Photograph Album of California and the Pacific Coast

Huntington Library. Photo Archives
Huntington Library. Photo Archives
Photograph Collections, 1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
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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


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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)
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Cityscape photographs

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