The William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection consists of eleven photograph albums (approximately 3 cubic feet of material).
The 2,998 photographs, taken between 1905 and 1938, include family, personal, and vacation photos taken by William M. McCarthy
while he and his wife traveled on automobile trips across California primarily, but also the United States in general, Mexico,
Canada, and Cuba. The photographs depict William's interest in armories, tourist attractions, historic sights, and family.
William M. McCarthy was born in 1876. He entered federal service at the Benicia Arsenal as an armament expert in 1903 and
retired on January 1, 1933. During World War I, William became the supervisor of the Pacific Coast armaments and continued
in that capacity until his retirement. William died in 1956 at the age of 80. His wife, Grace C., died the next year. They
were married for 56 years. Having no children, the McCarthys spent many hours pursuing their passion for both photography
and travel. William's photographs depict his interest in armories, tourist attractions, historic sights, and family.
2,998 photographs, in 11 albums, occupying approximately 3 cubic feet.
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