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Matthew Joseph Walsh Collection
Collection # 42  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Matthew Joseph Walsh Collection
    Dates: 1866-1960, (bulk 1920 – 1950)
    Collection Number: Collection # 42
    Creator/Collector: Matthew Joseph Walsh Helen Walsh Matthew Gorry Frank Garbutt Garbutt & Walsh Boat Yard
    Extent: 7 cu. ft.
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    Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum
    Abstract: Contains news clippings, photographic prints and negatives, an original manuscript, journal and newspaper articles. Business correspondence, although fragmentary, was kept between 1928-1954.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director

    Publication Rights

    Copyright restrictions apply.

    Preferred Citation

    Matthew Joseph Walsh Collection. Los Angeles Maritime Museum

    Acquisition Information

    Collection was gifted to the Museum in 2006.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Matthew Joseph Walsh was born in Little Canso, Nova Scotia in 1866. From the age of twelve, he worked with and spent most of his time on sailboats and yachts until his retirement in 1948. He died in San Pedro at the age of 94 in 1960. The story of his life, yacht racing and boat building business in the Los Angeles Harbor is also found in an article by Thomas Skahill in Maritime Life and Traditions, 2005.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection depicts the life and career of Matthew Joseph Walsh, 1866-1960. Walsh was a yachtsman skilled at racing who also built yachts, fulfilled Navy and Coast Guard contracts and performed ships’ repairs at his shipways, Garbutt & Walsh Boat Yard, on Terminal Island between 1910 and 1950. News clippings, photographic prints and negatives, an original manuscript, journal and newspaper articles, and business correspondence detailing the life of Matt Walsh are contained in the collection. Business correspondence in this collection intermittently covers the dates between 1928 and 1954 for the firm, Garbutt & Walsh Boat Yard. Four (4) CDs (compact discs) contain digital scans of select images were also donated with this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    boatbuilders
    ferries
    schooners
    yachtsmen
    yacht racing
    Matthew Joseph Walsh, 1866-1960
    Garbutt & Walsh Boat Yard (firm)
    San Pedro Bay (Calif: Bay)
    photographic prints
    film negatives
    news clippings
    autobiography

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