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Finding Aid to the Moore Dry Dock Photograph Albums
BANC PIC 2014.036  
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Moore Dry Dock photograph albums
    Creator: Moore Dry Dock Company
    Creator: Gabriel Moulin Studios
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 2014.036
    Physical Description: 8883 photographs in 41 albums and 2 folders : gelatin silver prints ; prints approximately 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 format)
    Date (bulk): 1912-1969, bulk 1915-1959
    Abstract: Ship repair, shipbuilding, and other structural steel building activities at Moore Dry Dock and Moore Shipbuilding in Oakland, California.
    Physical Location: Many Bancroft Library collections are stored off-site and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted to The Bancroft Library. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Moore Dry Dock photograph albums were a gift of the JAM Liquidating Trust, 2013.


    Arranged by the library in three series, chiefly to reduce confusion caused by duplicate volume numbers (now listed as Series 2). Albums contain photographs covering specified chronological periods. Nearly all photographs bear unique item numbers apparently assigned by the photographer. Some numbers are skipped, and it is therefore assumed the numbers functioned as the photographer's negative file numbers and that not all negatives were selected for printing. Volume numbers are original and are printed on album spines.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Moore & Scott Iron Works of San Francisco (a partnership of brothers Robert S. Moore and Joseph A. Moore, with John Thomas Scott) acquired dry docks in Oakland in 1909. In 1917 the company became the Moore Shipbuilding Company and was renamed in 1922 as the Moore Dry Dock Company.The dry docks closed in 1961.


    Volume descriptions in this finding aid are not complete. Only highlights were noted, such as ships under construction or repair that had a significant number of images present. All photographs have dates and caption information along their lower edge, providing significant detail that has not been transcribed in this guide.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Moore Dry Dock photograph albums, BANC PIC 2014.036, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed at the album level in 2018.

    Content Description

    Ship repair, shipbuilding, and other structural steel building activities at Moore Dry Dock and Moore Shipbuilding in Oakland, with some views elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes construction progress photographs, ships under repair, workers, launchings, launching sponsors and visiting dignitaries, construction of parts of steel bridges (caissons and steel frames, for example), and other industrial construction. Photographs are arranged chronologically and date from 1912 through the First World War, through the Great Depression and the Second World War and through the 1950s. One album (ser.3 v.1) bears the title "When the bay is bridged" within the first photograph: a composite photograph of an artist's rendering of the Bay Bridge. This album documents Moore Dry Dock Company's role in early construction phases, with 82 photographs dating from June to November, 1933. Photographs throughout are chiefly by Gabriel Moulin and Moulin Studios of San Francisco.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Shipbuilding -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Photographs
    Steel industry and trade -- California -- Oakland -- Photographs
    Dry docks
    Bridges--Design and construction--California.
    Iron and steel bridges
    Gabriel Moulin Studios
    Moore Dry Dock Company
    Moore Dry Dock Company -- Photographs
    Moore Shipbuilding Company
    Moore & Scott Iron Works