The David L. Joslyn papers consist of photographs and manuscripts mostly documenting Joslyn's work as a photographer and his
early memories of living in Sacramento, California. Most of the photographs were taken by David Joslyn during the 1920's while
he was an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Therefore, many of the photos deal with the Southern Pacific and Central
Pacific Railroad Lines. Some of the photographs are copied from earlier photos, drawings and lithographs. Joslyn also took
numerous photographs of the State Capitol and the surrounding park as well as many shots from rooftops around the area of
downtown Sacramento. These photographs are invaluable when searching for specific locations or businesses in early 20th century
David L. Joslyn (1886-1963) was born in Salinas, Kansas on April 8, 1886. His father, an itinerant sawmill worker, moved the
family frequently to find work. The Joslyn children consisted of three sons and one daughter. Prior to moving to Sacramento,
the family lived in Portland, Oregon until July of 1896.
In 1900, David Joslyn's father died. He and his mother began working in a cannery. He also worked as a delivery boy and bottle
washer in a soda works. In 1902 he was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Tank Shop. With his first paycheck
form the Southern Pacific, Joslyn purchased a camera and so began a life long interest in photography dealing with Sacramento.
In 1908, David Joslyn married Retha Waldau and later had two sons; David W. and Erwin D. Joslyn. His first wife died in 1915
and he remarried Frances Wiley in 1916.
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