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Inventory of the William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection
AC 96-07-08  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1905-1938
    Collection number: AC 96-07-08
    Creator: McCarthy, William M.
    Extent: 2,998 photographs, in 11 albums, occupying approximately 3 cubic feet.
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection consists of eleven photograph albums (approximately 3 cubic feet of material). The 2,998 photographs, taken between 1905 and 1938, include family, personal, and vacation photos taken by William M. McCarthy while he and his wife traveled on automobile trips across California primarily, but also the United States in general, Mexico, Canada, and Cuba. The photographs depict William's interest in armories, tourist attractions, historic sights, and family.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    No Restrictions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.
    Please note that William McCarthy occasionally took pictures of postcards, lithographs, newspapers, and other peoples' photographs. Several such photographs are included in this collection. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from the reproduction or publication of these materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection, AC 96-07-08, Album number[album number]:[photograph number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    Audrey Fullerton of Sacramento, California donated the collection to the California State Archives in 1996. Ms. Fullerton acquired the albums from her uncle, Mr. William M. McCarthy, the photographer of the collection.

    Biography

    William M. McCarthy was born in 1876. He entered federal service at the Benicia Arsenal as an armament expert in 1903 and retired on January 1, 1933. During World War I, William became the supervisor of the Pacific Coast armaments and continued in that capacity until his retirement. William died in 1956 at the age of 80. His wife, Grace C., died the next year. They were married for 56 years. Having no children, the McCarthys spent many hours pursuing their passion for both photography and travel. William's photographs depict his interest in armories, tourist attractions, historic sights, and family.

    Scope and Content

    The William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection consists of eleven photograph albums (approximately 3 cubic feet of material). The 2,998 photographs include family, personal, and vacation photos taken by William M. McCarthy while he and his wife traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Cuba, and Mexico.
    Subjects strengths include, but are not limited to, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire; Panama Pacific International Exposition; Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition; Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition; Panama California Exposition; San Diego Exposition; Yosemite National Park; Yellowstone National Park; Grand Canyon; Niagara Falls; Golden Gate Park; Lake Tahoe; and armories and artillery guns.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    William M. McCarthy
    Travel
    Automobile travel
    Tourism
    Travel photography