Personalities and Activities in the Self-Help Cooperatives of California: Photographs from the Exhibition, 1933-1934

Processed by Lawrence Dinnean; finding aid by Alyson Belcher, Chris McDonald and The Bancroft Library staff.
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

Personalities and Activities in the Self-Help Cooperatives of California: Photographs from the Exhibition, 1933-1934

Collection number: BANC PIC 1905.17139:1-80--A

The Bancroft Library



University of California

Berkeley, California 1996
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    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
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    May 1997
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Personalities and Activities in the Self-Help Cooperatives of California: Photographs from the Exhibition,
Date: 1933-1934
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.17139:1-80--A
Extent: 80 mounted photographic prints : black and white ; various sizes 72 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Original photographs are restricted. Use viewing prints with call number BANC PIC 1905.17139:1-80--PIC.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to reproduce 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.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Personalities and Activities in the Self-Help Cooperatives of California: Photographs from the Exhibition, BANC PIC 1905.17139:1-80--A, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Related Collections

Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1942.008--PIC:
Title: Farm Security Administration Collection
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-R 1:
Title: Paul Schuster Taylor Papers

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Personalities and Activities of the Self-Help Cooperatives of California photographs were given to The Bancroft Library by Paul Schuster Taylor in 1957.

Scope and Content

The Personalities and Activities of the Self-Help Cooperatives of California collection contains 80 mounted silver gelatin prints taken from 1933-34. The prints were originally included in the "Exhibition of Photographs and Etchings of Personalities and Activities in the Self-Help Cooperatives of California," held in 1934 at The University of California at Berkeley. The exhibition was organized by University of California Professor of Economics Paul Schuster Taylor, following his study of the self-help cooperative organizations formed in California during the early years of the Great Depression. The intent of the exhibition was to document the diverse range of individuals (often referred to as "cooperators"), activities, and challenges which characterized the cooperative effort. Among the organizations represented in the exhibition were the Unemployed Exchange Association, the Pacific Cooperative League, the Orange County Cooperatives, the Unemployed Citizens' League, and the Unemployed Cooperative Relief Association. The exhibition photographs were provided by the California State Emergency Relief Administration and by the photographers. Also featured in the exhibition were etchings by Dayton Brown of Los Angeles.
The collection includes the work of such notable California photographers as Dorothea Lange, Willard Van Dyke, Blanding Sloan, and Imogen Cunningham. Other photographers featured in the collection include Mary Jeanette Edwards, C.F. Adam, and Professor Taylor.

Container List

 

1 Pacific Cooperative League cutting wood in Berkeley Hills, May 1933

 

2 Felling eucaplytus. College students at summer work with UXA at Dixon, California

Creator/Collector: Paul Taylor
 

3 Tractor

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

4 Tractor

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

5 Locomotive Engineer

 

6 Boring rail, 1934

Creator/Collector: Paul Taylor
 

7 Pulling spikes on logging road

 

8 At work on the saw mill

 

9 Shay locomotive bringing flat-car of rock to saw mill, 1934

Creator/Collector: Paul Taylor
 

10 Working on foundation of saw mill, 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

11 Mixing mortar

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

12 Mason building brick work around steam boilers of saw mill

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

13 Making shakes

 

14 Mechanical wood-splitter, Atascadero Trading Assoc.

 

15 Facing the forest

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

16 At work on the saw mill

Creator/Collector: Paul Taylor
 

17 Adjusting the circular saw

Creator/Collector: Paul Taylor
 

18 An unemployed cooperator at work on the saw mill

 

19 Three men fixing double drays for Fresno scraper

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

20 Rear view portrait. UXA, Oroville, Calif., 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

21 [no caption]

 

22 UXA workers, Oroville, Calif., 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

23 Foot gear is not easy to replace

 

24 An umemployed carpenter thinning apricots. Mexicans in the same orchard thinned two trees to his one, a waste of skilled labor.

 

25 Cannery. Orange County Cooperatives. Orange County photographs furnished through courtesy of Orange County Cooperatives.

 

26 Copper kettles, Atascadero Trading Assoc.

 

27 Sorting and bunching carrots

 
 

29 Cooperative pies

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

30 Warehousing food

 

31 [Stacks of tin cans in warehouse], 1934

Creator/Collector: Paul Taylor
 

32 Cooperative commisary. On verso: Collection of food, Unemployed Citizen's League, Santa Monica, Calif.

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

33 No work, no eat. Los Angeles, Calif.

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

34 Work detail at a cooperative unit housed in a demounted streetcar

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

35 Issuing food at cooperative, Fullerton(?)

 

36 Cooperative quilting. On verso: Quilting by members of a colored cooperative unit, Los Angeles.

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

37 Sewing room

 

38 Art Unit #77, Los Angeles

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

39 Cooperative barber shop, 1934

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

40 Radio operator. Practically constant communication is maintained between "coonsaw" and Oakland headquarters of UXA

Creator/Collector: Paul Taylor
 

41 Resident physician and patient at "Coonsaw"

 

42 Office of Cooperator [Printing Office]

 

43 The repair of motor transportation

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

44 Threading pipe

Creator/Collector: Imogen Cunningham
 

45 UXA insignia on truck

 

46 Hats during lunch hour

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

47 UXA library in railway car

Creator/Collector: Mary Jeannette Edwards
 

48 Quarters of Communication at "Coonsaw"

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

49 Typical cabin at "Coonsaw"

Creator/Collector: Mary Jeannette Edwards
 

50 [no caption: grp portrait of members of a camp]

 

51 Members of "Coonsaw" camp. UXA in Butte County, Calif.

 

52 Men and women in discussion

 

53 Group on railway car

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

54 Salvage

Creator/Collector: Blanding Sloan
 

55 Delegates to the Oakland convention (UCRA)

 

56 Delegates to the Oakland convention (UCRA)

 

57 Unemployed in conference

Creator/Collector: C. F. Adam
 

58 Unemployed in conference

Creator/Collector: C. F. Adam
 

59 Men in camp, 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

60 Children in camp, 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

61 Group of women in camp

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

62 Portrait of two men

 

63 A representative of the unemployed in conference with a representative of business

 

64 Presiding over the unemployed Oakland convention, Unemployed Cooperative Relief Association, April, 1933

 

65 Mother with first baby born at "Coonsaw", 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

66 Grandfather and grandson

 

67 Man and small boy, 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

68 Young girl holding baby brother

Creator/Collector: Mary Jeannette Edwards
 

69 Age hopes for "security" from self-help

 

70 Portrait of a cooperator, Oroville, Calif., 1934

Creator/Collector: Willard Van Dyke
 

71 Portrait of a cooperator

 

72 Portrait of an unemployed cooperator

 

73 Transient lumber worker, 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

74 Portrait of a cooperator, Oroville, Calif., 1934

Creator/Collector: Imogen Cunningham
 

75 Machinist at door of machine shop, Oroville, Ca., 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

76 Man at work, 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange
 

77 Portrait of a cooperator trading post representative or "contact man"

 

78 Portrait

Creator/Collector: Imogen Cunningham
 

79 Portrait

Creator/Collector: Imogen Cunningham
 

80 Portrait of engineer, 1934

Creator/Collector: Dorothea Lange