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Selections From the Henry J. Kaiser Pictorial Collection, 1941-1946
BANC PIC 1983.017-019, 027--PIC  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Chronology
  • Scope and Content
  • Brief List of All Kaiser Collections

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Selections From the Henry J. Kaiser Pictorial Collection,
    Date: 1941-1946
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1983.017-019, 027--PIC
    Extent: ca. 911 items 909 digital objects
    Collector: Henry J. Kaiser
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection stored, in part, off-site. Advance notice required for use.

    Other portions of the collection may be unarranged and/or restricted from use. Inquiries concerning the remainder of the collection should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

    Restricted glass and film negatives. Use of negatives only by permission of the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Selections From the Henry J. Kaiser Pictorial Collection, BANC PIC 1983.017-019, 027--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Digital Representations Available

    Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

    Related Collections

    Title: Henry J. Kaiser Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 83/42 c
    Title: Edgar F. Kaiser, Sr. Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 85/61 c
    Title: Eugene E. Trefethen, Jr. Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 87/35 c
    Title: Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 88/205 c
    Title: Henry J. Kaiser, Sr. Scrapbooks - Hawaii Activities,
    Date: 1955-1956,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 85/155 cp
    Title: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals - Hawaii Region Collection,
    Date: 1958-1985,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 87/131 cp
    Title: Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 91/12 c

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Henry J. Kaiser Photographs were transferred from the Henry J. Kaiser Papers (BANC MSS 83/42 c). The Henry J. Kaiser Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in 1983, with additions in 1985 and 1986.

    Biographical Chronology

    1882 Henry John Kaiser born in Sprout Brook (near Canajoharie), New York, on May 9, son of Francis J. and Mary Yops Kaiser, German immigrants.
    1895 Left school at age 13, to help support his parents and three sisters, by working in a dry goods store in Utica, New York
    ca. 1903-1906 Became a salesman and partner in a photographic business in Lake Placid, New York; bought out his partner, and opened stores in Daytona Beach and Miami, Florida, and Nassau.
    1906 Moved to Spokane, Washington, and worked as a hardware and sand and gravel salesman.
    1907 Married Bessie Fosburgh on April 8 in Boston.
    1912 Began a road paving business in Washington and British Columbia. The Henry J. Kaiser Company, Ltd. established in Vancouver, B.C., in 1914.
    1921 Won his first California paving contract, between Redding and Red Bluff, and established headquarters in Oakland.
    1923 Started sand and gravel quarry at Radum (near Livermore), to supply the Livermore-Pleasanton paving job. This was the beginning of Kaiser Sand and Gravel Company.
    1927 Worked on a 200 -mile, 500 -bridge highway in Cuba.
    1929 Formed a consortium called Six Companies, Inc., with Henry J. Kaiser as chairman of the executive committee, to build Hoover (Boulder) Dam on the Colorado River. Also collaborated on the building of Bonneville, Grand Coulee, and Shasta Dams, natural gas pipelines in the Southwest, Mississippi River levees, and the San Francisco -Oakland Bay Bridge underwater foundations.
    1939 Built the Permanente Cement plant near Los Altos, California, in seven months, to provide cement and aggregates for the construction of Shasta Dam.
    1940-1945 During World War II, coordinated production of liberty ships, "baby flat top" aircraft carriers, aircraft, cement, steel, magnesium for bombs and artillery shells, as well as laying the ground work for post war production of housing, cars and consumer goods.
    1942 Granted loan by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to build a steel plant at Fontana, California, the first in the western United States. Broke ground in April, and the first blast furnace was blown in on December 30, 1942.
    1944 Considered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as his fourth-term vice presidential running mate.
    1944 Chairman of the Non-Partisan Association for Franchise Education, to promote voting.
    1945 Kaiser-Frazer Corporation incorporated in Nevada, and produced 750,000 automobiles in its ten years of production.
    1945-1946 Served as national chairman of the Victory Clothing Collection, the Civilian Production Administration Emergency Food Collection, and the United States Relief Administration.
    1946 Began making aluminum at five rented plants, and showed a profit of $5.3 million in less than one year.
    1951 Bessie Fosburgh Kaiser died in Oakland. A month later, on April 10, Henry J. Kaiser married Alyce Chester in Santa Barbara.
    1955 Turned over day to day operation of Kaiser Industries Corporation to son Edgar F. Kaiser, and moved to Hawaii. There he developed the Hawaiian Village Hotel, and a $350 million real estate development and resort called Hawaii Kai.
    1958 Opened Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu.
    1961 Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. died in Oakland.
    1961 Awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by University of California, Berkeley.
    1963 Received the International Broadcast Free Enterprise Award.
    1965 Given the AFL-CIO Murray Green Humanitarian Award, "in recognition of notable accomplishments in voluntary medical care, housing and labor-management relations."
    1967 Died on August 24 in Honolulu. By the time of his death at age 85, Henry J. Kaiser had founded more than 100 companies, which operated 180 major plants in 32 states and 40 foreign countries, employing 90,000 people and making 300 products and services, with assets of $2.5 billion.

    Scope and Content

    The Henry J. Kaiser Pictorial Collection contains more than 75,000 items, including photographic prints, albums, and glass and film negatives. The collection dates from circa 1930 to circa 1976. The bulk of the collection, like the manuscript collection, dates from after World War II, by which time the affiliated Kaiser companies were producing an amazing array of building materials, including steel, cement, aluminum, and gypsum; beginning engineering projects all over the world; and, building affordable housing and consumer goods, such as Kaiser-Frazer cars, Willys Jeeps, and even dishwashers.
    The collection has been divided into 75 subject-based collections represented by the call number range BANC PIC 1983.001-.075. Subjects include the Hoover, Parker, Bonneville, Grand Coulee, and Shasta Dams; the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, California, including its products, workers and workers' housing conditions; the Kaiser-Frazer, Kaiser Steel, Kaiser Hospitals, and other Kaiser corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii and their products and projects; and family photographs. A brief list of all Kaiser collections follows.
    The present finding aid describes four of the subject-based collections. All four deal with the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, California during World War II. Descriptions of these collections follow the brief list of all Kaiser collections. Preliminary listings for some of the other collections are available in the library. Other portions of the collection are unarranged and not available for use. Inquiries concerning access to the remainder of the collection should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

    Brief List of All Kaiser Collections

    Note: in many cases, more detailed information is available in the U.C. Berkeley library online catalog.
      1983.001
      Hoover Dam

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.002
      Hoover Dam Miscellaneous

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.003
      Parker Dam

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.004
      Bonneville Dam

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.005
      Grand Coulee Dam

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.006
      Shasta Dam

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.007
      Shasta Flood and Flood Damage

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.008
      Sand and Gravel Operations connected to Dam Building

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.009
      Miscellaneous Dam Building Projects

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.010
      Richmond Shipyard Aerial and General

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.011
      Richmond Shipyard Constructions

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.012
      Richmond Shipyard Operations

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.013
      Richmond Shipyard Facilities

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.014
      Richmond Shipyard Machinery, Shipbuilding Tools, and Supplies

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.015
      Shipyard Crane Lifts

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.016
      Miscellaneous Shipyard Equipment

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.017
      Richmond Shipyard Workers: General.

      [Full listing available in the Container List of the present finding aid.]

      See also 1983.060
      1983.018
      Richmond Shipyard Workers: Women.

      [Full listing available in the Container List of the present finding aid.]

      See also 1983.060
      1983.019
      Richmond Shipyard Workers: Housing

      [Full listing available in the Container List of the present finding aid.]
      1983.020
      Northwest Shipyards: Swan Island, Vancouver, Oregon Shipyard

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.021
      Ship Models, Drawings, Early Prototypes

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.022
      Ships by Type: Liberty, Frigate, Tankers, Troopships, etc.

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.023
      Ship Sections

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.024
      Ship Interiors

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.025
      General Ship Construction

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.026
      Sea Trials and Various Tests

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.027
      Building the Robert E. Peary

      [Full listing available in the Container List of the present finding aid.]
      1983.028
      Shipyard Events, Celebrations, Ceremonies

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.029
      Visitors to the Shipyard (Non-Launch)

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.030
      Yard #1 Launchings and Miscellaneous

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.031
      Yard #2 Launchings and Miscellaneous

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.032
      Yard #3 Launchings and Miscellaneous

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.033
      Yard #4 Launchings and Miscellaneous

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.034
      Jeep, Kaiser Willys, Willys-Overland

      [No items have been assigned to this number.]
      1983.035
      Eng. Dept.

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.036
      Ship Del.

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.037
      Shipyard Miscellaneous

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.038
      Albums: Dams and Dam Construction

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.039
      Albums: Permanente Cement

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.040
      Albums: Aircraft design, models, and construction

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.041
      Albums: Awards and Ceremonies (Henry J. Kaiser, Edgar F. Kaiser and Henry J. Kaiser, Jr.)

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.042
      Albums: Foreign Operations and Visits (Henry J. Kaiser, Edgar F. Kaiser and Henry J. Kaiser, Jr.)

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.043
      Albums: Kaiser Frazer

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.044
      Albums: Permanente Metals Corporation, and Kaiser Metal Products Incorporated.

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]

      See also 1983.040.3
      1983.045
      Albums: Kaiser Co., Inc., Kaiser Engineers

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.046
      Albums: N.W. Shipyards

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.047
      Albums: Richmond Shipyards

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.048
      Albums: Bridge Construction

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.049
      Albums: JEEP Vehicles, Kaiser Willys, Willys-Overland

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.050
      Albums: Kaiser Community Homes

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.051
      Albums: Kaiser Steel

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.052
      Albums: Sand and Gravel (and Paving Operations)

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.053
      Albums: Boats and Boating

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.054
      Albums: Hospitals

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.055
      Albums: Kaiser Family Homes

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.056
      Albums: Commencement Exercises, Honorary Degrees

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.057
      Albums: Kaiser Family Albums (Henry J. Kaiser, Bess, Edgar)

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.058
      Albums: Miscellaneous

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.059
      Albums: Hawaii

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.060
      Kaiser employee and business associates

      [Unprocessed collection. No collection listing available.]
      1983.061
      Kaiser-Frazer

      [Unprocessed collection. No collection listing available.]
      1983.062
      Kaiser Steel

      [Unprocessed collection. No collection listing available.]
      1983.063
      Kaiser Miscellaneous Metals: Magnesium, Aluminum

      [Unprocessed collection. No collection listing available.]
      1983.064
      Sand and Gravel and Cement Operations (Permanente)

      [Unprocessed collection. No collection listing available.]
      1983.065
      Early Road Building Operations

      [Unprocessed collection. No collection listing available.]
      1983.066
      Aircraft

      [Unprocessed collection. No collection listing available.]
      1983.067
      [number not used]
      1983.068
      Miscellaneous Projects (Kaiser Center, Oakland office building, College of the Holy Names, Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), San Francisco-Oakland Trans Bay Bridge, Aircraft Plans), Airport Plans

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.069
      Kaiser Hospitals

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.070
      Kaiser Hawaiian Operations: Hawaii Kai, Hawaiian Village

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.071
      Kaiser Community Homes and Miscellaneous Housing Developments

      [Collection listing not available online. Preliminary listing available in the library.]
      1983.072
      [number not used]
      1983.073
      Kaiser Foreign Operations

      [No collection listing available.]
      1983.074
      Henry J. Kaiser personal portraits. RESTRICTED
      1983.075
      Family portraits

      [No collection listing available.]