Civil Engineering Works Photograph Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection was sorted into ten folders loosely arranged as to types of civil engineering structures collected together in a folder when a folder does not deal specifically with a particular structure. There is no specific chronological arrangement.
- Majority of material found within 1879-1984
- Unknown (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection is open for research.
Biographical / Historical
It is unknown who began the collection of photographs but Dr. Philip Metzger, former Special Collections curator, is credited with adding some of the photos to the collection. Perhaps the photographs at one time were used for instructional purposes in the civil engineering department at Lehigh. Most of the photos are of railroad bridges but among the photos included in the collection are: Brooklyn Bridge, Firth of Forth railroad bridge, James River, VA. lift bridge, Luten Design reinforced concrete arch bridge examples, Newburyport, MA. chain bridge, Niagara River Upper Steel Arch Bridge, Pecos High Bridge/Viaduct, Tay Railroad Bridge.
1.5 Linear Feet (1 box, 49 photographs of assorted civil engineering works including Whipple through truss railroad bridges, Pennsylvania through truss bridges, suspension bridges, cantilever bridges, reinforced concrete arch bridges and a buttress dam.) ; 1.5 linear feet
Language of Materials
The collection of photographs illustrate various types of civil engineering works including the Whipple through truss railroad bridge, Pennsylvania through truss bridge, suspension bridges, cantilever bridges, reinforced concrete arch bridges and buttress dams. Among the bridge photographs are included the Brooklyn Bridge, the Firth of Forth Bridge, the Tay Bridge and Niagara Falls “Honeymoon” Bridge collapses, the Pecos River railroad trestle bridge and the “Luten Design” reinforced concrete bridges. The dates of the photographs range from late 19th to late 20th century.
The collection is arranged loosely according to format. The total amount of photographs were sorted into ten folders according to type of structure or specific structure. For example: a group of 19th century bridges located in Adams County, Ohio are filed together in a folder identified as Adams County bridges; two British railroad bridges are filed together in a folder; railroad trestle bridges are filed together, the Luten Design bridges black and white as well as colored are together and the dam photographs are filed together. The dates of these structures are from the late 19th century to the early 20th century but not in chronological order.
Other Finding Aids
See the Digital Bridges site under the Special Collections section of the Library web site.
- Adams County (Ohio)
- Ambursen, Nils Frederick, 1876-1953
- American River Bridge, California
- Beasley Fork Bridge, Ohio
- Belleair (Fla.)
- Belleview Bridge, Belleair, Florida
- Blair Bridge, Montgomery County, Maryland
- Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
- Cemetery Bridge, Benton Harbor, Michigan
- Champion Bridge Company
- Cicott Street Bridge, Logansport, Indiana
- Civil engineering
- Civil engineers
- Forth Bridge (South Queensferry, Scotland : Railroad bridge)
- Gardner, David I.
- Harrington, Howard & Ash Engineers
- Island Park Bridge, Winfield, Kansas
- James River Bridge, Virginia
- Luten Bridge Company
- Luten Engineering Company
- Luten, Daniel B., 1869-1946
- Maumee River Bridge, Waterville, Ohio
- Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Ariz. and Nev.)
- National Bridge Company
- Pecos River Bridge
- Pecos River High Bridge, Texas
- Phoenix Bridge Company
- Railroad bridges
- Reinforced Concrete
- Sale, Madison
- Saskatchewan River Bridge, Saskatoon, Canada
- Shawnee Bridge, Piqua, Ohio
- Shelton, Thomas J.
- Southern Pacific Railroad Company
- Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland : Railroad bridge)
- Tellicoe River Bridge, Vonore, Tennessee
- Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company
- Wabash River Bridge, Georgetown, Indiana
- West Washington Street Bridge, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Unknown (Person)
- Civil Engineering Works Photograph Collection
- Ilhan Citak and Eleanor Nothelfer
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
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