Views of Yosemite, approximately 1869-approximately 1888


20 photographs : albumen prints ; images 20 x 16 cm, sheets 26 x 21 cm.
A collection of 20 photographs of Yosemite National Park in California, mostly taken in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. The photographs feature "big trees" (i.e. Sequoia trees) in Mariposa Grove, several waterfalls, such as Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, and a number of peaks and geological formations, such as Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Spires, the North and South Domes, Cap of Liberty, and El Capitan. Some of the images include people, presumably tourists. The only man-made structure in the album is Black's Hotel. Some of the photographs are by Carleton E. Watkins, some by the Yosemite National Park Co.
Title devised by cataloger; dates approximated by cataloger based on the years of operation of Black's Hotel, which was built in 1869 and demolished in 1888 (C.P. Russell, 100 years in Yosemite, 1932, p. 111).
Previously a bound album, each photograph is mounted on a sheet with a printed gilt frame.
Each photograph is covered by a guard sheet, which has a handwritten caption for the image. Many of these captions include the height of the waterfall or peak featured, and some have the Native American name.

Related Resources

View this description in WorldCat: