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Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection


Peralta Park Hotel, 1923
Peralta Park Hotel, 1923

The Albany Library's Historical Photograph Collection contains more than 600 photographs related to the history of Albany, dating from the 1860s to the present. These photographs were part of the collection of the Albany Historical Society, and were donated to the library in 1994. More photographs are being added to the collection all the time, as materials donated by the Historical Society continue to be processed, and members of the community come forward to make new donations.

In 2001-02, the Albany Library embarked on a project to digitize the Historical Photograph Collection and make access to information about the photographs available through the library's catalog. Federal funding for this project came from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

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First School in Albany - Miller's Barn, 1908
First School in Albany - Miller's Barn, 1908

Searching the Collection

Searches will result in a listing of relevant catalog records. Each record contains a thumbnail image and information about the photograph. To see a larger version of the image, click on the thumbnail.

Volunteer Firemen, Hose Cart #3 - 4th of July Parade, 1912
Volunteer Firemen, Hose Cart #3 - 4th of July Parade, 1912

Rights and Restrictions

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs in the collection are the property of the Albany Library. Neither the original photographs nor the digital images in the catalog may be used on the Internet, published, or used in any other way without the expressed, written permission of either the Albany Library or the copyright holder. Contact the Albany Library for access to the original photographs or high-resolution digital scans suitable for printing. One copy of the digital image in the catalog may be printed for personal use only, including school reports. The credit line, "Courtesy of the Albany Library Historical Collection" should accompany any such use.

Albany Italian Band, 1910
Albany Italian Band, 1910

How You Can Help

  • Can you help us identify some of the people, places and events in these photographs?
  • Are you aware of an error in the information we have provided for a photograph?
  • Do you have photographs or other materials pertaining to the history of Albany that you would like to donate or lend to the Albany Library?

If so, please contact the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA 94706.

Phone: 510-526-3720
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