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Bancroft Library bridge photo archive
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction photographs were taken between 1931 and 1936. The photographers are unknown. The photographs show all stages of construction of the bridge, its components, and the on and off ramps. All facets of construction are featured including excavation, piers, caisson fenders, viaducts, approaches, tunnels, portals, anchorages, towers, derricks, catwalks, cables, trusses, spans, expansion grids, upper and lower decks, cantilever, airplane beacon, toll plaza, underpasses, dredging and borings, and equipment used.
Copies of documentary material in The Bancroft Library, including the East Bay Bridge photographs displayed here as well as archival and manuscript materials relating to the Bridge, may be obtained through the following link: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html
For further information about the Library's Bridge archives, contact David Farrell, Curator, History of Science & Technology Collections, The Bancroft Library: [email protected] Tel. 510/643-9498.
Caltrans photos of Bay Bridge construction
Bay Bridge tower under construction, 1934
Aerial view of construction from west
Aerial view of construction from east
Early construction of San Francisco approach to bridge