A Guide to The West Virginia Pulp & Paper Company Logging Photographs,1927-1931.
Processed by: Julia Merkel, February, 2003
Preferred Citation: West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company Logging Photographs, 1927-1931.
SC# 3037, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. 22807
Physical Characteristics: Consists of 1 folder of 36 B&W gelatin photographs each measuring approximately 4" x 5".
Abstract: Contains 36 B&W photographs of loggers (including African-American and child workers) cutting trees in North Carolina, Virginia, and unspecified locations. Some photos have hand-written or stamped information on the back explaining the techniques being used and identifying them as "West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co."
Scope and Content
Of the 36 B&W photographs in this collection, 25 carry identification on the back that specifies locations in NC (Moravian Falls, Crutchfield, Sanford) and VA (Newcastle, Fort Union, Naruna, Rhoadesville, Gordonsville, Burkeville), dates the photos from 1927 to 1931, and explains the techniques of cutting, peeling, and axing out knots of poplar and pine trees for pulpwood that are demonstrated in the photos. In a few cases the comments on the back criticize poor practices, indicating that the photos may have been intended for training purposes. "West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Tyrone, PA" is stamped on some photos; on the return address of the envelope in which the photos were housed, however, "Tyrone" has been crossed out and "Covington, VA" written in. Nine photos show African-Americans; two show very young workers.
The West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company was incorporated in 1898 by William Luke and sons. Through the twentieth century it grew into a multinational wood products corporation and changed its name to Westvaco. At the end of the 20th century it became MeadWestvaco.
Series 1. North Carolina locations: 3 photos.
Series 2. Virginia locations: 17 photos.
Series 3. No location: 16 photos.
Acquisition Information: Purchased in 2000 from Green Valley Auctions, Inc.