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Mill Valley History Photograph Collection
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Description
The Mill Valley Public Library History Room collection contains images of historical interest of Mill Valley, Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, and some immediate surrounding areas. There is a sizable collection of photographs and artifacts, such as brochures and timetables, from the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad that served Mill Valley primarily in the early part of the 20th Century. The collection of photos depicts the origins of Mill Valley as a lumber town centered around the old lumber mill. The images of Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods depict scenes of hiking and the hiking clubs of the period, the panoramic views and natural beauty of the area, leisure activities, tourism, the taverns, inns, and trails on the mountain, and the annual Mountain Play. There is also a sizable collection of photographs on the annual Dipsea Race and some of the fires and floods that periodically ravished the town and countryside. There is also a sizable collection of photographs of notable people and families, including conservationist John Muir and Congressman William Kent. Many photos also depict commerce and town life in the early part of the 20th Century.
Extent
Approximately 2,000-3,000 photographs, many with negatives 200 online items
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the Mill Valley Public Library. The creators of the records and their heirs generally retain literary rights. For permission to publish or reproduce please contact the History Room Librarian.
Availability
Collection is open for research during History Room open hours; please consult repository for more information.