OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Title: Quebec Bridge Photograph Collection
Collection Date(s): 1905-1986 (bulk 1905-1916)
Extent and Forms of Material: .5 cubic foot, including photographs, post cards, and newspapers
(3 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Creator: Quebec Bridge Company
Abstract: The collection documents the construction of the first and second Quebec Bridges over the St. Lawrence River.Construction on the first bridge began in 1900 and the bridge collapsed before completion in 1907. Construction on the second Quebec Bridge, which is the longest cantilever bridge in the world, was completed in 1917.
Collection Number: AC1026
Processing Note: Processed by Leslie Booth (intern), March, 2010; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.
Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Quebec Bridge Photograph Collection, 1905-1986 (bulk 1905-1916), Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX
IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Administrative/Biographical History: The first Quebec Bridge was built over the St. Lawrence River in order to connect important railroad lines. This bridge collapsed on August 29, 1907, killing 79 men. The engineers for the second bridge were Maurice Fitzmaurice, H.E. Vautelet, and Ralph Modjeska.
Scope and Content: The collection documents the construction of the first and second Quebec Bridges over the St. Lawrence River primarily through photographs. The collection is arranged into two series: Series 1, Photographic Materials, 1905-1965 and Series 2, Other Materials, 1916-1986.
Series 1, Photographic Materials, 1905-1965, is divided into two subseries:Subseries 1, Photographs, 1907-1965 and Subseries 2, Photograph Album, 1905. The black-and-white photographs primarily document the construction of the second Quebec Bridge, 1907-1917. Many of these photographs were taken in a workshop where the production of the bridge parts and building materials occurred. One picture, marked number 24, is of the Prime Minister of Canada, Robert Borden, attending the construction site in October 1913. This series also contains photographs of the 1907 bridge collapse and pictures taken in 1965 of the current second bridge. Subseries 2, Photograph Album, 1905, documents the construction of the first Quebec cantilever bridge. The album contains mounted black-and-white photographs taken between May 12 and November 23, 1905.
Series 2, Other Materials, 1916-1986, consists ofnewspaper articles and postcards. The newspaper articles detail the 1916 construction accident on the second Quebec bridge; one 1917 article about the bridge; and one 1986 article about the 1907 collapse of the first bridge. There are three postcards, both black-and-white and color, of the Quebec Bridge.
System of Arrangement: Collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1, Photographic Materials, 1905-1965
Acquisition Information: Originally collected for the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering’s reference collections; exact date and source of acquisition unknown.
Custodial History: Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, now known as the Division of Work and Industry, 2007.
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