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A guide to the John Thomas Scott business papers and plans, 1888-1921
HDC0126 (SAFR 15793)  
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  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: John Thomas Scott business papers and plans
    Date: 1888-1921
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0126 (SAFR 15793)
    Creator: Scott, John T.
    Physical Description: 121.7 linear ft.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The John Thomas Scott business papers and plans (SAFR 15793, HDC 126) consists largely of technical data on shipbuilding and heavy machinery manufacturing compiled by John T. Scott during the course of his career as a marine engineer and plant superintendent with San Francisco Bay Area shipyards. The collection is composed of records from the three companies he worked for: Union Iron Works, Moore & Scott Iron Works and the Pacific Coast Shipbuilding Company. There are seven series are composed from the found groupings of materials: Correspondence, Subjects, Reports, Projects, Notebooks, Ephemera and Vessel Plans. A more detailed finding aid is available through the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Research Center. 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

    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], HDC0126 (SAFR 15793), John Thomas Scott business papers and plans, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    SAFR-02202.6
    This collection was transferred from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    John Thomas Scott was born in 1864 or 1865. The place of his birth not known, but it is likely San Francisco. His uncles were Henry Tiffany Scott and Irving Murray Scott, the owners of the Union Iron Works in San Francisco's Potrero district. John was a marine engineer by profession, and followed his uncles into the family business, becoming a superintendent of the works in 1895. He managed operations at this famous shipyard for 11 years until he left in 1905 to begin his own business, in partnership with Robert S. and Joseph A. Moore. The Moore & Scott Iron Works commenced operation in 1905 at Hunter's Point, in San Francisco, then moved in 1909 to the site of W.A. Boole's old yard on the shore of the Oakland Estuary. Moore & Scott was a very successful operation, which continued to thrive under the name of Moore Drydock Company after Scott sold his interests in late 1917. Scott's next venture was the short-lived Pacific Coast Shipbuilding Company, which he established in 1918 in partnership with his uncle Henry at Bay Point, California (present day Port Chicago) to take advantage of the World War I shipbuilding boom. Scott lived in San Francisco until 1909, subsequently in Burlingame, and finally by the side of Lake Merritt in Oakland. He died at the age of 96 in March of 1960.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The John Thomas Scott business papers and plans (SAFR 15793, HDC 126) consists largely of technical data on shipbuilding and heavy machinery manufacturing compiled by John T. Scott during the course of his career as a marine engineer and plant superintendent with San Francisco Bay Area shipyards. The collection is composed of records from the three companies he worked for: Union Iron Works, Moore & Scott Iron Works and the Pacific Coast Shipbuilding Company. There are seven series are composed from the found groupings of materials: Correspondence, Subjects, Reports, Projects, Notebooks, Ephemera and Vessel Plans. A more detailed finding aid is available through the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Research Center. The collection is available for research use without restriction.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in 7 series as follows:
    Series 1 - Correspondence consists of documents addressed or routed to Scott in his personal or business capacity, organized alphabetically by originator or client.
    Series 2 - Subject files of memoranda and information sent to Scott from unattributed sources kept for informational purposes, organized alphabetically.
    Series 3 - Reports of in-depth studies on marine engineering.
    Series 4 - Project files of Scott's or one his firms, organized alphabetically by vessel or client name.
    Series 5 - Notebooks contain a variety of information on shore-side steam machinery and mining equipment compiled by Scott for use while making visits to clients.
    Series 6 - Ephemera contains printed material including launching invitations, catalogs, title pages of engineering journals and monographs collected by Scott.
    Series 7 - Vessel Plans are organized alphabetically by vessel name, vessel type, equipment or part name.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Shipbuilding--California--San Francisco
    Scott, John T.
    Correspondence
    Architectural drawings--Marine
    Marine engineers