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Construction Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1933-1934
BANC PIC 1905.14251-.14284--PIC  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Construction Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.14251-.14284--PIC
    Extent: 1,066 photographic prints, black and white; 13 x 19 cm. 373 digital objects
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is available for use

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Construction photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, BANC PIC 1905.14251-.14284--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Professor Keim, 1955.


    The Golden Gate Bridge is a steel suspension bridge for vehicles and pedestrians extending from Fort Point in San Francisco to Marin County over the San Francisco Bay. Its central span is 4,200 feet long and its 746-feet towers are the largest ever built. The bridge was erected under the direction and plans of Joseph B. Strauss and opened in 1937.
    (Source: Hart, James D. A Companion to California. New York, Oxford University Press, 1978.)

    Scope and Content

    The Golden Gate Bridge construction photographs were taken between 1933 and 1934. Some of the 2,054 photographs are stamped "Gabriel Moulin Photo." The other photographers are unknown. The collection is a thorough documentation of every phase of construction of the bridge, including excavation of sites, and building of the various components, such as access trestles, caissons, abutments, anchorages, pylons, floor structures, approach spans, piers, towers, portals, viaducts, tunnels, and the toll plaza. Many views show men at work, and the tools and equipment being used. Vantage points vary from the bridge structures, from the water, Marin, San Francisco, and Sausalito.
    The collection is arranged by subject. Each subject is treated as a series and given a consecutive call number in the range 1905.14251-.14284. The finding aid notes the series titles and number of photographs in each series.