Stephen B. Luce Library

Alexander Paul Papers, 1856-1950 Edit

Summary

Identifier
AP 0002
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Edition Statement
The original finding aid by Nicolas Falco (1995) consisted of an inventory and brief biographical note. In November 2016 the arrangement and description was revised in compliance with DACS standards and entered into Archives Space by Margaret Hammitt-McDonald.

Dates

  • 1856 – 1950 (Creation)
  • 1900 – 1950 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 boxes

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Notes

  • Physical Location

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

  • Abstract

    The collection documents the life and career of Alexander Paul (1883-1956), a 1901 graduate of the New York Nautical (now SUNY Maritime College) St. Mary's whose maritime career culminated as an Inspector of Marine Vessels. Materials include a personal log book/diary with newspaper clippings and photographs, correspondence, documents related to Paul's career, and photographs.

  • Biographical Note

    Alexander Paul was born in August 1883 in Philadelphia. He attended the New York Nautical School (now SUNY Maritime College), receiving training on the schoolship "St. Mary's" and graduating in in 1901. After graduating, he spent several months working aboard ships of the Ward Line. Between 1902 and 1903, he and his mother (an actress) traveled and performed with her theatrical troupe, and then he resumed his maritime career as quartermaster of the S.S. "St. Louis." He subsequently worked on several other ships, mainly barges hauling cargo to different locations worldwide. Eventually he was promoted to Chief Mate. He also worked on trains for about two years. He became an Inspector of Marine Vessels and served in this capacity until, in 1952, he was injured when he fell while aboard ship and was discharged from active service.

  • Contents of Collection

    The collection consists of documents from Paul's career; a personal log book/diary (1901), labeled "Smooth Log"; correspondence, photographs, and reference materials. Documents include discharge certificates for ships on board which Paul served, a resume, and a letter of recommendation. The personal log book intersperses diary entries with newspaper clippings and photographs.

  • Arrangement of Materials

    The collection is arranged in two series: personal papers and reference materials.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Information about the donor and the date of donation cannot be located in the archives.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Appointments to examine materials must be made in advance. Please e-mail library@sunymaritime.edu 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.

  • Language of Materials

    Materials are entirely in English.

  • Processing Information

    The original finding aid by Nicolas Falco (1995) consisted of an inventory/register with a brief biographical note. In November 2016 the arrangement and description was revised in compliance with DACS standards and entered into Archives Space by Margaret Hammitt-McDonald.

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