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Finding Aid to Snow Blockade, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, 1890 March 13
BANC PIC 1975.020--ALB  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Snow Blockade, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
    Date: 1890 March 13
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1975.020--ALB
    Extent: One album containing 15 mounted photographic prints: black and white; 22 x 28 cm. 15 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/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

    Information for Researchers


    Restricted original. Use of original album 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

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    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. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Snow Blockade, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, BANC PIC 1975.020--ALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

    Related Collections

    The Bancroft Library has extensive holdings of I. W. Taber photographs. See the on-line catalog for other collections.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Kendal, William Hunter, 1843-1917.
    California Heritage Project. CU-BANC
    Online Archive of California.
    Emigrant Gap Region (Calif) -- Pictorial works.
    Mountain railroads -- California -- Photographs.
    Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.) -- Pictorial works.
    Snow removal -- Photographs.
    Snowsheds -- Sierra Nevada -- Photographs.
    Photograph albums.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased by The Bancroft Library in 1975.


    Isaiah West Taber was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts August 17, 1830. Taber went to sea at the age of fifteen and spent several years working on whaling ships in the North Pacific. He came to California in 1850, where he spent four years working first as a miner, then a farmer. Taber returned to New Bedford in 1854 where he studied dentistry and began a dental practice. An interest in amateur photography eventually became his life-work. He settled in Syracuse, New York, where he opened his first studio. In 1864 he returned to California at the inducement of the photographers Bradley and Rulofson, whom he worked for until 1871. Taber established the "Taber Gallery" at No. 12 Montgomery Street in 1871. His highly successful business was well-known for portraiture and a vast stock of California and Western views -many of which were the unacknowledged works of other photographers. Taber's success and stature in California and abroad are evident in his being awarded the photographic concession of the Midwinter Fair of 1893-94 in San Francisco, his being sent to London in 1897 to photograph the pageant of the Queen Victoria Jubilee, and his commission to photograph King Edward VII. Taber's career ended in 1906 when his entire collection of glass plates, view negatives and portraits on glass were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire. He died February 22, 1912.
    (Sources: Hart, James D. A Companion to California. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978, p.439; Murray, W. H. The Builders of a Great City: San Francisco's Representative Men. San Francisco: The Journal, 1891, p.329-330 ; and Burdette, Robert J. American Biography and Genealogy. California edition. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., [191-]), p. 756-761.)

    Scope and Content

    This album of 15 Taber photographs shows railroad cuts through the deep snow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Machinery for cutting through the drifts and railroad workers are also shown in several photographs. The photographs were taken in Placer County at Emigrant Gap, Cascade, and Blue Canon. Each photo bears a printed caption and photographer's number. The title of the collection is the one embossed on the cover of the album. Also embossed on the cover is the name "W.H. Kendal," whose bookplate is pasted to the inside front cover of the album.