A guide to the Elliott Evans photograph collection, circa 1887-1920s
Processed by: Amy Croft, March 2013.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park2013
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
A Guide to the Elliott Evans photograph collection
P78-064aSan Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, National Park Service
2013, National Park Service
Title: Elliott Evans photograph collection
Date: circa 1887-1920s
Identifier/Call Number: P78-064a (SAFR 23360)
Creator: Evans, Elliott
Physical Description: 13 items.
Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Abstract: The Elliott Evans photograph collection, circa 1887-1920s, (SAFR 23360, P78-064a) is comprised mainly of steam schooners in unidentified locations. The collection has been processed to the Collection level and is open for use.
Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
Language(s): In English.
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.
Nitrate negatives are restricted from use. Use-copies can be provided.
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.
The accession paperwork indicates that 7 nitrate negatives were originally donated by Evans. However, only 4 nitrate negatives could be located in March 2013. It is unknown if the 3 missing nitrates were discarded at some point in time, but they were not in the nitrate discard box in March 2013.
Item 6: (CASPAR (steam schooner) underway in Caspar, California, stern view, circa 1887-1920s) was somehow accidentally added to the Hanscom photograph collection (SAFR 19542, P79-064a) between 1967 and the 1980s, and assigned the number P79-064a.15. This mistake was likely made due to the similarities of the collection numbers. The mistake probably happened when the nitrate negative was duplicated by SAFR staff in the 1980s (and a contact interpositive and copy negative were made for the image).
While processing the Hanscom photograph collection (P79-064a) in February 2013, it was discovered that Item number 15 did not belong with the collection: in addition to the fact that the number of negatives did not match the accession paperwork and the subject matter of the item did not match the original accession at all, Item 15 had "Gift of Dr. Elliott Evans in October 1967" written on the envelope. The nitrate negative, contact interpositive and copy negative were returned to this collection (P78-064a) in February 2013 and assigned the Item number 6.
Each photographic image has been assigned an Item number; there are often multiple physical forms of each image (e.g. a nitrate negative, a contact interpositive, and a copy negative) which has been noted in the physical description field. SAFR staff made contact interpositives and copy negatives of the nitrate negatives in the 1980s, except for Item 3.
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.
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[Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], P78-064a (SAFR 23360), Elliott Evans photograph collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
SAFR-00001, GOGA-00789: These photographs were a gift from Elliott Evans and were formally accessioned on March 14, 1978.
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.
No biographical information could be found on Elliott Evans. He is sometimes referred to as Dr. Elliott Evans on envelopes housing his donated photographs.
The Elliott Evans photograph collection, circa 1887-1920s, (SAFR 23360, P78-064a) is comprised mainly of steam schooners in unidentified locations. The collection has been processed to the Collection level and is open for use.
Contains photographs of CASPAR (steam schooner), MARY E. MOORE (built 1913; steam schooner), and unidentified vessels. There are 6 photographic images in 13 physical forms (4 nitrate negatives, 3 contact interpositives, 3 copy negatives, 2 black-and-white photographic postcards, 1 black-and-white photographic print).
CASPAR: The Caspar Lumber Co. owned three steam schooners named CASPAR that carried lumber from the Mendocino Coast during 1887-1939. It is unknown which of the three CASPARs is pictured in this collection. The first CASPAR was built of wood in 1887 at San Francisco, California, by Hansen & Frazer. She wrecked at Saunder's Reef, near Point Arena, California, just after midnight October 22, 1897. The second CASPAR was bought by the lumber company in 1911 (renamed from CAPISTRANO, built 1907 at Aberdeen, Washington, by John Lindestrom). She was laid up in December 1925, sold to the Alaska Salmon Co. in 1930, and was scrapped at Sausalito, California in 1940. The third CASPAR was steel-hulled, built in Alameda, California by United Engineering Works and completed in the spring of 1904 as NUSHAGAK. NUSHAGAK was acquired on June 6, 1924 by Remco Steamship Co., the marine subsidiary of Caspar Lumber. NUSHAGAK retained that name until 1930 when CASPAR 2 was sold. CASPAR 3 retired in March 1939. (Source: http://www.mendorailhistory.org/1_shipping/ships/caspar.htm).
MARY E. MOORE was built in 1913 as GRACE DOLLAR. She was renamed ADMIRAL WAINWRIGHT in 1918; renamed AGNES DOLLAR in 1921; and renamed MARY E. MOORE in 1923. The vessel sank off Coquille River, Oregon on February 23, 1927.
Item list: Item 1: MARY E. MOORE (built 1913; steam schooner) underway, starboard broadside view, 1923-1927 February. 1 nitrate negative, 3.5 x 5.75 in. 1 contact interpositive, 3.75 x 6 in. 1 copy negative, 3.75 x 6 in.
Item 2: MARY E. MOORE (built 1913; steam schooner) underway, view off starboard quarter, 1923-1927 February. Unidentified wharf and lumber in the foreground. 1 nitrate negative, 3.5 x 6 in. 1 contact interpositive, 3.5 x 6 in. 1 copy negative, 3.5 x 6 in.
Item 3: Unidentified schooner, 2m: yacht underway, broadside view, circa 1900s-1920s. There are people visible on board the vessel. 1 nitrate negative, 3.5 x 6 in.
Item 4: Six men on the poop deck of an unidentified vessel, circa 1900s-1920s. 1 black-and-white photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5 in. 1 black-and-white photographic print, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Item 5: Close up broadside view of an unidentified steamer, moored at an unidentified pier, circa 1900s-1920s. 1 black-and-white photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Item 6: CASPAR (steam schooner) underway in Caspar, California, stern view, circa 1887-1920s. 1 nitrate negative, 3.5 x 5.75 in. 1 contact interpositive, 3.5 x 6 in. 1 copy negative, 3.5 x 6 in.
Not arranged due to small size of collection.
Elliott Evans also donated the following photographs on October 24, 1967, which can be found in the SFMNHP Classified photograph collection:
G02.21410p. Alliance (steamer) pierside, possibly in Alaska, undated. 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic print, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
G03.21406.01p and G03.21406.02p. Alliance (built 1896; passenger vessel) aground in Alaska, view off port quarter, undated. 2 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic prints, 3.25 x 5.5 in.
G11.21412p. Ship Creek, Alaska, undated. Panoramic view of activity, possibly when under way with installing facilities. Photograph signed "Hettel's?" 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
G11.21413p. Man tipping his hat towards an ice formation that looks like a woman, on the beach near Taku Glacier, Skagway, Alaska, 1914. Post card is titled: "'Flirting in Alaska' Coprt. LH. Pedersen. Skagway 1914". 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
G11.21414p. Lakeside view of Neilson's Store in Iliamna, Alaska, circa 1907-1914. 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
J07.21405p. J.A. Briggs (ship, 3m) underway, undated. 1 black-and-white albumen cabinet card, 4.25 x 6.5 in.
K03.21407p. Breeches buoy in operation at an unidentified beach, undated. 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in; 1 negative, 4 x 5 in.
K03.21408p. Unidentified fishing schooner washed up on a beach, starboard broadside view, undated. 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
K03.21409p. Thistlemore (freighter) aground on Peaked Hill Bar, stern view, 1922 February. British vessel. Gotten off and renamed WHEATMORE. 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
K03.21411p. Breeches buoy line on beach to stranded freighter, undated. Vessel might be the THISTLEMORE (freighter), February 1922. 1 black-and-white silver-gelatin photographic postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 in.
- This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Caspar (steam schooner)
Mary E. Moore (built 1913; steam schooner)
Cellulose nitrate film
Black-and-white prints (photographs)