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A guide to the Al Graves collection of West Coast vessel photographs, circa 1860s-1965
P96-045 (SAFR 23146)  
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Description
The Al Graves collection of West Coast vessel photographs, circa 1860s-1965, (SAFR 23146, P96-045) is comprised mainly of photographs of vessels in the San Francisco Bay Area and other locations on the Pacific West Coast, and several waterfront views of various harbors and cities. Vessel types include cargo vessels, passenger vessels, general merchant vessels, and United States government vessels. The collection has been processed to the item level and is open for use without restrictions.
Background
During the mid-20th century, a community of photographers and historians in the San Francisco Bay area were interested in railroads and other forms of transportation. These friends and colleagues shared photographs with each other while building their own collections. Al Graves was a part of this community and there is a strong possibility that some of the photographs in this collection (that were in Al Graves' possession) were taken by, or given to him by, some of his colleagues, family and friends, including: Cliff Graves, Roy D. Graves, Grahame Hardy, Mrs. James Jenkins, Ethel Coy Luce, Robert H. McFarland, William A. Pennington, Kate Plunkett, Vernon J. Sappers, L. S. Slevin, Wallace Sorrel, Audrey Thompson, Brian Thompson, Volley Thoney, M. M. Tompkins, Bertram H. Ward (Bert Ward), W. E. Waste, Theodore G. Wurm (Ted Wurm).
Extent
763 items.
Restrictions
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.
Availability
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.