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Guide to the Western landscapes in California, Nevada, Wyoming, and Washington, ca. 1905-1916.
BANC PIC 2002.001--PIC  
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  • Collection Summary
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  • Biographical Note
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Western landscapes in California, Nevada, Wyoming, and Washington,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1905-1916.
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 2002.001--PIC
    Photographer: Tibbitts, H. C. (Howard C.)
    Extent: 297 negatives : b&w, chiefly glass ; 17 x 22 cm. or smaller.
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    RESTRICTED NEGATIVES. USE VIEWING PRINTS (for selected items) ONLY: Shelved as BANC PIC 2002.001--PIC. Use of negatives only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.
    Viewing prints available for selected negatives only. Availability of a viewing print is indicated in the present listing by the presence of the code PIC in the Storage Location note.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Western landscapes in California, Nevada, Wyoming, and Washington, BANC PIC 2002.001--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Note

    Howard Clinton Tibbitts was a San Francisco based photographer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He became official photographer for the railroad in 1892, and his career with Southern Pacific spanned some forty years. Many of his images were published in Sunset Magazine. Tibbitts died in San Francisco on December 24, 1937.
    (Source: Across the Sierra in winter: a holiday keepsake edition of California History. San Francisco and Los Angeles: California Historical Society, December 2001.)

    Scope and Content

    Chiefly views in California (approximately 150) and Nevada (approximately 115). California views consist entirely of images of the Sierra Nevada, including the Mount Whitney, Kern River Canyon, and Kaweah regions. Nevada views include Carson City, Virginia City, mining towns, mines, buildings, irrigation canals, landscapes (including the regions of Palisade Canyon and the Humboldt Mountains and River), and photographs of Paiute Indians. Washington views are chiefly in Rainier National Park and the Latoosk range, with a few views from Spokane and Seattle. Wyoming views are chiefly geographical features and landscapes in the Colores and Green River areas. Also includes one view of the Salt River in Arizona and one view of Castle Canyon, Texas.


    The following listing has been arranged geographically by state, then by photographer's number. The negatives have been arranged in boxes in photographer's number order. The original photographer's numbers indicate that the surviving negatives are an incomplete series, and the large gaps between item numbers taken in the same geographic area may indicate repeat visits to a region many years later. For this reason, an artificial grouping by state was preferred in arranging the following listing, rather than a direct sort by photographer's number.
    Several original negative sleeves were present which contained no negatives. Annotations indicate that these were usually for panoramic film negatives which the photographer must have stored elsewhere. The captions, as transcribed from the sleeves, are included below. It is presumed that the negatives have not survived.