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Inventory of the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company Photograph Albums, circa 1930s - 1940s

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: In April 1929, Puget Sound Pulp & Timber Company formed from various existing pulp and timber companies in the Puget Sound area. By the 1940s, this conglomeration was the owner of the United States' largest unbleached sulphite pulp mill at Bellingham, Washington, and became the first United States pulp mill to manufacture alcohol from wood-pulp wastes during World War II. On July 2, 1963, Puget Sound Pulp & Timber was merged into the Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Georgia-Pacific continued to operate the pulp mill in Bellingham until its closing in May 2001.
The collection includes two photograph albums related to the operations of the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company. Album 1 contains 13 uncaptioned black-and-white photographs of the pulp mill facilities of the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company in Bellingham, Washington, circa the mid-1940s. Album 2 contains 27 black-and-white photographs of the company's logging operations in the Clear Lake, Washington, area. The time period for this album is probably the late 1930s or very early 1940s and is probably also a public relations publication.
Title: Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company Photograph Albums, circa 1930s - 1940s
Creator: Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Co.
Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives
Call Number: 2899
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
(2 photograph albums)

Historical Note

In April 1929, Puget Sound Pulp & Timber Company formed from various existing pulp and timber companies in the Puget Sound area. By the 1940s, this conglomeration was the owner of the United States' largest unbleached sulphite pulp mill at Bellingham, Washington, and became the first United States pulp mill to manufacture alcohol from wood-pulp wastes during World War II. On July 2, 1963, Puget Sound Pulp & Timber was merged into the Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Georgia-Pacific continued to operate the pulp mill in Bellingham until its closing in May 2001.


Collection Overview

The collection includes two photograph albums related to the operations of the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company. Album 1 contains 13 uncaptioned black-and-white photographs of the pulp mill facilities of the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company in Bellingham, Washington, circa the mid-1940s. Album 2 contains 27 black-and-white photographs of the company's logging operations in the Clear Lake, Washington, area. The time period for this album is probably the late 1930s or early 1940s and is probably also a public relations publication.

Collection Arrangement

1. Photograph Albums, undated (circa 1930s-1940s)



Subject Headings

  • Bellingham (Wash.) -- Photographs
  • Clear Lake (Wash.) -- Photographs
  • Logging -- Equipment and supplies -- History
  • Logging -- Northwest, Pacific -- History
  • Logging -- Washington (State) -- History
  • Lumber camps -- Northwest, Pacific -- Photographs
  • Paper industry -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- 20th century
  • Paper industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Co.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Photograph Albums, 2 volumes, undated (circa 1930s-1940s).

The 40 photographs contained in both volumes are available for online viewing through the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company image gallery.
   Photo Album 1
Album: Bellingham, Washington
Includes 13 uncaptioned black-and-white photographs of the pulp mill facilities of the Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company in Bellingham, Washington. Photos show the exteriors and interiors of the company's buildings in the Bellingham complex.

Sulphur silos and acid towers, with chip conveyor leading to the digester building at Bellingham pulp mill.

   Photo Album 2
Album: Clear Lake, Washington
Includes 27 black-and-white photographs of the company's logging operations in the Clear Lake, Washington, area. The time period for this album is probably the late 1930s or very early 1940s and appears to also be a public relations publication.

Railroad logging operations of Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company in the Clear Lake area.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company Photograph Albums, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

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Encoded by Amanda Ross, June 2009; updated June 2012

Funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission supported the encoding of this finding aid. Support for digitization and outreach provided by the Alvin J. Huss Endowment.