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Guide to the Crown Zellerbach Corporation records, [ca. 1876-1986]
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Corporate Chronology
  • Scope and Content
  • Overview of Collection Series

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Crown Zellerbach Corporation Records,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1876-1986]
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 88/215 cp
    Creator: Crown Zellerbach Corporation
    Extent: Number of containers: 43 cartons, 1 box, 203 vols, 4 oversize folders, 1 oversize box Linear feet: 107.5
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: The collection contains records of various kinds from sixty-one of the 184 companies which were related in some manner to the parent companies. Minute books, bylaws, financial and stock records, subject and clipping files, a small amount of correspondence, biographical sketches, company publications, and photographs are, in many cases, all that remains to document the existence of these many interests, primarily in the Pacific Northwest.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyrights held by Stephen A. Zellerbach, William J. Zellerbach, and James River Corporation have been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. Except for those materials for which The Bancroft Library holds copyright, permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Crown Zellerbach Corporation records, BANC MSS 88/215 cp, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • Photograph albums and other pictorial material transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1988.081)
    • Published material transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
    • Films and video cassettes transferred to Bancroft Microforms Division (Classified as: Motion Picture 757 D -760 D; 761 A -764 A).
    • Slide set classified as BANC KIT 5.
    • Sound recordings classified as Phonodisc 719-725, and Phonotape 2504C-2514C.
    • Architectural drawings of Louis Bloch's residence have been removed and cataloged separately.
    • "Recollections: Interviews with William J. Zellerbach and Stephen A. Zellerbach" cataloged as BANC MSS 93/133 c.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Crown Zellerbach Corporation Records were donated to The Bancroft Library on August 31, 1988, by the James River Corporation. Additions were made October 12, 1990, by Stephen A. Zellerbach and William J. Zellerbach.

    Funding

    Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Stephen A. Zellerbach and William J. Zellerbach.

    Corporate Chronology

    Dates: see Overview of Collection Series

    Key to abbreviations (p. xvi)

    • C Crown Paper Company
    • CR Columbia River Paper Company
    • CC Crown Columbia Pulp and Paper Company
    • CWP Crown Willamette Paper Company of Maine
    • CZ Crown Zellerbach Corporation of Nevada
    • CZI Crown Zellerbach International
    • CZCL Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd.
    • F Floristan
    • GOSLP General Oriental Securities Ltd. Partnership
    • W Willamette Pulp and Paper Company of California
    • Z Zellerbach Paper Company
    • ZPC Zellerbach Paper Company (a division of Crown Zellerbach)
    1867 Clackamas Manufacturing Company formed (CR)
    1868 A. Zellerbach formed (Z)
    1877 California Paper Company formed (W)
    1883 Columbia River Paper Company formed (CR)
    1885 A. Zellerbach name changed to A. Zellerbach & Sons (Z)
    1888 Willamette Pulp & Paper Company of California formed (W)
    1889 Crown Paper Company formed (C)
    1899 Western Paper & Bag Company of California formed (F)
    1899 Floriston Commercial Company formed (F)
    1901 Wahkiakum Development Company formed (C)
    1902 Western Transportation & Towage Company (C)
    1902 Great Southern Lumber Company incorporated
    1905 Crown Paper Company consolidateswith Columbia River Paper Company to form Crown Columbia Pulp and Paper Company (CC)
    1905 Floriston Pulp and Paper Company formed (F)
    1906 Floriston Pulp and Paper Company name changed to Floriston Paper Company (F)
    1906 Lebanon Paper Company formed (W)
    1907 A. Zellerbach & Sons name changed to Zellerbach Paper Company (Z)
    1907 Philip Hirschfeld & Company purchased (Z)
    1907 Union Pulp & Paper Company purchased (Z)
    1908 A. S. Hopkins acquired (Z)
    1908 Tulare Mining Company formed (W )
    1908 Western Paper & Bag Company acquired (F)
    1909 Santiam Power Company formed (W)
    1910 Crown Graphite of Mexico formed (C)
    1910 Pacific Paper Company purchased (Z)
    1910 Coast Lumber Yards incorporated (CZ)
    1911 H. N. Richmond Paper Company purchased (Z)
    1912 Sierra Flume Company formed (F)
    1912 Crown Columbia absorbs Floriston Paper Company (CC)
    1912 Willamette Supply Company formed (W)
    1912 Willamette Navigation Company formed (W)
    1912 Western Paper & Bag Company acquired (CWP)
    1913 J. C. Bulis Company incorporated (CZ)
    1914 Willamette Pulp & Paper Company merges with Crown Columbia Paper Company & Lebanon Paper Company to form Crown Willamette Paper Company (CWP)
    1914 Pacific Mills formed (CWP)
    1914 National Paper Products Company formed (Z)
    1914 Wahkiakum Development Company dissolved (CC)
    1914 Waxide Parchment Company incorporated; name changed to Waxide Paper Company ( CZ)
    1915 ZPC's National Paper Company acquires Carthage Tissue Mills (Z )
    1915 Northwestern Power & Manufacturing Company of Delaware formed (Z)
    1916 Lambert Paper Company acquired (Z)
    1916 Bogalusa Paper Company incorporated (CZ)
    1916 Sanitary Products Corporation formed (Z)
    1917 Washington Pulp & Paper Company formed (Z)
    1919 Pacific Coast Supply Company formed (CWP)
    1919 Lebanon Paper Company dissolved (CWP)
    1919 Western Waxed Paper Company (OR) formed (CWP)
    1919 Kumm & Unger acquired (Z)
    1919 Western Transportation & Towage dissolved (CC)
    1919 Willamette Navigation Company name changed to Western Transportation Company (CWP)
    1920 Floriston Commercial Company dissolved (CWP)
    1920 J. C. Bulis Company name changed to Robert Gaylord, Inc. (CZ)
    1921 Tulare Mining Company dissolved (CWP)
    1921 Graham Island Timber Company formed (Z)
    1921 Olympic Paper & Power Company formed (Z)
    1921 General Paper Company formed (Z)
    1923 American Investment & Realty formed (Z)
    1923 Western Waxed Paper Company (CA) acquired (CWP)
    1924 Northwestern Power & Manufacturing Company name changed to Northwestern Edison Company, then to Northwestern Power & Light Company (Z)
    1924 Zellerbach Paper Company name changed to Zellerbach Corporation (Z)
    1924 Paper Specialties Company formed (CZ (CWP))
    1924 St. Helens Pulp & Paper Company formed (CZ)
    1925 Eastman Gibbens acquired (Z)
    1925 Pioneer Printing & Fruit Wrapper formed (CZ (CWP))
    1925 Western Waxed Paper Company incorporated (CWP)
    1925 Zellerbach's National Paper Products acquired American Carton Company (Z )
    1926 San Jose Paper Company acquired (Z)
    1926 Crown Willamette Paper Company of Delaware formed; acquires Crown Willamette Paper Company of Maine (CWP)
    1926 Collison & Mills Ltd. incorporated (CZ)
    1927 Fibreboard Products, Inc. (joint venture) (Z)

    (formed by merger of National Paper Company & Parraffine Paint Company -jointly owned by ZPC with Parraffine Paint Company (later Pabco Products))
    • Federal Container Company
    • Precision Electrotype
    • Maryland Container Company
    • Independent Paper Stock Company
    • Container Transport
    • Glass Containers, Inc.
    • Nevada Silica Sands
    1927 Canadian Crown Willamette Paper Company formed (CWP)
    1927 Western Waxed Paper Company (OR)(CA) acquired (CWP)
    1928 Crown Zellerbach Corporation formed by merger of Zellerbach Corporation and Crown Willamette Paper Company (CZ)
    1928 Crown Willamette Paper Company becomes a division of Crown Zellerbach (CZ (CWP))
    1928 Zellerbach Paper Company becomes a division of Crown Zellerbach (CZ (ZPC))
    1928 Vancouver Pacific Paper Company Ltd. acquired (CZ)
    1928 General Paper Company purchased (CWP)
    1928 Collins Securities formed, then dissolved (Z)
    1928 Valve Bag Company interest acquired (Z)
    1929 National Paper Products Sales Company formed (CZ)
    1929 West End Paper Company (Carthage) acquired (CZ)
    1929 Pioneer Fruit Wrapper & Printing acquired (CZ (CWP))
    1929 Paper Specialties acquired by Crown Willamette Paper Company (CZ (CWP))
    1930 Crown Willamette Paper Company of Texas formed (CZ)
    1931 Comfort Paper Company acquired (CZ)
    1932 Collison & Mills Ltd. name changed to Collison's Ltd. (CZ)
    1933 International Pulpwood Supply Company formed (CZ)
    1933 Pioneer Fruit and Paper Specialties combined (CZ (CWP))
    1933 Western Waxed Paper Company (OR) dissolved (CZ (Floriston, CWP))
    1934 Dependable Paper Company of California formed (CZ)
    1934 Sierra Flume name changed to Avalon Paper Company (CZ (Floriston, CWP))
    1934 Clatsop Railroad Company formed (CZ (CWP))
    1934 La Dee Logging Company acquired (CZ (CWP))
    1934 Pacific Mills, Ltd. forms Export Sales Company, Ltd. with Powell River Company Ltd. (CZ (CWP))
    1935 Glass Sales Agency (Silklin Paper Company) acquired (ZPC)
    1935 Lane Paper Company acquired (ZPC)
    1935 Midland Paper Company acquired (ZPC)
    1935 Robert Gaylord, Inc. forms Gaylord Paper & Bag Company (CZ)
    1936 Washington Pulp & Paper Company of Virginia dissolved (CZ (ZPC))
    1936 National Paper Products Company dissolved (CZ (ZPC))
    1936 Western Waxed Paper Company (CA) dissolved (CZ (CWP))
    1936 Western Waxed Paper Company (CA) incorporated (CZ)
    1936 Olympic Paper & Power Company dissolved (CZ (ZPC))
    1936 Northwestern Power & Light Company dissolved (CZ (ZPC))
    1936 Coastwise Lines formed (CZ)
    1936 Nelson Paper Company acquired (1936-37) (CZ)
    1936 Nelson Paper Company sold (1937-45) (ZPC)
    1936 Humboldt Paper Company acquired (ZPC)
    1937 Glass Sales Agency name changed to Silklin Paper Company (ZPC)
    1937 Avalon Paper Company dissolved (CZ (Floriston, CWP))
    1937 Great Southern Lumber Company absorbed by Bogalusa Paper Company (CZ)
    1937 Nata-Products Company (CZ)
    1937 Crown Willamette Paper Company dissolved (CZ (CWP))
    1937 Seattle Paper Company acquired (ZPC)
    1937 Bogalusa Paper Company merges with Robert Gaylord Inc. to form Gaylord Container Corporation (CZ)
    1937 Coast Lumber Yards incorporated (CZ (CWP, Pacific Mills))
    1938 Clatsop Railroad Company dissolved (CZ (CWP))
    1938 Pacific Mills, Ltd. (CWP) acquires Hudson Paper Company (CZ (CWP))
    1938 Crown Willamette Paper Company of Delaware absorbed by Crown Zellerbach (CZ)
    1939 American Investment & Realty dissolved (ZPC)
    1940 Waterway Terminals Company formed (CZ)
    1942 Coast Range Transport Company formed (CZ)
    1945 Coast Range Transport Company dissolved (CZ)
    1945 Pacific Mills, Ltd. (CWP) acquires Canadian Boxes, Ltd. (CZ)
    1945 Nelson Paper Company name changed to R. W. Burrows (ZPC)
    1945 Sanitary Paper Products Company name changed to Nata Products (CZ)
    1945 Collision's Ltd. name changed to Collison Paper Company (CZ)
    1946 Pacific Mills, Ltd. (CWP) acquires Northern Pulpwood Ltd. (formerly J. R. Morgan, Ltd.) and its subsidiary Badwater Towing Company (CZ (CWP))
    1947 Coastwise Lines sold (CZ)
    1947 International Pulpwood Supply Company dissolved (CZ)
    1947 Elk River Timber Company Ltd. interest acquired (CZ)
    1948 Buffalo, Brooklyn, Syracuse, Philadelphia, & Pittsburgh branches of Sanitary Products Company sold (ZPC)
    1948 Sanitary Products Corporation (CA) formed (CZ)
    1949 Dependable Paper Products dissolved (ZPC)
    1949 Dependable Paper Products incorporated (CZ)
    1949 Sanitary Products & Paper Co. and Sanitary Products & Paper Corporation dissolved (CZ)
    1949 Western Gummed & Coated Products formed (CZ)
    1949 Columbia Paper Distributing Corp. acquired (ZPC)
    1949 Comfort Paper Company acquired from Crown Zellerbach (ZPC)
    1950 Owikeno Lake Timber Company interest acquired (joint venture with Scott Paper Company) (CZ)
    1950 Elk Falls Company, Ltd. formed (CZ (CWP))

    (jointly owned by Canadian Western Lumber Company & Pacific Mills, Ltd.)
    • Baydun Holdings (acquired 1951)
    • Coast Lumber Yards

      (later Canadian Western Lumber Company)
    • Security Lumber Company
    • Canadian Tugboat Company
    • Comox Logging & Railway Company
    • Crown Lumber Company (incorporated 1905 as Staples & Co.; changed 1909)
    • Fraser Mills, Sash, Door & Shingle Company
    • Northern Pulpwood
    • Coast Lumber Yards
    1950 National Paper Products Company (OR) formed (CZ)
    1951 Gaylord Container Corp. acquires Dresden Paper Mills Company (CZ)
    1951 Gaylord Container Corp. acquires Fairfield Paper & Container Company (CZ)
    1951 Graham Island Timber Company name changed to International Pulpwood Supply Company (ZPC)
    1951 Comfort Paper Company dissolved (CZ)
    1951 Comfort Paper Corporation (OR) formed (CZ)
    1951 Silklin Paper Company of California dissolved (ZPC)
    1951 Silklin Paper Company (OR) incorporated (ZPC)
    1952 National Paper Products Sales Company dissolved (CZ)
    1952 Dependable Paper Company dissolved (ZPC)
    1952 Western Paper & Bag Company dissolved (CZ (Floriston, CWP))
    1952 Sanitary Products Company final dissolution (CZ)
    1952 Nata-Products, Inc. dissolved (CZ)
    1952 Paper Specialties Company dissolved (CZ (CWP))
    1952 Western Gummed & Coated Products Co. dissolved (CZ)
    1952 Western Waxed Paper Company becomes a division of Crown Zellerbach (CZ (CWP))
    1952 Crown Zellerbach Overseas Corporation (CZ)
    1952 Crown Zellerbach Foundation formed (CZ)
    1953 General Paper Company dissolved (CZ (CWP))
    1953 General Paper Company of California incorporated (ZPC)
    1953 Crown Willamette Paper of Texas name changed to Crown Zellerbach Corporation of Texas (CZ)
    1953 St. Helens Pulp & Paper Company, Lewis & Clark Boom Company, and Wah-Pac-Boom Company acquired (CZ)
    1953 Canadian Western Lumber Company acquired by Elk Falls Company Ltd. (CZ)
    1954 Pacific Coast Supply Company dissolved (CZ (CWP))
    1954 Pacific Mills, Ltd. name changed to Crown Zellerbach Canada, Ltd. (CZ)
    1955 Bartram Paper Products Ltd. acquired (CZCL)
    1955 Gaylord Container Corp. absorbed in merger (CZ)
    1955 Elk Falls Company Ltd. acquired (CZCL)
    • Bartram Paper Products
    • Bartram Properties Ltd.
    • Bartram Industries
    1955 Fibreboard Products sold to Pabco Products (formerly Parraffine Paint Company) (ZPC)
    1956 Waxide Paper Company acquired (CZ)
    1956 Canadian Western Lumber Company becomes sudsidiary of CZ Canada Ltd. (CZCL)
    1956 Western Wax Paper & Waxide Paper Co. combined to form Western-Waxide Specialty Packaging (CZ)
    1957 St. Francisville Paper Company (joint venture) (with Time, Inc.) formed (CZ)
    1957 Western-Waxide Specialty Packaging name changed to Western Waxide division (CZ)
    1957 Hudson Paper Company (CWP) becomes subsidiary of Bartram Paper Products Company (CZ)
    1958 Bridge Lumber Company Ltd. acquired (CZCL)
    1958 Clark Papers Ltd. acquired (CZCL)
    1958 Coast Lumber Yards name changed to Canadian Western Lumber (Manitoba) Ltd. (CZCL)
    1959 Disposal of portions of Export Sales Company, Ltd. (CZCL)
    1959 Columbia Paper Company Ltd. acquired (CZCL)
    1959 Plywood Supply Company Ltd. acquired (CZCL)
    1960 Dresden Paper Mills Company dissolved (CZ)
    1960 Fairfield Paper & Container Company dissolved (CZ)
    1960 Columbia Paper Company Ltd. acquired (ZPC)
    1960 Assets of Hudson Paper Co. (Bartram) sold to Clark Papers Ltd. (CZCL)
    1960 Clark Papers Ltd. sold to Bartram Paper Products Co. Ltd. (CZ)
    1960 Bartram Paper Products Company Ltd. merged with Columbia Paper Company Ltd. to form Crown Zellerbach Paper Company Ltd. (CZCL)
    1960 Bridge Lumber Company acquires International Wood Briquetting (CZCL)
    1960 Crown Zellerbach Panama formed (CZ)
    1961 Crown Zellerbach A.G. of Zurich (holding company) formed (CZ Overseas)
    1961 Crown -Van Gelder Papierfabriken N.V. (joint venture) (CZ Overseas)
    1961 Canadian Western Timber Company Ltd. name changed to Canadian Western Lumber Company Ltd. (CZCL)
    1961 Canadian Western Lumber Company (Manitoba) name changed to Crown Zellerbach Building Materials Ltd. (CZCL (Elk Falls))
    1961 Collison Paper Company formed (formerly Collison & Mills Ltd. (1926); later Collison's Ltd. (1932); then Collison Paper Company Ltd. (1945) (CZCL)
    1961 Collison Paper Company merged into Crown Zellerbach Paper Company Ltd. (CZCL)
    1962 General Paper Company name changed to Building Materials Terminal, Inc. (CZ)
    1962 International Pulpwood Supply (formerly Graham Island Timber Company) purchased by Crown Zellerbach Canada from Crown Zellerbach (CZCL)
    1962 Elk River Timber Company Ltd. (joint venture with Scott Paper Company) acquired (CZCL)
    1962 Beaty Laminated Ltd. acquired (CZCL)
    1962 FTC ordered divestiture of St. Helens (CZ)
    1962 Crown Zellerbach Overseas dissolved (CZ)
    1964 Crown Zellerbach International formed (CZ)
    1964 Crown-Carlton Paper Mills (joint venure) formed (CZI)
    1964 Laja-Crown S.A. (joint venture with Papeles Especiales) formed (CZI)
    1965 S. M. Simpson Ltd. acquired (CZI (CZCL))
    1966 Crown Simpson Corporation formed (CZ)
    1966 Crown Simpson Pulp Company (joint venture-partnership with Simpson Timber Company) formed (CZ)
    1968 Redman Manufacturing Company acquired (CZ)
    1968 Crown-Van Gelder Papier S.A. formed (CZI)
    1968 Crown-Van Gelder Plastic Film Industries N.V. (joint venture) formed (CZI)
    1969 Park Lumber Company acquired (CZ)
    1969 Glen E. Park Logging Operations acquired (CZ)
    1969 Disposed of interest in Crown Carlton Paper Mills (CZI)
    1969 Armstrong Sawmills Ltd. acquired (CZI (CZCL))
    1969 Sigma S.A. (joint venture) formed (CZI)
    1969 Nippon Zellerbach Packaging K.K. (joint venture) formed (CZI)
    1969 Big Pasco Public Warehouse acquired (thru Waterway Terminals) (CZ)
    1970 Ponderosa Pine Lumber Company acquired (CZI (CZCL))
    1970 Seaforth Plastics Ltd. acquired (CZI (CZCL))
    1970 Barhil Enterprises Ltd. acquired (CZI (CZCL))
    1970 Crown Zellerbach Stores Ltd. formed (CZI (CZCL))
    1970 14 subsidiaries consolidated under name Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd. (CZI (CZCL))
    1971 Nippon Zellerbach Kakoshi K.K. (joint venture) formed (CZI)
    1971 Mitsui Zellerbach K.K. (joint venture) formed (CZI)
    1971 Bendickson Logging Ltd. acquired; named changed to Crown Zellerbach (Hardwicke Island) Ltd. (CZI (CZCL))
    1972 Gulfport Creosoting Company acquired (CZ)
    1972 Creosoting Oil Corporation (CZ)
    1972 Northern Pulpwood dissolved (CZI (CZCL))
    1972 Crown Zellerbach Building Materials Ltd. dissolved (CZI (CZCL))
    1972 Comox Logging & Railway Company dissolved (CZI (CZCL))
    1973 Rainier Manufacturing Company acquired (CZ)
    1974 Biles-Coleman Lumber Company acquired (CZ)
    1974 Tremont Lumber Company (joint venture) acquired (with S. T. Corporation) (CZ)
    1974 S. T. Corporation acquired (CZ)
    1975 Oliver J. Olson & Company acquired (CZ)
    1975 Olson Ocean Towing Company acquired (CZ)
    1976 Stationers Distributing Company (Fort Worth, Texas) acquired (CZ)
    1977 Seaforth Plastics name changed to Crown Zellerbach Flex-Pak Ltd. (CZI (CZCL))
    1978 Virginia Paper Company (Richmond, Virginia) acquired (CZ)
    1978 Patrician Paper Company acquired (CZ)
    1978 Pulp Recycling Northeast Corporation acquired (CZ)
    1979 Weaver Paper Company (Montgomery, Alabama) acquired (CZ)
    1980 Disposed of interest in Elk River Timber Company (CZ)
    1980 Disposed of interest in Crown-Van Gelder (CZI)
    1980 Fine Papers (Little Rock, Arkansas) acquired (CZ)
    1982 Norsk Pacific Steamship Company sold (CZI)
    1982 Interest in Laja-Crown S.A. sold (CZI)
    1982 Interest in Crown Simpson Pulp Company sold (CZ)
    1982 Pulp Recycling Northeast Corporation shut down (CZ)
    1982 Crown Zellerbach Canada sold to Fletcher Challenge Ltd. (CZI)
    1982 Crown Zellerbach Canada name changed to Crown Forests Industries (CZI)
    1983 ECZEL Corporation formed (CZ)
    1983 Southern Paper Company (Knoxville, Tennessee) acquired (CZ)
    1984 Sale of Park Lumber Company (CZ)
    1984 Waterway Terminals Company and Western Transportation Company consolidated (CZ)
    1985 Stationers Distributing Company sold (CZ (ZPC))
    1985 James M. Goldsmith, elected chairman (General Oriental Securities Ltd. Partnership) (CZ)
    1985 CZC Acquisition Corp. (DE) formed (GOSLP)
    1985 Gaylord Holdings Ltd. formed (GOSLP)
    1985 Gaylord Container Inc. becomes subsidiary of Gaylord Holdings Ltd. (GOSLP)
    1985 Cavenham Forest Industries formed (GOSLP)
    1985 LANDEQ Ltd. (GOSLP)
    1985 LANDEQ Corporation (GOSLP)
    1985 COSYN Corporation (GOSLP)
    1985 Crown Zellerbach Corporation becomes subsidiary of James River Corporation (GOSLP)

    Scope and Content

    The Crown Zellerbach Corporation was formed in 1928 by the merger of the Zellerbach Paper Company and Crown Willamette Paper Company, both of which in turn had been formed by the mergers of several other companies and their predecessors. In addition, various companies and their subsidiaries were purchased or formed after the 1928 merger, culminating in 1985 with the acquisition of Crown Zellerbach Corporation by James River Corporation.
    In 1954, the Executive Committee of Crown Zellerbach Corporation of Nevada (1894-1986), established and issued, as General Order 57, the "policy of the Corporation to identify, preserve, record and index all Corporate records, documents and undocumented events and decisions which have historical meaning." The Crown Zellerbach History Committee was delegated with the responsibility to develop and implement the procedures and instructions necessary to carry out the policy. The files of the History Committee were a major resource in identifying and establishing the organization of this collection. Twelve major branches formed the pre-1985 Crown Zellerbach organization and these have been used as the basis which forms the 12 series into which these records have been organized. The Overview of Collection Series, following on page xvii, gives a detailed listing and brief history of each of the 184 companies identified.
    The Crown Zellerbach Corporation collection contains records of various kinds from sixty-one of the 184 companies which were related in some manner to the parent companies. Minute books, bylaws, financial and stock records, subject and clipping files, a small amount of correspondence, biographical sketches, company publications, and photographs are, in many cases, all that remains to document the existence of these many interests, primarily in the Pacific Northwest.

    Overview of Collection Series

    The twelve major branches which grew to become Crown Zellerbach Corporation were used as the basis to form the organization of this collection into 12 series. Each of the 184 companies identified as being related to Crown Zellerbach has been assigned a distinct number which begins with the series number, thus identifying the company through which each came to be related to or associated with Crown Zellerbach. This numbering scheme also serves to clearly identify the records of a specific company, as often the names were used, discontinued, resurrected, changed, bought, and sold with some frequency.
    The twelve series and the first or "parent" company within each are:
    • 1.1 Crown Paper Company
    • 2.1 Columbia River Paper Company
    • 3.1 Crown Columbia Pulp and Paper Company
    • 4.1 Floriston Pulp and Paper Company
    • 5.1 Willamette Pulp and Paper Company of California
    • 6.1 Crown Willamette Paper Company
    • 7.1 Zellerbach Paper Company
    • 8.1 Crown Zellerbach Corporation of Nevada
    • 9.1 Crown Willamette Paper Company (a division of CZ) -see 6.1
    • 10. 1 Pacific Mills Ltd. -see 6.3
    • 11. 1 Zellerbach Paper Company (a division of Crown Zellerbach) -see 7.1
    • 12. 1 Crown Zellerbach International
    Following is a detailed series listing, with brief history for each company. Names of companies appearing in bold type are those whose records are found in this collection.