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Henry Meade Bland Photographs
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Henry Meade Bland Photographs
    Dates: 1905-1915
    Collection Number: 1997-969
    Creator/Collector: Bland, Henry Meade, 1863-1931
    Extent: Approximately 428 negatives and photographic prints
    Online items available
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95112
    Abstract: Collection of black and white negatives apparently taken by Henry Meade Bland while teaching at the State Normal School at San Jose, likely dating between 1905-1915.
    Language of Material: English


    The original negatives are not available to researchers; all have been scanned and can be viewed online. Digital images are available on request.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with History San Jose. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact History San Jose Research Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Henry Meade Bland Photographs. Collection Number: 1997-969. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    The provenance of these negatives is not known. They were found in collection, and may have been given to the San Jose Historical Museum as part of the Roland Eberhart Collection.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Dr. Bland was born on April 21, 1863 in Fairfield in Solano County, CA. He earned in MA degree from Stanford in 1895 and a Ph.D. (1890) and undergraduate degrees from the University of the Pacific. He worked as a teacher and principal for 15 years at schools in Los Gatos, Santa Clara and San Jose before coming to the Normal School. Dr. Bland died on April 30, 1931. (See http://www.sjsu.edu/people/annette.nellen/website/bland.htm)

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The majority of images in the collection are casual shots, taken by an amateur photographer. They were found grouped inside brown photography shop envelopes, with pencil notations on the outside, most addressed to Professor Bland. The images include groups of students on campus and at outdoor locations such as Joaquin Miller's cabin, as well as other authors and poets such as Edwin Markham, Japanese poet Takeshi Kanno, Jack London, and sculptor Gertrude Boyle. The student groups are likely part of the Short Story Club. Some of the images are related to literary magazine or La Torre production. In addition, Bland's family are featured in several of the images, and Bland himself can be found in many images.

    Indexing Terms

    Poets, American
    Literature--Societies, etc
    Outdoor life
    Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940
    Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913
    San José State University
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)