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Roberts Lumber Company Photographs


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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.

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.

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

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

No material was separated from the collection during 2021 processing.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Kelly Bolding
Finding Aid Date
Processing of this collection was supported by the Delafield Fund.
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Collection Inventory

Roberts Lumber Company Photographs, circa 1900. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

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