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Guide to the Pacific Coast Steamship Companies Collection
H.Mss.1043  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pacific Coast Steamship Companies Collection
    Dates: 1866-1951 and undated
    Bulk Dates: 1920-1935 and undated
    Collection number: H.Mss.1043
    Creator: Pacific Coast Steamship Company.
    Extent: 157 linear feet
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont, CA 91711
    Abstract: When the Pacific Steamship Company went out of business in 1936, the surviving records of the company were offered to The Claremont Colleges if someone would go to Seattle to sort the papers and select what was to be kept. John H. Kemble, Professor of History, Pomona College, took on this task. In 1940 he went to Seattle and sent to Claremont nearly half a boxcar of ledgers, logs, financial records, and correspondence dealing not only with the Pacific Steamship Company, principal steamship operator in the coastwise trade from 1916 until 1936, but to some extent with its predecessor companies, the Pacific Coast Steamship Company and the Pacific Alaska Navigation Company. This collection contains financial documents, journals, legal documents, and business records of the Alaska Coast Company, Alaska Pacific Steamship Company, American Mail Steamship Company, miscellaneous companies, Pacific Coast Steamship Company, Pacific Alaska Navigation Company, and Pacific Steamship Company from 1866-1951. This collection has had additions through gifts of materials from the grandson of the founder of the Pacific Steamship Company. Please note that our collection does not include any passenger lists or sailing logs.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pacific Coast Steamship Companies Collection (H.Mss.1043), Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift to The Claremont Colleges, 1940.

    Accruals

    No additions to the collection is anticipated.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and processed by R. C. Thompson.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    This collection contains financial documents, journals, legal documents, and business records of the Alaska Coast Company, Alaska Pacific Steamship Company, American Mail Steamship Company, Miscellaneous companies, Pacific Coast Steamship Company, Pacific Alaska Navigation Company, and Pacific Steamship Company from 1866-1951. Please note that our collection does not include any passenger lists or sailing logs.

    Series Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:
    • Series 1: Alaska Coast Company [ACC], 1906-1924
    • Series 2: Alaska Pacific Steamship Company [APSC], 1905-1928
    • Series 3: American Mail Steamship Company [AMSC], 1913-1935
    • Series 4: Miscellaneous Companies, 1916-1938
    • Subseries 4.1: Aroline Steamship Company [ASC], 1916
    • Subseries 4.2: Olympic Steamship Company [OSC], 1925-1929
    • Subseries 4.3: Pacific Lighterage Company [PLC], 1917-1933
    • Subseries 4.4: Pacific Mail Steamship Company [PMSC], 1920
    • Subseries 4.5: Pacific Motorship Company [PMC], 1923-1933
    • Subseries 4.6: Portland California Steamship Company [PCSC], 1931-1938
    • Subseries 4.7: United States Lines Company [USLC], 1927-1934
    • Series 5: Pacific Coast Steamship Company [PCSSC], 1866-1918
    • Series 6: Pacific Alaska Navigation Company [PANC], 1911-1925
    • Series 7: Pacific Steamship Company [PSSC], 1917-1935
    • Series 8: General Supplement [GS], 1920-1935
    • Series 9: Alaska Steamship Company [ASSC], 1929
    • Series 10: Pacific Steamship Company and Subsidiaries [PSSCAS], 1922 and 1927-1933
    • Series 11: Pacific Steamship Lines Ltd. [PSSL], 1933-1938
    • Series 12: Pacific Coast Steamship Companies collection - papers, 1936, 1946-1951 and undated

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Pacific Coast Company.
    Pacific Coast Steamship Company.
    Coastwise shipping--Pacific Coast (U.S.)--Archival resources.
    Pacific Steamship Company--History.
    Steamboat lines.