A Guide to the Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album, [1912?] Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album Ms2019-028

A Guide to the Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album, [1912?]

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Special Collections and University Archives
Collection Number Ms2019-028


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Processed by: AnnRea Fowler, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2019-028
Title
Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album, [1912?]
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Language
Ths collection does not contain text-or script-based content.
Abstract
The Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album contains 110 silver gelatin prints in a black photograph album that documents the step-by-step construction of the Byllesby dam and associated power generating structures on the in Carroll County, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album, Ms2019-028, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album was purchased by Special Collections in 2019.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album was completed in June 2019.


Historical Note

The construction and naming of the Byllesby Dam was completed between 1912 and 1913. The dam is named after H.M. Byllesby and Company–a Chicago-based investment firm that assisted in the creation of the Appalachian Power Company. The dam has a surface area of 242 acres and is a source of hydroelectric power for the surrounding area. During the construction of the Byllesby Dam, the Appalachian Power Company also built another dam at Buck–three miles downstream from the Byllesby Dam.

Scope and Content

The Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album contains 110 silver gelatin prints in a black photograph album that documents the step-by-step construction of the Byllesby dam and associated power generating structures on the in Carroll County, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It includes the installation of turbines, images of workers on site, and living quarters. There are also a few images of people in the landscape, dancing, and playing cards, along with related newspaper clippings and ephemera. The dam, built by the predecessor to the Appalachian Power Company, was one of the first to provide electricity to the region. The album likely belonged to Clifford Erickson, a draftsman on the dam project.

Related Material

Byllesby Dam, Carroll County, Virginia, Photographs (Ms2009-095). Finding aid available online.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Science and Technology
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Photographs

Rights Statements for Archival Description

The guide to the Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Contents List

Folder 1
Five photographs, [c.1912]