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California Lettersheets, 1849-ca. 1870
BANC PIC 19xx.097--A  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: California Lettersheets
    Date: 1849-ca. 1870
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 19xx.097--A
    Extent: 53 lettersheets ; various sizes 51 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 originals. Use viewing prints or digital facsimiles only. Viewing prints shelved at the Reference Desk. Use of originals only by permission of the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. 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], California lettersheets, 1849-ca. 1870, BANC PIC 19xx.097--A, 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

    Title: California Lettersheets from the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western Pictorial Materials,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1963.002:1-194
    Title: California Pictorial Lettersheets from the Collection of Henry H. Clifford,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1995.016--B

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The California Lettersheets were assembled from various sources.

    Scope and Content

    The 53 pictorial lettersheets in this collection date from 1849 to ca. 1870. Many of the lettersheets lack dates, but were likely produced within the above period. A variety of places, events, and topics are depicted. City and landscapes and mining scenes predominate. Also included are events of the day (fires, earthquakes, etc.). Places featured include San Francisco, Marysville, Sacramento, Calaveras County, and other northern California towns. The medium of the bulk of the illustrations are wood engravings or lithographs, featuring the work of the likes of Hutchings & Rosenfield, Barber & Baker, Britton & Rey, and others.