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A guide to the John J. Gorman photograph collection, 1898-1955
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Boxes 1-3

Series 1.  Photograph albums and other material, 1898-1955 (bulk 1912-1923)

Extent: 1075 EA

Arrangement

Arranged into five file units: File Unit 1: Photograph album 1; File Unit 2: Photograph album 2; File Unit 3: Loose prints; File Unit 4: Tide Water Associated Oil Company certificates and photographs; File Unit 5: Other certificates and money.
Box 1

File Unit 1.  Photograph album 1, 1912-1919

Extent: 359 items.
Physical Description: Contains 359 black-and-white photographic prints of various sizes, in a 7.25 x 11.5 inch photograph album.

Scope and Content Note

Items 0001-0359. Contains 359 black-and-white photographic prints of various sizes, in a 7.25 x 11.5 inch photograph album. John Gorman is present in many of the photographs. There are many photographs of recreation and leisure, including people riding horses, men dressed in kimonos (most likely at sea) and his friends' children. Some photographs appear to be of Gorman's early career as a marine engineer, working for Standard Oil on tankers at sea. Several photographs are of people at Camp Lewis, Washington, in 1917.
The album includes many photographs of friends and family of John Gorman, including his sister Julia Gorman Porter, Grace Baker, the Dwyer family, M. Heich, Harry Reilly Sr., Jane Reilly, Alice Reilly, Harry Reilly Jr., Bill Pitt, "Mike and Ted," as well as many unidentified people.
The photographs are primarily of California locations, especially the San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda, Monte Rio, and Cisco. Cisco (formerly Heaton Station) is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. The name Cisco honors John J. Cisco, treasurer of the Central Pacific Railroad. There are several photographs of the Cisco Outing Club. There are also some photographs taken in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines.
Locations and vessels represented in this photograph album:

California:

  • 4431 20th Street, John Gorman's childhood home, 1918, 1919 and undated (p. 44, 52, 82, 88, 112, 114, 116) (pages 52 and 116 are almost identical)
  • Alameda: Neptune Beach and an unidentified house, 1918 (p. 26, 28, 36, 40, 64, 66, 70)
  • Cisco, 1917-1918 and undated (p. 1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 25, 42, 50, 54, 60, 75, 77, 83, 87, 98, 100, 102, 104, 106, and 108)
  • Douglas Street, 1918 (p. 97)
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 1916, 1918, 1919 (p. 56, 60, 62, 74, 76)
  • Lime Point (San Francisco Bay), 1916 (p. 99)
  • Mill Valley, photographs of Julia Porter, 1917 (p. 29)
  • Monte Rio, 1917, 1918 and undated (p. 84, 86, 88, 95, 123)
  • Mt. Tamalpais, 1918 and undated (p. 47, 110)
  • Muir Woods, 1918 (p. 35, 39, 43, 45)
  • Ocean Beach, San Francisco, 1917 (p. 72)
  • Paradise Cove, 1916- 1918 (p. 49, 79, 93, 101, 119, 124)
  • Richmond, undated (p. 22)
  • San Francisco Bay: 1917, 1918, 1919 and undated, (p. 8, 96, 111, 113,115)
  • Sausalito, 1918 (p. 51)
  • Tiburon, 1917-1918 (p. 30, 32, 34, 38)
Alaska: Inside Passage, 1918 (p. 115)
Hawaii: Diamond Head, 1919 (p. 117) Honolulu and other unidentified Hawaiian locations, 1918-1919 and undated (p. 7, 9, 17-19, 25, 27, 83, 88-92, 118 and 123)

Washington:

  • Camp Lewis (near Tacoma), 1917-1918 and undated (p. 2, 3, 78, 120, 122)
  • Point Wells, Richmond Beach, Shoreline, 1918 (p. 48, 87)
  • Seattle, 1918 (p. 73, 121)
Canada, 1918 (p. 23)
Acapulco, Mexico, 1918 (p, 59, 61, 63)
Manila, Philippines, 1912 (p. 100)
At Sea, 1917-1919 (p. 31, 33, 35, 37, 41,44, 51, 53, 57, 86, 105, 107)
  • Vessels include:
  • APACHE (built 1880; paddle riverboat) 1918 (p. 87)
  • BLUNTS REEF (built 1904; lightship), 1917 (p. 109)
  • CAPTAIN A.F. LUCAS (built 1904; tanker), 1918 (p. 65, 68, 69)
  • D.G. SCOFIELD (built 1916; tanker), 1917-1918 and undated (p. 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 24, 81, 95)
  • IROQUOIS (paddle steamer), 1918 (p. 96)
  • J.A. MOFFETT (built 1915; tanker), 1917-1918 and undated (p. 3, 5, 15, 43, 46, 47, 56, 71)
  • LITTLE ALICE (unidentified vessel, most likely a launch), 1915 (p. 103)
  • MINNESOTA (built 1903; passenger vessel) undated (p. 8)
  • ORONITE (built 1918; schooner, 4m), 1918 (p. 55, 67)
  • PRESIDENT (passenger vessel), July 1917 (p. 6)
  • PRINCE RUPERT (built 1894; passenger vessel), undated (p. 15, 21)
  • PRINCESS LOUISE (built 1921; passenger vessel), undated (p. 71, 81)
  • TAMALPAIS (ferry), 1917 (p. 111)
  • W.S. RHEEM (built 1918; tanker), undated (p. 110)

Individuals identified with captions in the album:

  • John Gorman (In Cisco, California, Item 037) ("Me" 1918, p. 51)
  • Julia Gorman (Porter), 1917-1919 (p. 33, 56, 60, 62, 74)
  • Grace Baker, undated (p. 58)
  • M. Hiech, undated (p. 34)
  • Bill Pitt, circa 1917 (p. 2, 4)
  • Harry Reilly, undated (p. 58)
  • "John," 1918 (p. 90)
  • "Mike and Ted," 1918 (p. 122)
Box 1

Item No. 0081.  John Gorman with children at Neptune Beach, Alameda, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

John Gorman is wearing a suit, holding a camera and seated on the beach in front of bleachers with three children, two of whom are Harry and Alice Reilly. They are dressed in day clothes, not bathing attire. A man and child are in the background. Photographs of Harry Reilly and his sister, Alice, are found throughout photograph album 1. "Alameda", "Neptune Beach" and "1918" are written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 26.
Box 1

Item No. 0087.  Portrait of John Gorman at Neptune Beach, Alameda, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is reclining on the beach, leaning on his left side. He is wearing a suit and hat. There are other people visible on the beach in the background. "Neptune Beach" and "1918" are written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 28.
Box 1

Item No. 0088.  Grace Baker, John Gorman, and Harry Reilly at Neptune Beach, Alameda, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is sitting in front of bleachers and in between Grace Baker and Harry Reilly on the beach. Gorman is holding a camera in his lap. "Neptune Beach" and "1918" are written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 28.
Box 1

Item No. 0089-0091.  Three portraits of Julia Gorman at Mill Valley, California, 1917

Extent: 3 photographs.
Physical Description: 3 black-and-white photographic prints, 2.5 x 4.5 in., mounted on one album page, 7 x 11 in. "[J] Gorman 443100 " is written on the border of Item 0091.

Scope and Content Note

Three photographs of Julia Gorman in the woods. She is wearing a white dress and her long hair is down. Left to right: 0089: She is standing in the sun with trees in the background; 0090: she is laying on the ground in the shade, facing the camera; 0091: she is standing in the sun with trees in the background and flowers in the foreground. "Mill Valley" and "1917" are written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 29.
Box 1

Item No. 0093.  Portrait of John Gorman at Tiburon, California, 1917

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is sitting in a wooden chair on a dock with water and hills in the background. He is wearing a striped shirt, dark pants, canvas shoes and a white skully-type hat. He is smoking a pipe and has his chin tucked close to his chest with a dour look on his face suggesting that he is assuming a humorous pose for the camera. "Tiburon" and "1917" are written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 30.
Box 1

Item No. 0117.  Unidentified man, child, and dog on a dock at Tiburon, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

The man is sitting in a chair with the dog on his lap and the boy is standing, leaning on him. Water and hills are visible in the background. "Tiburon 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 38.
Box 1

Item No. 0118.  Unidentified boy standing in a boat, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

The boy is wearing a bathing suit, standing in the boat with his arms on his hips. He is looking away from the camera with a smirk on his face. Water and hills are in the background. "Tiburon 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 38.
Box 1

Item No. 0119.  Portrait of Julia Gorman, John Gorman and an unidentified woman at Muir Woods, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.75 in.

Scope and Content Note

Julia is on the left, John is in the middle, and the unidentified woman is on the right. They are standing in a clearing in a wooded area. "Muir Woods 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 39.
Box 1

Item No. 0123.  Unidentified woman with Harry and Alice Reilly in bathing attire at Neptune Beach, Alameda, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

A woman is kneeling and the children are standing on the sand at Neptune Beach, Alameda, with the beach facilities in the background. Alice, on the left, is wearing a bathing suit that says "Surf Beach" and Harry, on the right, is wearing a bathing suit that says "Neptune Beach." "Alameda, 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 40.
Box 1

Item No. 0139.  Portrait of John Gorman and an unidentified man at Muir Woods, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 4.75 in.

Scope and Content Note

The man on the left who is significantly taller than Gorman, has his arm around Gorman while smoking a cigar. Both men are wearing suits. They are standing in a clearing with trees in the background. "Muir Woods 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 45.
Box 1

Item No. 0180.  Portrait of Grace Baker, 1918-1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Baker is standing on stairs, leaning on a railing with a camera in her hand. She is wearing a white dress and a dark, wide-brimmed hat. There is an unidentified building behind her, most likely at Neptune Beach, Alameda, California. "Grace Baker" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 58.
Box 1

Item No. 0186.  Harry and Alice Reilly at the base of a statue in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, 1916 or 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Harry is seated, Alice standing. They are wearing nice clothes and hats. There are other photographs in photograph album 1 labeled "Golden Gate Park" that appear to have been taken on the same day (photograph album pages 56, 60, 62, 74, 76). Photographs of these children are found throughout the album. "Golden Gate Park, 1916" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 60.
Box 1

Item No. 0192.  Alice and Harry Reilly at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, 1916 or 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Alice is standing next to Harry, holding his head in her hands, as if she is trying to get him to look at the camera. She has a large bow in her hair and he is wearing a hat. There are other photographs in photograph album 1 labeled "Golden Gate Park" that appear to have been taken on the same day (photograph album pages 56, 60, 62, 74, 76). Photographs of these children are found throughout the album. "Golden Gate Park, 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 62.
Box 1

Item No. 0210.  John Gorman and two unidentified men on board Captain A.F. Lucas (built 1904; tanker), 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is sitting in the center, with a pipe in his mouth, and the men are on either side of him. They appear to be wearing work clothes. The rail of the vessel is behind the men and water and buildings on a pier are visible in the background. This photograph appears to have been taken on the same day as Item 0253. Photograph album 1, page 68.
Box 1

Item No. 0224.  Harry Reilly at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California, 1917

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Reilly is standing, facing the camera, with his arms stretched to either side, wearing a pointed stocking cap and an adult-sized cardigan sweater, which falls at his ankles. The water is visible in the background. Photographs of Harry Reilly and his sister Alice are found throughout photograph album 1. Photograph album 1, page 72.
Box 1

Item No. 0226.  Harry Reilly eating an ice cream cone, 1916-1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Reilly is sitting on the ground in front of a tree, looking at the camera. He is holding the ice cream cone at his mouth. There are other photographs in photograph album 1 labeled "Golden Gate Park" that appear to have been taken on the same day (photograph album pages 56, 60, 62, 74, 76). Photographs of Harry and his sister Alice are found throughout photograph album 1. Photograph album 1, page 72.
Box 1

Item No. 0230.  Group portrait of five people at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, 1916-1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Five people are sitting on a bench: two unidentified men, Alice and Harry Reilly, and John Gorman, sitting in the middle. There are other photographs in photograph album 1 labeled "Golden Gate Park" that appear to have been taken on the same day (photograph album pages 56, 60, 62, 74, 76). Photographs of these children are found throughout photograph album 1. The man on the right is also pictured in Items 0141 and 0378, at the Point Wells Plant, Washington. Photograph album 1, page 74.
Box 1

Item No. 0232.  Portrait of Julia Gorman, 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is facing the camera, looking slightly away with her head tilted. She is wearing a dark, wide-brimmed hat and a long checkered jacket and gloves. She is standing in front of an unidentified building. In Items 0160 and 0251, she is seen riding a horse wearing these clothes. Photograph album 1, page 74.
Box 1

Item No. 0238.  John Gorman and Alice and Harry Reilly standing in front of the turtle column sun dial in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is standing with the boy and girl in front of him. There are other photographs in photograph album 1 labeled "Golden Gate Park" that appear to have been taken on the same day (photograph album pages 56, 60, 62, 74, 76). Photographs of these children are found throughout the album. Photograph album 1, page 76.
Box 1

Item No. 0248.  Two unidentified women on a peak at Paradise Park, California, 1917

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Two women in long skirts and wide-brimmed hats are sitting on an overlook with the lower elevations expanding in the background below. "Paradise Park" written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 79.
Box 1

Item No. 0253.  John Gorman on board D.G. Scofield (built 1916; tanker), 1918-1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman has his right leg up on the bulwark, a pipe in his mouth, facing the camera. He is wearing work clothes. There is open water and a portion of a building on a pier in the background. This appears to have been taken on the same day as Item 0210. Photograph album 1, page 81.
Box 1

Item No. 0255.  Deck view of D.G. Scofield (built 1916; tanker), circa 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

View looking aft from the deck, with the pipes and deck equipment of the tanker in view. An unidentified waterfront is in the background. Photograph album 1, page 81.
Box 1

Item No. 0257.  Unidentified woman and child outside a house on 20th Street, 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

This photograph was likely taken in San Francisco, California. An older woman wearing an apron stands holding hands with a child dressed in clothing with fringe on it and feathers in a headband (presumably a Native American costume). They are standing next to a house. John Gorman's family lived on 20th Street, San Francisco, California, in 1910 (other years have not been confirmed). "20th Street 1919" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 82.
Box 1

Item No. 0288.  Harry Reilly with a dog at 381 Douglas Street, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Harry has his arm around the dog's head. "Douglas Street, 1918" written on the album page. If this photograph was taken in San Francisco, California, it is likely spelled "Douglass" Street. Photograph album 1, page 97.
Box 1

Item No. 0291.  John Gorman standing in front of the Cisco Outing Club wagon, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

"Cisco Outing Club, Cisco Cal; If you want a good time, come to Cisco; H.M. Freeman Co." is written on the side of a wagon, pulled by at least three horses. The wagon is full of at least fifteen people. The photograph was likely taken in Cisco, California. "Cisco, 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 98.
Box 1

Item No. 0295.  John Gorman standing on deck of an unidentified vessel, circa 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is standing with his arms crossed, wearing a captain's hat and a short sleeved shirt and dark pants. He looks younger in this picture than most in the album. "Manila, P.I.," is written underneath the photograph on the album page. There are also pictures of Cisco, 1918, on this page. Photograph album 1, page 100.
Box 1

Item No. 0316.  Two men holding a Cisco Outing Club sign, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

"Cisco Outing Club, Cisco, Cal.; If you want a good time; come to Cisco.; H.M. Freeman Co." is painted on a sign which is being held on either end by two unidentified men, one young. The photograph was likely taken in Cisco, California. "Cisco 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 108.
Box 1

Item No. 0322.  John Gorman sitting at a table on board W.S. Rheem (built 1918; tanker), circa 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is sitting at a table, facing the camera. There are bottles, plates and a bowl with a cloth in it, in front of him. "W.S. Rheems" is written on the album page near the photograph. Photograph album 1, page 110.
Box 1

Item No. 0328.  Portrait of John Gorman and an unidentified woman outdoors, circa 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is wearing a suit and the woman is wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a long dress at a scenic overlook. Photograph album 1, page 112.
Box 1

Item No. 0329.  Portrait of an unidentified woman and child sitting at a table, 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

The woman is sitting on the left, and the child on the right. There is an American flag visible in between the two. The table is set as if they are having a meal, and there is a clock on the table as well. "20th Street -- 1919" is written on the album page. John Gorman's family lived on 20th Street, San Francisco, California, in 1910 (other years have not been confirmed). Photograph album 1, page 112.
Box 1

Item No. 0348.  Portrait of five men at Camp Lewis, Washington, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Five men are standing in what appears to be barracks. Gorman is wearing a suit, with a cigar in his mouth, standing in the middle. The other men appear to be wearing uniforms, but without military emblems. Another photograph on this photograph album page shows men boxing in the same room. "Camp Lewis, 1918" is written on the album page. Photograph album 1, page 120.
Box 2

File Unit 2.  Photograph album 2, 1919-1923

Extent: 645 items.
Physical Description: Contains 645 black-and-white photographic prints of a various sizes, in an 11.5 x 15.5 inch black photograph album.

Scope and Content Note

Items 0360-1004. Contains 645 black-and-white photographic prints of a various sizes, in an 11.5 x 15.5 inch black photograph album. John Gorman is present in many of the photographs. Some photographs appear to be of his early career as a marine engineer working for Standard Oil on tankers at sea. There are many photographs of recreation and leisure, including people playing at the beach, camping or being outdoors, taking car trips, and landscape and snow scenes. Many of the photographs towards the end of the album are not labeled and seem to be photographs of Gorman's travels and companions. The album includes friends and family of John Gorman, including his sister Julia Gorman Porter, the Dwyer family, "Weary Willie" Gallagher, as well as many unidentified people.
The photographs are primarily of California locations, especially the San Francisco Bay Area, Cisco, Los Angeles and the Tahoe National Forest. There are also some photographs of the Hawaiian Islands; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah; various locations in Washington state; Canada; China; England; Japan; Mexico; Panama; El Salvador (San Salvador); and unidentified locations in the Caribbean Sea.
It appears as though for some of the album pages, photographs were placed in the book using only one side of the page (e.g. the right side), and then later, other photographs were put on the reverse side (e.g. the left side). Consequently, for many of the pages, there is the same subject on consecutive even pages and a different subject on consecutive odd pages in the album. There are seventeen blank pages, with no photographs attached to them at the end of the album. Several of the photographs in the album are bent on the edges but the images can still mostly be seen.
Locations and vessels represented in this photograph album:

California:

  • 4431 20th Street, San Francisco: 1919 and undated (p. 1, 3)
  • Cisco and the surrounding area (including the Excelsior Mine, Fordyce, Rattlesnake Falls), 1918, 1920, 1922 and undated (p. 3, 5, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 58, 60, 64)
  • Donner Lake, Truckee, 1918 (p. 3)
  • Los Angeles, 1920 (p. 6, 59, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108)
  • Mendocino, undated (p. 1)
  • Panama Pacific International Exposition grounds, San Francisco, 1920 (p. 15, 28)
  • San Francisco Bay, undated (p. 1)
  • Sausalito, Standard Oil tankers laid up, undated (p. 62)
  • Tahoe (including Old Man Mountain), 1920, undated (p. 32, 34, 36)
Hawaii: Hawaiian Islands, 1919 (p. 25, 27, 29)
Illinois: Chicago, 1919 (p. 61)
New York: New York (East Side, Riverside Drive and Brooklyn Bridge), 1919 (p. 51, 53, 55, 57, 59)
Utah: Ogden and Salt Lake City, 1919 (p. 63)

Washington:

  • Cape Flattery, undated (p. 1)
  • Columbia River, 1918 (p. 17)
  • Point Wells Plant, Richmond Beach, Shoreline, 1918 (p. 3)
  • Seattle, 1918 (p. 3)
  • Tatoosh Island, 1918 and undated (p. 1, 3)
Canada: Vancouver, B.C., 1919 (p. 31, 33)
Caribbean: Caribbean Sea, 1919 (p. 47)
China: Hong Kong, Nanking, and unidentified ports and coasts, 1919 and undated (p. 18, 20, 77-85)
England: Liverpool, London and Wellington, 1920 (p. 64-75)
Japan: Japan and some photos on board STANDARD ARROW (built 1916; tanker), 1919 and undated (p. 10, 12, 14, 16, 50, 54)
Mexico: Acapulco and unidentified location, 1918 (p. 19, 21)
Panama: Panama Canal, 1919 and undated (p. 8, 31, 33, 43, 45, 47)
El Salvador (San Salvador): La Union, 1919 (p. 35, 37, 39, 41)

Vessels include:

  • ADMIRAL [D...] (34 persons life boat), undated (p. 109)
  • Barge 95 (barge), 1919 (p. 19)
  • BROAD ARROW (built 1917; tanker), undated (p. 77)
  • CAPTAIN A.F. LUCAS (built 1904; tanker), 1918 and undated (p. 1, 7, 9, 11, 15)
  • HAXTUM (built 1920; freighter), undated (p. 112-114)
  • HERCULES (standard oil tugboat), undated (p. 93)
  • STANDARD ARROW (built 1916; tanker) in Japan, 1919 (p. 10, 52, 56, 81, 82)
  • W.S. RHEEM (built 1918; tanker), 1919 and undated (p. 2, 4, 13, 23, 25, 27, 47, 49)
  • ZAMPA (built 1887; schooner, 3m), undated (p. 4)
  • S.C. 282 (vessel type unknown - launch?)-- Building with a sign "Panama Canal Rail Handling [CR?] No. 1" in the background, (p. 8)
  • Individuals identified with captions in the album:
  • Members of the Dwyer Family of Los Angeles, California: Olive, Malcolm (mostly photographs of Malcolm), Kathryn, Margery, and most likely Dorothy and George, 1918-1920 and undated (p. 4, 6, 15, 28, 30, 32, 46, 59, 102-107 and maybe 108)
  • Julia Gorman (Porter), undated (p. 94-96, 109-111)
  • "Weary Willie" Gallagher, circa 1920 (p. 30)
Box 2

Item No. 0368-0374.  On board W.S. Rheem (built 1918; tanker), 1919

Extent: 7 photographs.
Physical Description: 7 black-and-white photographic prints, 2.75 x 4.5 in., mounted on one album page, 11 x 14 in.

Scope and Content Note

Seven photographs of one voyage. Includes a photograph of John Gorman wearing a captain's hat, Julia Gorman, unidentified people and a dog, all on the deck of the vessel. "On board the S. S. Rheems" is written on the album page. Photograph album 2, page 2.
Box 2

Item No. 0377.  Standard Oil Point Wells Plant, Seattle, Washington, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Storage buildings for fuel oil, lubricating oil, and other plant buildings are in the foreground with a wooded area in the background. "Point Wells, Seattle, 1918" is written on the album page below the photograph. Photograph album 2, page 3.
Box 2

Item No. 0378.  Unidentified man in front of the Point Wells Plant Sign, Seattle, Washington, 1918

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

The man standing in front a sign reading: "Point Wells Plant; Base For Supplying; Petroleum And Its Products; To Puget Sound, Eastern and Northern Points; Total Storage 500,000 Bbls." "1918 Richmond Beach Wash" is written on the album page below the photograph. This man is also pictured in Items 0141 and 0230, with Gorman and other adults and children in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. Photograph album 2, page 3.
Box 2

Item No. 0384-0392.  Photographs of the Dwyer Family, W.S. Rheem (built 1918; tanker), and Zampa (built 1887; schooner, 3m), 1918-1919

Extent: 9 photographs.
Physical Description: 9 black-and-white photographic prints, various sizes, mounted on one album page, 11 x 14 in.

Scope and Content Note

One album page with nine photographs.

Item 0384: Two men, the one on the left most likely John Gorman, standing at the bulwark of W.S. RHEEM (built 1918; tanker).

  • Item 0385: Portrait of Malcolm Dwyer.
  • Item 0386: Portrait of Olive Dwyer.
  • Item 0387: Julia Gorman and an unidentified woman sitting on the deck of W.S. RHEEM.
  • Item 0388: ZAMPA (built 1887; schooner, 3m) underway, starboard broadside view.
  • Item 0389: An unidentified dog sitting on a belaying post, facing the camera on board W.S. RHEEM (built 1918; tanker).
  • Item 0390: Portrait of Margery Dwyer.
  • Item 0391: Portrait of Kathryn Dwyer.
  • Item 0392: An unidentified woman at the wheel of W.S. RHEEM (built 1918; tanker). The names of the children, "Zampa" and "SS Rheems" are written on the album page.
Photographs of the Dwyer Family are found throughout photograph album 2. Photograph album 2, page 4.
Box 2

Item No. 0401-0411.  Photographs of John Gorman with the Dwyer Family, Los Angeles, California, 1920

Extent: 11 photographs.
Physical Description: 11 black-and-white photographic prints of various sizes, mounted on one album page, 11 x 14 in.

Scope and Content Note

11 photographs of John Gorman with the Dwyer family and portraits of the children.

Item 0401: Gorman with Margery, Dorothy (most likely), Kathryn and Olive on the beach with a boardwalk and storefronts in the background.

  • Item 0402: Portrait of Malcolm standing in front of a car.
  • Item 0403: Portrait of Kathryn Dwyer.
  • Item 0404: Portrait of Margery Dwyer.
  • Item 0405: Picture of Dorothy (most likely) Dwyer.
  • Item 0406: Portrait of Olive Dwyer.
  • Item 0407: Portrait of Kathryn Dwyer, wearing a hat, standing in front of a car.
  • Item 0408: Olive, Margery, Kathryn, and Dorothy (most likely) Dwyer sitting in front of an unidentified woman.
  • Item 0409: Olive, Margery, Kathryn, and Dorothy (most likely) Dwyer sitting in front of an unidentified woman.
  • Item 0410: Dorothy (most likely), Margery, Olive and Kathryn sitting on the beach with an unidentified woman, with storefronts in the background.
  • Item 0411: Margery, Kathryn, Olive and Dorothy on the beach with an unidentified man and woman, with storefronts in the background.
"Dwyer Family 1920, Los Angeles" is written on the album page. Photographs of the Dwyer Family are found throughout photograph album 2. Photograph album 2, page 6.
Box 2

Item No. 0462.  John Gorman standing on the deck of W.S. Rheem (built 1918; tanker) with a parrot sitting on his extended arm, circa 1920

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.75 x 4.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is wearing short sleeves and dark pants. Photograph album 2, page 13.
Box 2

Item No. 0519-0523.  Photographs of daily life on board W.S. Rheem (built 1918; tanker), 1919

Extent: 5 photographs.
Physical Description: 5 black-and-white photographic prints, 3.5 x 5.5 in., mounted on one album page, 11 x 14 in.

Scope and Content Note

Five photographs on one album page.

Item 0519: Unidentified man at the capstan.

  • Item 0520: Unidentified man holding binoculars in his hand on deck.
  • Item 0521: Deck view, looking aft, of the vessel.
  • Item 0522: Seagulls perched on what appears to be a lifeboat cover.
  • Item 0523: Deck view of the vessel, looking aft.
Photograph album 2, page 23.
Box 2

Item No. 0550.  John Gorman on board W.S. Rheem (built 1918; tanker), standing in front of the funnel, 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.5 x 4.25 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is wearing overalls and has his foot on a bucket with the ship's name on it. "Hawaiian Islands, 1919" is written on the album page. Photograph album 2, page 27.
Box 2

Item No. 0553.  Malcolm Dwyer and an unidentified woman at the former Panama-Pacific International Exposition grounds, San Francisco, California, 1920

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.5 x 4.25 in.

Scope and Content Note

Dwyer and the woman are sitting inside an ornate pavilion, the base of which has the plaster exterior falling off of it. "P.P.I.E. Grounds 1920" is written on the album page below the prints. Photographs of Malcolm Dwyer and other members of his family are found throughout photograph album 2. Photograph album 2, page 28.
Box 2

Item No. 0689.  Group portrait of the crew of W.S. Rheem (built 1918; tanker), 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 2.5 x 4.25 in.

Scope and Content Note

There are eleven men sitting on the floor of what appears to be a lower deck of the vessel. The photograph looks to have been taken from the floor. John Gorman is on the far right. Photograph album 2, page 49.
Box 2

Item No. 0697.  Group portrait of crew members wearing kimonos on board Standard Arrow (built 1916; tanker), 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 6 x 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

Five men are standing on deck wearing kimonos. Two of the men are also holding parasols. John Gorman is second from the left. There is , open water in the background. "SS Standard Arrow" and "1919" are written on the album page. Photograph album 2, page 52.
Box 2

Item No. 0706.  John Gorman standing, holding a rickshaw as if ready to pull the passenger, 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 6 x 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is standing, slightly bent, holding the handle of the rickshaw. A man is sitting in the passenger seat. Both men are wearing suits. "Japan" and "1919" are written on the album page. Photograph album 2, page 54.
Box 2

Item No. 0819-0823.  Photographs of Broad Arrow (built 1918; tanker), circa 1919

Extent: 5 photographs.
Physical Description: 5 black-and-white photographs, 3.5 x 5.5 in., mounted on one album page, 11 x 14 in.

Scope and Content Note

Five photographs of the vessel.

  • Item 0819: View off port quarter of the vessel at dock, either loading or unloading unidentified cargo. What looks like a barge or smaller vessel with men on board is visible in the foreground.
  • Item 0820: John Gorman on deck, equipment iced.
  • Item 0821: Unidentified man on the iced-up deck.
  • Item 0822: Starboard broadside view of the vessel at dock in Hong Kong, China.
  • Item 0823: Iced-up deck looking aft.
"Broad Arrow" written on the album page. Photograph album 2, page 77.
Box 2

Item No. 0842.  Portrait of John Gorman in Hong Kong, circa 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 5.5 in. "Hong Kong" was written on the bottom left corner of the material that this print was made from.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is sitting in front of a fountain, wearing a suit and a pith helmet. "Hong Kong" is written on the album page. Photograph album 2, page 81.
Box 2

Item No. 0973-0977.  Photographs of Julia Gorman, circa 1919

Extent: 5 photographs.
Physical Description: 5 black-and-white photographs of various sizes, mounted on one album page, 11 x 14 in.

Scope and Content Note

Five photographs of Julia.

Item 0973: Julia and an unidentified woman standing near a waterfront with what appears to be cabins and a plank walkway in the background.

  • Item 0974: Julia and an unidentified woman on the upper deck of a passenger vessel.
  • Item 0975: Julia and an unidentified man wearing a captain's hat and uniform in front of a lifeboat for ADMIRAL [D] (name indecipherable).
  • Item 0976: Portrait of Julia leaning against a railing, standing next to a cabin on board an unidentified vessel.
  • Item 0977: Julia and an unidentified woman standing in the funnel of an unidentified vessel.
Photograph album 2, page 109.
Box 2

Item No. 0998.  John Gorman and a bear cub, circa 1919

Extent: 1 photograph.
Physical Description: 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 5.5 in.

Scope and Content Note

Gorman is standing with his hand outstretched, facing a bear cub which is standing on its hind legs. Photograph album 2, page 113.
Box 1; Box 3

File Unit 3.  Loose prints, circa 1900-1945

Extent: 29 items (in 34 physical forms).
Physical Description: 28 black-and-white photographic prints, 2 postcards, 1 letter and envelope, 1 souvenir paper, 1 identification card, 1 identification wallet

Scope and Content Note

Items 1005-1033. These items were found grouped together during processing in 2013. It is unknown why these photographs are grouped together (or by whom).

Item list:

  • Item 1005: A picture postcard of John, Ellen, and Julia Gorman, between approximately 1900 and 1905.
  • Item 1006: A letter to John Gorman's mother dated September 14, 1910, from Brother Gregory [Prine] informing her of John's completion of the grammar course at Sacred Heart College.
  • Items 1007-1008: Two photographs of the 25th Annual Dinner at the Corinthian Yacht Club, January 9, 1916, Belvedere, California. Item 1007 is the Cooks and Waiters Union 23 (John Gorman is in the front row, second from the left) and Item 1008 is a larger group portrait including men in suits and a band (John Gorman is sitting in the front row, seventh from the right). Both have inset graphics which include identifying information, a write-up about the union and a menu for the event.
  • Item 1009: A souvenir postcard affixed to a piece of paper with the songs "Are My Boy" and "The Transport Thomas Rag" from the U.S.A.T. THOMAS (built 1894; troop transport: U.S. Army). "In memory of my trip from Manila to Honolulu" is typed on the paper.
  • Items 1010-1016: Eight loose photographs, circa 1916-1923. Includes portraits of John Gorman with unidentified men, one photograph of Gorman with a Corinthian Yacht Club lifesaving ring, unidentified waterfronts, and unidentified vessels underway.
  • Items 1018-1020: Gorman's Standard Oil Company employee card and 5 photographs of Gorman, October 29, 1918, and circa 1918. These were originally housed in a leather identification wallet; the items were removed from the wallet for preservation and stored together in the same enclosure. The wallet is included in the collection.
  • Items 1021-1024: Four photographs of men in kimonos from Gorman's trip to Japan in 1919 on board STANDARD ARROW (see Photograph album 2, File Unit 2, pages 10 and 12, for other photographs from this trip).
  • Item 1025: One photograph of Gorman in La Union or San Salvador, El Salvador, circa 1919 (see Photograph Album 2, File Unit 2, pages 35, 37, 39, 41 for other photographs from La Union, [San] Salvador).
  • Item 1026: A photograph of Gorman with four unidentified people in front of an unidentified vessel, from Gorman's trip to Liverpool, England, 1920 (see Photograph album 2, File Unit 2, pages 74 and 75 for other photographs from this trip).
  • Items 1027-1029: Three photographs from what appear to be a trip to Alaska which included Fairbanks and Kasaan in Union Bay in July 1923.
  • Items 1030-1033: Four photographs of what appear to be World War II War Price and Rationing Board -- or affiliated entities -- offices and meetings, one includes Julia Gorman Porter, circa 1941-1945.
Box 3

File Unit 4.  Tide Water Associated Oil Company certificates and photographs, 1949-1955

Extent: 8 items.
Physical Description: 1 certificate, 2 black-and-white photographic prints, 1 program, 4 letters

Scope and Content Note

Items 1034-1041. Includes material related to J.J. [John] Gorman's employment anniversaries with the oil refining company Tide Water Associated Oil Company of San Francisco. All materials were received in a manila envelope addressed to "Mr. J. J. Gorman; Tide Water Associated Oil Company; 16th & Illinois Streets; San Francisco, California," with the return address "Tide Water Associated Oil Company; 79 New Montgomery Street; San Francisco, California" on it; 1955 was written in pencil on the front of the envelope.

Item List:

  • Item 1034: A certificate presented to John Gorman for 25 years of service in 1949.
  • Items 1035-1036: A letter on Tide Water Associated Oil Company letterhead accompanying Item 1036: a black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 inches, of the Western Division Diamond Service Emblem Recipients, 1950. Gorman is fourth from the right in the third row.
  • Item 1037: A letter from John J. Gorman dated March 25, 1950, extending his appreciation for the photograph commemorating his 25 years of service.
  • Item 1038: A letter on Tide Water Associated Oil Company letterhead informing Gorman of his recognition of 30 years of service and inviting him to the recognition ceremony, February 21, 1955.
  • Item 1039: Program from the Diamond Service Emblem Dinner, March 6, 1955.
  • Item 1040: One black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 inches, of the Diamond Service Emblem Dinner held on March 9, 1955.
  • Item 1041: Letter on Tide Water Associated Oil Company letterhead accompanying a photograph of the Diamond Service Emblem Dinner, dated April 27, 1955.
Box 1

File Unit 5.  Other certificates and money, 1898-1949

Extent: 29 items.
Physical Description: 7 certificates, 1 black-and-white photographic print, 21 pieces of paper money

Scope and Content Note

Items 1042-1070. Includes various certificates of achievement and appreciation regarding his early career as a marine engineer and his volunteer activities. Also includes foreign currency, most likely obtained on his travels as a crew member on board vessels.

Certificates include:

  • Item 1042: Department of Commerce Steamboat Inspection Service license to operate, July 14, 1914.
  • Item 1043: Union Iron Works Co. certificate of Machine Shop apprenticeship, December 23, 1916.
  • Item 1044: Department of Commerce Steamboat Inspection Service License to Assistant Engineer of Steam Vessels, January 14, 1921.
  • Item 1045: Department of Commerce Certificate of Efficiency to Lifeboat Man, January 26, 1922.
  • Items 1046-1047: War Service Award from the Office of Price Administration with a photograph of 16 people, most likely serving on the Rationing Board, posed in front of the Rationing Board District No. 6 building, May 1, 1943. The people were identified on the original enclosure, which said: Hughes, Lynch, Dr. Drew, Ashley, Larson, Walsh, Pelton, Hawthorn, Clausen, Scott, Piperling, Butler/ Sutter, Magill, Sturgeon, Paulsen, Daritt. "Viales B. Photo Studio; 4723 Geary Blvd.; San Francisco Calif." stamped on the back of the print.
  • Item 1048: Certificate of Award from the Office of Price Administration, January 3, 1944.
  • Item 1049: Certificate of appreciation for service as a member of the San Francisco Police Reserve, December 31, 1949.
Foreign paper currency (21 notes) of various denominations (Items 1050-1070): Russian bills from 1889-1920 - Rubles -- (3 notes for 1 ruble; 3 notes for 3 rubles; 2 notes for 5 rubles; 2 notes for ten rubles; 1 note for 20 rubles; 1 note for 25 rubles; and 1 note for 50 rubles); 2 kopecks (2 notes, 50 kopecks each); 2 Interest Coupons: possibly issued in 1917 to be redeemed by 1922. Other - 1 German 5 mark bill from 1918; 1 Korean yen note from the Bank of Chosen, 1915; 1 Philippine National Bank peso, 1918; 1 Chinese 50 sen note, circa 1917-1921.