California Cornerstones is a selection of images from various collections in The Bancroft
Library. The images have been organized by provenance; that is, they have been grouped
around the individual or corporate body that created or collected the materials. Most
come from collections of photographs, such as the William C. Barry Collection or the
Frank B. Rodolph Collection. Some come from collections made up primarily of textual
records. These, like the Henry J. Kaiser papers or the Sierra Club records, are large
collections that include, in addition to photographs, materials such as correspondence,
reports, minutes of meetings, diaries, and published pamphlets. A number of the oldest
images have been reproduced from illustrations in published books, such as Georg von
Langsdorff's Observations on a journey around the world, an account of an exploring
expedition that visited the California coast in 1806. One particularly important source
has been the Robert Honeyman Collection, an extensive group that includes paintings,
drawings, prints, and photographs, most of which relate to the history of California in
the 18th and 19th centuries....
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