Welcome to the online edition of Bridging the Bay: Bridging the Campus.
...At a time when the Bay Area’s bridges are being analyzed and new structures are being planned, it is important to recognize the diversity and depth of the research collections that exist on the Berkeley campus. The exhibit includes books, documents, architectural drawings and renderings, blueprints, artifacts, maps, and photographs. The bridges documented include the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Carquinez Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the Antioch Bridge, and the Dumbarton Bridge. The exhibit also contains documents detailing Bay Area bridge projects that were seriously considered, but were never built.
UC Berkeley's online exhibition includes descriptions of and artifacts related to every major San Francisco Bay-area bridge; however, it devotes a significant amount of space to Joseph Strauss's plans for the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate section has five subsections - "Design & Construction," "Politics & Financing," "Toll Plaza," "Celebration," "The Color," and "Art & Icon" - each featuring photographs, architectural drawings, newspaper advertisements, and paraphernalia of all sorts from the bridge's inception. A useful resource for students looking for American historical artifacts for the World War II and postwar era, particularly for research purposes.