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Historical Photographs of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant by Eduards Kraucs in the World Digital Library

“The Process of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant Construction 1936–1940” is one of documentary heritage assets included in the Latvian National Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. E. Kraucs’ collection is a narrative about the construction of a large-scale industrial facility in the first half of the 20th century, which takes the viewer on a journey into the past when the Ķegums Hydropower Plant, the flagship of the Latvian energy sector, came into the spotlight in Europe.

E. Kraucs’ enthusiasm and professionalism allows us to experience the construction of the hydropower plant step by step. The master of photography produced over two thousand brilliant photographs, revealing the perspective views of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant construction site and the River Daugava, which testify to the process of creation of the mighty and monumental structure. The photographs also provide an opportunity to see some of the significant engineering nuances in the structures of the facility, in the design of the water reservoir dam and elsewhere, highlighting important technological elements that are recognised as unique by engineering specialists.

The World Digital Library was initiated by the U.S. Library of Congress in collaboration with UNESCO and partners in a number of countries. It is an international electronic library designed to provide high quality information resources for educators, students, researchers and other interested parties.

The World Digital Library offers an opportunity to get acquainted with important testimonies of cultural history, such as manuscripts, maps, rare books, music scores, recordings, films, photographs, drawings, etc. At present, the World Digital Library is home to more than 17,000 major cultural history testimonies from many countries of the world, including Brazil, the United Kingdom, China, Egypt, Japan, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Iraq, Israel, Mali, Mexico, the Netherlands, Qatar, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Latvia and others.  

In terms of themes, the documentary heritage assets cover a wide range of industries. The most representative section includes history and geography monuments, art assets, social sciences and religious monuments. The 20 historical photos of the Ķegums HPP are available alongside the achievements of various nations of the world, ranging from the military fortifications of medieval towns, aqueducts and railway structures to the achievements of world aeronautics captured in documentary footage.

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