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Santa Cruz County Historic Photograph collection
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This collection contains original 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 153 flats, 33 negative boxes, 1 carton, 2 flat file drawers
Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.
Collection open for research.