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Finding Aid to California Mission Sketches by Henry Miller, 1856, 1856
BANC PIC 1905.00006--B  
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    Collection Title: California Mission next hit Sketches by Henry Miller
    Date: 1856
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.00006--B
    Artist: Miller, Henry
    Extent: 38 pencil sketches, 28 x 45 cm. 38 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
    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


    Originals not available for use. Use viewing prints with call no. BANC PIC 1905.00006--PIC.

    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], previous hit California Mission next hit Sketches by Henry Miller, 1856, BANC PIC 1905.00006--B, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of 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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Miller, Henry , 1891- --Archives.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information


    Scope and Content

    This collection of 38 pencil sketches of the previous hit California Missions next hit are the earliest known attempt to depict the Missions in a series (1856). The artist Henry Miller was identified in Pioneer Notes from the Diaries of Judge Benjamin Hayes, 1929, pages 132-133. *
    Henry Miller originally planned to sketch the principal towns and scenery of the eastern counties of Alta California, in order to publish his observations and illustrations. He deemed himself too illiterate to accomplish this, and decided instead to prepare for a panorama that would "embrace all that is remarkable and peculiar in this state."* He traveled through the southern counties, braving bandits, wild animals, and high fares for travel through mining districts. He slept in fields and survived with little funds, earning extra money by selling sketches along the way. He traveled along "the main road leading from Mission to Mission,"* from San Francisco to San Diego. He started his journey from San Francisco on February 5, 1857, and left Los Angeles on October 13, 1857 to return to San Francisco aboard the steamship Seabird.


    * Account of a Tour of the previous hit California Missions , 1856; the Journal & Drawings of Henry Miller. San Francisco, Book Club of California, 1952.