• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Library Collections

Researcher in Library Reading Room
Interior of the Maritime Research Center
NPS photo
 

The Maritime Research Center provides access to the library, archives and museum collections and encourages research in maritime history and humanities.

 

The Maritime Research Center is the portal into the Park's collections. Reference staff are available by phone, email, fax or in person by appointment to assist you with your research in all of the Park's collections--with books, photographs, or even the objects cared for by collections staff.

Within the library collections are over 34,000 book and periodical titles dating from 1536 to the present, 50,000 pieces of ephemera, over 3000 maps and charts covering the Pacific Basin and the West Coast of the United States dating from 1850 to the present, audio, and video materials in multiple formats.

Please see our Collections FAQ for detailed information on our policies regarding research in all of the Park's collections.

See our Catalogs page to locate our new acquisitions feeds, and see our blog Full Fathom Five for what's new and noteworthy in the Park's Collections.

Did You Know?

Three sailors posing and the man on the left is holding a small dog.

Animals once served as important members of a ship's crew. Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot. The dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, and even bear cubs that went to sea as mascots, can often be seen in formal crew portraits. More...