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Photograph Album of Scenes Taken Along Remote Stretches of Highways
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Title: Photograph Album of Scenes Taken Along Remote Stretches of Highways
    Identifier/Call Number: MC334
    Physical Description: 1 item Gray cloth album binding measuring 10.75 x 8.75 inches, housed in a brown slipcase, containing 67 black and white photographs, each measuring 6 x 3.5 inches. Almost all of the photographs are captioned on the backs of the images and/or on the album leaves.
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1940
    Abstract: An album of scenes taken along several highways in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

    Scope and Contents

    An album of scenes taken along several highways in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, generally between Redding in the North, Oroville in the South, and Belden in the East. The first series of images depicts a remote stretch of Highway 299 along the Trinity River Valley around Weaverville, CA. Highway 299 underwent changes and improvements during this era, and the images reflect this, with captions noting completed sections of highway and the presence of "old" and "new" highways in the images. One photo shows blasting a cliff to build a new section of road, followed by a photo of a steam shovel at work. The rest of the album depicts scenes along similarly remote stretches of road between Oroville and Cherokee, between Oroville and Chico, between Oroville and Quincy, and along the Feather River Highway in the Sierra Nevadas. The album includes many landscape shots (including images showing roads through them as well as landscapes taken from the road itself), as well as many images showing structures--both abandoned and in use--along the way, including bridges, the remains of the town of Cherokee, Ca, a Children's Playground at Big Pine Camp, the Ruins of a Smelter at Kennett, Ca, and more. Another image shows California Highway Commission Camp Number 30 in Pulga, Ca, suggesting that the album belonged to a member of the commission, possibly one of the surveyors known to use the Pulga camp as a base.
    [Description provided by Caroliana Books]


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Liz Phillips created this finding aid with information supplied by Caroliana Books.


    Purchased from Caroliana Books, 2021.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Photograph Album of Scenes Taken Along Remote Stretches of Highways, MC334, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California, Northern -- Pictorial works
    Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center