- Collection ID:
National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.
- Physical Description:
Collection documents covered bridges, mostly in the eastern United States.
Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The collection is comprised of materials assembled by Ms. Drake on the subject of covered bridges. It includes photographic prints and negatives she took, most of which are captioned with information about location and date of the photograph; postcards, some of them used and addresses to Ms. Drake; newsletters, guidebooks, and publications by various local and national covered bridge groups, including the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges; and published maps with information on where to find covered bridges. The collection relates mostly to covered bridges in the eastern United States. There are some postcards documenting foreign covered bridges.
The collection is arranged into five series.
Series 1: Covered Bridge Societies, 1954-1981
Series 2: Maps, 1958-1977 Series 3: Guidebooks and Ephemera, 1927-1973
Series 5: Postcards, circa 1950s-1960s
Series 6; Photographs and Negatives, 1938-1975
Beata Drake (d. 1982) was a collector and covered bridge enthusiast.
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Collection bequeathed to the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (now the Division of Work and Industry) by Beata Drake, through Richard H. Symons in 1982.
Collection processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2023.
Ownership and Custodial History
Collection transferred from the Division of Work and Industry to the Archives Center in 2007.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-633-3270.
Beata Drake Covered Bridge Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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