Guide to the David Plowden Steel Manufacturing Photographs

Collection ID:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Plowden, David
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 box

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs documenting the steel industry. Subjects include blast furnaces, steel mills, ore barges, and other related subjects.

Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
David Plowden (1932-) is an American photographer of urban cities, steam trains, American farmlands, and small towns.

Processing Information
Collection processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2018.
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by David Plowden, 1985.
Ownership and Custodial History
Donated by David Plowden to the Museum's Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (now Division of Work and Industry) in 1984.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
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.
Preferred Citation
David Plowden Steel Manufacturing Photographs, 1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
David Plowden North American Bridge Photographs
Photographs Plowden took of bridges, aqueducts and viaducts all over the United States and a few in Canada. The photographs are of various types of bridges: truss, suspension, covered. Some photographs feature close-up details of architectural elements, such as arches, chains, towers and ornamentation.
Materials at Other Organizations
Chicago History Museum
David Plowden photograph collection
Includes photographs of steel mills and coke plants, automobile assembly factories, oil refineries, printing plants, food processing plants, and other industries in Chicago's Central Manufacturing District and other locations in the Chicago metropolitan area and northern Indiana. Includes transportation yards for railroads and trucks, and some scenes of the Calumet River and the Indiana Harbor. Many buildings show the demise of industry in these locations.
Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
David Plowden photographs and papers, 1948-2011
This collection consists of photographs and papers that document the work of David Plowden as a photographer and author, 1948-2011.
Buffalo History Museum
David Plowden photographic collection, 1968-1985
featuring Buffalo waterfront scenes, grain elevators, steel mills, and Great Lakes steamers. Also includes photographs of places other than Buffalo.
Library of Congress
Photographs of architecture, landscapes, and transportation in the United States and Canada
hese large-format photographs show details of vernacular architecture buildings such as barns; rural, small town, industrial, and urban landscape scenes; and transportation (railroads, ferries, steamships, and roadways).

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

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blast furnaces Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Steel industry and trade Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], 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