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John S. Tate Papers, 1939-1980

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: AP-0010

Contents of Collection

The collection contains ninety-seven documents, eighty-nine of which are Certificates of Discharge issued by the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation of the United States Coast Guard during the period from 1939 to 1980. Ports mentioned include New York, Baltimore and Houston. Among the names of ships are the STEEL SURVEYOR and the STEEL AGE. The remaining documents consists of other types of certificates and licenses related to Tate's career.


  • 1939 - 1980


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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.

Biographical Note

John S. Tate was born in New York on September 30, 1919. In later life he moved upstate to Warwick. Upon graduating from Maritime in 1939 with a concentration in the Deck Department course of studies, he began a long career as a merchant marine officer for a number of ship lines sailing to various ports of the country.


.21 Linear Feet (One half sized archival document box. )


Certificates of Discharge have been arranged chronologiaclly.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

According to the original finding aid for the collection, "John Stell Tate donated these personal papers to the Stephen B. Luce Library Archives in November 1996." However, a deed or letter of ackonwledgement for the gift has not yet been located.


Certifcates generally measure 8" x 4.5 inches
John S. Tate Papers, 1939-1980
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Edition statement
Original finding aid had no author or date. Description updated and entered into ArchivesSpace by Annie Tummino in July 2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

6 Pennyfield Avenue
Bronx NY 10465 United States
(718) 409-7231