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The William Bergstrom Engineering Collection of California Shipbuilding Corporation
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: The William Bergstrom Engineering Collection of California Shipbuilding Corporation
    Dates: 1941-1945
    Collection Number: Collection # 1
    Creator/Collector: Richard Bergstrom William A. Bergstrom Cyril Hubert California Shipbuilding Corporation
    Extent: 3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes, 1 document case)
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    Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum
    San Pedro, California 90731
    Abstract: The William A. Bergstrom Engineering Collection of the California Shipbuilding Corporation is a collection of archival materials about engineering the design of ships built at California Shipbuilding Corporation during World War II. William A. Bergstrom and his father-in-law, Cyril Hubert, both worked as engineers for the company during the war and oversaw training of other engineering employees. This collection includes engineering and training manuals, publications, and photographs of the engineering and construction of ships.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Please make an appointment with the Museum Archivist or Director for access to the collection.

    Publication Rights

    The material in this collection is the property of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. The material is subject to copyright restrictions and may not be used without prior permission from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

    Preferred Citation

    The William Bergstrom Engineering Collection of California Shipbuilding Corporation. Los Angeles Maritime Museum

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated by Richard Bergstrom in 1998, 2012, and 2013.

    Biography/Administrative History

    William A. Bergstrom was hired and trained at California Shipbuilding Corporation by his father-in-law, Cyril Hubert. Like other company workers, he received most of his training on the job. Eventually, Bergstrom became Chief Loftsman and coordinated all loft training. He was an amateur photographer; it's believed that he produced most of the images in this collection. After the closing of the shipyard, Bergstrom and Hubert worked at MGM Studios building sets, which Hubert had done prior to the war and working at the shipyard. After working at the studios, Bergstrom founded the “Vent-a-Hood” company in Buena Park, California.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The William A. Bergstrom Engineering Collection of California Shipbuilding Corporation is a collection of materials that pertain to engineering and shipbuilding at California Shipbuilding Corporation during World War II. The collection is comprised of materials belonging to William Bergstrom and his father-in-law, Cyril Hubert, both of whom worked for the company during its operations from 1941-1946. The collection includes engineering manuals, blueprints, plans for ships at California Shipbuilding Corporation, and personnel training manuals written by Bergstrom. The collection also contains a number of publications of mostly California Shipbuilding Corporation’s newsletter, Calship Log, several issues of other shipyards’ publications and a small library of books on ship construction. Finally, the collection includes a number of photographs believed by Bergstrom’s son Richard, to have been taken by William Bergstrom, who was an amateur photographer in addition to his job at the shipyard. These photographs are of the shipyard, personnel, and shipyard special events.

    Indexing Terms

    cargo ships
    dry dock
    drafting tools
    Liberty ships
    lines drawings (ships plans)
    marine engineering
    model ships
    mold loft
    propellers
    shipbuilding
    steam engines
    Victory ships
    Terminal Island (Port of Los Angeles), Calif.
    Terminal Island, California
    aerial views
    blueprints
    photographic prints
    marine engineers
    naval architects

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