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The Existing Bay Bridge at a Glance
From "High Steel" — The Building of the Bridge
From "The Bridge Builders" — When They Built the Bridge
From "The Bridge Builders" — Looking Back at the Building of the Bridge
From "We're Building a Bridge" — Hurtling Bolts and Red-Hot Rivets
Links to Historical Photos
In Memoriam

Links to Historical Photos

Bancroft Library bridge photo archive
More than 3,000 photographs. Collection is slow to load.
Note from the Library: Scope and Content

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

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