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Finding Aid to the William Muir Photograph Collection, 1872-1914
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  • Summary

    Title: William Muir photograph collection,
    Date: 1872-1914
    Collection No: P05-002
    Creator: Muir, William

    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 3 photographic prints, 2 postcards, and 1 page from a scrapbook primarily related to west coast maritime vessels.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    California (Steamship)

    Muir & Symon, Blacksmiths, Machinists & Iron Ship Repairs

    Photography of ships


    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]. William Muir photograph collection, P05-002. [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 2/14/2005.
    ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 18501.

    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 18501 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information



    In 1911, William Muir was a partner with Mr. Symon, of Muir & Symon, Blacksmiths, Machinists & Iron Ship Repairs, 1015-1017 Battery St., San Francisco. Later, Muir and his brother, Adam, organized as the Muir Brothers Iron Works.

    Custodial History

    Accession No. SAFR-1 was transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park from Golden Gate National Recreation Area which acquired the collection from the San Francisco Maritime Museum when it became a unit of the National Park Service. The museum received the materials from the estate of William Muir on February 4, 1952.


    Accession number SAFR-00001.

    Administrative Information

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of 3 photographic prints, 2 postcards, and 1 page from a scrapbook primarily related to west coast maritime vessels.
    The three prints are: woman christening unidentified ship; CALIFORNIA (steamship), the first American steamship to round the Horn, print from a photo taken in 1872; and a print of a bucket and wood piling. The two postcards are of a Japanese sailing schooner in the Bering Sea and the Collingwood Monument at Tynemouth, England. The scrapbook page has small drawings of EDWARD SEWALL (ship, 3-masted) and DIRGO (ship, 3-masted) copyrighted 1912-1914.


    Items arranged by photographic format.