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Swanlund-Baker Photograph Collection - Paintings

Sam Swanlund applied color paints to dozens of photographic prints made from historical images of Humboldt County. Before selling the painted image he would take a photograph of it, make prints and then sell the framed prints. These four are examples of the prints he made of the painted images. They were donated to the Humboldt State University Library by Ed Scarff in 2008. They once hung in the offices of the Arcata Redwood Company (between Highway 101 and Humboldt Bay, midway between Arcata and Eureka) and later hung in Mr. Scarff’s San Francisco office. Three are now hanging above the book return drops on the first floor of the Library.

  • Hauling tanbark in Southern Humboldt County, circa 1908
    Based on HSU Library image 1999.01.0041
  • Loading tanbark on a ship from the Mattole Wharf, circa 1908
    Based on HSU Library image 1999.01.0064
  • Loading tanbark from the Mattole Wharf, circa 1908
    Based on HSU Library image 1999.01.0149
  • Metropolitan Mill, circa 1908
    Based on HSU Library image 1999.01.0213
Swanlund Paintings over the bookdrops

HSU Library is fortunate to own several hundred images by R.J. Baker. Please visit the Humboldt Room (Room 308 in the Library) to view and enjoy them.