Albany Historical Photos

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The Collection

The Albany Historical Collection comprises a wide range of materials, including books, newspapers, pamphlets, oral histories, photographs, clippings and memorabilia. The majority of the collection consists of material donated by local historian Catherine Webb. As founder and president of the Albany Historical Society, Ms. Webb documented the history of Albany for more than sixty years. In January 1994, to coincide with the opening of the new library building, she donated the entire collection of the Historical Society to the Albany Library, where it is displayed in a special alcove designed to house it.  Since then, several other members of the community have donated additional materials to the library's collection, and the Friends of the Albany Library have generously supported the microfilming of the entire local newspaper collection.

Albany Library Historical Photograph Collection

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.

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.

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.

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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