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Collection Title: Ingram-Day Lumber Company Photographs

Collection Number: M291

Dates: ca. 1906-1925

Volume: 30 items

Provenance: Transferred from the de Grummond Children's Collection on January 30, 1990. The photographs were originally part of a collection purchased from the George O. Anderson estate by Linton Glidewell, and donated to the de Grummond Collection in 1989.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Ingram-Day Lumber Company, located in Lyman, Mississippi (Harrison County), was organized in 1906 by William H. Hatton of New London, Wisconsin; W. H. Day of Dubuque, Iowa; and W. P. Tearse of Winona, Minnesota. The company's first operations consisted of a sawmill with a double circular saw, a re-saw mill with two brick dry kilns, and an electric planing mill. Like most South Mississippi lumber companies, Ingram-Day shipped its goods to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and out of the country. Although its headquarters was in Lyman, the company also harvested long leaf yellow pine from property in west-central Alabama. During its 18-year history, Ingram-Day become one of the largest lumber exporters in Mississippi. In 1925, the company was sold to Batson-Hatten Lumber Company.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains 29 photographs depicting the type of timber, primarily white oak and long leaf pine, that was harvested by the Ingram-Day Lumber Company in Lyman, Mississippi (Harrison County). Most of the 5 x 7, black and white photos were taken at Yarbro, Loper, and Woodbluff, in Alabama. However, some were taken in forests in and around Lyman. Not only do the photographs represent the type of timber harvested from 1906 through 1925, but a print of a steamboat on the Tombigbee River and another entitled "Just a Beauty Spot" illustrate the transportation and environment of the time. Included in the collection is the original album, in which the photographs were presented to George Anderson, a company employee. The photographs have been removed from the album, but the original captions that accompanied the prints remain there. Also in the album is an excerpt from "A Forest Hymn" by William Cullen Bryant.

This collection may be useful to researchers investigating the timber industry in Mississippi and Alabama during the early twentieth century.

Photograph Log: Available.

Related Collections:

Goodyear Yellow Pine Company Photographs, M 134

Gilbert H. Hoffman Research Collection, M 272

Major-Sowers Sawmill Photographs, M 292

Weston Lumber Company Photographs, M 293


Accession Number: AM02-60

Provenance: Kalani Hoffman

Date of Receipt: October 8, 2002

Volume: 1 item

Dates: 2003-2004

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

One 2003 calendar produced by the Forrest/Lamar County Forestry Association. The calendar features two images from the Ingram-Day Lumber Company Photographs; one image from the Major Sowers Lumber Company Photographs, and two images from the Goodyear Yellow Pine Lumber Company Photographs, all of which are housed in the McCain Library and Archives.

A 2004 calendar is included on the back of this item.


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