Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Not many museums collect houses. The National Museum of American History has four, as well as two outbuildings, 11 rooms, an elevator, many building components, and some architectural elements from the White House. Drafting manuals are supplemented by many prints of buildings and other architectural subjects. The breadth of the museum's collections adds some surprising objects to these holdings, such as fans, purses, handkerchiefs, T-shirts, and other objects bearing images of buildings.
The engineering artifacts document the history of civil and mechanical engineering in the United States. So far, the Museum has declined to collect dams, skyscrapers, and bridges, but these and other important engineering achievements are preserved through blueprints, drawings, models, photographs, sketches, paintings, technical reports, and field notes.
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- Photograph album containing pictures both taken and collected by civil engineer William Currie. Includes photographs of three projects he worked on: construction of irrigation systems in the U.S. West, ca. 1904-1907; a sewage system for Louisville, Kentucky, ca. 1909-1910; and the Panama Canal, ca. 1911-1912.
- Cite as
- William Currie Photograph Album, 1904-1912, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
- Currie, William
- Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
- History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
- Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI
- Local number
- 1979.3087 (NMAH Acc.)
- Data Source
- Archives Center - NMAH