Bancroft Library Narrative Report
James Eason, Principal Archivist for Pictorial
The MOAC project has resulted in the creation of three
distinct EAD finding aids for the selected Bancroft Library contributions.
These finding aids, described below, include a total of 4,030 digital images
representing 3,957 originals in a wide variety of formats and media. The
project goal for digitization of 3,800 images has been exceeded by 157 items.
This has been accomplished within the budget allocated by IMLS through some
increase in Library cost share and small reallocation of salary funds to
Johan Hagemeyer photograph collection
The Johan Hagemeyer Photograph Collection contains the
approximately 6,785 photographic prints and negatives which made up the
photographer's personal archive at the time of his death in 1962. The
collection spans from Hagemeyer's earliest known amateur works of ca. 1910 to
his later portraits of the 1950s. Specializing in portraiture, Hagemeyer's work
pictures many prominent figures - especially in the arts, literature, and
sciences - local to Carmel and the San Francisco Bay Area. Hagemeyer was a
close friend to and important early influence in the career of Edward Weston.
The entire collection of negatives and photographic prints
has been described in the project database and an EAD finding aid has been
created. The 1,500 items budgeted for digitization have been scanned and made
available as part of the finding aid in the Online Archive of California. This selection includes at least one
representative image of every individual pictured in the collection, and
multiple images from sittings of more prominent individuals.
The Oliver Collection consists of approximately 2,700 glass
plate negatives and photographic prints taken mainly by amateur photographer
William Letts Oliver and his son Roland Letts Oliver. The photographs date from
ca. 1860 to ca. 1910. Subjects
include maritime and yachting scenes, views of California and San Francisco Bay
area, University of California at Berkeley, mining and the explosives industry,
logging, the Bohemian Grove, and the Oliver family. Also of note are
photographs of Chile and Peru from 1860 to 1867.
The entire collection, formerly split into several different
collections, has been arranged and described in a single project database. All
cataloging and the re-housing of glass plates has been completed. The complete
unified collection finding aid along with the 2,049 selected digital images has
been made available in the Online Archive of California.
Bancroft Framed Art collection
The project as proposed provided for the description and
digitization of 300 framed images from the Bancroft Library collections. These
images include oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, lithographs, and other
works on paper, chiefly illustrative of the history of California and the
Additional items beyond those 300 initially proposed have
been included in the project, and the total digitization figures are 452 images
representing some 408 original
objects. This expansion was accomplished without additional IMLS funds, but
rather by a small reallocation of some funding from staff salaries to scanning
costs. Among the additional items included are lithographic bird's-eye views of
Western towns and pictorial lettersheets from the California gold rush
era. These additions complement
similar materials in the original MOAC proposal as well as those in Bancroft's
Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. collection. The result is that all known bird's-eye
views and California lettersheets in Bancroft collections are being made
available online. 324 of the 415
items are now available in the Online Archive of California, and the remainder
will be added early in 2003.