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A guide to the Roger D. Lapham photograph collection, 1892-1956
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  • Access
  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Materials

  • Title: Roger D. Lapham photograph collection
    Date: 1892-1956
    Date (bulk): 1915-1945
    Identifier/Call Number: P79-092a (SAFR 23379)
    Creator: Lapham, Roger D. (Roger Dearborn), 1883-1966
    Physical Description: 1328 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Roger D. Lapham photograph collection, 1892-1956, bulk 1915-1945, (SAFR 23379, P79-092a) is comprised mainly of photographs of American-Hawaiian Steamship Company vessels. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

    This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.
    Nitrate negatives are restricted from use. Use-copies can be provided. Glass plate negatives may require special handling by the reference staff.

    Publication and Use Rights

    Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

    Processing Note

    Each photographic image has been assigned an Item number; there are often multiple physical forms of each image (e.g. a nitrate negative, a contact interpositive, and a copy negative) which has been noted in the physical description field.
    The original order does not appear to have been maintained. At some point the negatives were given Item numbers, possibly in order of their densitometry reading when copy negatives were made from the nitrate negatives. When processed in 2013, the Archivist kept the assigned Item numbers, but intellectually arranged the photographs into Series and File Units in an attempt to reunite negatives with similar content.
    In 2013, the Processing Archivist discovered that the photographic images in this collection were previously assigned Item numbers in an inconsistent fashion. For example, in some cases, all forms of an image (negative, print) were assigned one Item number and in other cases, the negative was assigned one Item number and the corresponding print was assigned a different number (usually in the 500-600 Item number range). Sometimes the same Item number was assigned to two different images and other times an "A" and a "B" was used to differentiate between two images assigned the same Item numbers (e.g. 399A, 399B). Also, some Item numbers were not used at all.
    Most of these inconsistencies were rectified during processing in 2013. Photographs with duplicate Item numbers have been assigned their own unique Item number. Multiple physical forms of each image (e.g. negatives, print) have been assigned the same Item number, and now each Item number in the collection represents one unique photographic image.
    The following 638 Item numbers are in use in this collection as of June 2013: 001-008, 011-018, 020-040, 042, 045-048, 051-063, 065-096, 098-108, 110-164, 166-189, 191-223, 225-250, 251A, 251B, 252-258, 259A, 259B, 260-268, 270-272, 274-276, 278-279, 282-286, 289-301, 303-317, 320-321, 326-338, 340-346, 348-351, 353-357, 359-368, 370A, 370B, 371-381, 382A, 382B, 383-394, 397-398, 399A, 399B, 400-405, 407-415, 418-419, 421, 423-439, 441, 443-461, 462A, 462B, 463-469, 471-488, 490, 492-508, 510-516, 518-519, 521-533, 535, 539, 541-543, 545-546, 548-559, 562-582, 587-602, 604-617, 620-622, 624, 626, 627A, 627B, 628-636, 638-641, 644-656, 666-672, 674, 676-680, 685-694, 697, 700-701, 703, 706-707, 709-711, 713-720, 722-725.
    The following 96 Item numbers are not in use in this collection as of June 2013: 009, 010, 019, 041, 043, 044, 049, 050, 064, 097, 109, 165, 190, 224, 269, 273, 277, 280, 281, 287, 288, 302, 318, 319, 322- 325, 339, 347, 352, 358, 369, 395, 396, 406, 416, 417, 420, 422, 440, 442, 470, 489, 491, 509, 517, 520, 534, 536-538, 540, 544, 547, 560, 561, 583-586, 603, 618, 619, 623, 625, 637, 642, 643, 657-665, 673, 675, 681-684, 695, 696, 698, 699, 702, 704, 705, 708, 712, 721.
    According to the accession paperwork, nitrate negatives 001-008, 011-018, 020-040, 042, 045-048, 051-055, 057-063, 065-108,110-164, 166-189, 191-241, 246-252 were duplicated and contact interpositives and safety negatives were made in the 1980s. This was verified in June 2013, with the following caveats: no physical Item(s) could be found for Item 097; Item 145 only contains 1 print; Item 249 only contains 1 print and 1 copy negative; Item 251 only contains 1 print; and Item 252 only contains 1 print. Additionally, it was found that the following Items have nitrate negatives, a contact interpositive and copy negative: 056, 424, 570, 577 and 656.
    According to a note on the accession paperwork written by JM, 22 nitrates were discarded in August 1980. The following 6 nitrate negatives were found in the "nitrate discard box" in June 2013: Items 003, 004, 013, 018, 144, 213. After processing the collection, we added Item 224 to the discard box because it is duplicative material. On August 5, 2013, Items 3, 4, 13, 18, 144, and 213 were moved from the Nitrate Discard box to regular Nitrate Storage by Taylor; Item 224 was kept in the Nitrate Discard box for destruction.
    There were no physical Items found for the following Item numbers, which fall in the range of numbers assigned to nitrate negatives: 009, 010, 019, 041, 043, 044, 049, 050, 064, 097, 109, 165, 190. It is very likely that these 13 Items were nitrate negatives that were discarded in August 1980 (perhaps successfully discarded because they were not found in the nitrate discard box in June 2013). It is unknown where the other 3 nitrate negatives are that were noted as discarded in August 1980.

    Storage:

    • -Negatives: Boxes 1-5, Nitrate Storage
    • -Glass: Box 6
    • -Prints: Boxes 7-11
    Description Notes: Dates refer to when the original photograph was taken. Information about numeric stamps on the back of the photographs has been included in the physical description notes, because in the early 20th century the stamp often signified the customer number. This might help to identify which photographs came from particular people, before they came into Roger Lapham's possession.
    The descriptions in this collection guide were compiled using the best available sources of information. Such sources include the creator's annotations or descriptions, collection accession files, primary and secondary source material and subject matter experts. While every effort was made to provide accurate information, in the event that you find any errors in this guide please contact the reference staff in order for us to evaulate and make corrections to this guide.
    Please cite the title and collection number in any correspondence with our staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], P79-092a (SAFR 23379), Roger D. Lapham photograph collection, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    GOGA-00789
    5SAFR-00001, GOGA-00789: This photograph collection was donated by Roger D. Lapham. It was very likely donated on July 8, 1957 (see SFMM Accession Ledger 226/19) but this could not be confirmed. The collection was formally accessioned on May 18, 1979.
    SAFR-00001 is a blanket accession that was transferred from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in September 1988. GGNRA had previously acquired the collection from the San Francisco Maritime Museum when it became a unit of the National Park Service in 1977.
    GOGA-00789 was transferred from the J. Porter Shaw Library to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in February 1985.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Roger D. Lapham Biography: Roger D. Lapham (1883-1966) was a ship owner and businessman, and was President of American-Hawaiian Steamship Company from 1925-1943. He served as the 32nd Mayor of San Francisco, California, from 1944 to 1948.
    Roger Dearborn Lapham was born on December 6, 1883, in New York City, to Antoinette N. Dearborn Lapham (August 8, 1861-May 16, 1956) and businessman Lewis Henry Lapham (born March 1858). He had three siblings: John H. Lapham (July 1885-August 2, 1956); Elinor Lapham (Ford) (June 22, 1889-March 1, 1983); and Ruth Lapham (Lloyd) (July 30, 1896-October 8, 1984).
    Roger attended Harvard and graduated in 1905 with a major in humanities (Starr, 92). He married Helen B. Abbot (September 13, 1884-June 12, 1975) on October 30, 1907 (Western Edition Notables of the West, 618). They had four children: Lewis Abbott Lapham (March 7, 1909-December 20, 1995); Carol Lapham (Ophula, then Valentine) (June 11, 1910-March 16, 2009); Edna Lapham (Van Oosten) (July 4, 1912-May 24, 1987); and Roger D. Lapham Jr. (1919-2000). Roger was the paternal grandfather of Harper's Magazine editor Lewis H. Lapham, and the maternal uncle of actor Christopher Lloyd.
    Lapham started his career as a cargo checker on the New York waterfront with American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, a company that his maternal grandfather, David Bailey Dearborn, helped to found ("Ex-Mayor Lapham of San Francisco"). In 1909, Roger was the Assistant Secretary of the company, and in the latter part of 1911, he was appointed joint Agent for the company with H. W. Roberts, in charge of the company's Northwestern territory ("Roger Dearborn Lapham," 618). Roger became president of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company in 1925 and served in this position for 18 years ("Ex-Mayor Lapham of San Francisco"). During World War II, Lapham was the industry representative on the National War Labor Board, but resigned to run for Mayor of San Francisco.
    In 1943, Roger agreed to run for Mayor of San Francisco, with the caveat that he would only serve one term. He was elected and served as the 32nd Mayor of San Francisco from 1944-1948 ("Ex-Mayor Lapham of San Francisco"). In April 1945, Lapham presided over the founding of the United Nations at the first meeting of the United Nations Conference on International Organization. The meetings were held at the War Memorial Opera House.
    In July 1946, Lapham increased streetcar fares, which led to a recall election attempt (the first in San Francisco history). The recall was fought by all four daily newspapers and failed by 32,000 votes at a special election. One of Lapham's most controversial propositions as Mayor was his January 27, 1947, message to the Board of Supervisors to "get rid of its cable cars as soon as possible," due to their cost and risk of the cables breaking (Rice). This proposition was met with much resistance from the public and was unsuccessful. That same year, Lapham installed San Francisco's first parking meter (San Francisco City Guides).
    After his term as Mayor, he acted as chief of the post-war Economic Cooperation Administration for China, and later Greece.
    Roger Lapham died in San Francisco at the age of 82 on April 16, 1966.

    Sources:

    • Rice, Walter E. and Val Lupiz. The Cable Car Lady and the Mayor: An Historic Monograph Commissioned by The Friends of the Cable Car Museum. The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. Undated. Retrieved on March 21, 2013, from http://www.sfmuseum.net/hist9/cablecar.html
    • San Francisco City Guides. "How We Almost Lost the Cable Cars." San Francisco City Guides, 2013. Retrieved on March 21, 2013, from http://www.sfcityguides.org/public_guidelines.html?article=1509&submitted=TRUE&srch_text=&submitted2=&topic=Transportation
    • Starr, Kevin. Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Print.
    • "Ex-Mayor Lapham of San Francisco." New York Times (1923-Current file): 29. Apr 18 1966. ProQuest. Web. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
    • "Roger Dearborn Lapham." Western Edition Notables of the West, Vol. I, Page 618, International News Service, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta. 1913. Retrieved on March 21, 2013, from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
    • npmelton/lalap.htm
    • State of California. California, Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics. Helen A Lapham. Place: San Francisco; Date: 12 Jun 1975; Social Security: 572704110. Retrieved on March 21, 2013, from Ancestry.com
    • Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration. Lewis A. Lapham. Source Citation: Number: 558-09-8424; Issue State: California; Issue Date: Before 1951. Retrieved on March 21, 2013, from Ancestry.com
    • United States Obituary Collection about Carol Lapham Valentine. Source Citation: Newspaper: Santa Barbara News-Press; Publication Date: 21 Mar 2009; Publication Place: Santa Barbara, CA, USA. Retrieved on March 21, 2013, from Ancestry.com
    American-Hawaiian Steamship Company History: The American-Hawaiian Steamship Company was formed in 1899 after several shipping firms merged to own and operate a line of steamers between New York, San Francisco, and Hawaii. The company pioneered the building of modern large steam freighters, introduced oil-fired boilers, and opened the combination steamer-railroad route across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico (Cochran, 343). Intercoastal service was suspended in March 1953 and in 1956, the fleet was sold and disposed of.
    In 1899, the New York shipping agency Dearborn and Company (George S. Dearborn and his cousin Henry Estep Dearborn Jackson were partners of this company) amalgamated with Flint & Co., and became Flint, Dearborn & Co. They formed the American-Hawaiian Steam Navigation Company on March 7, 1899, and changed the name to the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company on May 18, 1899 (Pruner).
    The American-Hawaiian Steamship Company had seven directors: George S. "Dearborn and his partner Henry Jackson; Wallace Flint and W.D. Burnham of Flint and Company; Andronicus Chesebrough and Oscar Sewall of Williams, Dimond and Company; and James H. Post of the National Sugar Refining Company. Dearborn was elected president, Flint the first vice president and treasurer, Chesebrough second vice president, Jackson secretary, and Burnham manager" (Cochran, 345). "Flint, Dearborn and Company became General Agents at New York with Williams, Dimond and Company, General Agents for the Pacific Coast. " Mr. H.E.D. Jackson became Traffic Manager, building up the new steamer service" (Pruner).
    In 1900, George Dearborn's brother-in-law, Lewis H. Lapham, purchased Charles R. Flint's interest and the name Flint, Dearborn and Co. was changed to Dearborn and Lapham (Pruner). "In the American-Hawaiian home office there was a smooth-functioning division of responsibility. Dearborn formulated the general strategy of the company, planned for its long-term growth, and coordinated the work of the various departments. Henry Jackson supervised relations with the shippers, especially those of general cargo, and with the other East Coast agencies. Lapham was the chief authority on finance. Operations were under the charge of ... William Dickson Burnham" (Cochran, 346-347).
    The first four ships of the American-Hawaiian line were CALIFORNIAN (built 1900; freighter), built at Union Iron Works in San Francisco, and AMERICAN (built 1900; freighter), HAWAIIAN (built 1900; freighter), and OREGONIAN (built 1901; freighter), which were built at the Roach Shipyard in Chester, Pennsylvania (Colcord, 77).
    One of the early innovations of the company was the development of the Lassoe-Lovekin oil burner in the early 1900s, which saved money and shortened the sailing time of the vessels. The burner was developed by American-Hawaiian's Marine Engineer Valdemar Lassoe and Luther D. Lovekin of the New York Shipbuilding Company. The burner was first installed in 1902 in the freighters NEVADAN (built 1902; freighter) and NEBRASKAN (built 1902; freighter), and was very successful (Cochran, 349). "The Lassoe-Lovekin oil burner revolutionized the industry and made possible the 50 day journeys [around Cape Horn using the Straits of Magellan] which caught the attention of the U.S. Navy, convincing them to convert their fleet to oil burners" ("Who was Captain Burnham," 2).
    On May 9, 1905, American-Hawaiian Steamship Company signed a contract with the Tehuantepec National Railway, in which it agreed to abandon the Straits of Magellan route and ship all cargoes across Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico by rail (Cochran, 353). When American political troubles with Mexico closed that route, American-Hawaiian returned to the Straits of Magellan route. The Panama Canal opened for traffic in August 1914 and American-Hawaiian began routing its ships via this passage (Ships of The American-Hawaiian Steamship Co.).
    "When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, about 25 percent of the deadweight tonnage of large sea-going freighters under U.S. registry was owned by American-Hawaiian" (Cochran and Ginger, 343). After America entered the War, 18 American-Hawaiian ships were requisitioned by the government (Colcord, 217). After WWI, American-Hawaiian Steamship Company "never returned to the Hawaiian run, which had been so instrumental in its early prosperity and growth... After 1918, public policy became the crucial factor [for its effectiveness], and many government actions altered the situation in intercoastal trade" (Cochran, 363).
    In May 1920, George S. Dearborn died and was succeeded by his son, Henry Dearborn. In March 1923, Henry resigned and was succeeded by Gary W. Cook, who transferred the company's headquarters from New York to San Francisco. He also established company offices at most of the ports where vessels of the company called, stressed the importance of giving a dependable schedule, set shipping dates months in advance, and appointed Thomas G. Plant as Operating Manager (The Story of American-Hawaiian, 5). After two years as president, Cook resigned to become Chairman of the Board. In 1925, Roger Lapham became president of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company and served in this position for 18 years ("American-Hawaiian Steamship Co. History"; "Ex-Mayor Lapham of San Francisco").
    In February 1928, American-Hawaiian and Matson Navigation Company jointly purchased 21 vessels from the U.S. Government and organized the Oceanic & Oriental Navigation Company (O&O), which was "created to take over the operation of [U.S.] government-owned freighters in trans-Pacific service from the financially troubled Swayne and Hoyt Company" (McMillan). Matson managed the ships operating from California to Australia and New Zealand, while the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company operated the ships going to China (McMillan). The flag was a red-white-blue horizontal tricolor with the initials O&O in black on the center stripe. The company operated until 1938, at which time the vessels were dispersed between the two companies.
    In April 1929, American-Hawaiian purchased seven vessels from the Williams Line and organized the Williams Steamship Corporation, which operated in the South Atlantic Intercoastal Service as a "B" Line (Pruner). Williams Steamship Corporation vessels provided "regular freight service between Pacific Coast ports and the South Atlantic ports of Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, South Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina, Savannah and Jacksonville, with Eastbound service to Puerto Rico (The Story of American-Hawaiian, 6).
    During WWII, the company operated many Liberty and Victory ships under the War Shipping Administration. "In 1942, the United States Government requisitioned the entire fleet for the war effort and once again the intercoastal trade became dormant. In the late fall of 1945, American-Hawaiian reestablished its intercoastal service, handling a fleet of vessels as General Agents for the War Shipping Administration - later the United States Maritime Commission. In the summer of 1947, this arrangement was discontinued by the Commission, and the Company [employed] vessels chartered from the Government on a bareboat basis" (American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, 1). Roger's son, Lewis A. Lapham, became the company's last president in 1947.
    Intercoastal service was suspended in March 1953 due to growing operating costs. "A very bitter takeover battle ensued in 1955 until [Daniel] Ludwig gained majority control [of American-Hawaiian]... In 1956, Ludwig sold off or otherwise disposed of the fleet of American-Hawaiian, the company henceforth surviving as a real estate venture but still retaining some of the tax advantages steamship companies enjoyed" (De La Pedraja Tomaan, 241).

    Sources:

    • American-Hawaiian Steamship Company. "American-Hawaiian Steamship Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary." American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, 1949. [SFMNHP, HE753 A38 pam]
    • Cochran, Thomas C. and Ray Ginger. "The American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, 1899-1919." The Business History Review, vol. 28, no. 4 (Dec., 1954), pp. 343-365. Published by: The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved on March 22, 2013, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/3111801
    • Colcord, Lincoln. History of American-Hawaiian Steamship Co. Unpublished manuscript, circa 1940-1945.
    • De La Pedraja Tomaan, Rene. The Rise and Decline of U.S. Merchant Shipping in the Twentieth Century. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992. Print.
    • McMillan, Joe. "Oceanic and Oriental Navigation Co". House Flags of U.S. Shipping Companies. FOTW Flags of the World. November 7, 2001. Retrieved on March 28, 2013, from http://www.fotw.us/flags/us
    • hfo.html#oceanandoriental
    • Pruner, J. M. "History of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company by periods 1899 to 1936 inclusive: Williams Steamship Corporation and the Oceanic & Oriental Navigation Company." December 1929; April 1937 [SFMNHP, HE753 A38 pam]
    • "American-Hawaiian Steamship Co. History." Typescript, 3 pages [SFMNHP, HE753 A38 pam]
    • "Ex-Mayor Lapham of San Francisco." New York Times (1923-Current file): 29. April 18 1966. Retrieved on March 21, 2013, from ProQuest.
    • "Ships of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Co. " Seattle" COASTERS & OTHER SHIPS REVIVED. November 20, 2011. Retrieved on March 25, 2013, from http://7seasvessels.com/?p=57086
    • "The Story of American-Hawaiian." July 1936. [SFMNHP, S.HE753.A38 pam]
    • "Who was Captain Burnham?" Official Web Site for the Town of Bridgewater, Connecticut. Bulletin, 2011. Retrieved on March 25, 2013, from http://www.bridgewatertownhall.org/_fileCabinet/bulletin/2011/captainburnham.pdf

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Roger D. Lapham photograph collection, 1892-1956, bulk 1915-1945, (SAFR 23379, P79-092a) is comprised mainly of photographs of American-Hawaiian Steamship Company vessels. The collection has been processed to the Item level and is open for use.
    The collection primarily contains photographs of American-Hawaiian Steamship Company vessels and captains, 1915-1945. There are 638 unique photographic images, in 1328 physical forms (234 nitrate negatives, 234 contact interpositives, 241 copy negatives, 41 safety negatives, 4 glass plate negatives, 559 black-and-white photographic prints, 7 black-and-white photographic postcards, 8 color photomechanical postcards).
    There are photographs of vessels that American-Hawaiian owned throughout the company's existence, including ALABAMAN (built 1921; freighter), AMERICAN (built 1916; freighter), ARIZONAN (built 1902; freighter), CAROLINIAN (built 1921; freighter), HONOLULAN (built 1921; freighter), MISSOURIAN (built 1922; freighter), OHIOAN (built 1914; freighter), TEXAN (built 1902; freighter) and VIRGINIAN (built 1903; freighter), as well as many others. The vessels are underway, at dock, and under repair.
    The collection also contains some photographs of vessels owned and operated by the Oceanic & Oriental Navigation Company (O&O), a company jointly owned and operated by American-Hawaiian and Matson Navigation Company from 1928-1937, and some of vessels owned and operated by Williams Steamship Corporation Line, which American-Hawaiian established in 1929.
    The vessels are shown in the California locations of Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay, and Wilmington. Locations in the United States outside of California include Florida (Jacksonville); Hawaii (Kahului); Maryland (Baltimore, Point Breeze); Massachusetts (Boston); New Jersey (Port Newark); New York; Oregon (Portland, Seattle, on the Columbia River, on the Willamette River); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); South Carolina (Charleston); and Washington (Bellingham, Longview, South Bend). Foreign locations include: Chile (Straits of Magellan); China (Amoy, Hankou); France (Saint-Nazaire); Japan (Yokohama, Uma Shima Point); Panama (Panama Canal); and the Philippines (Cebu). There are also many photographs of vessels taken in unidentified locations.
    Additionally, there are photographs of people, including American-Hawaiian Captains, Chief Engineers and Operating Managers, Naval Commodores, and one photograph of Roger Lapham (Item 328). There are also photographs of cargo stacked in pier sheds, on piers and on board vessels, and men handling the cargo.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is physically arranged in Item number order (which reflects a numbering scheme imposed by previous SFMNHP staff). The collection has been intellectually arranged into two Series: Series 1: Vessels; Series 2: People, cargo and other photographs. Series 1 is further subdivided into 73 File Units, arranged alphabetically by vessel name. Series 2 is further arranged into three Subseries, and arranged into File Units within each of these Subseries.

    Series List:

    • Series 1: Vessels, 1892-1956 (bulk 1910-1945)
    • Series 2: People, cargo and other photographs, circa 1900s- early 1950s (bulk 1930s)
    • Subseries 2.1: American-Hawaiian Masters, employees and buildings, circa 1900s-1940s (bulk 1930s)
    • Subseries 2.2: Cargo, circa 1920s-1940s
    • Subseries 2.3: Other photographs, circa 1900s-early 1950s

    Related Materials

    Roger D. Lapham photograph album, circa 1930s. SFMNHP, (SAFR 15281, P79-026a (SCR 26)). 1 photograph album containing photographs illustrating the operations of the Oceanic and Oriental Navigation Company in the case oil trade in Asia. The photographer(s) are unknown. Contains views of the office headquarters, shipping activities and company vessels. Primarily views of GOLDEN PEAK (built 1919; freighter) but also includes: GOLDEN DRAGON (built 1921; freighter); GOLDEN HORN (built 1919; freighter); GOLDEN MOUNTAIN (built 1920; freighter); GOLDEN TIDE (built 1919; freighter); and GOLDEN WALL (built 1920; freighter). Also includes several photographs of Captain Bruun in 1937.
    Roger D. Lapham collection, 1851-1975, bulk 1900-1935. SFMNHP, (SAFR 8144, HDC 711). Consists of documents pertaining to the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, the Tehuantepec National Railway Company and the Merchant Marine.
    Researchers should note that there are other books and collections in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park that relate to individual American-Hawaiian Steamship Company vessels depicted in the Roger D. Lapham photograph collection. Researchers can search the Park's web catalog for more information. See also the Park's CLASSIFIED photograph collection.
    • This material is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Records of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, 1901-1975. Huntington Library, (mssAmerican Hawaiian Steamship). The collection consists of business records related to the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, including circular letters to masters, reports on finances and operations, information on construction of ships, sale of ships, and the final end of service in 1953. Persons represented in the collection include: Dearborn Clark, John E. Cushing, Edward P. Farley, Lewis Abbot Lapham, Roger Dearborn Lapham, and Walter S. McPherson.
    • This material is located at Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cargo ships
    Merchant ships
    Merchant ships--United States--History--20th century
    Coastwise Shipping
    Coastwise shipping--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
    Shipping--Pacific Coast (North America)--History--Pictorial works
    Shipwrecks--California
    Cargo handling
    Ships--California--San Francisco--Pictorial works
    Marine photography
    Ship captains
    Crew portraits
    Lapham, Roger D. (Roger Dearborn), 1883-1966
    American-Hawaiian Steamship Company
    Moore Dry Dock Company
    Alabaman (built 1921; freighter)
    American (built 1916; freighter)
    Arizonan (built 1902; freighter)
    Arizonan (built 1920; freighter)
    Californian (built 1922; freighter)
    Carolinian (built 1921; freighter)
    Columbian (built 1913; freighter)
    Floridian (built 1915; freighter)
    Floridian (built 1921; freighter)
    Golden Horn (built 1919; freighter)
    Golden Peak (built 1919; freighter)
    Golden Wall (built 1920; freighter)
    Hawaiian (built 1919; freighter)
    Henry Dearborn (built 1942; cargo vessel: Liberty ship)
    Honolulan (built 1921; freighter)
    Iowan (built 1914; freighter)
    Kansan (built 1918; freighter)
    Mexican (built 1906; freighter)
    Minnesotan (built 1912; freighter)
    Missourian (built 1922; freighter)
    Ohioan (built 1914; freighter)
    Oregonian (built 1917; freighter)
    Panaman (built 1913; freighter)
    Pennsylvanian (built 1913; freighter)
    Texan (built 1902; freighter)
    Virginian (built 1903; freighter)
    San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Oakland and San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay (Calif.)--Harbor
    Oakland (Calif.)
    Wilmington (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles Harbor (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Pacific Coast (Calif.)
    Pacific Coast (Or.)
    Portland (Or.)
    Seattle (Wash.)
    Washington (State)
    Panama Canal (Panama)
    Black-and-white negatives
    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Gelatin silver prints
    Cellulose nitrate film
    Interpositives
    Photographic postcards
    Picture postcards
    Glass negatives