Guide to the A.R. Van Tassell Photograph Albums
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1015
Creators:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Van Tassell, A.R.
Jackson, Paul
Dates:
1900-1956.
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Photograph album documenting the work and life of A.R. Van Tassell, an engineer who worked on structures in Hawaii as well as the Panama Canal.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The collection consists of two photograph albums documenting A.R. Van Tassell's engineering career and family life. The first album includes photographs that begin in 1900 and include images of buildings, structures, ships, harbors, a sugar factory, the Kilauea Volcano, mills, and the "Rainbow Bridge" near Hilo, which Van Tassell was involved in building. Other images feature Van Tassell's friends and family, as well as his wedding trip to Laredo, Texas. The album also contains photographs from Mexico City, Havana, and various travels in the United States. Van Tassell has included tickets from bull fights and musical programs in Mexico City. The photographs are captioned and dated. Three loose postcards found in this album have been placed in a folder. The second, smaller album consists of photographs taken of the Panama Canal.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in one series.
Series 1, Photograph Albums, 1900-1956

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
In 1900, A.R. Van Tassell took his first engineering job in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of seventeen. In 1902, he went to Mexico City to help build the Central Post Office. He also worked on the Panama Canal and was employed as an engineer during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. He was married at least twice and had one daughter, Janet.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Kiley Orchard (intern); supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons (archivist), 2008.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
This collection was donated to the National Museum of American History's Division of Engineering and Industry by Paul Jackson, 1987.

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Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
A.R. Van Tassell Photograph Album, 1900-1956, 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.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
W. P. Stine Panama Canal Papers (NMAH.AC.1039)
John Frances Little Panama Canal Scrapbook Photograph Albums (NMAH.AC.0708)
Katherine Kingsford Panama Canal Photograph Album (NMAH.AC.1040)

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Engineering and Industry in 2007.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mexico Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hawaii Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Havana (Cuba) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hawaii -- Oahu -- Honolulu Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hawaii -- Hawaii -- Hilo Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cuba -- Havana Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harbors -- Hawaii Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harbors -- Cuba Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bullfights -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Canals -- Panama Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castles -- Cuba Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cuba Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Honolulu (Hawaii) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hilo (Hawaii) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bridges -- Hawaii Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photograph albums -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Panama Canal (Panama) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Sugar -- Hawaii Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sugar -- Cuba Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pyramids -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives