Dominion Bridge Company fonds [multiple media]
Record Information – Brief
Dominion Bridge Company fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R5607-0-6-E, MG28-III100
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Photographs, Architectural and technical drawings, Moving images, Sound recordings, Art, Objects (including medals and pins)
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Context of this record:
Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
25 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
- Place of creation:
- No place, unknown, or undetermined
ca. 72,454 photographs.
6,506 architectural drawings.
10.85 m of textual records.
15 drawings : some in crayon and chalk.
1 print : photomechanical reproduction.
292 audio reels (ca. 75 h).
1 audio cassette (30 min).
36 film reels (ca. 8 h, 26 min) : 8mm.
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- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of photographic materials. 10,188 photographs, ca 1880-1930, depict the construction of bridges in different Canadian provinces; and include an album with a photomechanical reproduction of an 1855 sketch entitled "View from Barrack Hill Looking Down the Ottawa," and forty-four photographs, 1898-1928, taken in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Cornwall and New York City. 15,290 photographs, 1882-1969, arranged by the company in albums and folders, are portraits, group and individual, formal and informal, of officers and employees of the Company; views of the Lachine plant (both interior and exterior), plants in Toronto, Winnipeg, Robb Engineering (Amherst, N.S.) and, to a lesser extent, of the plants in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Sault Ste. Marie and Ottawa; construction of bridges from Vancouver to Cape Breton, from 1886-1968; wartime plant and fabrication, including shell shops during World War I and World War II; parts of ships and the assembly of Park ships at Lachine; moveable bridges; albums detailing individual buildings built during the Nineteen Sixties, for internal and promotional purposes; product views, including structural shop views, platework products condensers, structures (site views), hundreds of unidentified negatives of the Lachine plant during World War II; identified views, taken by A.W.C. Richards, predominant 1964-1968, of Montreal and vicinity, including the construction of Expo 67; colour slides of Expo 67; lantern slides depicting munitions production during World War I; duplicates of materials found elsewhere in the fonds; charts, plans, etc.. 138 glass lantern slides, ca. 1890-1955, consist of views of the interior of the Lachine plant, including detailed views of many of the shops; views of bridges, various buildings (commercial, public, residential, factories, warehouses, etc.), towers, and other steel structural shop views, platework products, condensers, boilers and other material; views of wartime plant and fabrication, including shell shops during World War I and World War II, building of parts of ships and the assembly of Park ships at Lachine, building of moveable bridges, and other war material; wiews of charts, plans, tables, etc., used by the Company; with photographs by Associated Screen News, Gladwish & Mitchell, Dominion Bridge Co.. 19,800 photographs, ca. 1900-ca. 1960, depict construction projects of the Dominion Bridge Company across Canada, including photos of construction in general and of uses of Dominion Bridge equipment, buildings, and bridges. 146 photographs, ca. 1900-ca. 1970, predominant 1960-1970, are large mounted photographs used for display, exhibition, advertising and publications purposes by the Dominion Bridge Company Limited. Included are a number of views of buildings, bridges, and other structures from across Canada, and dating from about the turn of the century. These images are not thought to be available in other parts of the collection. 89 photographs, 1902-1967, predominant 1960-1965, depict various American bridges and street scenes, and prints of some of the above, and the Jacques Cartier Bridge, Lion's Gate, Coteau, Alexandria, Niagara, and Orleans bridges; artists' conception of a suspended bridge at Quebec; Dominion Bridge projects, primarily in Montreal during the 1960s, including: aerial views of Place des Arts under construction; Bell Telephone Building; Royal Bank Building; Montreal Children's Hospital; Mercier Bridge; Montreal Western Hospital; Montreal General Hospital; Jacques Cartier Bridge; Laurentian Hotel; also included are views of the Saskatchewan Power Corporation Building, Regina; the Peterborough Lift Lock (1904); two views of the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, under construction (1921); and several unidentified views; Red River railroad bascule bridge (Winnipeg, ca. 1910); Pacific Centre (Vancouver); views of the terrain around Robb Engineering works (Truro, N.S.); a nuclear reactor core; microwave tower; mining conveyor device; boilers; and a number of unidentified views; Board of Directors (?), Dominion Bridge Company Limited; the television transmission mast, Mount Royal (Montreal); the Pacific Centre (Vancouver); pouring molten metal at Algoma Steel (Sault Ste Marie). 513 photographs and one colour lithograph, ca 1913-1971, include four volumes illustrated by photographs: L'aspect esthétique des approches des ponts et tunnels; the English version entitled Aesthetics of bridges and tunnels; Pont proposé entre la rive nord et la rive sud du Saint-Laurent, près des villes de Québec et de Lévis; Public assembly buildings, AISC portfolio 2, various American stadia; and loose photographs consisting of Phoenix Bridge Co. tests of composite beams for the St. Lawrence Bridge Co., 1913; aerial views of the Sun Life building and Queen Elizabeth hotel, Montreal, under construction; "Katimavik" - Expo '67; interior of Dominion Bridge Co. drafting office, Lachine, 1945; Manitoba Bridge and Engineering, Winnipeg, 1955, aerial view of Regina, Sask., showing Legislature, ca. 1960; branch of Riverside Iron & Engineering Works Ltd., Calgary, Alta., showing products; Port Stanley Bascule Bridge, 1938-1939; Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Co. Sulphite Mill & Tubular Conveyor, Sudbury, Ont., 1945; O'Keefe Breweries alterations, 1945-1946, Toronto, Ont.; erection of transmission towers, Churchill Falls, Labrador, ca. 1965; positives of various bridges and structures; copy negatives of the same, and various places across Canada, 1920s-1950s; various structures and equipment such as digesters being installed in various locations across Canada, 1920s-1950s; work crew at the portal of an unidentified bridge, possibly the Saint John Bridge, N.B.; aerial view of St. Lawrence River between Quebec City and Lévis; photograph of Pie IX Bridge, Montreal, and painting made from it, used for Christmas card by the Company; presentation of a radio by D.A. Chamberlain to Mr. Dicerni, ca. 1971; views of the Pie IX Bridge, Montreal, 1937; Yonge Boulevard Bridge, Hoggs Hollow; Rosedale Golf Club Bridge, November 1946; Pic River Suspension Bridge; and the failure of the Niagara Honeymoon Bridge. Fonds also consists of textual material, divided into eight series: Letter patent and minutes; Administration, finance and employees; Publications and history; Standards and instruction; Contract books and projects; Publicity and advertising; Plant and subsidiaries, correspondence and other material; Reference and oversize, Dominion Bridge Christmas cards and clippings. Fonds also contains architectural and technical drawings, sound recordings, moving images, and graphic material documenting the work and history of Dominion Bridge Company. Fonds also consists of the film CANADIAN INGLIS BRIDGE TRIALS.
- Biography/Administrative history:
Dominion Bridge Company : The predecessor of Dominion Bridge (DB), a structural steel, heavy engineering company, was the Toronto Bridge Co., established in 1879 by Canadian and American interests. Due to the limitations and poor showing of Toronto Bridge, it was decided to start a new company to be called Dominion Bridge in Montreal. A federal charter was obtained in September 1882 and shops were erected in nearby Lachine. The new company was very successful in attracting business both from railways such as the CPR and from local governments for small highway bridges. Over the next century, DB built many of Canada's landmark bridges including those in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal and Vancouver. When steel framed buildings began to appear around the turn of the century, DB became a major fabricator and erector of steel structures. It built many large hotels, skyscrapers and factories across Canada. The company also produced a wide variety of industrial equipment such as penstocks and scroll cases for turbines, water regulating structures, cranes, boilers and material handling systems for mines and paper mills. The custom design and fabrication of large industrial machinery was also a specialty. In the 1920s Dominion Bridge purchased metal fabricating companies in Amherst, N.S., Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. Branches were set up in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver to give DB plants across Canada. By the 1970s the company realized that the Canadian market was too limited to allow for further growth and it began to acquire companies in the United States. American business became so dominant that the company's name was changed to AMCA International in 1981 and the operating headquarters was moved to the U.S. In 1990 the company became United Dominion Industries. It is a multinational conglomerate with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe for world wide markets.
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Electronic) The first link describes the files in volumes 1 to 78, and the second, the files in volumes 79 to 83. MSS1716 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf002/p000003372.pdfAlbum with a photomechanical reproduction of an 1855 sketch entitled "View from Barrack Hill Looking Down the Ottawa," and forty-four photographs, 1898-1928, taken in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Cornwall and New York City (accession 1974-234 NPC): (Electronic) Description; Item level. MINISIS-DAPDCAP;10,188 photographs, ca. 1880-1930 (accession 1974-234 NPC): (Paper) Vol. 1 introduction to the collection and list of numerical series; collection index and series descriptions located in Photo A&R. Original subject index cards located in 2000780162. FA-00615,290 photographs, 1882-1969 (accession 1987-161 NPC): (Paper) Original indexes located in 2000780159 are: index to prints, to war-time operations and Lachine shops, to black & white negatives, to negatives and slides and contact sheets. Inventory shelf list and missing negative list located in Photo A&R. Book 3 original platework, mechanical and oiler index located in 20007780078. Book 1-3, Expo '67 contact sheets located in 2000780160. Books A-E structural index located in 20007780078, 156. FA-00619,800 photographs, ca. 1900-ca. 1960 (accession 1976-072 NPC): (Paper) Vol. 1 Index to photos 1930-54 located in 2000780161. Vol. 2-12 Publications of the Dominion Bridge Co. including annual reports located in Photo A&R. Nitrate negative list located in Photo A&R. Original envelopes located in 2000780161. FA-0063,529 plans, 1883-1966 (accession 86703/15 CA): (Paper) Inventory listing these items. 86703/1528 plans, 1937-1938 accession 85603/9 CA): (Paper) Inventory listing these items. 85603/9949 plans, 1946-1947 (accession 84503/43 CA): (Paper) Inventory listing these items. 84503/43Sound recordings and moving images: (Electronic) See MISACS for item level descriptions.
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Acquired from AMCA International Ltd. of Rexdale, Ontario between 1984 and 1987., The 15,290 photographs, 1882-1969 (accession 1987-161 NPC) includes material that duplicates images found among the 10,188 photographs, ca. 1880-1930 (accession 1974-234 (NPC). Several thousand items complement and complete series found among the 19,800 photographs, ca. 1900-1960 (accession 1976-072 NPC). This accession has earlier and later material than either of the two other accessions, and is accompanied with indices and other finding aids which apply to parts of all three accessions., The 138 glass lantern slides, ca. 1890-1955 (accession 1991-089 NPC) complement one previous accession of lantern slides (accession 1987-161 NPC) from the company. The present accession completes some previously incomplete series., The 19,800 photographs, ca. 1900-1960 (accession 1976-072 NPC) continues accession no. 1974-234 and in some places enlarges the amount of material in that accession.
- Subject heading:
- Boilers, 1879-1985 Toronto Bridge Company, 1879-1985
- Buildings - Specifications, 1879-1985
- Engineering contracts, 1879-1985
- Construction industry, 1879-1985
- Business records, 1879-1985
- Factories - Design and construction, 1879-1985
- Industrial equipment, 1879-1985
- Mechanical engineering, 1879-1985
- Building, Iron and steel, 1879-1985
- Dominion Bridge Co. - Annual reports, 1884-1885, 1913-1983
- Trade-unions - Canada, 1960
- Strikes and lockouts - Canada, 1960
- Bridges - Quebec (Province), n.d., 1872-1977
- Bridges - Design and construction, n.d., 1881-1967
- Industrial structures - Design, n.d., 1881-1967
- Dominion Bridge Co. - History, n.d., 1915-1981
- Subsidiary corporations - Canada, 1879-1984
- Subsidiary corporations - United States, 1879-1984
- Winnipeg (Man.) - Business enterprises, 1879-1984
- Calgary (Alta.) - Business enterprises, 1879-1984
- Edmonton (Alta.) - Business enterprises, 1879-1984
- Engineering - Specifications, 1879-1985
- Construction contracts, 1879-1985
- Montreal (Québec) - Business enterprises
- Quebec (Quebec) - Business enterprises, [1805-1820]
- Christmas cards
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- Conditions of access:
10,188 photographs, ca. 1880-1930 (accession 1974-234 NPC); 514 photographs, ca. 1913-1971: No donor restrictions. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: Name of photographer/Dominion Bridge Company Limited fonds/National Archives of Canada/Copy negative no.
15,290 photographs, 1882-1969 (accession 1987-161 NPC); 19,800 photographs, ca. 1900-1960 (accession 1976-072 NPC); 146 photographs, ca. 1900-1970, predominant 1960-1970 (accession 1988-235 DAP); 89 photographs, 1902-1967, predominant 1960-1965 (accession 1989-430 DAP): Not to be used for commercial advertising; not to be used without crediting Dominion Bridge Company Limited. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old; Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: Name of photographer/Dominion Bridge Company Limited/National Archives of Canada/ Copy negative no.
138 glass lantern slides, ca. 1890-1955 (accession 1991-089 NPC): No donor restrictions. Copyright: Expired. Credit: Name of photographer/National Archives of Canada/Copy negative no.
Architectural drawings: No donor restrictions.
Watercolour: No donor restrictions. Copyright: AMCA International or the artist, Government of Canada copyright on reproductions. Credit: National Archives of Canada. Documents must be consulted under close supervision for conservation reasons.
One photomechanical reproduction, one watercolour and nine drawings, ca. 1966-1967 (accession 1988-006 PIC); six drawings, ca. 1966-1967 (accession 1988-005 PIC): No donor restrictions. Copyright: AMCA International. Credit: National Archives of Canada. Documents must be consulted under close supervision for conservation reasons.
Moving images: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holders and also in some cases the written permission of AMCA International Ltd.; please consult item level descriptions for details.
Sound recordingss: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copright holders, the written permission of AMCA International Ltd. and also in some cases of the interviewees; please consult item level descriptions for details.
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