San Francisco Cabinet Card Collection

Finding aid created by San Francisco History Center staff using RecordEXPRESS
San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 557-4567
sfhistory@sfpl.org
http://sfpl.org/sfhistory
2019


Descriptive Summary

Title: San Francisco Cabinet Card Collection
Dates: 1870-1900
Collection Number: SFP 59
Creator/Collector: Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912 San Francisco Public Library
Extent: 5 pamphlet boxes with 450 cabinet cards
Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
San Francisco, California 94102
Abstract: The artificial collection consists of over 450 portrait cabinet cards by San Francisco, California photographers and photo studios collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The cabinet cards range in date from the 1880s – early 1900s.
Language of Material: English

Access

The collection is available for use during Photo Desk hours.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish from photographs must be submitted in writing to the Photo Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

Preferred Citation

San Francisco Cabinet Card Collection. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

Acquisition Information

The portraits were acquired from various sources, including donations and purchases.

Biography/Administrative History

The collection was collected and assembled by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The collection includes multiple accessions and donors received over the life of the San Francisco History Center.

Scope and Content of Collection

The artificial collection consists of over 450 portrait cabinet cards by San Francisco, California photographers and photo studios collected by the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. The cabinet cards range in date from the 1880s – early 1900s. The pictorial portraits include prominent San Francisco men and women including Lillie Coit, Chief of Police I.W. Lees, M.H. DeYoung, Archbishop Riordan, and Lotta Crabtree, as well as significant artists, writers, businessmen, politicians, entertainers. At least half of the portraits are unidentified. San Francisco photographers and photography studios represented include Bradley and Rulofson, Elite, Falk, Mora, Morse, Sarony, Taber, New York Gallery and others.

Indexing Terms

Photographers -- California -- San Francisco.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Biography -- Portraits.
Group portraits
Cabinet photographs
Card photographs
Men -- Portraits.
Women -- Portraits.
Children -- Portraits.

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