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Roberts Lumber Company
Roberts Lumber Company Photographs
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
circa 1900
0.4 linear feet and 1 box
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001568


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

Scope and Contents

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

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


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


No material was separated from the collection during 2021 processing.


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

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001568