Library Special Collections holdings contain over 340 historically significant photographic albums, from the 19th and 20th century. California, Latin America, and the Middle East are well represented. Many document travel, architecture and monuments of a country, local people and customs, and events, such as parades, anniversaries, construction projects, and wars.
Resources and search strategies:
Searching the UCLA Library Catalog. To search the Photographic Album Collection (Collection 94) in the UCLA Library Catalog, use a keyword search in quotations “collection 94”. Search results will display a complete list of the albums that have been cataloged. A call number search for 094/ will retrieve a complete list of albums cataloged in numerical order.
Use an author search to search for a photographer's name. The collection contains the work of many of the great 19th century photographers such as:
- Carlo and Giacomo Brogi (Italy)
- J.E. Middlebrook (South Africa)
- Eugenio Courret (Peru)
- Antonio Beato (Egypt)
- W. Hammerschmidt (Egypt)
- James Valentine (Scotland)
- William Dobson Valentine (Norway)
- Pascal Sebah & Polycarpe Joaillier (Turkey)
- Isabella Bird (Iraq, Iran)
- Alfred Capel Cure (Great Britain, Gibraltar)
- Matthew Brady (American Civil War)
Use a subject search to search for a type of photograph or photographic process, such as:
- Albumen prints
- Gelatin silver prints
- Platinum prints
- Cartes de visite
- Cabinet cards
- Architectural photographs
- Portrait photographs
Search the geographic location of the subject of the photograph e.g., Turkey—Photographs, Yosemite National Park (Calif.)—Photographs, Pasadena (Calif.)—Photographs
Records for the albums contain a detailed list of subject headings, and may be searched by a multitude of topics, such as:
- City views
- Local people
- Local customs
- Landscapes (Trees, Flowers, Fruits, Animals, etc.)
- Cityscapes (Streets, Buildings, Parks, Plazas, Churches)
The sub-heading "Photographs" is always used to indicate that the resource is an original photograph. Each album record also includes the subject heading “Photograph albums” and a subject search for this term retrieves examples of this genre.
The only search option in the OAC is by keyword. A keyword search for "collection 94" in quotations will display all cataloged albums in this collection. Also try similar search terms described in the previous section on searching the UCLA Library Catalog.
Finding Albums without an Online Record
Ask a staff member for assistance to search the card catalog that is available at the reference desk on the B level of the Charles E. Young Research Library.
Selected Highlights from Collection 94
- Brady, Mathew B., Album of Civil War-era carte de visite portraits, 1861-1865. [Coll. 94/71]
- Bird, Isabella L., Photograph album of Isabella Bird’s travels on horseback from Baghdad to Tehran, 1890. [Coll. 94/93]
- Courret, Eugenio, Recuerdos del Peru?, between 1863 and 1871. Albumen prints of views of Lima, Peru, alternating with portraits of women. [Coll. 94/325]
Cure, Alfred Capel, Photograph albums of Alfred Capel Cure, 1850-1856. salt prints. [Coll. 94/22 v. 1-2]
Hammerschmidt, W., Monuments de l'Egypte ancienne et moderne, 1860-1869 [Coll. 94/35]
Hazard, George Washington,[Hazard-Dyson Los Angeles photograph album], [1880-1910] [Coll. 94/171]
Middlebrook, J.E., South African souvenir, 1898. Platinum prints. [Coll. 94/58]
Valentine, James, Glen Tilt, 1871 [94/37]; Souvenir of Lude, 1871 [94/330]; Photograph album of views of Scotland, [94/331]
Photograph album of Rio de Janeiro, color prints from the 1960s [Coll. 94/321]
[Photograph album documenting Iraq just before the 1920 rebellion], ca. 1919 [94/335]
Additional Photographic Albums Outside Collection 94
Many albums also reside within the personal papers and manuscripts of other collections. Try a keyword search that is relevant for your research topic in the Online Archive of California.