Guide to the Photographs of the California Mother Lode

Processed by Welker, Wendy.
California Historical Society
North Baker Research Library
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San Francisco, California 94105-4014
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Guide to the Photographs of the California Mother Lode

Collection number: PC-RM-Lavenson: 1-2

California Historical Society



North Baker Research Library

San Francisco, California

Contact Information:

  • California Historical Society
  • North Baker Research Library
  • 678 Mission Street
  • San Francisco, California 94105-4014
  • Phone: (415) 357-1848, ext. 20
  • Fax: (415) 357-1850
  • Email: reference@calhist.org
  • URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
Processed by:
Welker, Wendy
Date Completed:
August 2003
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2004 California Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Photographs of the California Mother Lode,
Date (inclusive): 1933-1967
Collection number: PC-RM-Lavenson: 1-2
Creator: Lavenson, Alma
Extent: 77 silver gelatin photographic prints (many mounted), images 8 x 10 in. or smaller
Repository: California Historical Society, North Baker Library
San Francisco, California 94105-4014
Abstract: Photographs of the California Mother Lode region taken by Alma Lavenson during the 1930s through the 1960s.
Physical location: Please consult repository.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

Photographs of the California Mother Lode, PC-RM-Lavenson: 1-2, California Historical Society, North Baker Research Library, Photography Collection.

Acquisition Information

Photographs of the California Mother Lode by Alma Lavenson were donated to the California Historical Society by Paul Wahrhaftig in 1995, 1996, and 1998; and Albert Wahrhaftig in 1998.

Scope and Contents Note

Contains images of the Mother Lode region taken during the 1930s through the 1960s. Includes photos of Gold Rush era ruins, towns and countryside. Pictured are churches, hotels, firehouses, cemeteries, courthouses, personal residences and commercial buildings, including three Chinese businesses. Also contains a few photos of the effects of hydraulic erosion on the landscape and three portraits of unidentified men. One image (no. 1996-99-41) features the photographer Imogen Cunningham, from the back, standing in a doorway.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Cunningham, Imogen--1883-1976--Portraits
Church buildings--California--Photographs
Hotels--California--Photographs
Ruins--California--Photographs
Tuolumne County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Yuba County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Amador County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
El Dorado County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Mariposa County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Calaveras County (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Sierra County (Calif.)--Pictorial works


Container List

 

Box 1

Accession No. 1995-99-1

Angel's Camp, Serbian Church, 1940

Accession No. 1995-99-2

Rear of Firehouse, Auburn, 1949

Accession No. 1995-99-3

Round Corner, Auburn, 1939

Accession No. 1995-99-4

Commercial Street, Auburn, 1949

Accession No. 1995-99-5

Window with Sumac, Columbia, 1945

Accession No. 1995-99-6

Altar, St. Anne's Church, Columbia, 1940

Accession No. 1995-99-7

Coulterville, 1950

Accession No. 1995-99-8

Sun Sun Wo Co., Coulterville, 1950

Accession No. 1995-99-9

St. Charles Hotel, Downieville, 1934

Accession No. 1995-99-10

Old Building with Added Wooden Top, El Dorado, 1949

Accession No. 1995-99-11

Hotel, Hornitos, 1940

Accession No. 1995-99-12

Church at Hornitos (California Mother Lode Town), 1950

Accession No. 1995-99-13

Church, Jamestown, 1933

Accession No. 1995-99-14

Mine near Melones, 1940

Accession No. 1995-99-15

Post Office, Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, 1939

Accession No. 1995-99-16

Murphy's, Calaveras County, 1938

Accession No. 1995-99-17

Smartsville, Yuba County, 1939

Accession No. 1995-99-18

William Swerer's Store, Tuttletown, 1947

Accession No. 1996-99-1

Street and Imperial Hotel, Amador City, 1957

Accession No. 1996-99-2

Street, Angel's Camp, 1938

Accession No. 1996-99-3

Church, Chinese Camp, 1938

Accession No. 1996-99-4

Church Door, Chinese Camp, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-5

Robert Bell's Store, Coloma, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-6

Coloma, El Dorado, 1947

Accession No. 1996-99-7

Chinese Bank, Coloma, 1949

Accession No. 1996-99-8

Bayley House, Pilot Hill, 1968

Accession No. 1996-99-9

Dressed for a Funeral, Columbia, 1945

Accession No. 1996-99-10

Building with Vines, Columbia, 1940

Accession No. 1996-99-11

Sunday in Columbia Stage Drivers Retreat, Columbia, 1940

Accession No. 1996-99-12

Street, Columbia, 1945

Accession No. 1996-99-13

Firehouse, Columbia, 1936

Accession No. 1996-99-14

Claverey & Co. Store, Columbia, 1940

Accession No. 1996-99-15

Broadway Stables, Columbia, 1936

Accession No. 1996-99-16

In front of St. Charles Hotel, Downieville, 1934

Accession No. 1996-99-17

Main Street, Downieville, 1954

Accession No. 1996-99-18

Chinese Adobe, Fiddletown, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-19

Building with Poplar Trees, French Corral, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-20

Methodist Church, Georgetown, 1963

Accession No. 1996-99-21

Kidder Mansion, Grass Valley, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-22

Adobe House with Picket Fence, Hornitos, 1940

Accession No. 1996-99-23

Pump, Hornitos, 1940

Accession No. 1996-99-24

Courthouse, Mariposa, 1950

Accession No. 1996-99-25

Stone Wall from Mariposa to Ben Hur, 1950

Accession No. 1996-99-26

Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, 1946

Accession No. 1996-99-27

Wrought Iron Grave Marker, Murphy's, 1950

Accession No. 1996-99-28

Doorway with Vines, Nevada City, 1934

Accession No. 1996-99-29

Assay Office with Adjoining Building, Nevada City, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-30

Old Firehouse, Nevada City, 1946

Accession No. 1996-99-31

Malakoff Mine Hydraulic Erosion, Nevada County, 1954

Accession No. 1996-99-32

Iron Door, North San Juan, 1938

Accession No. 1996-99-33

Building with Iron Balcony, North San Juan, 1946

Accession No. 1996-99-34

Autumn in North San Juan, 1934

Accession No. 1996-99-35

View from the Cemetery, North San Juan, 1946

Accession No. 1996-99-36

Fippin's Blacksmith Shop, Rough and Ready, , 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-37

Old House and Wooden Bridges near San Andreas, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-38

Barber Shop, San Andreas, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-39

Hill near San Andreas, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-40

Busch Store, Sierra City, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-41

Second Hand Store, Sonora, 1940 [Imogen Cunningham in photo, 1940

Accession No. 1996-99-42

Church Window, Sutter Creek, 1933

Accession No. 1996-99-43

Old Store Doorway, Timbuctoo, 1932

Accession No. 1996-99-44

St. George Hotel through the Ruins, Volcano, 1939

Accession No. 1996-99-45

Ruins of Store Building, Volcano, 1939

 

Box 2

Accession No. 1998-21-1

St. James Church, Sonora, 1940

Accession No. 1998-21-2

Chinese Portrait, Weaverville, 1938

Accession No. 1998-21-3

Catholic Cemetery, Murphy's, 1950

Accession No. 1998-21-4

Cemetery, Sutter Creek, 1938

Accession No. 1998-21-5

Fippin's Blacksmith Shop, Rough and Ready, 1939

Accession No. 1998-21-6

Hydraulic Erosion (between French Corral and Nevada City), 1934

Accession No. 1998-21-7

Grave Stone, Catholic Cemetery, Murphy's, 1957

Accession No. 1998-21-8

Stone Ruins and St. George Hotel, Volcano, 1936

Accession No. 1998-22-1

Main Street, Columbia, 1945

Accession No. 1998-22-2

Columbia, (cemetery), 1940

Accession No. 1998-22-3

Cemetery, Columbia, 1945

Accession No. 1998-22-4

Mine near Silver City, Nevada, 1940

Accession No. 1998-22-5

Leger Hotel, Mokelumne Hill, 1933

Accession No. 1998-22-6

Stewart Store, French Corral, 1946