Stephen B. Luce Library

Felix Riesenberg Papers, 1879–1947 Edit


AP 0019
Finding Aid Author
Created by Andrew Goldberg; edited by Annie Tummino
Finding Aid Date
February 2017
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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  • 1879 – 1947 (Creation)


  • 5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 small flat boxes; 1 oversize flat box; 2 document boxes; bound volumes; artifacts.

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  • Physical Location

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

  • Abstract

    Felix Riesenberg (1879-1939) was an American seaman, explorer, engineer, and author of fiction and nonfiction. The collection contains personal papers and items, as well as copies of his published works.

  • Biographical Note

    Felix Riesenberg (1879-1939) was an American seaman, author, explorer, and engineer. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Riesenberg graduated from the New York Nautical School (now SUNY Maritime College) in 1897, and obtained an engineering degree from Columbia University in 1913. He later returned to the New York Nautical School as superintendent from 1917–1919 and 1923–1924.

    After graduating from the New York Nautical School, Riesenberg was part of the Coast and Geodetic Survey and served in the Naval Reserve until 1909. In 1906-1907 he participated in two of Walter Wellman's unsuccessful attempts to reach the North Pole by air. He also went on to serve as Chief Officer of the United States Shipping Board (from approximately 1915-1920). Riesenberg authored over 25 respected works of maritime fiction and nonfiction. His autobiography, "Living Again," was published in 1937.

    Riesenberg died in 1939. In 2001, he was posthumously inducted into the US Merchant Marine Academy's National Maritime Hall of Fame.

  • Contents of Collection

    Collection includes a scrapbook containing clippings and letters; a photo album documenting partcipation in Walter Wellman's failed expedition to the North Pole in either 1906 or 1907; notes on engine co-engineered with Martin; maritime regalia; papers documenting schooling and professional advacement; and collection of published works. Documents from the Risenberg family from 1947 are also included.

  • Arrangement

    Materials are arranged in three series based on type: personal papers; three-dimensional objects; and books authored by Riesenberg.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection consists of a gift from Joan Riesenberg Barrett, donated on August 22nd, 2006, as well as a permanent loan from the Lois M. Riesenberg Living Trust, deposited on February 8, 2006.

  • 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.

  • Preferred Citation

    Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Felix Riesenberg Papers. Box Number. SUNY Maritime College.

  • Language of Materials

    All materials are in English

  • Related Material at SUNY Maritime College

    Alexander Tode Papers, 1856-1950

  • Related Materials in Other Repositories

    Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin: Felix Riesenberg's "Notes for the production of the sea play The Second Mate," circa 1930