Scope and Content of Collection
Title: China Photograph Album
Date: ca. 1900-1910
Collection number: Bernath Mss 165
.2 linear feet
(1 flat oversize box)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Abstract: The album contains 102 black and white photographs, 87 of which are of scenes of the late Qing Dynasty China. Most of the
China-based photos appear to be from the time following the Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901). Additional 15 photographs appear
to be mainly of scenes in New York City and surrounding areas.
Physical location: Del Norte Oversize
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China Photograph Album. Bernath Mss 165. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa
Scope and Content of Collection
The album contains 102 black and white photographs 87 of which are of scenes of late Qing Dynasty China. Most of the China-based
photos appear to from the time following the Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901) with shots of various foreign troops (American, British,
German, French and Japanese) and foreign consular buildings and monuments to the Boxer Rebellion. Other photos are of Chinese
temples, boats, and streets taken in various locations. There is also a series of photos of Chinese inhabitants engaged in
various activities and settings (fishing, in barbershops, working as minstrels and jugglers among others), in a number of
places most of which appear to be in Peking (Beijing) and other areas of northeast China. Locales (from photo captions) include:
Kuye[h], (Guye), Tienstin (Tianjin), Peking (Beijing), and the Pei-ho (Beihe) River. A photo captioned "The Photographer"
shows a soldier in the uniform of the American Expeditionary Force next to a sign marked Kuyeh// 古冶 (Guye in Hebei Province
southeast of Beijing).
The additional 15 photographs appear to be mainly of scenes in New York City and surrounding areas. There are shots of Central
Park, what appears to be the Obelisk located behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art (otherwise unidentified shots of an armour
collection are most likely from the Metropolitan), and Blackwells Island Bridge. There is also a photograph of a monument
commemorating the birthplace of Daniel D. Tompkins, Governor of New York 1807-1817 and Vice President of the United States
from 1817-1825. Tomkins was born in what is now Scarsdale, NY and additional photographs of houses may be from this locale.
There is no container list for this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
China -- Pictorial works.
China -- History -- Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901.
New York (State) -- Pictorial works.
Related monographs and serials pertaining to China during this period have been cataloged separately and can be searched on
Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.