Guide to the Eadweard Muybridge Photograph Collection

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Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: PC0006
Creator: Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904
Title: Eadweard Muybridge photograph collection
Dates: 1868-1929
Physical Description: 4.25 Linear feet (9 boxes)
Summary: This collection includes original Muybridge glass plate negatives and prints, as well as modern day copy prints of his photographs. Original materials, 1872-1880, include images of the Stanfords' residences in Sacramento and San Francisco, other unidentified estates, and two printed cards from his horse in motion series, 1878. Images represented by copy prints include Canadian Pacific Railway, Indians, San Francisco, Oakland, and several Central America photographs. Also included in the collection is a set of glass slides, primarily of images included in this collection, probably assembled by Harry C. Peterson, former curator of the Stanford Museum.
Language(s): The materials are inEnglish.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Eadweard Muybridge was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England, in April 1830 as Edward James Muggeridge. He came to the United States in 1851 and worked for two publishing companies on the east coast until 1855, when he moved to California and established a book store in San Francisco. In 1860 he set off on an extensive journey east through the United States and on to Europe, but was injured in a stagecoach accident in Texas. He spent some time in England recuperating and back in the States suing the stage coach company, but not all of his activities between 1860 and 1866 are known.
In 1867 he returned to California and commenced his photography career, focusing for the next six years on California and the Far West. He traveled in Central America and Panama during 1875 to 1876; and in 1876 and 1877 he completed his panorama of San Francisco.
Muybridge worked closely with Senator Leland Stanford on experiments to record horses in motion, trying first to answer the question of whether or not all four feet are off the ground during the trot. In 1873 he successfully captured that event in Sacramento, using Leland Stanford's horse Occident as his subject. He made further photographs of Occident in 1877 and then in 1878-79 he set up a studio at Stanford's Palo Alto Stock Farm and conducted many photographic experiments of horses in motion.

Description of the Collection

This collection includes original Muybridge glass plate negatives and prints, as well as modern day copy prints of his photographs. Original materials, 1872-1880, include images of the Stanfords' residences in Sacramento and San Francisco, other unidentified estates, and two printed cards from his horse in motion series, 1878. Images represented by copy prints include Canadian Pacific Railway, Indians, San Francisco, Oakland, and several Central America photographs. Also included in the collection is a set of glass slides, primarily of images included in this collection, probably assembled by Harry C. Peterson, former curator of the Stanford Museum.

Access Terms

Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904
Palo Alto Stock Farm (Stanford, Calif.)
Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893.
Albumen prints.
Glass plate negatives.
Palo Alto (Calif.) Stock Farm
Photonegatives
Photoprints.
Stanford residences--Sacramento.
Stanford residences--San Francisco.


Collection Contents

 

Glass plate negatives of the Stanfords' Sacramento residence

Box 1, Folder 1

8749, 8759 Exterior, #13601 rear view

Box 1, Folder 2

8752, 8756 Exterior, #13602 front and west end view

Box 1, Folder 3

8751, 8758 Exterior, #13604 west side view - 8th Street

Box 1, Folder 4

8757 Exterior, #13603 north and east side view, N Street, carriage in front

Box 1, Folder 5

8725, 8750 Exterior, #13599 front entrance - N Street

Box 1, Folder 6

8707, 8727 Interior, #13512 hall, main stairs

Box 1, Folder 7

8709, 8696, 8715 Interior, #13523 sitting room looking into music room

Box 1, Folder 8

8710, 8716 Interior, #13503 sitting room looking into music room

Box 1, Folder 9

8721, 8740 Interior, #13523 dining room looking west

Box 1, Folder 10

8706, 8720 Interior, #13582 sitting room and dining room looking east

Box 1, Folder 11

8712, 8734 Interior, #13558 sitting room looking west

Box 1, Folder 12

8714, 8724 Interior, #13570 parlor looking south

Box 1, Folder 13

8711, 8733 Interior, #13573 parlor looking north

Box 1, Folder 14

8732, 8736 Interior, #13586 sun porch looking west

Scope and Content Note

left to right: Jane Anne Shields Lathrop, Elizabeth Stanford, Anna Maria Lathrop, Jane Lathrop Stanford, Leland Dewitt Stanford
Box 1, Folder 15

8731, 8735 Interior, #13583 sun porch looking west

Scope and Content Note

left to right: Jane Anne Shields Lathrop, Elizabeth Stanford, Anna Maria Lathrop, Jane Lathrop Stanford, Leland Dewitt Stanford
Box 1, Folder 16

8730 Interior, #13571 ballroom looking east

Box 1, Folder 17

8708, 8728 Interior, #13573 ballroom looking west

Box 1, Folder 18

8697, 8723, 8738 Interior, #17153 billiard room

Box 1

(left to right: Leland Dewitt Stanford, Jane Lathrop Stanford, Anna Maria Lathrop)

Box 1, Folder 19

8713, 8729 Interior, #135?? billiard room looking north

Box 1, Folder 20

8701, 8726, 8737 Interior, #13584 billiard room looking south

Scope and Content Note

left to right: Anna Maria Lathrop, Jane Lathrop Stanford, Leland Dewitt Stanford
Box 2, Folder 1

8704, 8717 Interior, #13553 bedroom

Box 2, Folder 2

8718, 8719 Interior, #13522 bedroom

Box 2, Folder 3

8703, 8705 Interior, #13521 bedroom

Box 2, Folder 4

8702, 8722 Interior, #13565 bedroom "Bertha Berner's room"

 

Glass plate negatives of San Franciso House

Box 2, Folder 5

Construction of house [possibly not a Muybridge photo]

Box 2, Folder 6

Exterior, also showing Hopkins house under construction [Jane Stanford in front?]

Box 2, Folder 7

Exterior, also showing Hopkins house under construction [possibly not a Muybridge photo]

Box 2, Folder 8

13605 Exterior, also showing Hopkins house under construction [possibly not a Muybridge photo] circa 1876

 

Prints, original and copies

Digital surrogates

Box 3, Folder 1

6425 Atherton estate, original Muybridge print pre 1872

Box 3, Folder 2

6431 Bierstadt, Albert, painting in Yosemite, modern copy print

 

Canadian Pacific Railway, modern copy prints

Box 3, Folder 3

6446 Bridge with workers

Box 3, Folder 3

6447 Bridge and trestle with one man standing on tracks

Box 3, Folder 3

6448 Bridge and trestle with one man, different view

Box 3, Folder 3

6449 Rock formation along bend in tracks

 

Horse in Motion

Box 3, Folder 4

6413 Mahomet cantering, 6 images on card with text on reverse circa 1878

Box 3, Folder 4

6414 Sally Gardner running, 12 images on card with text on reverse circa 1879

Box 3, Folder 4

6450 Setting up Muybridge's studio on Stanford campus, modern copy print

 

Indians, modern copy prints

Box 3, Folder 5

6432 A summer campsite

Box 3, Folder 5

6433 A morning concert

Box 3, Folder 5

6435 Making bread

Box 3, Folder 5

6442 Modoc Indian brave

Box 3, Folder 6

6430 Menlo Park, boating in (3 men in a canoe), modern copy print

 

Miscellaneous images, modern copy prints

Box 3, Folder 7

6417 Emperor Norton (character on bicycle)

Box 3, Folder 7

6445 General Jefferson Davis, posed with other soldiers

 

Miscellaneous images, modern copy prints

Box 3, Folder 8

6438 Woodward's Garden, [San Francisco,] view of the pond

Box 3, Folder 8

6416 "Heartsease" from glass plate negative, b/w and sepia toned prints

 

Oakland, CA, modern copy prints

Box 3, Folder 9

6426 Large oak in field

Box 3, Folder 9

6427 Man with ax under trees, 12th Street bridge across Lake Merritt can be seen

Box 3, Folder 9

6428 Boy and girl sitting under a tree

Box 3, Folder 9

6429 Two women and two girls walking under trees

 

San Francisco, CA, modern copy prints

Box 3, Folder 10

6418 Montgomery St. at Market St.

Box 3, Folder 10

6419 Geary St. from Market St.

Box 3, Folder 10

6420 Ship in dry dock at Hunter's Point

Box 3, Folder 10

6421 Damage from the earthquake of 1868 1868

Box 3, Folder 10

6422 View of San Francisco harbor 1860s

Box 3, Folder 11

Stanfords' San Francisco residence 1877

Scope and Content Note

mounted albumen print; caption is "Panorama of San Franciso from California Street Hill"
 

Stanfords' San Francisco residence, copy prints 1985

Box 3, Folder 12

12839 Vestibule

Box 3, Folder 12

13539 Library

Box 3, Folder 12

Blue and gold guest chamber

Box 3, Folder 12

View of house [copy print of original in folder 11]

Box 3, Folder 12

13681 Dining room

Box 3, Folder 12

View of S.F. from the house

 

Copy prints from images in the Bancroft Library collection:

 

Miscellaneous

Box 3, Folder 13

6423 S.S. Costa Rica on the rocks outside the Golden Gate

Box 3, Folder 13

6434 Yosemite Indians

Box 3, Folder 13

6439 Log rolling at Shoal Water Bay

Box 3, Folder 13

6440 New Year's Point

Box 3, Folder 13

6441 Cloister of Santa Clara University

 

Panama

Box 3, Folder 14

6443 Man on beach with houses behind 1876

Box 3, Folder 14

6444 Road through a town 1876

 

San Quentin

Box 3, Folder 15

6436 The hospital at San Quentin

Box 3, Folder 15

6437 View of the wheel works

 

San Rafael orphanage

Box 3, Folder 16

6424 Exterior view, with staff and children (boys)

Box 3, Folder 16

6425 Boys in classroom

 

Glass plate negatives of miscellaneous images

Box 2, Folder 9

Horses, #13610 "Hank Smith and Occident," Sacramento 1872

Box 2, Folder 10

Horses, #13607 "Charles Wooster driving Stanford's private team," 1872

Box 2, Folder 11

Horses, #13608 "Charles Wooster driving Stanford's private team," 1872

Box 2, Folder 12

Horses, #13609, "James Vickers, Stanford's colored coachman," 1872

Box 2, Folder 13

View of unknown estate, #13596 house, barn, and water tank

Box 2, Folder 14

View of unknown estate, #13587 cottage, water tank, and grounds

Box 2, Folder 15

View of unknown estate, #13595 oak-lined drive leading to barn

Box 2, Folder 16

View of unknown estate, #13592 view from hill, overlooking wooded area

Box 2, Folder 17

"Heartsease," view of horse and wagon coming through estate gate signed "Helios 1880"

 

Prints of images related to Muybridge

Box 3, Folder 17

6412, unnumbered Muybridge's cameras, 2 images

Box 3, Folder 17

6451 Memorial tablet on the Quad regarding "horse in motion" photographs post 1929

 

Stanfords' San Francisco residence, mounted original prints

Digital surrogates

Box 4

12839 Hall

Box 4

12835 Mosaic floor in center of rotunda

Box 4

12842  Drawing room (Pompeian Room)

Box 4

12845  Blue and Gold guest chamber

Box 4

12844  Mrs. Stanford's bedroom

Box 4

12843  Mrs. Stanford's sitting room

Box 4

12836  [Breakfast room?]

Note

note in pencil on front "All these proofs are printed too dark - Muybridge"
Box 4

12841  Mrs. Stanford's bedroom - note in pencil on front "Printed too dark - Muybridge" [dup of 12844]

Box 4

12837  Mrs. Stanford's sitting room

Box 4

12840  [Ceiling murals in rotunda]

 

Stanford San Francisco House Photo Album

Digital surrogates

Box 5

13556 Page: 1 | Title: Breakfast room looking west

Box 5

Page: 2 | Title: Breakfast room looking east

Box 5

13524 Page: 3 | Title: Bay window in drawing room west side with fountain

Box 5

Page: 4 | Title: Dining room looking toward south bay window

Box 5

13681 Page: 5 | Title: Dining room looking into picture gallery, Pompeian room and hall

Box 5

13566 Page: 6 | Title: Conservatory opening into Mrs. Stanford's sitting room

Box 5

13515 Page: 7 | Title: Mrs. Stanford's sitting room looking toward the south (Statue of Mercury)

Box 5

13538 Page: 8 | Title: Mrs. Stanford's sitting room looking into billiard room

Box 5

13546 Page: 9 | Title: Mrs. Stanford's sitting room looking into billiard room, Library

Box 5

Page: 10 | Title: Billiard room looking toward hall

Box 5

13527 Page: 11 | Title: Billiard room looking into library

Box 5

13535 Page: 12 | Title: Library looking toward hall to reception room

Box 5

13539 Page: 13 | Title: Library looking toward hall and billiard room

Box 5

Page: 14 | Title: Library looking toward bay window

Box 5

13532 Page: 15 | Title: Guest chamber, blue and gold room

Box 5

13525 Page: 16 | Title: Mrs. Stanford's bedroom looking toward windows east side

Box 5

13549 Page: 17 | Title: Hall looking toward the front door, statues of morning and night

Box 5

13555 Page: 18 | Title: View of upper hall [rotunda] looking toward front

Box 5

13530 Page: 19 | Title: View of upper hall [rotunda] looking toward back

Box 5

Page: 20 | Title: Upper hall painting of Europe over rotunda

Box 5

13528 Page: 21 | Title: Upper hall painting of Africa over rotunda

Box 5

13529 Page: 22 | Title: Upper hall painting of Asia over rotunda

Box 5

Page: 23 | Title: Upper hall over rotunda painting of America

Box 5

13510 Page: 24 | Title: Reception or India room looking into library

Box 5

Page: 25 | Title: Reception or India room looking into library [different view than 13510]

Box 5

13537 Page: 26 | Title: Reception or India room looking toward front windows with statue of innocence

Box 5

13536 Page: 27 | Title: Dining room looking into picture gallery

Box 5

13548 Page: 28 | Title: Picture gallery [long side wall]

Box 5

13540 Page: 29 | Title: Picture gallery [other long side wall]

Box 5

Page: 30 | Title: Picture gallery [view from one end]

Box 5

13547 Page: 31 | Title: Picture gallery [view from the other end]

Box 5

13532 Page: 32 | Title: Drawing or Pompeian room looking toward west [repeated photo number]

Box 5

13532 Page: 33 | Title: Drawing or Pompeian room, statue of the fountain of love [repeated photo number]

Box 5

13531 Page: 34 | Title: Statue of the fountain of love, Pompeian room

 

Copy negatives of Muybridge images

Box 6, Folder 1

GP 6413, 6414 (front and back images), 6421, 6431, 6450, 6451, 8708

Box 6, Folder 2

Muybridge (prints) # 12835, 12842, 12845 and Muybridge (glass neg) # 13584

Box 6, Folder 3

Sacramento House images

Box 6, Folder 4

San Francisco House, interiors

Box 6, Folder 5

Conservatory of the Doyle home, Menlo Park

Box 6, Folder 6

Negatives for some of the glass slides (see box 7)

 

Negatives for images not by Muybridge:

Box 6, Folder 7

San Francisco House, architects' drawings

Box 6, Folder 8

Ceremony at unveiling of plaque in the Quad re Muybridge and motion pictures, May 1929

 

Glass slides of Muybridge images or related subjects, positive images

 

Animal Locomotion and Miscellaneous images

Box 7, Folder 1

Leland Stanford

Box 7, Folder 2

Muybridge portrait

Box 7, Folder 3

Bierstadt working in Yosemite

Box 7, Folder 4

Earthquake damage in San Francisco 1868

Box 7, Folder 5

Leland Stanford Jr. driving [one frame from a motion study]

Box 7, Folder 5a

Collage of Central America and Mexico photos

Box 7, Folder 5b

Bay of Panama

Box 7, Folder 5c

Coffee pickers at their ablutions

Box 7, Folder 6

View of Stock Farm barn from hills

Box 7, Folder 7

Map of Stock Farm showing track, paddocks, barns

Box 7, Folder 8

Setting up cameras at Stock Farm

Box 7, Folder 9

Setting up cameras at Stock Farm, different view

Box 7, Folder 10

Camera and apparatus

Box 7, Folder 11

Camera and apparatus

Box 7, Folder 12

Horse jumping [motion study series]

Box 7, Folder 13

Remnants of Muybridge's shutter

Box 7, Folder 13a

Leland Jr., Mrs. Stanford, and Muybridge (with 2 others) standing by camera/studio arrangement

Box 7, Folder 14

Sallie Gardner running [repro of the published card] 1878

Box 7, Folder 15

Reverse side of Sallie Gardner running, 1878 [repro of the published card]

Box 7, Folder 16

Muybridge greeting the athlete on the track

Box 7, Folder 17

Color repro of portrait of Leland Stanford

Box 7, Folder 18

Sketch of Muybridge studio set-up at Stock Farm

Box 7, Folder 19

Sketch of unknown machine

Box 7, Folder 20

Title page of Animal Locomotion

Box 7, Folder 21

Drawing of horses in motion (pre-Muybridge concept of motion)

Box 7, Folder 22

Drawing of cowboy on horse (more accurate depiction of motion)

Box 7, Folder 23

Original Muybridge studio as it was in 1913 [color added to grass]

Box 7, Folder 24

Interior of Muybridge studio 1912

Box 7

Occident trotting [motion study]

 

Stanford San Francisco House

Box 8, Folder 1

Exterior view 1878

Box 8, Folder 2

Ball room [Sacrmento house] 1876

Box 8, Folder 3

Pompeian Room

Box 8, Folder 4

Hall below Rotunda

Box 8, Folder 5

Sideboard in the dining room

Box 8, Folder 6

Close up of a fireplace, room not specified

Box 8, Folder 7

Upper rotunda, with two portraits 1880

Box 8, Folder 8

Sofa in Pompeian Room

Box 8, Folder 9

Art Gallery 1880

Box 8, Folder 10

India Room

 

Accession ARCH.2014-056 Additional Materials

Box 1, Folder 1

The Horse in Motion: Sallie Gardner running, 12 images on card with text on bottom 1878