We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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Historic Photograph Reproductions

Two young women in fashionable attire, Fowler, California, 1914 - Paul Hutchinson Glass Plate Negative Collection

The Fresno Historical Society Archives house over 30,000 photographs. These photographs reflect Fresno County and regional history from the founding of the county to the present. The bulk of the collection dates from 1870 to 1970. These photographs show the growth and development of the central San Joaquin Valley and the City of Fresno. From historic scenes of downtown Fresno to ethnic celebrations and family collections, our Photograph Collections reflect a broad range of local history.

Photographs from our collections are on display at various schools, business offices and restaurants throughout Fresno. Several of our photographs are included in displays at the Fresno County Historical Museum at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Our photographs also form the foundation of our digital exhibits and our exhibits at Fresno’s City Hall


Purchase Historic Photographs

The Fresno Historical Society Archives offers digital photograph reproductions for use as art prints in your home or business. Historic photographs also make excellent personalized gifts for birthdays and holidays.

Historic Photographs are available at our online store. These are just a few of the photographs in our collections available for purchase. We also have of our larger collections featured under Photographs. See below for general subject categories in our Photograph Collections.

The prices for photograph reproductions are outlined in our Photograph Reproduction Fee Schedule. Each photograph purchaser is required to fill out and sign a single-use Reproduction Agreement, which outlines the intended use of the image, as well as the conditions of reproduction and credit requirements. These documents can be downloaded below.

To purchase a historic photograph reproduction, email archives@valleyhistory.org.


Our Photograph Collections are organized in the following general categories:

Fresno City

Businesses, buildings, businesses, churches, disasters, events, Fulton Mall, hospitals, Fresno Fire Departments, districts and neighborhoods, hospitals, landmarks, organizations, parks, Police Department, theaters, schools & universities, street scenes, residences and other subjects related to the diverse communities of the City of Fresno.

Fresno County

Fresno Fair, Sherriff’s Department, towns and communities, and schools. Agriculture, including images of crops, farm equipment and machinery, packing houses, vineyards, and wineries; bridges and dams, irrigation, logging, mining & oil industries, military, recreation & sports, transportation by automobile and water, railroads, streetcars, and California Towns & Communities

Ethnic & Cultural Groups

Pioneers & Civic Leaders

Portrait Files

Family Collections

Glass Plate Negative Collections

 


Additional Resources
Fresno Historical Society Reproduction Agreement
Photograph Reproduction Fee Schedule
Last Updated Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 06:24 PM.