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Guide to the Robert Dollar Papers, [ca. 1872-1967]
BANC MSS 69/113 c  
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Description
Family papers, including diaries, memoirs, and other writings of Robert Dollar; photographs; scrapbooks; clippings; etc., with some material relating to other members of the family. Business records of the Robert Dollar Company and its many divisions including Dollar Steamship Lines, Dollar Portland Lumber Company, Globe Wireless Ltd., Admiral Oriental Line, Egmont Timber Company, etc.
Background
The founder of a vast lumber and shipping empire, Robert Dollar was born in Falkirk, Scotland in 1844. He emigrated to Canada with his father in 1858 and started work as a cook's boy in a lumber camp. By 1866 he was foreman of a camp and, in 1871, bought his first piece of timber land. He continually enlarged his scope of operations, moving first to Michigan, and, in 1888, to California where he opened an office in San Francisco and established his home in San Rafael. By 1893 Dollar had established a mill and lumbering business at Usal in Mendocino County, and shortly thereafter embarked upon his shipping career with the purchase of the steam schooner Newsboy, used to transport lumber to coastal markets. In 1901 he bought his first large steamer. In 1903 he and his three sons -A. Melville, J. Harold, and R. Stanley -incorporated their lumbering and shipping interests into one parent company, The Robert Dollar Company.
Extent
Number of containers: 78 cartons and 72 volumes Linear feet: 98
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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 reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research except for materials in Cartons 71, 72, 75-77 which are unarranged and unavailable for use. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of the Public Services.