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Peers Family Photograph Albums
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[Colfax and other places in California: 1910-1926]. 615 photographs, varying sizes from 2.25 x 3.25 to 5 x 7 inches, with a few larger format images, in two oblong, string-tied albums.
Photograph albums containing nearly 620 images of sanitaria founded by Dr. Robert Alway Peers in and around Colfax, California, the activities of their patients, and the lives of the head doctor, his family, and staff. Peers was originally from Toronto and settled in California at the end of the 19th century. He purchased a property Colfax in 1907 that served as a small, but continually expanding sanitarium from 1911 until after World War II. After brief service in the medical corps of the U.S. Army during the Great War, Peers returned to Colfax in 1919 and established the Weimar Joint Sanitarium, which took in tuberculosis patients from fifteen northern and central California counties. In addition to his duties as the head doctor at several sanitaria in the state, Peers was also a member of the State Board of Health from 1915 to 1932 and the Mayor of Colfax from 1922 to 1945. The photographs in the first, larger album which contains nearly 350 images, depict the first hospital that Peers established in Colfax and some of its expansions. "Less than ten years into his time at Colfax, Dr. Peers established a hospital in town for the treatment of TB. He soon increased the bed capacity by adding cottages on the hillside adjacent to the hospital. A short while later he expanded further by adding a group of cottages for patients in an area among the pine trees called The Colony a short distance from town" -- Staab.
615 photoprints. Contained in two albums
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