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Donald W. Howe photographic collection of Quabbin Valley views, 1900s-1930s

PC031 (RS98300)

Description

The Donald W. Howe Collection of Quabbin Valley Views of nearly 1,000 prints and negatives provides a rare glimpse of several towns and their inhabitants who were displaced by the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts in the mid-1930s. Assembled by Donald Howe, these images document the life of Enfield, Greenwich, Pelham, and other localities that disappeared when the huge water supply system was built. The photographs range from panoramic views to informal portraits of residents dating from the early-1900s to the early-1930s.

Source: Collections card catalogue.

Details

Collection Name
Donald W. Howe photographic collection of Quabbin Valley views, 1900s-1930s
Collection Code
PC031
Dates
1900-1939
Physical Description
circa 1,000 photographic prints and negatives : black-and-white
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Collection
GUSN
171283
Reference Code
PC031

Historical/Biographical Note

Donald William Howe was born on March 18, 1892 and was the son of Edwin Henry Howe and Annie A. Williams. He was the treasurer of the Ware Coupling and Nipple Company and the owner of the Quabbin Book House and radio station, WARE. He was a photography collector and compiled the book, "Quabbin, the Lost Valley", published in 1951. He died in 1977.

Source: Library of Congress authority record.

Record details

Originator
Howe, Donald William, 1892-1977 (Collector)
Descriptive Terms
panoramas
portraits
reservoirs (water distribution structures)
Material Type
black-and-white negatives
black-and-white prints (photographs)
Subjects
Quabbin Valley (Mass.)
deserted settlements
Places
Quabbin Reservoir (Massachusetts) [reservoir]
Enfield (Hampshire County, Massachusetts) [deserted settlement]
Pelham (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)

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