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A guide to the San Francisco Maritime Museum classified photograph collection, 1575-1984
P93-065 (SAFR 21374)  
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  • Title: San Francisco Maritime Museum classified photograph collection
    Date: 1575-1984
    Identifier/Call Number: P93-065 (SAFR 21374)
    Creator: San Francisco Maritime Museum
    Physical Description: 216 linear ft.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: This collection consists of photographs collected by San Francisco Martime Museum and added to the Olmsted classification scheme. It contains glass plates, film negatives, and photographic prints.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department


    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], P93-065 (SAFR 21374), San Francisco Maritime Museum classified photograph collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    This artificial collection was started sometime shortly after the establishment of the San Francisco Maritime Museum to manage and arrange photographs acquired through gifts, purchases and duplication by the museum curatorial staff. The photographs were donated to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park by the National Martime Museum Association of San Francisco (formerly San Francisco Maritime Museum Association) in 1993.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    This collection does not include a historical or biographical note.

    Collection Scope and Content

    This collection consists of photographs collected by San Francisco Martime Museum and added to the Olmsted classification scheme. It contains glass plates, film negatives, and photographic prints.
    This is an artificial collection created by the early San Francisco Maritime Museum and built up over 20 years by adding photographs from collections acquired by the museum until the late 1970s. Photographs were numbered consecutively and then filed by a classification scheme developed by the museum curator Roger Olmsted.

    Collection Arrangement

    Arranged by classification scheme.

    First Subdivision

    • Series 01 - A. San Francisco waterfront and city.
    • Series 02 - B. San Francisco Bay, except San Francisco -- including Oakland, Berkeley, etc.;. minor tributaries to the Bay, such as Petaluma Creek; and the Golden Gate.
    • Series 03 - C. Carquinez Straits and north; including Suisun and Sacramento (rivers?)
    • Series 04 - D. California coast south of San Francisco.
    • Series 05 - E. U.S. coast north of San Francisco, except for Puget Sound and the Columbia. River.
    • Series 06 - F. Puget Sound and Columbia River -- includes Astoria, Portland, Seattle, Port. Blakely, Port Townsend, and Bremerton.
    • Series 07 - G. Alaska and British Columbia.
    • Series 08 - H. Other ports on the Pacific, including Hawaii, Japan and Australia.
    • Series 09 - I. Ports other than Pacific.
    • Series 10 - J. At sea.
    • Series 11 - K. Unidentified location [formerly included documents (K10)].
    • Series 12 - L. Artifacts other than models.
    • Series 13 - M. Models.
    • Series 14 - N. United States, other than ports and coast -- interior US.
    • Series 15 - P. People -- used only where the people are the main and only focus of the image. (see P schedule.)
    • Series 16 - Q. Documents -- any printed or holographic material other than charts, plans, and. maps.
    • Series 17 - RR. Railroads.
    • Series 18 - S. Plans.
    • Series 19 - T. Charts and maps.
    • Series 20 - U. Vessel interiors (see U schedule.)
    • Series 21 - V. Details of vessels (see V schedule.)

    The letter classisfications are further subdivided by a number classification:

    • 1. Vessel or vessels alongside from stream, pier or another pier.
    • 2. [Formerly alongside from pier.]
    • 3. Vessel or vessels stranded, sinking, sunk, or in distress.
    • 4. [Formerly shipyard activity] See 16, 17, 18, 19.
    • 5. Vessel or vessels under tow or towing.
    • 6. Vessel or vessels anchored.
    • 7. Vessel or vessels underway.
    • 8. Vessel or vessels laid up (e.g. mothball fleet).
    • 9. Deck scenes. (Use for general deck scenes; has priority over V. schedule if more. than detail is shown.) See V schedule for details.
    • 10. [Formerly details] See V schedule and 24.
    • 11. [Formerly general view] See 20 and 21.
    • 12. Wharf and waterfront scenes. (Use for general scenes. For specific wharf or. waterfront details see 24; for panoramic views see 20.)
    • 13. Non-vessel interiors.
    • 14. [Formerly non-waterfront street scenes] See 22, 23, 24.
    • 15. [Formerly vessel interiors] See V schedule.
    • 16. Vessel repair.
    • 17. Vessel construction.
    • 18. Vessel launchings.
    • 19. Other shipyard activity (i.e. activity not covered by 16, 17, 18.)
    • 2. Maritime general views. (This has priority over non-maritime general views if. photo shows both.) -- Includes panoramic views and scenes in which several. vessels appear in different types of activity.
    • 21. Non-maritime general views. (Maritime general views have priority if photo. shows both.) -- Includes panoramic views of non-maritime areas.
    • 22. Non-waterfront general street scenes.
    • 23. Non-waterfront buildings, residences, monuments, statues, parks, etc. Includes specific details of these buildings, residences, etc. (i.e. park bench detail; door. frame carving, etc.)
    • 24. Non-vessel maritime details. (Use for close up images or details of maritime related objects and equipment; e.g. photo of a donkey engine.)
    P, U and V had separate subdivision schemes: P schedule: (People)

    P50. Individual portraits.

    • P51. Crew portraits.
    • P52. Family portraits.
    • P53. Other group portraits.
    U schedule: (Vessel interiors)

    U60. Captain's quarters.

    • U61. Crew quarters.
    • U62. Cargo holds.
    • U63. Passenger quarters and other passenger areas (including banquet halls, etc.)
    • U64. Other work areas (e.g. galleys, radio rooms.)
    • U65. General interiors (where other subdivisions are not applicable e.g. interior of small yacht.)
    V schedule: (Vessel details)

    V70. Deck machinery.

    • V71. Masts and rigging.
    • V72. Figureheads and other decorations.
    • V73. Other vessel machinery.
    • V74. Other vessel details.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Pacific Coast (Calif.)--History--Pictorial works
    Maritime history
    Photograph collections--California--San Francisco
    Photography of ships
    San Francisco Maritime Museum
    Black-and-white negatives
    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Albumen prints
    Cabinet photographs
    Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
    Cellulose nitrate film
    Color negatives
    Color prints (photographs)
    Color slides
    Color transparencies
    Cyanotypes (photographic prints)
    Glass negatives
    Lantern slides
    Photographic postcards
    Crew portraits
    Group portraits
    Portrait photographs