Picture This

Artifiacts in this featured collection are part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of each of these artifacts is available at Picture This

About Picture This: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into eleven time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.

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Grand Patent India-Rubber Air Line Railway to California
1849

Reproduced in _The 49ers_, Time-Life Books, N.Y., 1974.

Right On!
1968
Portrait of Sir Francis Drake
c.1720
Sun Mad
1982

This is a red, yellow, and green serigraph print that parodies the Sun Maid raisin logo with a skeleton and list of insecticide use.

Return from the Bear Hunt
1882
July, 1853

APPROXIMATE DATE: JUL, 1853 NOTES: Reproduced in BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY, by Geo. Craven, Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1974. ARTIST BIRTH: 1810

 (San Francisco Chinatown)
1900

This is a painting of a crying child in San Francisco's Chinatown. The painting is painted after a photograph by Oscar Maurer which is in the Oakland Museum colelction (see A65.131.9 and A65...

c. 1853

event was July 11, 1851

1941

NOTES: Handbook Selection, 1984. Received Anne Bremer Memorial Prize at 61st Annual Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture at SFMA, 1941.

Californians Catching Wild Horses with Riata
n.d.

NOTES: Arkelian, Marjorie. The Kahn Collection of Nineteenth-Century Paintings by Artists in California. TOM. 1975, p. 48. Strong, Bryon. America: In Space and Time. Menlo Park, Ca.: Addison-...

1887
1872

Arkelian, Marjorie. The Kahn Collection of Nineteenth-Century Paintings by Artists in California. TOM. Loan out by Curator H. Jones 5/21/85. See Shelly Mills for details 221-4811 x 3515 on...

Yosemite Valley
1868

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1868 NOTES: Handbook Selection, 1984. Hendricks, Gordon. Albert Bierstadt: Painter of the American West. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with Amon Carter Museum...

c.1850

Handbook Selection, 1984.

San Francisco in July, 1849
1891

Handbook Selection, 1984. There is extensive research material on this painting in the museum library.

1858
Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver
1970|2001

This is a portrait of Black Panthers Kathleen and Eldrige Cleaver, taken when the couple were in exile in Algiers. They are sitting in front of a portrait of Black Panther Huey Newton

1850
Monterey, California Rancho Scene
c. 1849

Handbook Selection, 1984.

1862

from accession sheet: "The 48-page article we have "Voyage en Californie" by L. Simonin, appears to be one part of one semiannual issue of the periodical which Bancroft library has one year of (...

1862

from accession sheet: "The 48-page article we have "Voyage en Californie" by L. Simonin, appears to be one part of one semiannual issue of the periodical which Bancroft library...

1906

Photo Prints. Description: San Francisco earthquake and fire.

"Ishi, last of the Southern Yana tribe of Indians, formerly on Deer Creek, CA. His people remained wild and in hiding untile 1911, when the others having all died, he gave himself up near...

1932

At the end of Nineteenth Avenue, Oakland, homeless men created the community "Pipe City" living in the surplus lengths of sewer pipe belonging to the American Concrete and Steel Pipe Company on...

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