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Santa Cruz County Historic Photograph Collection
MS 427  
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This collection contains original photographs and copy prints of Santa Cruz County from 1866-1995.
Preston Sawyer, the main source for the photographs in this collection, was a proofreader and historical writer, born in Santa Cruz in 1899. He wrote the weekly column, "Santa Cruz Yesterdays" in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. He and his brother Ariel Sawyer ran the Sawyer Tile Company. As a youth, Preston Sawyer worked in the early movie industry located in the Santa Cruz mountains. A prolific amateur photographer, he took hundreds of pictures of actors, directors, film crews, and locations. He also recorded his family, friends, neighbors, pastimes, his tenure at Santa Cruz High School and the Sentinal, as well as local businesses and merchants. Sawyer and his family members were voracious collectors who bought and exchanged photographs and postcards of early Santa Cruz and surrounding areas. After his death in 1968, UCSC acquired his photographs.
102 linear feet
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Collection open for research.