The papers of Harry Clifford and Myra B. Fassett. Fassett worked as a map maker, photographer, and record keeper during his
employment with the Bureau of Fisheries where he became a salmon fisheries expert. Includes correspondence, reports, notebooks,
diaries, pamphlets, photos, ephemera, and publications relating to his work in Alaska and with the U.S. Fish Commission aboard
the USFC Albatross.
Harry Clifford Fassett was born May 9, 1870, in Contra Costa Co., California. Employed by the Bureau of Fisheries (Department
of Commerce & Labor) between 1911-1919, he was involved in Alaska salmon investigations and the Pribilof Islands Fur Seal
investigations. Two of Alaska’s topographical features were named in his honor: Fassett Point on Kodiak Island and a glacier
on the Territory’s southeastern coast.
A resident of San Francisco since 1934 and a Member of California Academy of Sciences since 1945, Harry Fassett was particularly
interested in the Academy’s Library and donated all of his books over a period of years along with extensive Reports and Bulletins
of the U.S. Fish Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Coast Geodetic Survey and more.
At the time of his death on December 9, 1953, Fassett was the last surviving member of the team that made the steamer Albatross
famous as an oceanographic institution. He joined the crew in 1889, just after the research vessel had been brought to the
Pacific. He stayed with the ship, as a representative of the U.S. Fish Commission then the Bureau of Fisheries, keeping the
vessel’s scientific records, until the close of its Philippine Expedition in 1910. He took part in almost continuous investigations,
including expeditions to Hawaii, Panama, the South Seas (1899), Japan, and Alaska (1897).