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Army Corps of Engineers Photographs, 1884-1967: Home

Accession: 1984.29
Extent: Approximately 38,000 negatives (black & white, 8 x 10 inch and smaller, nitrate and acetate); 4 original prints, 5 volumes of image indexes
Restrictions: None.
Copyright: As products of the United States Army, these works are in the public domain.

Brief History

The history of the Louisville District encompasses more than two centuries. Contributions include frontier exploration and mapping, defense fortification during America’s major wars, the opening of Ohio Valley waterways, flood reduction, military construction, environmental cleanup and national disaster response.

The district’s history is rooted in the role it had in developing Ohio River navigation, notably at the Falls of the Ohio at Louisville, Ky., where the natural river dropped 26 feet in a little more than two miles. Year-round navigation was impossible, and moving over the falls was dangerous. Lives and cargo were routinely lost. The Louisville and Portland Canal Company, with the help of Army engineers, operated a canal around the Falls from 1830 to 1874 when Congress handed over full jurisdiction to the Corps. In 1875, the Corps began constructing locks and dams along the entire length of the Ohio River. Today, the district operates eight lock and dam systems along the Ohio.

The district acquired its flood damage reduction mission after Congress, spurred by the 1937 flood in Louisville, appropriating the funding for projects meant to reduce flood damage.

The district’s military construction mission began during the 1941 mobilization for World War II. It built camps, airfields, ordnance plants and training facilities in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. The district lost its mission in 1972 only to acquire it back in 1982 during that era’s massive defense buildup.

The district received its nation-wide Army Reserve mission in 1994 and the Air Force Reserve mission in 1999.

(Excerpted from the Louisville District US Army Corps of Engineers website.)

Brief Description of the Collection

Established in 1886, the Louisville District of the Corps of Engineers is charged with supporting the armed forces for national defense and managing water resources in parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The photographs in this collection document the activities of the Corps including navigation and flood control improvements on the Kentucky, Licking, Miami, Little Miami, Ohio, White, Wabash, and other rivers, floods, lock and dams, dredging, floating plants, dikes, and levee repairs. Also included are images of the Mississinewa River flood of 1913, the Ohio River floods of 1937 and 1945, construction of a World War II prisoner of war camps in southern Indiana and western Kentucky, views of Bowman field, and construction of Standiford Field airport in Louisville during World War II. The Photographic Archives preserves all the Louisville District Corps negatives.

The negatives are arranged in numerical order, by date. Index volumes list negative number, date and caption/location.

  • Vol. I Negs 1-10400; 1917-1942
  • Vol. II Negs 10401-20732; 1942-1947
  • Vol. III Negs 20733-35504; 1948-1959
  • Vol. IV Negs 35547-37397; 1959-1965
  • Vol. V Negs 37398-38859; 1965-1967

Box/Folder List:

  • Box 1: 1 – 99 (misc, 1917-39)
  • Box 2: 100 – 290 (misc, 1924-39)
  • Box 3: 291 – 505 (1926)
  • Box 4: 509 -1319 (1926-30)
  • Box 5: 1320 – 1461 (1930-31)
  • Box 6: 1462 – 1613 (1931-32)
  • Box 7: 1614 – 1771 (1932)
  • Box 8: 1772 – 1915 (1932-33)
  • Box 9: 1916 – 2043 (1933)
  • Box 10: 2044 – 2195 (1933)
  • Box 11: 2196 – 2349 (1933)
  • Box 12: 2350 – 2502 (1933-34)
  • Box 13: 2503 – 2650 (1934)
  • Box 14: 3538 – 3721 (1934)
  • Box 15: 2684 – 2830 (1934)
  • Box 16: 2831 – 2992 (1934)
  • Box 17: 2993 – 3137 (1934-36)
  • Box 18: 3138 – 3335 (1936-37, Flood views)
  • Box 19: 3336 – 3537 (1937-38)
  • Box 20: 3722 – 3888 (1938-39)
  • Box 21: 3891 – 4195 (1939)
  • Box 22: 4196 – 4437 (1939)
  • Box 23: 4646 – 4932 (1939-40, Louisville Municipal & Harrod’s Creek harbors)
  • Box 24: 4933 – 5155 (1940)
  • Box 25: 5156 – 5400 (1940)
  • Box 26: 5401 – 5530 (1940)
  • Box 27: 5531 – 5730 (1940)
  • Box 28: 5731 – 5829 (1940)
  • Box 29: 5830 – 6018 (1940)
  • Box 30: 6019 – 6234 (1940-41, Bowman Field)
  • Box 31: 6235 – 6390 (1941)
  • Box 32: 6391 – 6576 (1941)
  • Box 33: 6577 – 6695 (1941, Bowman Field)
  • Box 34: 6696 – 6818 (1941)
  • Box 35: 6819 – 6900 (1941)
  • Box 36: 6902 – 7075 (1941, Municipal Airport)
  • Box 37: 7076 – 7250 (1941)
  • Box 38: 7251 – 7450 (1941)
  • Box 39: 7451 – 7625 (1941)
  • Box 40: 7626 – 7825 (1941-42)
  • Box 41: 7826 – 8000 (1942)
  • Box 42: 8001 – 8175 (1942, Standiford Field)
  • Box 43: 8176 – 8375 (1942)
  • Box 44: 8376 – 8550 (1942, Bowman Field)
  • Box 45: 8551 – 8750 (1942)
  • Box 46: 8751 – 8952 (1942)
  • Box 47: 8953 – 9125 (1942)
  • Box 48: 9126 – 9300 (1942)
  • Box 49: 9301 – 9450 (1942)
  • Box 50: 9451 – 9625 (1942)
  • Box 51: 9626 – 9825 (1942)
  • Box 52: 9826 – 10000 (1942)
  • Box 53: 10001 – 10175 (1942)
  • Box 54: 10176 – 10375 (1942)
  • Box 55: 10376 – 10525 (1942)
  • Box 56: 10526 – 10700 (1942)
  • Box 57: 10701 – 10875 (1942)
  • Box 58: 10876 – 11075 (1942)
  • Box 59: 11076 – 11350 (1941-42)
  • Box 60: 11351 – 11550 (1942)
  • Box 61: 11551 – 11750 (1943, Bowman Field)
  • Box 62: 11751 – 11925 (1943)
  • Box 63: 11926 – 12100 (1943)
  • Box 64: 12101 – 12300 (1943)
  • Box 65: 12301 – 12500 (1943)
  • Box 66: 12501 – 12695 (1943)
  • Box 67: 12696 – 12875 (1943)
  • Box 68: 12876 – 13050 (1943)
  • Box 69: 13051 – 13233 (1943)
  • Box 70: 13234 – 13410 (1943)
  • Box 71: 13411 – 13575 (1943)
  • Box 72: 13576 – 13750 (1943)
  • Box 73: 13751 – 13925 (1943)
  • Box 74: 13926 – 14052 (1943)
  • Box 75: 14053 – 14122 (1943)
  • Box 76: 17178 – 14323 (1943-44)
  • Box 77: 14324 – 14460 (1944)
  • Box 78: 14461 – 14610 (1944)
  • Box 79: 14611 – 14799 (1944)
  • Box 80: 14800 – 14953 (1944)
  • Box 81: 14954 – 15113 (1944)
  • Box 82: 15114 – 15269 (1944)
  • Box 83: 15270 – 15371 (1944)
  • Box 84: 15372 – 15515 (1944)
  • Box 85: 15516 – 15657 (1944)
  • Box 86: 15658 - 15809 (1944)
  • Box 87: 15810 – 15958 (1944)
  • Box 88: 15959 – 16137 (1944)
  • Box 89: 16137 – 16286 (1944)
  • Box 90: 16287 – 16500 (1944-45)
  • Box 91: 16501 – 16660 (1945, Flood)
  • Box 92: 16661 – 16827 (1945, Flood)
  • Box 93: 16828 – 17060 (1945, Flood)
  • Box 94: 17061 – 17250 (1945)
  • Box 95: 17251 – 17404 (1945)
  • Box 96: 17405 – 17607 (1945)
  • Box 97: 17608 – 17775 (1945)
  • Box 98: 17776 – 17975 (1945)
  • Box 99: 17976 – 18125 (1945-46)
  • Box 100: 18126 – 18300 (1946)
  • Box 101: 18301 – 18460 (1946)
  • Box 102: 18461 – 18632 (1946)
  • Box 103: 18633 – 18798 (1946)
  • Box 104: 18799 – 18973 (1946)
  • Box 105: 18974 – 19150 (1946)
  • Box 106: 19151 – 19325 (1946, Bowman Field)
  • Box 107: 19326 – 19500 (1946)
  • Box 108: 19501 – 19675 (1946-47)
  • Box 109: 19676 – 19850 (1947)
  • Box 110: 19851 – 20025 (1947)
  • Box 111: 20026 – 20200 (1947)
  • Box 112: 20201 – 20325 (1947)
  • Box 113: 20326 – 20500 (1947)
  • Box 114: 20501 – 20675 (1947)
  • Box 115: 20676 – 20872 (1947-48)
  • Box 116: 20873 – 21050 (1948)
  • Box 117: 21051 – 21270 (1948)
  • Box 118: 21271 – 21479 (1948)
  • Box 119: 21480 – 12650 (1948)
  • Box 120: 21651 – 21825 (1948)
  • Box 121: 21826 – 22025 (1948)
  • Box 122: 21826 – 22025 (1948)
  • Box 123: 22185 – 22335 (1948)
  • Box 124: 22336 – 22508 (1948-49)
  • Box 125: 22509 – 22693 (1949)
  • Box 126: 22694 – 22875 (1949)
  • Box 127: 22876 – 23075 (1949)
  • Box 128: 23076 – 23750 (1949)
  • Box 129: 23251 – 23433 (1949)
  • Box 130: 23434 – 23661 (1949)
  • Box 131: 23642 – 23820 (1949)
  • Box 132: 23821 – 24020 (1949-50)
  • Box 133: 24021 – 24220 (1950)
  • Box 134: 24228 – 24400 (1950)
  • Box 135: 24401 – 24575 (1950)
  • Box 136: 24576 – 24745 (1950)
  • Box 137: 24746 – 24950 (1950)
  • Box 138: 24951 – 25185 (1950-51)
  • Box 139: 25186 – 25375 (1951)
  • Box 140: 14276 – 25550 (1951)
  • Box 141: 25551 – 25750 (1951)
  • Box 142: 25751 – 26025 (1951)
  • Box 143: 26026 – 26225 (1951)
  • Box 144: 26226 – 26421 (1951)
  • Box 145: 26422 – 26616 (1951-52)
  • Box 146: 26617 – 26800 (1952)
  • Box 147: 26801 – 26975 (1952)
  • Box 148: 26976 – 27150 (1952)
  • Box 149: 27121 – 27327 (1952-53)
  • Box 150: 27330 – 27531 (1953)
  • Box 151: 27532 – 27704 (1953)
  • Box 152: 27705 – 27875 (1953)
  • Box 153: 27901 – 28095 (1953-54)
  • Box 154: 28096 - 28293 (1954)
  • Box 155: 28294 – 28506 (1954)
  • Box 156: 28507 – 28900 (1954-55)
  • Box 157: 28701 – 28900 (1955)
  • Box 158: 28901 – 29100 (1955)
  • Box 159: 28901 – 29325 (1955-56)
  • Box 160: 29326 – 29525 (1956)
  • Box 161: 29526 – 29750 (1956-57)
  • Box 162: 29751 – 30000 (1957)
  • Box 163: 30001 – 30193 (1957)
  • Box 164: 30194 – 30400 (1957-58, Ice Conditions in Ohio River)
  • Box 165: 30401 – 30577 (1958)
  • Box 166: 30578 – 30775 (1958)
  • Box 167: 30976 – 31175 (1958-59)
  • Box 168: 30976 – 31375 (1959)
  • Box 169: 31176 – 31375 (1959)
  • Box 170: 31376 – 31899 (1959)
  • Box 171: 31576 – 31775 (1959)
  • Box 172: 31776 – 31899 (1959)
  • Box 173: 31900 – 32101 (1959)
  • Box 174: 32102 – 32323 (1959)
  • Box 175: 32324 – 32525 (1959, 1961)
  • Box 176: 32526 – 32725 (1959, 1961)
  • Box 177: 32726 – 32900 (1959, 1961)
  • Box 178: 32901 – 33050 (1959, 1961)
  • Box 179: 33051 – 33250 (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
  • Box 180: 33251 – 33450 (1959, 1962)
  • Box 181: 33451 – 33650 (1959)
  • Box 182: 33651 – 33850 (1959)
  • Box 183: 33851 – 34025 (1959)
  • Box 184: 34026 – 34224 (1959-60)
  • Box 185: 34225 – 34425 (1962)
  • Box 186: 34426 – 34625 (1962)
  • Box 187: 34626 – 34797 (1962)
  • Box 188: 34798 – 35000 (1962-63)
  • Box 189: 35001 – 35250 (1963)
  • Box 190: 35251 – 35450 (1963)
  • Box 191: 35451 – 35650 (1963)
  • Box 192: 35651 – 35850 (1963)
  • Box 193: 35851 – 36050 (1963)
  • Box 194: 36051 – 36250 (1963)
  • Box 195: 36251 – 36450 (1963-64)
  • Box 196: 36451 – 36675 (1964)
  • Box 197: 36676 – 36875 (1964)
  • Box 198: 36876 – 37075 (1964)
  • Box 199: 37076 – 37300 (1964-65)
  • Box 200: 37301 – 37500 (1965)
  • Box 201: 37501 – 37700 (1965)
  • Box 202: 37701 – 37900 (1965)
  • Box 203: 37901 – 38125 (1965-66)
  • Box 204: 38126 – 38300 (1966)
  • Box 205: 38301 – 38500 (1966)
  • Box 206: 38501 – 38700 (1966-67)

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