Society of California Pioneers


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Short Introduction

The Society of Califonia Pioneers has a photography collection of over 50,000 items.

The collection of Muybridge photos includes approximately 240 images by Muybridge. Some are in the Charles B. Turrill Collection (this collection is much larger. Turrill was a photographer, and many of the items in his collection are his own photographs, but many are his copies of other photographers images). Approx. 50 of the above images are stereo cards; 16 of the above are panoramic images – some parts of a multi part panorama. Indeed, within the Muybridge collection here are 2 Pnaoramas, one being a rare 13-part example. Topics include San Francisco (city, buildings, businesses, churches), California cities and landscape in general, Mission, Yosemite, etc. The era covered is mainly the second half of the 19th century.

Past Exhibitions

A list of past exhibitions is available at

'The Big Picture'; 'From Empire State to Golden Gate'; 'Shake, Bake and Spin'; 'Treasures of the Society of California Pioneers' and the current exhibition on the Bay Area Missions: 'Incompletely Visible', all included Muybridge photographs. There have been no exhibitions exclusively of his work.
No publications.

Rights & Reproduction Information

Photocopy orders are filled at the discretion of the librarian.

Contact Patricia L. Keats. Fees are $20/scan plus a $5.00 fee for CD or delivery via the internet. Use fees vary for non-profit/Scholarly versus Commercial. Website will soon have information on all of this. More Information

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 240


Leaflets: 2

Booklets: 2

Periodicals: 6

Newspaper Cuttings: 3

Articles: 4

Books concerning Muybridge: 3

Photographic Equipment

Cameras: 8

Other: 1

Projection Equipment

Lenses: 4

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The Society of California Pioneers 300 Fourth Street (at Folsom), San Francisco.

Phone: +1 [415] 957-1849

Fax: +1 [415] 957-9858


Lead Contact:
Pat Keats Library Director of Library and Archives(

Open Hours:
Research: Tuesday – Friday 9:30 – 5pm
Museum: Wednesday – Friday 10am-5pm; and first Saturday of every month: 10am-5pm

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
Researchers are welcomed, but should make an appointment with Pat Keats via phone, email or letter. 'Many of the collections are fragile and there are restrictions on the use of some original documents. Photocopy orders are filled at the discretion of the librarian.

In the reading room, databases allow access to the following collections: books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, and special collections. The book collection is also accessible via any library with access to World Cat –the searchable database for OCLC in which the library’s book records are also catalogued'.