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The Allston Dana Papers

Kelvin Smith Library: Special Collections Research Center


Biography | Scope and Content | Boxlist

Quantity: 5.84 linear feet

Restrictions: The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. The Center is open to other researchers by appointment only.

Acquisition: This collection was given to the Case Institute of Technology Archive of Contemporary Science and Technology in 1961 by Mrs. Dorothy Goodale Dana.

Biography: Allston Dana (1884-1952)

Allston Dana was born in Boston, 1884, of a distinguished New England family; he was the grandson of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Dana graduated Harvard in 1906, and MIT in 1908.  He was a civil engineer and worked on the design of the Delaware Bridge, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the Triborough, Hudson and Bronx-Whitestone Bridges.  Additionally he worked on the design of the third lock of the Panama Canal.  Dana died on May 12, 1952, in Princeton, N.J. aged 67.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Dana's working papers regarding his contributions to the design of the third lock of the Panama Canal, and several bridges. Materials included are blueprints, drawings, printed matter and correspondence. Separate inventories of technical drawings are included with this collection

Box Folder

Folder Title


Material not in folder. Printed matter regarding the Panama Canal

1 2

The Delaware River Bridge

1 3

The Oakland Bay Bridge

1 4

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge


Material not in folder. Drawing pertaining to the Panama Canal

2 2

The Manhattan and Brooklyn Plazas of the Manhattan Bridge


Material not in folder. Printed matter regarding the Triborough Bridge Authority.

3 2

The Hudson River Bridge.

3 3

The Delaware River Bridge.

3 4

Texts on Bridge Building.

3 5

Dana’s calculations on bright stars.

4 1

Correspondence: 1936-1938.

4 2

Correspondence: January-September 1939.

4 3

Correspondence: October 1939-1942.

4 4

Photographs: Triborough Bridge Authority; Hudson River Bridge.

4 5

Photographs: Hudson River Bridge; Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.


Material not in folder. Printed matter regarding the Triborough Bridge and the Panama Canal. 1913-1947

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