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Yosemite National Park Photographic Scrapbook Collection
MSS.2012.06.27  
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Series 1: Photographic Scrapbook 1936-1949

Language of Material: English

Physical Description

1 Box, 7x 11 scrapbook, 60 4x5 black and white photographs. The physical scrapbook is a souvenir leather bound book held together by leather ties and snap closures. It is titled “Snapshots of Yosemite National Park” and has the embossed image of a grizzly bear on the cover. The leather cover is in good condition, but the individual scrapbook pages are torn near the punch holes and on the edges of the paper. The original photographs were set-in using photo corners and are not secure. The original photographs have been removed and rehoused in protective enclosures and folders according to the original order of the scrapbook. The interior pages include hand written captions and acid free photocopies have been placed in their original position so that researchers can easily see where the original photographs were placed in the physical volume.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Yosemite National Park Photographic Scrapbook Collection documents the park from 1936-1949. It is comprised of 61 photographs that depict the geology, wildlife, and human culture of the park in that era. Many of the photographs are geological points of interest such as Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Cathedral Spires, Glacier Point, Badger Pass, Mirror Lake, El Capitan and the Merced River. Most of the photographs have captions and brief identifying hand written descriptions. The creator is unknown but was likely a visitor to the park and took the photographs as a hobby, not as a professional photographer. This collection of photographs demonstrates the increasing interest in maintaining the integrity of the natural beauty of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.

Arrangement

This single series is arranged according to the pagination of the original scrapbook.
 

Page 1, image 1: "El Capitan" Folder 1 1936

 

Page 2, image 2: “Yosemite Falls” Folder 2 1946

 

Page 3, image 1:”Nevada Falls from Glacier Point”; Page 3, image 2:”Nevada Falls from Glacier Point” Folder 3 1936

 

Page 4, image 2: “Wawona Point” Folder 4 1948

 

Page 5, image 1: “Wawona Tree Mariposa Grove”---“Ski House at Badger Pass” Folder 5 1946

 

Page 6, image 1: “Badger Pass” 1946; Page 6, image 2: “Taken from Degnan’s store at Old Village” Folder 6 1946

 

Page 7, images 1: “Yosemite National Park” 1936; Page 7, images 2: “Yosemite National Park” Folder 7 1936

 

Page 8, image 2: “Merced River” Folder 8 1947

 

Page 9, image 2: “View Near Wawona Tunnel” Folder 9 1936

 

Empty Folder 10

 

Page 11, image 1: “A Meadow View” ; Page 11, image 2: “A Meadow View” Folder 11 1936

 

Page 12, image 2: “Church in Old Village” Folder 12 1946-1946

 

Page 13, image 1: “Cathedral Spire”; Page 13, image 2: “Cathedral Spire” Folder 13 1936

 

Empty Folder 14

 

Page 15, image 1: “Bridal Veil Fall”; Page 15, image 2: “Bridal Veil Fall” Folder 15 1936

 

Page 16, image 2: “Church in Old Village” Folder 16

 

Empty Folder 17

 

Empty Folder 18

 

Page 19, image 1: “Mirror Lake” Folder 19 1936

 

Page 20, image 1: “Deer in front of Yosemite” Folder 20 1947

 

Empty Folder 21

 

Page 22, image 1: “Toboggan slide near Camp Curry”; Page 22, image 2: “Ice Skating at Camp Curry” Folder 22 1947

 

Page 23, image 1: “Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls”; Page 23, image 2: “Yosemite Falls” Folder 23

 

Page 24, image 1: “Snow Scene from Bridge near Yosemite Lodge”; Page 24, image 2: “Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge” Folder 24 1947

 

Page 25, image 1; “Nevada and Vernal Falls from road to Glacier Point”; Page 25, image 2: “View of Half Dome from road Folder 25 1936

 

Page 26, image 1; “Ice Skating at Camp Curry”; Page 26, image 2: “Ice Skating at Camp Curry" Folder 26 1947

 

Page 28, image 2: “Old Village General Store” Folder 27 1947

 

Empty Folder 29

 

Page 30, image 1: “Half Dome from Meadow”; Page 30, image 2: “Merced River” Folder 30 1947-1948

 

Page 31, image 1: “What a Grizzly”; Page 31, image 2: “Grizzly Giant” Folder 31 1936

 

Page 32, image 2: “The Ahawahnee”; Page 32, image 2: “Yosemite Falls” Folder 32 1947-1948

 

Page 33, image 1: “Cascade Falls”; Page 33, image 2: “Yosemite Falls” Folder 33 1937

 

Page 34, image 1: “Yosemite Falls view from my room at the Ahawahnee” ; Page 34, image 2: “The Ahawahnee” Folder 34 1948

 

Page 35, image 1: “Sentinel Dome” Folder 35

 

Page 36, image 1: “Half Dome from Glacier Point” Folder 36 1948

 

Empty Folder 37

 

Page 38, image 2: “El Capitan” Folder 38 1948

 

Page 39, image 1: “Cathedral Rocks”; Page 39, image 2: “Washington Column and North Dome” Folder 39 1937

 

Page 40, image 1: “Reflection Pool at the Ahawahnee”; Page 40, image 2: “Half Dome from the Ahawahnee” Folder 40 1940-1948

 

Empty Folder 41

 

Page 42, image 1: “Squirrel on the grounds at the Ahawahnee”; Page 42, image 2: “The first road into Yosemite Valley” Folder 42 1948

 

Empty Folder 43

 

Page 44, image 2: “Yosemite Falls from Glacier Point” Folder 44 1948

 

Empty Folder 45

 

Page 46, image 1: “Grizzly Giant in Mariposa Grove with big trees”; Page 46, image 2: “Giant bridge on the Ahawahnee grounds” Folder 46 1948

 

Page 47, image 2: “Arch Rock Ranger Station” Folder 47 1937

 

Page 48, image 1: “Ribbon Falls” Folder 48 1947

 

Page 49, image 1: “Arch rock on El Portal” Folder 49 1937

 

Empty Folder 50

 

Page 51, image 2: “El Portal gateway to Yosemite” Folder 51 1937