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United States. Bureau of Reclamation Photograph Collection 1901-1912

MS 485

Collection Summary

Creator: United States. Bureau of Reclamation
Collection Name: United States. Bureau of Reclamation Photograph Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1901-1912
Physical Description:1 linear foot
Abstract:Photographs, 1901-1912, taken by U.S. Reclamation Service photographers, document irrigation projects and resulting agricultural activities in Yuma, Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona as well as at Roosevelt Dam and the Salt River Project. There are also images of a few buildings and street scenes in Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma.
Collection Number:MS 485
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Historical Note

Established in 1902, the U. S. Reclamation Service, later known as the United States Bureau of Reclamation, was created to manage, develop and protect water resources. The department was responsible for construction of dams, primarily in the arid western United States, as well as hydroelectric plants, flood control, and water diversion and allocation. The department continues to manage more than 180 projects in seventeen western states.

Scope and Content Note

31 photographs, 1901-1912. Includes photographs of irrigation projects and agricultural activities in Yuma, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona as well as at the Roosevelt Dam and Salt River Project. A small number of street scenes and buildings in Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma are included as well. Roosevelt Dam images include views of the completed dam and its dedication. There are also images of San Xavier Mission, the University of Arizona’s Old Main building, Phoenix’s Adams Hotel, and Windsor Ranch and Madison Avenue in Yuma. Highlights include Yuma’s celebration of the completion of the Siphon (an irrigation project), Heard Ranch cattle, workers threshing grain, and freight teams.


This Collection is organized into 1 series.
Series I: Photographs 1901-1912



There are no restrictions on this collection


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Corporate Name(s)
Heard Ranch (Ariz.) - Photographs
United States. Bureau of Reclamation

Geographic Name(s)
Yuma (Ariz.) – Photographs

Agriculture – Arizona – Photographs
Agriculture – Arizona – Yuma - Photographs
Freight and freightage – Arizona – Photographs
Irrigation – Arizona – Photographs
Salt River Project -- Photographs
Theodore Roosevelt Dam (Ariz.) – Photographs

Administrative Information

Credit Line

United States Bureau of Reclamation Photograph Collection (MS 485). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Photographs 1901-1912
This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.
11 Agricultural harvests – Yuma (includes Windsor Ranch)
12 Agricultural crops and laborers – Phoenix, Mesa
13 Freighting and ranching – Phoenix and Salt River Project
14 Roosevelt Dam and Salt River Project
15 Tucson and Phoenix scenes
16 Yuma scenes including the Siphon