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Finding aid to Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894
BANC PIC 1976.029--ffALB  
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    Collection Title: Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition
    Date: 1894
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1976.029--ffALB
    Extent: 110 photographic albumen prints in one album, 50 x 38 cm. 109 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

    Information for Researchers


    Restricted originals. Use viewing prints only. Use of originals only by permission of the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library. Originals stored offsite: advance notice required 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], Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition, BANC PIC 1976.029--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.

    Related Material

    The Bancroft Library has extensive holdings of I. W. Taber photographs. See the on-line catalog for other collections.

    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
    Haber, F. A. Associated name CU-BANC
    Online Archive of California.
    California Midwinter International Exposition (1894 : San Francisco, Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Exhibition buildings -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs.
    Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Albumen prints.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information



    Isaiah West Taber

    Isaiah West Taber was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts August 17, 1830. Taber went to sea at the age of fifteen and spent several years working on whaling ships in the North Pacific. He came to California in 1850, where he spent four years working first as a miner, then a farmer. Taber returned to New Bedford in 1854 where he studied dentistry and began a dental practice. An interest in amateur photography eventually became his life-work. He settled in Syracuse, New York, where he opened his first studio. In 1864 he returned to California at the inducement of the photographers Bradley and Rulofson, whom he worked for until 1871. Taber established the "Taber Gallery" at No. 12 Montgomery Street in 1871. His highly successful business was well-known for portraiture and a vast stock of California and Western views - many of which were the unacknowledged works of other photographers. Taber's success and stature in California and abroad are evident in his being awarded the photographic concession of the Midwinter Fair of 1893-94 in San Francisco, his being sent to London in 1897 to photograph the pageant of the Queen Victoria Jubilee, and his commission to photograph King Edward VII. Taber's career ended in 1906 when his entire collection of glass plates, view negatives and portraits on glass were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire. He died February 22, 1912.
    (Sources: Hart, James D. A Companion to California. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978, p.439; Murray, W. H. The Builders of a Great City: San Francisco's Representative Men. San Francisco: The Journal, 1891, p.329-330 ; and Burdette, Robert J. American Biography and Genealogy. California edition. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., [191-]), p. 756-761.)

    The California Midwinter International Exposition

    Held in San Francisco from January 1 to July 9, 1894, and inspired by the World's Columbia Exposition at Chicago the previous year, the California Midwinter International Exposition (C.M.I.E.) sought to promote California's mild, salubrious year-round climate, as well as to portray its beauty and wealth of diverse resources. In addition to featuring exhibits from counties throughout the state, the C.M.I.E. invited other states and nations to exhibit wares and customs characteristic of their regions. The C.M.I.E. was the first of 3 world's fairs to take place in San Francisco. Attracting circa 2,500,000 visitors, the C.M.I.E. is considered to be the first event to publicize on an international scale the attractions of California as a favorable vacation area.
    The C.M.I.E. was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park despite the firm opposition of park superintendent John McLaren and others who wished to keep the park free of development. After the closing of the Exposition and the razing of most of the structures, the 200 acres originally cleared for the construction of the Exposition were restored as best as possible to their previous condition. Still remaining from the Exposition are the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, developed from the Fine Arts Building, and the Japanese Tea Garden, developed from the Japanese Village--both of which are pictured in the present album.

    Scope and Content

    The Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition collection is an album containing 110 photographic prints taken in 1894 by Isaiah W. Taber, the official photographer of the Exposition. The album features views of the grounds, buildings, attractions, events, and exhibits of the California Midwinter International Exposition (C.M.I.E.). The album features several of the main structures of the C.M.I.E., including the Electric Tower of the Grand Court, the Allegorical Fountain, the Administration Building, the Fine Arts Building, the Horticulture and Agriculture Building, the Manufacturer's and Liberal Arts Building, and the Mechanical Arts Building. Among the attractions featured are the Firth Wheel, the Scenic Railway, and Dante's Inferno. Also pictured are the buildings and exhibits of various counties, states and nations; general views of the Exposition grounds; crowd and entertainment scenes; international groups in traditional dress; and two unidentified group portraits, possibly of Exposition executives. Many night views of the lighted buildings and grounds are also included.
    The album's cover reads in full: "Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition: Presented to F.A. Haber, Chief of the Viticultural Department. San Francisco, 1894."