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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1867

Photograph album of leather, containing 200 photos. Property of Sylvia Salome Knapp 1867. Photos have been separately numbered; see 26.619a-z, 26.2759a-z, 26.2760a-z, 26.2761a-z, 26.2762a-z, 26....

1906

Looking down Market Street during the fire. Snapshots of San Francisco. Earthquake and fire, 1906.

(D. Curry, 3/16/99) Photo was taken by Edward "Doc" Rogers who was one of the first...

Chinese Dragon Parade
c. 1910

Parade or celebration in Oakland's China Town c. 1910 in front of Chinese and Japanese Bazaar, Yon Yuen Sang & Company Inez Brooks-Myers, January 6, 2011: Although this photogrph may be...

c. 1868

Photograph. Title: 225 Laying Last Rail Promontory (Scratched on negative) Image Description: See title. Physical Description: "Imperial Plate" collodion glass negative, 10"X13 ". Sub. Cat...

1942

Photographs, 1 set, "Placer Gold". Progressive study prints. (1-20)

(Joellen Lippett, 3/4/97) The label on the back of the photo states: "The first tool used by the placer miners was the...

c. 1906

Photo prints. Description: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire; (376) images split amongst 4 accession numbers. History: This collection has been split into several sections to reduce the number...

1906

Photo Prints. Description: San Francisco earthquake and fire. Temporary Camp in Hamilton Square Steiner St., between Geary and Post Streets.

1906

Earthquake refugees.

1906

Photo Prints. Description: San Francisco earthquake and fire.

17-Aug-63

Photograph of three latino male farmworkers in a lettuce field. The man in the center is holding up several bunches of lettuce. Behind them are other workers in the distance and a large pick-up...

n.d.

Caption, verso: "Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov: The Czar's ambitious chamberlain."

6-Jul-34

Tribune caption on the back, July 6, 1934-- "LOOK OUT- Rioters flee before onslaught of corps of officers, brandishing night sticks and shooting tear gas bombs from special guns. Strikers shown...

18-Dec-67

Clipping on back of photograph reads: "Anti-war demonstrators sit down across Clay Street to block buses bound for Oakland Armed Forces Induction Center." Many news cameramen are nearby,...

4-Dec-64

Handwritten on the back, "Mario Savio as he arrived on campus." Photo shows Savio speaking with another student in front of Sproul Hall. The other student is holding a sign that says "This...

1-Oct-64

Handwritten on the back, "Group against the sit-downs." Photo shows a group of students sitting and standing on the steps of Sproul Hall on the U.C. Berkeley campus. They are holding up signs...

6-Nov-64

Photo shows Mario Savio giving a speech to a group of students in front of Sproul Hall on the U.C. campus. He is apparently giving a speech for the Free Speech Movement.

20-May-69

Highway Patrolmen and National Guard soliders block a crowd of demonstrators at the intersection of Oxford and University west of the Berkeley campus.

26-May-69

Depiction: People stand around plants which have been planted in a large dirt field in Berkeley, called the People's Park. A few hold gardening tools. Bongo drums sit on a saw horse. Pine trees...

1937

A typed caption is glued underneath the photo which says "Paul Mantz, Amelia Earhart, Harry Manning and Fred Noonan at the Oakland Airport in 1937. Several months later Miss Earhart and navigator...

4-Jul-34

Oakland Tribune clipping on the back, July 4, 1934-- "Police with clubs and guns charge mob (upper right) to clear way for first trucks moved from San Francisco's piers in 56 days of...

4-Jul-34

Oakland Tribune clipping on the back, July 4, 1934-- "...mounted police escorting rioter to jail after charging mob obstruction truck movement." Photo shows a man wearing jeans, a short jacket,...

11-May-34

Oakland Tribune clipping on the back, May 11, 1934-- "These scenes, taken along the San Francisco Embarcadero, shows mobs running here and there, both in flight and in pursuit, as the 'fortunes of...

Jul-34

Photo shows the two men who were killed during the waterfront workers strike. The two men are laying on the sidewalk in front of a hardware store. The one man lying in the middle of the sidewalk...

Jul-34

Photo shows the sidewalk in front of the hardware store where the two strikers were killed. On the sidewalk, written in chalk, "Police Murder. 2 ILA men killed- shot in the back," written several...

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