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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Nordstrom, Emil August; St. Petersburg (Fla.) -- Infrastructure; St. Petersburg (Fla.) -- Architecture; Local and Regional History Provenance


Emil August Nordstrom served as an engineer for the City of St. Petersburg, later as a partner in an architectural and engineering firm in St. Petersburg, and also as executive director of the Housing Authority of St. Petersburg. Born in 1883 or 1884, Nordstrom passed away in St. Petersburg on August 26, 1973, and was survived by his daughter, Dorothy King. This small scrapbook contains clippings and information about Nordstrom’s engineering work and structures he was involved with in the City of St. Petersburg between 1926 and 1937. Although none of the clippings appear to be about Nordstrom in the narrowest biographical sense, most describe construction projects and engineering work in St. Petersburg during a decade between the mid-1920s and mid-1930s in some way. The early part of this period marked the end of the Florida Land Boom, a time of frenzied growth in the city that included the expansion of municipal infrastructure to serve growing residential populations and business enterprises. Jen Runyon donated this scrapbook and another one related to a person who used the name Billy Dean in spring 2013 after acquiring them from a source in the community.



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