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Blair Birdsall Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SC MS 0175
Abstract

This collection contains the technical and professional documents of consulting engineer Blair Birdsall. Most of the collection are documents pertaining to the multitude of bridges he worked on, including the Golden Gate, Chesapeake Bay, and Brooklyn Bridges, as a consulting engineer or as a design engineer. The collection spans from 1900 to 2002 covering his entire career and also early Steinman Boynton Gronquist & Birdsall and John A. Roebling Sons Engineering companies.

Dates: Inclusive Dates

Civil Engineering Works Photograph Collection

 Item
Identifier: SC Photo-0020
Abstract 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...
Dates: 1879-1984; Majority of material found within 1879-1984

Photo Album of Bridges by G. W. Philips

 Collection — Volume: PHOTO0018.01
Identifier: SC Photo-0018
Abstract The album contains a collection of photographs of six Pennsylvania bridges and several railroad works possibly inspected by G. W. Philips in a period from 1900 to 1930. Perhaps the most well-known Pennsylvania bridge is the multi concrete arch Hyner Bridge over the Susquehanna River near Renovo, Pennsylvania. The Hell Gate Bridge over the East River in New York City is an anomaly among the construction photographs in the album as the only New York bridge. The album is an interesting...
Dates: 1900-1930; Majority of material found within 1900-1930

Photograph of Harlem Bridge over Harlem River at Fourth Avenue, New York, Circa 1867-1871

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Identifier: SC photo-0021
Abstract John Reid, the acknowledged photographer of this picture, was in his lifetime known as a pioneer photographer of the “Iron Horse” (steam locomotives). He introduced the convention of taking the photographs “from a position just ahead of the smoke box” in the late 1850s. This angle is apparent in this photograph as the 4-4-0 steam locomotive positioned on the Harlem Bridge. The bridge is an example of a Post box-truss type developed by Simeon S. Post in 1863. Based on information printed...
Dates: Circa 1867-1871

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Lehigh University Special Collections 3
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Civil engineering 3
Civil engineers 3
Railroad bridges 3
Bridges 2
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) 2
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Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.) 2
Adams County (Ohio) 1
Allegheny River 1
Alvsborg Bridge (Gothenburg, Sweden) 1
Ambassador International Bridge (Detroit, Michigan) 1
American River Bridge, California 1
Angus L. Macdonald Bridge (Halifax - Dartmouth) 1
Beasley Fork Bridge, Ohio 1
Belleair (Fla.) 1
Belleview Bridge, Belleair, Florida 1
Bidwell Bar Bridge (Oroville, California) 1
Blair Bridge, Montgomery County, Maryland 1
Blaw-Knox Pipe Line Bridge (Charleston, Tennessee) 1
Blueprints 1
Boulder Dam Bridge (AZ) [Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge] 1
Bridge engineering 1
Bronx-Whitestone Bridge (New York, N.Y.) 1
Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (NY) [Hugh L. Carey Tunnel] 1
Bucksport Suspension Bridge (Bucksport, Maine) [Waldo-Hancock Bridge?] 1
Bucktail Trail 1
Cantilever bridges 1
Cemetery Bridge, Benton Harbor, Michigan 1
Chains 1
Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Maryland) 1
Chester Bridge (Chester, Illinois) 1
Cicott Street Bridge, Logansport, Indiana 1
Clinton County, Pennsylvania 1
Columns 1
Composite materials -- Testing 1
Concrete 1
Correspondence 1
Covington-Cincinnati Bridge (Cincinnati, Ohio) [John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge] 1
Dams 1
Daule River Bridge (Guayaquil, Ecuador) [National Unity Bridge] 1
Deer Isle Bridge (Me.) 1
Delaware Memorial Bridge (New Castle, Delaware) 1
Delaware River Bridge (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1
Dodge Street (Lincoln Highway) Bridge (Omaha, NE) 1
East Boston Bridge 1
East Fredericktown Vesta Coal Preparation Plant 1
East River, New York 1
Erie, Pennsylvania 1
Florianopolis Bridge (Hercilio Luz Bridge, Brazil) 1
Forth Bridge (South Queensferry, Scotland : Railroad bridge) 1
Forth Road Bridge (Scotland) 1
Frames 1
Fremont Bridge (Seattle, Wash.) 1
Friction 1
Garden State Parkway (New Jersey) 1
George Washington Bridge (New York, N.Y.) 1
Glen Canyon Dam (Ariz.) 1
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.) 1
Grand Mère Suspension Bridge (Quebec, Canada) 1
Harlem River (N.Y.) 1
Hartford Bridge. 1
Henry Hudson Bridge (New York, N.Y.) 1
Highway engineering 1
Historic bridges 1
Hutsonville Bridge (Hutsonville, Illinois) 1
Island Park Bridge, Winfield, Kansas 1
James River Bridge, Virginia 1
Karnali Bridge (Nepal) 1
Mackinac Bridge (Mich.) 1
Maldonado Bridge (Uruguay) 1
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) 1
Martin-Pena Canal (Puerto Rico) 1
Materials--Testing 1
Maumee River Bridge, Waterville, Ohio 1
Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Ariz. and Nev.) 1
Mount Hope Bridge (Bristol, Rhode Island) 1
New York (N.Y.) 1
New York State Thruway (New York) 1
Niagara River Bridge 1
Notebooks 1
Panama Bridge (Panama) [Centennial Bridge?] 1
Park Avenue Viaduct (New York, N.Y.) 1
Pecos River Bridge 1
Pecos River High Bridge, Texas 1
Plates (Engineering) 1
Railroad engineering 1
Railroads 1
Reinforced Concrete 1
Reinforced concrete 1
Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct/Bridge (Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania) 1
Saskatchewan River Bridge, Saskatoon, Canada 1
Sciotoville Railroad Bridge (Sciotoville, Ohio) 1
Scrapbooks 1
Severn Bridge (England : Railroad bridge) 1
Shawnee Bridge, Piqua, Ohio 1
St. John’s Bridge (Portland, Oregon) 1
Stability 1
Steel 1
Storebaelt Bridge (Denmark) 1
Stresses and strains 1
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Names
Ambursen, Nils Frederick, 1876-1953 1
Champion Bridge Company 1
Concrete Steel Bridge Company 1
Gardner, David I. 1
Harrington, Howard & Ash Engineers 1