Guide to the William Currie Photograph Album

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1043
Creators:
Currie, William
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1904-1912
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.66 Cubic feet
2 boxes
Repository:
William Currie was a civil engineer and photographer who worked during the early twentieth century. The photograph album documents irrigation systems in the western United States, sewage systems in Louisville, Kentucky, and work on the Panama Canal.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The album consists of photographs created and collected by civil engineer William Currie. The photographs document three projects from the first decade of twentieth century. The first project is the construction of irrigation systems in the Far West dating approximately from 1904-1907. There are also photographs from a project documenting a sewage system for Louisville, Kentucky in 1909-1910. Lastly, there are photographs of the Panama Canal dating from 1911-1912.
Box one contains forty eight loose photographs from the album and album pages documenting work on irrigation systems in the western United States. Box two includes additional irrigation project photographs and album pages from work on a sewage system in Louisville, Kentucky and work on the Panama Canal. The order created by the donor has been maintained.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The albums were created by William Currie, a civil engineer, but no other information is known about Currie or the acquisition of the collection.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Griffin Brown (intern), August, 2010; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Author
Griffin Brown (intern); supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was purchased by the National Museum of American History's Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, now known as the Museum's Division of Work and Industry in 1980.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
William Currie Photograph Album, 1904-1912, 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.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Related Materials
W. P. Stine Panama Canal Papers, A.R. Van Tassell Photograph Albums, Katherine Kingsford Panama Canal Photograph Album, John Frances Little Panama Canal Scrapbook.

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Panama Canal (Panama) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ranches Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sewage disposal Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Irrigation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Canals -- Panama Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kentucky Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Panama Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Louisville (Ky.) Place 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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives