Scope and Content Note
Title: Richard Tooker photographs,
1.66 linear feet
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.).
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California 94123
Physical location: Historic Documents Department.
Abstract: The collection consists of photographs from Richard Tooker's research papers on West Coast shipping.
This collection is open for research.
The San Francisco Maritime NHP possesses physical property rights through ownership of the materials. However, copyright may
reside with the individual or corporate body responsible for the creation of the materials, or with their heirs. It is the
user's responsibility to respect the provisions of the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Permission to reproduce or publish from this collection must be secured by the user from the copyright holders.
[Item description], P00-003, [Location within collection organization identified by series number, file unit number, or item
number], Richard Tooker, 1869-1984, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Richard Tooker photographed and compiled the materials that were given to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Processed by Francis Hallinan.
Completed 24 Jan 2001.
Richard Tooker was born July 2, 1917 in Syracuse, New York and raised in Canajoharie. He graduated in 1938 from Syracuse University
and moved to San Francisco, California in 1942 were he began working for Southern Pacific Railroad. He later worked for a
travel agency and then for Social Security Administration until 1980.
In 1959, Mr. Tooker began traveling the coast of Northern California as part of his interest in scuba diving. He started accumulating
photographs and researching the local history related to the lumber trade which included the various ports and dogholes for
loading cargoe on coastal vessels such as steam schooners. He conducted oral history interviews with locals and collected
photographs especially of the Casper Lumber Company activities in Mendocino, California. He wrote and published short articles
in the CenCal News, the newsletter of the Central California Council of Diving Clubs from 1963 to 1972. In 1968, his article
"Loading by High-line on the California Coast" was published in
Sea Letter, a publication of the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
In 1980, Mr. Tooker began regularly volunteering at San Francisco Maritime Museum and was eventually hired to work in the
Historic Documents Department where he remained until his retirement in 1995.
Mr. Tooker died in San Francisco, California on August 8, 2000.
Scope and Content Note
The collection of consists of photographs related primarily with the lumber industry and steam schooners along the Mendocino
coast. The collection includes some correspondence directly related to the photographs in the same folder.
The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
Caspar Lumber Company.
The collections is arranged in the following series: 1. Caspar Lumber Company, 2. Photograph collections from specific sources,
3. Photographs with correspondence, 4. Landings, 5. Logging, 6. Photograph album, 7. Loading by High-Line on the California
Coast, 8. Ships, and 9. Richard Tooker's research trips.