The Al Graves collection of West Coast vessel photographs, circa 1860s-1965, (SAFR 23146, P96-045) is comprised mainly of
photographs of vessels in the San Francisco Bay Area and other locations on the Pacific West Coast, and several waterfront
views of various harbors and cities. Vessel types include cargo vessels, passenger vessels, general merchant vessels, and
United States government vessels. The collection has been processed to the item level and is open for use without restrictions.
During the mid-20th century, a community of photographers and historians in the San Francisco Bay area were interested in
railroads and other forms of transportation. These friends and colleagues shared photographs with each other while building
their own collections. Al Graves was a part of this community and there is a strong possibility that some of the photographs
in this collection (that were in Al Graves' possession) were taken by, or given to him by, some of his colleagues, family
and friends, including: Cliff Graves, Roy D. Graves, Grahame Hardy, Mrs. James Jenkins, Ethel Coy Luce, Robert H. McFarland,
William A. Pennington, Kate Plunkett, Vernon J. Sappers, L. S. Slevin, Wallace Sorrel, Audrey Thompson, Brian Thompson, Volley
Thoney, M. M. Tompkins, Bertram H. Ward (Bert Ward), W. E. Waste, Theodore G. Wurm (Ted Wurm).