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Views of San Quentin Prison and Events, ca. 1925-1935
BANC PIC 1905.11240--ALB  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Views of San Quentin Prison and Events
    Date: ca. 1925-1935
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.11240--ALB
    Collector: Mooney, Thomas J.
    Extent: No. of photographs: 355 photographic prints, all measuring 10 x 14.5 cm.; collected in album measuring 28.5 x 38.5 cm. 355 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


    Collection stored off-site. Advance notice required for use.

    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], Views of San Quentin Prison and Events, ca. 1925-1935, BANC PIC 1905.11240--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

    Title: Thomas J. Mooney Papers, 1906-1942,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 410

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Views of San Quentin Prison and Events album was transferred from the Thomas J. Mooney Papers, 1906-1942, BANC MSS C-B 410.

    Scope and Content

    The Views of San Quentin Prison and Events album contains 355 photographic prints taken circa 1925-1935. The album features views and scenes of the the prison grounds, interiors of many of the structures, and various recreational acitivities. Besides general grounds views, the album contains views of the large garden; scenes from the prisoners' yards; several guard stations; and exterior views of the cell blocks, officer residences, guard quarters, and the dairy and ranch. Interior views feature prisoners' cells, factories, shops, dining halls and guard quarters. Prisoner activities pictured in the album include entertainment events--featuring musicians, dancers, clowns, and female impersonators among the performers--and athletics. Also pictured in the album are views of the surrounding Marin County vicinty and scenes of the San Quentin Prison Quarry.
    The album may have been compiled, if not photographed, by Tom Mooney, though this is not verified. The diversity of subjects pictured in the album suggest that the photographer had great access to many areas of the prison, while the caption information suggests a strong familiarity with everyday prison life.
    Photographs of womens' cell blocks indicate that at least some of the photographs were taken prior to 1927, the last year women were housed at the prison.