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Finding Aid to Construction Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1933-1934
BANC PIC 1905.14251-.14284--PIC  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Construction Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.14251-.14284--PIC
    Extent: 1,066 photographic prints, black and white; 13 x 19 cm. 373 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is available for use

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Construction photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1933-1934, BANC PIC 1905.14251-.14284--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Professor Keim, 1955.

    Scope and Content

    The Golden Gate Bridge construction photographs were taken between 1933 and 1934. Some of the 2,054 photographs are stamped "Gabriel Moulin Photo." The other photographers are unknown. The collection is a thorough documentation of every phase of construction of the bridge, including excavation of sites, and building of the various components, such as access trestles, caissons, abutments, anchorages, pylons, floor structures, approach spans, piers, towers, portals, viaducts, tunnels, and the toll plaza. Many views show men at work, and the tools and equipment being used. Vantage points vary from the bridge structures, from the water, Marin, San Francisco, and Sausalito.
    The collection is arranged by subject. Each subject is treated as a series and given a consecutive call number in the range 1905.14251-.14284. The finding aid notes the series titles and number of photographs in each series.


    The Golden Gate Bridge is a steel suspension bridge for vehicles and pedestrians extending from Fort Point in San Francisco to Marin County over the San Francisco Bay. Its central span is 4,200 feet long and its 746-feet towers are the largest ever built. The bridge was erected under the direction and plans of Joseph B. Strauss and opened in 1937.
    (Source: Hart, James D. A Companion to California. New York, Oxford University Press, 1978.)