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Saville Engineering collection

Identifier: IAL-2020-008

Scope and Contents

The earlier album is titled, "Thorndike Saville, Hanover, N.H., 1914-15." It is filled with black and white photographs, some dark, blurry, and oxidizing, some fading, but many with sufficient clarity to illustrate the subjects in some detail. Most are labeled with site locations. The majority of photographs in the album are images of dams and waterworks in the greater Hanover area, as well as around Boston, and Hartford, Connecticut. His Hanover-area subjects include the Wilder Paper Mills Dam, Mink Brook Bridge, Thompson's Falls, and nearby sand and gravel sources. From Connecticut there are the Phelps Brook Dam and Nepaug Dam and from near Boston he added images of Brockton's water treatment facility. Finally, this album includes a selection of snapshots of labs and apparatus at Dartmouth, men surveying the countryside, also his friends, his Dartmouth housing, some social life, early x-rays of a hand, hip, and "normal wrist with bullet," and a few earlier, residential and family snapshots from the American Panama Canal Zone. (Thorndike Saville's father, Caleb Mills Saville, also a civil engineer, was involved with the construction of the Panama Canal.) The second album is undated and untitled and filled with more than 300 black and white, somewhat faded, numbered and labeled photographs documenting what I sense was an immediately post World-War-I tour of English and French port, river, and water treatment subjects of professional interest to him. A handwritten table of contents roughly identifies the route of his tour.


  • 1914 - 1920

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be utilized for publishing and/or Fair Use purposes.

Biographical / Historical

The albums were compiled by Thorndike Saville (1892-1969).

Thorndike Saville (1892-1969) was a civil engineer with a career in water supply, hydrology, and coastal and river port engineering and a career in academia (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; New York University; University of Florida, Gainesville). He was a student and teaching assistant at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and later an assistant in geology and sanitary engineering at Harvard. Thorndike Saville's father, Caleb Mills Saville, also a civil engineer, was involved with the construction of the Panama Canal.


2 Volumes (Two photo albums)

Language of Materials


Melissa Nerino
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Repository Details

Part of the Industrial Archives & Library Repository

18 West 4th Street
Bethlehem Pennsylvania 18015 USA