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Guide to the William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection, 1869-1930
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical History
  • Indexing Terms
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement of the William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1869-1930
    Collection Number: ECS01.02
    Creator: William H. Talbot Family
    Extent: 2 boxes Selected online items available
    Repository: Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, San Jose State University
    San Jose, California 95192
    Abstract: The William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection chronicles approximately sixty years of Talbot family and business history. The collection primarily consists of three extensive family photograph albums and a small number of ephemeral materials related to Pope & Talbot, Inc. and the Talbot family.
    Language: English
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Sourisseau Academy. Neither the original photographs nor the digital images held by the Sourisseau Academy may be reproduced, published, or used on the Internet without the expressed, written permission of the Executive Secretary. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sourisseau Academy as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher. The credit line, "Courtesy of the Edith C. Smith Trust Collection, Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History" must accompany any such use.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection, ECS01.02, Edith C. Smith Photograph Collection, Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection was donated to the Sourisseau Academy by the Edith Corinne Smith Trust in 2006.

    Biographical History

    Andrew Jackson Pope and Frederic Talbot arrived in California 1849 from East Machias, Maine, and started a business together to move lumber through the San Francisco Bay area. In early 1852, A.J. Pope and William C. Talbot, along with Charles Foster and Josiah P. Keller, formed the Puget Mill Co., a lumber mill, in the area later known as Port Gamble, Washington. In 1862, Pope and Talbot formed another company, Pope & Talbot, that managed the sales of materials from the lumber mill as well as owned and operated a fleet of vessels used to ship the lumber from the mills. By 1881, Pope & Talbot owned four sawmills, nineteen cargo and lumber ships, and thousands of acres of timberlands in Oregon, Maine, California, and Washington.
    William H. and Frederick C. Talbot took over running the businesses after the deaths of A.J. Pope in 1878 and of their father, William C. Talbot, in 1881. In 1889, five other companies were formed by Pope & Talbot to deal with the many aspects of the business of the mill, such as lumber, shipping, and trading: Puget Lumber Co., Puget Shipping Co., Puget Trading Co., Puget Mercantile Co., and Puget Commercial Co. In 1925, W.H. Talbot and George A. Pope, Sr., sold the Puget Mill companies to the Charles R. McCormick Lumber Company although in 1938 the property reverted back to Pope & Talbot when the McCormick company defaulted on its loan. William H.'s sons, William C. II and Frederick C. (known as F.C. Talbot) eventually played major roles in the company. George A. Pope became a major stockholder in the company, served as president from 1933 to 1940, and was a senior member at the time of his death in 1942.
    The Pope and Talbot families maintained residences in both Washington and California, primarily in the Port Ludlow, Port Gamble, and San Francisco areas.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms may be used to index this collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Burlingame (Calif.)
    Lumber
    Lumber industry
    Pope & Talbot, Inc.
    Pope, George A. (1864-1942)
    Talbot, William H. (1860-1930)
    Talbot, Frederick C. (1862-1919)

    Scope and Content

    The William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection, circa 1869-1930, chronicles approximately 60 years of Talbot family and business history. The collection includes three extensive family photograph albums; a limited selection of Pope & Talbot, Inc. business-related materials such as company newsletters; various Pope and Talbot family ephemeral items; and the book Time, Tide and Timber: A Century of Pope & Talbot (1949).

    Arrangement of the William H. Talbot Family Albums Collection

    The papers are arranged into two series:
    • Photograph Albums
    • Ephemera