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Stereographs of the West from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection, ca. 1858-1906
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    Collection Title: Stereographs of the West from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection
    Date: ca. 1858-1906
    Collection Number:
    Extent: 1,042 stereographs 1019 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


    Stereographs are 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], Stereographs of the West from The Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection, ca. 1858-1906, 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

    Additional Bancroft Library stereograph collections available on the Internet include:
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.02074-.02118--STER:
    Title: Views of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., after the 1906 earthquake and fire
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.13652-.13974--STER:
    Title: Photographs of Oregon, California, Idaho, and other Western scenes by M.M. and G.I. Hazeltine
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.14906-.16118--STER:
    Title: Zelda Mackay collection of stereographic views
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.16269-.16449--STER and BANC PIC 1905.16754-.16756--STER:
    Title: Charles L. Camp collection of stereographs
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.17116-.17119--STER:
    Title: Western survey expeditions of 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1965.027--STER:
    Title: Stereographic views from the Eugene Compton collection by Carleton E. Watkins
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1965.028--STER:
    Title: Yosemite stereoviews by C.L. Pond
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1965.030--STER:
    Title: Miscellaneous stereoviews from the Eugene Compton collection
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1971.055--STER:
    Title: Lone Mountain College collection of stereographs by Eadweard Muybridge
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1971.069--STER:
    Title: Stereographic views of San Francisco Bay Area locations by Eadweard Muybridge
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1978.004--STER:
    Title: Stereoviews of Colorado
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1980.082--STER:
    Title: Stereoviews of Indians and the Colorado River from the J.W. Powell survey
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1981.116--STER:
    Title: San Francisco earthquake and fire stereographs by W.S. Smith
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1984.041--STER:
    Title: Stereo views of California and the West
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1985.072--STER:
    Title: San Francisco earthquake and fire stereographs
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1987.011--STER:
    Title: Stereo views from Alaska to Mexico
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1989.018--STER:
    Title: Stereograph cards of the San Francisco earthquake and fire
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1992.054--STER:
    Title: Gomez de la Cortina family stereograph collection
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 19xx.090--STER:
    Title: Stereoviews of the U.S. Geographical Survey Expedition West of the 100th Meridian of 1872 by William Bell
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 19xx.091--STER:
    Title: Stereoviews of the U.S. Geographical Survey Expedition West of the 100th Meridian of 1873 by Timothy H. O'Sullivan
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 19xx.141--STER:
    Title: Alfred A. Hart stereograph collection relating to the Central Pacific Railroad

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The stereographs were assembled from various sources.

    Scope and Content

    This finding aid describes 1,042 stereographs acquired by The Bancroft Library through the year 1995. The stereographs were acquired as single items and collections of fewer than 30 stereographs. Collections of more than 30 stereographs have been described separately in their own finding aids. These collections are listed under "Related Collections."
    The stereographs date approximately from 1858 through 1906. Their subject matter varies, but is primarily landscapes of the West. Views in California predominate, but many other locales are featured including Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Mexico.
    The collection represents the work of more than 90 photographers and publishers. The stereographs have been grouped alphabetically under the photographer's or publisher's name, whether an individual or a company. Among the more prolific photographers and companies (each having 15 or more stereographs in the finding aid), represented are: E.L. Bickford, F. Jay Haynes, William B. Ingersoll, James M. Jacobs, William Henry Jackson, C.W.J. Johnson, Keystone View Company, Kilburn Brothers, Lawrence & Houseworth (and their successors Thomas Houseworth & Co.), Eadweard Muybridge, Alphonse Pinart, C.L. Pond, J.J. Reilly, C.R. Savage, Strohmeyer & Wyman, H.C. White & Co., Underwood & Underwood, and Carleton E. Watkins. Many other photographers and companies are also represented (see the Container Listing for a complete list). The 119 stereographs by unidentified photographers are grouped at the end of the finding aid.
    The container listing contains the following information for each stereograph (when available): Catalog Number, Caption, Photographer, Photographer's Number, Place of Publication, Date of Publication, and Photographer's Series. Container listing information contained in parentheses appears in manuscript on the stereograph. Information in brackets has been supplied. Any information taken from the verso of the stereograph has been noted. All of the information in the container listing is fully searchable in the online version of the finding aid. Therefore, the online finding aid is the preferred means of subject access to the stereographs.
    Two catalog number schemes for the individual stereographs are represented in the container listing. All catalog numbers are preceded by the designator "BANC PIC." The first catalog number scheme consists of the designation "1905" followed by a five digit item number, e.g. BANC PIC 1905.12345. The second scheme consists of the year of acquisition, followed by a three digit collection or item number, and an individual item number if the stereograph is part of a collection. (e.g. BANC PIC 1980.072 for an individual item; BANC PIC 1980.072:2 for item number 2 of the designated collection. Note that the item number in the latter example is preceded by a colon.) Use the complete catalog number to request originals in the Library or to cite originals.