Guide to the Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection

2015 San Joaquin County Historical Society
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95241
Phone: (209) 331-2055
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Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection, 1951-1990

Collection number: MS85

San Joaquin County Historical Society
Processed by:
Ed Wittmayer and Leigh Johnsen
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Leigh Johnsen
San Joaquin County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection
Date: 1951-1990
Collection Number: MS85
Location: Erickson Vault
Extent: 2 linear feet
Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
Language of Material: Records written in English
Abstract: The Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection consists of photographic prints and negatives taken or collected by Edwin Ehrhardt (1915-1996), a Lodi, California, policeman, who off duty owned and operated Ehrhardt's Photo Shop with his wife, Winifred Wood Ehrhardt (1920-2009). The images feature men, women, children, families, and other groups posing at weddings, engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, and other occasions, as well as for passports, advertisements, and licenses. Also included is a wide range of family heiroom photographs evidently entrusted to Ehrhardt for copying. The collection affords visual insights into individuals and families from a cross-section of society; clothing fashions; and wedding practices in and around Lodi, California, during the last half of the twentieth century.

Access Information

Collection is open for research by appointment.

Conditions of Use

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Preferred citation: [Item number], Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection, MS85, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

Historical Sketch

A native of Kansas, Edwin Ehrhardt (1915-1996) moved to Lodi, California, as a youth. Graduating from Galt High School, he worked briefly at a local tire manufacturer then joined the Lodi Fire Department. In 1948, he became an officer in the Lodi Police Department and soon afterward won appointment as the Department's identification officer, a position he held until his retirement two decades later. Ehrhardt subsequently attributed his hiring to his longstanding interest in photography. Several years after joining the Lodi Police Department, he acquired the business (and possibly the stock) of Howard W. Rode, a local photgrapher, and opened Ehrhardt's Photo Shop with his wife. The Ehrhardts' business is known to have taken official photographs at more than fourteen hundred local weddings during its forty years in existence, many of which are included in this collection. Ehrhard also photographed a variety of other events, took passport photos, and, among other services, prepared copies of heirloom photographs for customers.

Scope and Content

The Edwin Ehrhardt Photograph Collection consists of two boxes of color and black-and-white prints and negatives featuring men, women, children, families, and other groups posing for weddings, anniversaries, reunions, confirmations, and other occasions. The subjects in each image are identified by name. The collection has been divided into four series: 1. Manuscripts, 2. Wedding Photographs, 3. Assorted Prints and Negatives, and (4.) Unsorted Prints and Negatives. Metadata for all images can be searched in the San Joaquin County Historical Museum's catalog.

Access Points

Names and Subjects

Ehrhardt, Edwin (1915-1996)
Ehrhardt, Winifred Wood (1920-2009)
Lodi (Calif.)--History
Lodi (Calif.)--Social life and customs--Pictorial works

Collection Contents


Series 1 Manuscripts 1964-1976

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and orders for photographic services.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1964-1976

Box 1, Folder 2

Orders for Photographic Services 1968-1971


Series 2 Wedding Photographs 1951-1990

Scope and Content Note

Color prints of married couples at weddings. Arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 3

Wedding Photographs 1951-1957

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00001-2009.012.00025

Box 1, Folder 4

Wedding Photographs 1960-1961

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00026-2009.012.00103

Box 1, Folder 5

Wedding Photographs 1962

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00104-2009.012.00149

Box 1, Folder 6

Wedding Photographs 1963

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00150-2009.012.00197

Box 1, Folder 7

Wedding Photographs 1964

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00198-2009.012.00267

Box 1, Folder 8

Wedding Photographs 1965

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00268-2009.012.00345

Box 1, Folder 9

Wedding Photographs 1966

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00346-2009.012.00411

Box 1, Folder 10

Wedding Photographs 1967

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00412-2009.012.00520

Box 1, Folder 11

Wedding Photographs 1968

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00521-2009.012.00613

Box 1, Folder 12

Wedding Photographs 1969

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00614-2009.012.00747

Box 1, Folder 13

Wedding Photographs 1970

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00728-2009.012.00824

Box 1, Folder 14

Wedding Photographs 1971

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00825-2009.012.00924

Box 1, Folder 15

Wedding Photographs 1972

Accession numbers: 2009.012.00925-2009.012.01033

Box 1, Folder 16

Wedding Photographs 1973

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01034-2009.012.01132

Box 1, Folder 17

Wedding Photographs 1974

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01135-2009.012.01203

Box 2, Folder 18

Wedding Photographs 1975

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01204-2009.012.01251

Box 2, Folder 19

Wedding Photographs 1976

Accession numbers: 2009.012.0252-2009.012.01293

Box 2, Folder 20

Wedding Photographs 1977

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01294-2009.012.01338

Box 2, Folder 21

Wedding Photographs 1978

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01339-2009.012.01368

Box 2, Folder 22

Wedding Photographs 1979

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01369-2009.012.01388

Box 2, Folder 23

Wedding Photographs 1980

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01389-2009.012.01408

Box 2, Folder 24

Wedding Photographs 1981

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01409-2009.012.01424

Box 2, Folder 25

Wedding Photographs 1982

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01425-2009.012.01435

Box 2, Folder 26

Wedding Photographs 1983

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01436-2009.012.01439

Box 2, Folder 27

Wedding Photographs 1984

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01440-2009.012.01446

Box 2, Folder 28

Wedding Photographs 1985-1990

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01447-2009.012.01455


Series 3 Assorted Prints and Negatives 1965-1990

Scope and Content Note

Color and black and white prints and negatives of weddings, engagements, and anniversaries; identifications for licenses; family portraits; and advertisments. Arranged by alphabetically by name of subject.
Box 2, Folder 29


Accession numbers: 2009.012.01456-2009.012.01573

Box 2, Folder 30


Accession numbers: 2009.012.01574-2009.012.01718

Box 2, Folder 31


Accession numbers: 2009.012.01719-2009.012.01833

Box 2, Folder 32

Caron-Fandrich, E.

Accession numbers: 2009.012.01834-2009.012.02008

Box 2, Folder 33

Fandrich, M.-Gruebele

Accession numbers: 2009.012.02009-2009.012.02224

Box 2, Folder 34

Gshweng-Hoff, J.

Accession numbers: 2009.012.02225-2009.012.02404

Box 2, Folder 35

Hoff, P.-Kroeger

Accession numbers: 2009.012.02405-2009.012.02578

Box 2, Folder 36

Kroll-Mayer, E.

Accession numbers: 2009.012.02579-2009.012.02810

Box 2, Folder 37

Mayer, R.-Mills, A.

Accession numbers: 2009.012.02811-2009.012.02906

Box 2, Folder 38

Mills, M.-Pike, N.

Accession numbers: 2009.012.02907-2009.012.03120

Box 2, Folder 39

Pike, N.-Rickenbacker

Accession numbers: 2009.012.03121-2009.012.03253

Box 2, Folder 40


Accession numbers: 2009.012.03255-2009.012.03401

Box 2, Folder 41


Accession numbers: 2009.012.03402-2009.012.03560

Box 2, Folder 42


Accession numbers: 2009.012.03561-2009.012.03626

Box 2, Folder 43


Accession numbers: 2009.012.03627-2009.012.03720

Box 2, Folder 44


Accession numbers: 2009.012.03721-2009.012.03804

Box 2, Folder 45


Accession numbers: 2009.012.03805-2009.012.03892

Box 2, Folder 46


Accession numbers: 2009.012.03893-2009.012.03935


Series 4 Unsorted Prints and Negatives Undated

Scope and Content Note

Color and black and white prints and negatives of various people and events. Arranged by accession number.
Box 2, Folder 47

Accession numbers: 2009.012.03936-2009.012.03967

Box 2, Folder 48

Accession numbers: 2009.012.03768-2009.012.03985

Box 2, Folder 49

Accession numbers: 2009.012.03986-2009.012.04070

Box 2, Folder 50

Accession numbers: 2009.012.04071-2009.012.04125

Box 2, Folder 51

Accession numbers: 2009.012.04126-2009.012.04166

Box 2, Folder 52

Accession numbers: 2009.012.04167-2009.012.04204