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Finding Aid to Views from a Trip to California, ca. 1887-1889, ca. 1887-1889
BANC PIC 1905.06484-.06485--PIC  
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    Collection Title: Views from a Trip to California
    Date: ca. 1887-1889
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.06484-.06485--PIC
    Collector: Harriet S. Tolman
    Extent: 217 photographic prints, albumen, various sizes. 207 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


    Collection is open for use.

    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], Views from a Trip to California, ca. 1887-1889, BANC PIC 1905.06484-.06485--PIC, 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.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information


    Scope and Content

    The Views from a Trip to California collection contains 217 photographic prints collected by Harriet S. Tolman during a trip to California from 1888 to 1889. The dated prints range from 1887 to 1889, though many undated prints are likely to have been published earlier. The prints are primarily commercial views by popular photographers of the time depicting locales which Tolman presumably visited. California regions featured in the collection include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Ventura County, Monterey, and the Mojave Desert. Many California Missions are featured, including San Gabriel, San Diego, San Luis Rey, San Fernando, San Juan Capistrano, San Buenaventura, Santa Barbara, La Purisima, San Carlos de Borromeo, and Dolores. Several well-captioned prints picture California flora such as palms, cacti, pampas grass, grape vines, and oaks, as well as pepper, persimmon, oleander, banana, orange, lemon and fig trees. Other notable California subjects include the Raymond Hotel, the residence of Jason and Owen Brown (sons of the abolitionist John Brown), the Hotel Del Coronado, the Mexico-California boundary monument, Sweet Water Dam, Rancho Camulos, Matilija Canyon, the De la Guerra residence, the Hotel Del Monte, Yosemite Valley, and San Francisco's Palace Hotel and Chinatown.
    Non-California subjects pictured in the collection include Utah, featuring Salt Lake City, Price Canyon and Sierra La Sal; Colorado, featuring the Marshall Pass, Georgetown and the Georgetown Loop of the Union Pacific Railroad, the Curecanti Needle, the Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain, Williams Canyon and the Manitou Grand Caverns; Indian scenes of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Arizona flora.
    The collection includes the work of many noteworthy photographers, including William H. Jackson, Charles R. Savage, Isaiah W. Taber, F.H. Rogers, and J.C. Brewster.
    The prints are still affixed to the loose, captioned pages of what was presumably their original album. Viewing prints are provided for 10 oversize photographs which are shelved separately.
    The collection contains no information regarding the identity of Harriet S. Tolman.