Torrance Parker Collection

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Torrance Parker

Torrance Parker

The collection is entitled Torrance R. Parker Collection on Commercial and Deep Sea Diving.

View 10 images from Torrance Parker’s collection of photographic prints.

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Online Archive of California

The collection contains approximately 5 cubic feet of documents and photographic prints, news clippings, manuals, periodicals, manuscripts, and 322 books.

Description: The collection contains business and personal correspondence; records of ship salvage and underwater construction work; diving logs, reports and manuals; survey and other diagrams; clippings and articles; rare diving equipment catalogs; maps; decompression tables and calculators; samples of permits, invoices, receipts, bids and contracts; interviews and profiles; brochures and fliers; periodicals; and approximately 500 photographic prints.

Parker’s book collection consists of 322 volumes, many of them rare, that document the history and practice of deep diving and related topics.

Torrance Parker collected these resources over the course of his sixty-eight years as a deep diver, including a fifty-six-year career working as a commercial diver and nearly forty years as owner of the Parker Diving Service, Inc. of San Pedro, California; as a diver, researcher and compiler of resources concerning the history and practice of commercial, fishery, and military diving; and as author of two books on these subjects.
–From the Finding Aid to the collection by Sue Tyson, December 2014.

Biographical Notes: Read more about <target=”blank”>Torrance Parker (born July 4, 1928) and his firm, Parker Diving Service, Inc., founded in 1947.

Copyright notice: Copyright restrictions apply. See the copyright notice here.

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