Laumann Yosemite Collection, c. 1908, 1923, MS 153
Scope and Content Note
The Laumann Yosemite Collection contains 39 photographic prints and 32 glass plate negatives of locations in Yosemite National Park and the Sierra.
The collection documents two trips to Yosemite and the Sierra by the Laumanns, the first about 1908 and the second in 1923. The Laumanns traveled to Yosemite, probably c. 1908, in a Mark West Stage, a horse-drawn surrey. The journey from their home in Fulton, California, took more than five days, with a horse dying on the way. Upon arrival, they made camp at the base of Yosemite Falls. While at Yosemite, Frank Laumann took photographs of familiar landmarks, such as Mirror Lake, El Capitan, Vernal Falls and Hetch Hetchy, and of family and friends, including his sister Millie.
The original organization of the Laumann Yosemite Collection has been preserved and is divided into 2 series:
- Photographs and Glass Plate Negatives
- Family History and Ephemera
Two boxes contain prints and glass plate negatives, and one box contains a brief family history and ephemera.