Guide to the Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection

Processed by Albany Library staff.
Albany Library
Alameda County Library System
1247 Marin Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
Phone: (510) 526-3720
Email: RRusso@aclibrary.org
URL: http://www.aclibrary.org/branches/alb/albanyhome.asp
© 2003
Alameda County Library System. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection

Collection number: Consult repository

Albany Library, Alameda County Library System

Contact Information

  • Albany Library
  • Alameda County Library System
  • 1247 Marin Avenue
  • Albany, CA 94706
  • Phone: (510) 526-3720
  • Email: RRusso@aclibrary.org
  • URL: http://www.aclibrary.org/branches/alb/albanyhome.asp
Processed by:
Albany Library staff
Date Completed:
2003
Encoded by:
Online Archive of California
© 2003 Alameda County Library System. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Albany Library historical photograph collection,
Date (inclusive): 1891-2001
Date (bulk): (bulk 1905-1994)
Collection number: Consult repository
Collector: Albany Historical Society (Albany, Calif.)
Extent: 601 items 601 online items
Repository: Alameda County Library System. Albany Library.
Albany, California 94706
Abstract: The Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection includes images related to the history of Albany, from the late 1800s to 2001. Notable aspects of the collection includes images of homes and buildings (including school buildings, the public library, and the Peralta Park Hotel), street scenes, significant individuals, and historic events (such as the Judson Powder Works explosion in 1905, the Fourth of July Parade in 1913, the City's 75th Anniversary celebration in 1983, and the opening of the new Albany Library in 1994).
Language: English.
Selected digitized photographs available online.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs in the collection are the property of the Albany Library. Neither the original photographs nor the digital images in the catalog may be reproduced, published, or used on the Internet without the expressed, written permission of either the Albany Library or the copyright holder. The credit line, "Courtesy of the Albany Library Historical Collection" should accompany any such use.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following citation format for all items: [Item (title)]. Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection. Albany Library (Albany, Calif.)

Acquisition Information

Majority of items in the collection were donated by the Albany Historical Society in 1994.

Project Information: Albany Library Historical Photograph Digitization Project

In the fall of 2001, the library received an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant from the State Library for an historical photograph digitization project. The goals of the project were preservation (by creating and storing archival scans) and increased access (by making images from the collection available on the World Wide Web). During the project year (October 2001-September 2002), 550 photographs from the collection of the Albany Historical Society were scanned. An additional 51 images, previously not cataloged, were scanned and added to the collection, including some photographs donated to the library by individuals and organizations in the community. MARC catalog records for all 601 images were created and added to the Alameda County Library's online catalog. Each record includes a thumbnail that links to a larger version of the image. In addition, a separate web page  was created to provide direct access to the Albany Historical Photograph Collection.

Administrative History

The Albany Historical Society was founded in 1977 by Catherine Webb, a local historian who had been documenting the history of Albany for more than thirty years. In January 1994, to coincide with the opening of the new library building, she donated the entire collection of the Historical Society to the Albany Library, where it is displayed in a special alcove designed to house it. Since then, members of the community have donated additional materials to the library's collection.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection includes images related to the history of Albany, from the late 1800s to 2001. Notable aspects of the collection includes images of homes and buildings (including school buildings, the public library, and the Peralta Park Hotel), street scenes, significant individuals, and historic events (such as the Judson Powder Works explosion in 1905, the Fourth of July Parade in 1913, the City's 75th Anniversary celebration in 1983, and the opening of the new Albany Library in 1994).

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Accornero family
Barassi family
Barbegelata family
Barbegelata-Machado family
Blank, Jerome--Mayor
Browne, Gerald
Call, Hubert F.--Mayor
Clark, Richard ("Dick")--Mayor
Cola family
Ganong, Ruth--Mayor
Hein, George--Mayor
Howell, Lewis M.--Mayor
Olson family
Sbragia family
Toreky family
Webb, Catherine
Albany (Calif.)
Albany Hill--California
Codornices Village--California--Albany
Gill Tract--California--Albany
Albany (Calif.)--75th Anniversary
Albany (Calif.)--Fire Department
Albany (Calif.)--Mayor
Albany (Calif.)--Police
Albany (Calif.)--Volunteer Fire Department
Albany High School (Albany, Calif.)
Albany Library--California
Albany Methodist Church--California--Albany
Baseball--California--Albany
Business enterprises--California--Albany
Church buildings--California--Albany
City council members--California--Albany
City halls--California--Albany
Clubs--California--Albany
Codornices Village--California--Albany
Cornell School--California--Albany
Dwellings--California--Albany
Golden Gate Fields--California--Albany
Judson Powder Works
Municipal government--California--Albany
Parades--California--Albany
Peralta Park Hotel--California--Albany
Railroads--California--Albany
Saint Alban's Episcopal Church--California--Albany
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)
Schools--California--Albany
Stores, Retail--California--Albany
Streets--California--Albany
Veterans Memorial Park--California--Albany

Genres and Forms of Material

Photograph
Screened Print
Digital Image