Albers Bros. Milling Co. Photograph Collection, 1940

Overview of the Collection

Albers Bros. Milling Co. Photograph Collection
1940 (inclusive)
6 photographic prints (1 folder) ; 8 x 10 in.
Collection Number
Photographs of the construction of Albers Bros. milling facilities and grain elevator in Oakland, California.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Open to the public.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Edwin F. Carter (1884-1977), who engineered the Albers Bros. Oakland plant addition, was a consulting engineer employed by the John S. Metcalf Company, Ltd., in North America, Australia, and Shanghai between 1910 and 1958. Carter at one time was in charge of the company's grain elevator designs on the Pacific coast in Canada and the United States. He also supervised the construction of grain elevators in Australia. After his retirement he resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, until his death.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains photographs of the 1940 construction of the Albers Bros. Milling Company milling facilities and grain elevators in Oakland, CA. Includes some views of San Francisco Bay and the Oakland Bay Bridge.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Albers Bros. Milling Co. was created in 1895 by Bernhard Albers and his four brothers. The company expanded from Portland to the Seattle area, and by 1920, there were Albers mills not only in five U.S. states, but also in Japan, Chile, and Manchuria. The business was purchased by the Carnation Milk Products Company in 1929. This company was in turn purchased by Nestlé, and products with the Albers label are still available today. Edwin Carter engineered the Albers Bros. Milling and Storage Co. addition to their Oakland, California, plant in 1940.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

The photographs along with architectural drawings of the plant were separated from the E.F. Carter Papers at the University of British Columbia and transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the University of British Columbia Library, 1987.

Processing Note

Processed by Randy Hertzler, 2002.

Related Materials

Edwin F. Carter Architectural Drawings.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1 Initial construction in "the pit" with workers laying rebar
1 2 Steam post-driver setting support posts into mud at shoreline
1 3 Man looking out from an upper level of construction toward Oakland Bay Bridge
Frank R. Killinger, Alameda, Calif. (photographer)
1 4   Albers Bros. Milling Co., finished structure Apr. 16, 1940
1 5 Concrete grain elevators
Frank R. Killinger, Alameda, Calif. (photographer)
Aug. 12, 1940
1 6   Concrete grain elevators
Frank R. Killinger, Alameda, Calif. (photographer)
Nov. 2, 1940

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Building construction--California--Photographs
  • Grain elevators--California--Photographs
  • Grain industry--California
  • Industrial facilities--California--Photographs

Corporate Names

  • Albers Bros. Milling Co

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Killinger, Frank R (photographer)

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Subject Terms

  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)