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W.R. Grace & Co. Records, 1956-1970

Identifier: SC-0019

Contents of Collection

Financial documents include trust indentures, mortgage contracts, escrow agreements, and financial charts relating to ship construction. Promotional materials consist of press releases, research, and photographs.

The collection primarily document the company's "Santa" ships, including the SANTA ROSA, the SANTA PAULA, the SANTA ELIANA, the SANTA MARIA, and the SANTA LUCIA. These were often referred to as "new" to distinguish from ships with the same names that were launched in the 1930s.


  • 1956 - 1970


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Conditions Governing Access

Appointments to examine materials must be made in advance. Please e-mail for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Historical Information

W.R. Grace & Grace Company was a pioneer steamship company active in the 19th and 20th centuries. Grace Line began service in 1882 with ports of call between Peru and New York. Regular steamship service was established in 1893, with a subsidiary called the New York & Pacific Steamship Co., that operated under the British flag. United States flag service began in 1912 with the Atlantic and Pacific Steamship Company. The activities of both companies and the parent firm were consolidated into the Grace Steamship Company in 1916. The firm originally specialized in traffic to the west coast of South America; then later expanded into the Caribbean. On December 12, 1969, the firm was acquired by the Prudential Line and the new firm became known as the Prudential-Grace Lines.


1.7 Linear Feet (3 standard document boxes; 2 half sized document boxes)


This collection contains financial and public relations documents of the W.R. Grace & Company, a steam ship company active in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Arrangement of Materials

The collection is arranged in three series: I. Financial Volumes; II. Promotional Materials; III. Photographs

Physical Location

Stephen B. Luce Library, SUNY Maritime College 6 Pennyfield Avenue Bronx, NY 10465 Telephone: (718) 409-7231

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Documentation demonstrates that Prudential Lines donated the collection to the Maritime Industry Musuem at Fort Schuyler in 1986. The museum presumably then transferred a portion of the materials to the Stephen B. Luce Library, though documentation for the transfer has not yet been located.

Related Materials at SUNY Maritime

Additional displays of W.R. Grace ephemera are located in the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler on the SUNY Maritime campus, 6 Pennyfield Ave, Throggs Neck, NY 10465.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Columbia University's Rare Book and Manscuscript Library is home to the company's earlier records: W.R. Grace & Co. Phys. Desc: 90 linear ft. ( 167 boxes) Call Number: MS#1414

Processing Information

Processed by Nicholas J. Falco, Archivist May 1994. Updated by William Choi (student worker) and Annie Tummino (archivist) in March 2017. The arrangement from 1994 was retained, with edits made to the description for clarity.


W.R. Grace & Co. Records
March 2017
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Original finding aid created by Nicholas J. Falco (Archivist) in May 1994. Updated by William Choi (Library Assistant) and Annie Tummino (Archivist) in March 2017. The arrangement from 1994 was retained, with edits made to the description for clarity.

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

6 Pennyfield Avenue
Bronx NY 10465 United States
(718) 409-7231