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Neill Photo Album - Finding Aid

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection Number


Contact Information

The University Library, Special Collections
Cal Poly Humboldt
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521

Processed By

Kathryn LaSala and Edith Butler, MA, CA

Date Collection Processed




Collection Creator

Neill Family

Dates Covered by Collection

1908-1970s (date span)
1908-1913 (bulk dates)

Size of Collection

.5 cubic foot; 1 photo album (22.9 cm x 28.6 cm)


The album consists of 292 photographs pertaining to the Neill Family living in Scotia, Humboldt County, California, during the early 20th century. Images within the album reflect the everyday lives of the family including snapshots of Scotia, local residents and residences, Pacific Lumber Company's mill and operations, vacations taken, and trips into the surrounding forest


The collection is open for research.


Copyright has not been assigned to Cal Poly Humboldt. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce in any format, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.

Acquisition Information

The album was in the possession of Cal Poly Humboldt Library Special Collections prior to 1997.

Scope and Content of the Collection

The photographs in this album document the lives of the Neill Family members along with other residents of Scotia between the years of 1908-1913. The majority of the images contain a member of the Neill family as well as friends and other townspeople. Most images are set within the town of Scotia or in the forest surrounding the town.

The album is in fair condition with a worn suede cover and two loose images. One of the loose images is a portrait from the 1970s of the Cooke Family. The other image is a black and white portrait of Louis and Louise Neill. The majority of the images are black and white. Photographs are loosely organized in chronological order in an album with a portion of the images labeled and dated. In order to preserve the context in which the photographs were created and arranged, the album was left intact.

Subjects taken from captions include:
Eel River
Eel River Mercantile Company
Ferry on the Eel River
Fields Landing
Monument Creek area
Pacific Lumber Company
Places outside Humboldt County (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Berkeley, Yosemite, Colorado, British Columbia, Illinois, Virginia)
Scotia Bluffs
Scotia homes

Names of individuals identified:
Authur Blockinger
Mrs. Blockinger
Cooke Family
Mr. Davis
Chas. Edson
Wilbur Hayden
Fred Hinkey
Geo. Lenfesty
Dad Neill
Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Neill
Eugene Neill
Mother Neill
Lou Neill
Louis Neill
Louise Neill
Aunt Sada Neill
Mr. Pellon
Mr. Scott
Cora Shannon
C. W. Simonson
Simonson Family
Frank Tate
Jessie Tate
Clara Thomas
Frank Thomas
Robt. Thomas
Chas. Twohy
Mrs. Twohy
Abby Whitten
Bill Whitten
Mrs. Whitten
Whitten Family

Container List

Box 1:

  1. One photo album (22.9 cm x 28.6 cm) with 47 pages and 292 photographs.

Subject Headings

Scotia (Calif.)
Pacific Lumber Company
Lumbering - California - Humboldt County