Collection of Hoover Dam Artifacts, Historic Photographs Now Available On-Line

The Bureau of Reclamation maintains an extensive collection of museum items, historic photographs, and news clippings related to Hoover Dam.

The Hoover Dam Collection includes approximately 5,600 items associated with the heritage of the dam, the Boulder City area, and Reclamation. Such artifacts include badges, brochures, electrical instruments, clothing, artwork, newspaper and magazine clippings, and more. The collection also contains approximately 20,000 photographs and about 2,000 slides.

Providing the public with Internet access to these resources is especially important because of recent restrictions to public access at Hoover Dam and other Reclamation dams/powerplants on the lower Colorado River. Thanks to a grant from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), the objects in this collection have been archived into digital formats that allow researchers, students and other members of the public to view on-line.

SNPLMA distributes funds from Bureau of Land Management land sales around Las Vegas, Nevada, to support the creation of local parks, trails and natural areas, and conservation, restoration and capital improvement projects on Federal lands. The Bureau of Reclamation at Hoover Dam was awarded a ‚Äúconservation initiative‚ÄĚ grant through this program for three phases of work on the collection:

  • In Phase I, a Collection Condition Survey (2007) was performed on the entire museum collection, and conservation work was completed on museum objects (2009).
  • In Phase II, the museum collection was photographed, thousands of historical photographs were replicated, and all images were digitized (2008).
  • In Phase III (2009), all digitized images of the museum collection and historical photographs of Hoover, Parker, Davis Dam and Boulder City, were uploaded to the Reclamation photograph database.

The extensive years of work have resulted in an easily-viewable database that helps preserve and protect the artifacts while allowing the public to enjoy and explore the collection from their desktops.

Please visit www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/collection.html to view the collection. Or for more information, contact hooverhistory@usbr.gov.