Information for Researchers
Scope and Content
Collection Title: Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1976.029--ffALB
110 photographic albumen prints in one album, 50 x 38 cm.
109 digital objects
The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
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Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Information for Researchers
Restricted originals. Use viewing prints only. Use of originals only by permission of the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft
Library. Originals stored offsite: advance notice required for use.
Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction
of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,
privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be
commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the
Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See:
[Identification of item], Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition, BANC PIC 1976.029--ffALB, 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.
The Bancroft Library has extensive holdings of I. W. Taber photographs. See the on-line catalog for other collections.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
California Heritage Project. CU-BANC
Haber, F. A. Associated name CU-BANC
Online Archive of California.
California Midwinter International Exposition (1894 : San Francisco, Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
Exhibition buildings -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs.
Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
Isaiah West Taber
Isaiah West Taber was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts August 17, 1830. Taber went to sea at the age of fifteen and spent
several years working on whaling ships in the North Pacific. He came to California in 1850, where he spent four years working
first as a miner, then a farmer. Taber returned to New Bedford in 1854 where he studied dentistry and began a dental practice.
An interest in amateur photography eventually became his life-work. He settled in Syracuse, New York, where he opened his
first studio. In 1864 he returned to California at the inducement of the photographers Bradley and Rulofson, whom he worked
for until 1871. Taber established the "Taber Gallery" at No. 12 Montgomery Street in 1871. His highly successful business
was well-known for portraiture and a vast stock of California and Western views - many of which were the unacknowledged works
of other photographers. Taber's success and stature in California and abroad are evident in his being awarded the photographic
concession of the Midwinter Fair of 1893-94 in San Francisco, his being sent to London in 1897 to photograph the pageant of
the Queen Victoria Jubilee, and his commission to photograph King Edward VII. Taber's career ended in 1906 when his entire
collection of glass plates, view negatives and portraits on glass were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire.
He died February 22, 1912.
(Sources: Hart, James D.
A Companion to California. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978, p.439; Murray, W. H.
The Builders of a Great City: San Francisco's Representative Men. San Francisco: The Journal, 1891, p.329-330 ; and Burdette, Robert J.
American Biography and Genealogy. California edition. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., [191-]), p. 756-761.)
The California Midwinter International Exposition
Held in San Francisco from January 1 to July 9, 1894, and inspired by the World's Columbia Exposition at Chicago the previous
year, the California Midwinter International Exposition (C.M.I.E.) sought to promote California's mild, salubrious year-round
climate, as well as to portray its beauty and wealth of diverse resources. In addition to featuring exhibits from counties
throughout the state, the C.M.I.E. invited other states and nations to exhibit wares and customs characteristic of their regions.
The C.M.I.E. was the first of 3 world's fairs to take place in San Francisco. Attracting circa 2,500,000 visitors, the C.M.I.E.
is considered to be the first event to publicize on an international scale the attractions of California as a favorable vacation
The C.M.I.E. was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park despite the firm opposition of park superintendent John McLaren
and others who wished to keep the park free of development. After the closing of the Exposition and the razing of most of
the structures, the 200 acres originally cleared for the construction of the Exposition were restored as best as possible
to their previous condition. Still remaining from the Exposition are the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, developed from the
Fine Arts Building, and the Japanese Tea Garden, developed from the Japanese Village--both of which are pictured in the present
Scope and Content
The Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition collection is an album containing 110 photographic prints
taken in 1894 by Isaiah W. Taber, the official photographer of the Exposition. The album features views of the grounds, buildings,
attractions, events, and exhibits of the California Midwinter International Exposition (C.M.I.E.). The album features several
of the main structures of the C.M.I.E., including the Electric Tower of the Grand Court, the Allegorical Fountain, the Administration
Building, the Fine Arts Building, the Horticulture and Agriculture Building, the Manufacturer's and Liberal Arts Building,
and the Mechanical Arts Building. Among the attractions featured are the Firth Wheel, the Scenic Railway, and Dante's Inferno.
Also pictured are the buildings and exhibits of various counties, states and nations; general views of the Exposition grounds;
crowd and entertainment scenes; international groups in traditional dress; and two unidentified group portraits, possibly
of Exposition executives. Many night views of the lighted buildings and grounds are also included.
The album's cover reads in full: "Souvenir of the California Midwinter International Exposition: Presented to F.A. Haber,
Chief of the Viticultural Department. San Francisco, 1894."