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SUNY Maritime College Photograph Collection, circa 1874-2007

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CA-RG14-0001

Scope and Contents

The photographs depict student activities, academics, clubs and athletics; alumni; staff/faculty; presidents; buildings and spaces on campus; the reconstruction and dedication of Fort Schuyler in the 1930s; aerial views; military formations; special events and commencement ceremonies; and life aboard the early schoolships St. Mary's (1875-1908) and Newport (1907 - 1931) as well as subsequent training ships Empire State I through Empire State VI.


  • circa 1874-2007

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.


14 Linear Feet (29 standard archival document boxes; three oversized boxes. )

Language of Materials



Photographs are arranged by subject. See processing information for more details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photographs originated from a variety of sources and were mixed together without regard to provenance. While some may have been created or contracted by the college, others were donated or collected from alumni and other external entities. Some photographs have captions or markings indicating their origin.

Processing Information

The photograhs were first organized in 1974, when Carol Finerman, a graduate student in the Palmer School of Library Science, was hired to organize the Maritime College archives held at the Luce Library. Finerman elected to create an alphanumeric classification scheme for the the archives, organizing the photographs under the letter W. Photographs were then grouped by subject (for example, WC1: Athletics-Baseball, WC2: Athletics-Baskteball, etc.). These prefixes followed by the item number are written on the envelopes holding the prints as well as the back-sides of the items.

According to Finerman, the photographs had originated from a variety of sources (some donations from alumni were mixed in with those that came directly from the college, for example). Since the 1970s, photographs continued to be added to the collection, following the same basic classification system created by Finerman.

From around 2000 onwards photgraphs have not been systematically organized, and the collection for the most part does not extend beyond the 1990s, with a few exceptions from the early 2000s.

In 2016 Annie Tummino transferred the envelopes from metal file cabinets into acid-free archival document boxes and created a basic container list in excel. In 2018 she transferred this description into ArchivesSpace. She retained the inherited organization/order described above, making some edits to the intellectual description to conform to Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

SUNY Maritime College Photograph Collection, circa 1874-2007
Annie Tummino
February 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

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