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OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Title: Yadkin River Dam Photograph Album

Collection Date(s): 1916-1917

Extent and Forms of Material: .33 cubic feet, (1 box)

Creator: Frank Kemmer

Abstract: Photograph album showing all aspects of construction of the Narrows Dam on the Yadkin River in North Carolina.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC1041

Processing Note: Processed by Kiley Orchard (intern), 2008; 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. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Yadkin River Dam Photograph Album, 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 History : Narrows Dam is located on the Yadkin River, one of the largest rivers in North Carolina. The dam and its hydroelectric station was constructed by the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), to supply power for an aluminum production plant nearby.

Scope and Content: The collection consists of one album containing 101 photographs documenting the hydroelectric project and construction of the Narrows Dam on the Yadkin River near Badin, North Carolina. Frank Kemmer took the photographs from December 30, 1916 through April 25, 1917. Images include the trusses, piers, cranes and other equipment.

System of Arrangement: This collection is arranged in one series.

Series 1, Photograph Album, 1916-1917

Acquisition Information: The collection was donated to the Department of the History of Science and Technology, Division of Engineering and Industry by Frank Kemmer’s granddaughter, Anne Wheelock, in 1990. It was transferred to the Archives Center in 2007.

Related Archival Materials: Other Archives Center collections relating to dams and hydroelectric power plants include Robert F. Olds Collection and John L. Savage Collection.

Related Artifacts: Four lantern slides of electric furnace operation were placed in the Division of Engineering and Industry reference collection and received no numbers.

Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Kemmer, Frank

Subject/Topical:
Dams -- North Carolina
Hydroelectric power plants
Rivers -- North Carolina

Geographic:
Badin (N.C.)
Yadkin River (N.C.)

Form/Genre:
Photograph albums -- 20th century
Photographs -- 1910-1920

CONTAINER LISTING

 

Box

Folder

 

1

 

Photograph album, 1916-1917

 

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