Finding Aid to Riverside and Los Angeles area views, circa 1880-1889

Processed by Katherine Ruiz.
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
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Finding Aid to Riverside and Los Angeles area views, circa 1880-1889

Collection number: BANC PIC 1905.06211--PIC

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Finding Aid Author(s):
Processed by Katherine Ruiz.
Finding Aid Encoded By:
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Riverside and Los Angeles area views
Date (inclusive): circa 1880-1889
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.06211--PIC
Photographer: Isaiah West Taber and others
Extent: 1 album (52 photographic prints) ; albumen ; 18 x 28 cm. 52 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Abstract: Photographs include views of Pasadena, missions, ostrich farms, agriculture, orange groves, landscapes, a multiplate panorama of Los Angeles, and numerous booths decorated with flowers, each representing a Southern California city in an exposition or fair.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers


Collection is available for use.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Riverside and Los Angeles area views, BANC PIC 1905.06211--PIC, 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.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912
Agriculture--California--Los Angeles County--Photographs
Exhibitions--California, Southern--Photographs
Orange industry--California--Photographs
Spanish mission buildings--California--Photographs
California, Southern--Pictorial works
Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Riverside (Calif.)--Pictorial works


Isaiah West Taber was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on 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.)

Scope and Content

This collection consists of an album of 52 albumen prints, photographed in part by Isaiah West Taber, circa 1880-1889. Included are photographs of Pasadena, missions, ostrich farms, agriculture, orange groves, landscapes, a multi-plate panorama of Los Angeles, and various structures entirely decorated with flowers, each representing a Southern California city in an exposition or fair. Captions are handwritten or typed on the photographs; some are supplied for the container list.

Container Listing


Near Monrovia-- Santa Anieta [sic] Canon, no. 197 [Santa Anita Canyon] BANC PIC 1905.06211:01--PIC


57 year old palm, L.A. no. 130 BANC PIC 1905.06211:02--PIC


[Flowers in an orchard] BANC PIC 1905.06211:03--PIC


[Oak tree] BANC PIC 1905.06211:04--PIC


no. 165-- Magnolia Ave. Riverside, Cal. BANC PIC 1905.06211:05--PIC


Santa Anita Lake, no. 166 [Lucky Baldwin's house] BANC PIC 1905.06211:06--PIC


[Structure covered in orange branches: booth for an agricultural exhibition?] BANC PIC 1905.06211:07--PIC


no. 138-- L.A. from Crocker Hill BANC PIC 1905.06211:08--PIC


no. 132-- L.A. from Crocker Hill BANC PIC 1905.06211:09--PIC


L.A. from Crocker Hill, no. 131 BANC PIC 1905.06211:10--PIC


no. 192-- Orange packing, Gladstone BANC PIC 1905.06211:11--PIC


[Rocky cove and cliffs] BANC PIC 1905.06211:12--PIC


On the ostrich farm, no. 283 BANC PIC 1905.06211:13--PIC


Los Angeles, S. E. from Nadeau Hotel BANC PIC 1905.06211:14--PIC


[California Bank Building and view of street] BANC PIC 1905.06211:15--PIC


Pala Mission, Indian Confence, [sic] June 28, 1887, no. 101 BANC PIC 1905.06211:16--PIC


[Flower-covered tower-like structure : booth for an agricultural exhibition?] BANC PIC 1905.06211:17--PIC


B2011, Wolfskill Orange Grove, Los Angeles, Cal. Taber Photo, San Francisco. BANC PIC 1905.06211:18--PIC


[Flower-covered archway: for an exhibition, also pictured in no. 39] BANC PIC 1905.06211:19--PIC


Fan palm, no. 118 BANC PIC 1905.06211:20--PIC


Residence of Fergeson and Crocker, no. 123 [Bunker Hill, Los Angeles] BANC PIC 1905.06211:21--PIC


[Row of archways at Mission San Juan Capistrano] BANC PIC 1905.06211:22--PIC


Saw Pit Canon, Monrovia, no. 157 BANC PIC 1905.06211:23--PIC


[Palm tree] BANC PIC 1905.06211:24--PIC


[Room of flower-covered structures for an exhibition, one labeled "Long Beach"] BANC PIC 1905.06211:25--PIC


[Mission, possibly San Juan Capistrano, looking out toward hill] BANC PIC 1905.06211:26--PIC


[Arid garden and house] BANC PIC 1905.06211:27--PIC


no. 243-- View near Shatto Catalenai [i.e. Santa Catalina Island? Girls wading near cliff] BANC PIC 1905.06211:28--PIC


no. 149-- Cucae Reveleta in bloom, Chiloz Place[?] [Palm or fern] BANC PIC 1905.06211:29--PIC


no. 113--Second St. 1886 BANC PIC 1905.06211:30--PIC


Young Banna [i.e. Banana] Grove, no. 162 BANC PIC 1905.06211:31--PIC


B2028, Riverside, Cal. Taber Photo, San Francisco. BANC PIC 1905.06211:32--PIC


[Flower-covered exhibition booth labeled "Long Beach"] BANC PIC 1905.06211:33--PIC


San Juan by the sea BANC PIC 1905.06211:34--PIC


[Flower-covered exhibition booth with San Fernando ribbon] BANC PIC 1905.06211:35--PIC


B1958, The Raymond, Pasadena, Cal. Taber Photo, San Francisco BANC PIC 1905.06211:36--PIC


[Room decorated for a banquet, with plants, garlands, tables, and chairs] BANC PIC 1905.06211:37--PIC


[Victorian house and garden with palms and yucca or cactus] BANC PIC 1905.06211:38--PIC


[Flower-covered exhibition booth, also pictured in no. 19] BANC PIC 1905.06211:39--PIC


[Mission San Juan Capistrano, with row of archways] BANC PIC 1905.06211:40--PIC


[Flower-covered exhibition booth with bar set up] BANC PIC 1905.06211:41--PIC


B2190, Ostriches at Washington Gardens, Los Angeles Co., Cal. Taber Photo, San Franciso BANC PIC 1905.06211:42--PIC


[Flower arrangement for exhibition? With Cala lilies.] BANC PIC 1905.06211:43--PIC


no. 125-- Pepper Tree Park, Figero St. [Pampas grass and century plant] BANC PIC 1905.06211:44--PIC


Flower-covered exhibition booth with Inglewood ribbon] BANC PIC 1905.06211:45--PIC


B2970, Mission San Luis Rey, Cal.-- founded 1798-- general view. Taber Photo, San Francisco BANC PIC 1905.06211:46--PIC


Flower-covered exhibition booth, also pictured in no. 19 and 39] BANC PIC 1905.06211:47--PIC


Longstreet Place, no. 146 [Gardens and home of Charles Silent] BANC PIC 1905.06211:48--PIC


Home of Madam Modjeska [Actress Helena Modjeska], Santiago Peak BANC PIC 1905.06211:49--PIC


Longstreet BANC PIC 1905.06211:50--PIC


Mission San Juan Capistrano, built 100 years ago BANC PIC 1905.06211:51--PIC


View nr. Fullerton [house and garden] BANC PIC 1905.06211:52--PIC