Do you love looking at pictures? You've come to the right place! Our massive pictorial collection contains everything from daguerreotypes to color photos. We have postcards, letter-sheets, lithographs, stereographs and paintings as well as collections by famous California photographers like Carleton Watkins, William Fletcher and others. Although most of our vast collection is not yet online, you can find some excellent examples of it on Calisphere and in our catalog. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Not finding what you need? Don't give up! The online catalog identifies only a portion of our pictorial collection. Another portion is identified by a card catalog available in the California History Room. You can obtain a fuller idea of our holdings by checking our detailed research guide or by consulting with one of our librarians.
We permit no-flash photography of these materials and can arrange for copies of many of our pictorial resources.