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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
    Title: Daguerreotype Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: PC DAG
    Physical Description: 4.23 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1839-1870
    Language of Material: Collection material is in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    CHS is not taking appointments for research at this time. Please check the Library's website updates: https://californiahistoricalsociety.org/collections/north-baker-research-library/ 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Contact reference librarian for information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item, date]; Daguerreotype Collection, PC DAG; [box number; daguerreotype number]; California Historical Society.

    Scope and Content

    Collection comprises daguerreotypes, primarily portraits, and also views of cities, towns, and mining areas in California taken between 1839 and 1870. Most daguerreotypes are portraits of early California families and pioneers, such as Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo Leese and John Augustus Sutter. The collection also contains a seven part, framed panoramic view of San Francicso taken in 1851 and street views of California towns such as Diamond Springs (El Dorado County), Iowa Hill (Placer County), and the Oak Valley House (Yuba County). Images documenting California's Gold Rush are also featured in this collection, including a view of the Madomak Fluming and Mining Company (Yuba County), and a group portrait of Gold Rush era miners. The collection also features unique examples of the format including a stereoscopic view daguerreotype patented by John F. Mascher, and rare encasements such as union cases and ornately designed cases with mother of pearl inlays. The collection holds examples of work from daguerreotypists practicing across the United States, including the following daguerreotypists who had studios in San Francisco: Robert H. Vance, William J. Shew, John Macdonough Ford and Charles F. Hamilton.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection, which were created between 1839 and 1870, are in the public domain in the United States. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cities and towns -- California -- Pictorial works
    Cityscape photographs -- California -- San Francisco
    Gold miners -- California -- Pictorial works
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- Pictorial works
    Pioneers -- California -- Pictorial works
    Panoramic photographs
    Union cases