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Granville C. Thompson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 252
Granville Thompson's photographs document Indiana highway bridge construction projects dating from 1921-1943. Approximately 41 bridge construction projects are covered, at around 33 location sites in Indiana. The collection includes approximately 398 photographic prints and 219 negatives. Many of the original structures in the photographs no longer exist. The photographs were primarily taken by Thompson using a Kodak IA folding camera, on 116 film. (The camera was later donated to the Kodak Museum by Robert Thompson). A small number of the photographs were taken by J. B. Manson, M. M. Porter [H. H. Porter?], or "Mr. Wooley," of the U.S. Bureau of Roads. Most of the images are 2.5" x 4.5" in size. Not every print has a negative, and not every negative has a print.


  • 1921-1943
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/10/2003


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


2.20 Cubic Feet

4 boxes other_unmapped

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 folders

Arrangement Note

Most of the images are identified by location and/or project or contract number. There may be state records of the contracts or projects that will provide further identification for each image. The project numbers tend to begin with the number of the state road or highway included in the project. The images arrived arranged by project or construction number for each location. This order has been retained, and the groups of images have been ordered alphabetically by city or location for ease of access. Following each location and date are the number of prints and negatives in parentheses for each city. Project and/or contract numbers, when known, have been included in brackets.

Source of Acquisition

Robert C. Granville, son of Granville C. Thompson. Both men graduated from the school of mechanical engineering at Purdue.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Finding aid updated 1/7/2011 EW

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States