The collection consists of images of the Dollar family, the Dollar lumber empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
and the many activities of the Dollar Steamship Lines across the globe throughout the first half of this century. Nearly all
of the items are photographic prints, with small number of negatives at the beginning of the arrangement. Well over half of
the items are from one of six different photo albums. As noted in the arrangement notes, the five series in the Dollar collection
are: Vessels and Cargoes, People, The Lumber Trade, Office Views, and Other Dollar-Related Facilities, and Miscellanea.
Agency HistoryOrganized in 1900, Dollar spent its first two decades in the transpacific trade as "essentially a tramp operator, whose main
cargoes were bulk, low-value merchandise not suitable for the larger and faster passenger-cargo liners of the Pacific Mail
Steamship Lines."  Both APL and Dollar traced their corporate origins to the famous Pacific Mail Steamship Company (PMSS)
formed in 1848.