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Inventory of the Charles "Chuck" Ford Photograph Collection, ca. 1894-1925, 1985 (bulk ca. 1900-1925)


Descriptive Summary

Lucretia Hanson Little History Room
Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 389-4292 ext. 104


Charles "Chuck" Ford


Charles "Chuck" Ford Photograph Collection, ca. 1894-1925, 1985 (bulk ca. 1900-1925)

Collection Number



36 Items


A collection of photographs of Mill Valley in the late 19th century and early 20th century.


Administrative Information

This collection was donated by Charles Ford. The original photographs in this collection are not currently arranged by collection but by subject matter.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Original materials may be viewed with permission from staff. Digital copies of materials may be available. Materials in this collection do not circulate.

Privacy rights, copyright, and other licensing restrictions may limit reproductive uses for this collection.

Please see contact staff before visiting the History Room to use this collection.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for Mill Valley Public Library and Lucretia Hanson Little History Room records is held by Mill Valley Public Library; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these records, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles "Chuck" Ford Photograph Collection, ca. 1894-1925, 1985 (bulk ca. 1900-1925), Lucretia Hanson Little History Room, Mill Valley Public Library.


Except where noted, the photographer or photographers are unknown. It is also unknown when Chuck Ford acquired these photos or when they were donated to the History Room.

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandria Brown, May 2011

Encoded by Alexandria Brown, May 2011

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, and local Style Guide.


Biographical Note

Charles "Chuck" Ford is a Marin County resident and commercial photographer who collected historical photographs of Marin.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs of early Mill Valley, covering the years 1894-1925. It includes photographs of the Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad and the Gravity cars, West Point Inn, Muir Woods Inn, Tavern of Tamalpais, the first and second downtown Mill Valley train stations, Miller and Throckmorton Avenues, and several general views of the city and Mt. Tamalpais. There are also two photographs from the 1985 Dipsea Race of previous winners and one from the 1912 race.


Subject Headings

Library of Congress subject headings:
Dipsea Race, Mill Valley, Calif.
Mill Valley (Calif.)
Tamalpais, Mount (Calif.)
Taverns (Inns)

Lucretia Hanson Little History Room index terms:
Dipsea Race General Views--Mill Valley--pre-1900s
General Views--Mill Valley--1900-1925
Hotels and Taverns--Misc.
Hotels and Taverns--West Point Inn
Mt. Tamalpais
Railroads--Mill Valley--1st Station
Railroads--Mill Valley--2nd Station
Railroads--Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway--Gravity Cars
Railroads--Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad
Streets--Miller Ave.
Streets--Throckmorton Ave.
Tavern of Tamalpais


Description of Collection

Series: Nancy M. Skinner Photograph Collection, ca. 1893-1948 and undated (bulk ca. 1922-1938)
     Subseries 1: Dipsea Race
          Description: One photograph from the start of the race in Lytton Square, 09/13/1912, and two of a group of former winners at the starting line of the Diamond Jubilee 75th Annual Race, 06/09/1985.

     Subseries 2: Public Lodging (Hotels, Inns, Guest Houses, etc.)
          Description: Ten photographs of Tavern of Tamalpais from ca. 1896-1925 including two interior shots, two of West Point Inn in 1906 and ca. 1920, and one of John Muir, William Kent, and J. H. Cutter at Muir Woods Inn in 1912.

     Subseries 3: Mill Valley Train Stations
          Description: Five photographs of the Eastland-Mill Valley station, the first Mill Valley train station, ca. 1890-1900.

     Subseries 4: Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway
          Description: Four photographs of the trains and gravity cars on the scenic railway, ca. 1909-1915.

     Subseries 5: Views of Mt. Tamalpais and Mill Valley
          Description: Seven photographs featuring picturesque views of Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais ca. 1890-1920.