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Tamiami Trail (Fla.) Photograph Collection

Tamiami Trail (Fla.) Photograph Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Tamiami Trail (Fla.) Photograph Collection
Identification: VAM158
Date: 1917-1921
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-sized document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: McCrary, Joseph Boyd
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The J. B. McCrary Company, owned by Georgia Tech graduate Joseph Boyd McCrary, worked on the Tamiami Trail in Florida, which opened the frontier area known as the Everglades to commerce and settlement. These photographs document the early years of its construction, which was completed in 1928.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Boyd McCrary graduated from Georgia Tech in 1891, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, McCrary worked for Moore and McCrary, a mechanical engineering company in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1916, Dade County Government (Florida) floated a bond issue for building the Tamiami Trail and contracted Joseph McCrary's firm to build thirty-two miles of road west of Miami. However, in 1923, the McCrary firm withdrew from the project after completing seventeen miles. The Florida State Road Department completed the trail in 1928.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of sixty-one gelatin silver prints, which are in good condition, with minimal silver mirroring; however, several photographs have experienced image color change from black to yellow-brown.


SERIES 1. Individuals, 1918.

SERIES 2. Machinery, undated.

SERIES 3. Tamiami Trail Canal, undated.

SERIES 4. Landscapes, 1917-1921.

SERIES 5. Buildings, 1921.

SERIES 6. "Shooting Rocks," undated.

Index Terms

Canal construction workers--Florida.
McCrary, Joseph Boyd
Seminole Indians--Florida.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Tamiami Trail (Fla.) Photograph Collection (VAM158), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession #2001.049 (old number: 2001.49).

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson processed this photograph collection in 2002.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

    All photographs in this collection are subject to approval before publication may be permitted. Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Separated Material

    These photographs were separated from the Joseph Boyd McCrary Papers, MS158.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

    Container List

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    Series 1: Individuals, 1918.

    VAM 158-1a: Unidentified individuals in brush, undated
    VAM 158-1b: Unidentified individuals in brush, undated
    VAM 158-1c: Unidentified, et. al., undated
    VAM 158-1d: Unidentified, et. al., undated
    VAM 158-1e: Unidentified, et. al., undated
    VAM 158-1f: Unidentified, et. al., undated
    VAM 158-2: Unidentified males holding an alligator, undated
    VAM 158-3a: Unidentified Seminole Indians in Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-3b: Unidentified Seminole Indians in Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-3c: Unidentified Seminole, undated
    VAM 158-4a: Unidentified males working on Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-4b: Unidentified males working on Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-5a: Unidentified males standing near Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-5b: Unidentified males standing near Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-6a: Joseph Boyd McCrary standing near Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-6b: Joseph Boyd McCrary standing near Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-6c: Joseph Boyd McCrary and unidentified males standing near Tamiami Trail, undated
    VAM 158-7: Cape Sable Roadwork, 21 November 1918
    VAM 158-8: Union Station sewer work, undated
    VAM 158-9: Unidentified male sitting on boathouse, undated

    Series 2: Machinery, undated.

    VAM 158-10a: Machinery, undated
    VAM 158-10b: Machinery, undated
    VAM 158-10c: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-10d: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-10e: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-10f: et. al., undated

    Series 3: Tamiami Trail Canal, undated.

    VAM 158-11a: Canal, undated
    VAM 158-11b: Canal, undated
    VAM 158-11c: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11d: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11e: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11f: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11g: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11h: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11i: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11j: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11k: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11l: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-11m: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-12: Ingraham Highway from Monroe County Line, undated
    VAM 158-13: Paradise Prairie, undated
    VAM 158-14a: Canal, undated
    VAM 158-14b: Canal, undated
    VAM 158-14c: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-14d: et. al., undated

    Series 4: Landscapes, 1917-1921.

    VAM 158-15a: Landscape scene, unidentified male, March 1921
    VAM 158-16: Landscape scene, unidentified white males and unidentified Seminole Indians sitting on platform, undated
    VAM 158-17a: Landscape scene, undated
    VAM 158-17b: Landscape scene, undated
    VAM 158-17c: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-17d: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-17e: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-17f: et. al., undated
    VAM 158-17g: Landscape scene, 10 February 1917
    VAM 158-17h: Landscape scene, undated

    Series 5: Buildings, 1921.

    VAM 158-18a: Buildings, undated
    VAM 158-18b: Buildings, undated
    VAM 158-18c: Buildings, March 1921
    VAM 158-19: Two unidentified males standing near building and canal, undated

    Series 6: "Shooting Rocks", undated.

    VAM 158-20a: "Shooting Rocks", undated
    VAM 158-20b: "Shooting Rocks", undated