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Finding Aid to the Photographs of California Scenes: A Mammoth Plate Miscellany, [between 1861 and 1885?]
BANC PIC 19xx.198--ffALB VAULT  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Photographs of California scenes: a mammoth plate miscellany
    Date (inclusive): [between 1861 and 1885?]
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 19xx.198--ffALB VAULT
    Extent: 98 photographic prints : albumen ; various sizes. 59 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: A miscellany of mammoth plate landscape photographs assembled by The Bancroft Library from various sources. The great majority of images are by Carleton E. Watkins.
    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 19xx.198--PIC : Use of originals only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, 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], Photographs of California Scenes: A Mammoth Plate Miscellany, BANC PIC 19xx.198--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
    Arizona--Pictorial works
    California--Pictorial works
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Albumen prints
    Landscapes (Representations)--California
    Mammoth plates

    Administrative Information


    Assembled by Library from multiple sources.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    A miscellany of mammoth plate landscape photographs assembled by The Bancroft Library from various sources. The great majority of images are by Carleton E. Watkins. A few formerly attributed to Watkins are known to be by C.L. Weed. Most images are of Yosemite, but views of San Francisco, Mount Shasta, Sonoma County, California Missions, and other California locales are also present. One Arizona view and several of Nevada's Comstock region are also included. Image dates range from 1861 into the 1880s.
    Additional Notes on Collection:
    "Volume" designations within item call numbers actually refer to large boxes. It is not clear that any of these were ever bound as mammoth albums. Contents of some of the boxes ("volumes") of this miscellany are clearly related by provenance, while others appear to be assmbled from various unknown sources. Volume 1, for example, is in uniformly poor, remounted condition, but there is evidence of an earlier uniform style of captioned window mat on each. Volumes 2-3 appear to be miscellaneous assemblages. Contents of Volume 4, on the other hand, are on uniform original mounts and annotated in the same early hand, indicating a shared provenance, while Volume 5 contains items bearing Polhemus library bookplates on verso, and Volume 6 contains images once owned by J.J. O'Doran of New York. For more details regarding characteristics of each box, see The Bancroft Library's online catalog.


    Item titles are supplied and may or may not correspond to captions or annotation found on Bancroft Library's copy. Many are supplied from copies found at other institutions, as recorded by a Getty Museum catalogue raisonné project.