The C. Templeton Crocker Collection consists of papers and materials relating to Templeton Crocker’s life, primarily during
his expeditions on the yacht, Zaca during the 1930s. The collection includes manuscripts, field notes, correspondence, limited
fictional writings, and log books from the Zaca. The collection also includes 16mm films of his voyages, photo albums, negatives,
glass plate negatives, and glass lantern slides.
Charles Templeton Crocker was born September 2, 1884 in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Yale University in 1908.
A self-proclaimed explorer, he sailed his yacht Zaca around the world covering 27,152 miles and visiting 50 ports (1930).
He made an expedition to the Galapagos Islands and the South Pacific for the California Academy of Sciences (March 1932 –
September 1932). A 2,690 foot mountain on Indefatigable Island was named Mount Crocker in honor of his conquest of that peak.
Later expeditions included Honolulu, Hawaii with the Bishop Museum (1933), Easter Island for the American Museum of Natural
History (1934), Gulf of California for the New York Zoological Society (1936), Hawaii, Tongareva and Samoa for American Museum
of Natural History (1936-1937). Crocker received the Ribbon of the Legion of Honor (France, 1926) for his opera “Fey-Yen-Fah”,
an adaptation of a play he had written, “Land of Happiness”. He also authored "The Cruise of the Zaca" in 1933.
53.2 Cubic feet
80 boxes (11 manuscript boxes, 20 clam shell boxes, 4 record center cartons, 3 legal-sized manuscript boxes, 1 half-width
manuscript box, 3 small irregular boxes, 25 oversize album boxes, 13 wooden boxes containing glass Lantern slides and Glass
Plate Negatives) 20 reels of 16mm film, 1 oversize photo folder, 1 oversize set of rolled items, 2 empty film cases
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