The images in this album primarily document the Palo Alto residence of Jane and Leland Stanford, the Palo Alto Stock Farm
horses, and Stanford University. The university images include the cornerstone laying in 1887, opening day ceremonies in 1891,
Encina Hall, Roble Hall, the Library, the Museum, student groups and activities, and various views of campus buildings. Other
images include the Alameda in San Jose, palm trees, and prune drying. Many of the university images are also represented in
the Stanford University Archives General Photograph Collection.
Formerly a student of art, Andrew Putnam Hill became a professional photographer in 1889, opening a studio in San Jose, California
with his partner, Sydney J. Yard. While his studio produced many individual and group portraits, he also became well known
for his views of the Santa Clara Valley region and the Santa Cruz Mountains. He also frequently photographed Leland Stanford's
Palo Alto Stock Farm and Stanford University.