The collection consists of business documents and other printed materials of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, a San Francisco-based
passenger and freight company founded in 1882, as well as items pertaining to S. T. Johnson, the company’s San Diego agent.
The Pacific Coast Steamship Company (PCSC) was founded in September 1882 under the name Pacific Steamship Company. This passenger
and freight company was based in San Francisco. They shipped a variety of cargo such as vegetables, grain, lumber, coal and
iron, and boasted modern, luxurious facilities for their passengers. In the early 1890s, the name Pacific Coast Steamship
Company gained permanent resonance, until the demise of the company in 1936. The company travelled routes from Alaska to San
Diego, and included stops in many ports along the west coast of the United States, Canada and Mexico. This was a large company
that employed over two dozen ships.