5 folders (117 items and 1 v.).
This series is organized into 5 file units. File unit 1: Phil Franklin's
1995 comments. File unit 2: letters from August through December 1941. File
unit 3: letters from January through December 1942. File unit 4: letters from
January through May 1943. File unit 5: California Maritime Academy, December--
1942 logbook (from Trocadero Restaurant).
The file units are arranged chronologically.
Scope and Content Note
This series documents Phil Franklin's progress through the California
Maritime Academy and his first voyage following graduation. This series
documents the life of a CMA midshipman and recent graduate at an extraordinary
time: just before the United States' entry into World War II, and during the
first two full years of that war. Franklin's letters are rich in detail about
the life of the first-year "swabs," as well as life in San Francisco
during this time. Included in this series are Franklin's letters to his family
and friends, as well as some letters received by Franklin during this time, and
some photocopied documents from CMA. Also included in this series are
Franklin's 1995 comments on this correspondence and the "Logbook of the
Class of December 1942," highly noteworthy for the perspective they add to
The logbook in file unit 5 documents the post-graduation activities of some
of the members of the CMA class of December 1942. Sections of the book were
blocked out for some fifteen class members, as well as for members of the Boete
family who owned and operated the Trocadero. The entries include correspondence
and photographs, and describe voyages on merchant marine and Navy vessels as
well as family developments. Addresses and telephone numbers of the various
class members are also documented. Pages 9 through 12 are missing.