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Preliminary Inventory to the Berton W. Crandall Photographs, 1888-1953
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Introduction

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Berton W. Crandall Photographs,
    Date (inclusive): 1888-1953
    Collection number: 60022
    Creator: Crandall, Berton W.
    Collection Size: 29 manuscript boxes (12 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Depicts Stanford University campus and buildings, Herbert Hoover, Lou Henry Hoover, the Hoover family, Leland Stanford, and Jane Lathrop Stanford.
    Physical location: Hoover Insitution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copiesof audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Berton W. Crandall photographs, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.


    This collection of photographs was given to the Hoover Institution Archives in 1960 by the photographer himself, Berton W. Crandall, from Palo Alto, California.

    Access Points

    Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964--Pictorial works.
    Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944--Pictorial works.
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905--Pictorial works.
    Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893--Pictorial works.
    Stanford University--Pictorial works.
    United States.


    The collection consists of two parts. Part 1 mainly documents the life and career of Herbert Hoover and his family, but also includes a few other interesting photographs. Part 2 contains photographs depicting the Stanford campus before the 1906 earthquake and damage resulting from the earthquake, as well as other general photographs. Materials in Part 2 are distinguished from those in part 1 by the "S" preceding each item number. Both parts consist of a variety of photographic formats, prints as well as nitrate, acetate, and glass plate negatives.
    In each of the two parts, prints are housed first, with their corresponding negatives following. The negatives have been divided into four main categories:
    • 1) "Safety" negatives (usually acetate). These were left in the archival boxes
    • 2) Glass plate negatives. These were also left in the archival boxes but were placed in special folders and containers, with more rigid support
    • 3) Nitrate negatives. These were placed in double sealed vapor proof envelopes in the freezer
    • 4) Very badly deteriorating negatives. These were set aside for conservation evaluation