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Inventory of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park holdings of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper photographs, ca. 1915-1965
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park holdings of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper photographs,
    Date: ca. 1915-1965
    Collection: P82-019A
    Creator: San Francisco Call.

    San Francisco Call Bulletin.

    San Francisco News-Call Bulletin.

    News-Call Bulletin.
    Extent: 5,346 photographic prints and 251 negatives.
    Abstract: This collection chiefly consists of photographic prints from the shipping and maritime-related files of The News-Call Bulletin and its predecessors, The Call Bulletin and The Call, which were daily newspapers of San Francisco, Calif.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.).
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, California 94123
    Physical location: Historic Documents Department.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    Collection is open for research in the reading room of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department and J. Porter Shaw Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. All requests for permission to publish materials must be submitted in writing to the Supervisory Archivist. 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. Any permission for publication granted is given on behalf of the holding institution as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the user.

    Preferred Citation

    P82-019A. [photo number], San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper Photographs, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.


    The Maritime photographs from The San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper photograph archive were donated to the National Park Service National Maritime Museum, a unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, by the San Francisco Public Library on February 24, 1982. The photographs were transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park when it was established as a separate park in June 27, 1988. They had been part of the files (or "photograph morgue") of The San Francisco News-Call Bulletin, which were given to the public library after the newspaper was merged with The San Francisco Examiner in 1965.
    For more information, see the Provenance Note and Historical Note in the finding aid for entire dispersed collection.

    Scope and Content Note

    The bulk of these photographs, used to illustrate news stories on maritime subjects, date from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. Earlier images, dating to the 1890's, are occasionally found, but in the form of later copy photographs. The majority of images are from news agencies or wire services, together with some by local staff photographers. They include photographs of shipwrecks, strandings, vessel launchings, waterfront activities, yacht races, small boat voyages, shipbuilding, and wartime military activiities (chiefly during World War Two and the Korean War.) Documentary information was found in the form of typed or printed captions or newsclippings originally attached to the images. Emphasis is upon maritime activities of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Maritime history.
    San Francisco (Calif.).
    Marine photographs.
    Photographic prints.
    Photojournalism--California--San Francisco.

    Related Collections

    Additional related collections are held by several San Francisco Bay Area institutions. An overview of this material is available as an archival finding aid for the dispersed photograph and clippings morgues of The Call Bulletin, The News-Call Bulletin, and The San Francisco News, of which the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park holdings are a part. This collective finding aid is also available as part of the Online Archive of California. These institutions are:
    • The Bancroft Library
      • University of California, Berkeley
      • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
      • Phone: (510) 642-6481
      • Fax: (510) 642-7589
      • Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
      • URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BANC/  
      • Electronic Finding Aid
    • San Francisco History Center
      • San Francisco Public Library
      • Civic Center
      • San Francisco, CA 94102
      • (415) 557-4567
      • URL: http://sfpl.lib.ca.us 
      • Electronic Finding Aid
    • The National Maritime Museum Association
      • USS Pampanito
      • P.O. Box 470310
      • San Francisco, CA 94147-0310
      • (415) 775-1943
    • US Navy Museum at Treasure Island
      • [No contact information available. Museum has been closed and disposition of collections is under review, Spring 1999.]