98 photographs (1 album containing 92 photographs, 6 loose prints of various sizes ranging from 8 x 10 in. to 8 x 14 in.)
Scope and Content Note
Items 1-98. Photograph Album:
Items 1-92: 1 photograph album of headshot portraits of San Francisco Yacht Club members photographed by Otto H. Boye of San
Francisco, approximately 1933. Photographs of men and one boy. "San Francisco Yacht Club" and "By Boye" are embossed on the
cover. Several of the album pages have "Boye" embossed on them. Photographs are 6.25 x 8.75 inches each, printed on 9.5 x
14 inch album pages. Some have annotations on the back of the page, which were likely done by Boye. Annotations occur in different
combinations: numbers (all five-digits long, in this form: 54###); names, mostly surnames but sometimes included are initials
or first names; and "Yacht," or "S. F. Yacht." It appears as though some individuals signed their name on the page near their
photograph. The following signatures are in the album: Commodore Cliff Smith (Commodore in 1926 and 1933), Edgar M. Nelson,
Wm. A La Violette, Robert M. Gunn, and [Herber] Hanley. In the instance of Commodore Smith's signed photograph, the name written
on the back of
the page ("Cohen") does not match the name on the front ("Commodore Cliff Smith"). Other names that appeared on the back of
the pages (more than just surnames) are L. Baer, G.C. Boardman, M.R. Gibbons, M. Green, B. Hamlin, F. Homer, and D. Lewison.
Loose photographic prints:
- Item 93: Aerial view of Belvedere Cove, California, circa 1900-1920. There are annotations and a caption on the front of the
print; "Clifford A. Smith" and "Gabriel Moulin Studios" are stamped on the back. 1 black-and-white photographic print, 8 x
- Item 94: FRISCO STAR (yacht) underway in the San Francisco Bay, California, view off starboard quarter, full sail, circa 1920-1930.
Two unidentified men are visible on board, one most likely Clifford Smith. "Frisco Star" is written on the front and "Clifford
Smith" and another indecipherable name are written on the back. Smith introduced the Star class in 1923. 1 black-and-white
photographic print, 9 x 12 in.
- Item 95: Unidentified lumber dock, circa 1920-1930. Lumber is piled on a dock with a barge or other work vessel on the other
side of the dock. What appears to be a Marin County coast is visible in the background. 1 black-and-white photographic print,
6 x 9 in.
- Item 96: Portrait of eleven members of the San Francisco Yacht Club wearing suits, standing behind the [I. A.] Perpetual Trophy,
circa 1930. 1 black-and-white photographic print, 8 x 10 in., affixed to cardboard of the same size.
- Item 97: Men working on the exterior of the San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere Cove, California, circa 1934. Two men are
sitting, one is on a ladder and another is carrying a bucket. There is neither trim nor rails on the docks surrounding the
building, most likely placing this photograph at the time of the building's construction. This view is similar to that of
Item 98. 1 black-and-white photographic print, 7 x 10 in.
- Item 98: Side view of the San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere Cove, California, circa 1930s-1960s. There are people sitting
outside in a seating area and several men are leaning over looking at something on a dock in the foreground. "S. F. Yacht
Club 5-29-74" is written on the back of the print (this is the date that the materials were donated to the SF Maritime Museum
by the SFYC). This view is similar to that of Item 97. 1 black-and-white photographic print, 8.5 x 14 in. "Photographed by
Will Geisman; Credit Appreciated" stamped on the back and "S. F. Yacht Club 5-29-74" written on the back of the print.
Some of the photographs in this series are related to Clifford A. Smith, who was active in the SFYC during the early part
of the 20th century, and was elected Commodore of the SFYC in 1926 and 1933. According to a history of the San Francisco Yacht
Club written for its 100th Anniversary, Smith worked as a law research clerk for the Market Street Railway. (This biographical
information was taken from the P06-012 (SAFR 20934) catalog record, written by SFMNHP staff member Charles Miller.)