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Photographs

Impressive in both size and scope, the photographic collections at the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) amount to more than five million images and include a variety of photographic types and processes. The photographs come from our public, manuscript, and personal collections and document Sacramento's origins as a small riverfront town to the burgeoning state capital.

New world

New World docked at Sacramento’s Embarcadero, 1850. Mead Kibbey and Setzer Foundation Collection, 1984/199/0001

The wide array of historic images, range from the earliest known daguerreotype of Sacramento, made around 1850, of the New World steamship docked along the city's Embarcadero, to contemporary views that capture the development of the Sacramento and the surrounding region.

The following list, while not exhaustive, identifies the major photographic collections held at CSH. Finding aids for collections below are hyperlinked; many collections can be searched via the catalog. Please contact the Photo Archivist if you have additional questions.

  • Benetti, Joseph
  • Benning, Michael T.
  • California Almond Growers’ Exchange (Blue Diamond)
  • Christy, Frank S.
  • Grumm, Gunther
  • Hepting, Eugene
  • Johansen Studios
  • Joslyn, David
  • McClatchy, Eleanor
  • McCurry Foto Company Collection
  • Miller, Dusty
  • Natomas Mining and Dredging Company
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Sacramento Ethnic Community Survey
  • Shaw, Ralph
  • Silsbee, Norwood
  • Vandercook, Levi
  • Warren, Dennis R.

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