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Guide to the Eugene Hepting photograph collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Eugene Hepting photograph collection
    Dates: 1850-1970
    Collection number: MS0053
    Creator: Hepting, Eugene
    Collection Size: 6.5 linear feet (7290 photographs)
    Repository: Center for Sacramento History
    Sacramento, California 95811-0229
    Abstract: The Eugene Hepting Collection contains 7,290 photographs, negatives and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. The images document Sacramento and Northern California beginning in the early 1930s and ending in the mid-1960s. Eugene Hepting carefully researched the subject matter of his images. The majority of his photographs include a paragraph stating the location and dates of the photos and the names of any people in the pictures. The subject matter of this collection is quite varied. Mr. Hepting took photographs of almost every city block and home in the downtown area of Sacramento. These images are very important because many of these residential and business structures are no longer standing. Often accompanying a photo is another image or newspaper article showing the demolition or burning of the same structure. Certain groups of photographs are quite valuable in capturing historical events, such as the Japanese American internment and relocation of 1942, the physical decline of Sutter's Fort and its subsequent reconstruction, scenes of Hooverville in 1934, and damages done by flood and storms in Sacramento's history.
    Physical location: 4D1 Drawers F and G, 4E1 Drawer E
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to publish or quote from private collections held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item and/or item number], [box and folder number], Eugene Hepting photograph collection , MS0053, Center for Sacramento History.

    Acquisition Information

    The Eugene Hepting photograph collection was donated to the Center for Sacramento History by Elizabeth Hepting in 1985 (accession #1985/24).

    Processing Information

    Collection was processed by Pam F. Poffenberger, archives intern, and by various Center for Sacramento History volunteers, 1985-2019.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Photographer Eugene Walter Hepting (1896-1971), was born in Sacramento, California in 1896 to German Swiss immigrants Edward and Anna Hepting. He worked for the state treasurer for over 30 years and was an active bicyclist for many years holding various records for long distance rides in the California Central Valley. As a native Sacramentan, he was prompted to start his photograph collecting by the late historian Caroline Wentzel. She brought to his attention that no one had yet compiled historic, old photographs of Sacramento. Mr. Hepting enthusiastically took on the project, and he added to his collection of cycling photographs of himself and the Sacramento bicycling club, The Wheelmen Club, dating back to 1917. Hepting would work continually on this massive project until his death in 1971. His entire original collection filled forty two loose leaf binders, of which the Sacramento History Center received twelve.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Eugene Hepting Collection contains 7,290 photographs, negatives and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. The images document Sacramento and Northern California beginning in the early 1930s and ending in the mid-1960s. Eugene Hepting carefully researched the subject matter of his images. The majority of his photographs include a paragraph stating the location and dates of the photos and the names of any people in the pictures. The subject matter of this collection is quite varied. Mr. Hepting took photographs of almost every city block and home in the downtown area of Sacramento. These images are very important because many of these residential and business structures are no longer standing. Often accompanying a photo is another image or newspaper article showing the demolition or burning of the same structure. Certain groups of photographs are quite valuable in capturing historical events, such as the Japanese American internment and relocation of 1942, the physical decline of Sutter's Fort and its subsequent reconstruction, scenes of Hooverville in 1934, and damages done by flood and storms in Sacramento's history. There are also many images taken by Hepting of the separate communities in the Sacramento area in the 1940s. There is also extensive information and images of the New Helvetia, Old County, and Franklin cemeteries. Mr. Hepting took photos of railroads, street scenes, construction of the capitol , sporting events, churches, schools, and river scenes. This collection is not only of Sacramento, but includes Northern California towns of Ione, Jackson, Orangevale, Coloma, Loomis, Lincoln, Stockton, Brighton , Mormon Island, and many others, some of which no longer exist. There are many photos and detailed information on Folsom; its bridge, Old Town, Prison, Dam, Lake, and cemetery. Mr. Hepting spent a great many years taking his own photographs and acquiring copies of other people's to make up his voluminous collection.

    Arrangement

    Series 1. Sacramento buildings and street scenes Series 2. Japanese internment Series 3. Sacramento floods and storms Series 4. Bicycling Series 5. Railroads Series 6. Assorted

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company--History--Pictorial works
    Sacramento (Calif.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works
    Sacramento (Calif.)--History--Pictorial works
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans
    Floods--California--Sacramento River
    Floods--California--American River
    Bicycles--History--Pictorial works