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SUNY Research Foundation, Maritime College (Bronx, NY 10465-4127)
Kristin Hart (Project Director: May 2017 to December 2017)
Annie Tummino (Project Director: December 2017 to August 2018)
Corey S. Halaychik (Project Director: August 2018 to present)

Preserving Maritime Heritage Collections at SUNY Maritime College

The purchase of preservation supplies to house 425 minute books, financial ledgers, and scrapbooks, along with 100 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, documenting American maritime history from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries, with an emphasis on the history of the Merchant Marines. The collection includes records of Sailors’ Snug Harbor hospital and home for retired sailors, established in 1801; the Marine Society of New York, chartered in 1770; and Maritime College, the nation’s first school dedicated to training merchant marines, founded in 1874.

The Stephen B. Luce Library of SUNY Maritime College holds the records of several significant maritime organizations, including the Marine Society of New York, Sailors’ Snug Harbor, and the Sandy Hook Pilots Association. Additionally, the library holds college records and alumni papers that shed light on the structure and role of the Merchant Marine during peacetime and war. Together, these collections help document the role of mariners in our nation’s economic and military history from 1769 through World War II. These collections have recently been moved into a newly renovated, climate controlled environment, and appropriate archival housing will further ensure their preservation. Funds will support the purchase of over 400 custom enclosures for bound volumes, ship logs, and scrapbooks that are currently unhoused, and the replacement of close to 200 acidic boxes.

Project fields:
Military History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019