Guide to the Holbrook family photograph albums MSS.PHOTO.0403

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Holbrook family photograph albums
Creator: Holbrook family
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.PHOTO.0403
Identifier/Call Number: 3303
Physical Description: 7 volume(s)
Date (inclusive): 1889

Scope and Contents

Charles C. Holbrook (1830–1926) was a wholesale hardware and mining supply store owner in San Francisco whose Elmwood estate in Atherton is now known as Holbrook-Palmer park. In 1889 the Holbrook family made a grand tour across Europe and the Middle East, and these albums document the trip with hand-captioned albumen prints of various scenes. Most photographs are published and many have printed captions; presumably one could request various images to be assembled as a souvenir. In 1957, a fire at the estate destroyed some volumes; the surviving albums were given to Stanford by Charles' granddaughter Harriet Holbrook Hamilton.

Related Materials

See also Mary Holbrook letter to Mrs. Stanford April 26, 1895:

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harriet Holbrook Hamilton, 1979.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Holbrook family photograph albums (MSS PHOTO 0403). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Photograph albums


Holbrook family grand tour 1889

Box 1

II. Switzerland to Paris

Scope and Contents

Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France (including 1889 Exposition)
Box 2

IV. Italy and Egypt

Scope and Contents

France, Italy, Egypt, Turkey
Box 3

V. Palestine & Turkey

Scope and Contents

Palestine, Greece, Turkey
Box 4

VI. Turkey to Denmark

Scope and Contents

Turkey, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark
Box 4

Copy prints - Holbrook family in Athens and Jerusalem

Scope and Contents

Two copy prints with family identified - one at the Parthenon, Athens and one in Jerusalem with note by Harriet Holbrook Hamilton: "this photo was taken out of the Olive Holbrook volumes to give to my children to show how Jerusalem accommodated its visitors in the 1880s."
Box 4

Notes written by Harry or Charles Holbrook, annotated by Harriet Holbrook Hamilton

Scope and Contents

Several pages of notes by Henry Morgan Holbrook and/or Charles Holbrook (both possibly captions to albums lost during a 1957 fire) with accompanying commentary by daughter Harriet Holbrook Hamilton.

Art and portraits

Scope and Contents

Albums assembled by Henry and Olive Holbrook with photographs of Western classical painting and sculpture, as well as portraits of well-known people including politicians, writers, poets, British monarchy, etc. Many bear the mark "Elliott & Fry Copyright."
Box 5

III. Art. Continent

Box 6

VII. Paintings. Portraits

Box 7

XVII. Portraits