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J.F. Shea Co. collection, 1885-2007
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
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  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: J.F. Shea Co. collection
    Dates: 1885-2007
    Collection Number: mssSheacollection
    Collector: J.F. Shea Co.
    Extent: 3 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The J.F. Shea collection primarily consists of photographs, negatives, and slides related to J.F. Shea Co.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    J.F. Shea collection. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of John F. Shea, February 2008.


    In 1881, John Francis Shea founded J.F. Shea Co., which started as a plumbing company in Portland, Oregon. His son, Charlie Shea, took over the company and was involved with major engineering projects such as the Hoover Dam, the Parker Dam, the Bonneville Dam, the Gunpower-Montebello Tunnel, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Today, the company is operated under the fourth generation. Shea Homes, is a member of the J.F. Shea Co., and is the largest privately owned new home builder in the United States.

    Scope and Content

    The J.F. Shea collection primarily consists of photographs, negatives, and slides related to J.F. Shea Co. The bulk of these items appear to have been used for a book and those chapter numbers were retained. The photographs, negatives, and slides document various projects such as the Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge, Owyhee Tunnel, Buckskin Mountain Tunnel, and the Parker Dam. There are also images of commercial and residential homes constructed by J.F. Shea Co., Inc.
    In Box 3, there are two oversize items: 1. An aerial photograph of the Hoover Dam and a photograph album related to the construction of the Broadway Tunnel, San Francisco, California.
    Note: There were some loose items that were integrated based on the subject matter. Also, the dates were gathered from items that were clearly dated. There may be material earlier or later in each folder.

    Indexing Terms

    Corporate Names

    J.F. Shea Co.


    Bridges--Design and construction
    Civil engineering
    Construction industry
    Dams--Design construction
    Tunnels--Design and construction


    Negatives (photographs)
    Slides (photographs)