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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hal Roth Papers

Mirrored from Full Fathom Five, due to its lack of rss & commenting:

The Hal Roth Papers, 1938-2009 have been cataloged and are now available to researchers. During the work on the collection, Alison Fudge, Archives Technician, wrote:

Margaret and Hal Roth

The Archives recently acquired the collection of Hal Roth, and I am hard at work helping to process the collection so that it will soon be ready to share with researchers. Roth was a noted seaman and author who sailed around the world with his wife, Margaret, aboard their yacht Whisper, and wrote 13 books and numerous articles regarding their journeys.

Roth's travels took him to many faraway locales, including French Polynesia, the Mediterranean, South America, Japan, and around Cape Horn. In 1971, he was awarded the Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America for his circumnavigation of the Pacific Basin.

He was also an accomplished photographer who studied under Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. In addition to an extensive representation of maritime photography, the collection also includes beautiful images of California landscapes and San Francisco's Chinatown.

There are so many treasures waiting to be discovered!


Buck said...

What does one do to make a collection like this available? Digital scanning? Building an index? This sounds like a treasure trove!

Heather said...

It's a lot of work! Original organization has to be maintained while the materials are preserved, rehoused (acid-free folders & containers), and inventories created (file & container lists, etc.), a catalog record created, and a finding aid written with all this information--the finding aid for this collection is still in process. Then, with some collections, scanning & creation of digital resources can begin!