Photograph Collections



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F2515:24
Department of Public Works Records
Highways
Photograph album. 1913–1916. 1 volume.

Arranged numerically according to key appearing at beginning of album. Format included is: photograph album.

This album is entitled the "Book of One Hundred" and contains selected images perhaps assembled to represent the Department's accomplishments during this time period. Depicted are primarily completed road and bridge construction projects in each of Districts I–VII.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information about the department.


49
F3778:3044–3077
Department of Public Works Records
Highways
Aerial photographs. 1938–1941. 629 items.

Arranged chronologically and by numeric filing system thereunder. Format included is: photographic prints.

Contains aerial contact prints from District II (Shasta, Siskiyou and Plumas Counties) which were used to compile topographical mosaics for a report and design study.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


50
F3778:3078–3085
Department of Public Works Records
Highways
Carquinez bridge photographs. 1923–1929. 90 items.

Arranged chronologically. Format included is: photographic prints.

Photographs document the construction of the Carquinez Bridge including the construction wharf, erection of falsework, cofferdams, pumps, concrete piles, fender system, beam grillages, pier anchorage and excavation, floating caissons, pile drivers, steel cutting shoes, anchor barges, ships, viaduct approach, sewer realignment, and bronze fog bell.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


51
F3778:2976–3043
Department of Public Works Records
Highways
Photographs, District I–X. 1912–1949. 5,746 items.

Arranged by highway district number and alphabetically by county thereunder. Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives, photograph albums and postcards.

This series is one of the most interesting groups from the enormous Public Works–Highways (Transportation) collection. Photographs depict various stages of highway and road construction projects including bridges, construction workers and equipment, rural roadside structures, mule and horse drawn equipment, road camps, convict labor, rock quarrying, flood damage, and scenic highways. Specific subjects of interest include Folsom Prison quarry operations, Wells Fargo Station and Trading Post at Timbuctoo (Yuba Co.), opening ceremonies at "The Rocks" (now Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito Co., 1932), construction of the Yolo Trestle (Yolo Co., 1914–1916), plank roads in the desert (Imperial Co., 1916), African American laborers (F3778:2998, 3005–3007), an demonstration highway at the State Fair (Sacramento Co., 1916), and, a U.S. military camp on the Mexican Border (1914, F3778:3017).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.

Black and white photograph of a road made of wooden planks built on sand dunes in Imperial County. The photograph was taken around the year 1930 shows an automobile driving on the road in the distance.













52
F3778:3086–4324
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Bridge Department.
Bridge construction project files. 1918–1974. Approx. 1,500 items.

Arranged by highway district number, alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder. Format included is: photographic prints.

Photographs were part of project files and document bridge construction and damage to bridges, especially from flooding. Images of railroad and covered bridges are included.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for detailed list of specific contracts included in series.


53
F2516:1–93
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Bridge Department. Toll Bridges.
San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge construction photographs. 1933–1937. Approx. 10,000 items.

Arranged by contract number. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Photographs provide extremely detailed documentation of all aspects of the Bridge's construction including: East and West approaches, piers and towers, spans, tunnels, toll plaza, cable spinning and final painting. All images are 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" black and white contact prints.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for a detailed description.

This black and white photograph of the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was taken on September 7, 1934. The image shows a bridge worker standing on a steel beam suspended high above the water. In the background another bridge tower stands alone in the Bay.

This black and white photograph of the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was taken on October 18, 1934. The image shows a male bridge worker standing on a platform driving rivets into the steel.



This black and white photograph of the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was taken on August 21, 1936. The image shows the construction of the roadway looking west towards San Francisco.













54
F3766:311–312
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District I.
Engineer's photographs. 1937. 108 items.

Arranged numerically. Formats included are: photographic prints and photograph albums.

Photograph albums document sections of U.S. 101 in Humboldt Redwoods State Park which require widening or realignment. Individual photographs show coast highways in Northwestern California.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


55
F3802:513–531
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District III.
Photographs. 1915–1956. 868 items.

Arranged numerically by highway route number and alphabetically by county thereunder. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Contains photographs and negatives depicting highway and bridge sites; road construction and maintenance projects; road construction equipment; flood damage to roads; pavement failures; accidents; roadside and camp structures; snow removal; dredge mining; and levee erosion. Includes information about roads in the following counties: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more detailed description.


56
F3840:364–367
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District IV.
Appraisal photographs. 1947–1954. 384 items.

Arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder. Format included is: photographic prints.

Prepared by property appraisers to accompany appraisal reports, photographs depict structures and land to be purchased or condemned for highway right–of–way purposes. Includes images of downtown Oakland and aerial photographs of rural Santa Clara County. Other areas included are Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


57
F3840:372–373
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District IV.
Improvement photographs. 1935–1955. 262 items.

Arranged alphabetically by city. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Photographs show streets in various San Francisco Bay Area cities before and after street improvement projects.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


58
F3840:374
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District IV.
Railroad crossing. 1934–1935. 26 items.

Arranged alphabetically by name of crossing. Format included is: photographic prints.

Photographs were created to illustrate a survey of railroad crossings in Contra Costa County.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


59
F3840:368–371
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District IV.
Route photographs. 1920–1954. 438 items.

Arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Contains photographs of road construction and maintenance activities in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties. Of particular interest are photographs of the Broadway Tunnel (Oakland, 1936) under construction, downtown Oakland in the 1930's and flooding in the town of Mayfield (now Palo Alto) in 1920.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


60
F2515:11–14
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District V.
Photograph albums. 1913–1923. 4 volumes.

Arranged by county, route and section number. Format included is: photographs albums.

Road and bridge construction in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are documented. Included are images of road construction crews and equipment (some of it horse–drawn), construction camps, and flood and storm damage to roads and bridges, and to towns such as Santa Maria (January, 1914). Of particular interest are photographs depicting construction of the Santa Ynez River Bridge (Santa Barbara Co., 1917) and the Cuyama Road (San Luis Obispo Co., 1921–1923).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information about District V.


61
F3807:150
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District V.
Photographs. 1935–1946. 82 items.

Arranged by subject. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Road construction activities in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are documented. Included are images of highway maintenance stations, convict labor camps, and blasting and earth removal operations along the San Simeon to Carmel highway.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


62
F3789:177–182
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District VI.
Route photographs. 1912–1936. 41 items.

Arranged by county, route and section number. Formats included are: photographic prints and photograph albums.

Contains photographs of road and bridge construction activities in Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Merced, Mono, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. Road construction equipment and work crews, rural communities, roadside signage, many types of motor vehicles and horse–drawn wagons and carriages, road camps, and flood damage are depicted.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


63
F3790:103–106
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District VII.
Contract photographs. 1912–1918. 4 volumes.

Arranged by county, route and section. Format included is: photograph albums.

Photographs depict road and bridge construction primarily in the rural areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. Included are images of storm and flood damage, road construction equipment, road camps, laborers and survey crews. The construction of Route 4 over the Tehachapi Mountains is documented.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


64
F3790:142–143
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District VII.
Miscellaneous photographs. 1915–1929. 142 items.

Arranged chronologically. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Photographs document road conditions, hazards and construction work on three Los Angeles County highways to be acquired by the state (Pasadena to Pomona, Los Angeles to Saugus, and Los Angeles to Whittier–1915). Also included are images of road hazards and recent improvements to the "Old Trails Highway" between Los Angeles and the Imperial Valley (1920's) as well as a group of photographs taken to depict "desirable" and "undesirable" roadside business – gas stations, eating establishments and other businesses with unique architecture are featured (1929).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


65
F3790:107–123
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District VII.
Appraisal photographs. 1944–1963. 457 items.

Arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically thereunder. Format included is: photographic prints

Prepared by the District Right–of–Way Agent to accompany appraisal reports, this series includes photographs of houses, commercial buildings, barns and vacant land purchased or condemned for highway right–of–way purposes. Properties in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties are included.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


66
F3790:124–140
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District VII.
Photographs of winter storms. 1934–1938. 932 items.

Arranged chronologically and numerically by route number. Formats included are: photographic prints and photograph albums.

Photographs document storm damage (flooding, slides, accumulated debris...) to roads, bridges and nearby structures in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties. Also shown are salvage and road repair work as well as several rivers at flood stage including the San Gabriel and Santa Ana Rivers.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


67
F3790:141
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District VII.
Relief Camp C photographs. 1931. 43 items.

Arranged numerically. Formats included is: photographic prints.

Photographs depict relief camp workers constructing an unemployment relief camp (Relief Camp C) in Los Angeles County and various road construction projects undertaken by Camp C.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


68
F2515:22
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District X.
Photograph album. 1914–1935. 1 item.

Arranged by county, route and section number. Format included is: photograph album.

Asphalt and gravel plants, road construction, bridges, work crews, and road construction equipment are depicted in this album. Geographic areas included are Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information about District X.


69
F3762:67–75a
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District X.
Contract photographs. 1926–1950. Approx. 4,000 items.

Arranged by county, route and section, then grouped by contract number. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Photographs document road construction projects in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo Counties. Depicted are construction equipment, work crews, and rural communities.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


70
F3762:76–77
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District X.
District Engineer's photographs. 1926–1939. Approx. 1,000 items.

Arranged by county, route and section number. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Road and bridge construction projects in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo Counties are documented. Included are images of flood and storm damage, highway work crews, construction equipment and materials, roadside structures and signage, small towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, construction of the Boulder Dam, San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge construction, the relocation of the Modesto arch (1934), and logging operations (Tuolumne Co.).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more detailed information.


71
F3762:64–66
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. District X.
Photographs. 1922–1942. 216 items.

Arranged by county, route and section. Format included is: photographic prints.

Contains photographs of road construction and maintenance in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Stanislaus Counties. Includes images of road construction equipment, road materials testing and Isleton canneries.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


72
F3778:1361a–1371f
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Highway Engineer.
Miscellaneous photographs. 1918–1935. Approx. 13,000 items.

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder by district, county, route and section. A numbering system devised by the agency correlates prints and their respective negatives which are filed separately. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Subject categories include: bank protection (protection dikes, floodgates, retaining walls, levees, dams...); beautification (landscaping, plank roads, roadside picnic areas...); bitumens (road surfacing activities, materials and equipment); bridges (timber, steel, stone, suspension and covered bridges); bridge crew pictures (sandblasting, painting...); defective road conditions; detours; drainage (washouts, dams, muddy roads); dust palliative (oiled roads); earthquake damage (damage to Southern California bridges and buildings); earth roads (road conditions and construction); encroachment (signs, Death Valley Mining); equipment (shovels, spreaders, road construction equipment...); gravel roads; gutters; maintenance sites (office buildings, yards, shops...); mud jack work; oil material roads; oil processing in progress; out–of–state; patching; permits (survey work...); railroad crossings (signs, signals, covered railroad bridge...); relief employment; safety devices (guard rails, signs, damaged devices...); sand drifts (highways in Imperial and Monterey Counties); shoulders; signs, signals; slides, slide removal; snow fences; snow removal; storm damage (St. Francis Dam failure...); subways; towns and cities (street views...); traffic census (Los Angeles Co.); traffic stripe; traffic studies (trucks, street cars, buses, stages...); trees (safety issues); Truckee River Experimental Section (experimental road materials); unclassified roads (prison road camp, Death Valley, borax wagons...); miscellaneous (auto wrecks, convict camp, fires, rock quarries...).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more extensive description.


73
F3778:1322–1351
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Highway Engineer.
Records of the Joint Bank Protection Committee. 1937–1959. Approx. 3,000 items.

Arranged numerically by highway district number. Format included is: photographic prints.

This committee was established to investigate means of preventing water erosion along highways and bridges. Photographs document bank protection projects including installation and bank failures.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information about the committee.


74
F3761:28
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Joint District X.
Photographs. 1928–1950. 63 items.

Arranged chronologically. Format included is: photographic prints.

Series documents the efforts of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties to extend Junipero Serra Blvd. Property and structures in the right of way are depicted including the Ning Yung Cemetery.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid for more information.


75
F3778:1877–1922
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Maintenance.
Central file. 1927–1960. 2,304 items.

Arranged by agency numeric filing system. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Photographs removed from subject files document: mud jacking of cracked roadways (1943); new paving techniques (1955–1959); road maintenance, snow removal, slides and weed control (1941–1960); encroachment of highway right–of–ways (1936–1945); reflector signs (1932); neon signs at railroad crossings (1929); road signs erected by automobile clubs (1931–1947); erosion control (1944); road beautification (1932–1942); drainage (1938); armor coating of roads (1927–1930); and, extensive surveys of storm damage to roads (1936–1965).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more detail.


76
F3778:2051–2057
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Maintenance.
Miscellaneous photographic reports. 1928–1946. 825 items.

Arranged chronologically. Format included is: photographic prints.

Reports document: alternate routes for U.S. 101 and 199 through incorporated cities (includes street scenes in Salinas, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, La Jolla, 1928); maintenance yards (1930); road maintenance (1935–1936); failure of road surfaces (1942); and, street railways and utilities in Los Angeles (1946).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more detail.


77
F3778:2140–2141
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Maintenance. Materials and Research.
Road test photographic essays. 1930, 1940–1941. 305 items.

Arranged chronologically. Format included is: photographic prints.

Photographic reports were prepared on pavement test results and include the Truckee River experimental road (1930) and the Brighton Test Track (1940–1941).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


78
F3778:1791–1795
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Operations. Construction.
Records of the convict labor system. 1915–1949. 267 items.

Arranged numerically. Formats included are: photographic prints, negatives and gelatin dry plate negatives.

The use of convict labor for road construction projects is documented. Included are images of road construction equipment, labor camps and department personnel.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


79
F3778:1796–1808
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Operations, Construction.
Miscellaneous photographs. 1916–1941. 297 items.

Arranged by subject. Formats included are: photographic prints and negatives.

Subject categories include "Roadtrip" (a road trip by the Inyo Good Roads Club to publicize the need for better roads, 1916–1917); "Headwalls" (1935); "Debris Control" (at culvert entrances, 1940); and, "Washouts" (flood damage to roads and bridges, 1938–1941).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.

This black and white photograph of the Rincon Causeway in Ventura County was taken in 1912. The photo shows four automobiles on the wooden causeway that runs along the beach in Ventura County. A road trip by the Inyo Good Roads Club to publicize the need for better roads.













80
F3778:2376–2740
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Right–of–Way.
Bay toll crossing appraisal file. 1956–1973. 607 items.

Arranged alphabetically by name of bridge. Formats included are: photographic prints and color photographs.

Contains photographs relating to the appraisal of property to be condemned for the expansion of toll bridge facilities. Bridges included are: Carquinez, Dumbarton, Martinez–Benecia Ferry, Richmond–San Rafael, San Francisco–Oakland Bay, San Diego Coronado, San Pedro Terminal Island and Vincent Thomas.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more extensive description.


81
F3778:2801–2803
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Right–of–Way.
Slides. 1950–1963. 446 items.

Arranged into categories as described below. Formats included are: color slides and black–and–white slides.

Contains three slide programs: 1) Economic Development Survey (1953–1954) – using images and graphs/charts depicts the impact highways have on various geographic areas and includes aerials of urban areas and images of roadside businesses; 2) Service Station and Motel Study (c.1950) – includes images of these establishments along Highway 99 and in West Sacramento; and 3) a set of training slides covering the basic principles of surveying, property appraisal and acquisition including charts, graphs and cartoons (c.1950, 1963).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


82
F3778:2683–2695
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Right–of–Way.
State building site appraisals. 1945–1954. 607 items.

Arranged alphabetically by geographical location. Formats included are: photographic prints.

Photographs document property and structures proposed for condemnation or acquisition by the state. Includes the following sites: Fresno and Sacramento (state colleges); Indio, Los Angeles, and Salinas (state office buildings – downtown Los Angeles in 1948 is documented); Norwalk (Youth Authority facility); and, Sacramento (state buildings, proposed Governor's Mansion – numerous Victorian–era houses in the downtown area are included).

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more extensive description.


83
F3778:2767–2770
Department of Public Works Records
Highways. Right–of–Way.
Water resources appraisal file. 1960–1968. 572 items.

Arranged numerically by Dept. of Water Resources district number. Format included is: photographic print.

Contains photographs relating to the appraisal of property to be purchased for state water projects. Projects include Oroville Dam and Reservoir, Perris Reservoir, Southern California Aqueduct and Bethany Reservoir to San Luis Forebay.

See Public Works–Highways finding aid at the California State Archives for more information.


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