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Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs

Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of History of Technology  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Work and Industry  Search this
Names:
Tonawanda Power Company  Search this
Extent:
7 Cubic feet (14 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Business records
Photographs
Place:
Tonawanda (NY)
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Date:
1899 - 1919
Summary:
The collection consists of bound photograph albums and loose photographs documenting the construction of the Adams Power Station (hydroelectric plant) and allied structures of the Niagara Falls Power Company, 1899-1919.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of bound photograph albums and loose photographs documenting the construction of the Adams Generating Station #2 (hydroelectric plant) and allied structures of the Niagara Falls Power Company, 1899-1919. The images depict generators, wheel pits, governors, plant interiors, river views, transmission lines, turbines, and unidentified people.

The albums are arranged numericaly from one to thirty. Albums 13, 19 and 20 are missing. Each photograph has a number, date, and caption located in the lower left of the image. Typescript indices are included at the beginning of each album and the full index is linked to this finding aid.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Photograph Albums, 1899-1919

Series 2: Photographs by Subject, 1899-1908
Biographical / Historical:
In 1853, the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power & Manufacturing Company was chartered. The company purchased the water rights and began construction of a canal (1860-1861) and was the first company to generate hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Falls Power Company was founded on September 19, 1889 after being re-organized and renamed from it's predecessor company, the Niagara River Hydraulic Tunnel, Power and Sewer Company. Edward Dean Adams, a New York financier became president of the company. Adams created a subsidiary company, the Cataract Construction Corporation to build a power tunnel before deciding on a method of power distribution. Adams also secured the help of financiers, J.P. Morgan, John Astor, and William Vanderbilt.

In 1893, alternating electrical current (AC) was selected as the standard to used and the Cataract Construction Company began using AC for power generation and transmission. From 1892 to 1894, the Niagara Falls Power Company built two powerhouses, Powerhouse #1 (1892-1894) and Powerhouse #2 (1901-1903). In 1895, the Niagara Falls Power Company began placing contracts with the Westinghouse Company for long distance electric transmission development and implementation.

In 1927, by resolution of the board of directors of the Niagara Falls Power Company, the power-houses and sub-stations were renamed in appreciation of the men who pioneered the power industry and developed it. Niagara Power Stations Number One and Two were renamed the Edward Dean Adams Statuon. Also known as the Adams Power Station. The Adams Power Station built in 1895 was not the first hydro power station at Niagara, but it was one of the largest hydroelectric power generators of it's time and it was the first large scale application of AC power in North America. General Electric and Westinghouse collaborated on the project. Engineers Thomas Evershed, George Forbes, Benjamin G. Lamme, Oliver Shallenberger, Nikola Tesla, William Stanley, Dr. Louis Bell, and Charles P. Steinmetz contributed.

Sources

http://www.edisontechcenter.org/Niagara.htm (last accessed on May 3, 2016)

Adams, Edward Dean. Niagara Power History of the Niagara Falls Power Company, 1886-1918, Volumes I-II. Niagara Falls, N.Y., printed for the Niagara Falls Power Co., 1927
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Museum of American History's Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (now Division of Work and Industry) by the Niagara-Mohawk Power Corporation, through E.B. Strowger, System Project Engineer in 1965.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Water-wheels  Search this
Power stations  Search this
Water-power  Search this
Power generation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Business records -- 1900-1950
Photographs -- 1900-1920
Photographs -- 19th century
Business records -- 1850-1900
Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0949
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Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep872c32211-9c06-4085-8f89-09659c34b79c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0949

Photograph Albums

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1899 - 1919
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0949, Series 1
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Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85a9dd1fc-c7c8-499d-9282-a1d4eb04c08e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref16

Album #1

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1899 November 21-1900 March 8
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #673-#723
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84bf93f06-a757-4970-9cc4-4fd3b93e9995
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref18

Album #2

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1900 January 29-1900 April 12
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #724-#771
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep836fa1b91-1f01-4c01-91fd-9137c6b6ecdd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref20

Album #3

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1900 April 13-1900 June 19
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #772-#820
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep806a6c161-ff85-4544-adc4-852f99191248
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref22

Album #4

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1900 June 20-1900 August 24
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #821-#872
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87a616d44-139e-4f46-a10e-438326dfe4b1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref24

Album #5

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1900 August 27-1900 November 14
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #873-#922
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a5fb0c06-2b9d-4947-96b1-d1c03afe4578
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref26

Album #6

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1900 October 6-1901 February 5
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #923-#970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a01d6a6e-b3d1-4c0f-bdf3-61c2ceafefbf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref28

Album #7

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1901 february 6-1901 April 16
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #971-#1015
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f130e22b-a8f0-4bbe-a440-cdeba85d1d0b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref30

Album #8

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 4, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1901 April 17-1901July 19
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1016-#1065
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8db0ed089-18ee-43e1-b2c5-e3fedfc654ca
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref32

Album #9

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 5, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1901 July 2-1901 Spetember 9
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1066-#1112
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8870395b8-932d-44ee-9834-58475218bedc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref34

Album #10

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 5, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1901 September 10-1901November 11
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1113-1160
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep865f37940-ffce-44c7-bb41-147c034ec2eb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref36

Album #11

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 6, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1901 November 13-1902 January 27
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1161-#1209
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8864ea24d-04bf-43c3-ae80-468910ad3e90
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref38

Album #12

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 6, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1902 January 28-1902 April 11
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1210-#1259
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81419b966-d124-468d-9268-cb4b42200ebf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref40

Album #14

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
19012 June-1902 July 22
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1310-#1356
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep834669505-dff1-4b41-8aad-3a9b9e1ac3d7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref43

Album #15

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 7, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1902 May 23-1902 September 2
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1357-#1396
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bf725023-4e88-4b35-b39c-d3c789feaa98
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref45

Album #16

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 8, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1902 eptember 3-1903 January 1
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1397-#1436
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83bbf87f1-f2bc-4c1d-9969-fc7e90db8c06
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref49

Album #17

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 8, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1903 February 6-1903 December 22
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1437-#1479
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8862e3579-ae08-42cf-bacf-7568b2c70880
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref51

Album #18

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 9, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1903 December 22-1904 June 23
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1480-1503
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep872ad226a-6169-4a11-9e51-69c722390e17
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref53

Album #21

Collection Creator:
Niagara Falls Power Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic album (10" x 13")
Container:
Box 9, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic albums
Date:
1901 July 22-1905 May 12
Scope and Contents:
Construction of Adams Generating Station #2, #1524-1556; K-38 to K-41; M1 to M-4; M-9 to M28;
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Niagara Falls Power Company Records, 1899-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs
Niagara Falls Power Company Photographs / Series 1: Photograph Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d3e200a0-b938-4ec4-9f1b-a86fff7b1075
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0949-ref55

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