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Guide to the David L. Joslyn papers
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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 Sacramento.
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.
2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
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Collection is open for research use.