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A guide to the Al Key photographs, 1951-1959
P78-336a (SAFR 23376)  
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  • Access
  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Materials

  • Title: Al Key photographs
    Date: 1951-1959
    Identifier/Call Number: P78-336a (SAFR 23376)
    Creator: Key, Al
    Physical Description: 12 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Al Key photographs, 1951-1959, (SAFR 23376, P78-336a) are comprised of images photographed by Al Key in San Francisco, California, showing the San Francisco Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park area. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
    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

    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.

    Processing Note

    Note that in some cases multiple Items appear on one film strip; this has been noted at the Item level in the physical description field when applicable.
    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.
    Please cite the title and collection number in any correspondence with our staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], P78-336a (SAFR 23376), Al Key photographs, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    GOGA-00789
    SAFR-00001, GOGA-00789. This collection was a gift from Al Key. It was formally accessioned on June 1, 1973. The SFMM accession form notes that the gift was originally received on October 26, 1970; however, there is no such entry recorded in the SFMM accession ledger.
    SAFR-00001 is a blanket accession that was transferred from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in September 1988. GGNRA had previously acquired the collection from the San Francisco Maritime Museum when it became a unit of the National Park Service in 1977.
    GOGA-00789 was transferred from the J. Porter Shaw Library to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in February 1985.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    No biographical information could be found on Al Key.
    The San Francisco Maritime Museum Association was established in 1950 and was one of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's predecessor organizations. It subsequent names were the San Francisco Maritime State Historic Park (established in 1956), the National Maritime Museum (established in 1977 as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area) and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (established in 1988) which is the name it is still known by today.
    In 1941 the San Francisco Museum of Science and Industry opened through the efforts of Mrs. Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. It was comprised mainly of an impressive collection of ship models and artifacts, which were exhibited at Aquatic Park and various other locations in the Bay Area during World War II.
    Karl Kortum, a maritime history enthusiast and able bodied seaman freshly returned from a voyage on the bark KAIULANI (1948), contacted Mrs. Spreckels to discuss his vision of a maritime museum for San Francisco. He believed that historic ships, on exhibit and available to the public, would create a more interesting and economically viable museum than ship models. The San Francisco Maritime Museum Association (SFMMA) was formed in 1950 and San Francisco Maritime Museum's opening day was on May 27, 1951.
    In 1954, the San Francisco Maritime Museum Association undertook the purchase and restoration of the historic sailing vessel BALCLUTHA (built 1886; ship, 3m). A year later, after extensive restoration primarily through volunteer efforts, BALCLUTHA opened to the public at Pier 43.
    The San Francisco Maritime State Historic Park was established in 1956 and existed under this name until 1977 when it became the National Maritime Museum, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In 1988 the National Maritime Museum (sometimes referred to as the Maritime Unit) became a separate National Park called the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the name it is still known by today.
    The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SFMNHP) provides services for millions of visitors annually and acts as a custodian for historic vessels, small watercraft, museum artifacts, archives and a maritime library. The SFMNHP is responsible for maintaining 35 acres of urban parkland which include the Aquatic Park Bathhouse (a National Historic Landmark which serves as a museum exhibit facility), the Hyde Street Pier (where the historic vessels are moored), and the Haslett Warehouse. Five of the historic vessels moored on Hyde Street Pier are designated National Historic Landmarks: the ALMA (built 1891; scow schooner), BALCLUTHA, EUREKA(built 1890; paddle ferry), HERCULES (built 1907; tugboat), and C.A. THAYER (built 1895; schooner, 3m). The park also operates a library and archives in a Historic Landmark building at the Fort Mason Center, which houses a variety of documents, vessel plans, photographs, motion picture film, books, periodicals and oral histories.
    [Agency History written by SAFR staff (primarily Lisbit Bailey). Slightly revised by Amy Croft, October 2011 and June 2013.]

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Al Key photographs, 1951-1959, (SAFR 23376, P78-336a) are comprised of images photographed by Al Key in San Francisco, California, showing the San Francisco Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park area. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
    Contains photographs taken by Al Key in the Aquatic Park area of San Francisco, California, 1951-1959. There are 12 black-and-white negatives on 6 sheets of safety film. Two photographs document activities held on the San Francisco Maritime Museum's opening day, May 27, 1951, showing crowds of people as well as the Virginia & Truckee Railroad steam locomotive No. 21 (named after J. W. Bowker) and the Western Pacific Railroad passenger car No. 402. Seven photographs taken on Beach Street show the San Francisco Maritime Museum bathhouse and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad steam locomotive No. 21. In addition, there are three photographs of Aquatic Park Cove, one of which includes FORT SUTTER (built 1912; paddle riverboat) laid up.

    Collection Arrangement

    No arrangement due to the small size of the collection.

    Related Materials

    Related photograph collection: The SFMNHP Classified photograph collection contains additional photographs of the San Francisco Maritime Museum's opening day (see Items A12.24411.01-.15), Aquatic Park, and FORT SUTTER (built 1912; paddle riverboat).
    Related manuscript collection: San Francisco Maritime Museum records, 1921-1978. SFMNHP, (SAFR 9386, HDC 0649). Archives of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, divided into 9 Series, including Organizational, Financial, Museum Vessel Records, Correspondence, Library Records, Museum Vessel Records, Museum Publications, Manuscripts, Periodical Articles, and Newspaper Articles.
    Researchers should note that there are other books and collections with materials related to the San Francisco Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. They can search the Park's web catalog for more information.
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Maritime museums
    Steam locomotives
    Paddle steamers
    San Francisco Maritime Museum
    Fort Sutter (built 1912; paddle riverboat)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Aquatic Park (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Black-and-white negatives