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Shanghai Steam Navigation Co. Photograph Album
Bernath Mss 47  
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Shanghai Steam Navigation Co. Photograph Album,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1860s-1875
    Collection Number: Bernath Mss 47
    Creator: Shanghai Steam Navigation Co.
    Extent: .3 linear feet (1 oversize box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur Oversize
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Shanghai Steam Navigation Co. Photograph Album. Bernath Mss 47. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 2003.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Leatherbound photograph album with 125 cartes-de-visite (cdv) and 6 cabinet size cards, including a signed and dated cdv of Rutherford B. Hayes. Mainly images of employees, their wives and children, and people associated with the Shanghai Steam Navigation Co., formed by Russell & Company in 1862, which became the leader in the American China trade and major importer of opium into China. By 1874 Shanghai Steam Navigation Co. had 17 steamships, the largest fleet in Shanghai. In 1877 the company was sold to China Merchant's Steam Navigation Company and the American share of Chinese shipping dropped dramatically.