Collection consists of one photograph album and 57 photographic prints taken by photographer Laura Adams Armer in the San
Francisco Bay Area between 1899 and 1939. The photograph album includes portraits of family and community members, political
candidates, artists, photographers, sculptors and writers. The mounted photographic prints depict various locations in San
Francisco, including Chinatown, the waterfront, Telegraph Hill, downtown, and general views of the city. Most photographs
show scenic views with people, particularly children. Mounted photographic prints also include portraits of subjects known
to Laura Adams Armer.
Laura Adams Armer was born in Sacramento, California in 1874, and moved with her family to San Francisco sometime before 1880.
Armer attended the California School of Design in the Mark Hopkins Institute, but left school in 1899 to open a photographic
studio in the Flood Building. Adams enjoyed a short career as a published and exhibited photographer before marrying Sidnery
Armer and relocating to Berkeley. Armer continued to photograph in the early 1900s, becoming particularly fascinated with
the Hope and Navajo of the American Southwest who she documented in both photographs and writings. She died in 1963.
The California Historical Society (CHS) has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized
to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it.
Collection is open for research.