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Finding Aid to the Fred Dummatzen Golden Gate Bridge Construction Photograph Album
larc.pho.0070  
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Restrictions
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Acquisition
  • Biography of Fred Dummatzen
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: Fred Dummatzen Golden Gate Bridge construction photograph album
    Date (bulk): 1937-1939
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1939
    Creator: Dummatzen, Fred
    Extent: 1 album (137 photographic prints) ; 23.5 x 31 cm. , 2 folders
    Collection number: larc.pho.0070
    Repository: Labor Archives and Research Center
    J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
    San Francisco State University
    1630 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
    (415) 405-5571
    larc@sfsu.edu
    Languages: Item is in English.
    Abstract: Photograph album containing images and clippings of and about Fred (Gustaf Frederick) Dummatzen, a Golden Gate Bridge laborer, and member of the Construction and General Laborer's Union, No. 261. The bulk of the photographs, taken by Dummatzen and his fellow workers, include images of workers, both at work and at rest; views of the bridge and the bay from the bridge; images of construction equipment; and documentation of the construction in progress. Collection also includes a folder of personal and legal documents, and a folder containing a portrait of Dummatzen, along with images that appear to have been removed from the album.
    Location: Collection is available onsite.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Fred Dummatzen Golden Gate Bridge Construction Photograph Album, larc.pho.0070, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives and Research Center 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 reader. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Conditions Governing Access

    RESTRICTED: Original not available for use due to fragility; use digital or reference photocopy.

    Related Archival Materials

    See the Evan "Slim" Lambert Oral History for description of the accident on February 17, 1937; Lambert was one of two men that survived the fall.

    Acquisition

    The Fred Dummatzen Golden Gate Bridge Construction Photograph Album was donated to the Labor Archives and Research Center in 1987, by Linda Olson.

    Biography of Fred Dummatzen

    Fred (Gustaf Frederick) "Red" Dummatzen was a Golden Gate Bridge laborer, and member of the Construction and General Laborer's Union, No. 261. On February 17th, 1937, a traveling roadbed stripping platform broke away from the structure and ripped through the safety net, and plunged twelve men into the ocean. Ten of the men died in the fall from the bridge, including Dummatzen.

    Scope and Contents

    Photograph album containing images and clippings of and about Fred Dummatzen, a Golden Gate Bridge laborer, and member of the Construction and General Laborer's Union, No. 261. Dummatzen was one of ten men that died in 1937 during the construction of the bridge; the album, which was partially compiled after Dummatzen's death most likely by his parents, also includes clippings, photographs and poems in honor of Dummatzen. The bulk of the photographs, taken by Dummatzen and his fellow workers, include images of workers, both at work and at rest; views of the bridge and the bay from the bridge; images of construction equipment; and documentation of the construction in progress. The album also includes images of Dummatzen, both as a child and as an adult with his friends and family on outings such as camping; and photographs and clippings documenting his funeral and a memorial for Dummatzen held one year after his death.
    Collection also includes a folder of personal and legal documents, including Dummatzen's birth announcement and high school diploma, a Golden Gate Bridge Bond, and legal documentation from the legal case of the Dummatzen family vs. Golden Gate Bridge Company for compensation for Dummatzen's death; and a folder containing a portrait of Dummatzen, along with images that appear to have been removed from the album.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bridge construction--California--San Francisco--1930-1940.
    Bridges--California--San Francisco Bay.
    Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Laborers.
    Photograph albums--1930-1940.
    Photographic prints--1930-1940.