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Views of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915
BANC PIC 1958.016 -- ALB  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Views of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition,
    Date (inclusive): 1915
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1958.016 -- ALB
    Extent: 462 photographic prints; compiled in 3 leather-bound albums, each measuring 19 x 24 cm. 462 digital objects
    Photographer: William Hood, for the Cardinell-Vincent Co.
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is available 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 the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, BANC PIC 1958.016 --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.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Views of the Panama Pacific International Exposition albums were transferred from the Main Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Background Note

    The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (P.P.I.E.), held in 1915 in San Francisco, commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal in July of that year and sought to display to the world the recovery of San Francisco from the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906. Conceived as early as 1904, the extravagant P.P.I.E. covered circa 300 acres along the picturesque bayside Marina district of San Francisco. Temporary palaces, towers, gardens, fountains and miscellaneous attractions were constructed, creating a diverse yet harmonious "city of domes," which combined Spanish and Italian baroque designs with those of Byzantium and the Orient. In addition to inviting nations from all over the world to erect buildings and exhibits on the grounds, the P.P.I.E. also employed a distinguished array of architects, sculptors, painters and other artisans to develop the design of the larger palaces and courts. The Exposition was held from February 4 to December 4, and attracted circa 19 million visitors. The only original structure remaining on site from the Exposition is Bernard Maybeck's Palace of Fine Arts, which was restored in the 1960s. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, built in 1924 at San Francisco's Land's End, is a replica of France's palace of the same name, which was originally replicated for the P.P.I.E. as the French Pavilion.

    Scope and Content

    The Views of the Panama Pacific International Exposition albums contain 462 photographic prints taken by William Hood of the Cardinell-Vincent Company, the official photographers of the Exposition. The albums document in great detail the structures and grounds of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (P.P.I.E.), held in San Francisco in 1915. The albums predominantly picture the architecture, sculpture, painting, gardening, and illumination featured at the P.P.I.E. Notable P.P.I.E. highlights pictured in the collection include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Tower of Jewels, the South Gardens, Festival Hall, the Palace of Horticulture, the Court of the Universe, the Court of Abundance, and the Column of Progress. Architects whose works are pictured in the albums include Bernard Maybeck; George W. Kelham; Thomas Hastings; Bakewell and Brown; McKim, Mead and White; Louis Christian Mullgardt; W.B. Faville; Robert Farquhar; W. Symmes; Ward and Blohme; and Henry Bacon. Other artists whose work is featured include sculptors A. Stirling Calder, James Earle Fraser, Edward Berge, Haig Patigian, Leo Lentelli, Albert Jaegers, A. Phimister Proctor, Chester Beach, Furio Piccirilli, Daniel Chester French, Robert I. Aitken, Eugene Louis Boutier, and Edgar Walter; and painters William de Leftwich Dodge, Frank Brangwyn, Edward Simmons, Robert Reid, Edward Trumbull and H. Milton Bancroft. The gardens of the P.P.I.E. were designed by John McLaren, superintendent of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, while the Exposition's illumination was directed by Walter D'Arcy Ryan.
    The albums are bound in tan suede with the cover titles embossed with gold lettering. The prints are entirely uncaptioned.