The collection consists of the business records of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, dating from 1851-1929.
The collection also contains some records of the Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company.
The Pacific Mail Steamship Company was incorporated in 1848 to engage in the steamship business after receiving a contract
from the Unite States government to
provide mail service between Panama and the Oregon coast. The organizer and first president of the company was William H.
The company prospered, expanded its fleet, and began service to Asia in 1867. By the mid-1880s they were sailing to 47 ports
across the Pacific Ocean,
including ports in Central America and Mexico. The Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company, formed in 1874 by western railroad
interests, merged with
Pacific Mail Steamship Company in 1900. The company controlling stock was acquired in 1915 by W.R. Grace & Co., and in 1925
the company's house flag, name,
and goodwill were sold to the Dollar Line.
523 boxes, 1 folder, and 637 volumes
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