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Finding Aid to the Al Harmon Postcard Collection, 1890-1914
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  • Indexing Terms
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  • Summary

    Title: Al Harmon postcard collection,
    Date: 1890-1914
    Collection No: P05-027
    Creator: Harmon, Al

    Extent: 6 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
    Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, California 94123
    Abstract: This collection consists of 5 postcards primarily of scenes along the San Francisco (Calif.) waterfront and with a single card of the GJOA on display in Golden Gate Park.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Gjøa (Ship)

    Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.)

    Port of San Francisco (Calif.)


    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Access Information

    Condition Restrictions

    There are no restrictions based on the condition of this material. However, you should be aware that access to collection material is always at the discretion of NPS curatorial staff if the condition warrants restricting the access and handling of the collection items at any time.

    Conditions of Use

    The San Francisco Maritime NHP possesses physical property rights through ownership of the materials. However, copyright may reside with the individual or corporate body responsible for the creation of the materials, or with their heirs. It is the user's responsibility to respect the provisions of the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission to reproduce or publish from this collection must be secured by the user from the copyright holders.
    Preferred Citation
    [Item title or description including date]. Al Harmon postcard collection, P05-027. [Location within collection organization identified by container number, series number, file unit number, or item number]. Historic Documents Department, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Processing/Project Information

    Processing and Cataloging
    Processed by Charles Miller and completed 5/6/2005.
    ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20719.

    The collection is cataloged in the National Park Service (NPS) Automated National Catalog System (ANCS+). A portion of the ANCS+ catalog record can be viewed on the NPS Museum Collections on the Web Catalog by searching on the catalog number 20719 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information


    Historical Note

    GJOA was a sloop built in 1872 in Rosendal, Norway and used in the fishing trades before it was bought by Roald Amundsen in 1900. Commanded by Amundsen, she was the first ship to transit the Northwest Passage. On June 16, 1903, GJOA sailed from Christiania (Oslo) with Amundsen and a crew of six. She arrived in Nome on August 31, 1906, and arrived in San Francisco on October 19, 1906. At the instigation of the Norwegian community in San Francisco, she was turned over to the city and put on exhibit in Golden Gate Park. GJOA remained in San Francisco until 1974, when she was returned to Norway and exhibited at the Norsk Siofartsmuseum (Norwegian Maritime Museum) in Bygdoy, Oslo.

    Custodial History

    The collection was acquired by the San Francisco Maritime Museum from Al Harmon on February 25, 1958. The materials were accessioned into the National Park Service when the museum was made a unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA-735) and then were transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after the establishment of the new park in 1989 (SAFR-1).


    Accession number SAFR-00001.

    Administrative Information

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of 5 postcards primarily of scenes along the San Francisco (Calif.) waterfront and with a single card of the GJOA on display in Golden Gate Park.


    Arranged chronologically.