Grand Coulee Dam Collection

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	Diver, Grand Coulee Dam construction site, January 7, 1938
Diver, construction site, 1938

This collection contains images of photographs and text documenting the creation of the Grand Coulee Dam, built during the first half of the twentieth century. Included are images of the Works Progress Administration work camps, land clearing activities, the moving of towns, and the dam construction itself. Also presented are documents outlining arguments both for and against this enormous undertaking.

About the Database

Selection, research and descriptive metadata for the Grand Coulee Collection were completed by Kristin Kinsey in 2001. The photographs are selections from Grand Coulee Dam Collection PH Coll 478, Charles F. Weil Collection PH Coll 237, Views of the Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia Basin Project, Washington Collection PH Coll 239, and the Thomas J. Page Collection PH Coll 238. The documents are selections from our Pacific Northwest pamphlet and book collections. The images and text were scanned in grayscale using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600L and saved in .jpg format. Some manipulation of the images was done to present the clearest possible digital image. The scanned images were then linked with descriptive data using CONTENTdm software. The original collections reside in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division.