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A guide to the Charles H. Stoddard papers, 1894-1941
HDC0145 (SAFR 16122)  
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  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Charles H. Stoddard papers
    Date: 1894-1941
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0145 (SAFR 16122)
    Physical Description: 20 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Charles H. Stoddard papers (SAFR 16122, HDC 145) consists of three series of documents. The first series are financial records that appear to concern Stoddard's personal investments. Series two are notebooks on mechanical engineering, kept while Stoddard was a student at Lealand Stanford Jr. University. The third series are notebooks kept by Stoddard during the course of his working career, which provide information on specific construction and shipbuilding projects. These working notebooks are organized by project types. The research strength of this collection is on the subject of iron and steel shipbuilding in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of the collection is highly technical in nature, and consists of calculations, tables, and data on projects with which Stoddard was involved as a mechanical engineer. The collection is fully processed and available for research use without restriction.
    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], HDC0145 (SAFR 16122), Charles H. Stoddard papers, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

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

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Charles H. Stoddard studied engineering at Leland Stanford Jr. University from 1892 to 1895. In 1901, he was employed as the chief draftsman at the Fulton Engineering & Shipbuilding Works in San Francisco. In 1903, he is listed as a mechanical engineer in the city directory. By 1917, he had joined the Moore & Scott Iron Works in Oakland, where he continued to work for many years. By 1923, he was the superintendent of the shipyard, now known as the Moore Drydock Company. Some of the notebooks in this collection are stamped "Christy Machine Works," but it is not known if Stoddard ever worked for that company. It is uncertain when he retired, but he retained a financial interest in Moore Drydock Company as late as 1941. Stoddard lived in San Francisco until about 1917, when he moved to Burlingame. By 1922, he had moved to Oakland, where he continued to live as late as 1941.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Charles H. Stoddard papers (SAFR 16122, HDC 145) consists of three series of documents. The first series are financial records that appear to concern Stoddard's personal investments. Series two are notebooks on mechanical engineering, kept while Stoddard was a student at Lealand Stanford Jr. University. The third series are notebooks kept by Stoddard during the course of his working career, which provide information on specific construction and shipbuilding projects. These working notebooks are organized by project types. The research strength of this collection is on the subject of iron and steel shipbuilding in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of the collection is highly technical in nature, and consists of calculations, tables, and data on projects with which Stoddard was involved as a mechanical engineer. The collection is fully processed and available for research use without restriction.

    Collection Arrangement

    This is a small collection arranged in three series.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Iron industry and trade
    Marine engineering
    Marine engines
    Shipbuilding--California--San Francisco
    Steam engines
    Christy Machine Works (San Francisco, CA)