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Short Introduction

The California State Library is a public research facility which has been established for 160 years.

Muybridge holdings here include over 500 images in various formats. Among these, in the California History Section, are 60 views of the Pacific Coast of Central America, an album of 40 mammoth plate Yosemite views, 168 stereographs, 16 further mammoth plate views and approximately 10 cabinet size views.

Rare books include John S Hittel's guidebook of Yosemite from 1868, which holds 20 Muybridge photographs; an 1893 presentation copy of Muybridge's 'Descriptive Zoopraxography'; a signed 1902 copy of 'Animals in Motion'; a signed 1901 version of the 'Human Figure in Motion' and an 11 panel panorama of San Francisco.

Various advertising materials for Muybridge's work, United State Patenting documents, as well as newspaper articles detailing events in his life and work are also available here.

Rights & Reproduction Information

All requests for permissions to use images in the collection must be submitted via letter. More Information

Online Presence

California State Library’s online catalog

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 528


Books by Muybridge: 3

Books concerning Muybridge: 1

Articles: 1

Periodicals: 1

Other: 1

Exhibition Material

Other: 2

Unpublished paper & documents

Correspondence: 1

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California State Library,
California History Room

Street address: 900 N Street, Room 200, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing address: PO Box 942837, Sacramento, CA 94237-0001

Phone: +1 916 654-0176



Lead Contact:
Gary Kurutz, Curator of Special Collections(

Open Hours:
Open Monday-Friday, 9:30-4:00 except for state holidays. Through June 2010, the Library will be closed the first three Fridays of each month due to state-mandated furloughs.

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
The California History room holdings mentioned in our short introduction are available to all via the reading rooms.

See more detailed information about the California State Library and the California History Section at: