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Finding Aid to Mammoth Plate Landscape Photographs from the George Davidson Collection, 1860-1879?
BANC PIC 1905.17143--ffALB  
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    Collection Title: Mammoth plate landscape photographs from the George Davidson collection
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1879?
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.17143--ffALB
    Creator: Watkins, Carleton E. Davidson, George Jackson, William Henry
    Extent: 110 photographic prints : albumen ; mounts between 36 x 47 cm. and 62 x 86 cm. 76 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: Large format photographs of Western landscapes by C.E. Watkins and W.H. Jackson, collected by George Davidson. Watkins views include Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta (1870?), and Mt. Lola (1879), and various Yosemite views (1861-1869.) Jackson views are of Yellowstone National Park and landscapes in the Wyoming and Montana Territories (1872?).
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research, except for original photographic prints, which are restricted. Use viewing prints or digital facsimiles only: Shelved as BANC PIC 1905.17143--PIC. Use of originals only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

    Publication Rights

    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. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    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], Mammoth Plate Landscape Photographs from the George Davidson Collection, BANC PIC 1905.17143--ffALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital reproductions of selected images (those created by Carleton E. Watkins) are available.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    California--Pictorial works
    Montana--Pictorial works
    West (U.S.)--Pictorial works
    Wyoming--Pictorial works
    Yellowstone National Park--Pictorial works
    Albumen prints
    Landscapes (Representations)
    Mammoth plates

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the California Academy of Sciences, from the George Davidson Collection, 1971.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Large format photographs of Western landscapes by C.E. Watkins and W.H. Jackson, collected by George Davidson. The 76 photographs by Watkins can be described as three different groups: survey photographs of Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta (presumably all taken with the King Survey in 1870), Mt. Lola are views taken as part of the 1879 U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey under George Davidson's direction and, thirdly, Yosemite views. The 1870 survey views show Mt Lassen, hot springs near Lassen, and Mt. Shasta (including the Whitney Glacier). The Shasta and Lassen views are smaller than mammoth sized, measuring approximately 21 x 31 cm. (roughly 8 x 12 in.) The 1879 Mt. Lola area views are mammoth sized. The Yosemite views are all mammoth sized and date from the 1860s, with most printed from negatives of 1861. Most of the Yosemite prints are on exceptionally large mounts, although there is enough variation to suggest the images were not all originally acquired as a single, uniform set.
    The 25 views by Jackson are from Montana and Wyoming; predominantly Yellowstone National Park. Included are the Yellowstone River, canyon, and falls, Mystic Lake, geysers, the Gallatin River and canyon, Mt. Blackmore, and the Teton range. Some, if not all, date from the summer 1872 expedition of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories (the Hayden Survey).
    Additional Notes on the Collection:
    Many of the Mount Shasta views in this collection were also issued by the United States Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, on mounts bearing the imprint of this survey expedition. The George Davidson collection photographs are on mounts devoid of imprint, with calligraphic captions or no captions whatsoever.