graphic], 1910
BANC PIC 1980.020--PIC  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Hotels and Apartment Buildings of the San Francisco Bay Area / Produced by the Southern Pacific Passenger Department [graphic],
    Date: 1910
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1980.020--PIC
    Creator: Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept.
    Extent: Number of items: 471 photographic prints (in three boxes) and two descriptive sheets
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Photographs show exteriors and surrounding street scenes of hotels (and apartment buildings) in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. All addresses are identified. Some views include motor vehicles, pedestrians, and businesses. Album was probably compiled for promotional purposes, illustrating reconstruction after the earthquake and fire of 1906.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    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], Hotels and apartment buildings of the San Francisco Bay Area / produced by the Southern Pacific Passenger Department [graphic], BANC PIC 1980.020--PIC, 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

    The Hotels and Apartment Buildings of the San Francisco Bay Area collection was purchased in 1979.


    Finding aid and digital representations of archival material funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Scope and Content

    The San Francisco's Hotels collection contains 471 photographs of hotels and apartment buildings located in the San Francisco Bay area, taken circa 1910-1920. The collection originally formed an album entitled "San Francisco's Hotels." Noticeable throughout the prints of the collection is evidence --rubble, vacant lots, construction sites, etc. --of the earthquake and fire of 1906. Although the majority of the photographs are of buildings located in San Francisco, there are many of buildings in Berkeley and Oakland as well.
    Accompanying the collection are photographs of the original album and a page of the album containing a brief description of its contents. Also included is a listing of other hotels and apartment buildings standing at the time of the album's creation though not photograhed for the album.
    Affixed to the verso of several prints are caption labels which read, "Hotels and Apartment Houses. San Francisco --California. Photograph by General Passenger Department Southern Pacific Company."