Guide to the Redtree Properties Collection (Unprocessed)

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Number of Containers:  Eleven (11) Boxes
Linear Feet:  5.0 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of legal and business documents, minute logs, maps, plans, timber surveys, manuals, brochures, photographs, written memoirs, newspaper clippings, company stationery, artifacts, and correspondence.


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

The Redtree Properties Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH.  Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

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History Notes +

The Santa Cruz Lumber Company originated in 1923, founded by its first president, George Ley, along with an assorted group of financial backers. The company’s original mill, owned by Ley, sat on his 500-acre parcel in Bonny Doon in the San Vicente Creek area. After incorporation, the site moved to the Pescadero Creek area. Santa Cruz Lumber Company continued to grow, and by 1971 (one year before the mill was closed) the company owned 12,000 acres devoted to tree farming. After being sold in 1972, old-growth logging operations effectively ceased, leaving only young-growth timber to sell. In 1986, the retail outlets were sold and the company reorganized into a new entity, Redtree Properties, L.P. The company combined Ley family properties, land purchased from the Hardwood Lumber Company, and acquisitions from land trades with the State of California to strengthen the company’s assets. In addition to business documentation, the collection highlights the company’s first president, George Ley. Serving on the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors from 1928-1938, the documents he generated not only relate to his position as Chairman of the Board but also on his presidency for the Mission Trails Association.