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Finding aid to Grass Valley and Vicinity, Taken by D. Fricot, circa 1894-1910
BANC PIC 1976.034--AX  
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    Collection Title: Grass Valley and Vicinity, Taken by D. Fricot
    Date (inclusive): circa 1894-1910
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1976.034--AX
    Photographer: Désiré Fricot
    Extent: 56 photographic prints, 20 x 25 cm. or smaller (some mounted, 23 x 28 cm. or smaller); 1 single-page document, 36 x 22 cm.; 2 booklets: 15 x 24 cm., and 18 x 13 cm. 56 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/
    Abstract: The Grass Valley and Vicinity collection contains 56 photographic prints taken circa 1894 by Désiré Fricot.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

    Information for Researchers


    Restricted originals. Use of originals only by permission of the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.

    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], Grass Valley and Vicinity, Taken by D. Fricot, BANC PIC 1976.034--AX, 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

    Views of Calaveras and Mariposa Counties, Calif. BANC PIC 1976.033 -- fALB
    Album of Photographs of Hawaii BANC PIC 1976.032 -- fALB
    Berton & Co. Records, 1904-1934 BANC MSS 70/7 c

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    California Heritage Project. CU-BANC
    Online Archive of California.
    Dwellings -- California -- Grass Valley -- Photographs.
    Grass Valley (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Miners -- California -- Photographs.
    Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Nevada County -- Photographs.
    Mining districts -- California -- Nevada County -- Photographs.
    Nevada County (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Grass Valley and Vicinity photographs were purchased in 1976.


    Désiré Fricot (1868-1940) was the son of Jules Nicolas Fricot, a French emigre who became a California mining pioneer. Part of a larger community of French prospectors, the Fricot family owned and operated a number of very prosperous mines in the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas of Nevada County, as well as mines in Calaveras County. They also owned real estate in San Francisco, and were apparently active in French diplomatic and consular activities in California and Hawaii.
    Désiré Fricot was also a translator of French language documents into English. In 1940, the California Historical Society published his translation of and introduction to André Chavanne's The Burning of the Golden Gate in July 1862. The Impressions of a Survivor, André Chavanne (in California Historical Society Quarterly, vol. 19, no.1, pp. 27-42), an account of the steamship Golden Gate. In 1944, the same organization published his California Unveiled: A Translation of Treny's La Californie dévoilée (reprinted from The California Historical Society Quarterly, vol. 22, no. 4, December 1943, and vol. 23, no. 1, March 1944). Both of these publications are held by the Bancroft Library.

    Scope and Content

    The Grass Valley and Vicinity collection contains 56 photographic prints taken circa 1894 by Désiré Fricot. The collection appears to have originally been intended as an album, as two of the mounts are covered in fabric, one of which bears the hand-painted title "Grass Valley, 1894." The collection features views and scenes of the Grass Valley area of Nevada County, California --the most productive gold-mining region in the nation --and reflects various interests of the Fricot family. The town of Grass Valley itself is represented in general views, street scenes, and views of several residences and other points of interest. Also included are several scenes of mines --including the prosperous North Star Mine --and mining; the outlying Deer Creek, Shebley Park, and other natural areas; and a Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad train wreck.
    Several people, most of whom are presumably members of the Fricot family, appear throughout the album.
    Several of the prints are numbered and bear the name of "D. Fricot." The only other identified photographer is "Dowe."
    The collection also contains a document describing the incorporation of the Eastern Star Gold and Silver Mining Company, and two booklets --a promotional report on the region entitled "Nevada, the Banner Gold County of California," published circa 1910; and a general history and overview of the area entitled "Souvenir of Grass Valley and Vicinity," published circa 1895, which is illustrated with many of the Fricot photographs included in the collection.