Photograph Collections: 46-47

Department of Public Works Records
Architecture. Design.
(Alfred Eichler Collection)
Photographs. 1925–1964. 807 items.

Arranged alphabetically by name of state agency. Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, and oversized photographic prints.

Photographs taken by Alfred Eichler, who was an architect for the state for many years (1925–1964), document the construction of state buildings. They are an integral part of a large collection of architectural plans and renderings. Buildings include state colleges and universities, correctional institutions, state mental hospitals, the Benecia State Capitol, Tower Bridge (Sacramento), and Veteran's Home (Yountville).

See Eichler Collection finding aid at the California State Archives for complete listing.

Department of Public Works Records
Architecture. Office of Information.
(Durkee Collection)
Photographs. c.1910–1960. 9,254 items.

Arranged alphabetically by name of state agency. Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, color photographs, and oversized photographic prints.

Collection extensively documents the planning, construction, use and maintenance of state–owned buildings. Photographs of facilities such as state and county fairs, correctional institutions, the California Maritime Academy, special schools, fish hatcheries, state hospitals, armories, state parks, state colleges and the University of California, veteran's homes, and state agency offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are included. Although this collection generally focuses more on facilities than on activities, some images of correctional institutions, state hospitals, state colleges and veteran's homes include inmates, patients, students or residents and staff activities.

Of particular interest are: documentation of several restoration projects at Sutter's Fort, Old Custom House (Monterey), Benecia State Capitol, Fort Ross, Columbia and Coloma (F3253:137–154); architectural features fabricated by Gladding, McBean for the State Printing Plant/State Archives, 1923 (F3253:240); the State Capitol and Capitol Park, 1930–1960 (F3253:235–238, 321); models and architectural features designed for the Library and Courts Building and Office Building 1 (F3253:229); construction of the Civic Center in San Francisco, 1915 (F3253:242b); Ralph Stackpole murals at Coit Tower, San Francisco (F3253:245a); students lined up outside the Sherman Institute ("Indian School") in Riverside, c.1900 (F3253:221(22–23)); construction of the Tower Bridge in Sacramento, 1930's (F3253:326b,h); and, several photographs of groundbreaking or dedication ceremonies at state facilities which feature Governors Knight (F3253:9, 227, 232, 242b), Rolph (F3253:7(6)) and Merriam (F3253:92(6)).

See Public Works-Architecture finding aid for detailed contents list. Detailed item-level information is available in the California State Archives online catalog MINERVA.

This black and white photograph of the California State Capitol Building was taken around the year 1945. The image shows Capitol Park and the eastern side of the Capitol prior to the East Annex addition that was completed in 1952.