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Frank R. MacNeill Visual Materials

Identifier: VAM407

  • Staff Only


This collection contains over 100 photographs that document the construction of the Tallulah Falls Dam, the early days of football at the Georgia School of Technology, and the boarding of military troop transport ships. Family photographs and a photo album make up the remainder of the collection.


  • ca. 1906-1920


General Physical Description note

(one full size document case-13 folders; 79 individual photographs and one photo album)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


0.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Frank R. MacNeill Visual Materials Collection consists primarily of photographs from 1902 - 1920. Photographs included in the collection chronicle the following events: the construction of the Tallulah Falls dam and hydroelectric plant in Rabun County, Georgia; football games played on Grant Field at the Georgia School of Technology; Lakemont Country Club; and military personnel boarding United States Army Transport ships. A separate series of family photographs is included within a hard cover photo album. There are also two blueprints related to the Tallulah Falls development.

Biography of Frank Rivers MacNeill

Frank Rivers MacNeill was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 19, 1885. According to the Register of Students (UA351, 1899-1906) he entered the Georgia School of Technology on September 30, 1902 as an apprentice, C class. Frank MacNeill played football for the Georgia School of Technology and was also an early member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

When MacNeill married Mabel Abbott on October 15, 1910, he was affliated with the Cotton Insurance Association. Later, MacNeill worked on the Georgia Power Tallulah Falls dam project in Rabun County, Georgia. Mabel MacNeill also had a job related to the construction of the Tallulah Falls hydroelectric plant--she served as secretary to the chief engineer of the contracting company. The construction project was completed in 1914 and consisted of Tallulah Falls Dam, Tallulah Falls Lake, and a hydroelectric plant that brought additional power to the city of Atlanta.

MacNeill registered for the World War I draft on September 17, 1918; according to his draft card, he was thirty-three years old at the time and living on Lawton Street in Atlanta, Georgia. MacNeill also served on the Georgia Inspection and Rating Bureau in Atlanta, Georgia. He died in Florida on December 02, 1977 at the age of 92.


Folders and accompanying photographs are arranged in original order. Some intellectual rearrangement was made in the inventory to better organize the materials.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


Donation, 2011 & 2012 (accession # 2011.039 & 2012.017).

General Physical Description note

(one full size document case-13 folders; 79 individual photographs and one photo album)

Processing Information

Justin Ellis (archives intern) processed this collection in March-April 2012.

Inventory of the Frank R. MacNeill Visual Materials, 1906-1917
Justin Ellis
Copyright April 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA