The Elise Stern Haas Family Photograph Collection contains circa 5,700 photographic prints taken from ca. 1855 to ca. 1987. The collection also contains circa 660 negatives, and circa 65 postcards, drawings, manuscripts, slides and other miscellaneous items. Compiled by Elise Stern Haas throughout her lifetime, the collection offers a broad pictorial sweep of several generations of a distinguished Bay Area family. The primary focus of the collection is Elise Stern Haas and her husband Walter A. Haas, Sr. Also pictured prominently are their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; their parents and siblings; and many other relatives, friends, and associates. While not thoroughly representative in its depiction of the family's various business and civic endeavors, the collection is exceptionally rich in its portrayal of the family's social activities and leisurely pursuits. A large portion of the collection documents Elise and Walter's travels abroad. Another sizeable portion depicts family gatherings and recreational outings. Smaller portions of the collection contain material pertaining to the Sigmund Stern Grove and to the Michael and Sarah Stein Memorial Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Many of the nineteenth century photographs contained herein were originally collected by Elise's mother, Rosalie Meyer Stern. Nearly half of the collection's prints are contained in 29 albums.
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