Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)
For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open. More »
Photographs, Film and Video
The collection holds hundreds of thousands of photographs, film footage and hundreds of hours of video. You will find pictures of sailors taking a sighting or going aloft. Ordinary sailors and captains snapped pictures of everything from cod boats fishing to whaling in the Pacific. You can see shipboard families with babies, cats and dogs. Professional photographers and filmmakers captured the daily hustle and bustle of a major American port with the moving cargo or arrivals and departures of ships. They photographed and filmed everything from transpacific crossings to yacht racing.
How may I access and use the collection? Access to the collection is available by appointment only; please see our Collections FAQ for more information.
SAFR collection no.P81-010.1cps
[Research guide available: Finding Photographs in the Historic Document Collections (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file, 815 Kb)]
The photograph collection is one of the richest resources of the park's archival holdings and supports many uses within the park as well as for the outside researcher. Both professional photographers and maritime enthusiasts captured images illustrating all aspects of maritime life. The collection is comprised of approximately 300,000 still images and over 78,000 original negatives. In addition to caring for its own collection, the park has been designated as the Pacific West Region Nitrate Film Repository, caring for over one thousand photographs from other regional parks.
SAFR collection no.P79-072.23p
The photograph collection has everything from 19th century mammoth plate albumen prints to small snapshots. A major part of the collection is original negatives including cumbersome glass plate, flammable nitrate film or modern instamatic film negatives. Many are compiled into photograph albums.
Notable photographic collections include:
Film and video:
You will find anything from professional commercial films to family home movies on 35mm, 16mm, 8mm and super 8mm film in color or black-and-white with sound or silt. Filmmakers and families captured major operations of shipping lines to amateur hydroplane racing int he Sacramento Delta. All tell a story in motion of the changes to shipping and sailing on the Bay and Pacific Coast.
Notable film and video collections include:
Did You Know?
The Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, a Depression-era, Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, was completed in 1939. The art deco building includes tile mosaics of fish, marble floors that resemble a sea chart, and interior walls painted with murals depicting strange creatures of the deep. More...