Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library Collection 43
This collection contains illustrations, photographic prints, artifacts of diving collected by Elmer Bright, a diver for the U.S. Navy between the late 1920s and the late 1960s.
Description: Artifacts of diving are found in the Main Gallery of the Museum.
The Papers of Elmer Bright contain correspondence concerning questions and queries about Bright’s co-workers, colleagues and supervisors gathered by Torrance Parker during the research phase for Parker’s book “20,000 Jobs Under the Sea”. His collection also contains personal correspondence and memorabilia, books, manuals, working notes and instructions, awards, newspaper clippings, photographic prints, and souvenirs.
Biographical Note: Elmer Ellsworth Bright was born in Philadelphia PA on June 6th, 1911. He served in the U.S Navy as Seaman 1st Class, from August 1st, 1928 to May 24th, 1932, working as a diver in the Pacific Fleet. Following his U.S Navy service, he worked at an East coast naval shipyard, and later at Long Beach Naval Shipyard from 1943 until his retirement on June 6th, 1966. His working life from U.S Navy service through retirement from Long Beach Naval Shipyard was connected with diving as a diver, technician, instructor or consultant. The family stated that he died at about 90 years of age.
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Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library Collection 73
The collection is entitled Torrance R. Parker Collection on Commercial and Deep Sea Diving.
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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.
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