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Finding Aid to the Atkinson Family and Atkinson Construction Company Photograph Collection, circa 1865-circa 1975, bulk 1890-1940
BANC PIC 2007.007--PIC  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Atkinson family and Atkinson Construction Company photograph collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1865-circa 1975,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1890-1940
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 2007.007--PIC
    Creators : Atkinson family
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 cartons, 2 boxes, 3 oversized boxes (circa 900 photographic prints, 6 negatives, and 1 watercolor).
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Chiefly family portraits and snapshots of the Atkinson family (of Colorado Springs and Los Angeles), with some views related to their construction business. Construction photographs are chiefly related to the Pardee Dam and Coolidge Dam projects.
    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 open for research, with the following exceptions: glass negatives are RESTRICTED. Inquiries regarding these negatives should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the user. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Atkinson Family and Atkinson Construction Company Photograph Collection, BANC PIC 2007.007--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Manuscripts and ephemera have been transferred to the Manuscripts Collections of The Bancroft Library and cataloged as the Atkinson family and Atkinson Construction Company records (BANC MSS 2007/204).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Atkinson family--Archives.
    Atkinson family--Pictorial works.
    Blackman family--Pictorial works
    Marks family--Pictorial works
    Atkinson, George W., 1836-1905--Family--Portraits
    Atkinson, Lynn Samuel, 1864-1923--Family--Portraits
    Atkinson, Walter W., 1871-1917--Family--Portraits
    Atkinson, Guy F., 1875-1968--Portraits
    Atkinson Construction Company--Pictorial works
    Guy F. Atkinson Company of California--Pictorial works
    Architecture, Domestic--California--Photographs
    Architecture, Domestic--Colorado--Photographs
    Construction industry--West (U.S.)--Photographs
    Dams--Design and construction--Photographs
    Pardee Dam (Calif.)--Pictorial works
    Coolidge Dam (Ariz. : Dam)--Pictorial works
    Cave Creek Dam (Ariz.)--Pictorial works
    Colorado Springs (Colo.)--Pictorial works
    Photograph albums.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Atkinson family and Atkinson Construction Company Photograph Collection was purchased by The Bancroft Library in November, 2006.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Preliminary processing by Bancroft Library staff in 2007.

    Biographical Information

    Lynn S. Atkinson, Walter W. Atkinson, and Guy F. Atkinson were three of at least ten children of stone mason George W. Atkinson (1836-1905) and Nancy J. Wilson Atkinson. All three brothers were involved in the construction industry, and Lynn and Walter relocated from Colorado to Southern California early in the 20th century. Guy Atkinson founded Guy F. Atkinson Construction in the 1920s, specializing in dam projects and other major infrastructure projects in the West. Lynn S. Atkinson was responsible for construction of numerous schools and public buildings in Colorado Springs and the Los Angeles area and, later, dams and public works. Lynn S. Atkinson, Jr., eldest son of Lynn Atkinson, became head of the Atkinson Construction Co., based in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists chiefly of portraits, snapshots and photograph albums of the Atkinson family (of Colorado Springs and Los Angeles), with some views related to their construction business. Atkinson Construction views include single images of several Colorado Springs buildings constructed in the 19th century, and several dozen professional views of major 20th century projects. Pardee Dam, Coolidge Dam, and Cave Creek Dam (Arizona) construction are most notable, with between six and several dozen views of each. A few dam-related public event photographs picturing Atkinsons with Roy Rogers, Calvin Coolidge, and Franklin D. Roosevelt are present.
    Family photographs include several hundred studio portraits (chiefly taken in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Los Angeles, 1885-1935), primarily of the Walter W. Atkinson and the Lynn Samuel Atkinson families. Guy F. Atkinson and family are also represented by a few portraits. Some relations from the Marks, Shirk, and Warner families (of Indiana, Illinois, and Colorado) and the Blackman family (of Louisiana) are pictured. Of note are numerous professional photographs of Atkinson family homes in Colorado Springs and Los Angeles, with exteriors and interiors pictured. Family gatherings and celebrations, outings and other activities are also well represented.