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Collection Photo, Print, Drawing Photographic views of Kern County, California / photographed by Watkins, 427 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Kern County Survey collection

About this Item

Title

  • Photographic views of Kern County, California / photographed by Watkins, 427 Montgomery Street, San Francisco.

Other Title

  • Kern County Survey collection

Summary

  • Photographs (and accompanying maps) show farms, ranches and irrigation systems, primarily canals, in Kern County, Calif. Images include ranch houses and buildings; dairy farming activities and livestock. Also some views of houses, fruit trees and grape vines in Bakersfield, Calif.

Names

  • Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916, photographer

Created / Published

  • [San Francisco?, California] : [Carleton Watkins?], [1888-ca. 1890?]

Headings

  • -  Ranches--California--Kern County--1880-1890
  • -  Dairy farming--California--Kern County--1880-1890
  • -  Canals--California--Kern County--1880-1890
  • -  Kern County (Calif.)--1880-1890
  • -  Bakersfield (Calif.)--1880-1890

Headings

  • Maps--1880-1890.
  • Photographic prints--1880-1890.

Genre

  • Photographic prints--1880-1890
  • Maps--1880-1890

Notes

  • -  Arrangement: Photographs arranged sequentially by the item number appearing in the printed captions mounted with the images.
  • -  Title from printed description accompanying photographs (possibly original album title page).
  • -  Photographs are undated but captioned extensively; accompanying maps are dated 1888.
  • -  Library's set is incomplete. Printed captions with the photographs are numbered from 1 to 760, numbering within the Library's set skips.
  • -  This group also includes 24 additional prints by Watkins (probably issued after 1888) related to Kern County (most uncaptioned). These were added to the original set by Library staff. Four are labeled "Watkins new series".
  • -  Special Collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980, no. 133 (The Kern County Survey Collection)
  • -  Guide to the special collections of prints & photographs in the Library of Congress / compiled by Paul Vanderbilt. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1955, no. 755
  • -  Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916), landscape photographer, produced these photographs in 1888 for clients James Haggin and Lloyd Tevis, Kern County developers (Palmquist, Peter. Pioneer photographers of the far west, 2000).
  • -  Photographs (415 prints in 3 albums) were received by the Library from the Bureau of Reclamation in 1929. The albums were dismantled and the photographs with their associated printed captions were mounted by the Library on 8 x 10 boards. Prints are now arranged sequentially by photo caption number.
  • -  Transfer; Accessions Division; 1929.
  • -  The set is also available on microfilm in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room.
  • -  DCRM(G) - collection with transcribed title and SOR
  • -  DCRM(G) example for GIHC no. 27

Medium

  • 418 photographs, 4 cadastral maps : prints on card mounts ; prints 17 x 22 cm , maps 36 x 49 cm and 64 x 44 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LOT 3379 (F) (H) (M) [P&P]

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2005690316

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

Access Advisory

  • Original prints are not available for reference service. A microfilm is provided in preference to originals, as per Division preservation policy.

Online Format

  • image

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Cite This Item

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Chicago citation style:

Watkins, Carleton E, photographer. Photographic views of Kern County, California / photographed by Watkins, 427 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Bakersfield California Kern County, ca. 1890. [San Francisco?, California: Carleton Watkins?, 1888-?] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2005690316/.

APA citation style:

Watkins, C. E., photographer. (ca. 1890) Photographic views of Kern County, California / photographed by Watkins, 427 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Bakersfield California Kern County, ca. 1890. [San Francisco?, California: Carleton Watkins?, 1888-?] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2005690316/.

MLA citation style:

Watkins, Carleton E, photographer. Photographic views of Kern County, California / photographed by Watkins, 427 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. [San Francisco?, California: Carleton Watkins?, 1888-?] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2005690316/>.