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

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1900-1939

GUSN

GUSN-171283

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

Descriptive Terms

panoramas
portraits
reservoirs (water distribution structures)
black-and-white prints (photographs)
black-and-white negatives

Physical Description

circa 1,000 photographic prints and negatives : black-and-white

Collection Code

PC031

Collection Name

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

Reference Code

PC031

Places

Quabbin Reservoir (Massachusetts) [reservoir]
Enfield (Hampshire County, Massachusetts) [deserted settlement]
Pelham (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Howe, Donald William, 1892-1977 (Collector)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
black-and-white negatives

Subjects

Quabbin Valley (Mass.)
deserted settlements

Description Level

Collection

Historical/Biographical Note

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.