The Museum’s Photography Collection includes hundreds of thousands of prints, negatives, glass plate negatives, film and digital images of people, landscapes, structures and events related to Marin County.
Like other elements of the Marin History Museum Collection, most of the Photography collection is in print or negative form while we work diligently to digitize these resources. Our experts can help you determine the images we maintain on a particular subject. It is also possible to search photographs in the Digital Collection.
Representative Photography Sub-Collections
The Museum maintains numerous Photography collections donated by a specific individual or organization and are organized by topic. Collection references in red type can be searched in the Digital Collection. Photography sub-collections include:
Brady/Aero Photography Collection: After returning from the Second World War, Ed Brady started a photography company in Sausalito using army surplus camera equipment and his private plane. Between 1949 and 1994 he photographed Marin County, the Bay Area and California resulting in approximately 50,000 negatives and prints. In 2006 Greta Brady, Ed’s widow, donated the entire collection to MHM. We receive many requests for access to this amazing collection.
The collection is being digitized so it can be shared with the public. The cities of Belvedere-Tiburon, Greenbrae, Sausalito and San Rafael including Terra Linda are now digitized and are available for the viewing. Mill Valley, Novato and Corte Madera-Larkspur are in the midst of digitization and not all of the photographs for these cities are yet viewable.
The process for digitizing the photographs is time consuming. In the future, every city in Marin will be digitized and included in the Brady Collection.
To view the photographs for a particular area, click on one of the following links: