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Herman George Scheffauer Photograph Album, ca. 1885-ca. 1925
BANC PIC 1984.019 -- fALB  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Herman George Scheffauer Photograph Album,
    Date: ca. 1885-ca. 1925
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1984.019 -- fALB
    Creator: Scheffauer, Herman George, 1878-1927
    Extent: 1 album (131 photographic prints, various sizes, many bound); 38 x 27 cm. 68 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is stored off-site. Advance notice required 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], Herman George Scheffauer Photograph Album, BANC PIC 1984.019 --fALB, 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: Herman George Scheffauer Papers, 1895-1927
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 84/22 c
    Title: Herman George Scheffauer Papers, 1893-1926
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 73/87 c
    Title: Herman George Scheffauer Papers, [ca. 1900-1912
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-H 89

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Herman George Scheffauer Photograph Album was transferred from the Herman George Scheffauer Papers, 1895-1927, BANC MSS 84/22 c.


    Herman George Scheffauer was born in San Francisco, California in 1878. A poet and playwright of local importance, he was a protégé of Ambrose Bierce and was associated with George Sterling and other Bohemian Grove writers and artists. He married the English poet Ethel Talbot, with whom he had a daughter, Fiona. In 1910, Scheffauer moved to Germany to become a translator and journalist. He committed suicide in 1927.
    Scheffauer's published poetry and drama includes Of Both Worlds (1903), Looms of Life (1908), The Sons of Baldur (1908), Drake in California (1912), The Hollow Head of Mars (1915), and The Infant in the News-Sheet (1921). His published translations from the German, many of them posthumous, include Atta Troll (1913), by Heinrich Heine; Bashan and I (1923), Children and Fools (1928), Early Sorrow (1930), and A Man and His Dog (1930), all by Thomas Mann; Gas (1924), by Georg Kaiser; and Peter the Czar (1925), by Klabund.

    Scope and Content

    The Herman George Scheffauer Photograph Album contains 130 photographs taken circa 1885-1925. Nearly all the photographs in the album feature Scheffauer, many of them being portraits taken by professional photographers in San Francisco, London, and Berlin. Other notable persons featured in the collection include Ambrose Bierce, George Sterling, Haig Patigian, James Hopper, Frederick Bechdolt, as well as Scheffauer's wife Ethel and their daughter Fiona. Identifiable locations featured in the collection include the Bohemian Grove, London, Scotland, Spain and Germany. A few of the photographs feature sculptural or painted portraits of Scheffauer.
    Photographer's featured in the collection include Arnold Genthe, Gabriel Moulin, Adolph Langfier, Florence Vandamm, Becker & Maass, Coover and Rasmussen, Heywood and Towers, John W. Baker, and Annie W. Brigman.
    The album appears to have been compiled by an unidentified niece or nephew of Scheffauer, as such captions as "Uncle Herman" and "Aunt Ethel" would indicate.
    The album also contains one etching--a portrait of Scheffauer by William Walker.
    The album--bearing the hand-written title "Herman George Scheffauer"--is bound in string. For preservation purposes, its covers and leaves have been sleeved in plastic.