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Series I: California Art and Aerial Photographs (Bulk, 1906) 1846-1906

Physical description

1 box

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of digital representations of historic artistic renderings of San Francisco by D.H Goddar and C.R. Parson and aerial photographs originally produced George Raymond Lawrence (1868-1938). Originally a native of Northern Illinois, Lawrence perfected the art of aerial photography. In 1900 he built the world's largest camera. One of his most renowned photographs is an aerial view of the San Francisco Bay following the 1906 earthquake, taken by kite at 2000 feet (600 m) above the bay. Lawrence photographed San Francisco six weeks after the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire. After taking aerial shots of San Francisco, he traveled south, photographing San Jose, Santa Cruz, Salinas, and Pacific Grove.


This series is arranged chronological.

Box 1:


Folder 1: Illustrations 1901


Folder 2: Aerial photographs on CD-R 1906


Folder 3: Notes on Aerial Photographs and Lawrence