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Harold M. Brown photographs

  • Org. Lot 197
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  • circa 1909-1956

Collection consists of 140 photographs and 13 Cirkut panoramic photographs taken by Harold M. Brown from approximately 1909 to 1956. The bulk of the collection documents the lumber, agriculture, and shipping industries in Oregon between 1917 to 1956. These photographs depict the following companies: Pope & Talbot Co., Eastern & Western Lumber Co., Oregon-American Lumber Co., Nicolai-Neppach Co., Crown Willamette Paper Co., Crown Zellerbach Corporation, and the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation. Photographs of freighters used for lumber transportation are also included. The collection also contains photographs of locations in Oregon and Washington, including the Bonneville Dam, Cascade Locks, the Columbia River, Heceta Head, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Portland, Tahkenitch Lake, Vanport, and the Washougal River. Additionally, there are portraits of Harold M. Brown and other people. The collection also includes photocopies of three of Harold M. Brown's photography ledgers, dating from 1922 to 1956, which include details about dates and locations for numbered Brown prints.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Loggers loading logs, Crown Willamette Paper Co.

A mounted photograph shows loggers loading a log onto flatbed rail cars for the Crown Willamette Paper Company. The log is suspended by cables over two rail cars parked on a track. Three men stand next to the cars. A fourth man operates a steam donkey nearby and steam can be seen in the air.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Logging train, Crown Willamette Paper Co.

A mounted photograph shows a Crown Willamette Paper Company logging train parked on railroad tracks in a forest. Logs are stacked on the rail cars. Men can be seen leaning out of the engine, standing next to the train, and sitting and standing on the logs.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Steam donkey and train, Crown Willamette Paper Co.

A mounted photograph shows a Crown Willamette Paper Company steam donkey and logging train. Men can be seen standing on the train and a loading platform. Lettering on the side of a train car reads, "C. W. P. Co. 301."

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Locomotive, Crown Willamette Paper Co.

A mounted photograph shows a Crown Willamette Paper Company locomotive parked on railroad tracks next to a station in a forested area. Five men stand next to the locomotive and one man sits on it.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Clearcut forest

A panoramic photograph of a section of a forest in an unknown location that has been partially cleared of trees. Stumps and fallen tree trunks are visible on the ground and stands of remaining trees can be seen in the background. A road can also be seen running through the image. Accompanying description indicates that the land was owned by the Crown Zellerbach Corporation.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Man with tree

A man stands at the base of a giant Douglas fir or spruce tree in a forest east of Seaside, Oregon on land owned by the Crown Zellerbach Corporation. The man stands in front of the tree with one hand touching the trunk.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

"Experimental thinning in a 30 yr. old Douglas Fir stand / Columbia tree farm"

A composite image showing three photographs and accompanying descriptive text depicting activities at the Crown Zellerbach Corporation Columbia tree farm in Columbia County. The first photograph shows a man standing in a field next to logs on the ground that have been removed from a nearby forest. The second photograph shows a man using a tractor to haul logs. The third photograph shows a man on a tractor next to a pile of logs.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

"Thinning a 50 yr. old Cottonwood plantation / Clackamas tree farm"

A composite image showing three photographs and accompanying descriptive text depicting activities at the Crown Zellerbach Corporation Columbia tree farm in Columbia County. The first photograph shows a man standing in a field next to logs on the ground that have been removed from a nearby forest. The second photograph shows a man using a tractor to haul logs. The third photograph shows a man on a tractor next to a pile of logs.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Open house at Camas Mill tree farm

A display at the Crown Zellerbach Corporation open house in Camas, Washington. A large board with a four groups of photographs and a map on it is propped up on a table that is behind a cordon. Words above the map read, "Tree Farm Operations." The four groups of photographs are titled "Fire Protection," "Harvesting," "Reforestation," and "Forest Growth." Various items are displayed on the table including slices of tree trunks.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Composite image, Crown Zellerbach Corporation

A composite photograph made up of fourteen images related to the Crown Zellerbach Corporation's lumber activities. The images depict various tree stands, tree thinning, forest seeding, seeds, planting, helicopters and planes used for aerial seeding, and a field mouse. Each image is accompanied by a caption.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Loading seed into helicopter hopper

Three men, probably employees of the Crown Zellerbach Corporation, stand next to a helicopter that is parked in a field in Olney, Oregon. One man pours tree seeds into the helicopter's hopper for aerial forest seeding. The helicopter's blades are in motion and four men stand next to three automobiles in the background.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Timber raft, Eastern & Western Lumber Company

A timber raft operated by the Eastern & Western Lumber Company is towed by a boat down a river at the company's Lewis and Clark Camp, possibly located near Astoria, Oregon. Accompanying description reads, "Logs on the way to the sawmill."

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Doors ready for shipment at Terminal 4, Port of Portland

Wooden doors manufactured by the Nicolai-Neppach Company are stacked in rows awaiting shipment in Municipal Terminal 4 at the Port of Portland. The stacks of doors are covered on top by tarps. Accompanying description reads, "Caption from Brown's ledger: '35,000 doors at Ter. No. 4, photo made for Port of Portland.'"

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Doors ready for shipment at Terminal 4, Port of Portland

Wooden doors manufactured by the Nicolai-Neppach Company are stacked in rows awaiting shipment inside Municipal Terminal 4 at the Port of Portland. The stacks of doors are covered on top by tarps. Accompanying description reads, "Door shipment assembled" and "Caption from Brown's ledger: '35,000 doors at Ter. 4, photo made for Port of Portland, July 27,1926.'"

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Doors ready for shipment at Terminal 4, Port of Portland

Wooden doors manufactured by the Nicolai-Nepach Company are stacked in rows awaiting shipment inside Municipal Terminal 4 at the Port of Portland. The stacks of doors are covered by tarps that have the letter "N" inside a circle printed on them. Accompanying description reads, "Caption from Brown's ledger: '35,000 doors at Ter. 4. Photo made for Port of Portland, July 27, 1926.'"

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Doors ready for shipment at Terminal 4, Port of Portland

A side view of two stacks of wooden doors manufactured by the Nicolai-Nepach Company awaiting shipment inside Municipal Terminal 4 at the Port of Portland. Accompanying description reads, "Caption from Brown's ledger: '35000 doors at Ter. 4. Photo made for Port of Portland. July 27, 1926.'"

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Cut-off saws, Oregon American sawmill, Vernonia, Oregon

Interior view of the Oregon American sawmill in Vernonia, Oregon showing a machine with a number of circular saw blades. A man appears to be feeding wooden boards into the machine to be cut into smaller pieces. A stack of boards is visible in the foreground.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Shipping area, Oregon American sawmill, Vernonia, Oregon

Interior view of the Oregon American sawmill in Vernonia, Oregon showing the shipping area. Shelves full of wood planks line one side of the space and stacks of wood planks are arranged on the floor. Along the opposite side of the space, shipping containers are lined up in a row. Two men are stacking and loading planks while a third man holds a clipboard and pencil.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Monorail, Oregon American sawmill, Vernonia, Oregon

A monorail conveyor system for transporting wood at the Oregon American sawmill in Vernonia, Oregon. An overhead track mounted within a set of wooden frames is connected by cables to a metal carrier that is loaded with planks of wood. A man sits on the carrier and looks at the camera. Four more men can be seen standing next to a stack of wood planks nearby.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Freight train cars, Oregon American sawmill, Vernonia, Oregon

Two sets of railroad freight cars are parked on railroad tracks outside the Oregon American sawmill in Vernonia, Oregon. One set of tracks is covered by a shelter while the other is open-air. Stacks of wood can be seen next to one set of cars and rows of houses are visible in the distance.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Pope & Talbot sawmill, Oakridge, Oregon

An interior view of the Pope & Talbot sawmill in Oakridge, Oregon. Three men stand behind what appears to be a control panel with levers coming out of it. On the other side is a machine with metal cylinders and logs on it.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Man testing wood for moisture, Pope & Talbot sawmill, Oakridge, Oregon

A man uses a meter to test the moisture content of pieces of wood at the Pope & Talbot sawmill in Oakridge, Oregon. A small console with dials and switches sits on a table in front of the man, which is connected by a cable to a sensor that he is holding against a piece of wood. The man is looking at the reading on the console.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

Board edger, Pope & Talbot sawmill, Oakridge, Oregon

A man uses a board edger on a piece of lumber at the Pope & Talbot sawmill in Oakridge, Oregon. The man stands next to the machine and watches as the lumber is fed through the machine. It passes beneath a large cylindrical roller and sawdust can be seen flying off of it. Sawdust is visible on the machine and the floor nearby.

Brown, Harold M., 1887-1956

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