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Guide to the Photographs Selected from the Collections of the San Joaquin Valley Library System Member Libraries
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photographs selected from the collections of the San Joaquin Valley Library System member libraries,
    Date (inclusive): 1849-2002
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1880-1960)
    Collection number: Consult repository
    Collectors: San Joaquin Valley Library System

    Fresno County Free Library

    Kern County Library

    Madera County Library

    Mariposa County Library (Calif.)

    Tulare County Free Library (Calif.)

    Porterville Public Library (Calif.)

    Kings County Library (Calif.)

    Coalinga-Huron Library District (Calif.)

    Tulare Public Library (Calif.)

    Extent: Approximately 4,000 photographic prints 2,323 online items
    Repository: San Joaquin Valley Library System
    Fresno, California 93721
    Abstract: The San Joaquin Valley Digitization Project image collection consists of photographs selected from the collections of the nine public libraries of the San Joaquin Valley Library System, as well as the collections of museums and individuals in their communities. The photos were selected mainly for their historical interest. They represent various aspects of life in the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills; in the counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa. The photos date from 1850 to 2002.
    Language: English.
    Selected digitized photographs available online.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection may or may not be open for research. Consult repository for more information.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights may differ for each contributing institution. Consult repository for more information.

    Preferred Citation

    Photographs selected from the collections of the San Joaquin Valley Library System member libraries, Consult repository, San Joaquin Valley Digitization Project, San Joaquin Valley Library System, Fresno CA

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was created by the staff of the nine public libraries of the San Joaquin Valley Library System by digitizing photographs in their collections and the collections of other institutions and individuals in their communities.

    Project Information: San Joaquin Valley Digitization Project

    The San Joaquin Valley Digitization Project provided the nine public libraries of the San Joaquin Valley Library System (SJVLS) with equipment and training so that they could digitize the historical photographs in their collections. Staff at each of the nine participating libraries scanned the photographs and created the metadata. SJVLS staff developed the project's database and web site that provides access to the collection on the internet. Other institutions and individuals in the communities participated in the project as partners by contributing photographs and historical information.
    Online, the collection is called "San Joaquin Valley & Sierra Foothills Photo Heritage"  .
    The project was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded by the California State Library. The grant funded phase of the project began in October 2001 and ended June 2003.
    Additional information regarding individual institutions that participated in this project is available on their web sites, and users of these online materials who would like more information about the collections from which they were selected should contact individual institutions directly.

    Participating Institutions: San Joaquin Valley Digitzation Project

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San Joaquin Valley Digitization Project image collection consists of photographs selected from the collections of the nine public libraries of the San Joaquin Valley Library System, as well as the collections of museums and individuals in their communities. The photos were selected mainly for their historical interest. They represent various aspects of life in the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills; in the counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa. The photos date from 1850 to 2002.
    A large portion of the photos depict such things as: street scenes with horse-drawn and motorized vehicles, people in period dress, local businesses and buildings, and parades; portraits of local people; domesticated animals; railroad transportation; class photos; and floods. The industries represented include agriculture, logging, and petroleum. There are a significant number of photos depicting oil fields in the Coalinga area; public schools in Fresno County; an earthquake in Kern County; libraries throughout the Valley and foothills; and Sierra Nevada scenes of logging, dam construction, and Yosemite National Park.
    Individuals and families who contributed photographs that are included in the collection are the Anthony family and the Mouren Family of Coalinga; Naomi Tagawa of Kings County; Mervin Fulton, Irene Ferguson, Colleen Murphy Paggi, Louise Tesoriere, George Serpa, Lillian Baugh of Tulare City; the Bruce family, Leroy Radanovich, the Chase-Williams family, Pearl and Winnie Williams of Mariposa County; Carleton Watkins, Kathleen Walker, Clyde Johnson, Curtis Darling of Kern County.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Fresno (Calif.)
    Fresno County (Calif.)
    Hanford (Calif.)
    Oakhurst (Calif.)
    Porterville (Calif.)
    San Joaquin Valley (Calif.)
    Tulare County (Calif.)
    Tulare (Calif.)
    Visalia (Calif.)
    Wawona (Calif.)
    Yosemite Valley (Calif.)
    Madera County (Calif.)
    Madera (Calif.)
    Mariposa (Calif.)
    Mariposa County (Calif.)
    Huron (Calif.)
    Kern County (Calif.)
    Kings County (Calif.)
    Bakersfield (Calif.)
    Coalinga (Calif.)
    Coulterville (Calif.)
    Business districts
    Stores & shops
    Detention camps
    African Americans
    Asian Americans
    Horse-drawn vehicles
    Japanese Americans
    Libraries
    Agriculture
    Earthquakes
    Historic buildings
    Hotels
    Logging
    Lumbering
    Indians
    Oil fields
    Petroleum
    Public schools
    Railroads
    School buildings
    Cities & towns
    City & town life
    Clothing & dress
    Parades & processions
    Dams

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Portrait photographs
    Photographic prints
    Photographic postcards
    Negatives