Hans Muessig Photograph Collection on Julius Asher

Identifier: NC1425

Scope and Contents

The Hans Muessig Collection on Julius Asher includes eight scans and two versos of stereograph photographs believed to have been made by photographer Julius Asher in Virginia City in March 1869 (possibly on March 22, 1869). Additionally, Muessig's research on Asher is included and contains his descriptions and historical notes on the photographs.


  • 2020-2021


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Physical materials, such as those not available through UNR Libraries' Digital Collections or other online portals, must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Julius Asher was born in 1847 in Germany and worked as a photographer primarily in San Francisco and Sacramento, California. Over his career, he worked for Bayley & Winter in San Francisco and H. S. Beals in Sacramento before opening a studio in Sacramento. He retired in the 1890s.

Asher died in San Francisco in 1924.


.21 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Julius Asher (1847-1924) was a photographer who worked in Virginia City, Nevada and San Francisco and Sacramento, California in the 1860s-1890s. Hans Muessing collected these images that were digitized by Amy Kaminski. The collection includes scans of eight Julius Asher stereographs, including scans of two versos, as well as Muessig's collected information on Asher and these images.


Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Hans Muessig in March 2022.

Processing Information

Due to these images being donated as scans of original stereoviews, the decision to include two dates for each photograph was made in order to reflect the creation date of the original stereoviews (March 1869) for findability and the date they were digitized, which is the creation date of the digital surrogates.



Guide to the Hans Muessig Photograph Collection on Julius Asher
Jessica Maddox
March 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)