A guide to the National Maritime Museum Association Records, 1954-1993

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
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2015

A Guide to the National Maritime Museum Association Records

HDC1026

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, National Park Service
2015, National Park Service

Title: National Maritime Museum Association Records
Date: 1954-1993
Date (bulk): 1955-1977
Collection No. (Catalog No.): HDC1026 (SAFR 9756)
Creator: National Maritime Museum Association
Physical Description: 6 linear ft.
Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Abstract: The National Maritime Museum Association records, 1954-1993, (SAFR 09756, HDC 1026) is arranged into three series: Balclutha, Logbooks and Miscellaneous documents. Items include the Bill of Sale for BALCLUTHA; "Ship's," "Watchmen's" and "Smooth" logs, written by the Museum's crew of the BALCLUTHA, describing routine maintenance, weather, etc. (1955--1977); and brochures, booklets, leaflets, invitations, programs regarding maritime history, San Francisco Maritime State Historic Park, and the ships ALMA, THAYER, EPPLETON HALL, BALCLUTHA and S.S.PAMPANITO (1971--1993). The collection is available for research use without restriction.
Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
Language(s): In English.

Access

This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.

Publication and Use Rights

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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.
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Preferred Citation

[Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC1026 (SAFR 9756), National Maritime Museum Association Records, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Acquisition Information

SAFR-00274
SAFR-00430, SAFR-00615, SAFR-00738, SAFR-00778
This collection was transferred from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Historical or Biographical Note

The San Francisco Maritime Museum Association (SFMMA) was incorporated in January 1950, opening to the public in the Casino Building at Aquatic Park on May 27, 1951. The SFMMA purchased the ship BALCLUTHA in 1954; it was restored and open to the public in 1955. In 1957 the California State Park Commission created San Francisco Maritime State Historic Park, which eventually included the ships THAYER, ALMA, WAPAMA, HERCULES and EUREKA, as well as the Hyde Street Pier and Haslett Warehouse. In 1977 the San Francisco Maritime State Historic Park became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), and in 1978 the holdings of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Association were transferred to the National Park Service, as part of the GGNRA. The Association then changed its name to the National Maritime Museum Association (NMMA). In 1988, a separate park was created as the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, with the National Maritime Museum Association as its cooperative association. In 2001, the Association changed its name to San Francisco Maritime National Park Association.

Collection Scope and Content

The National Maritime Museum Association records, 1954-1993, (SAFR 09756, HDC 1026) is arranged into three series: Balclutha, Logbooks and Miscellaneous documents. Items include the Bill of Sale for BALCLUTHA; "Ship's," "Watchmen's" and "Smooth" logs, written by the Museum's crew of the BALCLUTHA, describing routine maintenance, weather, etc. (1955--1977); and brochures, booklets, leaflets, invitations, programs regarding maritime history, San Francisco Maritime State Historic Park, and the ships ALMA, THAYER, EPPLETON HALL, BALCLUTHA and S.S.PAMPANITO (1971--1993). The collection is available for research use without restriction.

Collection Arrangement

The arrangement of the collection is as follows:

  • Series 1: Balclutha (ship, 3m) logbooks, 1955-1974
  • Series 2: Smooth logbooks, 1972-1977
  • Series 3. Miscellaneous documents, 1954(1972-1978)1993

Collection Contents

 

Series 0001.  Balclutha (ship, 3m) logbooks, 1955-1974

Extent: volume 77
Language(s): In English.

Scope and Content Note

Balclutha (ship, 3m) logbooks include "Watch" and "Ship's" logbooks.
The "Watch" logbooks (1971-1974) are narrative and informal, with entries written by the crew of the Balclutha, detailing weather conditions, maintenance performed, accidents, visitor behavior, and shift assignments. The "Ship's" logbooks (1955--1971) have entries made by the Ship Manager, Office Manager or Assistant Office Manager and describe shift assignments (graveyard, day, swing), maintenance performed, weather conditions, and visitor attendance.

Arrangement

Series 1: Balclutha (ship, 3m) logbooks ("Ship's Log"and "Watch"/"Watchmen's Log"), 1955--1974.

  • Box 1: Volume 1 -
  • Box 2: Volume 10 -19
  • Box 3: Volume 20 - 30
  • Box 4: Volume 31 - 42
  • Box 5: Volume 43 - 67
  • Box 6: Volume 54 - 66
  • Box 7: Volume 68 - 77
  • Arranged chronologically.
 

Series 0002.  Smooth logbooks, 1972-1977

Extent: volume 20
Language(s): In English.

Scope and Content Note

"Smooth" logbook entries (1972--1977) are made by the Ship Manager or Assistant Manager describe weather and maintenance performed. Shift assignments are noted by crew members or the Assistant Manager. These logs chronologically overlap the "Watch" logbooks.

Arrangement

Series 2: ("Smooth Logbooks") 1972--1977.

  • Box 7: Volume 1 -7
  • Box 8: Volume 8 - 20
  • Arranged chronologically.
 

Series 0003.  Miscellaneous documents, 1954-1993 (bulk 1972-1978)

Extent: Folder 44
Language(s): In English.

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous records (1954--1993) of the National Maritime Museum Association, Cooperating Association to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Collection includes documents removed from a safe deposit box belonging to the San Francisco Maritime Museum, such as the Bill of Sale for Balclutha (ship, 3m), bank loan note receipts, legal correspondence, and various contracts and agreements (1954--1962). Also includes two Eppleton Hall (tugboat, sidewheel) logbooks (1970 and 1975), booklets, brochures programs, announcements, invitations, rigging information, fuel tank soundings (forms), and articles.

Arrangement

Arranged by accession number.

  • 44 file units (including 2 logbooks/volumes).
  • 4 drawings, SL-RR-LD Type Air-Cooled Engine
  • Correspondence of William Burgess, Jr. regarding historic ships Alma (scow schooner), Eppleton Hall (tugboat, sidewheel) and others in the Museum's collection.