The manuscript collection, estimated at over 3,000 linear feet, ranges in size from a single item, such as a personal letter or diary, to dozens of boxes of business records. Collection strengths include the records of maritime-related institutions and marine business, labor, and shore-based activities. The Park also has several large collections from noted historians of Pacific maritime history.
Significant collections currently available to researchers include:
Information on how to access the collection may be found in our Collections FAQ.
Did You Know?
Loading ports are small, watertight doors in a ship's hull that lead directly into the hold. Lumber could be more easily loaded into the hold through these ports rather than through the smaller hatches on the deck. These ports had to be caulked shut before the ship put to sea. More...