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This collection includes mid-to-late 19th-century photographs of the California missions and surrounding landscapes. These were photographed by Carleton Watkins (1829-1916), an early photographer of the American West noted for his mammoth-plate and stereoview photography of the Yosemite Valley and other California landscapes.
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Mission images marked "[negative copy]" are digital images scanned from negative produced from the Watkins print. Digital image is not a scan of Watkins' original albumen mammoth print or original negative.