Finding Aid to the Yosemite Views from the Sierra Club Collection, circa 1861-1866 bulk 1861

Finding Aid written by James Eason
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
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Fax: (510) 642-7589
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Finding Aid to the Yosemite Views from the Sierra Club Collection, circa 1861-1866 bulk 1861

Collection number: BANC PIC 1973.057--ffALB VAULT

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Written By:
James Eason
Date Completed:
December 2007
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2008 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Yosemite views from the Sierra Club collection
Date (inclusive): circa 1861-1866
Date (bulk): 1861
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1973.057--ffALB VAULT
Creator: Watkins, Carleton E. Sierra Club
Extent: 33 photographic prints : albumen. 7 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Yosemite views in the mammoth plate format, chiefly taken by Carleton E. Watkins during his 1861 trip to the valley.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Restricted originals. Use viewing prints or digital facsimiles only. Shelved as BANC PIC 1973.057--PIC. Use of originals only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Yosemite Views from the Sierra Club Collection, BANC PIC 1973.057--ffALB VAULT, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

Digital reproductions of select images are available.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Giant sequoia--California--Photographs
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Albumen prints
Landscapes (Representations)--California
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Received from the Sierra Club in 1972.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Bancroft Library staff.

Scope and Content of Collection

Yosemite views in the mammoth plate format, chiefly taken by Carleton E. Watkins during his 1861 trip to the valley. Several images are of uncertain date, and one (item 31) was issued by I.W. Taber sometime after 1877. This image is not from a known Watkins negative and may be by another photographer. Includes one view of the Mariposa grove of giant sequoia trees, near Yosemite Valley.
Additional Notes on Collection:
The prints in this collection have various physical characteristics, suggesting they were compiled by the Sierra Club from several sources. Many are the "dome-topped" prints with rounded upper corners that characterize Watkins' early views, suggesting a date of 1861. However, some images that may date to 1865-1866 have trimmed corners in the present collection, perhaps done to create a uniform set even though comprised of images from various dates. (For example, see item 26.) These dome-topped prints are mostly signed by Watkins and dated 1865, which is presumably a date of printing. Other mounts in this collection are completely different and appear to be later, bearing printed captions. (See item 28, for example.) The earlier prints are on mounts with ms. annotations in several hands, some of which appear to be 19th century, but none of which is recognizable as primary annotation by the photographer or his staff. Many bear noted elevations of features which have been scored out and corrected.

Container Listing

 

Mirror Lake - Mount Watkins, 4275 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:01

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:46; 19xx.199.2:15; 1885.001:5

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 72.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Sentinal Rock, 3086 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:02

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:49

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 43.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Liberty Cap, 3112 ft. Yo semite, Nevada Fall [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:03

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:48; 19xx.199.1:8

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 89.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Cathedral Towers, 2678 ft. Yo semite [with dead tree right of center. See 1973.057:019] [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:04

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:38

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 11.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Looking toward Cathedral Rocks. View of the Valley, Merced River [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:05

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:40; 1952.021:013

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 41.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Cathedral Rocks, 2678 ft. (front view) Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:06

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:39

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 20.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Outline view of Half Dome, 4892 ft., Mount Watkins on left [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:07

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:43

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 83.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove, 33 ft. diam. [With Galen Clark posed at base, holding rifle.] [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:08

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:50

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 111.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Pom-pom-pa-sus, The Three Brothers, 3900 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:09

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:58

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 27.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Cathedral Rocks on left. Merced River view down the Valley. Yo Semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:10

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:44; 19xx.198.2:4

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 47.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

To-coy-oe, North Dome, 3511 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:11

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1885.001:9; 1905.17143:41

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 84.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Nevada Fall, 594 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:12

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:68; 1952.021:021

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 91.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Three Brothers, 3900 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:13

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:64

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 34.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Pohono, Bridal Veil Fall, 620 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:14

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:63

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 15.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

El Capitan, 3300 [corrected to 3604] feet, Yo Semite. Valley Elev. 3940 ft. [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:15

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 17.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

North Dome, 3571 ft. Yo semite. Royal Arches below [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:16

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:37; 19xx.199.2:4; 1952.021:018

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 79.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Nevada Fall, 574 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:17

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:65; 19xx.198.2:5

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 90.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Sentinal (front view), 3086 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:18

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:70; 19xx.198.2:3

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 44.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

El Capitan, 3604 ft. Yo semite [with dead tree at left. See 1973.057:004] [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:19

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:61

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 8.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Yo semite Fall... [with Merced River in foreground] [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:20

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:69

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 49.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Half Dome, 4892 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:21

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:42; 1952.021:015

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 61.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Sentinal Rock up the Valley, 3086 ft. [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:22

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:60

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 32.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Grizzly Giant [Mariposa Grove], 204 ft. [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:23

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1905.17143:47; 19xx.199.2:7

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 112.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Pi-my-ack, Vernal Fall, 317 ft. Yo semite [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:24

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

For another Bancroft Library copy of this photograph, see: BANC PIC 1905.17143:51; 19xx.198.1:9; 19xx.198.4:15; 1959.066:10; 19xx.198.5:08. Related view published by Taber: 1885.001:08.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 87.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Tu-tuck-a-nu-la, 3604 ft./ El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California 1865 [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:25

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 19xx.198.4:2; 1952.021:010

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 10.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Three Brothers, North Dome, Sentinel [Rock], Yosemite Valley, California, 1865 [1865-1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:26

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

Although dome-topped, suggesting a date of 1861, this image has been dated to 1865-1866 (cf. Palmquist / Fraenkel. Carleton E. Watkins photographs 1861-1874, plate 12). The cropped corners differ somewhat than typical early prints, and copies with square corners are known to exist.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 19xx.198.6:09

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 18.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Yosemite Falls. 2630 feet high. [between 1861 and 1866?] BANC PIC 1973.057:27

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1959.066:18

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 52.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

The Domes. From the Sentinal Dome.-- Yosemite 1865-1866, printed 1870-1890?] BANC PIC 1973.057:28

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

Caption printed on mount.

Additional Note

Left plate of a 3-part panorama from Sentinel Dome.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 1952.021:024

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 95.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

North Dome, Royal Arches, and Washington Column.-- Yosemite [between 1861 and 1881] BANC PIC 1973.057:29

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E.
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

Caption printed on mount.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 80.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

The Bridal Veil Falls, 900 feet. Yosemite, Cal. / Taber Photo., San Francisco [1865-1866?, printed between 1877 and 1890?] BANC PIC 1973.057:30

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E. Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West)
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

Caption printed in negative by I.W. Taber.

Additional Note

Taber number 14.

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 19xx.198.6:04

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 14.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Glacier Point and Half Dome from trail. Yosemite Valley, Cal. / Taber Photo., San Francisco [186-?, printed between 1877 and 1890?] BANC PIC 1973.057:31

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E. Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West)
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

Caption printed in negative by I.W. Taber.

Additional Note

Taber number 1019.

Additional Note

Attribution to Watkins is in doubt.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

Washington Column, 2200 feet, Mirror View. Yosemite, Cal. / Taber Photo, San Francisco [1865-1866, printed between 1877 and 1890?] BANC PIC 1973.057:32

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E. Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West)
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

Caption printed in negative by I.W. Taber.

Additional Note

Taber number 81.

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 81.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.

 

92: The Nevada Fall, 605 feet. Yosemite, Cal./ Taber Photo., San Francisco [between 1861 and 1866, printed later] BANC PIC 1973.057:33

Creator/Collector: Watkins, Carleton E. Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West)
Physical Description: 1 photographic print : albumen

Additional Note

The Bancroft Library holds multiple copies of this photograph. An effort was made to make an image of at least one copy available online. Bancroft duplicate(s) or near variant(s) may be found under: BANC PIC 19xx.198.1:10; 1959.066:13; 19xx.198.5:09

Additional Note

Watkins' number: 92.

Indexing Terms

Albumen prints
Mammoth plates
Photographs.