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Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2019-028

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.

Dates

  • undated

Language of Materials

Ths collection does not contain text- or script-based content.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

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.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Related Materials

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

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/).

Processing Information

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

Title
Byllesby, Virginia, Dam Construction Photograph Album
Status
Completed
Author
AnnRea Fowler, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
Date
2019 (CC0 1.0)
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308