The collection consists of 26 black and white photographs taken in Oakland, California by the Cheney Photo Advertising Company
circa 1930-1939. The views include the residences of Francis Marion Smith, founder of the Borax empire, and Joaquin Miller's
"Hights." Other views include the pergola and oak trees at Mosswood Park; residences on Linda Vista Terrace; Piedmont Park,
including the Art Gallery, outdoor landscapes, and various structures; an exterior view of the Great Western Power Station
in Oakland, a view of Oakland from the hills; the new City Hall; and a view of a private garden in Oakland. Views of the Oakland
Inner Harbor include a photograph of sailing ships in the docks, and two images of dredging. There are several images of Lake
Merritt, including the boat landing, boulevard, and surrounding residences. One photograph is of private grounds on East 14th
Street near Fruitvale Avenue, and one photograph is of bathers at the Alameda beach.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted
in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library
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.