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Photograph Album of California and the Pacific Coast
photCL 94  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photograph Album of California and the Pacific Coast
    Dates: ca. 1890s
    Collection Number: photCL 94
    Creator/Collector: Boyd, William F., b. 1848; Braas, George H.; Rutter, Thomas H., 1837-1925; Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912
    Extent: 102 photographs in 1 album; album 28 x 35 cm. (11 x 14 in.). See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    San Marino, California 91108
    Abstract: This album contains typical commercial photographs of the towns and scenery of California, Oregon and Washington. Of note are early views of San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Tacoma and Seattle. There are also views of California missions and coastal landscapes. The Oregon photographs are of scenery only.
    Language of Material: English


    Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Photograph Album of California and the Pacific Coast. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Ed Morrill on February 7, 1956

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Photographs of California include San Diego; Casa de Estudillo in Old Town San Diego; Mission San Luis Rey, San Juan Capistrano, and Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara; San Luis Obispo; Confederate general James Longstreet’s Los Angeles home; the Bellevue Terrace Hotel; various Los Angeles homes; Pasadena; Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin’s Santa Anita ranch; San Francisco city scenes; and wilderness en route to Oregon. Oregon photographs show images of the Columbia River; Mt. Hood; Latourell Falls; Multnomah Falls; and nature scenes. Photographs of Washington state include Tacoma; Green River; Native Americans from an unidentified tribe; Seattle; and a portrait of Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe. Twenty-six of the pictures in this album were photographed by Isaiah West Taber and twenty-two were photographed by W.H.J. and Company. It may be that William H. Jeffers created those twenty-two photographs, as he was active in California during this time period. Other photographers who contributed to this album include Thomas H. Rutter, Charles B. Talbot, and Boyd & Braas (William F. Boyd and George H. Braas). The album spine is embossed with the title "California and Pacific Coast" and the photographs are mostly mounted double-sided. The initials “E.B.R.” and the year 1897 are also embossed on the photo album’s spine. It is unknown who is "E.B.R."

    Indexing Terms

    Adobe houses
    Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Forests & fields
    Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Hollister Ranch (Calif.)
    Hotel Del Monte (Monterey, Calif.)
    Hotels—California—Los Angeles
    Houses—California—Los Angeles
    Indians of North America--Northwest, Canadian
    Lick Observatory
    Lumber camps
    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Orange trees
    Railroad trains
    Ravenna Park (Seattle, Wash.)
    Salmon fishing
    San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)
    Santa Barbara Mission
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company
    Temples, Chinese
    Angeline, Suquamish Indian, d. 1896
    Avalon (Calif.)
    Columbia River
    Dana Point (Calif.)
    Golden Gate (Calif. : Strait)
    Hood, Mount (Or.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Monterey (Calif.)
    Mount Shasta (Calif.)
    Multnomah Falls (Or.)
    Pasadena (Calif.)
    Rainer, Mount (Wash.)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Luis Obispo (Calif.)
    Santa Barbara (Calif.)
    Santa Monica (Calif.)
    Seattle (Wash.)
    Snoqualmie Falls (Wash.)
    Tacoma (Wash.)
    Wilson, Mount (Calif. : Mountain)
    Photograph Albums
    Cityscape photographs

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