ORAL HISTORIES of SAUSALITO

Sausalito Houseboats

The Sausalito Historical Society's mission is to collect and preserve art, artifacts, photographs and printed materials that document Sausalito’s history; to provide access to the collection for public and academic research; and to develop publications and outreach programs to inspire local interest in Sausalito’s history to educate the visiting public and enrich the community. 

As a part of its mission the Society has complied oral histories from many of its citizens. They are available at http://archive.org or via links below:

These histories and videos are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Reproduction may be restricted. See more details at the end of this page.

 

 

 Shipways by Bethlehem Steel

Note: Bethlehem Steel promotional film mainly discussing the assembly of warships.

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Note: Film-to-tape transfer with video playback recorded in at beginning, with dropout, hits and tracking smear recorded in from 00:16:00-00:19:30.

Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).


Marinship Master Slide Transfer

Published March 5, 1988

Topics californialightandsound

Source: 1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape
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Rudy Wasserslieben - Marinship

Note: Overexposed as recorded. Recorded outside - wind in the microphone interferes with audio.

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Ed and Louise Souza - Marinship

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Gene Perry - Marinship

Note: Overexposed as recorded. Recorded outside - wind in the microphone interferes with audio. Ends abruptly.

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Harry and Hazel Thomas - Marinship

Note: Part 1 is overexposed and part 2 is underexposed, as recorded. Ends abruptly.

Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 3/4 inch videotape

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Fred Nau - Marinship

Published 1986

Topics californialightandsound

Note: Overexposed as recorded.
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape
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Arcology: City In The Image Of Man

by Hobel Leiterman Productions

Published 1973

Topics californialightandsound

Description: Documentary of architectural trends during the 1960s, including the Sausalito houseboat community.
Additional Description: Features architects: Soleri, Alexander, Kirsch.
Call Number: 2016.45
Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm

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Phil Frank

Phil Frank  
Description: Oral history of Phil Frank by interviewer Jan Wahl. Phil was a cartoonist for the S.F. Chronicle and very active in the Sausalito Historical Society. He lived on a floating home and then in a home in Sausalito. He talks about Farley and the origins of his cartoon strip, life in Sausalito, Frank Anderson and Sally Stanford. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed...
Topics: californialightandsound, Artists--California--Interviews, Documentary, Sausalito (Calif.)
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Dorothy Gibson

Dorothy Gibson  
Description: Oral history of Dorothy Gibson by interviewer Betsy Stroman. Has degree in clinical psychology. Worked at Children's Home Society, an adoption agency and California Dept of Mental Hygiene. Lived in S.F. and now long-term of Sausalito. Talks about Mignone Conner, conflict between business interests and environmentalists, ran for Sausalito City Council, served on the planning commission. Wrote Marin Headlands and Exploring Sausalito's Paths and Walkways. Leads walking tours in...
Topics: californialightandsound, California--Politics and government, Psychology--Study and teaching,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Earl Dunphy

Earl Dunphy

Earl Dunphy
Description: Oral history of Earl Dunphy by interviewer Chris Hayden. Long-term resident of Sausalito. Worked for the NWP Railroad and was postmaster in Sausalito. Served as mayor of Sausalito, and was on the city council, planning commission, and coordinator of civilian defense during WWII. Talks about Marinship Sausalito during WWII. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed...
Topics: california light and sound, Transportation, Political activity
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette 


Serge Trubach

Serge Trubach
Description: Oral interview of Serge Trubach by interviewer Clayton Mote. Trubach was a Sausalito artists and was involved in local politics. He talks about his early days in Sausalito, and other artists - Varda, Kuhlman, Al Sybrian, etc. He did numerous sketches of local people which are held by the Sausalito Historical Society. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair...
Topics: californialightandsound, Artists--California--Interviews, Political activity, Documentary,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Migone Trouette Conner

Mignone Trouette Conner   1987
Description: Oral history of Mignone Trouette Conner by interviewer Betsy Kraemer. Born in 1908. Long-term resident of Sausalito. Talks about local Sausalito residents: Father Valentini, Mayor Thomas, George Maxwell, Wossers, Fiedlers, and her grandfather who was constable. She speaks about the gambling era and efforts to clean up the town. She speaks about Sausalito as a wild place, the growth of civic mindedness in the town and the diphtheria epidemic. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by...
Topics: californialightandsound, History, Sausalito (Calif.)
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassett


Amy Belser

Amy Belser

Amy Belser
Description: Oral Interview of Amy Belser by Barbara Geisler. Active in Sausalito government: served on City Council, was mayor, served on planning commission, general plan steering committee, Park and Recreation commission and Sausalito Tree Committee. Also served on Marin County Council of Mayors, League of California Cities Committees, Marin Countrywide Planning Agency and Marin Congestion Management Agency and College of Marin Foundation Board. 40+ year resident of Sausalito, active in the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Political activity, Sausalito (Calif.)
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Dorothy Cousins

Dorothy Cousins
Description: Oral interview of Dorothy Cousins by Jan Wahl. Dorothy was a long-term resident of Sausalito. Worked in the Sausalito co-op nursery school and then New Marin County Day School. Talks about Juanita Munson and Sally Stanford and her sister, Julia Child, and political battler over Spinnaker Restaurant taking away beach rights. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed...
Topics: californialightandsound, Education-California
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Robin Sweeny

Robin Sweeny
Description: Oral history of Robin Sweeny by interviewer Betsy Kraemer. Robin is a long-term resident of Sausalito and was very active in Sausalito government, serving on the City Council and as mayor. She talks about development projects in the city, Sally Stanford, and being a woman on the council. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written...
Topics: californialightandsound, Political participation--California, Documentary, Sausalito (Calif.)
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Walther Kuhlman

Walter Kuhlman
Description: Oral interview of Walter Kuhlman by interviewer Betsy Stroman. Kuhlman was a Sausalito artist. He has paintings in a number of permanent collections in California and elsewhere, and did a number one-man and group shows. He talks about working at Heath Ceramics, painting, his shows, and his involvement with the Sausalito Art Festival. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond...
Topics: californialightandsound, Artists--California--Interviews, Documentary, Sausalito (Calif.)
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Myron Spaulding

Myron Spaulding
Description: Oral histories of Myron Spaulding with interviewer Liz Robinson. Well-known yacht designer and boat builder in Sausalito. Talks about his career in boat building and challenges of constructing a boat-building yard in Sausalito. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction...
Topics: californialightandsound, Shipbuilding--California--San Francisco Bay Area--History, Documentary,...
Source: 6 Tapes of 6: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Charile Merrill

Charlie Merrill
Description: Oral histories of Charlie Merrill by Betsy Stroman. Long-term resident, building and builders in Sausalito, Phil Frank, Ed and Loyola Fountane, hippies in the 70's Marinship. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift...
Topics: californialightandsound, Art, American--California--20th century, Documentary, Sausalito (Calif.)
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Joe Tate

Joe Tate
Description: Oral history of Joe Tate by interviewer Betsy Stroman. Sausalito musician and houseboat dweller. Discusses waterfront community, local artists - Juan Varda, Heather Wilcoxin, Danny Joe Crumb, helping the Indians with their occupation of Alcatraz, and other waterfront residents. Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of...
Topics: californialightandsound, Artists--California--Interviews, Documentary, Sausalito (Calif.)
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette


Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Sausalito Historical Society. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.