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Guide to the George G. Pollock papers
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The George Gordon Pollock Papers, held by the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center, reflects the life work of the man himself. Before and after World War II, Pollock’s firm built some of the most important and recognizable features of California’s physical and cultural landscape, including the Shasta Dam, the All American Canal and Boulder Dam, and Tower Bridge of Sacramento. The collection contains four series: Business, Personal, Photographs, and Oversized Material. The earliest artifact in the collection dates from 1905, while the most recent document dates from 1975. However, most of the document dates range between 1940 and 1975. The wide array of materials in the collection include correspondence, legal and financial documents, newspaper clippings, books, scrapbooks, awards and certificates, photograph prints and negatives, maps, site surveys, and technical diagrams. George Gordon Pollock Jr., George Pollock’s son, created many of the documents in the collection.
John Pollock and Katherine Rachel Mitchell gave birth to George Gordon Pollock in Charleston, Indiana in 1885. George G. Pollock began studying civil engineering at Purdue University in 1901. After graduation in 1905, Pollock moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he took his first engineering job.
9.5 linear feet (9 boxes + 1 oversized map drawer)
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Collection is open for research use.