Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday 2014-2015 schedule

The Research Center's winter holiday 2014-2015 schedule will be:

Monday, December 22:  regular services
Tuesday-Friday, December 23-26:  closed

Monday-Tuesday, December 29-30:  regular services
Wednesday-Thursday, December 31-January 1:  closed
Friday, January 2, 2015:  regular services

Questions?  Contact us!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Research Center closed, Thursday Dec. 11, 2014

Due to severe weather and power outages, the Research Center, along with all Park facilities, has had to close today.

We will resume normal service tomorrow, Friday, December 12, 2014.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, we're digitizing and making freely available online some related items from our collections.  We're thankful for our intern Ellen Mizuhara's hard work on this project, ranging from researching relevant items and resources to the long hours spent scanning this scarce and fragile items.

Cliff House and Seal Rocks from Beach
From "Souvenir of San Francisco"

But wait--what does this have to do with maritime history?  A lot!  From images of the waterfront contained in publications to sponsored races, the Exposition was rich in maritime interactions.

Ocean Boulevard and Bathing Beach from Cliff House
From "Souvenir of San Francisco"
So we're proud to announce that with Ellen's assistance, our first offerings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Exposition:

Mechanical Engineering at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition by G.W. Dickie: read the online copy or locate the hardcopy book in the Research Center

New York to San Francisco Power Boat Race Under the Auspices of the Panama-Pacific Exposition:  read the online copy or locate the hardcopy book in the Research Center

Official Souvenir view book of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco 1915: read the online copy or locate the hardcopy book in the Research Center

Seeing San Francisco, California: read the online copy or locate the hardcopy book in the Research Center

Souvenir of San Francisco, California, the "Queen City:"  read the online copy or locate the hardcopy book in the Research Center

Want to learn more?  Search the Keys Catalog for materials related to the Exposition, check out an online map of the Exposition from the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco, explore online titles about the Exposition from Project Gutenberg, from the Internet Archive, and from Books About California, and stay tuned--we'll be digitizing more items related to the Exposition in 2015!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Now available online: Cooking and Baking on Shipboard

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

Illustration of man in chef's hat ringing a dinner bell
Illustration from page 7

Have you ever wondered how to make cake for one hundred people?  Or have you wanted some simple, visual instructions for carving meat?  You can find all this and more in Cooking and Baking on Shipboard : Official War Administration Manual from 1945, which we've digitized and made available for free in multiple, searchable formats on the Internet Archive.

Over 358 pages, the book is richly illustrated with how-to photographs as well as clear drawings of everything from the basics to advanced techniques.  Definitions of cooking terms, advice on caring for equipment and for proper sanitation, and dozens of recipes and recommended menus are included.  We've made the book keyword searchable, but an extensive index at the end makes browsing easy.

So be sure to check it out online, or stop by the Research Center to see the hardcopy book.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving holiday 2014 schedule

The Research Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28, 2014.  We will resume normal service on Monday, December 1.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How to eat canned salmon

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

Title page of one of the Alaska Packers Association cookbooks (NPS photo)

Diane Cooper, Museum Technician, has written a new article for our website, "How to Eat Canned Salmon: the Selling of Canned Salmon to American Consumers," that highlights objects in our Collections as well as the results of her thorough research at our Park and elsewhere that documents the marketing of canned salmon from North American fisheries by local companies.

Do you cook and eat canned salmon?  Do you want to?  Check out the article, and be sure to follow the links to our catalog to locate online (and hardcopy) cookbooks full of recipes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Digging for Gold at the Library: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

(by Gina Bardi, Reference Librarian)

"With my cross-bow I shot the Albatross" illustration by Gustav Dore
"With my cross-bow I shot the Albatross" by Gustav Dore

If you’ve never read the poem, you can find it here from the Poetry Foundation, full text: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 

Rime of the Ancient Mariner Pathfinder

This document was created to assist people who are interested in learning more about the poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and related subjects.

At the San Francisco Maritime Research Center

The Poem 
Sure, you’ve read Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but have you seen it illustrated?

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Milano: Edizione d’Arte “Felix,” 1966. Print.
Renowned illustrator Gustave Dore did the drawings for this edition. It is, as to be expected with Dore, marvelous and, due to the subject matter, frightening. FF PR4479 R5

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York: Heritage Press, 1945. Print.
This beautiful edition is illustrated by Edward A. Wilson with notes and an introduction by John Livingston Lowes, a Harvard professor who specialized in Coleridge. The printing quality is outstanding and this volume is perfect for reading aloud.
FF PR4479 A1 1945
Poetry and Criticism in General
This is just a sampling of the material we have on poetry collections and literary criticism. Please visit our online catalog: www.keys.bywatersolutions.com  to see more selections.

Boon, Kevin A., and Karen Markoe, eds. Reading the Sea: New Essays on Sea Literature. 1st ed. New York: Fort Schuyler Press, 1999. Print.
Fort Schuler Press is the academic press of the State University of New York Maritime College. One of the essays in this book is entitled: Blurred binaries: a mapping of excess and desire in S.T. Coleridge's "Rime of the ancient mariner"  by Royce W. Smith.
PN56 S4 R43 1999

Cole, William. The Sea, Ships and Sailors; Poems, Songs and Shanties. New York: Viking Press, 1967. Print.
Besides the “regulars” this collection includes works by people as diverse as Shel Silvertstein and John Updike.
PN6110 S4 C62 1967

Kobus, L. C. S. The Rhyme of the Modern Offshoreman. Houston: Seamount Book Co, 1975. Print.
I added this because it’s such an unusual book of poetry on such a specific topic. Titles included are “The Old Sea Rig’ and “The Offshore Platform.”
PN6110 S4 K4 1975

Williamson, W. M. The Eternal Sea, an Anthology of Sea Poetry. New York: Coward-McCann Inc, 1946. Print.
This compact volume includes over 100 poems. They are arranged by topics, such as “Nautica Mystica” and “A Child of the Sea”.
PN6110 S4 W6

Superstitions and Folk Lore
Bassett, Fletcher S. Sea Phantoms, Or, Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors in All Lands and at All Times. Rev. ed. Chicago: Morrill, Higgins & Co, 1892. Print.
Also available full text on line here.
This book is cram packed with useful tidbits. If you ever come face to face with a kraken, you’re going to wish you had read this.
GR910 B31 1892
Beck, Horace Palmer, and Marine Historical Association. Folklore and the Sea. 1st paperback ed. Middletown, Conn: Published for the Marine Historical Association, Mystic Seaport, by Wesleyan University Press, 1977. Print.
Horace Beck is a notable Folklorist. A professor at Middlebury College in Vermont for over 20 years, this book is considered a classic in both folklore and maritime studies.  
GR910 B37

Clary, James. Superstitions of the Sea. St. Clair, Michigan: Maritime History in Art, 1994. Print.
This book Is an easy to read compendium of superstitions and stories from around the world.
GR910 C53 1994

Archival Material
We have many collections which include original poetry written by seamen. For an overview, please see this post on our blog, Full Fathom Five.  

We have photosgraphs in the collection depciting sailors and albatross. Be on the lookout for an upcoming blog post of Full Fathom Five highlighting these and other images in our collection remeniscent of The Rime

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  from the Poetry Foundation
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner from Project Gutenberg
See the beautiful Gustave Dore illustrations  for the Rime in the University of Buffalo’s digital collections.
Smith, Laura Alexandrine. The Music of the Waters: A Collection of the Sailors' Chanties, Or Working Songs of the Sea, of All Maritime Nations. Boatmen's Fishermen's, And Rowing Songs, And Water Legends. London: K. Paul, Trench, 1888.
The University of Ottawa in Canada has gathered a useful list of literary criticism of the poem.

At Other Institutions
Here are some sources outside of the library which might be useful.

Bloom, Harold. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986. Print.
This essay collection edited by noted critic Harold Bloom is part of the Modern Critical Interpretations series and even includes an essay by Camile Paglia.

Boulger, James D. Twentieth Century Interpretations of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall, 1969. Print.
Includes essays by Coleridge scholar John Livingston Lowes and the poet Robert Penn Warren.
Coleridge, Samuel T, Martin Gardner, and Gustave Doré. The Annotated Ancient Mariner: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York: C.N. Potter, 1965. Print.
This edition combines the drawings of Dore with the elucidation of scholar Martin Gardner.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Dir. daSilva R. perf. Michael Redgrave. . West Long Branch, N.J: Kultur, 1984. Film.
The worldcat.org summary states: “A two-part program which examines the life of Samuel Coleridge from his orphaned childhood to how his friendship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth inspired him to write the rime of the ancient mariner. Part 2 consists of a visualization of Coleridge's epic poem - The rime of the ancient mariner.”

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Dir. Jordan, Larry. Perf. Orson Welles.  Chicago, Ill: Facets Video, 1989. Film.
The worldcat.org summary states: “Using the classic engravings of Gustave Doré and a cut-out style of animation, the film follows Samuel Taylor Coleridge's long dream of an old mariner who kills an albatross and suffers the pains of the damned for it.”

Iron Maiden. Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 1985. CD.                  
I couldn’t resist throwing this on here. The 13 minute long song stays faithful to the poem, even including passages that lead singer Bruce Dickinson eerily recites. Could Eddie be the Ancient Mariner?