Victor C. Darnell Bridge Construction Photographs
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1018
Creators:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Darnell, Victor
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
undated
1908-1913
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Photographs of bridge construction projects collected by Victor Darnell was an early student of civil engineering and a pioneering civil engineer.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised of ninety black and white photographs documenting various bridge construction projects, including projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Warren and Springfield, Massachusetts. One photograph is clearly marked as the Copper Creek Bridge (1908) and another as the Washington Street Bridge (1911). Other photographs are listed by job number or location. The collection includes images of bridges in various phases of construction. There are also images of construction and ironworker crews and machinery used in the building process. Many photographs in the collection are unidentified and are undated. Photographs that are dated are arranged in chronological order followed by undated materials.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Victor C. Darnell, 1921-1999, was a pioneering civil engineer. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1943 and spent thirty-one years, most of that time as chief engineer, working for the Berlin Steel Construction Company.
Throughout his life, Darnell assembled a large collection documenting the history of structural and civil engineering in America. He researched and wrote extensively on the subject, including A Directory of American Bridge-Building Companies 1840-1900 which was published by the Society for Industrial Archaeology in 1984.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Julie Ruel, (intern), July, 2010; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Author
Julie Ruel, (intern), July, 2010; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Victor C. Darnell, October, 1987.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Victor C. Darnell Construction Photographs, 1908-1913 and undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use
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
The Archives Center also holds materials relating to the Berlin Construction Company, 1904-1957, AC1032. Victor C. Darnell's large collection of photographs, ephemera, design books, catalogs, advertising magazines and working blueprints are located at the Huntington Library in California.

Custodial History
Custodial History
At the time of the donation, the collection also included photographs of naval vessels, which were transferred to the Division of Armed Forces History. The bridge photographs were transferred to the Archives Center in 2007.
Custodial History
Donated to the National Museum of American History's Division of Engineering and Industry, now the Division of Work and Industry, in 1988. At the time of the donation, the collection also included photographs of naval vessels, which were transferred to the Division of Armed Forces History. The bridge photographs were transferred to the Archives Center in 2007.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bridges -- Pennsylvania Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bridges -- Massachusetts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bridges -- Design and construction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Work 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