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Watkins (Carleton E.) Mammoth Plate Photographs of Comstock Mining, Yosemite, San Francisco, Los Angeles County, and the American West
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Note

Except where indicated otherwise, all titles, dates, and Watkins’ numbers are taken from the catalog raisonné by Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis, Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum), 2011. (Cited below as Naef.)
 

Los Angeles County Series 1

Physical Description: 9 Photographic Prints
Box 4

[Indiana Colony, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 39) 1877

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1152] A small community in Pasadena. One Victorian-style house in background.

Note

Naef no. 1047
Box 4

[View in San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 40) 1877 or 1880

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1161] View taken from the residence of Nathaniel C. Carter (1840-1904). Forms panorama with photCL Watkins 41. Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The San Gabriel Valley."

Note

Naef no. 1046
Box 5

[Residence of Col. Edward J. C. Kewen, San Gabriel, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 41) 1877

Physical Description: 15 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins number unknown.] This property later known as El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill), in what is now San Marino. Forms panorama with photCL Watkins 40. Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The San Gabriel Valley."

Note

Naef no. 1045
Box 9

[At the Residence of Leonard J. Rose, Esq., Sunny Slope, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 88) 1877

Physical Description: 15 x 21 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1153]

Note

Naef no. 1048
Box 9

[N. C. Carter Home and Grounds, Pasadena, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 89) 1877

Physical Description: 15 1/8 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1159?] Home of Nathaniel C. Carter. Three men, a woman and two children are posed in front of house with garden and grape orchard.

Note

Naef no. 1056
Box 9

[Dobbins Orchard and Residence, Showing Method of Irrigation, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 90) 1877

Physical Description: 15 x 21 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1155] Small wooden church (Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel) and orange orchard. James De Barth Shorb house can be seen on hill in background.

Note

Naef no. 1050
Box 10

[In the Orange Orchards at Lake Vineyard, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 91) 1877

Physical Description: 15 3/8 x 21 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1160] View from Lake Vineyard, residence of B. D. Wilson, San Gabriel.

Note

Naef no. 1059
Box 10

[Sierra Madre Villa, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 92) 1877

Physical Description: 16 1/8 x 21 1/2 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1156] Sierra Madre Villa hotel in the present-day town of Sierra Madre.

Note

Naef no. 1051
Box 9-1

[Twin Palms, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County] (photCL Watkins 93) 1877

Physical Description: 21 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1168] Twin palm trees and water flowing in an irrigation ditch on Mission San Gabriel property.

Note

Naef no. 1062
 

San Francisco and the Pacific Coast Series 2

Physical Description: 10 Photographic Prints
Box 10

[Pacific Mail Steamship Company Wharf, San Francisco] (photCL Watkins 94) approximately 1871

Physical Description: 15 7/8 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 613] View looking down at warehouses, other structures, and ships at wharf. Signs on buildings read: "PMSS Co. New York via Panama" and "PMSS Co. China via Japan" and "Oriental U.S. Bonded Warehouse. Howard & Pool."

Note

Naef no. 332
Box 10

[Pacific Mail Steamship Company Wharf, San Francisco] (photCL Watkins 94a) approximately 1871

Physical Description: 15 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 613] Same image as photCL Watkins 94. Variant copy.

Note

Naef no. 332
Box 10

[Pacific Mail Steamship Company Dock, Coal Yard, Marine Hospital, San Francisco] (photCL Watkins 95) approximately 1871

Physical Description: 15 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 612] Watkins' photography wagon is seen in lower left. Signs can be seen for bars and grocery stores. Many ships are docked at shore. St. Mary's Hospital on Rincon Hill is at left center, and in the distance, the U.S. Marine Hospital on Rincon Point.

Note

Naef no. 331
Box 10

[Residences of Mr. Robinson and Rev. W. A. Scott, Rincon Hill, San Francisco] (photCL Watkins 96) 1862-66

Physical Description: 15 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins' number unknown.] View of two large houses on a hill. On verso of print is the stamp of Charles Turrill, Watkins' friend and biographer.

Note

Naef no. 340
Box 10

[Residence of Mr. Milton S. Latham, Folsom Street between Second and Third, San Francisco] (photCL Watkins 97) approximately 1867

Physical Description: 15 x 21 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins' number unknown.] Title and date supplied by cataloger. Milton S. Latham (1827-1882) was the sixth governor of California. On verso of print is the stamp of Charles Turrill, Watkins' friend and biographer.

Note

Not in Naef.
Box 10

[Coe-Raymond-Earl Residence, Harrison and Essex Streets, Rincon Hill, San Francisco] (photCL Watkins 98) approximately 1867

Physical Description: 14 3/4 x 20 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins' number unknown.] Title and date supplied by cataloger. The residence is named after several prominent occupants: L. W. Coe; I. W. Raymond, of the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.,; and John O. Earl, one of the largest stockholders of the Bank of California. On verso of print is the stamp of Charles Turrill, Watkins' friend and biographer.

Note

Not in Naef.
Box 5

[A Coast View, Rocks (No. 1), Mendocino County] (photCL Watkins 42) 1863

Physical Description: 15 x 20 1/2 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 188] Signed in ink at lower right: "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Coast view of Mendocino."

Note

Naef no. 403
Box 5

[View from Sugar Loaf Island, Farallon Islands] (photCL Watkins 43) 1868-69

Physical Description: 16 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 551]

Note

Naef no. 514
Box 5

[Cape Horn, Columbia River, Washington Territory] (photCL Watkins 45) 1867

Physical Description: 16 1/8 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 419] Has copyright statement for C. E. Watkins, entered 1867, printed on mount below print. In sepia ink on mount, lower right: "No. 419." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Cape Horn. Columbia River."

Note

Naef no. 454
Box 5

[Mount Hood and The Dalles, Columbia River, Oregon] (photCL Watkins 46) 1867

Physical Description: 15 5/8 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 455] Has copyright statement for C. E. Watkins, entered 1867, printed on mount below print. In sepia ink on mount, lower right: "No. 455." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Mt. Hood and the Dalles. Columbia River."

Note

Naef no. 505
 

Yosemite Valley Series 3

Physical Description: 20 Photographic Prints
Box 5

[Yosemite Valley from Mariposa Trail] (photCL Watkins 47) 1865-66

Physical Description: 15 3/4 x 20 5/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 6] In sepia ink on mount, lower left: "No. 6/06[?]." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Yosemite Valley. No. 6. 3. C. E. Watkins."

Note

Naef no. 120
Box 5

[El Capitan, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 49) 1861

Physical Description: 15 5/8 x 20 3/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 8] Dome-topped print. Written in pencil at bottom: "Tutu Canuta - El Capitan 3600 ft. Yo Semite." Signed.

Note

Naef no. 130
Box 5

[Galen's Hospice, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 50) 1865-66

Physical Description: 16 1/8 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 107] View of cabin belonging to Galen Clark, next to a giant sequoia trunk. Signed and numbered in ink. Written at bottom of board: "Galen's Hospice - Mariposa Grove - No. 107."

Note

Naef no. 107
Box 6

[Section of the Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 51) 1861

Physical Description: 15 5/8 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 111] Dome-topped print. Galen Clark standing at base of tree. Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Section, 'Grizzly Giant' Mariposa Grove, 33 ft. Diam."

Note

Naef no. 103
Box 8

[Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall from Glacier Point, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 72) 1865-66

Physical Description: 15 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 100] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Vernal and Nevada from Glacier Pt. YoSemite No. 100. C. E. Watkins."

Note

Naef no. 264
Box 8

[Glacier Point, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 73) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 68] Signed in ink below print "No. 68" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Glacier Point. No. 68, Yosemite."

Note

Naef no. 191
Box 8

[El Capitan, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 74) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 5/8 x 15 3/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 26] Signed in ink below print "No. 26" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "El Capitan 3600 ft. Yosemite No. 26"

Note

Naef no. 133
Box 8-1

[The Domes from Sentinel Dome, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 75) 1865-66

Physical Description: 15 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 94] Signed in ink below print "No. 94" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Domes, from Sentinel Dome, Yo Semite."

Note

Naef no. 259
Box 8

[The Lyell Group from Sentinel Dome, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 76) 1865-66

Physical Description: 15 7/8 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 96] Signed in ink below print "No. 96" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Lylle Group Yosemite No. 96."

Note

Naef no. 261
Box 8

[Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 77) 1865-66

Physical Description: 15 7/8 x 20 5/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 101] Signed in ink below print "No. 101" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Half Dome from Glacier Pt. Yosemite."

Note

Naef no. 266
Box 8

[Outline of Cathedral Rock from the River at the Foot, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 78) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 5/8 x 16 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 12] Signed in ink below print "No. 12" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Outline of the Cathedral Rocks Yosemite No. 12."

Note

Naef no. 190
Box 8

[Washington Column, Mirror View, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 79) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 1/2 x 15 5/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 81] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Washington Column. 2082 ft. Yosemite No. 81 C. E. Watkins."

Note

Naef no. 230
Box 8

[Bridge over the Merced at Clark's, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 80) 1865-66

Physical Description: 16 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 102] View of two men fishing on a bridge over the Merced River. One is possibly Galen Clark. Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Bridge at Clarks. No. 102."

Note

Naef no. 99
Box 9

[Wawona Peak from Mariposa Grove, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 81) 1865-66

Physical Description: 15 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 106] Signed in ink below print "No. 106" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Wawona Peak. Mariposa Grove. No. 106."

Note

Naef no. 100
Box 9

[River View, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 82) 1865-66

Physical Description: 15 1/2 x 20 5/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 86] Signed in ink below print "No. 86" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "River View. Yosemite. No. 86."

Note

Naef no. 238
Box 9

[Yosemite Falls from Glacier Point] (photCL Watkins 83) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 5/8 x 15 7/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 99] Signed in ink below print "No. 99" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Yosemite Falls from Glacier Pt. No. 99."

Note

Naef no. 254
Box 9

[Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 84) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 1/4 x 15 3/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 16] Signed in ink below print "No. 16" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Bridal Veil. 900 ft. Yosemite No. 16."

Note

Naef no. 142
Box 9

[Section of the Grizzly Giant with Galen Clark, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 85) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 113] Signed in ink below print "No. 16" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Section of the Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove. 33 ft. Diam. No. 113, C. E. Watkins."

Note

Naef no. 105
Box 9

[Mount Watkins, Fully Reflected in Mirror Lake, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 86) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 75] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Mirror Lake, Yosemite, No. 75. C. E. Watkins."

Note

Naef no. 234
Box 9

[Nevada Fall, Yosemite] (photCL Watkins 87) 1865-66

Physical Description: 20 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 92] Signed in ink below print "No. 92" and "C. E. Watkins." Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Nevada Fall 700 ft. Yosemite No. 92."

Note

Naef no. 247
 

Comstock district, Nevada – Mining views Series 4

Physical Description: 20 Photographic Prints
Box 6

[Hydraulic mining, possibly at Relief Hill mine, Nevada County, California?] (photCL Watkins 52) approximately 1871

Physical Description: 16 1/4 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins number unknown] Distant view of water spraying into rock, possibly at Relief Hill, based on writing in pencil at bottom of print, mostly illegible: "What ____ and Walkinsaw [con / Relief Hill ?]" in lowest right corner. Date determined by cataloger based on dates of two other mammoth plate prints Watkins made at Relief Hill (see Naef nos. 1080, 1086).

Note

Not in Naef.
Box 6

[Mexican Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 53) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/8 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

Watkins no. 1039. Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Mexican Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1124
Box 6

[Merrimac Mills, Looking East, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 54) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1041] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Merimac [sic] Mill, Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1128
Box 6

[The Merrimac, from Brunswick Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 55) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1040] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Merimac [sic] Mill, Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1129
Box 6

[Merrimac Mill, View Down the Carson River, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 56) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1043] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Merimac [sic] Mill, Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1131
Box 6

[Merrimac and Brunswick Mills, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 57) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1 /8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1042] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Merimac [sic] Mill, Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1130
Box 6

[Vivian Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 58) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1045] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Vivian Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1138
Box 6

[Vivian Mill from the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 59) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1044] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Vivian Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no.1137
Box 6

[Vivian Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 60) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/8 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1046] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Vivian Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1139
Box 7

[Santiago Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 61) 1876

Physical Description: 15 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1048] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Santiago Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1141
Box 7

[Santiago Mill, Mount Davidson in Distance, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 62) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1047] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Santiago Mill. Eureka Dump in the distance. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1142
Box 7

[Santiago Mill, from the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 63) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1049] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Santiago Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1140
Box 7

[Eureka Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 64) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1050] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Eureka Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1145
Box 7

[Eureka Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 65) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1051] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Eureka Mill. Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1144
Box 7

[View up the Carson River, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 66) 1876

Physical Description: 15 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1052] The tracks of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad are seen winding along a river. Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Eureak [sic] Dam - [illegible] and Tramway- Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1143
Box 7

[Franklin Mill, Lyon County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 67) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1053] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Franklin Mill - Carson River."

Note

Naef no. 1146
Box 7

[Windfield Mining Company, Seven-Mile Canyon, Storey County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 68) 1876

Physical Description: 15 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1056] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Land mill."

Note

Naef no. 1203
Box 7

[The "Land" Mining Company, Seven-Mile Canyon, Storey County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 69) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1055] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "The Coinfield[?] Mill."

Note

Naef no. 1202
Box 7

[Empire State Mining Company, Seven-Mile Canyon, Storey County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 70) 1876

Physical Description: 15 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1057] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Empire State."

Note

Naef no. 1201
Box 8

[Pacific Mining Company, Six-Mile Canyon, Storey County, Nevada] (photCL Watkins 71) 1876

Physical Description: 15 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 1058] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Pacific Mill. Gold Hill."

Note

Naef no. 1200
 

Utah Series 5

Physical Description: 2 Photographic Prints
Box 5

[Salt Lake City, Utah Territory] (photCL Watkins 44) 1873-74

Physical Description: 16 3/8 x 21 1/2 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins number unknown] One of a three-part panorama (see also Naef nos. 882, 883- not in this collection). View of the city with the Salt Lake Tabernacle prominent in picture. Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Salt Lake City No. 3."

Note

Naef no. 884
Box 5

[Echo City, from Witch Rocks, Utah Territory] (photCL Watkins 48) 1873

Physical Description: 16 3/8 x 21 3/8 inches (image)

Scope and Contents

[Watkins no. 713] Written in pencil at bottom of mount: "Echo City from Witch Rocks. Utah. Watkins."

Note

Naef no. 891