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A guide to the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company records of Roger D. Lapham, 1914-1952
HDC1744 (SAFR 24680)  
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American-Hawaiian Steamship Company records of Roger D. Lapham (HDC1744 SAFR24680) includes newprint and magazine clippings of articles and images, telegrams, official and other correspondence including unsolicited information from passengers, and ephemeral items such as a business card and a vessel schedule card. The collection dates inclusively are 1914 to 1952 but the bulk falls between 1940 and 1942. Some of the files seemed to be for accumulating photographs of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company vessels although no photographs are present in these materials. Among these same vessel files are telegrams that report torpedoed vessels, personnel lost and salvage efforts. There is also a typescript by Lorena Reed Protheroe and correspondence between her and Lapham from 1932 to 1937. The typescript is titled "Betsy Crosby: Cape Horner." See History for a biography of Protheroe. The collection is available for research use.
American-Hawaiian Steamship Company was founded in 1899. The company was a major carrier for intercoastal trade. The immediate predecessor to American-Hawaiian was the California Line of 1855, comprised of clipper ships. Roger D. Lapham (1883-1966) was a ship owner and executive, and was President of American-Hawaiian Steamship Company from 1925-1943. He served as the 32nd Mayor of San Francisco, California from 1944 to 1948. Lt. Lorena Reed Protheroe (1895-1974) was born in Maine to Captain Charles H. and May Hutchinson Reed. Captain Reed voyaged with his family in the square-riggers of the East Indies Trade.
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