Film, Video A trip to Berkeley, Cal. Trip to Berkeley, California / Panorama view, streets of Berkeley, Cal.
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- A trip to Berkeley, Cal.
- Trip to Berkeley, California
- Panorama view, streets of Berkeley, Cal.
- Shot from a moving streetcar, this film shows portions of north Berkeley and the adjacent University of California campus, in 1906. The Oakland and Berkeley Rapid Transit Company began operating in 1891 and was a major factor in the development of Berkeley. The streetcar route shown is most of the final portion of the #4 line, built in 1901, originating in downtown Oakland. The #3 Oxford Street line, seen at the start of the film, also originated in Oakland. In 1906 the Berkeley streetcar system had become part of Oakland Traction Co. The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: The camera looks north near Berkeley Way along tree-lined Oxford Street, the western border of the university campus. Two "broom stick train" streetcars, so-called for their new electric trolley poles are visible. A streetcar that passes and turns back onto the track. (:30 min.) The change of tracks allows a #3 car to pass. A pipe-smoking track sweeper adjusts the track switch with his broom handle so the streetcar can turn right on Hearst Avenue. (:35 min.) Looking east, up Hearst, the athletic/drilling fields of the campus are on the right. Behind the trees at right center is University House (1902), the chancellor's official residence. Note the rustic gate leading into the campus (1:14 min.), just before Hearst Avenue turns past a row of trees to follow a more northerly route. Most of the hills seen in the background are part of the campus. At the diagonal intersection of Hearst and LeConte Avenues (left) there are large, rambling Victorian homes typical of the area, some owned by university professors. (1:18 min.) An incident takes place at the steps (now gone) opposite Scenic Avenue. A pedestrian ignores the streetcar and refuses to get off the tracks. The streetcar driver and conductor attempt to remove him, as an irate woman and a man come running to his aid, while a group of women watch. (2:05 min.) An iceplant in full flower on the retaining wall between the two levels of Hearst Avenue suggests a springtime setting. Before turning left onto Euclid Avenue, the homes up the unfinished slope of Hearst Avenue come into view. Pylons at right mark North Gate, a major campus entrance. A small orchard is seen as the streetcar turns into Euclid Avenue. (3:00 min.) In 1906, the streetcar line ended on Euclid at Hilgard Avenue, four blocks north.
- Gove, Otis M. (Otis Meader), 1851-1931, camera.
- American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
- Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
- United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906.
- - Cable cars (Streetcars)--California--Berkeley
- - Street-railroads--California--Berkeley
- - Oakland Traction Co
- - University of California, Berkeley
- Actualities (Motion pictures)
- Silent films
- Short films
- Nonfiction films
- - H79820 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 23Jun1906; H79820.
- - Camera, Otis M. Gove.
- - Duration: 3:05 at 15 fps.
- - Photographed: May 24, 1906. Location: Berkeley, California.
- - Biograph production no. 3205.
- - Paper print shelf number (LC 2225) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
- - Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
- - Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
- - Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 336-337; Biograph production logs, v. 2, p. 78-79; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, v. 1, p. 1099; Oakland Wiki WWW site, Key System page, viewed March 23, 2015; American street railway investments, 1910 edition, p. 17, viewed March 23, 2015 via Google books.
- - Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
- viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (71 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
- viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 175 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (71 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
- paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 175 ft) : b&w ; 35 mm.
- paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 175 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- FLA 5239 (viewing print)
- FEB 1335 (viewing print)
- FRA 2187 (dupe neg pic)
- Box 0897D (paper pos)
- Box 5597D (paper pos, copy 2)
- Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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- American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
- Gove, Otis M. (Otis Meader)
- Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
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The contents of the Library of Congress Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897 to 1916 Collection are in the public domain and are free to use and reuse.
Credit Line: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897 to 1916 Collection.
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Gove, Otis M. , Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. A trip to Berkeley, Cal. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694420/.
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Gove, O. M., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1906) A trip to Berkeley, Cal. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694420/.
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Gove, Otis M. , Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. A trip to Berkeley, Cal. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694420/>.