Grand Coulee Dam photograph albums, 1934-1938  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Grand Coulee Dam photograph albums
1934-1938 (inclusive)
5 albums (5 boxes)
Collection Number
Photographs and reports of the building of the Grand Coulee Dam.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Grand Coulee Dam is on the Columbia River in Washington. It was built between 1933-1942 to produce hydroelectric power and provide irrigation. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and a consortium of three companies called MWAK (Mason-Walsh-Atkinson Kier Company) began construction in 1933. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the dam construction in August 1934. The lake behind the dam was named the Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake in his honor as the one who authorized the dam to be built. The first water went over the spillway in 1942. It is the largest electric power-producing facility in the United States.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Five albums of photographs and monthly reports from the Mason-Walsh-Atkinson-Kier Company detailing the progress in building the Grand Coulee Dam. Album 1 covers November 1934-June 1935; album 2 covers July 1935-March 1936; album 3 covers April 1936-December 1936; album 4 covers January 1937-July 1937; and album 5 covers August 1937-March 1938.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints