The Levi Vandercook photograph collection consists of 918 glass plate negatives and a small number of acetate negatives documenting
people and places in Sacramento, California between 1895 and 1935. The collection is organized into nine series by the subjects
in the photographs. Subjects include views of the Vandercook family, family and group portraits, houses, churches the state
capitol building, the waterfront, Sutter's Fort and festivals. There are images of the Folsom area, including Folsom Prison,
dredging and river scenes. A large portion are of the Lodi and Woodbridge area. The negatives were housed in dry plate boxes,
usually with a list, and are well identified. These included images of the Mills and Ellis families, Tokay Carnival of 1907
rivers, schools and more. There are also images of St. Helena and the Napa area. Many of these boxed images are masked and
inscribed for postcard printing. Other images in the Vandercook collection included the foothill and Sierra Nevada region,
Yosemite, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, Omaha, New York and the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
Levi Eugene Vandercook (1854-1937) was born December 22, 1854 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He came to Sacramento around 1880.
With him were his father Henry Vandercook, his mother, Susan Buck Vandercook and three sisters: Frances, Susan and Clara.
The family lived at 1426 J Street in downtown Sacramento.
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