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Knowlton Brothers.

Mill River Flood Stereographs, 1874

19 items (0.1 linear ft.)

PH 019

Site of Wm. Miller's Silk Mill, Skinnerville

Site of Wm. Miller's Silk Mill, Skinnerville

The Mill River flood of 1874 was one of the great man-made disasters of late nineteenth century western Massachusetts. Following the collapse of an earthenwork dam on May 16 of that year, 600,000,000 gallons of water coursed through Williamsburgh, Skinnerville, and Leeds, destroying factories and homes, bridges and roads, and leaving 139 deaths in its wake.

The nineteen images in the Mill River Flood collection are a small sampling of a series of 110 stereographs taken by the Knowlton Brothers of Northampton to document the devastation caused by the flood of May 1874. The collection also includes one view taken by F. J. Moore of Westfield, who issued his own series of 21 stereographs, and one by an unidentified photographer.

Language

English

Location

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research.