The H.C. Tibbitts Photograph collection contains 114 black
and white photographic prints taken by H.C. Tibbitts during his employment as a
contract photographer for the Southern Pacific Railroad's magazine Sunset. The
photographs predominately depict landscapes and agricultural views of the Santa
Clara Valley between 1909 and 1915.
Howard Clinton Tibbitts (1863-1937) was a San Francisco based photographer who worked
for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 40 years starting in 1892. He photographed
extensively in the American West, Canada and Mexico, documenting landscapes, towns,
agriculture, parks, and other local scenes to help promote the railroad. His work as
used in the railroad's magazine Sunset starting with the first publication in 1898.
Sunset attempted to change the "wild west" perception of California and Nevada
through depictions of the beauty and grandeur of the West. The magazine especially
featured locations on the Southern Pacific's Sunset line running from New Orleans to
Containers: 3 boxes
Volume: .68 cubic feet
Neither the original photographs nor the digital images in the catalog may be
reproduced, published, or used on the Internet without the expressed, written
permission of either the Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History. Rights
assessment is the responsibility of the researcher. The credit line, "Courtesy
of Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History" should accompany any such
Collection is open for research.