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Guide to the Photograph Collection of Family Members and Descendents of General M.G. Vallejo
BANC PIC 1978.195--PIC  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Family members and descendents of General M.G. Vallejo
    Date (inclusive): circa 1850-1972
    Collection number: BANC PIC 1978.195--PIC
    Creator: Vallejo family
    Extent: 25 photographic prints : chiefly b&w ; various sizes. 26 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Photographs of the family of Mariano G. Vallejo, prominent California leader and landowner during the late Mexican and early American era of the region.
    Languages represented: Collection materials are in English and Spanish
    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


    Collection is open for research. Please use digital facsimiles when possible.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000. 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.
    Copyright 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], Family Members and Descendents of General M.G. Vallejo, BANC PIC 1978.195--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital reproductions of items are available.

    Related Collections

    Vallejo Family Papers, circa 1832-1889

    BANC MSS C-B 441
    Vallejo Family Papers : Additions, 1846-1950

    BANC MSS 76/79 c

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Vallejo family.
    Sepulveda family.
    Emparan family.
    Frisbie family.
    Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890 -- Portraits.
    Haraszthy, A. (Agoston), 1812-1869 -- Family -- Portraits.
    Vallejo, Francisca Benicia Carrillo de, 1815-1891 -- Portraits.
    Mexicans -- California -- Photographs.
    Pioneers -- California -- Santa Barbara -- Portraits.
    Mexican Americans -- California -- Photographs.
    Hispanic Americans -- California -- Photographs.
    Card photographs.
    Photographic prints.
    Cartes de visite.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Family Members and Descendents of General M.G. Vallejo was a gift to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. Richard R. Emparan.


    Additional material is not expected.

    Processing Information

    The Family Members and Descendents of General M.G. Vallejo collection was cataloged by James Eason, Archivist for the Pictorial Collections. The collection was processed for digitization as part of the California Cultures project by Mary Elings, Archivist for Digital Collections. The digitization was carried out by the Digital Imaging Lab at UC Berkeley.

    Biographical Information

    Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1808-1890) was among the most prominent leaders and landowners of Mexican California at the time of the gold rush and subsequent American statehood. Although never formally granted the rank of general, from 1838 Vallejo was comandante-general of California. He was later a member of the California constitutional convention and instrumental in the California's entry into Unites States. From 1834 Vallejo owned the Petaluma Rancho, and his later home was Lachryma Montis, in Sonoma. Although he was one of the largest landowners in California, statehood and subsequent legal battles over land claims cost him nearly all of his holdings.
    By descent, marriage, or the marriage of his offspring, Vallejo was related to many prominent Californio families, including the families of Alvarado, Castro, Molera and Carillo. By marriage he was also connected to several early Anglo American settlers, including Juan Bautista Rogers Cooper and Jacob Leese. M.G. Vallejo and his wife, Francisca Benicia Carrillo de Vallejo, had ten children who lived to adulthood. Their children were:
    • Andronico Antonio (the first, 1833-1834),
    • Andronico Antonio (the second, b.1834),
    • Epifania de Guadalupe (b. 1835, m. John B. Frisbie),
    • Adelayda ("Adela", b. 1837, m. Levi Cornell Frisbie),
    • Natalia Venerada (b. 1838, m. Attila Haraszthy),
    • Plutarco (the first, 1839-circa 1841),
    • Platon Mariano Guadalupe (b. 1841, m. Lily Wiley),
    • Guadalupe (circa 1842-circa 1846),
    • Jovita Francisca (b. 1844, m. Arpad Haraszthy),
    • Uladislao (b. 1845), Plutarco (b. 1847),
    • Plutarco (the second, circa 1848-1848),
    • Benicia (the first, 1849-circa 1853),
    • Napoleon Primo (b. 1850),
    • Benicia (the second, 1853-circa 1860),
    • Maria Luisa Eugenia (b. 1856, m. Ricardo de Emparan),
    • Maria Ignacia (b. 1857, m. James Harry Cutter).
    (Source: Brown, Madie D. The Vallejos of California. San Francisco: Gleeson Library Associates, 1968.)

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection, received from a member of the Emparan family, includes portraits (some inscribed) of General Mariano G. Vallejo, his wife, their children, Salvador Vallejo, Napoleon Vallejo, Fannie Vallejo Frisbie and others of the Frisbie family, Sepulveda family members, Natalia Vallejo Haraszthy, and R.R. Emparan and wife Madie Brown Emparan. It includes a few views of Sonoma County locations associated with the family. The collection consists of 1 daguerreotype, 4 vintage albumen prints (including an 1869 carte de visite of M.G. Vallejo), and numerous 20th century snapshots and copy photographs. The one daguerreotype present is an unidentified portrait, possibly of M.G. Vallejo or a brother of his.
    The images were taken by various photographers, most of whom are identified. Identified photographers are I.W. Taber, James G. Smith (Vallejo, Calif.), the Solano Art Studio of J.G. Smith, Gabor Eder (New York, N.Y.), Weidner Photo, and the Garrett Studio (Oakland, Calif.).