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Finding Aid to the Don Mcpherson Postcard Collection, 1906-1950
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  • Summary

    Title: Don McPherson postcard collection,
    Date: 1906-1950
    Collection No: P05-018
    Creator: McPherson, Don

    Extent: 31 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
    Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, California 94123
    Abstract: The postcard collection consists primarily of views of west coast United States of America seaports and views of marine vessels.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Eureka (built 1890; paddle ferry)

    Photography of ships

    Harbors--United States

    Mooring of ships



    Photographic prints

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Access Information

    Condition Restrictions

    There are no restrictions based on the condition of this material. However, you should be aware that access to collection material is always at the discretion of NPS curatorial staff if the condition warrants restricting the access and handling of the collection items at any time.

    Conditions of Use

    The San Francisco Maritime NHP possesses physical property rights through ownership of the materials. However, copyright may reside with the individual or corporate body responsible for the creation of the materials, or with their heirs. It is the user's responsibility to respect the provisions of the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission to reproduce or publish from this collection must be secured by the user from the copyright holders.
    Preferred Citation
    [Item title or description including date]. Don McPherson postcard collection, P05-018. [Location within collection organization identified by container number, series number, file unit number, or item number]. Historic Documents Department, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Processing/Project Information

    Processing and Cataloging
    Processed by Charles Miller and completed 4/27/2005.
    ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20706.

    The collection is cataloged in the National Park Service (NPS) Automated National Catalog System (ANCS+). A portion of the ANCS+ catalog record can be viewed on the NPS Museum Collections on the Web Catalog by searching on the catalog number 20706 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information


    This finding aid does not have an agency history, biography, or historical note.

    Custodial History

    The items were donated to the San Francisco Maritime Museum by Don McPherson, some items on February 4, 1965 and others on March 7, 1966. The materials were accessioned into the National Park Service when the museum was made a unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA-735) and then were transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after the establishment of the new park in 1989 (SAFR-1).


    Accession number SAFR-00001.

    Administrative Information

    Scope and Content

    The postcard collection consists primarily of views of west coast United States of America seaports and views of marine vessels.
    There are 29 postcards, 1 small map, and 1 photographic print. The bulk of the postcards are color lithographs, and are dated from ca. 1906 to ca. 1928. There is one color postcard, of the ferry EUREKA, dated ca. 1950.
    20 of the postcards are of port cities. These include: Astoria, OR (1); Catalina, CA (2); Nagoya, Japan (1); Portland, OR (3); San Pedro, CA (3); San Francisco, CA (7); Sausalito, CA (1); Tacoma, WA (2). One of the San Francisco cards was sent to Oakland, and has writing on the back in either Chinese or Japanese.
    The remaining nine cards are of vessels, none of which is repeated. The vessels are: a generic life boat, a generic sloop, ASAMA MARU (built 1929; passenger vessel), EMPRESS, MINNESORA (battleship), RHODE ISLAND (battleship), SURGING HOME FROM CALIFORNIA (clipper ship), TABORA (passenger vessel), VASHON ONE (passenger vessel), and a packet of 16 photographs of U.S. Pacific Fleet ships, published by Edward H. Mitchell. A small map shows the route of the INDIANAPOLIS and CHIPPEWA between Seattle and Tacoma. The photographic print is labeled on the back: "Steamer IMPERATOR entering New York on her maiden trip."


    Arranged alphabetically by port city, then alphabetically by vessel name, if known.