The archival collections concern the history and achievements of seafaring Americans primarily of the Pacific Coast of North America covering the span of history from the California Gold Rush era to the recent past. The collection provides historical evidence of activities and information about people, organizations, events, and places of significance for visitors researching maritime history.
Professional archivists, curators, and librarians preserve and make the collections available for use by the public, including:
Courtesy Society of American Archivists
New to archival research? See the Society of American Archivists' Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research.
Did You Know?
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