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Short Introduction

The California Historical Society (CHS) aims to 'inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.' (

The Eadweard Muybridge collection at CHS includes photographic prints of all sizes (mounted and unmounted) ranging from stereograph cards to multi-plate panoramas to mammoth plates.

This includes images of the Pacific Coast and other California scenes, including mining; views of the Sierra Nevada; Yosemite; Mariposa Grove; Geyser Springs; San Francisco and vicinity, including his 11-plate panorama (1877); California Indians and the Modoc War; Central Pacific Railroad; Vancouver Island; Alaska and the Isthmus of Panama, as well as Muybridge’s studies in Animal Locomotion.

The collection consists of works illustrated by Muybridge as well as photographs published by Helios, Bradley & Rulofson, Helios’ Flying Studio, and Henry Ehman.

Additionally, the CHS manuscripts collection (MS 3126) includes letters from J. D. B. Stillman, a physician, concerning Muybridge's Animal Locomotion studies which were commissioned by Leland Stanford.

Past Exhibitions

Eadweard Muybridge San Francisco in Panorama - May 14 to Oct 8 2005

Rights & Reproduction Information

Information on photocopying and other forms of reproduction, as well as the fees attached to these, can be found on the CHS website. More Information

Online Presence

Worldcat OCLC library catalogue

Catalogue for the University of California Libraries

Online Archive of California

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 386


Books by Muybridge: Various

Books concerning Muybridge: Various

Articles: Various

Newspaper Cuttings: Various

Booklets: Various

Exhibition Material

Catalogues: Various

Unpublished paper & documents

Letters: Various


Other: 1

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Baker Research Library
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94105-4014, USA

Phone: +1 415-357-1848 x220

Fax: +1 415-357-1850


Lead Contact:
Mary Morganti Director of Library and Archives(

Open Hours:
Public access to the collection can be attained Wednesday to Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
The library is open to all researchers of California History although it is suggested researchers begin their work at home. For details please visit or email