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A guide to the Mervyn P. Manion photographs, 1913-1915, 1934-1950
P91-084 (SAFR 24251)  
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  • Access
  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Mervyn P. Manion photographs
    Date: 1913-1915,
    Date: 1934-1950
    Date (bulk): 1940-1950
    Identifier/Call Number: P91-084 (SAFR 24251)
    Creator: Manion, Mervyn P.
    Physical Description: 154 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Mervyn P. Manion photographs, 1913-1915, 1934-1950, bulk 1940-1950, (SAFR 24251, P91-084) are comprised of photographs taken by Mervyn P. Manion of passenger and cargo vessels primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. 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.
    Nitrate negatives are restricted from use. Use-copies can be provided.

    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

    Each photographic image has been assigned an Item number; there are instances of multiple physical forms of each image (e.g. a negative and a print) which has been noted in the physical description field.
    The negatives were originally housed in glassine envelopes. Inside most envelopes was a piece of paper indicating the name of the vessel, sometimes with additional information about the location or date. These pieces of paper have been retained and are stored with the safety negatives and photographic prints.
    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], P91-084 (SAFR 24251), Mervyn P. Manion photographs, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00326
    SAFR-00578, SAFR-00599
    The collection consists of three gifts from Mervyn P. Manion in 1991 (SAFR-00326) and 1992 (SAFR-00578 and SAFR-00599).

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Mervyn Paul Manion was born on October 10, 1916, in San Francisco, California. During World War II, he went to sea as a merchant marine and relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1950. He served as a fireman and a messman aboard the steamships ULUA (1943), PHILIP LIVINGSTON (1945), PRESIDENT JOHNSON (1946), ROBERT FULTON (1946), CHRISTOPHER S. FLANAGAN (1949), HAWAIIAN CRAFTSMAN (1952), PACIFICUS (1953-1954), and possibly others. He also worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for Weisfield's Jewelers.
    Manion married Patricia Lavell in 1951, but they eventually divorced. They had five children together.
    Mervyn P. Manion died on December 24, 2006, in Portland, Oregon.

    Sources:

    • Ancestry.com. California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2008.
    • Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
    • Ancestry.com. Oregon, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1888-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2006.
    • Ancestry.com. Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1961 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2006.
    • "Mr. Mervyn Paul Manion" Zeller Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home. Accessed August 28, 2014. http://zeller.tributes.com/our_obituaries/Mervyn-Paul-Manion-79280778

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Mervyn P. Manion photographs, 1913-1915, 1934-1950, bulk 1940-1950, (SAFR 24251, P91-084) are comprised of photographs taken by Mervyn P. Manion of passenger and cargo vessels primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
    Contains photographs of ferries, motor scows, sailing vessels, and merchant steamships docked and underway in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and other locations, 1913-1915, 1934-1950, bulk 1940-1950. There are 152 unique photographic images in 154 physical forms (132 black-and-white nitrate negatives, 20 black-and-white safety negatives, and 2 black-and-white photographic prints).
    Most photographs are located in San Francisco and other Bay Area locations, including Oakland, Alameda, and Sausalito. Additional photographs were taken in other West Coast locations (Coos Bay and Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Alaska; and Hawaii), the East Coast, and the Panama Canal.

    Collection Arrangement

    Arranged into one Series with five File Units by vessel type. Within each File Unit, Items are arranged alphabetically by vessel name.

    File Unit 1: Sailing vessels.

    • File Unit 2: Ferries and riverboats.
    • File Unit 3: Motor scows.
    • File Unit 4: United States Army Corps of Engineers and Navy vessels.
    • File Unit 5: Other steamships.
    SAFR-00326 had been grouped into mailing envelopes roughly based on vessel type (e.g., ferries, steamers, and scows). There was no further arrangement (not by vessel name, date, or location). Due to the fact that some of the vessels in accession SAFR-00326 also appeared in accessions SAFR-00578 and SAFR-00599, the processing archivist continued to group the vessels by type and arrange them in alphabetical order by vessel name within each group.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cargo ships
    Ferries
    Freighters
    Government vessels--United States
    Merchant ships
    Paddle steamers
    Passenger ships
    Scow schooners
    Sailing ships
    San Francisco Bay (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Seattle (Wash.)
    Columbia River
    Black-and-white negatives
    Cellulose nitrate film
    Black-and-white prints (photographs)