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Charles T. Lewis California Shipbuilding Corporation (CalShip) Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Charles T. Lewis California Shipbuilding Corporation (CalShip) Collection, 1941-1976Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1941-1945

ID: URB/CTL

Primary Creator: Lewis, Charles T. (1901-1989)

Extent: 1.48 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 07/00/2006

Subjects: California Shipbuilding Corporation, Lewis, Charles T., 1901-1989, Liberty ships - United States, Shipbuilding - United States, Shipbuilding - United States - Civilian employees, Shipbuilding industry - Employees, World War, 1939-1945 - War work - Civilian employees, World War, 1939-1945 - War work - United States

Forms of Material: Paper records, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

During World War II, Lewis worked as the chief electrician and supervisor for the Marine Electrical Department at California Shipbuilding Company on Terminal Island, Long Beach. Lewis supervised work on ships for the US Army Transport Service and War Shipping Administration Transport vessels. Lewis’s personal collection documents the history of Naval construction of the Liberty Ship fleet during World War II.

Biographical Note

Charles T. Lewis was born March 7, 1901 in Galena, Kansas to Thornton and Charlotte (Carpenter) Lewis. After graduating from high school, Lewis joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1918 to 1920. He was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until leaving the service as a corporal.

During World War II, Lewis worked as the chief electrician and supervisor for the Marine Electrical Department at California Shipbuilding Company on Terminal Island, Long Beach. Lewis supervised work on ships for the US Army Transport Service and War Shipping Administration Transport vessels. Prior to his civilian position for the military he was working with the crew that built Boulder Dam. After the shipyards closed its Naval construction activities, Lewis continued working on military contracts for the Naval Ordinance Test Station at China Lake, California and then at the Atomic Energy Testing Facility in Nevada. Lewis died on November 28, 1989.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Charles T. Lewis California Shipbuilding Corporation (Calship) Collection documents the history of Naval construction of the Liberty Ship fleet during World War II contains correspondence files, publications such as the CALSHIP Log, invitations to and general information regarding new ship launchings, electrical unit manuals and drawings, and several photographs.

Subject/Index Terms

California Shipbuilding Corporation
Lewis, Charles T., 1901-1989
Liberty ships - United States
Shipbuilding - United States
Shipbuilding - United States - Civilian employees
Shipbuilding industry - Employees
World War, 1939-1945 - War work - Civilian employees
World War, 1939-1945 - War work - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Deana Brown

Related Materials: California Shipbuilding Corporation (CalShip) Collection

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall


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Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Bo's'n's Whistle, 1942 April 23Save to your list.
Folder 2: CALSHIP: Charles T. Lewis' Official Pass to Yards, circa 1942Save to your list.
Folder 3: CALSHIP Log, 1941 November 15Save to your list.
Folder 4: CALSHIP Log - Sea Trial Special Edition, 1942 February 12Save to your list.
Folder 5: CALSHIP Log, 1942 May 1Save to your list.
Folder 6: CALSHIP - Terminal Island: newspaper article "Remember when...?", 1976 January 25Save to your list.
Folder 7: Marine Electrical Department: booklet "Electrical Information: Wire and Cable Sizes - Bulkhead, Deck and Box Fittings for Navy Standard Cable and Equipment," Puget Sound Navy Yard, 1943 July 6Save to your list.
Folder 8: Marine Electrical Department: gift for Charles T. Lewis - list of personnel, 1942 October 6Save to your list.
Folder 9: Marine Electricians: claim for damages, 1942 May 8Save to your list.
Folder 10: Marine Electricians: correspondence file, 1941Save to your list.
Folder 11: Marine Electricians: correspondence file, 1942Save to your list.
Folder 12: Marine Electricians: correspondence fileSave to your list.
Folder 13: Marine Electricians: drawing "type A Westinghouse Starter"Save to your list.
Folder 14: Marine Electrician's Dance: invitation, 1942 May 7Save to your list.
Folder 15: Official Sea Trials - S.S. Benjamin Franklin: general instructions, 1942 Mar 19Save to your list.
Folder 16: Official Sea Trials - S.S. Robert Morris: general instructions, 1942 April 20Save to your list.
Folder 17: Official Sea Trials - S.S. Thomas Paine: general instructionsSave to your list.
Folder 18: Ship Construction: progress record, 1942 August 28 - September 5Save to your list.
Folder 19: Ship Launching - S.S. Abiel Foster: invitation, 1942 March 22Save to your list.
Folder 20: Ship Launching - S.S. Abraham Clark: invitation, 1942 April 2Save to your list.
Folder 21: Ship Launching - S.S. Albert Gallatin: invitation, 1942 February 12Save to your list.
Folder 22: Ship Launching - S.S. Benjamin Goodhue, 1942 March 31Save to your list.
Folder 23: Ship Launching - S.S. Daniel Boone: invitation, 1942 January 14Save to your list.
Folder 24: Ship Launching - S.S. Elbridge Gerry: invitation, 1942 February 28Save to your list.
Folder 25: Ship Launching - S.S. Henry Knox: invitation, 1942 March 6Save to your list.
Folder 26: Ship Launching - S.S. John C. Freemont: invitation, 1941 September 27Save to your list.
Folder 27: Ship Launching - S.S. John Paul Jones: invitation, 1941 December 3Save to your list.
Folder 28: Ship Launching - S.S. Nathan Hale: invitation, 1942 February 4Save to your list.
Folder 29: Ship Launching - S.S. Oliver Hazard Perry: invitation, 1942 February 18Save to your list.
Folder 30: Ship Launching - S.S. Paul Revere: invitation, 1941 December 21Save to your list.
Folder 31: Ship Launching - S.S. Robert Morris: invitation, 1942 January 28Save to your list.
Folder 32: Ship Launching - S.S. Rufus King: invitation, 1942 March 11Save to your list.
Folder 33: Ship Launching - S.S. Samuel Adams: invitation, 1942 January 31Save to your list.
Folder 34: Ship Launching - S.S. Thomas Paine: invitation, 1941 October 26Save to your list.
Folder 35: Ship Launching - S.S. Zebulon Pike: invitation, 1942 February 24Save to your list.
Folder 36: The Skipper (Consolidated Steel), 1943 JanuarySave to your list.
Folder 37: Surveyor and Outfitting Boys - "Preview of S.S. John C. Freemont": invitation, 1942 February 9Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: 01-02 Marine Electricians: Group picturesSave to your list.
Folder 2: 03 Marine Electricians: Aboard the John C. Fremont - "To My Wife: Charles Lewis, and its all mine. Hilde"Save to your list.
Folder 3: 04 Marine Electricians: U.S. War Bond CampaignSave to your list.
Folder 4: 05 Marine Electricians: Wire - Cable InsulatorSave to your list.
Folder 5: 06 Ship Construction: unidentified shipSave to your list.
Folder 6: 07-10 Ship Launching - S.S. John C. Fremont, 1941 September 27Save to your list.
Folder 7: 11-12 Ship Launching - S.S. Paul Revere, 1941 December 21Save to your list.
Folder 8: 13 Ship Launching - S.S. Thomas Paine, 1941 October 26Save to your list.
Item 9: 14 Ship Launching - S.S. John C. Fremont, 1941 September 27Save to your list.
Item 10: 15 Ship Launching - S.S. Thomas Paine, 1941 October 26Save to your list.
Item 11: 16 Ship Launching - S.S. John C. Fremont - with Cal-Electric Club Dinner Dance Ticket, 1941 September 27; 1942 April 11Save to your list.
Item 12: 17 Marine Electrical Department: Batteries and file cabinetSave to your list.
Item 13: 18 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's wire cablesSave to your list.
Item 14: 19 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's wire cablesSave to your list.
Item 15: 20 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's fathometer and related electrical equipmentSave to your list.
Item 16: 21 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's gagesSave to your list.
Item 17: 22 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's gages with two men wearing police uniformsSave to your list.
Item 18: 23 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's gages with inspectorSave to your list.
Item 19: 24 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's electrical switchesSave to your list.
Item 20: 25 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's electrical equipmentSave to your list.
Item 21: 26 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's fuse boxSave to your list.
Item 22: 27 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's electrical equipment with notices - "ALERT! Your Skill and Devotion will WIN THE WAR" and "Station Bills, Drills, and Reports of Masters"Save to your list.
Item 23: 28 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's wire cablesSave to your list.
Item 24: 29 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's circuit breakersSave to your list.
Item 25: 30 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's wire cablesSave to your list.
Item 26: 31 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's electrical equipment including sound powered telephone, cables, fuse boxes on bridge of shipSave to your list.
Item 27: 32 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's bridge showing electrical equipmentSave to your list.
Item 28: 33 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's wire cablesSave to your list.
Item 29: 34 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's fire stationSave to your list.
Item 30: 35 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's engineering department with cell gages, engineering log and flashlightSave to your list.
Item 31: 36 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's circuit beaker unitSave to your list.
Item 32: 37 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's main electrical control stationSave to your list.
Item 33: 38 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's electrical workstationSave to your list.
Item 34: 39 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's electrical workstation with Mackay Radio and mechanical drawingsSave to your list.
Item 35: 40 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's electrical equipment - Brown Electric PyrometerSave to your list.
Item 36: 41 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's power cablesSave to your list.
Item 37: 42 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's wire cables outside Gunners office with fire extinguisherSave to your list.
Item 38: 43 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's wire cablesSave to your list.
Item 39: 44 Marine Electrical Department: Ship's room with cooling pipesSave to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: CALSHIP - Terminal Island: newspaper article "Now It Can Be Shown", 1945 September 10Save to your list.

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