The Bolton-Wilder-Brower Family Photographs collection
contains approximately 3,500 items, mostly photographs, dating from ca. 1850-ca.
1990. The collection pictures several generations of the Bolton, Wilder, and Brower
families, who settled in various regions of the San Francisco Bay Area from the
mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century.
Herbert Eugene Bolton was born on the family farm in Wilton Township, Monroe
County, Wisconsin on July 20, 1870. The family later moved to nearby Tomah.
After teaching at various local rural schools, Bolton attended the State
University of Wisconsin where he studied under historian Frederick Jackson
Turner and received a Bachelor of Letters degree in 1895. He then attended the
University of Pennsylvania, where - under the guidance of John Bach MacMaster -
he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in history in 1899. In 1901, Bolton
became an instructor at the University of Texas and soon developed an interest
in the history of the Spanish Southwest, an era which until then was
little-studied by American historians. In 1909, Bolton accepted a position at
Stanford University, but was soon lured to the University of California,
Berkeley and its recently acquired library of Hubert Howe Bancroft. In 1911,
Bolton began his professorship at Berkeley, where he would teach for the
remainder of his career. Specializing in the history of Spanish colonial North
America, Bolton became one of the most pioneering and distinguished American
historians of his time. A prolific writer and field researcher, Bolton was also
a devoted mentor to countless students, many of whom became prominent historians
themselves. During his tenure at U.C. Berkeley, Bolton was Director of The
Bancroft Library (1916-1940), Chairman of the Department of History (1919-1940),
and Sather Professor of History (1931-1940). Bolton retired in 1944.Marcus Theodore Brower was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1871. His family
later moved to San Jose, California, where his father, Theodore Marcus Brower,
established a print shop. After learning the print trade from his father, Marcus
opened his own printing firm, Marcus Brower & Co., in San Francisco in
1912.Robert Weldon ("Bob") Brower was born in Berkeley, California in 1921. The son of
Laura Bolton Brower and Theodore Wilder Brower, Bob graduated from the
University of California, Berkeley in 1943 and worked for the California Ink
Company. He is now retired.
Number of containers: 8 boxes (11 albums, circa 2,800 photographic prints),
4 albums (circa 500 photographic prints), 8 oversize folders, 1 box (62
negatives), 60 negatives, and 1 box (3 ambrotypes) : chiefly b&w ;
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