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Finding Aid to the Yosemite Views from the Sierra Club Collection, circa 1861-1866 bulk 1861
BANC PIC 1973.057--ffALB VAULT  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Yosemite views from the Sierra Club collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1861-1866
    Date (bulk): 1861
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1973.057--ffALB VAULT
    Creator: Watkins, Carleton E. Sierra Club
    Extent: 33 photographic prints : albumen. 7 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Yosemite views in the mammoth plate format, chiefly taken by Carleton E. Watkins during his 1861 trip to the valley.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Restricted originals. Use viewing prints or digital facsimiles only. Shelved as BANC PIC 1973.057--PIC. Use of originals 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.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Yosemite Views from the Sierra Club Collection, BANC PIC 1973.057--ffALB VAULT, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital reproductions of select images are available.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Giant sequoia--California--Photographs
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Albumen prints
    Landscapes (Representations)--California
    Mammoth plates

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Received from the Sierra Club in 1972.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Yosemite views in the mammoth plate format, chiefly taken by Carleton E. Watkins during his 1861 trip to the valley. Several images are of uncertain date, and one (item 31) was issued by I.W. Taber sometime after 1877. This image is not from a known Watkins negative and may be by another photographer. Includes one view of the Mariposa grove of giant sequoia trees, near Yosemite Valley.
    Additional Notes on Collection:
    The prints in this collection have various physical characteristics, suggesting they were compiled by the Sierra Club from several sources. Many are the "dome-topped" prints with rounded upper corners that characterize Watkins' early views, suggesting a date of 1861. However, some images that may date to 1865-1866 have trimmed corners in the present collection, perhaps done to create a uniform set even though comprised of images from various dates. (For example, see item 26.) These dome-topped prints are mostly signed by Watkins and dated 1865, which is presumably a date of printing. Other mounts in this collection are completely different and appear to be later, bearing printed captions. (See item 28, for example.) The earlier prints are on mounts with ms. annotations in several hands, some of which appear to be 19th century, but none of which is recognizable as primary annotation by the photographer or his staff. Many bear noted elevations of features which have been scored out and corrected.