Norman Morse (1919-2011) assembled his collection of ocean liner memorabilia over eight decades. It offers a comprehensive overview of oceanic passenger travel from the 1870s, through its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, to its demise in the last half of the twentieth century.
The collection consists of over three thousand documents and includes ship plans, brochures, pamphlets, postcards, rate cards, menus, passenger lists, snapshots, and a selection of reference books. Mr. Morse donated his collection to the Osher Map Library in 2009. Since the opening of the ocean liner exhibition, additional related donations have come to the Osher Map Library from other sources.