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Arthur Carl Lee Photograph Collection

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Lee (Arthur Carl) Photographs

Collection of photographs of A. C. Lee

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Lee, A. C. (Arthur Carl), 1886-1974
Arthur Carl Lee Photograph Collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1920-1929
Date [inclusive]
1245.0 Items
General Physical Description note
1,245 photographs
Photographs of various hydro electric power plants built for Duke Power Company under Lee's direction during the 1920s. Also includes photographs of construction at Duke University.

Preferred Citation note

Arthur Carl Lee Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Arthur Carl "A. C." Lee was born in Anderson, S.C., on September 3, 1886. His brother, William States Lee Jr., founded Duke Power Company. Lee received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson College (1908), which later bestowed an honorary degree upon him (1928), and an M.S. from Cornell University (1910). Lee began his career with Anderson Water, Light and Power Company, working in its construction and engineering organization, as well as virtually all Duke Power subsidiaries (1910-27). He oversaw the construction of the Piedmont and Northern Railway. Lee served as resident engineer in charge of construction on nearly all hydro electric developments and steam plants of Duke Power prior to 1927. After 1927, oversaw all layout, planning, and construction work at Duke University. In 1933, Lee became president and treasurer of Lee Construction Company and board chair for Lee Engineering Corporation. He married Nellie Watkins in 1913 and they had three children. Lee died in Charlotte on July 17, 1974. [For additional information, see Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1991): 4:42-43.]

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Scope and Contents note

Photographs depicting construction performed by Lee Construction Company for Duke Power Company and its subsidiaries during the 1920s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1985

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

William Frank Lee, 1981.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1985.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Piedmont and Northern Railway Company Records (Mss 16). Duke Power Company Corporate Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Duke Power Company.


  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Lee, A. C. (Arthur Carl), 1886-1974


  • Electric utilities--United States
  • Hydroelectric power plants--North Carolina--Photographs

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder Photographs-Prints

Lower Armstrong Bridge 1925 

P2 1 P96/1-3

Upper Armstrong Bridge 1925 

P2 1 P26/4-14

Southern Power locomotive 102 undated 

P2 1 P96/15

Twiggs Equipment 1924 

P2 1 P96/16-19

McAdenville, N.C. 1926 

P2 1 P96/20-23

Rocky Creek Station 1925 

P2 1 P96/24-29

Cedar Creek Station 1925-1926 

P2 1 P96/30-132

Cedar Creek Station 1926 

P2 2 P96/133-252

Buck Steam Station 1926-1927 

P2 3 P96/253-373

Lancaster & Chester Railroad, Catawba Bridge undated 

P2 4 P96/374-378

Cane Creek Bridge, Fishing Creek Development undated 

P2 4 P96/379

Davis Bridge on Crowder's Creek, York County, S.C. 1926 

P2 4 P96/380-383

Claremont, N.C. 1926 

P2 4 P96/384-389

Fishing Creek Development Bridge over Cane Creek 1926 

P2 4 P96/390-391

Oxford Shoals Development 1927 

P2 4 P96/392-294

Duke University Heating Plant 1926 

P2 4 P96/395-461

Duke University Chapel, Durham 1926 

P2 4 P96/462-463

Duke University 1926 

P2 4 P96/464-470

Bald Mountain Quarry, High Rock Development/Station 1926-1927 

P2 4 P96/471-502

Fishing Creek Station/Development 1926-1927 

P2 4 P96/472-531

New Charlotte warehouse 1927 

P2 4 P96/532-539

Great Fall's Power Co., Dearborn Station 1922-1923 

P2 5 P96/540-585

Unidentified 1918 

P2 5 P96/586-587

Riprapping Lookout Shoals, Wateree circa 1920 

P2 5 P96/588-594

Dearborn Station/Great Fall's 1923 

P2 5 P96/595-624

Colonel's Creek Bridge (Great Fall's-Wateree Rd.) 1924 

P2 5 P96/625-627

Martin's Creek Bridge (Great Fall's-Wateree Rd.) 1924 

P2 5 P96/628

June Creek bridge 1924 

P2 5 P96/630-632

Rochelle Creek bridge 1924 

P2 5 P96/633

Dutchman Creek bridge 1924 

P2 5 P96/634-641

Bridges on Great Falls-Wateree Road 1924 

P2 5 P96/642-646

Mountain Island Development 1921 

P2 5 P96/647-652

Catawba Mfg. & Elec. Power Co. R.R. leading from Mt. Holly to Mountain Island 1921 

P2 5 P96/653-655

Mountain Island Development 1922 

P2 5 P96/656-665

Rozzelle's Ferry Bridge-Mountain Island Development 1922 

P2 5 P96/666-667

Mountain Island Development/Station 1922-1923 

P2 5 P96/668-695

Rozzelle's Ferry Bridge 1923 

P3 1 P96/696-703

Highway Bridge-Mountain Island Development 1923 

P3 1 P96/704-707

Charlotte Pumping Station 1923 

P3 1 P96/708-713

Eno Steam Station-A. C. Lee 1923 

P3 1 P96/714-715

Charlotte Pumping Station 1924 

P3 1 P96/716

Eno Steam Station 1923-1924 

P3 1 P96/717-811

Mount Holly Steam Station 1923-1924 

P3 1 P96/812-832

Linville-Paddy Creek Spillway 1923 

P3 1 P96/833-834

Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad bridge pier foundation just south of river 1923-1925 

P3 1 P96/835-848

A. C. Lee Farm House #1 and #2 1923 

P3 1 P96/849-850

20 yard air dump cars for sale by Hydroelectric Commission, Niagara, Ontario, Canada 1923 

P3 2 P96/851-854

Southern Power Company draft room 1923 

P3 2 P96/855

Southern Railway ferry, Port Norfolk, Va. 1923 

P3 2 P96/856-858

Highway bridge, Converse, S.C. 1924 

P3 2 P96/864-865

Quebec Development Co. 1923 

P3 2 P96/866-873

Morganton Bridge, Catawba River scenes: looking towards Morganton, road leading from Morganton, N.C. 1923 

P3 2 P96/874-875

Scene looking down Catawba River from Morganton-Lenoir Highway 1923 

P3 2 P96/876

Catawba River near Morganton, N.C. 1923 

P3 2 P96/877

Bridge over Catawba River, Hickory, N.C. 1924 

P3 2 P96/878

Catawba River bridge, Morganton-Lenoir Highway 1923 

P3 2 P96/879

Bridge across Catawba River, 3 miles from Glen Alpine 1923 

P3 2 P96/880

Johnson's Creek bridge 1924 

P3 2 P96/881-885

Fishing Creek Station-including piers #19 & #20 1925 

P3 2 P96/886-961

Cramerton, N.C. 1925-1926 

P3 2 P96/962-980

Cramerton Tunnel 1926 

P3 2 P96/981-987
Box Folder

New Catawba Station 1924-1926 

P3 3
Box Folder Photographs-Prints

"Cashier's" 1925 

P3 3 P96/992-1035

Buck Creek Dam site near Marion, N.C. 1925 

P3 3 P96/1036-1038

Horseford Bridge 1927 

P3 3 P96/1039-1040

Tarpon Springs Substation 110,000 volts, 60,000 volts, 11,000 volts, 4,000 volts undated 

P3 3 P96/1045-1046

Bucyrus Shovel, Langley, S.C. undated 

P3 3 P96/1047-1049

Engine at Langley, S.C. undated 

P3 3 P96/1050

Scene of unidentified road and buildings 1925 

P3 3 P96/1051-1053

Rhodhiss Development 1923-1925 

P3 3 P96/1054-1103

Lower Armstrong Bridge, Gaston County, N.C. 1925 

P3 3 P96/1104-1108

Upper Armstrong Bridge 1926 

P3 3 P96/1109-1116

Connelly Springs Bridge 1924 

P3 3 P96/1117-1126

Buster Boyd Bridge 1925 

P3 3 P96/1127-1128

Belmont Dam & Bridge 1926 

P3 3 P96/1129

Tiger Steam Station 1923-1924 

P3 4 P96/1130-1206

Scenes along South Tiger River showing transmission lines and Piedmont & Northern Railway trackage 1923 

P3 4 P96/1207-1215

Scenes of unidentified substation, dam, and river undated 

P3 4 P96/1216-1221

Scenes of unidentified river, dam, and building 1924 

P3 4 P96/1222-1224

Gregg Shoals Station 1921 

P3 4 P96/1225-1226

Wylie Branch (Great Fall's-Wateree Rd.) 1924 

P2 5 P96/629

Great Falls-Rocky Creek Highway bridge undated 

P3 4 P96/1227-1234

N.Y.P. & N. Railway ferry, Port Norfolk, Va. 1923 

P3 2 P96/859-863

Catawba Development 1924 

P3 3 P96/988-991