The William Wallace Hanscom papers ([SAFR 16121], [HDC 131]) consists largely of scrapbooks and notebooks, but also includes
some trade catalogs and oversize naval architecture and marine engineering plans. The research strength is largely in the
area of technical aspects of turn of the century iron and steel shipbuilding, but information on a few San Francisco building
projects of the 1920s can also be found in the collection. The collection is open for use without restrictions.
BIOGRAPHY: W.W. Hanscom was born in 1870. He began his career at San Francisco's Union Iron Works as an apprentice in the
patterns shop. He advanced steadily during his more than twenty years of service with the firm, becoming successively draftsman,
electrical engineer, and chief electrical engineer. Around 1908, he became the manager of the Century Electric Construction
Co. of San Francisco. He lived in San Francisco and died in November 1956 at the age of 86. Sources: San Francisco Maritime
Museum accession ledger, information contained in this collection, and various San Francisco city directories.
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other
case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.