Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Creator:
Roberts Lumber Company
Title:
Roberts Lumber Company Photographs
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/pv63g872v
Dates:
circa 1900
Size:
0.4 linear feet and 1 box
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001568
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of a group of 36 photographs documenting the Roberts Lumber Company, which was founded around 1900 outside the Sierra County town of Loyalton, California.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Consists of a group of 36 photographs documenting the Roberts Lumber Company, which was founded around 1900 outside the Sierra County town of Loyalton, California. The photographer is identified only as "Thompson the Photographer" and may have produced the images for the company's own promotional purposes. The photographs depict loggers, "chute crews," other laborers engaged in felling massive old-growth trees, often white pines, and transporting lumber using horses, steam traction engines, and a complex system of chutes they constructed out of other trees. There are also images of the Roberts Mill in Loyalton; men standing in front of towering alleys made from processed timber; and trains on the McCloud River Railroad and the Boca and Loyalton Railroad, both of which transported the company's products across the west coast of the United States. While most of the subjects depicted are men, one photograph includes two women, one of whom is holding a baby. Most of the images are captioned.

Collection Creator Biography:

Roberts Lumber Company was founded around 1900 outside the town of Loyalton in Sierra County, California. Its founder, Captain John Roberts, was previously a steamboat owner in the Sacramento Valley. The company engaged in logging in the Sierra Nevada region and operated a sawmill in Loyalton.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from Daniel Oliver Gallery in 2021 (AM 2021-084).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No material was separated from the collection during 2021 processing.

Sponsorship:

Processing of this collection was supported by the Delafield Fund.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in June 2021. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in June 2021 based on dealer description.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Roberts Lumber Company Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/pv63g872v
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184