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Palo Alto & Stanford (Rosebrook family glass plate negatives)
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Rosebrook family glass plate negatives of Palo Alto & Stanford
    Creator: Rosebrook family
    Identifier/Call Number: M0836
    Identifier/Call Number: 4701
    Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1890-1920
    Abstract: Over 300 glass plate negatives with views of Palo Alto, Stanford University, and various locations in California and the West Coast.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Genevieve Snow and Margaret Westall, 1993.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Rosebrook family glass plate negatives of Palo Alto & Stanford (M0836). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical / Historical

    Collection of over 300 plate negatives, most depicting The Rosebrook family and other families and their residences in Palo Alto, Stanford University, and various locations the Western United States. Some images of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are present as well.
    The plates came to Stanford in 1993 from Catherine and Joseph Rosebrook's daughters Genevieve "Gene" Rosebrook Snow (1903-1998) and her younger sister Margaret Rosebrook Westall (1911-1995). Joseph Rosebrook was the son of Margaret and George Rosebrook. George was a carpenter and contractor who moved to Palo Alto in 1892; Margaret Rosebrook was active in local civic matters including suffrage, temperance, and the church. His son Joseph was also a builder, although he briefly attended Stanford in 1897. Some of the negatives are from Frank J. Snow and family; although Genevieve married William Boring Snow in 1924, his familial relationship with the Snow family is unknown but would appear likely. 225 Emerson is still known as the Rosebrook cottage.

    Conditions Governing Use

    These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

    Scope and Contents

    Although the negatives arrived in their original boxes, plates were mixed up chronologically and otherwise, and therefore identification based on prior notes may be incorrect.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Palo Alto -- History
    Stanford University -- History.