Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Guide to the Photographs of the California Mother Lode
PC-RM-Lavenson: 1-2  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (60.72 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photographs of the California Mother Lode,
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1967
    Collection number: PC-RM-Lavenson: 1-2
    Creator: Lavenson, Alma
    Extent: 77 silver gelatin photographic prints (many mounted), images 8 x 10 in. or smaller
    Repository: California Historical Society, North Baker Library
    San Francisco, California 94105-4014
    Abstract: Photographs of the California Mother Lode region taken by Alma Lavenson during the 1930s through the 1960s.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication 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 of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Photographs of the California Mother Lode, PC-RM-Lavenson: 1-2, California Historical Society, North Baker Research Library, Photography Collection.

    Acquisition Information

    Photographs of the California Mother Lode by Alma Lavenson were donated to the California Historical Society by Paul Wahrhaftig in 1995, 1996, and 1998; and Albert Wahrhaftig in 1998.

    Scope and Contents Note

    Contains images of the Mother Lode region taken during the 1930s through the 1960s. Includes photos of Gold Rush era ruins, towns and countryside. Pictured are churches, hotels, firehouses, cemeteries, courthouses, personal residences and commercial buildings, including three Chinese businesses. Also contains a few photos of the effects of hydraulic erosion on the landscape and three portraits of unidentified men. One image (no. 1996-99-41) features the photographer Imogen Cunningham, from the back, standing in a doorway.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Cunningham, Imogen--1883-1976--Portraits
    Church buildings--California--Photographs
    Tuolumne County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Yuba County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Amador County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    El Dorado County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Mariposa County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Calaveras County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Sierra County (Calif.)--Pictorial works