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William Woollett was born in Albany, New York in 1901. His family had a long involvement with architecture. William L. Woollett (1815-1874), William M. Woollett (1850-1880), and William Lee Woollett (1872-1953) all practiced architecture. With the general lack of architectural commissions during the depression in the early 1930s, William Woollett turned his attention to drawing four of America's great engineering triumphs of the thirties: the Hoover Dam, the Los Angeles Power Transmission Line, the All-American Canal, and the San Francisco Bay bridges. Mr. Woollett's original prints of the dam have been reproduced by the California State Museum of Science and Industry for State records. The publication and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. Distribution of Mr. Woollett's prints was turned over to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, for dissemination to museums, libraries, public schools, and colleges. Azusa Pacific University's Woollett Collection contains 20 signed prints, together with descriptive material and vignettes of the action for each print, from the Hoover Dam Project.

 
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