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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- Engineer involved in building the Panama Canal, as well as structures in Hawai'i and San Francisco.
- Two photograph albums documenting Van Tassell's engineering career and family life. The photographs include images from the islands of O'ahu and Hawai'i, including photographs of buildings, structures, ships, harbors, a sugar factory, the Kilauea Volcano, mills and the "Rainbow Bridge' near Hilo, which Van Tassell was involved in building. Images of Mexico include the pyramids, street scenes, bullfights, and building construction. Photographs from Havana include the harbor, sugar mill and castle. Other images are from Texas, Long Island, Kentucky, Virginia, and Seattle.
- Cite as
- A.R. Van Tassell Photograph Album, 1900-1956, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
- 20th century
- Van Tassell, A.R
- Jackson, Paul
- Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
- Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
- Local number
- 2007.3179 (NMAH Acc.)
- Data Source
- Archives Center - NMAH