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[Wiel, Davis, and Metzger family photographs and memorabilia.]
BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 1; BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 2; BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 3; BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 4; ...
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[Wiel, Davis, and Metzger family photographs and memorabilia.]


Wiel (Family, San Francisco, Calif.), creator, creator.


Family portraits, snapshot photographs, photograph albums, and some memorabilia documenting the lives of various branches of a San Francisco Jewish family. The collection centers around the families of Alvin Davis (1888-1967) and his wife Vera Metzger Davis (1893-1988), and that of Alfred Louis Wiel (1875-1926) and his wife Fannie Strauss Kahn (1884-1965). Alvin Davis was a son of Max Davis, co-founder of San Francisco's Davis-Schonwasser department store, and was himself a proprietor. Alvin's wife Vera was a daughter of Leo Metzger and Rebecca Lachman, Leo at some time being in the firm founded by his father-in-law, S. Lachman Co., prominent in the early California wine industry. Henry Lachman, son of Samuel Lachman, purchased the Palmdale estate, in modern Fremont, Calif. (formerly on the lands of Mission San Jose.) At his death in 1915 Palmdale became the property of his relations Alvin and Vera Davis (his niece and her husband) and Sam Metzger (a nephew), who sold it in 1927. The Palmdale estate is pictured in numerous family snapshots and a snapshot album (ALB v.11-12). Also of special note are cartes de visite portraits of Samuel Lachman and family dating from the 1860s, an early 20th century copy of an 1884 photograph of the Lachman wine warehouse in San Francisco, and various descendants of Lachman through the early 20th century (all carton 1). Also of note are an exterior and interior view of the 19th century San Francisco Davis-Schonwasser store (carton 1), an exterior view of the Davis-Schonwasser store on Sutter Street in the 20th century (carton 1), portraits of Davis and Metzger relations from the 1890s onwards (carton 1), including portraits of early aviator Sam Metzger (one while piloting an biplane.) In addition to Wiel, Kahn, Davis, Metzger, and Lachman, other related surnames present include: Strauss, Guenther, Abenheim, Baxter, Beck, Chadwick, Whitfield, Meyer, Newbauer, and Hecht. The collection includes a number of early 20th century portraits in the pictorialist style, including several by San Francisco woman photographers Ethel Grant Scott (Davis family files; Elsa and Vera Metzger files, in carton 1), Ida Krajewski (Fannie Kahn file, carton 1), and Bianca Conti (Friends and family file, carton 1) and by Arnold Genthe (Fannie Kahn file, carton 1), Johan Hagemeyer (Elsa Metzger, AX folder 5), and E. Martin Webb (Vera Metzger file, carton 1.)


1865 (issued)


San Francisco, Calif.) -- Davis (Family -- Photographs
San Francisco, Calif.) -- Lachman (Family -- Photographs
San Francisco, Calif.) -- Metzger (Family -- Photographs
San Francisco, Calif.) -- Wiel (Family -- Photographs
Lachman, Samuel -- 1824-1892 -- Family -- Portraits
Jews -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Photographs
Jewish families -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs


Title devised by cataloger.
Collected by the Wiel family.
NEG carton 1 (slides and negatives): UNARRANGED. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be submitted to The Bancroft Library via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/unprocessed-collections-form
Wiel, Davis, and Metzger family photographs and memorabilia, BANC PIC 2017.059, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Stephen Wiel ; 2017.
Received with the Wiel-Davis-Metzger family papers (BANC MSS 2017/197).
Family members were proprietors of Davis-Schonwasser department store in San Francisco, principals in S. Lachman & Co. wine merchants, owners of the Baker Hamilton warehouse on Brannan Street, and owners of the Palmdale estate in what is now Fremont, California.
List of contents created by donor Stephen Wiel is available in the library.


Photograph albums.

Physical Description:

1 carton and 3 boxes (chiefly photographic prints), 1 carton (negatives and slides), 16 volumes (photograph albums), 6 oversize folders (photographic prints), and 1 oversize box (objects)




BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 1
BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 2
BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 3
BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 4
BANC PIC 2017.059--AX folder 5
BANC PIC 2017.059--B folder 1
BANC PIC 2017.059--NEG NEG carton 1
BANC PIC 2017.059--PIC PIC box 1
BANC PIC 2017.059--PIC PIC box 2
BANC PIC 2017.059--PIC PIC box 3
BANC PIC 2017.059--PIC PIC carton 1
BANC PIC 2017.059--OBJ OBJ box 1
BANC PIC 2017.059--fALB v.1-3
BANC PIC 2017.059--fALB v.4-7
BANC PIC 2017.059--ALB v.8-9
BANC PIC 2017.059--ALB v.10-13
BANC PIC 2017.059--ALB v.14-16
BANC PIC 2017.059
BANC PIC 2017.059



Copyright Note:

NEG carton 1 (slides and negatives): UNARRANGED. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be submitted to The Bancroft Library via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form:

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Wiel-Davis-Metzger family papers : Wiel (Family : : San Francisco, Calif.)