Photographs of the California Mother Lode [graphic] / Alma Lavenson. 1933-1967.


Lavenson, Alma, 1897-. Photographs of the California Mother Lode [graphic] / Alma Lavenson.

Photographs of the California Mother Lode [graphic] / Alma Lavenson. 1933-1967.

Contains 77 images of the Mother Lode region taken during the 1930s through the 1960s. Includes photos of Gold Rush era ruins, towns and countryside. Pictured are churches, hotels, firehouses, cemeteries, courthouses, personal residences and commercial buildings, including three Chinese businesses. Also contains a few photos of the the effects of hydraulic erosion on the landscape and three portraits of unidentified men. One image pictures the photographer Imogen Cunningham, from the back, standing in a doorway.

77 photographic prints (many mounted) : silver gelatin, b? ; images 8 x 10 in. or smaller.

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