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A guide to the Robert Edwin Willcox photograph and postcard collection, 1890-1989
P96-039 (SAFR 24246)  
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  • Access
  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Robert Edwin Willcox photograph and postcard collection
    Date: 1890-1989
    Date (bulk): 1960-1988
    Identifier/Call Number: P96-039 (SAFR 24246)
    Creator: Willcox, Robert Edwin
    Physical Description: 31 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Robert Edwin Willcox photograph and postcard collection, 1890-1989, bulk 1960-1988, (SAFR 24246, P96-039) is comprised mainly of photographs and postcards of West Coast and Pacific Ocean passenger steamships. 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

    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], P96-039 (SAFR 24246), Robert Edwin Willcox photograph and postcard collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-01105
    The collection was donated in 1996 by Professor Alex S. Flett, "presented in memory of Mr. Robert Edwin Willcox, mariner and lover of ships and the sea." There is no information in the collection file regarding the photographer of the photographic prints. The postcards appear to have been purchased (some of the original plastic sleeves, now discarded, had prices written on them and other postcards have a price penciled on the verso). Mr. Willcox might have been the collector and/or photographer, but this could not be confirmed.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    This collection does not include a historical or biographical note.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Robert Edwin Willcox photograph and postcard collection, 1890-1989, bulk 1960-1988, (SAFR 24246, P96-039) is comprised mainly of photographs and postcards of West Coast and Pacific Ocean passenger steamships. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
    Contains photographs of coastal steamships and ocean liners as well as a replica whaling bark, 1890-1989, bulk 1960-1988. There are 31 unique photographic images in 31 physical forms (18 color photographic prints, 7 color offset lithographic postcards, 4 color letterpress halftone postcards, 1 color collotype postcard, and 1 black-and-white collotype postcard). Many of the Items show vessels that traveled along the West Coast of North America and across the Pacific Ocean to various locations, including California, Hawaii, and Alaska. The collection also includes photographs of lake steamers, and two steamships are shown repurposed as floating restaurants in California.
    The photographic prints taken in 1988 (Items 01-18) show EARNSLAW (built 1912; passenger steamship) underway on Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand; PRINCESS LOUISE (built 1921; passenger steamship) moored as a restaurant in San Pedro, California; and QUEEN MARY (built 1934; passenger steamship) moored as a hotel and restaurant in Long Beach, California.
    The postcards (Items 19-31) show the following vessels, nearly all of which are depicted underway: CANBERRA (built 1960; passenger steamship); CONSTITUTION (built 1950; passenger steamship) off Hawaii; EMPRESS OF JAPAN (built 1890; passenger steamship) at British Columbia, Canada; either HARVARD (built 1906; passenger steamship) or YALE (built 1906; passenger steamship); KINGSTON (built 1901; paddle steamship) on Lake Ontario; LURLINE (built 1932; passenger steamship) at Hawaii; MANCHURIA (built 1903; passenger steamship); either MARIPOSA (built 1953; passenger steamship) or MONTEREY (built 1952; passenger steamship) in Alaska; ORIANA (built 1959; passenger steamship) in San Francisco, California; PRINCESS MARGUERITE (built 1948; passenger steamship); and either SANTA MAGDALENA (built 1963; passenger steamship), SANTA MARIA (built 1963; passenger steamship), SANTA MARIANA (built 1963; passenger steamship), or SANTA MERCEDES (built 1964; passenger steamship) in San Francisco. There is one postcard (Item 20) of the replica whaling bark CARTHAGINIAN (bark, 3m: whaler).

    Collection Arrangement

    Photographic prints are arranged alphabetically by vessel name, followed by postcards arranged alphabetically by vessel name.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ocean liners
    Passenger ships
    Lake steamers
    Pacific Area
    Pacific Coast (U.S.)
    Wakatipu, Lake (N.Z.)
    Color prints (photographs)
    Picture postcards