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[Frank A. Leach photographs of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco].
BANC PIC 2020.011--PIC; BANC PIC 2020.011--AX; BANC PIC 2020.011
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[Frank A. Leach photographs of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco]


Leach, Frank Aleamon, 1846-1929, creator, creator.


Murat, A. L., photographer.


Includes a few portraits of Frank A. Leach taken during his tenure as Superintendent of the old U.S. Mint in San Francisco. Also includes several interior views of the Mint, probably taken in 1899, depicting employees (coiners, melters, refiners, assayers, designers, etc.) offices, laboratories, as well as scenes of coining and other aspects of bullion and currency production and distribution: melting, refining, adjusting, assaying and receiving. Also includes a portrait of George E. Roberts, director of the U.S. Mint; and a group portrait depicting attendees, including Leach, of the U.S. Mint Annual Assay Commission conference in Philadelphia, held February 10-11, 1909. Papers include an 1898 letter written to Leach from the Oakland Board of Trade; an envelope dated 1899 that was probably used to contain most of the present photographs; and a used commemorative bookplate with the following text: "Old Mint Museum Library, U.S. Treasury Department, San Francisco, in memory of Frank A. Leach, Superintendent, U.S. Mint, San Francisco."


1898 (issued)


Leach, Frank Aleamon -- 1846-1929 -- Portraits
Old United States Mint (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Photographs
Mint of the United States.
Mints -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs
Money -- United States -- Photographs


Title devised by cataloger.
Collected by Frank A. Leach, whose ownership markings appear on a few items.
Also includes a few papers pertaining to Leach, housed in folder separate from photographs.
Identified photographers: A.L. Murat, 1838a Valencia St., San Francisco; and Prince Foto, Wash. D.C.
Frank A. Leach photographs of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco, BANC PIC 2020.011, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase ; from Moe's Books ; 2019.
Related collection containing complementary 1899 photographs of the U.S. Mint: San Francisco and Santa Barbara views from the collection of Mrs. Benton H. Skillings (BANC PIC 1977.117).
Frank Aleamon Leach (1849-1929); newspaper publisher; served as Superintendent of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco (1899-1907) and Director of the U.S. Mint (1907-1909). Leach led the effort to save the U.S. Mint from destruction during the fire that followed the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
The Old U.S. Mint in San Francisco was built in 1874 and served until a new Mint building was erected in 1937.



Physical Description:

27 photographs in 3 folders : gelatin prints ; various sizes




BANC PIC 2020.011--PIC
BANC PIC 2020.011--AX
BANC PIC 2020.011