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March 31, 2010

Dean Kinter Photographs of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges

With the construction of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ongoing, it seemed a fitting time to look back on the 1930s era construction of San Francisco’s two signature bridges. Dean W. Kinter was a mechanical engineer and enjoyed the unique status of being the only person involved in the steel erection of both suspension bridges. He was also a highly skilled amateur photographer and took advantage of his access to take stunning photographs of the construction in progress. Mr. Kinter documented the efforts – and dangers – endured by the men who built them.

Golden Gate Bridge Construction

In 1997 Elizabeth Kinter, Mr. Kinter’s widow, donated a collection of 274 mounted photographs from the construction of both bridges to the California Academy of Sciences Research Library. Those photographs are the subject of our newest Research Library Reading Room exhibit; six of the photos have been selected for display.

The Academy’s Research Library Reading Room is open to Academy staff and visiting researchers.

Daniel Ransom – Archives and Digital Production Assistant

Filed under: Archives,Photography — Archives & Special Collections @ 4:34 pm


  1. They really are stunning photos – an excellent display of local history.

    Comment by Irina — April 3, 2010 @ 10:24 am

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed them! Local history is definitely one important focal point of our archival collection.

    Comment by Daniel Ransom — April 7, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

  3. That’s my grandfather. Proud :)

    Comment by Amanda Kinter — April 27, 2011 @ 11:35 am

  4. I am hoping to show off some more of his photographs for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge opening which was on May 27, 1937. They are beautiful photographs!

    Comment by Archives & Special Collections — June 14, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

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