James G. McCurdy II Photographs and Other Material, 1889-1943

Overview of the Collection

McCurdy, James G., 1923-
James G. McCurdy II Photographs and Other Material
1889-1943 (inclusive)
1 box , ( 1 linear foot)
Collection Number
Photographs and publications related to the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company in Seattle.
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library

P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2063241126 x102
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James G. McCurdy II was born in Seattle in 1923. He was a star football player at the University of Washington and went on to become chairman of the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company. His father, Horace Winslow ("H.W.") McCurdy (1899-1989), had earlier served as president and general manager of the company. Both McCurdys had a lifelong interest in maritime history.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists primarily of materials related to the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company. It includes industry publications as well as photographs of projects and employees. There are several articles and pamphlets about the Lake Washington floating bridge, which was constructed by the company. The collection also includes several sets of photos of employee activities and parties.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

James G. McCurdy II Photographs and Other Material, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Oversized materials are stored apart from the rest of the collection and are described separately below.

Location of Collection


Location of Collection

VII.b.2 (panoramas)

Location of Collection

1a.3.17 (oversize photographs)

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by James G. McCurdy II in 1995 and 2010.

Processing Note

Additional materials received from McCurdy in 2010 were accessioned as no. 2010.67 and added to the collection.

Related Materials

H.W. McCurdy Collection on the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co. (1955.970.500) and the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company Photographs and Publications (1988.13) contain additional materials about this company.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 1995.37.9: Pacific Builder and Engineer magazine 1940 July 6
1 1995.37.10: Lake Washington Floating Bridge materials (article from Civil Engineering magazine, 3 pamphlets) circa 1940
1 1995.37.11: Pioneering in Hydraulic Engineering book, compiled by N.C. Wilson 1950
1 1995.37.12: Hydraulic Dredging Since 1899 book, Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company 1962
1 1995.37.13: Railway and Marine News magazines 1931 May and June
1 2010.67.5: The Cosmopolitan magazine
Includes article "Marine Disasters on Pacific Shores" written by James G. McCurdy
1899 June
1 1995.37.14: Mercer Island Club Annual Yearbook 1940
1 1995.37.15: Photos (5" x 7"): Halloween party 1940
1 1995.37.16: Photos (5" x 7"): Christmas and birthday parties 1940
1 1995.37.17: Photos (8" x 10"): Employees 1941-1943
1 1995.37.18: Photo (7 1/2" x 11 1/2"): King County Courthouse circa 1915
1 1995.37.19: Kate Borst christening the steamer "Snoqualmie" August 11, 1919
Launch of the steamer Snoqualmie at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company shipyard, Seattle, August 11, 1919
Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company shipyard, Seattle, September 20, 1917
Snoqualmie Indians at launching of steamer "Snoqualmie" August 11, 1919
Sponsor Gertrude Van Doren Hardenberg at launch of Blakeley, Seattle, November 7, 1918
circa 1917-1931
1 1995.37.20: Photo album: Associated Shipbuilders employee activities/parties circa 1917-1931
1 1995.37.21: Photo album: bridges, dredges, boats circa 1905
1 1995.37.23: Webster-Brinkley Co. data sheets undated
1 1995.37.24: Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co. publications undated
1 2010.67.4: Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co. ship launching brochures 1961-1965
1 1995.37.25: Bruneau project, Mountain Home, Idaho 1936-1937
1 1995.37.26: Water supply study, Twin Falls, Idaho 1936-1937
VII.b.2 1995.37.1: Photograph (8 3/4" x 36") of dredge OAKLAND dredging tidal basin in Oakland, California -- San Francisco Bridge Co.
VII.b.2 1995.37.2: Photograph (14" x 46") of four wooden ships being built at shipyard
Boland of Tacoma (photographer)
VII.b.2 1995.37.3: Photograph (16" x 20", mounted) of Lake Washington Floating Concrete Bridge -- Pontoon Bridge Builders
os box 1995.37.4: Photograph (8 1/2" x 16") of Idaho Falls Jerome Bridge
Jacoby, Twin Falls (photographer)
os box 1995.37.5: Photograph (9 1/4" x 21") of steam dredge PORTLAND
os box 1995.37.6: Photograph (9 1/4" x 21") of steam dredge TACOMA
os box 1995.37.7: Photograph (20" x 24", mounted) of Skagway Steel Arch, White Pass and Yukon Railway -- built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co.
os box 1995.37.8: Photograph (20" x 24", mounted) of dredge PUGET SOUND, Lake Washington Ship Canal
os box 1995.37.22: Photograph (10" x 13.5", mounted) of group at banquet

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Dredging
  • Shipbuilding -- Washington (State) -- Photographs

Corporate Names

  • Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co. -- Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints