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INVENTORY OF EASTMAN'S ORIGINALS COLLECTION
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: EASTMAN'S ORIGINALS COLLECTION
    Date (inclusive): 1997
    Collection number: D-51
    Origination: J.H. Eastman
    Extent: 38 linear feet.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Davis, California
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Department.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Collection and publication rights -except for the production of commercial postcards by commercial establishments -were donated to the Regents of the University of California by Anne Fisher on March 22, 1994.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    From the Eastman's Originals Collection, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis. The collection is property of the Regents of the University of California; no part may be reproduced or used without permission of the Department of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    EASTMAN'S ORIGINALS COLLECTION, D-51, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Biography

    Jervie Henry Eastman was born, July 20, 1880, in White Cloud, Michigan. His family moved to northern California in 1886. In 1898, Eastman launched his photographic career in Sisson, California (later named Mount Shasta), as a view photographer. He became a partner in the Shasta View Company in 1907. Eastman lost his entire stock of plates and cards in a fire in 1912.
    In 1921, Jervie Henry Eastman moved to Susanville and established Eastman & Company as a commercial photography and post card studio. In 1936 he hired Mirl Simmons, a young photographer from Hillsborough, West Virginia, to help with the postcard photography. In 1947, Eastman and Simmons became partners. The business had expanded to provide photographic supplies to southeastern Oregon and studios in Westwood, Weed, and Susanville.
    Eastman retired from photography in 1959 and sold his share of the business to Simmons. He died in Susanville on February 11, 1969.
    Simmons ran the Eastman Studios until 1980, when he retired and sold the business to John and Shirley Castle. Mirl Simmons died on April 27, 1987, in Jamestown, California.
    The Eastman's Originals Collection (the historical postcards and negatives) was sold to Anne Fisher in 1982. She managed the collection until her retirement in 1994. She donated the collection to the University of California, Davis, in 1994.

    Scope and Content

    Photographs, negatives, and postcards for a wide variety of northern California locations and events, including dam construction, logging, mining, food processing, and community buildings and activities.