The Ernest W. Myers photograph collection consist of 6,026 photographs documenting his interest in downtown Sacramento, hunting
and fishing, and social and cultural events in the Sacramento area. The collection is organized broadly into 17 series by
the subject matter of the photographs. Series 1. Aviation, Series 2. Buildings, Series 3. Businesses, Series 4. California
State Fair, Series 5. California State Capitol / Government, Series 6. Christmas, Series 7. Churches, Series 8. Fishing
/ hunting, Series 9. Fraternal organizations, Series 10. Mining / Gold Rush, Series 11. Nature / animals, Series 12. Parades
and pageants, Series 13. Parks, Series 14. Street scenes, Series 15. Veterans, Series 16. World War I (France), Series 17.
Businessman and photographer Ernest William Myers (1891-1986) was born on August 19, 1891 in Valleton Monterey, California
to J.S. Myers, a farmer who had migrated to the Monterey region from Ohio. As a young child, his family moved to Sacramento,
California where he would eventually establish a successful jewelry business, E.W. Myers Co. After working for other jewelry
stores, he opened his own store in 1919 at 722 K Street in downtown Sacramento. In 1936, he moved his store to 1005 9th street
where he remained for over twenty years. He later worked at the downtown businesses of Sacramento Loan and Jewelry, Werner
Jewelry, and California Loan and Jewelry. He developed a life long interest in photography and documented many of the neighborhoods
and buildings in Sacramento, California, which he believed were threaten by redevelopment. The social network he built with
his jewelry business allowed him access to take portraits of many of Sacramento's leading families. In addition to his interest
in photography, he was also a champion skeet shooter and hunter, competing in shooting tournaments and belonging to several
Sacramento shooting clubs.
(7 linear feet)
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