Scope and Content
Title: William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection
Collection number: AC 96-07-08
McCarthy, William M.
2,998 photographs, in 11 albums, occupying approximately 3 cubic feet.
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
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
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.
[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.
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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
William M. McCarthy