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North American Society for Oceanic History Records, 1973-2007

(Manuscript Collection #689)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: North American Society for Oceanic History Records
Creator: North American Society for Oceanic History.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Records (1973-2007) of the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) including correspondence, membership lists, annual conference materials, book awards, bibliographies, newsletters, treasurer's records, and publications.
Extent: 13.0 Cubic feet, 18 archival boxes, consisting of correspondence, membership lists, annual conference materials, book awards records, newsletters, treasurer's reports, receipts, bills, bank statements, tax documents, articles of incorporation, constitution and by-laws, and publications.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

December 1, 1994, ca. 2,140 items, 7 cu. ft.; Society records (1973-1992), including correspondence, newsletters, proceedings, financial and membership records, conference materials, and miscellany. Deposited by the NASOH Council, Annapolis, Maryland.

March 14, 2003, (unprocessed addition 1), 700 items, 1.0 cubic feet; Records (1973-1996) consisting of the files of Secretaries and Presidents William A. Baker and Timothy J. Runyan, including correspondence, newsletters, financial records and meeting records, etc. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Prof. John B. Hattendorf, President of North American Society of Oceanic History.

November 8, 2004, (unprocessed addition 2), 1,136 items, 1.0 cubic feet; Records (1992-2002) of William S. Dudley, Past President of NASOH, including correspondence, newsletters, financial records and meeting records, etc. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: William S. Dudley, Dept. of the Navy, Navy Historical Center.

March 27, 2006, (unprocessed addition 3), 1,215 items, 1.0 cubic feet; Membership records (1999-2004) including current membership lists, membership dues receipt, and membership database printouts. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Virginia Steele Wood, Corresponding Secretary, NASOH.

May 15, 2006, (unprocessed addition 4), 1,703 items, 1.0 cubic feet; Membership records (1993-2003) or the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) including current membership lists, membership dues receipts, and membership database printouts. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Virginia Steele Wood, Corresponding Secretary, NASOH.

December 18, 2008, (unprocessed addition 5), 125 items, 0.50 cubic feet; Records (1973-1978) concerning the establishment of the U.S. Commission of Maritime History, including correspondence, election ballots, and newsletters. See preliminary inventory attached. English and French. Donor: Harold D. Langley, NASOH.

February 22, 2013, (unprocessed addition 6), 1.50 cubic feet; Records of NASOH treasurer for the years ca. 1980-2007. Included are treasurer’s reports, receipts, bills, bank statements, tax documents, registration forms for conferences, newsletters, membership rosters, correspondence, articles of incorporation, constitution and by-laws, and two floppy discs of NASOH records. Donor: Mary Ellen Condon-Rall, NASOH.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

North American Society for Oceanic History Records (#689), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of NASOH Council
  • Gift of John B. Hattendorf
  • Gift of William S. Dudley
  • Gift of Virginia Steele Wood
  • Gift of Harold D. Langley
  • Gift of Mary Ellen Condon-Rall

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services. Processed by Ann Merriman.


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) was proposed in 1973 as an organization comprised of individuals interested in the history of the sea. NASOH is concerned with the dissemination of information regarding maritime and naval history, nautical archaeology, marine architecture, exploration, oceanographic history, ethnology, folklore, and maritime museums. The society focuses on maritime issues in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean and is organized with a board of directors, president, vice-presidents, secretary, and treasurer. It publishes a quarterly newsletter that contains book reviews and notices, conference information, maritime history symposia and museum news, information on U. S. maritime legislation, nautical archaeology field work information, and maritime education.

The society officially incorporated as a non-profit educational organization in September 1974 with its constitution and by-laws adopted in July 1975. In January 1976 the first list of nominations for NASOH officers was offered to its membership, and the society's first officers were named July 1976. The first major meeting was held at the Peabody Museum in Salem, MA, in March 1977, and since then, meetings have been held yearly at various locations. An annual book awards competition, organized by Chapel Hill, NC, Maritime History consultant John Lyman, was established with its own committee (April 1977). After Lyman's death in November 1977, the awards became known as "The John Lyman Book Awards." Another NASOH honor "for special services performed by an individual that relate to the aims of the society" was established in 1988 and named "The Jack Bauer Award," after a long-time member and ex-president.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection's early materials deal with efforts to get NASOH organized, the development of a relationship with the Peabody Museum's publication The American Neptune, and the society's increasing membership. A substantial portion of the society's early correspondence is concerned with the International Commission for Maritime History and a North American challenge to its French leadership (September 1975-April 1977).

Throughout the collection's correspondence are inquiries, conference paper proposals, and conference organization details written by NASOH members and officers who are scholars and authors, active and retired United States Navy personnel, and interested laypersons. Numerous universities and museums are members of NASOH such as East Carolina University, University College London, Yale, Harvard, the Mariner's Museum, Peabody Museum, and the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Many United States governmental agencies have NASOH membership, including the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Service, the Naval Historical Center, the National Parks Service, and the Department of the Navy.

Correspondence from members of the United States Congress reflect the concerns of NASOH officers to congressional legislation and its affect on maritime-related cultural and archaeological resources. Maine Senator Edmund Muskie commented on the "National Ocean Policy Study" and provided pertinent information on the subject for NASOH's newsletter. Maryland Representative Marjorie Holt and Senator Paul S. Sarbanes thanked a NASOH officer for his views on the National Heritage Act of 1980 (H. R. 6805). Further, Sarbanes re-capped the Act's progress through the House Interior and Insular Affairs Sub-Committee on National Parks and Insular Affairs. He also reviewed the Senate Companion measure (S. 1842) that was referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Sub-Committee on Parks and Recreation. Another Maryland senator, Charles McC. Mathias, corresponded with a NASOH officer concerning proposed funding cuts to the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service and the Historic Preservation Fund.

The remaining materials are strictly NASOH-related and consist of inaugural membership applications and lists, annual conference meeting minutes, meeting photographs, Lyman Book Awards records, annual conference programs, and attendance lists. Also included are NASOH newsletters (1975-1994) and NASOH proceedings (1978-1979, 1985).

Other newsletters and publications that are concerned with maritime history and nautical archaeology complete the collection. Among these items are copies of the Australian Association for Maritime History Newsletter, the Institute for Nautical Archaeology Newsletter, Bowling Green State University's "Lake Log Chips" begun by John Lyman in 1948. Other publications include issues of the Chronique d'histoire maritime, naval history-related works, bibliographies, archival resource guides, andmuseum guides. A photograph of the Brown's Ferry Vessel, an excavated and raised shipwreck, is also included.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • North America

Autograph Entries :

  • Holt, Marjorie [Sewell] 1980
  • Mathias, Charles McC[urdy] 1980
  • Muskie, Edmund [Sixtus] 1974
  • Sarbanes, Paul S[pyros] 1980

Subject Entries :

  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE--Ships and Shipping--Organizations
  • CONSERVATION--Archaeology
  • MUSEUMS--Navigation--History
  • PUBLICATIONS--Navigation--History
  • ORGANIZATIONS--Navigation--History
  • TRANSPORTATION--Ships and Shipping--Organizations
  • U.S.--CONGRESS--Legislation
  • U.S.--DEPARTMENTS, COMMISSIONS, AGENCIES
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Ships--Liberty Ships

Date Entries :

  • 1973-1979
  • 1980-1989
  • 1990-1994

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 6#0689.6
    • Folder a#0689.6.a
      Publications: Chronique D'Histoire Maritime, 1980-1984
    • Folder b#0689.6.b
      Publications: Chronique D'Histoire Maritime, 1985-1989
    • Folder c#0689.6.c
      Publications: Commission Francaise D'histoire Maritime Annuaire, 1985, 1988; Condemned at Stanley, by John Smith, 1973; Connecticut River Master Mariners, by Thomas A. Stevens, 1979; The History of Early Freight Conferences, by K. A. Moore, 1981; Te;escope: Seaway Salties, no. 6, by George Ayoub, [1967 ?]
  • Box 7#0689.7
    • Folder a#0689.7.a
      Publications: Freshwater: A Journal of Great Lakes Marine History, v. 1, n. 2 (Autumn 1986); Global Crossroads and the American Seas, Clark G. Reynolds, ed., 1988; Mededelingen Van De Nederlandse Vereniging Voor Zeegeschiedenis, Nos. 42-43, April , December 1981
    • Folder b#0689.7.b
      Pubications: 1973 Seminar in Maritime and Regional Studies, Clark G. Reynolds, ed., 1973; Proceedings Naval History Symposium, Arnold R. Shapack, ed. 1973; Sea-Lingo, by Alexander Crosby Brown, 1980; Sea Power, by C. Stevens Laise, 1977; Smithsonian Warship Plans, Division of Naval History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, [1982 ?]; "Take Good Care of Her, Mister. . .", by Peter Stanford [1974 ?]
    • Folder c#0689.7.c
      Publications: Miscellaneous
    • Folder d#0689.7.d
      Photographs

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 14#0689.14
    • Folder a#0689.14.a
      Letters (1973-1977) between individuals concerning the creation a sub-commission of the International Commission of Maritime History, leading up to the Peabody Conference. 13 item. 32 p.
    • Folder b#0689.14.b
      Letters (1977) expressing interest in joining the United States sub commission of the International Commission of Maritime History. 19 items. 21 p.
    • Folder c#0689.14.c
      Correspondence (1973-1978) on drafting a constitution for the US Commission as well as drafts of the constitution. 26 items 61 p. English and French.
    • Folder d#0689.14.d
      Correspondence (1978) of possible officer nominations and official ballots. Congratulatory letters to winners. 44 items. 52 p.
    • Folder e#0689.14.e
      Correspondence (1978) wishing to submit papers at the Bucharest meeting. 7 items 19 p. English and French
    • Folder f#0689.14.f
      Membership roster (1978) 3 items. 54 p.
    • Folder g#0689.14.g
      Miscellaneous (1977) 3 items. 20 p.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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