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Guide to the Rosario Gasworks Photo Album

MSH/LAT 0084

 

Collection Summary

Title: Rosario Gasworks photo album
Dates: circa 1902-1908
Collection No.: MSH/LAT 0084
Extent: 1 bound volume; 4to.
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: An album of amateur photos highlighting the gasworks and city of Rosario de Santa Fé in the province of Córdoba, Argentina.

Selected Search Terms

Rosario (Santa Fe, Argentina)
Industrialization--Argentina
British--Argentina
Photograph albums

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: Rosario Gasworks photo album, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Rosario Gasworks photo album was purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2016, from Librería de Antaño in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Arranged and described 2016, by Erika Hosselkus. Finding aid 2016, by Erika Hosselkus.

Biographical Note

The compiler of this photo album is not identified by name, but seems to have been a British associate of the Rosario gasworks. He appears in photographs located near the end of the album. The compiler apparently worked with, and perhaps befriended, R. Lomas, an engineer at the gasworks who appears in the album, along with his family. Lomas traveled to England in 1908 to close an order for a carbureted water-gas plant, with the Economical Gas Apparatus Construction Company, Limited, of London.
"Carburetted Water-Gas Plant for Rosario," Journal of Gas Lighting, Water Supply, and Sanitary Improvement. (Feb. 11, 1908), 348.

Scope and Content Note

The Rosario Gasworks photo album is a quarto volume bound in navy blue cloth boards with dark green sheep corners. The spine bears the gilt title, "Argentina." The album contains approximately 140 gelatin silver prints, including four panoramas (three- and two-part). 23 prints are of Europe (primarily Britain); the remainder are of Argentina. The images are affixed to stiff off-white leaves with light staining, with the exception of one black leaf near the end of the album. The panoramas measure approximately 5.25 x 11.25 in. 30 of the images are approximately 4.5 x 6.5 in. The remainder are approximately 3 x 3.75 in. The album includes a partial table of contents near the end and many of the images include pencil captions in English. Some of the original leaves may be missing (after image 11).

The initial pages of the album include images of Scotland, Germany, and England as well as portraits of individuals, some unidentified and some identified by initials only, who may have been family, friends, or acquaintainces of the album's compiler. The focus of the album, however, is the Rosario gasworks. Three of the panoramas depict the grounds of the gasworks, including buildings, shipping containers, coal, large metal piping, and the facility's proximity to the Paraná River, as well as the manager's house, or "Casa de Altos." Other photos depict the gasworks' coal shed, steam engines and machinery used at the facility, and workers installing pipes and unloading and transporting coal from the port in small trolleys. The album also includes views of river commerce such as the steamer, María Manuela, filled with oranges and men moving dried animal hides. Together, these images highlight industrial activity and trade in late-nineteenth-century Argentina as well as the roles of British technologies and personnel in developing city infrastructure. The album also depicts the streets and sights of the city of Rosario, such as the cathedral, cemetery, train station, and the suburb of Alberdi, and events including the launch of a hot air balloon and a procession. The Lomas family, including R. Lomas and his children also feature prominently in the album, suggesting a friendship between the album compiler and the family. The final pages contain photos of unnamed locations and shipboard images including, perhaps, the compiler of the album, labeled, "myself," in one photo.

Container List

  • Rosario Gasworks photo album, circa 1902-1908. (MSH/LAT 0084-1-B).