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Finding Aid to the Cased photographs and related images from The Bancroft Library pictorial collections, circa 1845-circa 1870 (bulk circa 1850-circa 1865)
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Portraits of African-Americans from the Elizabeth and James Abajian collection of Afro-Americana.

Content/Description

1 item selected from the collection of Portraits of African Americans.
The collection of Portraits of African Americans consists of approximately 235 photographic prints spanning the dates of ca. 1860-ca. 1980. These images were collected by historian James de T. Abajian, and include many African American celebrities, leaders, and historical figures. Many of the images are publicity stills or wire photographs.
UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Forms part of the Elizabeth and James Abajian collection of Afro-Americana.
 

[Unidentified black woman.] August 30, 1860 BANC PIC 1982.035:235--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.8 x 3.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing (emulsion up) and blackened well. Jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On mat: Holmes, Booth and Haydens Superfine / Waterbury, Conn. [?]. Inscribed in case well (in pencil): Aug. 30, 1860.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a woman wearing striped dress with white lace collar and jewelry (brooch).

Indexing Terms

Women
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Portraits from the Adams and McGaw families. BANC PIC 1981.027

Content/Description

9 items selected from the Portraits from the Adams and McGaw families.
The Portraits from the Adams and McGaw families consist of 62 photographic prints (including cartes de visite, miniatures, tintypes, ambrotype, and daguerreotypes) spanning the dates of ca. 1845-ca. 1940. Photographs are of members of the Adams and McGaw families: many of Bruce McRae (some in uniform) and Bernice McGaw Taylor Adams. Others show Mary Carver Adams, D.G. McGaw, and others.

Provenance

Transferred from the Adams family papers (BANC MSS 81/96 z).
 

[Unidentified boy.] [ca. 1846-1850] BANC PIC 1981.027:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: textured octagonal.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 cm. Pad: brown (or black?) silk. Notes: possibly a John Plumbe case. Case warped. Image package removed and stored separately.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a boy wearing a white collar.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified young man.] [ca. 1845] BANC PIC 1981.027:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.9 x 5.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: textured dome topped (elliptical).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of Mixed Flowers (Rinhart no. 138). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: red silk. Notes: diemaker: Pretlove.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Die maker's mark on case cover (LL): PRETLOVE. Original seal removed and retained separately, made from writing paper with fragments of numbers written in ink.

Content/Description

Half length portrait, seated, with hand grasping double-breasted jacket.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man with a young girl.] [ca. 1845] BANC PIC 1981.027:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.7 x 7.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: plain oval.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11 x 9.3 cm. Pad: red silk. Notes: horizontal orientation, case hinged at short end (notebook style.) English or French case.

Content/Description

Full length portrait of a man, seated, with a girl standing next to him. They are in front of a backdrop of a column. A rug is also visible.

Indexing Terms

Children
Fathers & children
Girls
Men
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Unidentified man.] [ca. 1860's] BANC PIC 1981.027:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : albumen on paper ; visible image 5 x 3.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: paper. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson Patent Applied for / Worcester Mass No 12.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a man.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Albumen prints
Portraits

 

[Vignette portrait of Mary Carver Adams.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 1981.027:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.3 x 4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass, face slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying news clipping: Death [1860] On the 8th instant, in the 28th year of her age, Miss MARY CARVER ADAMS, daughter of Jas. Adams, Esq. Her funeral will take place from the residence of her father, No. 21 Four-and-a -half street, to-morrow (Wednes-day) at 3 o'clock P.M.; at which the friends of the family are invited to attend.

Content/Description

Right reading portrait of a woman. Only her face, neck and collar are visible.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified elderly woman.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1981.027:006--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; one-third plate, visible image 8.7 x 7.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Plate: table cover slightly hand colored. Mat: octagonal.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: Curved Octagon with Scroll Center (Rinhart no. 219). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 10.8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed single leaf motif.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a woman seated next to a table. She wearing a bonnet with spectacles perched on top, and is holding knitting work and a card with 86 scratched over it on the plate (her age?). Several books are on the table and a cane is in front.

Additional Note

Plate size indicates likely British or European origin.

Indexing Terms

Aged persons
Women
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man with a beard.] [ca. 1854] BANC PIC 1981.027:007--CASE

Creator/Collector: Whitehurst, J. H.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : stereo daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 6 x 4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: single plate with two images, faces slightly hand colored. Mat: plain stereoscopic (double) oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Notes: Mascher stereo lense plate insert in case cover. Eickmeyer style case, but with no patent statement.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Printed in gold on case (in well of cover, behing stereo viewer insert): J.H. Whitehurst, / Daguerreotypist. / N 205 Baltimore Street / Baltimore. / Stereoscopic Pictures taken in the / highest perfection of the Art. Stamped on lens insert: MASCHER'S IMPROVED STEREOSCOPE / PHILADA. / PATENT / MARCH 8TH 1853.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a young man with a beard

Additional Note

Two images taken on a single plate suggests the use of a stereo camera rather than two images, taken separately, and positioned as stereo.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Portraits
Stereographs, Daguerreotypes

 

[Bearded young man.] [ca. 1850-1854] BANC PIC 1981.027:008--CASE

Creator/Collector: Whitehurst, J. H.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.6 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face hand colored. Mat: octagonal. Preserver: decorative with floral motif.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - goblet or urn with flowers. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed motif. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (LR): Doublé [with lamb] [star]. Blind stamped on mat (under preserver, LC): Whitehurst.

Additional Note

Photographer Jesse Harrison Whitehurst had numerous galleries in East Coast cities, including New York City, Washington D.C. and various towns in Virginia. The sitter may be a relative of Mary Carver Adams, who was a resident of Washington D.C.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man with a beard.] January 2, 1860 BANC PIC 1981.027:009--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : collodion positive on leather ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: leather; jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On leather (verso): Taken Jan[uar]y. 2n[d] 1.860. Blind stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson Patent Applied for / Worcester Mass No 17. Inscribed in case well (written 6 times): 2oz.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a man with a beard, wearing a tie tack.

Indexing Terms

Men
Leather photographs
Portraits

 

Agard family photographs. BANC PIC 2003.244

Content/Description

3 items selected from the Agard family photographs.
 

[Joseph J. Agard, age 13] ca. 1849 BANC PIC 2003.244:01--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph: daguerreotype ; sixth plate.

Note

Addition 2007-02: needs CONS (sealing). Not digitized.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Teenagers
Daguerreotypes

 

[Joseph J. Agard, or unidentified bearded man] ca. 1855-1865 BANC PIC 2003.244:02--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph: ambrotype?; ninth plate
Container or Case Note: Case: black thermoplastic (union case), octagonal.

Content/Description

Bearded man, with features similar to J. J. Agard (b. 1836). A likely date of 1860 suggests that this sitter is somewhat older than J.J. Agard, although a date of 1865 is possible, making identification as J.J. Agard somewhat more likely.

Note

Addition 2007-02: needs CONS (sealing). Not digitized.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes

 

[Capt. Joseph J. Agard in military uniform and hat] 1864 BANC PIC 2003.244:03--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph on carte de visite mount: albumen; trimmed to 6 x 5 cm.
Container or Case Note: "Frame: black thermoplastic, oval. "Patented . Aug. 7, 1855."
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: In 19th century hand, on verso of card mount: Capt. Josephus Agard, Co. K. 19th Ohio [?st] Vol, Infy., 3rd Brig. 3rd Div. 4th [A.C.?], Army of the Cumberland, Atlanta, Georgia. Sept. 2d, 1864. Stamped on verso of mount: [photographer's imprint] Hallett, 134 & 136 Bowery, N.Y.

Note

Addition 2007-02: needs CONS (sealing). Not digitized.

Indexing Terms

Men
Soldiers
Albumen prints

 

Portraits from the Clark Alberti papers. BANC PIC 1964.084

Biographical Note

Alberti was a San Diego city and county official; editor and publisher, Coronado Tent City News and Coronado Journal.

Content/Description

1 item selected from the Portraits from the Clark Alberti papers.
The Portraits from the Clark Alberti papers consist of 17 photographs. In addition to these portraits, additional images have been cataloged as: San Diego area views from the Clark Alberti Papers (BANC PIC 1905.17167).

Provenance

Transferred from the Clark Alberti papers (BANC MSS C-B 899).
 

[Clark Alberti (b. 1855) and his sister Mary as children.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 1964.084:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 8.3 x 6.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate. Plate: melainotype, faces and jewelry slighand colored.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on plate (bottom edge): Melainotype plate / for Neff's pat 19 Feb. [56?].

Content/Description

Full length portrait of a boy and a girl. A woman's dress can be see off to the side. The girl is seated in a chair and is wearing a coral necklace. The boy is standing on an unknown object.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Girls
Group portraits
Tintypes

 

Portraits of Peter J. Barber and family. BANC PIC 2001.052

Physical Description: ca. 25 photographs (including 11 cased photographs)
 

[Peter J. Barber, age seventeen.] 1847. BANC PIC 2001.052:001

Physical Description: 1 photograph: daguerreotype; sixth plate
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: fruit - figs on branch. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed urn motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Note accompanying larger (quarter plate) portrait in this collection states the photograph was taken in 1847 in Cleveland, Ohio, when Barber was 17. Based on case and brass mat type, as well as Barber's appearance, the note can be assumed to refer to this sixth-plate image. The quarter plate appears to date from 1850 or later.

Indexing Terms

Daguerreotypes

 

[Peter J. Barber as a young man.] [ca. 1853] BANC PIC 2001.052:002

Physical Description: 1 photograph: daguerreotype; quarter plate
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: A Country Scene ( Rinhart no. 18). Material: green leather over wood. Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.1 cm. Pad: purple velvet, with urn. Notes: case date according to Rinhart, ca. 1853. Extremely rare case motif.

Indexing Terms

Daguerreotypes

 

[Woman in a bonnet] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 2001.052:003

Physical Description:
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - mixed flowers. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed scroll motif.
Physical Description: 1 photograph: daguerreotype; sixth plate

Indexing Terms

Daguerreotypes

 

[Young bearded man in a plaid vest.] ca. 1850. BANC PIC 2001.052:004

Physical Description: 1 photograph: daguerreotype; sixth plate
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed single leaf motif.

Indexing Terms

Daguerreotypes

 

[Peter J. Barber] [1858?] BANC PIC 2001.052:005

Physical Description: 1 photograph: ambrotype; ninth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - Scroll. Material: brown thermoplastic. Pad: purple velvet with embossed leaf/scroll motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note, in 20th century hand: Presented to Mary [J?] Wheaton, 1858, by P.J. Barber, S.F. (Exchange.)

Indexing Terms

Ambrotypes

 

[Mary Jane Wheaton] [1858?] BANC PIC 2001.052:006

Physical Description: 1 photograph: tintype?; sixth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. No cover glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note in 20th century hand: Mary Jane Wheaton, Presented to P.J. Barber, 1858, S.F. (Exchange.)

Indexing Terms

Tintypes

 

[Mary Jane Wheaton?] [ca. 1855?] BANC PIC 2001.052:007

Physical Description: 1 photograph: ambrotype?; ninth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Material: brown velvet.

Content/Description

Half-length portrait as a young woman, perhaps in her teens. She wears an off-the-shoulder dress, perhaps suggesting her unmarried status. Mary Jane Wheaton married Peter J. Barber in San Francisco in 1858 or later.

Indexing Terms

Pioneers -- California
Teenagers
Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes

 

[Mary Jane, Mrs. P.J. Barber] July 22, 1863. BANC PIC 2001.052:008

Physical Description: 1 photograph: tintype; sixth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric with leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood. Pad: red velvet with embossed single leaf and scroll motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Early pencil annotation in case well, behind image: Mary Jane, Mrs P.J. Barber, San Francisco, Cal., July 22nd, 1863.

Indexing Terms

Tintypes

 

[Two Barber children?] [ca. 1865-1867] BANC PIC 2001.052:009

Physical Description: 1 photograph: tintype; quarter plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric with leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

A girl, perhaps age five or six, seated in a wooden sidechair, holding a small child, perhaps age two. Probably Sylvia and E.F. Barber, eldest daughters of Peter J. Barber.

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Pioneers -- California
Tintypes

 

[Sylvia Barber as a child] 1864. BANC PIC 2001.052:010

Physical Description: 1 photograph: tintype; sixth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Cover lacking.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Attached note in early 20th century hand: Sylvia Barber Rogus [Rogers?], 1864.

Content/Description

Seated, full-length portrait of Sylvia, daugther of Peter J. and Mary Jane Barber, at about age four. [Sylvia was listed (as "Silva S.") in the 1880 census as age 20.]

Indexing Terms

Tintypes

 

[Peter J. Barber, mayor of Santa Barbara, Calif.] [ca. 1880 or ca. 1890] BANC PIC 2001.052:011

Physical Description: 1 photograph: tintype; sixth plate
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: Geometric (cross). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.3 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed single leaf and scroll motif. Note: case is much earlier than image (ca. 1860 vs. ca. 1890).

Additional Note

Peter J. Barber was mayor of Santa Barbara in 1880-81 and again in 1890-91. An accompanying note states this portrait was taken when he was mayor, and by his apparent age, the 1890 date seems likely. The tintype has been placed in a much earlier photographic case and brass mat, dating from ca. 1860.

Indexing Terms

Tintypes

 

[Child with a dog. A son of Peter J. Barber?] [ca. 1860-1865?] BANC PIC 2001.052:012--TIN

Physical Description: 1 photograph: tintype; sixth plate

Content/Description

Small boy in plaid dress with his hand on a chair. A dog sits at his feet.

Additional Note

This may be a Barber son who died or lived independently prior to 1880, or another relative. The only Barber son listed in the 1880 cenus was S.M. Barber, age 10 (born ca. 1870). Daughters were born ca. 1860 and ca. 1864.

Indexing Terms

Tintypes

 

John and James Blair family portraits BANC PIC 2001.066

Biographical Note

John and James Blair were brothers who emigrated from Scotland to Ohio and Indiana and came to California during the gold rush. They started business as innkeepers in Placerville, California, and later were sawmill and lumberyard owners.

Content/Description

1 item selected from the John and James Blair family portraits
The John and James Blair family portraits consist of 1 ambrotype and 1 album of cartes de visite portraits, dating from ca. 1855-ca. 1880. The portraits are chiefly of members of the Blair family of Placerville, California and vicinity. Some are also taken in Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada and other U.S. locations.
 

[J. Blair of Placerville, California.] [ca. 1857-1860] BANC PIC 2001.066:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.9 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, backing glass, iron backing plate. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass (in the style of Cuttings' Patent), with iron backing plate (removed and housed separately). Mat: decorative oval, trimmed to fit octagonal case. Lacks preserver.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral geometric - Bouquet of Flowers in Oval (Krainik no. 341). Material: thermoplastic. Dimensions: octagonal 9.5 x 8.4 cm. Pad: brown velvet with embossed motif. Notes: Littlefield, Parsons & Co. Case badly cracked, with loss at edges.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Printed in case well: Littlefield, Parsons & Co. / Manufacturers of / Daguerreotype Cases. / L., P. & Co., are the sole / Proprietors and only legal Manu- / facturers of Union Cases, with the / Embracing Riveted Hinge. / Patented October 14, 1856 / And April 21, 1857.

Content/Description

Bust-length portrait as a young man, wearing a bow tie. Sitter is believed to be James Blair, but may be James' elder brother John Blair.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

John Augustus Blanchard daguerreotype and ambrotype portraits circa 1855 BANC PIC 2013.075--CASE

Physical Description: 2 photographs : daguerreotype and ambrotype

Scope and Content Note

Two studio portraits, with sitter identified on hand-written notes. According to vendor's description, a John A. Blanchard posted letters at the Sacramento post office in 1855; was sentenced to prison in 1860.

Additional Note

Library purchase, 2013
 

[John Augustus Blanchard] [circa 1850-1855] BANC PIC 2013.075:1--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype, quarter plate ; visible image 10 x 7 cm oval

Scope and Content Note

Bust-length portrait in formal attire, with paper note identifying sitter at John A. Blanchard.

Additional Note

Attributed, by vendor, to Robert Vance.
 

[John Augustus Blanchard, standing] [circa 1855] BANC PIC 2013.075:2--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype, sixth plate ; visible image 7 x 6 cm oval.

Scope and Content Note

Full-length standing portrait in miner's attire
 

Bohnett, Evans, and Markham family photograph collection. ca. 1852-ca. 1950 BANC PIC 2000.027

Content/Description

11 items selected from the Bohnett, Evans, and Markham family photograph collection.
The Bohnett, Evans, and Markham family photograph collection consists of approximately 2,000 photographs spanning the dates of ca. 1850-ca. 1950. It consists chiefly of studio portraits and snapshots of these families of early California settlers.

Processing Information

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the John Evans Bohnett, Ruth Evans Bohnett, Joan Evans Bohnett, and Barbara L. Bohnett collection.
 

[Unidentified bearded man.] [ca. 1854] BANC PIC 2000.027:01--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - mixed flowers. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: blue velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten, modern, presumably by a family member): Could be Frances E. Markham['s] Uncle or even father.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a seated man with a beard and mustache, wearing a standing collar.

Indexing Terms

Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified woman, presumably of the Evans or Markham family.] [ca. 1850?] BANC PIC 2000.027:02--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.8 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 cm. Notes: Only fragments of back of case present, stored separately from image.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UL): Scovill MFG. Co. / Extra. Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): Grandmother Frances Markham Evans A[unt? Or] Lizzie?

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a woman, seated, wearing lace fingerless gloves and jewelry.

Indexing Terms

Women
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified young mother and daughter.] [ca. 1855-1860?] BANC PIC 2000.027:04--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.9 x 6.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, jewelry hand colored. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 9.5 cm.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a seated young woman and small girl, presumably her daughter. The woman is wearing a lace shawl and jewelry.

Indexing Terms

Girls
Mothers & children
Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Stereo portrait of an unidentified seated man with a moustache, perhaps a Markam family member.] [ca. 1854-1856] BANC PIC 2000.027:03--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : stereo daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 5.2 x 4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, fragment of preserver. Plate: both images on single plate. Mat: plain, stereoscopic (double) oval. Preserver: mostly lacking (fragments removed).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.3 cm. Notes: Mascher stereo lense plate insert in case cover. Push-button closure.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on lens insert: MASCHER'S IMPROVED STEREOCOP[ ] / PHILADA. / PATENT MARCH 8th 185[3]. Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): Could be Grandmother Frances E Markham's father or even uncle.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a man, seated with his arm resting on a table. He has a large mustache, and is wearing a high collar with a large bow tie.

Indexing Terms

Men
Portraits
Stereographs, Daguerreotypes

 

[Unidentified girl in a hat and tartan-fringed cloak.] [ca. 1856-1860] BANC PIC 2000.027:05--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.8 x 6.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, cover glass(?) Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Cover glass: encapsulated in new glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Motif: leaf. Material: black thermoplastic with gold paint. Dimensions: octagonal 13.4 x 10.9 cm. Notes: significant loss to edges of frame. Image package removed for separate storage.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On frame (verso): (top) [paten]ted ; (bottom) Aug 7, 1855. Accompanying note [unsure if goes with this image]: Lizzie ?

Content/Description

Full length portrait of a girl standing next to table.

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified baby with a gold necklace.] [ca.1860] BANC PIC 2000.027:06--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing and blackened melainotype backing plate, jewelry hand colored. Mat: oval. Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Motif: geometric (Berg no. 7-62). Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: oval 15 x 13 cm. Notes: Frame broken. Image package removed for separate storage.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "One of several unidentified portraits received in a large envelop with 2 notes stating "Dad - Geo. S. Evans, Jr." and "Wilson Evans?" Notes might apply to this image or to any of several others (this collection, items 6-11.)"

Content/Description

Full length portrait of a baby, seated, wearing jewelry (necklace), and barefoot.

Indexing Terms

Children
Infants
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified baby touching a gold necklace.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 2000.027:07--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing and blackened melainotype backing plate, jewelry hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Motif: geometric (Berg no. 7-62). Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: oval 15 x 13 cm. Notes: image package found out of frame, but near it. Similar baby portrait (item 6) was in matching frame. Presumably framed as a pair. (Framed removed and housed separately.)
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "One of several unidentified portraits from a large envelop with 2 notes stating "Dad - Geo. S. Evans, Jr." and "Wilson Evans?" Notes might apply to this image or to any of several others (this collection, items 6-11.)"

Content/Description

Full length portrait of a barefoot baby seated next to a table.

Indexing Terms

Children
Infants
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man, woman and child.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 2000.027:08--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 9.1 x 6.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed scroll motif. Notes: case extremely deteriorated. Fragments stored separately from image package.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (modern): Could be Grandmother Frances E. Markham as a baby with father and mother. [Cataloger's note: does not match with age of F.E. Markham in identified adult portrait from family papers, although similar in features.]

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a man, woman and small girl, seated next to each other. The mother is wearing a shawl. Parts of a studio brace[?] are visible supporting the child.

Indexing Terms

Children
Families
Girls
Men
Women
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Frances E. Markham.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 2000.027:09--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical), foil over paper. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: variant of Leaf Circle (Rinhart no. 197). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed scroll and floral motif.

Content/Description

Half length portrait as a girl or young woman, seated, wearing jewelry (bracelets, ring and necklace), and a lace collar.

Additional Note

An identified copy (albumen photographic print) of this portrait is present in the Bohnett, Evans, and Markham family photograph collection.

Indexing Terms

Girls
Teenagers
Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified woman.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 2000.027:10--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.1 x 4.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with partial asphaltum backing behind figure (en relievo), face slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: oval and leaf. Material: cloth and paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): "? Grandmother France E. Markham's aunt?"

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a woman wearing jewelry (earrings) and a belt.

Indexing Terms

Women
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man.] [ca. 1865] BANC PIC 2000.027:11--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.9 x 4.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate. Cover glass: added glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.5 X 6.3 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: case almost certainly not original to image, which is a tintype copy.

Content/Description

Tintype copy image of cased portrait - a half length view of a man with a beard around his jawline.

Indexing Terms

Men
Portraits
Tintypes

 

Thérèse Bonney photograph collection. BANC PIC 1982.111

Content/Description

2 items selected from the Thérèse Bonney photograph collection.
The Thérèse Bonney photograph collection consists of approximately 10,000 photographic prints and negatives spanning the dates of ca. 1845-ca. 1969. The bulk of the collection dates from ca. 1920-ca. 1950. It includes photographic portraits by Bonney of artists and literary figures, some European etchings, photographs of World War II in France, images for the artist's "The Vatican", "Pictorial Manuscript of Europe's Children" and other works for publication, and views of various European locations. Also present are the photographer's notebooks, equipment, as well as copy photographs and other items related to the history of photography. The two daguerreotypes present are believed to be grandparents of Ms. Bonney. Although Thérèse Bonney collected daguerreotypes (many of which were exhibited in Paris in 1934), her collection did not come to The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Collection received with the Thérèse Bonney papers (BANC MSS 83/111).
 

[Maternal grandfather of Thérèse Bonney?] [ca. 1845?] BANC PIC 1982.111:01--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: textured octagonal.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 9 cm. Pad: red silk.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanied by note in modern hand: T.B.'s mother's father.

Content/Description

Half-length portrait of a bearded man.

Indexing Terms

Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified woman in spectacles and bonnet: family member of Thérèse Bonney?] [ca. 1845?] BANC PIC 1982.111:02--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 8 x 5.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: textured dome topped (elliptical).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - starburst in oval. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 cm. Pad: red silk.

Content/Description

Half-length portrait, seated, wearing glasses, with bonnet ribbons tied under chin.

Indexing Terms

Women
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

Photographs from the Bourn family papers. BANC PIC 1986.016

Content/Description

3 items selected from the Photographs from the Bourn family papers.
The Photographs from the Bourn family papers consist of approximately 1,600 items spanning the dates of ca. 1860-ca. 1939. The collection includes many family portraits (William Bowers Bourn, Ida Bourn, Augustus O. Bourn, Frank Bourn, Sarah Bourn, Maud Bourn, Maye Bourn, and others.) Also included are photographs of the Bourn-owned Empire Mine (Calif.), the family residence at Grass Valley, family homes in various other locations (including the Filoli estate.) Views in Napa County, Calif., are present, including St. Helena and the Greystone Winery. Also included are some photographs of South Africa, such as ports, homes, and scenery.

Processing Information

PARTIALLY ARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the Bourn family papers (BANC MSS 86/94 c).
 

[Frank Bourn (1861-1872).] [ca. 1865] BANC PIC 1986.016:001--CASE

Creator/Collector: Bradley & Rulofson
Physical Description: 1 photograph : opalotype ; visible image 7.3 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, cover glass. Plate: milk glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Material: cardboard. Dimensions: 22 x 16.5 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "Label (printed, on verso of frame): From / Bradley & Rulofson's / Celebrated / First Premium Gallery / Corner of Montgomery and Sacramento Streets, / San Francisco. / This Magnificent establishment has more room, larger lights, greater facilities and produces FINER / Photographs than any other, and received the Three First Premiums at the / Mechanics Institute Fair of 1865. / Depot of genuine Patent enameled Card Pictures. / "Sun Pearls", Beautiful, Durable and inexpensive / None but the most accomplished Artists employed, and all work warranted. / H.W. Bradley W.H. Rulofson."

Content/Description

Bust length portrait, wearing a tartan patterned top.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Opalotypes
Portraits

 

[Full length portrait of Maye C. Bourn, standing, with arm at side.] [ca. 1860s] BANC PIC 1986.016:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; half plate?, visible image 12 x 9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: nonpareil.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container. Dimensions: 13 x 9.5 cm. (image package).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat (top): Scovill MFG Co Superior; (bottom): Waterbury Conn No 852. Label (handwritten): Miss May C / Bourn / TF.

Content/Description

One arm is resting on a wooden balustrade prop. She is wearing jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelet, and ring).

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Teenagers
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Full length portrait of Maye C. Bourn, standing, with hand at cheek.] [ca. 1860s] BANC PIC 1986.016:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; half plate?, visible image 11.5 x 8.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical).
Container or Case Note: Type: no container. Dimensions: 13.2 x 9.8 cm. (mat edge).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat (sides): Holmes, Booth & Hayden's Superfine / Waterbury. Conn. No 39. Label (handwritten in ballpoint pen): TF / Maye C. Bourn.

Content/Description

Her elbow and hand are resting on a wooden balustrade prop. She is wearing jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelets, and ring).

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Teenagers
Portraits
Tintypes

 

Portraits of San Jose watchmaker John Broadbent and his brother, James. BANC PIC 2002.020

Physical Description: 1 ambrotype (1/9 plate), 3 card photographs, and 1 business card.

Content/Description

1 item selected from the 4 photographs and 1 business card that make up the collection of images related to John Broadbent of San Jose, Calif.
 

[John Broadbent] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 2002.020:01--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype; ninth plate.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes

 

Portrait miscellany of Brumagim and Walsworth family members. BANC PIC 1970.002

Biographical Note

The Brumagim and Walsworth families, related by marriage, were California pioneers of the town of Marysville. Frances Janet Pierson Brumagim and Sarah A. Pierson Walsworth are believed to have been sisters. Both families appear to have come from New York to California; the Walsworths in November, 1852. Jacob Henry Brumagim was reportedly the first banker of Marysville, and Edward B. Walsworth served there as minister for ten years. Walsworth was also a Presbyterian minister in Oakland, Calif.

Content/Description

The Portrait miscellany of Brumagim and Walsworth family members consists of 4 images (in 3 cases) which were added by the library to a portrait miscellany of unrelated items from various sources. The Brumagim / Walsworth portraits date from ca. 1850-ca. 1858.

Provenance

Gift of Clinton E. Brooks.
 

[Reverend Edward Brown Walsworth, founder of the Oakland College School, with wife Sarah.] Nov. 13, 1852 BANC PIC 1970.002:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 5.6 x 6.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: textured rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: textured.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten, early): This picture was taken in N. York at the Home Miss[ion] Society Rooms just before we sailed for Cal. November 13, 1852.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Dimensions: 8.2 x 9.4 cm. Pad: red silk. Notes: case may not be original to image. Image package loose in case well.

Biographical Note

Walsworth was a minister in Marysville, Calif. and later at the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, Calif.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait, seated. The woman (Sara A. Pierson Walsworth) is holding a book.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Men
Pioneers -- California
Women
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Edward Brown Walsworth with his wife Sarah A. Pierson Walsworth, small daugther Cornelia, and niece Elizabeth J. Brumagim.] [ca. 1850-1852] BANC PIC 1970.002:003--CASE

Creator/Collector: Raymond
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 8.9 x 12 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: jewelry slightly handcolored gold. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: In case well: Raymond / Artist [?] / [Sept. 1852?]. [Possibly J.W. Raymond of Lima, New York?]
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15 x 12 cm. Pad: red silk.

Biographical Note

Rev. Walsworth and wife left New York for California in November, 1852.

Content/Description

Half length portrait with Walsworth and daughter seated between two women, his wife and niece.

Indexing Terms

Children
Couples
Families
Girls
Men
Pioneers -- California
Women
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Henry Brumagim.] [ca. 1855-1858] BANC PIC 1970.002:004--CASE

Physical Description: 2 photographs : ambrotype ; sixth plate.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: The Farmer's Dream / The Apple Picker (Krainik no. 138 / Rinhart no. 22). Material: brown thermoplastic. Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.9 cm. Notes: A.P. Critchlow & Co. Notes: double case with 2 images.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Printed in case well: A.P. Critchlow & Co., / Manufactures of / Daguerreotype Cases. / A.P.C. & Co. / are the Original Inventors of the / Composition for the Union Case, / (so called,) including all the various shades / of color and fineness of texture pecu- / liar to their manufacture and of the / Embracing Riveted hinges, thus / securing them from breaking out / as do others that are inserted / with or without a / metal brace. / - / Patent applied for. /

Indexing Terms

Couples
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Pictorial material from the Bunnell-Mapes family papers. BANC PIC 1983.122

Content/Description

4 items selected from the Pictorial material from the Bunnell-Mapes family papers.
The Pictorial material from the Bunnell-Mapes family papers consists of approximately 345 items (including 2 daguerreotypes and 2 ambrotypes) spanning the dates of ca. 1850-1932. The collection consists largely of photographs of and relating to Bunnell family members and their homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and Connecticut. Also includes photos of the Waterman, Hart, Mapes, and Sterling families, as well as a small landscape study in oil painted by William Keith.

Processing Information

PARTIALLY ARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library

Provenance

Transferred from the Bunnell-Mapes family papers (BANC MSS 83/107 c).
 

[Catherine Mapes Bunnell as a girl.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1983.122:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype, hand colored ; sixth plate, visible image 6.8 x 5.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: dress and skin hand colored. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UC): Doublé [in square over lamb bearing cross, between two crescents, with initials J and P at lower corners] 40 [in square at right].

Content/Description

In red dress, reclining on a chair in an artistic pose, with one hand at side of head.

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified young man.] [ca. 1850-1852] BANC PIC 1983.122:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.4 x 4.1 cm., image package 6.4 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: star on lapel and shirt slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (LL): J.F.S. [initials inside of an elongated octagon] (in Rinhart, Hallmark 26-variant).

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a young man with a star (jewelry?) on his lapel.

Additional Note

Formerly identified as James Sterling Bunnell (b. 1843), but estimated date of portrait does not support identification. Item 1983.122:002--CASE is also identified as James Sterling Bunnell, and this idenfification was confirmed by comparison to other family photographs.

Indexing Terms

Men
Teenagers
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[James Sterling Bunnell as a boy.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1983.122:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.5 x 4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, backing glass, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass (in the style of Cutting's Patent). Mat: plain oval. Cover glass: added cover glass. Preserver: decorative.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Note (handwritten): James S. Bunnell As a boy at Bridgeport, Conn. [Note found with 1983.122:002, but presumably switched. Identity of this subject confirmed by comparison to other family photographs.]
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 cm x 6.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Biographical Note

Father of Louise Mapes (Bunnell) Keeler, wife of Charles Augustus Keeler.

Content/Description

Right reading, half length portrait of a boy wearing a wide, tartan patterned bow tie.

Additional Note

A cabinet card copy of this portrait is also present in the Pictorial material from the Bunnell-Mapes family papers.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[James Sterling Bunnell?] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1983.122:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.1 x 3.9 cm.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 7.2 x 6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing and fabric backing, face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a boy.

Additional Note

Same subject as 1983.122:003--CASE.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Teenagers
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Portraits of Dr. David Burbank and his bride, Clara Kauffer. BANC PIC 2001.047

Biographical Note

David Burbank (1821-1895) studied dentistry in Waterville, Maine. He came to California in 1853, during the gold rush. He married in California and moved from Northern California to Los Angeles in 1866. He purchased La Providencia Rancho, and the town of Burbank was later named for him.

Content/Description

The Portraits of Dr. David Burbank and his bride, Clara Kauffer consist of 1 daguerreotype and 2 ambrotypes dating from ca. 1853-1858.

Additional Note

A view of Montgomery Street in G.R. Fardon's "San Francisco Album" includes a sign for Dr. Burbank, Dentist, that presumably marks David Burbank's practice.
 

[David Burbank in mining clothes and a straw hat.] [ca. 1853] BANC PIC 2001.047:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate.

Indexing Terms

Men
Miners
Pioneers -- California
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[David Burbank at the time of his marriage.] [ca. 1858.] BANC PIC 2001.047:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Clara Kauffer Burbank at the time of her marriage to David Burbank.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 2001.047:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate.

Indexing Terms

Pioneers -- California
Women

 

Portraits of Charles Butters from the Charles Butters papers. BANC PIC 1956.003

Biographical Note

Charles Butters (1854-1833) was an international mining engineer and metallurgist.

Content/Description

1 item selected from the Portraits of Charles Butters from the Charles Butters papers.
The Portraits of Charles Butters from the Charles Butters papers consist of 13 items spanning the dates of ca. 1857-ca. 1933. This collection consists of portraits of Butters, and one of Jessie H. Butters. Additional photographs relating to his career have been accessioned as BANC PIC 1989.056.

Provenance

Transferred from the Charles Butters papers (BANC MSS C-B 748).
 

[Charles Butters as a young boy.] [ca. 1857] BANC PIC 1956.003:011--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.8 x 3.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with metal plate backing (removed and housed separately), face slightly hand colored. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.4 x 6 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson Patent Applied for Worcester, Mass. No [?].

Content/Description

Right reading, half length portrait of a boy wearing a matching top [coat?] and hat. Both garments have tartan detailing.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Cased photograph miscellany. BANC PIC 19xx.177

Content/Description

The Cased photograph miscellany consists of 5 items dating from ca. 1856-ca. 1860. They are unidentified portraits from unknown sources.
 

[Unidentified seated woman and two girls.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 19xx.177:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, with blackened photographic paper added. Faces and bows hand colored. Mat: decorative with leaf scroll motif. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: plain, with rectabular double rule. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed grape motif.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a woman and girls wear long ribbons or bows at their necks. Image appears to be of English or European origin. Woman may also be pictured in 19xx.177:005.

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Mothers & children
Women
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Unidentified baby.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 19xx.177:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.7 x 3.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing [emulsion up]; face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 6.2 x 7.5 cm. Pad: green velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a baby sitting next to a partially visible woman.

Indexing Terms

Children
Infants
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Bearded man.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 19xx.177:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: melainotype with face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: patriotic - Flag in Gold with variant border (Rinhart no. 66). Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on plate (LC): Melainotype for Neff. Blind stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson's Patent Applied for / Worcester Mass. No. 10.

Indexing Terms

Men
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Unidentified seated woman holding a book.] [ca. 1858-1860] BANC PIC 19xx.177:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.4 x 4.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing [emulsion up]; face, lips, cuffs and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 6.3 x 7.5 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a woman seated in a leather chair, holding a book and wearing a thin dark ribbon around her neck secured with a brooch, and a ring on her finger.

Indexing Terms

Women
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified young man and woman.] [ca. 1856] BANC PIC 19xx.177:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, with face and gold jewelry hand colored. Mat: dome topped (elliptical) decorative with cross-in-diamond motif. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - oval and scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.3 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed leaf scroll motif.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a man and a woman. The woman is seated, with man standing at her side, hand on shoulder. Woman appears to be the same as that pictured in 19xx.177:001. Style of brass mat indicates likely European origin.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Men
Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

Portraits of Andrew Child. BANC PIC 1978.097

Biographical Note

Andrew Child (1825-1884) traveled overland to California from Wisconsin in 1850-1851. He remained in California for two years. He was the author of the guidebook The Overland Route to California; Description of the Route, via Council Bluffs, Iowa, published by his brother, Cyrus Child.

Content/Description

The Portraits of Andrew Child consist of 2 photographs (1 daguerreotype and 1 ambrotype), dating from ca. 1845-ca. 1855.

Provenance

Transferred from the Andrew Child letters (BANC MSS 78/99)
 

[Andrew Child (1825-1884).] [ca. 1845] BANC PIC 1978.097:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.6 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, cover glass. Mat: nonpareil (added).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - vines. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm. Pad: red silk.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (LR): 40. On case cover (center): Meade Brothers / Exchange / Albany, N.Y.

Content/Description

Half length portrait, seated with his elbow resting on the back of the chair, and his hand resting on his chin.

Additional Note

Original mat lacking. Period-appropriate brass mat added January 2000.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Andrew Child (1825-1884) with full sideburns.] [ca. 1855?] BANC PIC 1978.097:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7 x 5.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative with string of beads motif.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.

Content/Description

Half length portrait.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Photographs from the Henry D. Cogswell papers. BANC PIC 1984.025

Biographical Note

Cogswell (1820-1900) was a dentist, businessman, temperance advocate, and philanthropist; born in Tollandville, Connecticut; arrived in San Francisco in 1849, founded Cogswell Polytechnical College in San Francisco in 1877; presented numerous drinking fountains and monuments to various cities and towns in the U.S., including San Francisco and Boston.

Content/Description

2 items selected from the Photographs from the Henry D. Cogswell papers.
The Photographs from the Henry D. Cogswell papers consist of 23 items (including 2 daguerreotypes), spanning the dates of ca. 1850-ca. 1900. Collection contains portraits of H.D. Cogswell and family, photographs of statues and busts of H.D. Cogswell, a photo of Cogswell Polytechnic College in San Francisco, and a view of Second Street in San Francisco.

Provenance

Transferred from the Henry D. Cogswell papers (BANC MSS 84/61 c).
 

[Man and a woman: Henry D. Cogswell and wife?] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1984.025:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 6 x 9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate (only).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 9.5 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: image plate stored separately from case.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Note (handwritten): 2 Photos on Copper (?) / CE[L] ? / & Brother ? / In folding box.

Content/Description

Half length portrait.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Families
Men
Women
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Henry D. Cogswell (1820-1900)] [ca. 1850-1852] BANC PIC 1984.025:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.6 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: textured octagonal. Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: insect damage to verso of case reveals wooden case construction.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten, early 20th century?): Old style photograph of HDC as a young man. Small box with clasps. (LBT. Far West).

Content/Description

Bust length portrait as a young man with a beard.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

Photographs from the Darbee papers. BANC PIC 2000.054

Content/Description

9 items selected from the Darbee family pictorial collection.
The Darbee family pictorial collection consists of approximately 3,000 photographs spanning the dates of ca. 1852-ca. 1930. It includes many portraits of this San Francisco family and related Gooch and Thomas family members.

Processing Information

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the Darbee family papers (BANC MSS 2000/98 c).
 

[John Darbee.] [ca. 1852-1855] BANC PIC 2000.054:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7.1 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - gem with leaf scroll surround. Material: paper or cloth over wood. Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UR): [Star in center flanked by two smaller stars].

Content/Description

Half length portrait of older man. Received by library with no identification. Identified by researcher as "John Darbee, eldest son of Samuel and Hannah (Kimball) Darbee, born March 20, 1796 in Rockland, NY. A copy of this photograph appears on page 680 of Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley Volume II, Lewis Historical Publishing Company 1913."

Indexing Terms

Aged persons
Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man and baby girl.] [ca. 1857-1860] BANC PIC 2000.054:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: decorative oval (with similar additional mat also in case well). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric - gem with floral scroll. Material: paper over wood? Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.9 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on second mat (now sleeved separately): Holmes, Booth & Haydens Patent Applied For.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of man holding a little girl. Probably Gooch family members.

Indexing Terms

Children
Fathers & children
Girls
Men
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Unidentified young woman.] [ca. 1852-1854] BANC PIC 2000.054:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.1 x 4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: plain nonpareil. Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - bouquet with scroll surround. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of young woman wearing a lace collar. Possibly a Gooch family member.

Indexing Terms

Women
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Child in a plaid dress.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 2000.054:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing and ferrotype backing plate; face and dress slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: floral - bouquet surrounded by leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.1 cm.

Content/Description

Full length portrait of young child in off-the-shoulder plaid dress, standing. Hair parted on the side indicates that the child is probably a boy. Possibly a Gooch family member.

Indexing Terms

Children
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Young man with a beard; a member of the Gooch family.] [ca. 1855-1860?] BANC PIC 2000.054:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass in black image well, face and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Material: paper over wood? Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.4 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On plate (scratched in emulsion, at edge): [A Jones?] Gooch [or possibly A. James Gooch, or S. James Gooch, or A. Ferris Gooch or other variation]. Stamped on mat: Cooke & Emerson's Patent Applied For / Providence R.I.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of bearded man wearing gold pinky ring.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Young woman wearing a necklace.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 2000.054:006--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass. Necklace and ring hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - bouquet with floral scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: case in very poor condition, with parts lacking.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson's Patent Applied For / Worcester, Mass No. 10.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length seated portrait of an unidentified young woman wearing floral patterned, off-the-shoulder dress and gold necklace and ring. Woman wears dark bands on wrists.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified couple seated at a table.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 2000.054:007--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7.4 x 6.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, backing plate. Plate: clear glass with black metal backing plate.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case: cover only. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Full length portrait of man and woman seated with cloth covered table between them. Woman wears dark bands on wrists.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Men
Women
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Unidentified bearded man.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 2000.054:008--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.8 x 3.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric - arabesque gem. Material: leather over wood? Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.1 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on mat: Holmes, Booth & Hayden's [..?] / Waterbury, Conn. No. 49.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of man with goatee beard. Possibly a Gooch family member.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified girl.] [ca. 1858-1960] BANC PIC 2000.054:009--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.2 x 3.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with black velvet backing; face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case (detached). Motif: geometric - quatre-foil with floral scroll surround. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of girl in her teens wearing striped dress and necklace with heart shaped pendant.

Indexing Terms

Girls
Teenagers
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Day and Palmer family photographs. BANC PIC 1968.029

Biographical Note

Sherman Day was Surveyor General of California, a state senator, and superintendent of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines. C.T.H. Palmer was San Francisco pioneer, lawyer, and an early resident of Berkeley, California. Palmer was married to Day's daughter, Harriet.

Content/Description

5 items selected from the Day and Palmer family photographs.
The Day and Palmer family photographs consist of 213 photographs spanning the dates of ca. 1852-ca. 1902. The collection includes a cartes de visite album of portraits, chiefly of women and children (ca. 1865-ca. 1890?); an album of snapshots and amateur photographs belonging to Roger Sherman Day and picturing sailing and other outdoor recreation (dating from ca. 1899-1902); and various portraits including Sherman Day and C.T.H Palmer and family members. Among the Day family portraits are four stereographs of Sherman Day and others at New Almaden, one of which is signed by C.E. Watkins.

Processing Information

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Bulk transferred from the Day-Palmer family papers (BANC MSS 68/83), with additional portraits from a 1933 gift of Caroline Day.
 

[Charles T.H. Palmer (1827-1897) and wife.] [ca. 1856] BANC PIC 1968.029:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.6 x 6.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 9.6 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On mat: Holmes, Booth & Hayden's patented Oct. 1855.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of the couple, standing. C.T.H. Palmer (1827-1897) has a mustache and his hand is in his vest. The woman (Harriet Day Palmer?) is wearing a shawl and jewelry (brooch, chain and bracelet).

Additional Note

Identification based upon provenance and comparison to portraits of Palmer in the Bancroft Portrait File. Identification of woman as his wife has not been confirmed.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Men
Pioneers -- California
Women
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Unidentified youth.] [ca. 1854] BANC PIC 1968.029:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, backing glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass (in the style of Cutting's patent). Mat: plain oval. Cover glass: no cover glass. Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - leaf scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 cm. Pad: green velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a young man, seated. Subject may be the same as 1968.029:03, or his brother.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Men
Teenagers
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified young man.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1968.029:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face and ring hand colored. Mat: decorative oval, with diamond pattern. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - scroll leaf. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.1 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Embossed on mat (verso, center): Holmes, Booth and Hayden's Patented Oct. 1855.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a man, seated, wearing a gold ring. Subject may be the same as 1968.029:02, or his brother.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Profile of Sherman Day (1806-1884) in a rocking chair and reading a newspaper.] [ca. 1859] BANC PIC 1968.029:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.7 x 6.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, backing glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass (in the style of Cuttings Patent). Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: paper over wood? Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).

Content/Description

Half length, profile view portrait; wearing glasses and reading a newspaper.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Sherman Day (1806-1884).] 1852 BANC PIC 1968.029:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.9 x 5.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.3 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Note (handwritten, early, adhered to front of case): S. Day. / San Francisco / 1852; [later library markings added]: Port 13809, (on verso): port 13809.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of Day with a beard.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

Alonzo James Doolittle family portraits. BANC PIC 2005.071--CASE BANC PIC 2005.071--CASE

Physical Description: 10 photographs (4 daguerreotypes, 3 ambrotypes, 1 tintype, and 2 albumen prints) and 1 item (walking stick handle)
 

[Alonzo J. Doolittle in miner's clothing with a bag of gold] [between 1850 and 1855] BANC PIC 2005.071:01--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric sunburst. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.3 cm. Pad: red (or faded purple) velvet with floral urn motif.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slightly hand colored, some intentional etching over gold nuggets. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.

Biographical Note

Born in Vermont, Alonzo J. Doolittle was a surveyor who came to California in the gold rush. He mapped the gold fields of California and is known to have published several western maps in the 1860s. In 1875 he died on board the S.S. Pacific, which sank after departing Victoria, B.C.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of A.J. Doolittle, standing, wearing miner's shirt, plaid trousers, and broad-brimmed hat. His arm rests on a plinth that holds two "gold pokes"; two small bags, with gold nuggets displayed. The breast pocket of his work shirt appears to contain maps or account books, and he wears a two-piece round belt buckle common among California gold miners.

Indexing Terms

Gold mines and mining
Men
Miners
Pioneers -- California
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Alonzo J. Doolittle in patterned waistcoat] [ca. 1850-1855] BANC PIC 2005.071:02--CASE

Creator/Collector: North, William C.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: slight hand-tinting. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical) with textured border. Preserver: decorative with leaf motif.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.5 cm. Pad: plain purple velvet. Notes: Eickmeyer style (no patent marks).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind-stamped on mat: Wm. C. North, Cleveland. In case well: N- [initial of photographer North?], $3.50. Identifying label in 19th century hand: Alonzo Janes [or James?] Doolittle. [Note: Janes was Doollittle's mother's maiden name. His name appears variously as Janes and James, and the cursive hand on this label can be read as either.]

Additional Note

Close variant of 2005.072:03.

Indexing Terms

Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Alonzo J. Doolittle in patterned waistcoat] [ca. 1850-1855] BANC PIC 2005.071:03--CASE

Creator/Collector: North, William C.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate Received as bare plate, lacking mat, case, and cover glass.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait.

Additional Note

A close variant of 2005.071:02, apparently taken at same sitting. Attributed to same photographer, William C. North of Cleveland, Ohio.

Indexing Terms

Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Alonzo and Martha Doolittle] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 2005.071:04--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: minor hand tinting or jewelry. Mat: nonpareil with ornate grape, leaf, and bird motif. Preserver: decorative egg & dart.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric, simple arabesque. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.4 x 12.3 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif of leaf scroll and a grapevine motif in central oval.

Content/Description

Seated three-quarter-length portrait. She holds an object in lap (a fan?) which has apparently become obscured by blurred hand-tinting.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Men
Women
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Martha Doolittle and baby] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 2005.071:05--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate (asphaltum backed), mat, preserver. (Lacking cover glass: added. Original seal intact on plate.)
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral scroll. Material: leather over wood. Pad: red velvet with floral urn and bird motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Enclosed card, in blue pencil, identifies Martha Doolittle.

Content/Description

Seated half-length portrait. Mother wears floral bonnet with large bow under chin.

Indexing Terms

Children
Mothers & children
Women
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Martha Doolittle and baby] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 2005.071:06--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate Received lacking case, mat and other image package components. Placed in empty half-case with mat also received from Doolittle family (2005), but may not be original to image. Plate hand-tinted, with child's dress in red.

Additional Note

Unidentified. Identity based on comparison to 2005.071:05.

Indexing Terms

Children
Mothers & children
Women
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Two boys: sons of Alonzo and Martha Doolittle?] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 2005.071:07--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: broken, with asphaltum backing.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: scroll. Material: leather over wood. Pad: faded (red?) velvet with embossed floral urn motif. Rail lacking.

Content/Description

Full length portrait of two young boys, standing. One has arm on other's shoulder. Both wear tunic-like belted shirts over trousers. Boys appear close in height and age, perhaps near four and five years old.

Additional Note

Mis-identified as A.J. Doolittle. One might be an A.J. Doolittle, Jr., but names of children in family have not been recorded.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

Grandfather Ely [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 2005.071:08--TIN

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "Note in 19th century hand affixed to back of plate with later adhesive tape: "Grandfather Ely". It is possible that note was affixed to the incorrect image by a 20th century descendant."

Content/Description

Half-length portrait of a bearded man.perhaps age 45-60. May be father of Martha (Ely) Doolittle, as affixed note suggests, but may be too young a man for this to be possible.

Indexing Terms

Men
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Jefferson Ely Doolittle] BANC PIC 2005.071:09--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photograph on cabinet card mount : albumen.
 

[Martha Doolittle] BANC PIC 2005.071:10--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photograph on cabinet card mount : albumen.
 

Gold head of A.J. Doolittle's walking stick 1854 BANC PIC 2005.071:11--OBJ

Physical Description: 1 item (walking stick handle) : gold ; 4.2 cm. x 3 cm. diam.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Inscribed: A.J. Doolittle, Nevada City, Cal. 1854 / [on sides:] Pure Cal[ifornia gold] / From Doolittle's / Diggings / Sou[th] Yuba Riv[er].
 

Andrew Drips family portraits. BANC PIC 1962.018

Biographical Note

Drips was a fur trader and U.S. Indian Agent for the Upper Missouri, 1842-1846. He later traded for P. Chouteau, Jr., & Co. at their Scotts Bluff post, Fort John. His second wife (and mother of his sons Andrew and Thomas), Louise Geroux Drips, was a Native American of the Sioux tribe.

Content/Description

1 item selected from the Andrew Drips family portraits.
The Andrew Drips family portraits consist of 14 items dating from the 19th century. The collection consists of portraits, many of which are later copy photographs, of the family of Andrew Drips.

Provenance

Received in conjunction with the Andrew Drips papers (BANC MSS P-W 37).
 

[Andrew Jackson Drips and his two sons, Andrew and Thomas.] [ca. 1857] BANC PIC 1962.018:001--CASE

Physical Description: 2 photographs: ambrotype ; sixth plate.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric (Krainik no. 288). Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.4 cm. Notes: A.P. Critchlow & Co. Notes: double case with 2 images.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Printed in case well: A.P. Critchlow & Co., / Manufactures of / Daguerreotype Cases. / A.P.C. & Co. / are the Original Inventors of the / Composition for the Union Case, / (so called,) including all the various shades / of color and fineness of texture pecu- / liar to their manufacture and of the / Embracing Riveted hinges, thus / securing them from breaking out / as do others that are inserted / with or without a / metal brace. / - / Hinge Patented / Oct. 14, 1856, & April 21, 1857. Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): Drips, Andrew 1789-1860 / -2 / Drips, Andrew Jackson Jr. / 1850-1911 / at left / and / Drips, Thomas Nelson 1852 - )? / sons of Andrew / gift of Mrs. Richard B. / Hershey and / Miss Catleivie / Brauch. Sept 1961 / ca 1854 / picture drawer [ 6321].

Indexing Terms

Fathers & children
Ambrotypes

 

Duchow family portraits. BANC PIC 1955.022

Content/Description

The Duchow family portraits consist of 2 daguerreotypes dating from ca.1850. John Charles Duchow, Jr., was a pioneer newspaper publisher of Tuolumne County, California, and these images were taken by photographer William Snell of Salem, Massachusetts, prior to Duchow's 1852 departure for California.

Provenance

Transferred from the Duchow family papers (BANC MSS C-B 568)

Indexing Terms

Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Seven members of the Duchow family of Salem, Mass., including Johann Carl Duchow and son John Charles Duchow.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1955.022:001--CASE

Creator/Collector: Snell, William
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 9.1 x 12.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: faces slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of Urn with flowers (Rinhart no. 64 / Berg no. 4-5). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12.1 x 15.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif and photographer's name. Notes: similar case, mat, preserver and pad to 1955.022:002.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Embossed on case pad: Wm. Snell / Artist / Salem.

Content/Description

Group portrait of man (Captain Johann Carl Duchow, 1793-1857) and woman and five children, two of whom are babies. The eldest son (John Charles Duchow, 1830-1901) is standing in center.

Date Note

Taken prior to younger J.C. Duchow's 1852 departure for Calif.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Couples
Families
Fathers & children
Infants
Men
Mothers & children
Pioneers -- California
Teenagers
Women
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Two Duchow sisters and a baby boy.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1955.022:002--CASE

Creator/Collector: Snell, William
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype, hand colored; half plate, visible image 12.2 x 9.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: faces slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of Urn with flowers (Rinhart no. 64 / Berg no. 4-5). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.1 x 12.1 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed motif and photographer's name. Notes: similar case, mat, preserver and pad to 1955.022:001.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UL): [not clear]. Embossed on case pad: Wm. Snell / Artist / Salem.

Content/Description

Fine portrait of a young woman in plaid dress wearing a decorative floral bonnet holding a baby, seated next to a girl in calico dress with lace sleeves.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Families
Girls
Infants
Women
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

Photographs from the Milton S. Eisner papers. ca. 1855-ca. 1950 BANC PIC 1962.025

Content/Description

3 items selected from the Photographs from the Milton S. Eisner papers.
The Photographs from the Milton S. Eisner papers consist of approximately 125 items (including 2 daguerreotypes and 1 ambrotype) spanning the dates of ca. 1850-ca. 1950. The collection consists of pictures relating to California, mainly San Francisco Bay Area history, include: views of 1906 earthquake, the interior of the I.W. Taber photographic studio, Woodward's Gardens, portraits, and various scenes. Also included are two tintype portraits and one photograph of Black Bart.

Provenance

Transferred from the Milton S. Eisner papers (BANC MSS C-R 155)
 

[Young man, perhaps associated with an express company.] [ca. 1850?] BANC PIC 1962.025:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7.7 x 6.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate. Cover glass: added glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Note (in pencil on graph paper to which collector had adhered plate): Expresses--Western. [Apparently indexing or filing terms.]

Provenance

From the collection of Milton Eisner, collector of Western pioneer banking and philatelic materials.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man.] [ca. 1852] BANC PIC 1962.025:002--CASE

Creator/Collector: Long, E.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 12 x 8.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: octagonal. Preserver: decorative. Seal: original.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of A Spray of Roses (front), geometric (back) (Rinhart no. 131). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15 x 11.7 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: front has different motif from back.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on mat (bottom center): E. LONG [Enoch Long?]

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a man wearing a high, standing collar, and double breasted coat with large lapels.

Indexing Terms

Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

Portraits of William Garrison English and his wife Elizabeth Custis Anderson English. BANC PIC 1965.044

Biographical Note

William G. English, of West Point, New York, came to California in 1849, returned East, and came again to settle in Sacramento by 1855. His business interests were largely destroyed by the flood of 1861. He was shot and killed in Sacramento in 1878, a year after divorce from his wife, Elizabeth Anderson English (cf. San Francisco Alta, August 18, 1878).

Content/Description

The Portraits of William Garrison English and his wife Elizabeth Custis Anderson English consist of 3 daguerreotypes dating from ca. 1848-1850.

Provenance

Gift of Drummond D. English, Sr.
 

[William Garrison English.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1965.044:01--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: decorative. Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Inscribed in case well: Wm G English / Grandfather of / Drummond D English SR. On plate (handwritten, by library staff, verso): Wm Garrison English Portrait Drawer 5200(7) Gift of Drummond D English [6779]

Content/Description

Bust length portrait, with a beard on the lower half of his chin, and wearing a high, starched collar.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[William Garrison English.] [ca. 1848-1850] BANC PIC 1965.044:02--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; two thirds plate, visible image 9.5 x 7.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: plain paper oval with white rule.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: Basket of Flowers (front), variant of The Delicate Roses (back) (Rinhart no. 148 & no. 125). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.8 x 10.7 cm. Pad: blue or purple silk. Notes: Case and plate size indicate likely European origin.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Inscribed on case (in black ink, bottom edge): Wm G English.

Content/Description

Half length, three-quarter profile, with beard.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Elizabeth Custis Anderson English.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1965.044:03--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 9.1 x 6.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: floral - variant of Mixed Flowers (Rinhart no. 136). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Inscribed in case well (in blue ink): Elizabeth Custis / (Anderson) English / Grandmother of / Drummond D English.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait, seated. Her elbow rests on a small table, and the hand is placed at her jaw. She is wearing jewelry (earrings, rings, belt buckle).

Indexing Terms

Pioneers -- California
Women
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

George R. Fardon miscellany. 1854-1856 Various

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)
Physical Description: 44 photographic prints (1 volume of 32 photographs, 1 panorama of 7 photographs, 1 panorama of 2 photographs, and 3 individual photographs) : salted paper prints ; various sizes.

Content/Description

Salted paper photographic prints by G.R. Fardon. Most are views from his San Francisco Album, published in 1856, reproduced here in full. Several individual prints from Bancroft Library collections are also included here. Individual photographs were acquired by the library from various sources.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Commercial buildings
Streets

 

San Francisco album: photographs of the most beautiful views and public buildings of San Francisco photographed by G. R. Fardon. 1856 F869.S3.9 F138x VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.) Herre & Bauer
Physical Description: 1 volume ([5] p. : 30 leaves of plates. chiefly ill.) ; 26 cm.
Physical Description: Contains 32 photographic salted paper prints.

Additional Note

Album published 1856. Individual views are dated to 1854-1856. Dates of images recorded here are supplied by cataloger based upon annotations in the de Fremery copy of the Fardon Album at Yale University, as recorded in the 1999 Chronicle Books edition of Fardon's "San Francisco Album".

Additional Note

"The earliest collection of photographic views published in San Francisco, and the finest specimens of the artistic skill of that day."--Cowan

Indexing Terms

Photographically illustrated books
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works

 

[Album cover exterior.] F869.S3.9 F138x:00 p.l.: 1--VAULT

 

[Half title, preceding title page proper.] F869.S3.9 F138x:00 p.l.: 2--VAULT

 

[Title page] F869.S3.9 F138x:00 p.l.: 3--VAULT

 

Index (Table of Contents] F869.S3.9 F138x:00 p.l.: 4--VAULT

 

Telegraph Hill, taken from corner Stockton and Sacramento streets. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:01--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

This view is the second plate of Fardon's seven-plate panorama of San Francisco. It was taken from the roof of a building at the corner of Sacramento and Stockton Streets. The signal tower that alerted citizens of the arrival of ships through the Golden Gate is visible at the top of the hill.

Indexing Terms

San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Monumental Engine house, on the Plaza. [July 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:02--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

The firehouse of the volunteer fire company of Monumental Engine Company No. 6, composed of men formerly of Baltimore, Maryland. The firehouse was on Brenham Place, just above Porstmouth Square. The building to the right housed the offices of architects Craine and England.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Fire stations
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Merchants' Exchange, on Battery street. [1856] F869.S3.9 F138x:03--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View up Battery Street, with Exchange building (completed July, 1855) on east side of street at the corner of Washington Street. There is a construcion site across the street, and signs for a coal yard, ships' chandlers, and vendors of tobacco, vinegar, cider, and "stoves, ranges, grates, and cabooses" are visible.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Former Post Office, the rally of the "Law and Order" Party. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:04--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

Buildings on Kearny Street at the east side of Portsmouth Square. The largest building is the former post office (1852-1855) that, in 1856, became the rallying place for the party opposed to the Vigilance Committee. Also pictued are a stage office (with stagecoach in front), the Plaza Intelligence Office and Golden Gate Bakery, and to the right, on Clay Street, Young's Cloak, Bonnet, & Fancy Goods Establishement. The masts of numerous ships are visible in the background, and the street is lined with wagons and carriages. The portion of the block to the left of this image is pictured in Plate 7.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View of the City from Stockton street, containing the portions between Washington and Sacramento streets. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:05--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

This view is the fourth plate of Fardon's seven-plate panorama (taken from Stockton and Sacramento Streets). Ships at the waterfront and Yerba Buena Island are in the distance. At the left is the City Hall on Portsmouth Square (formerly the Jenny Lind Theatre), just to its right and toward the bay is the Montgomery Block, and beyond that is the incomplete Customs House. The dome and west face of the Merchants' Exchange building are visible beyond the Customs House. At center is the exterior of Ford's Daguerrean Gallery (the photographic studio of James M. Ford) at Clay and Kearny Streets, which is upstairs from Keyes & Co. Clothing Store.

Indexing Terms

Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

The Cathedral, (St. Mary's Church.) [1855?] F869.S3.9 F138x:06--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

The Roman Catholic Saint Mary's Cathedral (now known as Old Saint Mary's), at the corner of California and Dupont Streets. (Dupont is now Grant Street.) The slope of Telegraph Hill is visible at left.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

City Hall. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:07--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

The former Jenny Lind Theatre on Kearny Street, Portsmouth Square. To the left is the El Dorado (a gambling parlor), and to the right is the Union Hotel. Just out of view to the right would be the old Post Office and its neighboring buildings pictured in Plate 4 of this album.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Fort Vigilance. [June 1856] F869.S3.9 F138x:08--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

Fort Vigilance (or "Fort Gunnybags"), the headquarters of San Francisco's second Vigilance Committee, on Sacramento Street between Davis and Front Streets. Sandbag fortifications are in front of the building, armed guards are on the sandbags and on the roof, and the bell of the Monumental Engine Co. is mounted on the roof, as are small cannons. Cora and Casey had been hanged here some weeks previously. The sign at left is for Mills and Vantine liquor merchants, and the sign at right reads "Brown & Crowell".

Indexing Terms

Buildings
San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856--Pictorial works
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View down Sacramento street. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:09--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

This view is the fifth plate in Fardon's seven-plate panorama. From the slopes of the Clay Steet Hill (Nob Hill), the view is to the east down Sacramento Street to the bay. At the right is the back of Saint Mary's Church (which faces California Street at Dupont.) On Sacramento, several signs in Chinese are visible, as is a "family grocery", two "coffin ware rooms", and "Vance's Daguerrean Rooms" (the photographic studio or Robert H. Vance.) Across from Vance's is the Armory Hall. (This view provides and interesting comparison to a daguerreotype in the Bancroft Library; BANC PIC 1905.16242:104--CASE.) Barely visible at the far left is a sign for the City of Paris store.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

The Custom House. [1856] F869.S3.9 F138x:10--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

Customhouse on Washington Street near Battery, completed 1855.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View of the west side of Montgomery street, from Washington to Pacific. [1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:11--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

The Miners' Exchange Bank (at Montgomery and Jackson) is prominent, with Telegraph Hill in background. Cooke's Metropolitan Exchange is advertized on a street-level awning.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

(A.) St. Francis' Hook and Ladder No. 1. (B.) Knickerbocker Engine house No. 5. [1855?] F869.S3.9 F138x:12--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)
Physical Description: 2 photographic prints (mounted on 1 page): salted paper prints.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Fire stations
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View over the City, containing the portions between California and Bush streets. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:13--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View from Sacramento and Stockton Streets, with St. Mary's Cathedral (church), on California Street, dominating the view.

Additional Note

This view is also the sixth plate of Fardon's San Francisco panorama.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View over Happy Valley. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:14--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Additional Note

This view is also the seventh plate of Fardon's San Francisco panorama.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Montgomery Block, Montgomery street. [1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:15--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Indexing Terms

Commercial buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View down Stockton street. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:16--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View north from Sacramento Street, with Alctraz and Angel Islands visible in bay.

Additional Note

This view is also the first plate of Fardon's seven-part San Francisco panorama.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

North [West] side of Montgomery street, from California to Sacramento. [1855-1857] F869.S3.9 F138x:17--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View north on Montgomery street, picturing buildings on the west side of the street.

Additional Note

Dated July 1855 in de Fremery copy of the Fardon album (Yale), but visible Wells Fargo headquarters moved to this site Dec. 1, 1856 (cf. Marvin Nathan, 1999 Chronicle Books edition of Fardon's "San Francisco Album", p. 161.)

Indexing Terms

Commercial buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View of North Beach, from Telegraph Hill. Golden Gate. [January 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:18--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

Black Point in middle distance, with hills of Marin County in distance, at right. The beached ship Euphemia is visible on the shore of Black Point, where it served as an insane asylum.

Indexing Terms

San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Kearny Street. [1855?] F869.S3.9 F138x:19--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View north from California Street, with Telegraph Hill in background. Many business signs visible, including [James M.] Ford's Daguerrean Gallery.

Indexing Terms

Commercial buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

East side of Montgomery Street. [July 1855?] F869.S3.9 F138x:20--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View north, near California Street, with the Express Building in right foreground. Business sign for Dr. Burbank, Dentist is presumably for David Burbank, whose portraits are among the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2001.047--CASE).

Additional Note

Three close variant versions of this view exist in seven known copies of the Fardon album. This version, with moving carriages or carts in front of the Express Building, but no human figures on the foreground corner, and no awning frame on the Express Building, appears to found only in the Bancroft Library and Beinecke Library copies of the album.

Indexing Terms

Commercial buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View over the City from Harrison street. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:21--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View north from Rincon Hill, between Second and Third Streets at Harrison. St. Mary's Cathedral is visible at center, in distance. A sign for the Tehama Market is on a small building at lower right.

Indexing Terms

Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View from Rincon Point. [1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:22--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View toward ships at the waterfront, from Rincon Hill, south of Market Street. The Wales L. Palmer octagonal house (329 Second Street, above Folsom St.) is prominent in foreground.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Dwellings
Octagonal houses--California--San Francisco--Photographs
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

South Park. [1856] F869.S3.9 F138x:23--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Dwellings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View from Russian Hill, from Telegraph Hill. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:24--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Indexing Terms

Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View over the Plaza. [June 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:25--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

Portsmouth Square, with the City Hall (former Jenny Lind Theatre) at far right. The Bella Union music hall is across the plaza.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Alcatras Island [Alcatraz]. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:26--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View from North Beach across San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island, with posts marking off water lots (to be filled and sold) in foreground. Meggs' Wharf is at left center.

Additional Note

Two close variant versions of this view exist in seven known copies of the Fardon album. This version, with no ship at Meiggs' Wharf, appears to found only in the Bancroft Library and Beinecke Library copies of the album.

Indexing Terms

San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Battery Street. [1855?] F869.S3.9 F138x:27--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Indexing Terms

Cities and towns
Commercial buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

California Street. [May 1855] F869.S3.9 F138x:28--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

View northwest, with Russian (later Nob) Hill in background.

Indexing Terms

Cities and towns
Commercial buildings
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

View from Kearny street - in the foreground the Orphans' Asylum. [1854] F869.S3.9 F138x:29--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Orphans' Asylum, om Market Street at Kearny, is in foreground.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

Mission of "Los Dolores." [1850-1854] F869.S3.9 F138x:30--VAULT

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Content/Description

Mission Dolores, with priests' quarters at right, prior to occupation by the Manion House hotel and saloon.

Additional Note

Possibly a copy photograph of a daguerreotype view dating from 1850-1851.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

[Two-part panorama of North Beach, Black Point, and Meiggs' Wharf, San Francisco] [1854?] BANC PIC 19xx.041:7--B

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)
Physical Description: 2 photographic prints (forming 1 panorama) : salted paper ; each print ca. 16 x 22 cm

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Panoramic photographs
Salted paper prints

 

[View Northeast toward Telegraph Hill and San Francsico Bay] [May 1855] BANC PIC 19xx.041:6--AX

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Additional Note

Two other known copies (Getty Museum and Bancroft Library), found only as the third plate of Fardon's panorama of San Francisco. This print of the view is cropped differently than the version in the panorama, with more foreground visible here.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

[North Point, Telegraph Hill and part of North Beach from San Francisco Bay] [1855] BANC PIC 19xx.041:4--AX

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)

Additional Note

Identified as North Point and Russian Hill from Tonguin Point in Marvin Nathan's "Catalgue Raisonne of Fardon's San Francisco Views", within the 1999 Chronicle Books edition of Fardon's "San Francisco Album". The view is certainly of Telegraph Hill, perhaps taken from Meiggs Wharf or Black Point.

Indexing Terms

Cities and towns
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

[Fort Vigilance, San Francisco] [June 1856] BANC PIC 19xx.008--AX

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)
Physical Description:
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "In ms, at top of mount: "Daguerreotype on Paper". In ms., at bottom of mount: "For sale at Fardon's photographic rooms / 203 Clay Street. $1.00 each"."

Content/Description

The building of Mills and Vantine liquor merchants, pictured in 1856 when used as headquarters of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee. It was known as "Fort Vigilance" or "Fort Gunnybags". Defensive sandbags are visible in foreground, and Vigilance Committee guards are on the rooftop and at street level.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Californios
San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856--Pictorial works
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Salted paper prints

 

[Panorama of San Francisco] [May, 1855.] BANC PIC 1992.027

Creator/Collector: Fardon, G. R. (George R.)
Physical Description: 7 photographic prints (forming 1 panorama) : salted paper prints ; image 17 x 132 cm

Indexing Terms

Panoramic photographs
Salted paper prints

 

Cased photographs from the Fisher-Merriam family photograph collection. BANC PIC 2004.109

Physical Description: ca. 425 photoprints, 30 prints and miscellaneous items (including 2 cased photographs)
 

[Portrait of a woman and baby.] BANC PIC 2004.109:02--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph: ambrotype; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Lacking cover glass. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative beads.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric and leaf scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: faded velvet (red or brown).

Indexing Terms

Children
Mothers & children
Women
Ambrotypes

 

[Portrait of a young couple.] ca. 1850-1855 BANC PIC 2004.109:01--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph: daguerreotype; sixth plate
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: leaf pattern.
Container or Case Note: Type: case Motif: leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet embossed with leaf scroll and flower at center.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Men
Women
Daguerreotypes

 

Ambrotypes of Forest City, Calif. BANC PIC 1986.017

Content/Description

The collection of Ambrotypes of Forest City, Calif. consists of 4 ambrotypes dating from ca. 1855-1860. Three are outdoor views, and one is a portrait; all, presumably, by the same unidentified photographer.

Provenance

Library purchase.
 

[View of main street of Forest (Forest City, Calif.), with inhabitants and a daguerreian room visible.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 1986.017:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; half plate, visible image 13.2 x 10.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - arabesque? Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.4 x 12.4 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: unusual case design. Same case found on BANC PIC 19xx.072.

Content/Description

Right reading bird's-eye view of the town, with numerous townspeople in the street and a dog jumping on a man. Large building at left houses a haberdashery with pants and boots hung outside, and also bears sign "Daguerrean [sic] Room", where several men examine a board, presumably displaying samples, near front door. Gold mines in background. Snow on distant hillside and bare trees suggest springtime. For a view of the small residence next to the commercial building, see the ambrotype numbered 1986.017:002.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Carriages & coaches
Cities and towns
Commercial buildings
Dwellings
Men
Mining districts--California--Sierra County--Forest--Photographs
Photographic studios
Ambrotypes
Landscapes

 

[Citizens of Forest City, Calif. in front of a building.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 1986.017:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; half plate, visible image 8.8 x 12.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: floral - grapes. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.4 x 12.2 cm. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).

Content/Description

Right reading view of a small residence. Four men, wearing different kinds of hats, stand within the fenced front yard. One man is smoking a cigar. Although not apparent in this view, the building next door is the daguerreian studio visible in the image numbered BANC PIC 1986.017:001. This residence appears in that view just left of center.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Dwellings
Men
Mining districts--California--Sierra County--Forest--Photographs
Teenagers
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Mines at Forest City, in gully below main street, with miners pausing near trestles, and ore carts.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 1986.017:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; half plate, visible image 8.3 x 11.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: ornately decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - arabesque scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.9 x 15.1 cm. Pad: blue velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson, Patent Applied for / Worcester Mass No. 37.

Content/Description

Wrong-reading view looking from gully uphill towards buildings above. Miners and men of town stand on wooden trestles near ore carts.

Additional Note

Presever and mat possibly not original to image.

Indexing Terms

Cities and towns
Gold mines and mining
Miners
Mining districts--California--Sierra County--Forest--Photographs
Ambrotypes
Landscapes

 

[Dr. S. Corbin and family of Forest City, Calif.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 1986.017:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; half plate, visible image 9 x 12 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, faces and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.5 x 12.3 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a woman holding a child, seated next to a man holding a child. The woman is wearing jewelry (earrings and brooch), and black lace gloves. The man is wearing a patterned, wide bow tie.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Carriages & coaches
Children
Couples
Families
Fathers & children
Mothers & children
Pioneers--California--Sierra County--Forest--Photographs
Women
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

Family portraits from the John Francis Freeman papers. BANC PIC 1964.045

Biographical Note

John Francis Freeman (1831-1892) was an 1852 pioneer who settled first in Marysville and later in Gilroy, California.

Content/Description

7 items selected from the Family portraits from the John Francis Freeman papers.
The Family portraits from the John Francis Freeman papers consist of 4 albums and approximately 37 items spanning the dates of ca. 1850-1910. Collection primarily consists of portraits of the Freeman family and friends. Among those identified are E.J. Bennett, W.C. Bennett, Susan and Fred Colley, John Francis Freeman, Julius W. Tilson, Sarah Freeman, and many children. Gravestone of J.F. Freeman's mother is pictured as well as the house of James Colley in Nevada, California (1867). Ephemera include a few clippings and a piece of fabric identified as "part of Eliz's wedding dress."
Albums and selected portraits also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2082.

Processing Information

RESTRICTED CARTE DE VISITE ALBUMS, USE MICROFILM ONLY: Shelved as BANC FILM 2082 (BNEG box 2188). Inquiries concerning use of originals should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the John Francis Freeman papers (BANC MSS C-B 884).
 

[Susan Colley and her sisters(?)] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 1964.045:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: melainotype; faces and jewelry [brooches] slightly hand colored. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped (top center): melaino[ ] plate for Neff's Patent. Label (handwritten, modern): Aunt Susan Colley standing / Fred Colley - about 1876 [sic] (Tintype).

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of three woman, possibly sister. Two are seated, and one identified as Susan Colley is standing behind. All three are wearing jewelry (brooch).

Indexing Terms

Teenagers
Women
Young adults
Group portraits
Tintypes

 

[John Francis Freeman (1831-1892) as a young man.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1964.045:010--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.8 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.8 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UL): rosetta star symbol.

Content/Description

Half length portrait as a young man.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Teenagers
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[John Francis Freeman (1831-1892).] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1964.045:011--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7.1 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - flowers in urn with leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): taken 1860 [sic] John Francis Freeman.

Content/Description

Half length portrait as a young man, seated with his arm resting on a table.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[John Francis Freeman (1831-1892) with a beard.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1964.045:012--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass with lips and shirt buttons slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: paper over wood? Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 cm. Pad: gold or faded red velvet with embossed leaf motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): John Francis Freeman as a young man.

Content/Description

Half length portrait as a young man, with beard.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[John Francis Freeman (1831-1892) in a wagon.] March 185[9] BANC PIC 1964.045:013--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; half plate, visible image 8.7 x 11.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing behind image only (image in relievo). Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: grapes and leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 15 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Inscribed on mat (handwritten in 3 corners): March 185[9?] / J.F. Freeman / Marysville

Content/Description

Right reading view of Freeman standing in a two-wheeled cart pulled by a horse. Three boys are clowning off to the side. In the background is a house with a picket fence.

Additional Note

Moses Hanscom could be the photographer. (Noted by Peter Palmquist).

Indexing Terms

Boys
Buildings
Children
Dwellings
Men
Pioneers -- California
Ambrotypes
Landscapes

 

[Sarah Freeman as an elderly woman.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 1964.045:015--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.9 x 5.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with ruby glass backing plate, face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative with floral rose motif.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - variant of The Curved Octagon (Rinhart no. 217). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 cm. Pad: blue velvet with embossed motif. Notes: push button closure.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Inscribed in case well: l. 50-l. Accompanying note (handwritten, early): Taken 1860 / Great-Grand-Mother Freeman.

Content/Description

Right-reading half length portrait of elderly woman wearing white bonnet and patterned shawl.

Indexing Terms

Aged persons
Women
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Julius W. Tilson.] [1860] BANC PIC 1964.045:018--CASE

Creator/Collector: Sparhawk, Luther T.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with metal plate backing (removed and housed separately). Face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.3 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Note (handwritten): Taken about 1860 / Boston / Julius Tilson. Note (handwritten, found in case well): Julius W. Tilson / Feb 16, 1860 / Luther Sparhawk, Artist- / West-Randolph / VT.

Content/Description

Right reading, bust length portrait of a man with muttonchops side-burns and a slight mustache.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Grabhorn collection of nineteenth century photographic portraits and calling cards BANC PIC 1970.037

Content/Description

9 items selected from the Grabhorn collection of nineteenth century photographic portraits and calling cards.
The Grabhorn collection of nineteenth century photographic portraits and calling cards consists of approximately 1,000 photographic prints and printed calling cards spanning the dates of ca. 1860-ca. 1890. Individuals are mostly unidentified, although many Dixon family members are present. The images were apparently collected from various sources as examples of 19th century photographs. The portraits are mainly taken in California, but include a number of other states as well. Many mounts bear names of California photographers in small towns, including the Motherlode region. A few foreign celebrity portraits are included, as are a few scenic view (non-portrait) cartes de visite. Some printed Civil War army portraits on cartes de visite mounts and some calling cards of fraternal orders (I.O.O.F., etc.), veterans' organizations, and members of Women's Relief Corps are also included.

Processing Information

PARTIALLY ARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Edwin Grabhorn.
 

[Unidentified man.] [ca. 1854] BANC PIC 1970.037:01--CASE

Creator/Collector: Brady, Mathew B.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 9 x 6.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, 2 mats, 2 preservers Plate: clear glass with backing glass (Cuttings Patent process). Mat: plain oval. Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case rails only. Material: leather over wood? Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.7 cm. Notes: Internal framing rails of a double hinged case are all that remain. Front and back case covers missing.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On mat (LL): CUTTING'S PATENT / BRADY / JULY 4 & 11, 1854.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a man wearing a standing collar.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified bearded man.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1970.037:02--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.9 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, face slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval with textured border. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - vase of flowers. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.9 cm. Pad: blue velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Half length.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Seated unidentified woman.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1970.037:03--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, backing glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass (in the style of Cutting's patent), face and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.

Content/Description

Right reading, half length portrait of a seated woman, wearing jewelry (brooch and belt buckle).

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Seated unidentified woman with arm on table.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 1970.037:04--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face and hands slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative with eagles, crowned lions, a shield and crossed flags.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - The Delicate Rose (Rinhart no. 123). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed floral motif (same as on cover).

Content/Description

Half length portrait of young woman seated in ornate wooden chair with left arm resting near large book.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Unidentified woman.] [ca. 1856-1857] BANC PIC 1970.037:05--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.8 x 3.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass with face slightly hand colored. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: scroll (Krainik no. 473). Material: thermoplastic. Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.5 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: Holmes, Booth & Haydens.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Cook & Emerson's Patent Applied for / Providence R.I. No 121. Printed in case well: Holmes Booth & Haydens' / Daguerreotype, / Photographic / and / ambrotype goods, / of every description.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a woman wearing jewelry (earrings, brooch).

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified young woman.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 1970.037:06--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 8 x 6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate. Plate: slightly hand colored.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.

Content/Description

Full length, seated portrait of a woman. Her arm is resting on a table. Her hair is in long ringlets.

Indexing Terms

Teenagers
Women
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Unidentified older man in a plaid bow tie.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1970.037:07--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 0 x 0 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate. Plate: asphaltum backing, face slightly hand colored. Cover glass: added glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.

Content/Description

Right-reading half length portrait of a man.

Indexing Terms

Aged persons
Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified bearded man.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 1970.037:08--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype on ruby glass; ninth plate, visible image 5.1 x 3.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass, face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container. Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.1 cm. (image package).

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a man with a beard.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified seated woman wearing lace collar and brooch.] [ca. 1856?] BANC PIC 1970.037:09--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : collodion positive on leather ; sixth plate, visible image 6.6 x 5.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate. Plate: leather. Cover glass: added glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: No marks present, but very similar to a portrait on leather in the California Historical Society collection which bears mark of photographer George Robinson Fardon.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of woman wearing dark dress with lace collar and sleeves.

Indexing Terms

Women
Leather photographs
Portraits

 

Griffin family portraits. BANC PIC 1981.113

Content/Description

The Griffin family portraits consist of 2 tintypes dating from ca. 1860-1862.

Provenance

Source unknown.

Indexing Terms

Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Girl, possibly Almira Moore Lane[r?].] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 1981.113:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5.1 cm.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: leaf scroll. Material: leather over wood? Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (written in several hands on card stock, ca. 1900?): Taken when I was 17 in Maumee[?] Ohio. In later hand, in blue: c.1860's, Griffin family, Oakland, Calif. On verso in another hand: Almira Moore Lane[r?], Aunt of Gertrude Cronise[?] Griffin - (Grandmother Cronise's sister). [As this is clearly not a seventeen-year-old, but a much younger girl, this note may not go with this image.]

Content/Description

Full length portrait of a young girl, standing on a stool, with her hand on small books on a table.

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Unidentified woman.] [ca. 1860-1862] BANC PIC 1981.113:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.8 x 3.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, partial preserver. Plate: necklace hand colored. Mat: decorative, nonpareil. Preserver: textured.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric - Leaf Circle (Rinhart no. 197). Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 6 x 7.3 cm. Notes: dated ca. 1859 by Rinhart.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On Mat: Cooke and Emerson's Patent Applied for / Providence, RI No. 12[?].

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a young woman wearing a gold necklace, a snood with tassels, and a lace fichu over a patterned dress with a horizontal neckline.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

Photographs relating to William Hammond Hall's life and work. BANC PIC 1986.009

Biographical Note

Hall was the first State Engineer of California, and the creator of the first plan for Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Content/Description

1 item selected from the collection entitled Photographs relating to William Hammond Hall's life and work.
The collection entitled Photographs relating to William Hammond Hall's life and work consists of approximately 4,600 photographic prints and negatives spanning the dates of ca. 1850-ca. 1920. The collection includes many portraits of Hammond family and Hall family members, as well as others. Many photographs relate to Hall's work in Europe, Africa, and Asia (especially Uzbekistan). California photos show views of San Francisco and Palo Alto after the 1906 earthquake and fire, views of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, Golden Gate Park, the construction of various dams and other engineering projects, California scenery, and family views (including homes), etc.

Processing Information

PARTIALLY PROCESSED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the William Hammond Hall papers (BANC MSS 86/152).
 

[Child, possibly William Hammond Hall, b.1846] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1986.009:00?--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5.2 x 4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric - The Linked Scroll (Rinhart no. 270). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6 cm.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a boy wearing a diagonally striped top.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Additional cased photo(s) from William Hammond Hall collection? BANC PIC 1986.009 [#?]

 

Miscellaneous portraits from the Haskell family papers. BANC PIC 1948.006

Content/Description

1 item selected from the Miscellaneous portraits from the Haskell family papers.
The Miscellaneous portraits from the Haskell family Papers consist of approximately 60 photographs spanning the dates of ca. 1845-ca. 1890. The collection consists of unidentified single and group portraits of members of the Edward W. Haskell family (including his sons, Benjamin, Edward, and Burnette Haskell), many of whom were involved in California socialist movements, including the Kaweah colony. Identified Haskell portraits have been distributed alphabetically in the Portrait File of The Bancroft Library under the names Haskell, Briggs, and Annie Fader Field.

Provenance

Transferred from the Haskell family papers (BANC MSS C-B 364).
 

[Maria Antoinette Briggs Haskell.] [ca. 1845-1848] BANC PIC 1948.006:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Plate: book spine slightly hand colored in gold. Mat: textured dome topped (elliptical).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - Curved Octagon with Scroll Center (Rinhart no. 219). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 cm. Pad: red silk.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark[UC]: Scovill's No 2. Inscribed on case pad (handwritten in ink): Maria / Antoinette / Briggs / 1860? [Date incorrect.]

Content/Description

Half length portrait as a girl, perhaps in her teens. She wears a dress with a round, open neck which appears to be striped silk. A closed book is on the table at her side.

Provenance

Gift of Jean Haskell, grandaughter of sitter.

Indexing Terms

Pioneers -- California
Teenagers
Women
Young adults
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

Portraits from the Hitchcock family papers of Coit family members and others. BANC PIC 1929.002

Content/Description

6 items selected from the Portraits from the Hitchcock family papers of Coit family members and others.
The collection, Portraits from the Hitchcock family papers of Coit family members and others, consists of 12 items (daguerreotypes, drawings, paintings, photographic prints, cartes de visite, etc.) Although chiefly undated, they are nineteenth century images, with some drawings perhaps from the late eighteenth century. Portraits are of unidentified members of the Coit family, John A. Sutter, James Hunter, and others.

Provenance

Gift of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to the University. Transferred from the Lowie Museum.
 

[Unidentified man.] [ca. 1855?] BANC PIC 1929.002:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.6 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.2 cm. Pad: purple velvet. Notes: Eickmeyer style.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a clean shaven, middle-aged man.

Indexing Terms

Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Profile drawing of a woman.] [ca. 1810-1830?] BANC PIC 1929.002:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 drawing on paper : watercolor ; visible image 8.3 x 5.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: drawing, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.3 cm. Pad: reddish purple velvet with embossed motif. Notes: Photographic case not intended for drawing, which was likely housed in it at some later date.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On mat (handwritten): 7-844. [Accession number from U.C. Berkeley's Hearst Museum of Anthropology, formerly the Lowie Museum]. Embossed on pad: R.L. WOOD / ARTIST / MACON, GEO.[GEORGIA]. [Unrelated to drawing -- case originally intended for a photograph from Wood's studio.]

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a woman dressed in the style of the early 1800s.

Additional Note

Profile cut out and affixed to dark oil cloth.

Indexing Terms

Women
Paintings

 

[Painting of "La Martinique"] [ca. 1800?] BANC PIC 1929.002:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 painting : oil on ceramic? ; visible image diam. 5.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: painting, cover glass. Cover glass: replaced glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.7 cm. Notes: wall hanging.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On frame (handwritten in ink, in French, verso): La Martinique / Portrait de la Nigriss / [4 more lines, referring to association with Napoleon Bonapart.]

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a woman wearing a turban and a white top.

Indexing Terms

Women
Paintings
Portraits

 

[Drawing of a man.] [17--?] BANC PIC 1929.002:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 drawing on paper : ink(?) ; visible image 7.1 x 5.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: drawing, cover glass. Plate: varnished paper.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Motif: floral. Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.5 cm. Notes: Frame probably dates from the 1850s or 1860s.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On cardboard backing (handwritten): 7-840. [Accession number from U.C. Berkeley's Hearst Museum of Anthropology, formerly the Lowie Museum].

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a man wearing a wig in the style of the 18th century.

Indexing Terms

Men
Drawings

 

[Drawing of a woman.] [17--?] BANC PIC 1929.002:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 drawing on paper : ink(?) ; visible image 6.5 x 5.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: drawing, cover glass. Plate: varnished paper.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Motif: floral. Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.9 cm. Notes: Frame probably dates from the 1850s or 1860s.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On cardboard backing (handwritten): 7-841. [Accession number from U.C. Berkeley's Hearst Museum of Anthropology, formerly the Lowie Museum].

Content/Description

Half length portrait, dressed in the style of the 18th century.

Indexing Terms

Women
Drawings

 

[James Hunter in naval uniform.] [ca. 1850-1854] BANC PIC 1929.002:006--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: some details hand colored in gold. Mat: textured rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: "Type: case. Motif: variants of Feathery Gold (front), sailboat "Susan" (back) (Rinhart no. 264 & no. 33). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 cm. Pad: brown velvet with embossed floral motif. Notes: feathered gold motif applied sideways compared to Rinhart example. "Susan" legible on sailboat banner."

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a middle aged or elderly man, a captain or naval officer. Portrait has a somewhat painterly appearance and may not have been photographed from life.

Indexing Terms

Aged persons
Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

Obediah Haight Hoag portraits circa 1860-circa 1890 BANC PIC 2008.085--CASE

Physical Description: 2 photographs : ambrotype and tintype.

Scope and Content Note

1 cased photograph, of two portraits transferred from the Obediah Hoag family papers (BANC MSS 2008/242).
 

[Family group, probably Obediah H. Hoag, his wife Lurana, and daughter Helen.] circa 1861

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype, quarter-plate

Scope and Content Note

Obediah Haight Hoag (also spelled Obadiah) was born in New York in 1837. He came to California in 1857, eventually settling in Sonoma County. In 1860 he married Lurana Elizabeth Cockrill. Hoag was a lawyer, state legislator, businessman and farm owner.
 

Photographs from the Hollister collection. BANC PIC 1972.011

Content/Description

5 items selected from the Photographs from the Hollister collection.
The Photographs from the Hollister collection consists of approximately 250 photographs spanning the dates of ca. 1858-ca. 1959. A related Hollister family collection has been accessioned and BANC PIC 1969.042, and consists of 190 additional items. The collection includes many family portraits, and photographs that relate to their activities. Views include various Hollister residences, general views of Santa Barbara by photographer N.H. Reed including the mission, the Montecito School for Girls, and other area buildings. Many views show Glen Annie, the residence of Col. W.W. Hollister in Santa Barbara. Also present is one ambrotype view, ca. 1855-1860, of an early residence of W.W. Hollister. Historic sites include the home of De Le Guerra, Fremont's headquarters, Buleto, the Santa Anita Rancho, etc. Views of Hollister ranch depict 20th century cattle ranching: branding, cowboys, and cattle. Damage resulting from earthquakes of 1913 and 1925 is also pictured at unidentified locations.

Provenance

Transferred from the Hollister family papers (BANC MSS 69/57 c) and additions to the Hollister family papers (BANC MSS 72/54 c).

General Administrative Note

Partial finding aid available in Library. Electronic version available on the Internet.
 

[Unidentified man and woman.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 1972.011:001--CASE

Physical Description: 2 photographs : ambrotype ; ninth plate.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.2 cm. Notes: Double case with 2 images.

Indexing Terms

Couples
Men
Women
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified elderly woman in a bonnet.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 1972.011:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.3 cm. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a woman wearing a white bonnet.

Indexing Terms

Aged persons
Women
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified girl.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 1972.011:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass with slightly hand colored face. Mat: decorative oval. Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.

Content/Description

Full length portrait of a girl wearing a white dress with a horizontal, off-the-shoulder neckline. Her arm rests on a table.

Indexing Terms

Children
Girls
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified baby.] [ca. 1858] BANC PIC 1972.011:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.8 x 3.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass with face slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.2 cm. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a baby dressed in white.

Indexing Terms

Children
Infants
Ambrotypes

 

[Half-length portrait of an unidentified man.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1972.011:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7 x 5.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: textured nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - The Romanesque Urn (Rinhart no. 141). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: case dated ca. 1857 by Rinhart.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UR): H.B. [winged creature].

Content/Description

The sitter bears a resemblance to California pioneer William Wells Hollister (1818-1886), but his apparent age would place him in the previous generation; perhaps W.W. Hollister's father.

Indexing Terms

Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

Jensen gift of cased photographs: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes. circa 1850-circa 1865 BANC PIC 2010.050--CASE

Physical Description: 60 photographs (in 52 cases: approx 27 daguerreotypes, 19 ambrotypes, 9 tintypes)

Arrangement

Material in-process 2013.

Scope and Content Note

Collection of cased portrait photographs apparently compiled by an unknown San Francisco collector in the mid-20th century. The collector reportedly gave them to her surgeon about 1980, who passed them along to his son. The emphasis of the collection appears to be on thermoplastic Union cases, which the collector arranged together numbered, and listed with details about the case. Other case types are present, but were less well organized and described. Sitters are chiefly unidentified, and few, if any, bear any photographer's marks. The collector's tissue paper wrapping around each case were sometimes annotated with names, but these may be the collector's invented names for the sitter rather than their actual names (e.g. "Posey" is a girl with a boquet of flowers.) There is nothing to suggest California origins for the images. At least one is from Belfast, Maine. Many are fine images and cases, in good condition.

Additional Note

Gift of Dr. Brad Jensen and Mary Jensen, 2010.
 

Photographs from the Johnson family papers. BANC PIC 1975.073

Content/Description

13 items selected from the Photographs from the Johnson family papers.
The Photographs from the Johnson family papers consists of approximately 400 items spanning the dates of ca. 1856-ca. 1965. It is a collection of photoprints; cased photographs (ambrotypes and tintypes); cartes de visite; card photograph albums; and negatives relating to the Johnson, Benedict and Dobie families. Primarily portraits and family photographs, including several views of youth camps in Iowa (1920s) and portraits of David Benedict as a soldier during the Civil War era. Many family snapshots present, many of which are unidentified.

Processing Information

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the Johnson family papers (BANC MSS 73/206 c).
 

[Margaret J. Dobie and unidentified man formerly engaged to her.] [ca. 1856-1857] BANC PIC 1975.073:001--CASE

Physical Description: 2 photographs (in 1 case) : ambrotype and tintype, ninth plate.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric - Scroll (Krainik no. 476). Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.5 cm. Notes: Littlefield, Parsons & Co.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Label (printed, on verso of plate): FROM / CLARK'S / PHOTOGRAPHIC ROOMS, / BELVIDERE, / ILL. Printed in case well: Littlefield, Parsons & Co. / Manufacturers of / Daguerreotype Cases. / L., P. & Co., are the sole / Proprietors and only legal Manu- / facturers of Union Cases, with the / Embracing Riveted Hinge. / Patented October 14, 1856 / And April 21, 1857. Blind stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson, Patent Applied for / Worcester Mass. No 36.

Indexing Terms

Portraits

 

[Margaret Johnston [sic] Dobie while taking training as nurse?] [ca. 1865] BANC PIC 1975.073:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: face and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: The Bird and the Grape Vine (Rinhart no. 89). Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed floral motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Dean & Emerson Patent Applied for / Worcester Mass. No. 38. Accompanying label (handwritten, apparently by a descendant) tentatively identifies the sitter.

Content/Description

Half length portrait.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Margaret Johnson Dobie while taking training as a nurse.] [ca. 1865] BANC PIC 1975.073:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat. Mat: decorative oval. Cover glass: added glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.

Content/Description

Half length portrait wearing brooch.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Margaret J. Dobie and a woman friend before her marriage to George M. Benedict.] [ca. 1860-1865] BANC PIC 1975.073:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.6 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat. Mat: decorative with star or floral motif. Cover glass: added glass.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Scovill MFG Superior.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length seated portrait of two women holding hands; friend at left is turned in partial profile; Margaret J. Dobie wears brooch.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Group portraits
Tintypes

 

[Margaret J. Dobie, registered nurse of Denver, Colorado, before marriage to George M. Benedict.] [ca. 1865-1870] BANC PIC 1975.073:006--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 8.3 x 5.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate. Plate: face slightly hand colored.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Label (typewritten, on verso of plate): Margaret J. Dobie. A Registered Nurse in Denver, Colorado. Before her marriage to George M. Benedict.

Content/Description

Half length seated portrait of young woman wearing pin-striped dress with a cameo brooch at the collar.

Indexing Terms

Women
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Margaret J. Dobie, registered nurse of Denver, Colorado, before her marriage to George M. Benedict.] [ca. 1865-1870] BANC PIC 1975.073:007--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 7.9 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Label (typewritten, adhered to verso of plate): Margaret J. Dobie A Registered Nurse in Denver, Colorado. Before her marriage to George M. Benedict.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait, wearing black lace cravat with a cameo brooch.

Indexing Terms

Women
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[George M. Benedict as youth, about time of enlistment in U.S. Army.] [ca. 1856-1857] BANC PIC 1975.073:008--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.7 x 3.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass with face slightly hand colored. Mat: nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Cook & Emerson Patent Applied for / Providence R.I. No 121. Modern label (handwritten): George M. Benedict about time of Enlistment in U.S.Army.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait a young man wearing a checked, light colored bowtie. His hand holds his jacket lapel.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Men
Teenagers
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[David Benedict as youth in uniform jacket.] [ca. 1860] BANC PIC 1975.073:009--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.3 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: decorative with floral motif. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - flower and scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.1 x 8 cm. Pad: blue velvet with embossed scroll motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On plate (?): Homes Booth & Haydens / 's Superfine / Waterbury Conn No. 32.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of David Benedict wearing open uniform jacket.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Soldiers
Teenagers
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[David Benedict in civilian attire.] [ca. 1858-1860] BANC PIC 1975.073:010--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: melainotype, face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: leather over wood? Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Cook & Emerson's Patent Applied for / Providence R.I. No 9. Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): David Benedict.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a young man.

Date Note

d. 1863

Indexing Terms

Men
Teenagers
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[David Benedict in blue cloak or coat of a Union Army uniform.] [ca. 1860-1863] BANC PIC 1975.073:011--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.7 x 5.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: melainotype; face and cloak hand colored. Mat: decorative nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: patriotic - Eagle carrying the [American] Flag (Berg no. 4-19G). Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (LL): Melaino[ ].

Content/Description

Civil War soldier, killed in battle February 22, 1863.

Indexing Terms

Men
Soldiers
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[David L. Benedict in uniform, killed in battle at Young's Point, La., February 22, 1863.] [ca. 1860-1863] BANC PIC 1975.073:012--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.4 x 5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: melainotype, buttons hand colored in gold. Mat: decorative oval. Cover glass: replaced glass. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on plate (bottom edge): Melaino. Blind stamped on mat (edges): [ ] Emerson's Patent Applied for / Worcester Mass. No. 10. Label (typed and adhered to verso [by a family member?] identifies sitter).

Content/Description

Bust portrait in Civil War uniform, with number 13 (reversed) at collar.

Indexing Terms

Men
Soldiers
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[David L. Benedict, killed in battle at Young's Point, La., near Vicksburg, February 22, 1863.] [ca. 1860-1863] BANC PIC 1975.073:013--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 4.9 x 3.7 cm.
Image Package Note: "Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: melainotype, face and buttons slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval; elaborate patriotic Union motif of eagle, flags, cannon and "E Pluribus Unum". Cover glass: added glass cover and backing. Preserver: decorative."
Container or Case Note: Type: no container. Dimensions: 8.5 x 7 cm. (image package).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on plate (UC): Melaino[type]. Blind stamped on mat: Waterbury Conn. No. [ ] Patent Applied for Holmes, Booth,[ ].

Content/Description

Bust portrait in Union Civil War uniform, with number 13 (reversed) at collar.

Indexing Terms

Men
Soldiers
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Sally White, first wife of Hiram Benedict.] [ca. 1856-1857] BANC PIC 1975.073:014--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 4.9 x 3.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass with face and jewelry slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.5 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on mat: Holme's Booth & Hayden's Superfine / Waterbury Conn. No 9. Label (handwritten, modern): Sally White First wife of Hiram Benedict mother's grandmother.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a woman wearing a jewelry (gold brooch).

Indexing Terms

Women
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Photographs from the LeConte family papers. [ca. 1850-1900] BANC PIC 1966.051

Biographical Note

John LeConte and Joseph LeConte, brothers, were both early faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1869. The LeConte family was from Georgia and South Carolina.

Content/Description

3 items selected from the Photographs from the LeConte family papers.
The Photographs from the LeConte family papers consist of 20 photographs (chiefly albumen prints) spanning the dates of ca. 1850-ca. 1900. It consists of studio portraits of LeConte family members, John LeConte's friend and colleague Benjamin Peirce, and three Chinese servants of the LeConte family.
Additional LeConte family portraits filed in the Portrait File of The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Various sources: 11 items transferred from additions to the LeConte family papers (BANC MSS C-B 1014), 5 items given by Dr. L.J. LeConte, others from unknown sources.

General Administrative Note

Finding aid available in Library. Electronic version available on the Internet..
 

[Harvard mathematician Benjamin Osgood Peirce, a friend of John LeConte.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1966.051:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixteenth plate, visible image 3.1 x 2.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - variant of Book Style (Berg no. 6-15a). Material: blue velvet. Dimensions: 5.3 x 5 cm. Pad: white silk.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On pad (handwritten): Benjamin / Pierce. / Harvard / University.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a man, Benjamin Osgood Peirce, with shoulder length hair.

Indexing Terms

Men
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Josephine LeConte (Mrs. John LeConte).] [1850] BANC PIC 1966.051:013--CASE

Creator/Collector: Cary, Preston M.
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 9.2 x 6.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: neck ribbon slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - mixed flowers. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.5 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Embossed on case pad: Cary: Corner Bryan Street and Market Square, Savannah.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait, wearing jewelry (pearls in hair and earrings).

Date Note

Photographer active at given location only in 1850.

Indexing Terms

Women
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Young man of the LeConte family.] [ca. 1854-1855] BANC PIC 1966.051:014--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.6 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass, in a variation on Cutting's patent. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - leaf and oval. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.4 cm. Pad: green velvet with embossed rose motif. Notes: push-button closure.

Content/Description

Bust portrait. Identified on verso in later hand as "Louis LeConte(?)", however, if this refers to the brother of John and Joseph LeConte named Louis (1821-1851), he had passed away prior to the earliest possible date for this portrait.

Provenance

Source unknown. Presumably received with one of the many LeConte papers gifts.

Indexing Terms

Men
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Charles Vincent Litton photograph collection. BANC PIC 1975.058

Biographical Note

Charles Vincent Litton (1904-1973) was an electrical engineer and founder of Litton Engineering Laboratories, in Redwood City, California.

Content/Description

8 items selected from the Charles Vincent Litton photograph collection.
The Charles Vincent Litton photograph collection consists of approximately 100 items (photographic prints, cartes de visite, and cased photographs) spanning the dates of ca. 1855-ca. 1910. It consists primarily of family photographs from England and the United States (including Smith and Vincent family members.) Included are ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, and an album of cartes-de-visite portraits. Some albumen prints of unidentified English scenes are present.

Processing Information

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the Charles Vincent Litton papers (BANC MSS 75/7 c).
 

[Alice Jane Litton.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.058:001--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: textured. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.1 cm. Pad: red velvet.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying handwritten note (modern): Alice Jane Litton.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a young woman wearing eyeglasses.

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Allen Smith, Jr.?] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.058:002--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass. Mat: rectangular. Cover glass: replaced glass. Preserver: decorative with string of beads motif.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - variant of Ornamental Circle Theme (Rinhart no. 196). Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of seated middle-aged man, with elbow on table.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[James Vincent, father of Alice Jane Vincent (Mrs Charles Asby Litton.).] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.058:003--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical); unusual design. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.2 cm. Pad: green velvet with embossed motif. Notes: Eickemeyer?
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (modern): James Vincent Father of Alice Jane Vincent Mrs. Charles Asby Litton.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a man with a beard and mustache.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified young woman.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.058:004--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; half plate, visible image 11.3 x 8.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, face slightly hand colored. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: grapes & vine in urn. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.2 x 12.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a woman seated in a chair. Her hair is in long ringlet curls, and she is wearing jewelry (brooch) and a tartan pattern dress.

Indexing Terms

Teenagers
Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man, possibly James Vincent.] [ca. 1865] BANC PIC 1975.058:005--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; gem, visible image 2.2 x 2.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slighty hand colored. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: circular 3.5 cm. Notes: screw-top case.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a man with a mustache and beard.

Indexing Terms

Men
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Unidentified boy, probably a brother of Alice C. Smith and Charles Smith.] [ca. 1865] BANC PIC 1975.058:006--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.3 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: melainotype?, face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - leaf scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: case and preserver match item 7 of this collection.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on plate (L Center): [ ] Patented Oct 26 [ ]. On mat (edge): Holmes, Booth and Hayden's Superfine / Waterbury Conn. No 12.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a boy wearing a jacket with a chain across the top buttons.

Additional Note

Identification based on comparison to a carte de visite in the Litton family photographs. Preserver same as 1975.058:007.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Unidentified youth, perhaps Charles Smith, brother of Alice C. Smith.] [ca. 1865] BANC PIC 1975.058:007--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.5 x 5.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: face slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - leaf scroll. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm. Pad: reddish purple velvet with embossed motif. Notes: case and preserver match item 6 of this collection.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (blind stamped): [-WOO]DS--PATENTED. [Appears on verso of plate, so image was made on the wrong side]. On edge of mat: Holmes, Booth and Hayden's Superfine / Waterbury Conn. No 12.

Content/Description

Bust length portrait of a young man.

Additional Note

Plate mark appears on verso, so image was made on wrong side. Case motif and preserver same as 1975:058:006.

Indexing Terms

Boys
Children
Teenagers
Portraits
Tintypes

 

[Unidentified woman.] [ca. 1858-1860] BANC PIC 1975.058:008--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; ninth plate, visible image 5 x 3.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with ferrotype backing. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric - medallion. Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.1 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif.

Content/Description

Right reading, bust length portrait of a young woman wearing jewelry (brooch).

Indexing Terms

Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

MacDonald Family portraits. BANC PIC 1975.059

Biographical Note

Alexander Davidson MacDonald came from Scotland to San Francisco in the early 1850's, married Agnes Branks, and went to Victoria, British Columbia around 1860, where he was a banker and had mining interests.

Content/Description

6 items selected from the MacDonald family photograph collection.
The MacDonald family photograph collection consists of approximately 170 photographs spanning the dates of ca. 1850-ca. 1875. The collection consists chiefly of portraits, (including an album of cartes de visite) of the MacDonald and Branks families and others, chiefly in San Francisco, Calif. and Victoria, B.C.

Processing Information

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE: Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Provenance

Transferred from the MacDonald family papers (BANC MSS 75/132 cp).
 

[Alexander Davidson MacDonald.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1975.059:083--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.8 x 6.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: watch chain hand colored, shirt stud accented with stylus. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: floral - variant of Mixed Flowers (Rinhart no. 136). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.4 cm. Notes: blackened well (ambrotype case).

Content/Description

Half length portrait, with a beard and mustache.

Additional Note

Case and ornate mat appear to be later than image. An oval mark is visible on plate from earlier mat, and the blackened case well indicates an ambrotype case, dating from 1854 or later.

Additional Note

Identification based upon comparison to carte de visite in MacDonald family album.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Daguerreotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.059:084--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7.3 x 6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, face slightly hand colored.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container. Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.2 cm. (image package).

Content/Description

Half length portrait of a man with long sideburns, seated, with arm resting on table. Apparently same subject as 1975.059:085.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.059:085--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 6.8 x 5.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing, face and hands slightly hand colored. Mat: decorative oval with bird and vine design. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Motif: floral - Thistle Motif (Rinhart no. 119). Material: paper over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 8 cm.

Content/Description

Half length portrait, seated. One arm rests on a table. Apparently same subject as 1975.059:084.

Indexing Terms

Men
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified man and his daughter.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.059:086--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.8 x 6.4 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum on backing glass (sealed with balsam in the style of Cutting's Patent). Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.

Content/Description

Right reading, three-quarter length portrait of a father, seated, and daughter, standing beside him. The daughter is wearing a hat with flowers and ribbons hanging from brim. Presumably members of the Branks or MacDonald families of San Francisco.

Indexing Terms

Children
Fathers & children
Girls
Men
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[Mr. W.H. Richards.] [ca. 1859-1861] BANC PIC 1975.059:087--CASE

Creator/Collector: Lovering, Reuben F. Hamilton, Charles F. Hamilton & Lovering
Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.3 x 6.7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with black paint(?) backing, face slightly hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: no container.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on mat (LL): HAMILTON & LOVERING / S.F.

Content/Description

Half length portrait, with a mustache and goatee.

Additional Note

Identification based upon comparison to carte de visite in MacDonald family album.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

[Unidentified seated woman who may be Elisa Shaw (Mrs. William Hood)] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1975.059:088--CASE

Creator/Collector: Selleck, Silas
Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 8.9 x 6.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: ruby glass with face slightly hand colored. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: frame. Motif: geometric (Berg no. 7-19). Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: 16.5 x 14 cm.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Stamped on mat (LL): Silas Selleck San [Francisco]. [Partially obscured by preserver].

Content/Description

Three-quarter length portrait of a woman seated at a table. Her elbow rests on the table, and her hand rests at her check.

Additional Note

Identification based upon comparison to a carte de visite in the MacDonald family album (BANC PIC 1975.059--fALB, pg. 5)

Indexing Terms

Pioneers -- California
Women
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Portraits

 

Zelda Mackay pictorial collection. ca. 1845-ca. 1885. BANC PIC 1905.16242

Content/Description

106 items from the Zelda Mackay pictorial collection.
The Zelda Mackay pictorial collection consists of 191 photographs, of which 106 are cased photographic objects (some of which contain multiple plates.) The remainder are albumen photographic prints of a later date. The collection consists of portraits of early California pioneer families and California views. It includes numerous important views from the gold rush era, including some of the earliest views of the city of San Francisco and numerous views of mining towns and riverbed gold mining scenes.

Provenance

Collected by Zelda Mackay from various sources. Many were purchased, and some acquired from family members or descendants of the subjects.

Additional Note

Zelda Mackay brought together an extremely important collection of early photography. Much of her collection is now owned by The Bancroft Library, which received her cased photographs relating to California and California pioneers. The Bancroft also holds a collection of stereographs from the Mackay collection, and several smaller collections of albumen prints of California views and Californians. The George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, NY acquired most or all of her extensive collection of cased photographs that do not relate to California.

Additional Note

Mackay is known to have switched images and their cases and mats for aesthetic reasons. Occassionally there is evidence of such swapping. Assumptions about images based upon associated cases and mats should be treated with caution.

Additional Note

Arrangement and numbering:
The Bancroft Library item numbes (1-106) assigned to this collection appear to have been assigned as items were checked in to the library. They reflect no intellectual arrangement, although higher item numbers tend to be large format views. In the present finding aid, related objects have been grouped together regardless of this item number. Groupings were defined by related family names or, in the case of views, by subjects. As a result, the item numbers will not appear as a continuous sequence.

Additional Note

Documentation:
The Mackay collection was received with a typescript listing of most of the items, with comments by Mackay. This list is arranged in numerical order according to her spine labels affixed to each case, and is kept in the collection file. Additionally, most items are accompanied by handwritten or typed notes by Mackay, and occasional newsclippings.
 

San Francisco Views. BANC PIC 1905.16242 [Series]

 

[Isaiah W. Lees in landau with friends at racetrack.] [ca. 1855-1858] BANC PIC 1905.16242:014--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; sixth plate, visible image 5.6 x 7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with new blackened photographic paper added. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical) with cross in diamond motif. Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - Oriental (Rinhart no. 226). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed leaf motif. Notes: spine label - 356 (from prior owner). Mis-matched case cover and back, with hinge repair. Back has mixed flowers motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (modern) and newspaper clippings laid in case.

Content/Description

Men sit drinking in open carriage, as one (Isaiah Lees) pours from a bottle into a glass. Man in top hat stands at carriage door. Lees was a detective and later Chief of Police in San Francisco and, according to collector Zelda Mackay, made a hobby of photography.

Indexing Terms

Carriages & coaches
Men
Pioneers -- California
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[School house, San Francisco.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1905.16242:024--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 7.2 x 6.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: textured oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: spine lable - 404 (from prior owner). Case is probably not original to image.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: On plate (UR): LBB & Co. 40. Accompanying note (handwritten by collector): Unidentified early San Francisco school building.

Content/Description

Corner view (front and side) of a two-story school building in San Francisco.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Architectural Photographs
Daguerreotypes

 

[Ocean Beach Pavilion: five people in a buggy] [not before 1884] BANC PIC 1905.16242:034--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; sixth plate, visible image 5.5 x 6.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: simple variant of nonpareil. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of The Delicate Roses (Rinhart no. 124). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.9 cm. Pad: red silk. Notes: spine label - 360 (from prior owner). Case is from much earlier date (1840's) than image.

Content/Description

Wrong-reading (reversed) image of a buggy drawn by two horses in front of resort, with building name visible in background.

Date Note

Ocean Beach Pavilion opened in June of 1884.

Indexing Terms

Carriages & coaches
Men
Women
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Group portraits
Tintypes

 

[Party of six in Golden Gate Park(?)] [ca. 1870-1880] BANC PIC 1905.16242:069--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : tintype ; third plate, visible image 6.7 x 8.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: textured rectangle. Cover glass: beveled.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: textured, plain. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12.8 x 10.6 cm. Pad: purple silk. Notes: spine label - 514 (from prior owner). Silk well.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (modern): Happy group in Golden Gate Park about 1870. An early ferrotype.

Content/Description

Group portrait of four women and two men on a lawn in a park. Said to be taken in Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.)

Additional Note

European image probably not belonging to the case. Plate size indicates likely European origin. Source of identification as Golden Gate Park is unknown, however, it was received from collector Zelda Mackay as such.

Indexing Terms

Men
Women
Group portraits
Tintypes

 

[Smith and Porter's coffee house and hotel on the corner of Sansome and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco.] [ca.1852] BANC PIC 1905.16242:099--CASE

Creator/Collector: Shaw and Johnson Shaw, Seth Louis Johnson, G. H. (George Howard)
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; whole plate, visible image 19 x 14 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric - scroll Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 22.5 x 17.8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: spine label - 683 (from prior owner). Same case as 1905.16242:102.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UL): [Circle in sixths], [Lamb bearing cross flanked by crescents]. Embossed on case pad: SHAW AND JOHNSON / ARTISTS / SAN FRANCISCO. Two accompanying news clippings (1949 and ca. late 1940s) and one note (transcribed from a 1850 news clipping), describe the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's Steamer Oregon and its voyage. Accompanying note (handwritten, modern, possibly by collector Zelda Mackay) identifies the scene.

Content/Description

Three-quarter view of a two story building, with men standing on the street level porch and the second story porch. A horse is off to the side, and in front, an empty cart is tipped up. Posters on corner advertise the sailing of Pacific Mail Steamship Oregon (for Panama), and others [the California and the Unicorn?].

Date Note

Date based on dates of photographers' brief partnership.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Commercial buildings
Men
Pioneers -- California
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Architectural Photographs
Daguerreotypes

 

[Sacramento Street; view toward bay down the north side of street, San Francisco.] [ca. 1852-1853] BANC PIC 1905.16242:104--CASE

Creator/Collector: Shew, William
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; whole plate, visible image 20.3 x 15.5 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, cover glass, preserver. Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: plain. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.2 cm. Pad: red velvet. Notes: spine label - 417 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (modern, possibly by collector Zelda Mackay) identifies view, date, photographer, and provenance. Plate mark: [flower] [lamb of God within crescents] 40.

Content/Description

A wrong-reading (reversed) view from a roof top. Image includes men, carts, wagons, horses, and bales of goods on the street and sidewalk. Signs on buildings in the foreground read: Circulating Library, Golden Era, [Pai]nts and Oils, D[ ]ney & Co. Gold Dust..., and Pacific Mail Steamship Co., among others. A large metal top hat is on top of one building, presumably advertising a hatter or clothing store. Masts of ships are visible in the distance.

Additional Note

Although attributed by prior owner to Shew, image was possibly taken from roof of the R.H. Vance Gallery. A woodcut published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly (June 29, 1859), was probably engraved from this image. The photograph may have been intentionally wrong-reading, for ease of reproduction. [Observations by Peter Palmquist in his article "The Daguerreotype in San Francisco" in History of Photography, v.4 no.3.]

Additional Note

Collector Zelda Mackay acquired this image from the son and daughter of Oregon photographer Peter Britt, who was said to have received it as a gift from photographer William Shew.

Additional Note

Tarnish lines from a former rectangular mat are visible. A brass preserver was present, but has been removed and retained separately.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Carriages & coaches
Cities and towns
Men
Streets
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[San Francisco Fire Brigade on Meiggs Wharf.] [ca. 1855-1858] BANC PIC 1905.16242:105--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; whole plate, visible image 13.2 x 18.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: violet glass with shirts and hats hand colored. Mat: plain oval. Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: The Landing of Columbus (Rinhart no. 1). Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: 18.8 x 23.2 cm. Pad: reddish purple velvet with embossed motif. Notes: F.R. Smith & Hartman, N.Y. Notes: spine label - 369 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Printed on case exterior: F.R. Smith & Hartmann N.Y. Accompanying note (modern, possibly by collector Zelda Mackay) identifies view and gives brief history of Manhattan Engine Co. No 2.

Content/Description

Full length portrait of 8 men standing with a fire hose. All are wearing uniforms and the number 2 is on their helmets. One man holds a brass horn or megaphone.

Indexing Terms

Men
Pioneers -- California
Teenagers
Young adults
Ambrotypes
Group portraits

 

[San Francisco, east from Kearny and Clay Streets, with masts of sailing ships in the harbor.] [between 1850 and May 1851] BANC PIC 1905.16242:106--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; whole plate, visible image 15 x 20 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: octagonal.
Container or Case Note: Type: half case. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 27 x 21.8 cm. Notes: label -157 (from prior owner). Daguerreotype removed from case and housed separately.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Blind stamped on plate: [LL] flower symbol; [UL] 40.

Content/Description

Bird's-eye view from the roof of the Union Hotel in Portsmouth Square, with the harbor and docked ships in the background. This image is sometimes referred to as the "Sea of masts" view, and once thought to be the earliest surviving photograph of the city of San Francisco. It has been noted that the store ship Niantic is visible toward the right, which would indicate a date prior to the fire of May, 1851; possible from late 1850. This plate is the right half of a two-plate panorama, the other half of which is lost and not thought to have survived the earthquake and fire of 1906. The full view does exist in copy photographs. (For example, see copies in the Roy. D. Graves Collection at the Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1905.17500 v.1:18-:19), with digital reproductions available online. For another copy of both halves, see BANC PIC 1905.16242:194a-b-- PIC)

Additional Note

This view and other daguerreian panoramas of San Francisco are reproduced and discussed in the San Francisco Maritime Museum's "Sea Letter", vol. 2 nos. 2 and 3 (October 1964).

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Commercial buildings
Dwellings
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Newspaper offices on Montgomery and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco.] [between 1850 and 1852] BANC PIC 1905.16242:091--CASE

Creator/Collector: Shew, William
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 9.6 x 12.6 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: blue paper.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral (front), geometric (back). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.2 x 12 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: spine label - 540 (from prior owner). Front has a different motif than the back.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (photocopy, handwritten by collector Zelda Mackay) describes the history of the newspapers and attirbutes image to photographer William Shew.

Content/Description

Right reading, three-quarter view of a street corner. Several men in top hats stand in front of newspaper buildings, which house the Evening Picayune and the San Francisco Herald. Samuel Brannan stands at right in his office doorway, and Andrew J. Moulder is at right in the doorway of the Herald office. In addition to newspaper signs, other signs read: Schloss Brothers, A.I. Tobias & Co., Neustadt & Barnett, S. Brannan, Cafe Zur[...], and Groc[eries].

Additional Note

Blue paper mat occurs on known William Shew images, but it is not certain if this one is original or was added by a collector at a later time.

Additional Note

The Picayune was published from August 3, 1850 until April 17, 1852.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Commercial buildings
Men
Pioneers -- California
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Architectural Photographs
Daguerreotypes

 

Mining Towns and Mining Scenes. BANC PIC 1905.16242 [Series]

 

[Riverbed mining, Grizzly Flats, El Dorado Co., showing mining apparatus.] [ca. 1851-1852.] BANC PIC 1905.16242:049--CASE

Creator/Collector: Johnson, G. H. (George Howard)
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 6.8 x 9.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - variant of The Rose Cameo (Rinhart no. 129). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 4 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed urn motif. Notes: spine label - 736 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten, modern, by Zelda Mackay): Another view of mining operations near Grizzly Flat taken 1849. Same location and diggings as shown in daguerreotypes 660, 734, + 735. [These items now numbered 1905.16242:85, :82, and :77.] Daguerreotype made by early photographer Geo. H. Johnson 83 J Street. Sacramento, 1849. [Cataloger's note: 83 J Street would indicate at date of 1851-1852.] [It is possible that the preceding note was meant to accompany 1905.16242:081 rather than this image.]

Content/Description

Two men are visible next to large water wheels in a man made channel diverting the river. Possibly the mining operation of Jacob Phillips. (See notes for other Grizzly Flats views.)

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Diversion structures (Hydraulic engineering)
Gold mines and mining
Men
Miners
Mining districts--California--El Dorado County--Grizzly Flat--Photographs
Water-wheels
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Riverbed mining in Grizzly Flats, El Dorado Co.] [ca. 1851-1852] BANC PIC 1905.16242:077--CASE

Creator/Collector: Johnson, G. H. (George Howard)
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 8.8 x 12 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: Washington Monument (front) (Berg no. 4-1), geometric (back). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15 x 12 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: spine label - 735 (from prior owner). Front has different motif from back, similar to 1905.16242:82 and 1905.16242:85.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Embossed on case pad: GEO. H. JOHNSON / 83 J ST. / SACRAMENTO / CAL. Accompanying note (modern, possibly by collector Zelda Mackay) identifies photo.

Content/Description

View of gravel pile, buildings and hillside with trees.

Date Note

Date based upon Johnson's address.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Diversion structures (Hydraulic engineering)
Dwellings
Gold mines and mining
Mining districts--California--El Dorado County--Grizzly Flat--Photographs
Water-wheels
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Riverbed mining in Grizzly Flats.] [ca. 1851-1852] BANC PIC 1905.16242:081--CASE

Creator/Collector: Johnson, G. H. (George Howard)
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 8.1 x 12 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: plain rectangular (double elliptical).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - vase with grapevines. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 15 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: spine label - 703 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "Accompanying note (handwritten, modern, possibly by collector Zelda Mackay): California mining scene of 1850, showing the elaborate diggings and equipment of Jacob Phillips and other gold miners, at Grizzly Flat Eldorado Co., 33 miles south of Placerville (Hangtown.) Jacob Phillips came to Calif. from Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1849, and later returned there to build a fine home. Accompanying note (handwritten, modern, possibly by collector Zelda Mackay): Jacob Phillips went to Calif. from Elizabeth, N.J. in 1849, staked out a claim in the fifties which had been a rich strike. When the mine became exhausted, he sold it in 1865 to his 'in-laws Henry, Merwin and F.A. Massot who later sold it out of the family, and all returned East. With his new found wealth, Jacob Phillips built a fine home in Elizabeth, N.J. I have old deed to gold mine shown in this daguerreotype [which is Mackay's] #703 and #660 [now numbered 1905.16242:085]. [The mine deed is now in the Bancroft collection as BANC MSS C-I 16 Pt. I:44]. Accompanying newspaper clipping (1947) about the Placerville Indian "war"."

Content/Description

View of mining diversion flumes in riverbed showing water wheels and hoists. Miners stand to left, one holding a pan with gold colored in.

Indexing Terms

Diversion structures (Hydraulic engineering)
Gold mines and mining
Miners
Water-wheels
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Settlement and mining operation in Grizzly Flats, El Dorado County, Calif.] [ca. 1851-1852] BANC PIC 1905.16242:082--CASE

Creator/Collector: Johnson, G. H. (George Howard)
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 8.8 x 12.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: Washington Monument (Berg no. 4-1). Verso is geometric pattern. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 14.9 x 11.9 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed motif and photographer's name. Notes: spine label - 734 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Embossed on case pad: Geo. H. Johnson / 83 J. St. / Sacramento / Cal. Accompanying note (handwritten by Zelda Mackay): California Gold Rush Daguerreotype, showing mining settlement and Diggings of Grizzly Flat El Dorado County, about 1850. Daguerreotype taken by Geo. H. Johnson of Sacramento, one of first photographers.

Content/Description

View of mining settlement showing buildings in distance and mining equipment and waterwheels along the river's edge. Note small tent to right at base of tree, also visible in 1905.16242:085.

Additional Note

See also BANC PIC 1905.16242:085, a view taken from a few yards to the right of this vantage point.

Date Note

Date based upon Johnson's address.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Diversion structures (Hydraulic engineering)
Gold mines and mining
Mining districts--California--El Dorado County--Grizzly Flat--Photographs
Water-wheels
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Diggings at Grizzly Flat, El Dorado Co.] [ca. 1851-1852] BANC PIC 1905.16242:085--CASE

Creator/Collector: Johnson, G. H. (George Howard)
Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 8.7 x 11.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: Washington Monument (front), geometric (back) (Rinhart no. 6). Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15 x 11.7 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed urn motif. Notes: spine label - 660 (from prior owner). Front has different motif from back.

Content/Description

View of a river mining operations with a small town in the background. Two men and a tent are in the foreground, and men stand near several of the water wheels. Sign on building at far left reads "Maxfield... ", and other illegible signs are visible at center. Men pictured may be Jacob Philips and associates. See notes for another Grizzly Flat view (1905.16242:081--CASE).

Additional Note

Atttributed to G.H. Johnson based upon the similar view numbered as BANC PIC 1905.16242:082, which is a view taken from a few yards to the left of this vantage point. The details are so similar they are presumed to have been taken by the same photographer on the same day.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Diversion structures (Hydraulic engineering)
Gold mines and mining
Men
Miners
Mining districts
Mining districts--California--El Dorado County--Grizzly Flat--Photographs
Tents
Water-wheels
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Freeman's Crossing, Middle Fork, Yuba River.] 1856 BANC PIC 1905.16242:076--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 10 x 13.1 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: plain rectangular (double elliptical).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.4 x 12.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed floral motif. Notes: spine label - 729 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Note in early hand (formerly attached to cover glass): Freeman's Crossing, Middle Yuba 1856. Accompanying typed note from [California] State Librarian giving location and brief history of Freeman's Crossing.

Content/Description

View of small mining town showing several buildings at right with townspeople, horses and dogs standing nearby. Small bridge (Freeman's Crossing) over river at left with worked out mining area along river bank. Freeman's Crossing was located about a half mile below where Oregon Creek flows into the Yuba and about a mile and a half northwest of North San Juan (Calif.). The first bridge was built by Thomas Hess in 1851, rebuilt in 1852, and sold to Thomas Freeman in 1854.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cities and towns
Gold mines and mining
Mining districts--California--Yuba River--Photographs
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Placerville, California (Hangtown) residences.] [ca. 1855] BANC PIC 1905.16242:033--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; sixth plate, visible image 5.7 x 7 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: nonpareil. Cover glass: convex. Preserver: decorative with leaf motif.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed flowers-in-urn motif. Notes: spine label - 762 (from prior owner). Case bottom and top do not match.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Plate mark (UL): SCOVILL MFG Co. / Extra. Accompanying note (handwritten by collector Zelda Mackay): Settlers in early mining-town of Hangtown or Placerville, about 1855. [A typed listing of the collection from Mackay gives date of 1852].

Content/Description

Two wood frame houses with split rail fence in foreground. A woman stands on exterior steps. Landscape (horizontal) orientation.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Cabins
Cities and towns
Dwellings
Mining districts--California--El Dorado County--Placerville--Photographs
Architectural Photographs
Daguerreotypes

 

[Family of miner inside and outside of house near New Almaden quicksilver mines.] [ca. 1855-1860] BANC PIC 1905.16242:078--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; half plate, visible image 8.1 x 11.2 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative (removed and stored separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral - grapes. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15 x 12 cm. Pad: blue velvet with embossed motif. Notes: spine label - 603 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (modern, by collector Zelda Mackay): New Almaden quicksilver miner's little home in the 1850's San Jose, Cal.

Content/Description

Right reading view of house and partial view of smaller building in back. The father and child are standing outside with the dog, the mother is inside, posed at the window.

Indexing Terms

Buildings
Carts & wagons
Children
Dwellings
Families
Fathers & children
Infants
Men
Miners
Mining districts--California--Santa Clara County--New Almaden--Photographs
Women
Ambrotypes
Architectural Photographs

 

[Five riverbed miners in a rocky gulch in the Motherlode.] [ca. 1850-1853] BANC PIC 1905.16242:079--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 8.7 x 12 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Mat: rectangular (double elliptical). Preserver: decorative.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: floral / geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15.2 x 12.2 cm. Pad: red velvet with embossed motif. Notes: spine label - 503 (from prior owner).
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: "Accompanying note (modern, possibly by collector Zelda Mackay): Five Gold Rush Miners in the Mother Lode. California, 1849. [In different ink:] "Hard Rock" miners."

Content/Description

Mining scene showing 5 men working with shovels and a pulley system to lift large boulders. Two of the workmen's shirts have decorative buttons[?] on the front.

Additional Note

Identified as "Hard Rock Miners" by collector, this misleading title may have been used in publications or exhibitions in the past. It is clearly a riverbed or placer mining scene, and not "hard-rock" mining, which implies underground tunnelling. Also, the noted date of 1849 almost certainly refers to the gold rush of '49 in a general sense rather than an exact image date.

Indexing Terms

Cabins
Gold mines and mining
Men
Miners
Mining districts--California--Photographs
Tools
Daguerreotypes
Landscapes

 

[Riverbed gold mining, Mother Lode.] [ca. 1854] BANC PIC 1905.16242:050--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : ambrotype ; quarter plate, visible image 7.4 x 9.8 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: decorative rectangular (double elliptical, roughly cut down). Cover glass: added glass. Preserver: decorative (removed and housed separately).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric. Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.8 cm. Pad: purple velvet. Notes: spine label - 659 (from prior owner). Top and bottom are different motifs. Case, mat, and preserver may not be contemporary with image.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten, modern): Gold Rush Ambrotype Scene. 18 miners at work in the Mother Lode, digging for gold. Notice interesting equipment. About 1854.

Content/Description

Right reading image of a gold mining site with wooden river diversion structure in background. Numerous men work in the riverbed, with wheelbarrows along a plank structure at left.

Indexing Terms

Cabins
Diversion structures (Hydraulic engineering)
Gold mines and mining
Men
Miners
Mining districts--California--Photographs
Ambrotypes
Landscapes

 

[Six miners with rocker, wheel barrows, picks, shovels and gold pans.] [ca. 1850] BANC PIC 1905.16242:061--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; quarter plate, visible image 6.5 x 9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Plate: gold nugget hand colored. Mat: textured octagonal.
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Material: leather (pigskin) over wood. Dimensions: 12 x 9.5 cm. Pad: purple velvet with embossed motif. Notes: Eickmeyer style case, but with no patent statement.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Accompanying note (handwritten by collector Zelda Mackay): #627 Miners at Diggings, California, 1850. Notice real gold nugget in gold pan.

Content/Description

Men stopping work to pose at mining site. Two display gold pans, one carries buckets balanced from a bar across his shoulders. Several rockers or "cradles" are also displayed.

Indexing Terms

Californios
Gold mines and mining--California--Photographs
Men
Miners
Tools
Daguerreotypes
Group portraits

 

[Mining claim along the American River: J.Y. Hutchins & Co. June 5, 1852] June 5, 1852 BANC PIC 1905.16242:083--CASE

Physical Description: 1 photograph : daguerreotype ; half plate, visible image 8.6 x 11.9 cm.
Image Package Note: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: plain rectangular (double elliptical).
Container or Case Note: Type: case. Motif: geometric / floral with figs Material: leather over wood. Dimensions: 15 x 11.7 cm. Pad: reddish purple velvet with embossed urn and flower motif.
Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material: Inscribed on plate: J.Y. Hutchins & Co. June 5, 1852. Platemark: [40][double, under eagle]. Accompanying note (modern): Group of Gold Rush miners under leadership of J.Y. Hutchins & Co., working at diggings along the American River, June 5, 1852. Notice Sluice-box, screen, gold pan, shovels, tents, etc.

Content/Description

View of mining encampment showing eight miners at work with equipment including sluice boxes, shovels, a gold pan, and cradles. Four large tents are visible in the middle distance.

Date Note

Inscribed on plate.

Indexing Terms

Carriages & coaches
Gold mines and mining
Miners
Mining districts--California--American River--Photographs
Tools
Daguerreotypes