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Collection of Thousands of

Photography Collection

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 Grethe Brady, Ed’s widow, donated the entire collection to MHM.  We receive many requests for access to this amazing collection.

John Graham Photography Collection: The collection numbers 500+ photographic images of Marin’s historic trains including stations, locomotives and rolling stock from the Northwestern Pacific railroad, North Shore railroad, North Pacific Coast Railroad, and others.  This collection has become more popular due to our recent exhibition Riding the Rails: Marin Historic Trains and interest in the new SMART rail system.

Marin Independent Journal Photography Collection: In 1982, when Gannet bought the Marin Independent Journal from local businessman Jack Craemer, a large portion of the newspaper’s photography collection came to MHM. It includes negatives from late 1940’s – 1970’s and prints from 1970’s – 1980’s, totaling approximately 3,000 images.  In it one can see the rapid development of the county after the population boom that came with the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Purchasing Photos from MHM Collection

Selected prints are available for purchase. High-quality prints and digital scans made from photographs and negatives in the collection are available through the Marin History Museum. 

Requests are processed in the order in which they are received. The length of time that it takes to fill an order depends on its size and complexity. Once all appropriate paperwork is in order, an agreement, which serves as an invoice, will be prepared and forwarded. The Photographic Services department must receive both the signed contracts and full pre-payment before any orders can be released. 

The Marin History Museum reserves the right to evaluate each request. The Marin History Museum also reserves the right to charge fees and impose conditions above and beyond those listed in this web site when deemed necessary.

To request photography, please contact our Photography Services Department at 415-381-1182 or email

P. O. Box 150727, San Rafael, CA 94915        415-382-1182    

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