The Aswan Dam Photographs collection contains more than 1750 black-and-white photographs in 28 albums that documented the
construction of the first Aswan Dam
(later known as the Aswan Low Dam or the Old Aswan Dam), a masonry buttress dam located on the Nile River in Aswan, Egypt,
between 1899 and 1902, as well as the first dam
heightening (1907 to 1912), the second heightening from (1930 to 1933), and work on the Asyut and Isna Barrages. Some of the
volumes are presentation albums inscribed
to civil engineers involved in the project.
The first Aswan Dam (later known as the Aswan Low Dam or the Old Aswan Dam) is a masonry buttress dam located on the Nile
River in Aswan, Egypt. Construction on the dam began in 1899 and ended in 1902,
and at the time of its completion, it was the world's largest masonry dam. The dam was constructed as part of a British-led
effort, tasked largely to William E. Garstin, the British Under-Secretary of State for Public Works in Egypt,
to control river levels, reduce flooding, and improve irrigation and
agriculture in the Nile River region.
approximately 1750 photographs in 22 volumes and 7 boxes
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