Brown Paper Company Collection
Primary Format and Extent
film (16,000 ft.) : si. and sd., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. print.
Collection Date Range
1940 to 1977
This collection contains films by the Brown Paper Company of Berlin, NH, dealing with various aspects of the paper industry: processes such as pulpwood cutting and hauling, peeling spruce and loading freight cars; equipment such as portable choppers, coresaw machines and vapor tanks; and, policies on river and forest ecology. Instructional film "It's Not the Axe, It's Joe" is in both English and French versions. New England and west-coast paper mill activities are shown. Sponsored films include "The Story of Solka: The Amazing Basic Material that Makes a Thousand Things Better," about powdered cellulose, and "New England Fairs" containing footage of fairs in the 1940s. Collection also contains "Firemen's Convention" (1945), "Sheep Dog Trials" (1948), and "Scouts' Field Day" (1954). Collection also contains instructional and safety films, including one dated 1947 made from animated drawings, as well as home movies of travel around the Pacific Northwest.
Brown Paper Company, a large paper mill in Berlin, New Hampshire, extensively documented its industry through films and photography. Victor Beaudoin was a Brown Company photographer for 33 years, beginning in the mid-1920s.
People and OrganizationsBrown Paper Company
Subject(s)Community Life, Domestic animals, Ecology, Fairs, Fire fighters, Forests and forestry, Hunting, Logging, Manners and customs, Natural resources, Outdoor Life, Paper Industry, Railroads, Rivers, Wildlife, Working environment
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