A guide to the Robert S. Boyns photographs, 1883-1911

Processed by: L. Bianchi, 2013.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
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A Guide to the Robert S. Boyns photographs

P78-318a

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, National Park Service
2013, National Park Service

Title: Robert S. Boyns photographs
Date: 1883-1911
Identifier/Call Number: P78-318a (SAFR 23375)
Creator: Boyns, Robert S.
Physical Description: 5 items.
Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Abstract: The Robert S. Boyns photographs, 1883-1911, (SAFR 23375, P78-318a) are comprised of images photographed by Robert S. Boyns showing a group of sail and steam vessels, FAIRFIELD (built 1855; scow schooner), and a lateen rigged small boat on San Francisco Bay, California. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
Language(s): In English.

Access

This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.
Glass lantern slides may require special handling by the reference staff.

Publication and Use Rights

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Processing Note

Each photographic image has been assigned an Item number; in one instance, there are three forms of one image (1 black-and-white lantern slide, 1 black-and-white preservation contact negative, and 1 black-and-white copy print) which has been noted in the physical description field.
The descriptions in this collection guide were compiled using the best available sources of information. Such sources include the creator's annotations or descriptions, collection accession files, primary and secondary source material and subject matter experts. While every effort was made to provide accurate information, in the event that you find any errors in this guide please contact the reference staff in order for us to evaulate and make corrections to this guide.
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Preferred Citation

[Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], P78-318a (SAFR 23375), Robert S. Boyns photographs, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Acquisition Information

SAFR-00001
GOGA-00789
These photographs were a gift from an unknown source on an unknown date. They were formally accessioned on May 17, 1978.
SAFR-00001 is a blanket accession that was transferred from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in September 1988. GGNRA had previously acquired the collection from the San Francisco Maritime Museum when it became a unit of the National Park Service in 1977.
GOGA-00789 was transferred from the J. Porter Shaw Library to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in February 1985.

Historical or Biographical Note

Robert S. Boyns (1867-1935) was an employee of the Young Men's Christian Association and Prudential Life Insurance Company in the San Francisco Bay Area of California circa 1880s-1910.
Robert Smith Boyns was likely born in 1867 in Cornwall, England. He immigrated to the United States circa 1883-1884 and he settled in Northern California. San Francisco and Sacramento area newspapers from 1888-1900 occasionally advertise lectures by Robert S. Boyns at various Young Men's Christian Association locations where he served as secretary. He evidently changed professions and became an employee of Prudential Life Insurance Company in 1902 (Prudential's New Pacific Coast Division, 453). He married Grace Miller in 1909 and around 1911 they moved to Seattle, Washington. While in Seattle, Robert continued to work for Prudential and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1921. He died in 1935 in Seattle.

Sources:

  • "Breaking Ground for the New Building of the Young Men's Christian Association." San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA), March 11, 1893.
  • Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Accessed May 21, 2013 from www.ancestry.com.
  • Great Registers, 1866-1898. Microfilm, 185 rolls. California State Library, Sacramento, California. Accessed May 21, 2013 from www.ancestry.com.
  • Inkersley, Arthur. "What San Francisco has to start with." Overland Monthly and the Out West Magazine vol. XLVII, no. 6 (June-July 1906): 486.
  • "Marriage Licenses Issued." Sausalito News (Sausalito, CA), November 20, 1909.
  • "Prudential's New Pacific Coast Division." The Standard 64, no. 18 (May 1, 1909): 453.
  • Seattle City Directory, 1921. Seattle, WA: L R. L. Polk & Co., 1921.

Collection Scope and Content

The Robert S. Boyns photographs, 1883-1911, (SAFR 23375, P78-318a) are comprised of images photographed by Robert S. Boyns showing a group of sail and steam vessels, FAIRFIELD (built 1855; scow schooner), and a lateen rigged small boat on San Francisco Bay, California. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
Contains photographs of San Francisco Bay sailing scenes as photographed by Robert S. Boyns, 1883-1911. There are 3 unique photographic images in 5 physical forms (3 glass lantern slides, 1 preservation contact negative, and 1 photographic print). One photograph shows a group of sailing and steam vessels underway on New Year's morning. In the second photograph, FAIRFIELD (built 1855; scow schooner) is underway. A boat rigged with a lateen sail is underway in the third photograph.

Collection Arrangement

No arrangement due to the small size of the collection.

Related Materials

The SFMNHP Classified photograph collection contains additional lantern slides photographed by Robert S. Boyns depicting scow schooners in the San Francisco Bay Area and ELECTRA (built 1868; bark, 3m) on the San Francisco waterfront. See A12.14513, A12.15177, B11.14172, and B11.14173.
  • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scow schooners
Small craft
Fairfield (built 1855; scow schooner)
San Francisco Bay (Calif.)
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Lantern slides
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white prints (photographs)

Collection Contents

Glass storage

Item No. 1.  Sailing and steam vessels on San Francisco Bay, California, as seen from a distance, 1883-1911

Creator/Collector: Boyns, Robert S.
Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in. Tape has deteriorated; glass cover has separated from the glass plate containing the image. The cover is broken; the top edge is missing and the lower right corner has broken off.

Scope and Content Note

Photographed on New Year's morning, year not specified.
Caption: New Year's Morning on San Francisco Bay.
Glass storage

Item No. 2.  Fairfield (built 1855; scow schooner) underway, starboard quarter view, on San Francisco Bay, California, 1883-1911

Creator/Collector: Boyns, Robert S.
Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in. Tape has deteriorated; glass cover has separated from the glass plate containing the image.

Scope and Content Note

A dinghy is tied up behind the vessel. Another scow schooner is partially visible in the background.

Related Material

Classified photographs B07.21810 and B07.14515 appear to be copy negatives made from P78-318a, Item 2.
Glass storage; Shared collection box

Item No. 3.  Boat rigged with a lateen sail underway, starboard quarter view, on San Francisco Bay, California, 1883-1911

Creator/Collector: Boyns, Robert S.
Extent: 1 photograph (3 physical forms).
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white lantern slide, 3.25 x 4 in.; 1 black-and-white preservation contact negative, 4 x 5 in.; 1 black-and-white copy print, 8 x 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

Two men are aboard. A two-masted schooner is underway in the background.