Daguerreotype of a Young Woman, ca. 1850, Gift of Marston Campbell.

Documentary Photography

The Museum's extensive photographic collections document the history of California and the West from the 1840s to the present, and include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cyanotypes, glass plate negatives, black and white prints and negatives, lantern slides, color prints, home movies, and videos. Notable among them is the Andrew J. Russell Collection, which includes hundreds of rare glass plate negatives and photographs documenting the exploration of the West and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Gabriel Moulin Collection, Moses Cohen Collection, and Oakland Tribune Collection form the largest and most comprehensive photographic record of the history and cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1890s to the 1990s. The recent acquisition of the Herrington-Olson and Stone & Stecatti Collections document the history of 20th century architecture in California.

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