Class Photographs of Classes in the San Francisco Girls' High School, 1877

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The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

Class Photographs of Classes in the San Francisco Girls' High School, 1877

BANC PIC 1914.003--ALB

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1996
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    November 1996
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Class Photographs of Classes in the San Francisco Girls' High School,
Date: 1877
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1914.003--ALB
Extent: 1 album (19 photographic prints) ; 31 x 17 cm. 19 digital objects
Photographer: The A. & A. Lightning Photographic Company
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], Class Photographs of Classes in the San Francisco Girls' High School, 1877 , BANC PIC 1914.003--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.

Related Collections

Title: John Swett P apers, 1853-1913.
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 352
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Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 19xx.233--PIC

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The San Francisco Girls' High School photographs were transferred from the John Swett Papers (BANC MSS C-B 352)


The Girls' High School of San Francisco was an accredited high school whose graduates were admitted without examination to any course of study at the University of California and Stanford University. The school building was equipped with laboratories, an Assembly Hall, and an Art Department. The school offered three courses of study to its students: the Scientific Course, Latin Scientific Course, and Classical Course. The Scientific Course included science, mathematics, English, history, French or German, drawing, and elocution. The Latin Scientific Course was the same as above except for the omission of one science class and the substitution of Latin for French or German. The Classical Course included Latin, Greek, history, English, mathematics, drawing, and elocution. Graduates of all of these three courses could go on to universities or the Normal Course, which was a part of the high school that prepared its students to be teachers and offered Teachers' Certificates.
(Source: San Francisco (Calif.). Board of Education. Catalogue of the Girls' High School of San Francisco, Cal., May, 1893. [San Francisco : the Board of Education], 1893.)

Scope and Content

This collection consists of an album of 19 photographic prints of classes in the San Francisco Girls' High School in 1877. The subjects of the photographs are classes of students with their teachers and one photograph of all the teachers of the school. There are two stamps in the album, one in front and one in back, which indicate that the photographer is The A. & A. Lightning Photographic Company of San Francisco. Captions are handwritten above the photographs and reprinted in the container listing. Some captions are supplied for the container listing.

Container Listing


:1 Teachers of the G.H. School, 1877 [Girls' High]


:2 Miss Thompson's Class. Sen.


:3 Miss Brugg's. Middle.


:4 Miss Hoffman's. Junior.


:5 Miss Hunt's. Middle.


:6 Miss Elliott's. Junior.


:7 Miss Smith's - Junior


:8 [Group of classmates]


:9 Mrs. Clark's - Junior


:10 Mr. Aldrich - Junior


:11 Miss Owen's Class. Junior.


:12 Miss Jewett's - Middle


:13 Miss Thurston's - Junior


:14 [Group of classmates]


:15 Normal class - Mrs. Kinead


:16 Mrs. Beals's. Senior.


:17 Miss Boris - Senior


:18 Miss Wallis - Middle


:19 Mrs. Prags - Junior