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A guide to the John B. Goodman papers, 1926-1942
HDC0133 (SAFR 18786)  
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  • Processing Note
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  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: John B. Goodman papers
    Date: 1926-1942
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0133 (SAFR 18786)
    Artist: Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett), 1901-1991
    Physical Description: 43 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The John B. Goodman papers (SAFR 18786, HDC 133) consists of four files of notes, correspondence and drawings created by John Goodman while working as the art director for Paramount Pictures and Universal film studios on the set of the movies "Souls at Sea," 1937, "Ruler of the Seas,"1939 and "Crash Dive," 1943.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

    This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.

    Publication and Use Rights

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    Processing Note

    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], HDC0133 (SAFR 18786), John B. Goodman papers, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    SAFR-02202
    This collection was transferred from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    John Bartlett Goodman III (1901 August 15 - 1991 June 30) was a talented pencil artist, an Academy Award winning art director and an amateur historian.
    Mr. Goodman worked for Paramount Studios from 1932 to 1939 and Universal Studios from 1940 to 1946, winning the 1943 Academy Award for Art Direction for his work on the film version of "Phantom of the Opera." He was also nominated three other times between 1938 and 1944 in the category of art direction, and in his spare time wrote an exhaustive eleven volume encyclopedia of Gold Rush ships. (See SAFR 23820, HDC 1651). His Gold Rush ship work, twenty one years in preparation and supported by eight volumes of addenda, extends to some 5,000 manuscript pages comprised of individual histories of 762 ships in alphabetical order, recording a broad spectrum of information about the vessels and their crews.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The John B. Goodman papers (SAFR 18786, HDC 133) consists of four files of notes, correspondence and drawings created by John Goodman while working as the art director for Paramount Pictures and Universal film studios on the set of the movies "Souls at Sea," 1937, "Ruler of the Seas,"1939 and "Crash Dive," 1943.
    This collection includes movie set blueprints for submarine interiors and exterior shots, and plans for a model of a clipper ship used in filming special effects on the set of "Souls at Sea" and is arranged in four files as follows: File 1 contains notes on ships, shipbuilding and engineeering specifications, file also contains correspondence between Mr. Goodman and Paramount Pictures executives on cost estimates, and with the Alaska Packers company on ship design details, dated between 1936 and 1939. File 2 contains detailed drawings of ship and submarine interiors, dated 1926 and 1927. File 3 contains separation sheets for 21 blueprints contained on 4 rolls and in a drawer, dated between 1932 and 1942. File 4 is a separate accession of drawings of ship interiors from the CITY OF LOS ANGELES dated January 1927.

    Collection Arrangement

    4 file folders, 4 rolls, and 1 drawer file of blueprints

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Movie vessels
    Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett), 1901-1991
    Blueprints
    Motion pictures--Production and direction
    Artists
    Motion Picture set designers