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About this collection

The Austin-Brooks Collection contains digitized photographs taken by various, and generally unidentified, photographers, between circa 1895 and 1930. A large number of the photographs show logging operations, especially of the Ritter Lumber Company in Proctor, located on Hazel Creek in Swain County, NC. Many of these photographs feature Austin Brooks, a lumber worker, and other photographs are of Mr. Brooks and his family. Descriptions of all these photographs were provided by Mr. Brooks, when he donated them to the Southern Highland Research Center in 1978, and many contain additional information on the rear of the prints.

 

There are a further eight photographs [apb640A-H] that, although they show logging operations from the early 20th century, may not be part of the collection donated by Frank Austin and Charlie Brooks. Two reasons for suspecting this are: they are listed on the descriptions provided by Charlie Brooks, and, unlike other images in the collection, they appear to be copies of other prints. They have, however, been grouped with the Austin-Brooks Collection for many years. 

 

 
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