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Guide to the Lawrence & Houseworth Photography Albums: California Views
C005667; C005668; C005669  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lawrence & Houseworth photography albums: California views,
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1870
    Collection number: C005667; C005668; C005669
    Collector: Society of California Pioneers
    Extent: 1,495 items in 3 albums 1,495 online items
    Repository: Society of California Pioneers
    San Francisco, California 94107-1272
    Abstract: The Lawrence & Houseworth albums contain photographic prints published in the 1860s that document the many aspects of gold, silver (Comstock Lode), and quicksilver mining; the building of the Sutro Tunnel; the growth of northern California industries; mining towns including Columbia, Volcano, Brown's Flat, French Corral, and Birchville; cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Stockton, and Sacramento; churches and schools; the development of transportation including covered wagons, shipping and the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad; railroad cars; portraits of Native Americans; and some of the state's natural wonders including the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the Big Trees of Calaveras and Mariposa counties.
    Language: English.
    Selected digitized photographs available online.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the Society of California Pioneers. For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact the Registrar.

    Preferred Citation

    Please use the following citation format for all items. Refer to a standard citation style, such as MLA, ALA, or Turabian, when identifying the individual item: [Item]. [Item number]. Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Florence V. Flinn, 1969

    Project Information: Photography Digitization Project: The Lawrence & Houseworth Albums, 1860-1870

    These 1,495 photographs were digitized and catalogued as part of a one-year project funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004, to preserve and provide access to these unique, historically important images. The project entailed photographing each photograph to create 4x5" color transparencies that serve as both the archival form of the images and the source of the digital images. Supporting metadata accompanies each image. All photography, scanning and cataloguing were performed onsite by a professional museum photographer and Society staff. In addition to submitting these digital objects to the Online Archive of California (OAC), we intend to have them available on our website  by the end of 2004.

    Biography / Administrative History

    This collection represents the "desk" or "tourist" catalog of views for sale that had once belonged to the illustrious San Francisco stereopublishing firm of Lawrence & Houseworth. All of these samples were numbered and captioned so that prospective clients could readily select the photographs of greatest interest. They were available either as twin-imaged stereographs or singly as "album views" mounted on standard-size carte de visite cards.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Lawrence & Houseworth albums contain photographic prints published in the 1860s that document the many aspects of gold, silver (Comstock Lode), and quicksilver mining; the building of the Sutro Tunnel; the growth of northern California industries; mining towns including Columbia, Volcano, Brown's Flat, French Corral, and Birchville; cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Stockton, and Sacramento; churches and schools; the development of transportation including covered wagons, shipping and the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad; railroad cars; portraits of Native Americans; and some of the state's natural wonders including the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the Big Trees of Calaveras and Mariposa counties.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Alameda County (Calif.)
    Alpine County (Calif.)
    Amador County (Calif.)
    Calaveras County (Calif.)
    Contra Costa County (Calif.)
    El Dorado County (Calif.)
    Fresno County (Calif.)
    Madera County (Calif.)
    Mariposa County (Calif.)
    Mendocino County (Calif.)
    Merced County (Calif.)
    Monterey County (Calif.)
    Napa County (Calif.)
    Nevada
    Nevada County (Calif.)
    Placer County (Calif.)
    Sacramento County (Calif.)
    San Francisco County (Calif.)
    San Mateo County (Calif.)
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    Santa Cruz County (Calif.)
    Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
    Solano County (Calif.)
    Sonoma County (Calif.)
    Stanislaus County (Calif.)
    Tuolumne County (Calif.)
    Yuba County (Calif.)
    Banks--California--San Francisco
    Bays (Bodies of water)--California
    Bridges--California
    Canyons--California
    Canyons--Nevada
    Churches--California
    Cities & towns--California
    Cities & towns--Nevada
    Cityscapes--California--San Francisco
    Copper mining--California--Copperopolis
    Covered wagons--California
    Dwellings--California--Calistoga
    Dwellings--California--Oakland
    Dwellings--California--San Francisco
    Geysers--California
    Hotels--California--San Jose
    Hotels--California--San Francisco
    Hydraulic mining--California
    Indians of North America--California
    Lakes & ponds--California--Oakland
    Lakes & ponds--Nevada
    Lumber industry--California--Mendocino
    Mercury mining--California--Santa Clara
    Mills--California
    Mining--Nevada
    Mission Churches--California--San Francisco
    Mountains--California
    Mountains--Nevada
    Naval yards & naval stations--United States--California
    Piers & wharves--California--San Francisco
    Piers & wharves--California--Sacramento
    Piers & wharves--California--Oakland
    Quartz mining--Nevada
    Railroad bridges--California--Folsom
    Railroad construction & maintenance--California
    Railroad dining cars--United States--California--Oakland
    Railroad sleeping cars--United States--California--Oakland
    Railroad tunnels--California--Cisco
    Railroads--California
    Railroads--California--Oakland
    Redwoods--California
    Rivers--California
    Schools--California--San Francisco
    Schools--California--San Jose
    Ships--United States--California--San Francisco
    Silver mining--Nevada
    Steamboats--United States--California--San Francisco
    Streams--California
    Streets--California--Sacramento
    Streets--California--San Jose
    Streets--California--San Francisco
    Streets--California--Santa Cruz
    Transportation facilities--California
    Trees--California
    Trestles--California--Long Ravine
    Trestles--California--Newcastle
    Universities & colleges--California--Oakland
    Universities & colleges--California--Santa Clara
    Valleys--California
    Waterfalls--California--Yosemite

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints