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California and Other Western Views from the E.F. Mueller Photograph Collection
BANC PIC 2016.001  
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: [California and other western views from the E.F. Mueller photograph collection]
    Creator: Mueller, E.F.
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 2016.001
    Physical Description: 165 photographs : albumen prints and gelatin silver prints ; sheets 19 x 25 cm or smaller
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1863-1940
    Abstract: Chiefly California views, with two Colorado mining views, one Colorado railroad view, one Nevada mining view and one Chicago city scene.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California and other western views from the E.F. Mueller photograph collection, BANC PIC 2016.001, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Ken Sanders Rare Books in 2015 and 2016.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed in 2015. 2016 additions processed in 2017.

    Biographical / Historical

    Collector E.F. Mueller was also known as "Al" Mueller; collector of Western photography; Las Vegas casino executive.

    Scope and Content

    Chiefly California views, with two Colorado mining views, one Colorado railroad view, one Nevada mining view and one Chicago city scene. Many of the views are rare and early depictions of the locale or subject pictured. California locations include Central Valley towns and railroad depots, gold country mining towns of the Sierra Nevada foothills, and rural towns such as Gilroy, Fellows, and Red Bluff. Several views in San Francisco and Sacramento are present, among numerous other places such as Oakland and Santa Cruz. Southern California views include Los Angeles, San Gabriel, Santa Barbara, Ontario, Banning, Pasadena and Redlands. Subjects pictured include store and smoke shop interior views, railroads, stage coaches, an early Gandy-Vrang airplane (1912), mines, resorts or hotels, exteriors of commercial or industrial buildings such as the Saratoga Paper Mill, town street views, ferry boats, early automobiles and early twentieth century gas stations. Four views relate to U.S. army soldiers stationed at Camp Columbus, Santa Cruz County. Three images relate to John Spaulding and his South Yuba Canal Company. Five images are of, or relate to, Native Americans. A selection of carte-de-visite portraits depcits George Washington, Martha Washington, the Prince and Princess of Wales, members of Shaw and Baum families, and several unidentified persons. One view shows the U.S. 7th Cavalry riding during their pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico. Forty-five of the images are stereographs by various photographers and publishers. Other photographers include Hayward & Muzzall's, E. Anthony, C.W.J. Johnson, Alfred A. Hart, J.J. Reilly, A.L. Hawes, Isaiah West Taber, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co., Downing, Rea & Rauscher, O.E. Tyler, J.G. Brayton, C.R. Savage, M.M. Hazeltine, Edward and Benjamin West Kilburn, Wesner's Photographic Car, Keystone View Co., H.C. White Co., Strokmeyer & Wyman, J.F. Jarvis, J.B. Johnson, Charles Anaya, Dames Hayes, Murray Foto, W.G. Billington, C.E. McCarthy, Wunderlich Brothers, John A. Todd, H. Lee Jellum, and D.W. Wright.


    From the collection of E.F. Mueller, much of which was sold at auction in 2010.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California -- Pictorial works
    Mines and mineral resources--West (U.S.)
    Railroads -- Photographs
    Railroad stations -- Photographs
    Cities and towns -- California -- Photographs
    Resorts -- Photographs
    Indians of North America -- California
    Stores & shops -- Photographs
    Cities and towns -- California -- Photographs
    Service stations -- California -- Photographs
    Resorts -- Photographs
    Indians of North America -- California
    Mueller, E.F.