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California Counties Photography Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
    Title: California Counties Photography collection,
    Identifier/Call Number: PC-CO: Box [number]
    Physical Description: 650 Linear Feet (108 boxes, 16 oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1850-1980
    Date (bulk): 1870-1970
    Abstract: Contains photographs and postcards depicting views of specific locations, structures, people, events, and general subjects relating to cities and towns in every county of California from the 1850s to the 1980s except for San Francisco, which is collected separately.
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Material: English.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Library and Archives. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society 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. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes. Responsibility for any use, including copying, transmitting, or making any other use of protected images, rests exclusively with the user. Upon request, digitized works can be removed from public view if there are rights issues that need to be resolved.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California Counties Photography Collection, PC-CO: Box [number], California Historical Society.

    Scope and Contents Note

    Contains photographs and postcards depicting views of specific locations, structures, people, events, and general subjects relating to many cities and towns, and every county in California except San Francisco which is collected separately. Each listing represents a file containing from one to more than fifty images. Some files may include a small number of non-photographic reproductions and prints.
    Includes general views of cities and towns (Sacramento, Sonora, Los Angeles, etc.) and historic communities located therein (Chinese fishing village in Monterey, etc.). General files under counties contain scenes of unincorporated areas or places that are identified only by the county. Includes images of types of establishments (Stanford University libraries, etc.), specific buildings and structures (Hearst Mining Building, University of California, Berkeley or Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, etc.), as well as photographs of well known events such as fires or earthquakes (Santa Rosa or San Jose, 1906, etc.) and local celebrations, fairs and parades, etc. (Vallejo's 1893 Veteran Volunteer Fire Department Parade, etc.). Images included here complement those found under topics listed in the General Subjects Photography Collection.


    Arranged alphabetically: first by county, then city, and lastly by subject, where applicable.

    Processing Information

    Originally processed and described by Trina Lopez, Wendy Welker, Brenda Baldwin, and Mary Moranti in September 2003. The collection was reprocessed and the finding aid revised in September 2017 by Jaime Henderson.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Photographic prints
    Photographic postcards
    Landscape photographs
    Group portraits
    Mines and mineral resources--California
    Business enterprises--California
    Irrigation engineering--California
    Lumber and lumbering--California
    Universities and colleges--California
    Historic buildings--California
    Historic sites--California