• 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?

The Grace Quan during sea trials in 2004.

The GRACE QUAN is a replica of the type of fishing vessel used throughout the Bay Area by Chinese shrimp fishing companies between 1860 and 1910. She was built by San Francisco Maritime and California State park staff and volunteers in 2003. More...