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Finding Aid to Mammoth Plate Photographs of Yosemite Valley, between 1861 and 1881
BANC PIC 1959.066--C  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Mammoth plate photographs of Yosemite Valley
    Date (inclusive): between 1861 and 1881
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1959.066--C
    Creator: Watkins, Carleton E. Farquhar, Francis Peloubet
    Extent: 27 photographic prints : albumen ; images 40 x 54 cm. or smaller, mounts 48 x 61 cm. 13 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: Yosemite views, with one image of the Columbia River, Oregon.
    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 originals, which are restricted. Use viewing prints or digital facsimiles only: Shelved as BANC PIC 1959.066--PIC. Use of originals only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Curator of Pictorial Collections, 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 Photographs of Yosemite Valley, BANC PIC 1959.066--C, 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
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Albumen prints
    Landscapes (Representations)--California
    Mammoth plates

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Farquhar.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Yosemite views, with one image of the Columbia River, Oregon. Photographs are mostly mammoth-plate sized, with several in the smaller imperial plate dimensions. Although formerly assembled in a single mammoth album, views appear to be from negatives taken in the 1860s on up to Watkins' "New Series" of the 1878-1881 period.


    Some bear printed labels from Watkins' New Series, others captioned in ms.