Arbor Villa: the Home of Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Smith, Photographed by E. T. Dooley, 1902

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The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

Arbor Villa: the Home of Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Smith, Photographed by E. T. Dooley, 1902

BANC PIC 1950.005--ffALB

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1997
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    October 1996
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Arbor Villa: the Home of Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Smith, Photographed by E. T. Dooley
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1950.005--ffALB
Extent: 47 photoengravings in 1 album; 36 x 50 cm. 47 digital objects
Photographer: E. T. Dooley
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: 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], Arbor Villa: the Home of Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Smith, Photographed by E. T. Dooley, BANC PIC 1950.005--ffALB, 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

Purchased 1949


Francis Marion Smith (1846-1931) was an entrepreneur in California and Nevada who discovered borax and established the Pacific Coast Borax Company. Its trademarked "20 Mule Team," which hauled borax from Death Valley for refining, became a famous advertising symbol. Smith put his profits into the Realty Syndicate for land development, a major street railway company, and the Key Route train and ferry system. He made 25 million dollars in his business ventures, but by 1913, due to short-term debt and over-expansion, lost his fortune. He was able to partly rebuild his fortune by using the money from his Nevada silver mine and putting it into the Searles Lake Borax industry in California.
(Source: Hildebrand, George H. Borax Pioneer: Francis Marion Smith. San Diego, Calif. : Howell-North Books, 1981.)

Scope and Content

This collection consists of an album of 47 photoengravings produced from photographs taken by E. T. Dooley in 1902. It features views of Arbor Villa, the residence of Francis Marion Smith, in Oakland, California. Walter J. Mathews was the architect of the estate. Exterior views include sculptures, fountains, the court, the hot house, the grape arbor, the lily pond, and the deer pen. Interior views include the ballroom, bedroom, dining room, and more.

Container Listing


:1 [Structure on grounds]


:2 [Sculpture of stag on lawn]


:3 [View of grounds showing fountain in foreground, and mansion in background]


:4 [Mansion, and lion sculpture]


:5 [Back view of mansion]


:6 [Side view of mansion]


:7 [View of neighboring estates]


:8 [Mansion and court]


:9 [Mansion, grounds, and hot house]


:10 [View of the estate from across the road]


:11 [View of grounds from balcony of mansion]


:12 [View of a dwelling on the estate]


:13 [Grape arbor]


:14 [Lily pond]


:15 [Chairs out under trees]


:16 [Structure on grounds]


:17 [Vines trained on trellises]


:18 [Deer in pen]


:19 [Shack]


:20 [Dwelling]


:21 [View of grounds]


:22 [View of grounds]


:23 [View of woods]


:24 [Front porch of mansion]


:25 [Porch of mansion]


:26 [Inside the hot house]


:27 [Plants, in hot house?]


:28 [Interior of mansion]


:29 [Interior of mansion]


:30 [Interior of mansion]


:31 [Interior of mansion]


:32 [Interior of mansion]


:33 [Interior of mansion]


:34 [Interior of mansion]


:35 [Interior of mansion]


:36 [Interior of mansion]


:37 [Interior of mansion]


:38 [Interior of mansion]


:39 [Interior of mansion showing stairway]


:40 [Interior of mansion]


:41 [Interior of mansion]


:42 [Interior of mansion]


:43 [Bedroom]


:44 [Dining room]


:45 [Bedroom]


:46 [Ballroom]


:47 [Ballroom]