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Louis E. Weickum Papers, 1900-1960

Identifier: AP-0004

Content Description

The collection consists of letters, ship diaries, books, pamphlets, memorabilia, drawings, wood blocks, scrapbooks, and albums. One scrapbook (titled "Memorabilia") was compiled by Harry C. Ballard and contains photos, drawings, and letters reflecting Weickum's life.

Content of Containers

Rough outline from legacy finding aid:

Box 1: Correspondence 1905-1960, Diaries, records of cruises, and course notes while on St. Mary's 1901-1903; miscellaneous books; memorabilia; Alumni Association materials (including "efforts to save the Newport").

Box 2: Commercially published artwork and articles

Box 3: Articles, pictures, drawings, clippings

Box 4: Art Work (Training Ships); Songs; National Geographic maps

Box 5: Photographs (Annual Dinner Propeller Club 1943, ships, ocean seas, albums)

Box 6: Pins, Medals, Compass, Wood Blocks; Sleeve Insignia; Armband; Book Ends

Box 7: Publications

Boxes 8-11: Oversized materials (drawings, albums, etc.)


  • circa 1900-1960


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

Weickum (1881-1963), a commerical maritime artist, attended the New York Nautical School as a cadet on St. Mary's from 1902-1903. He went on to work for the Hamburg American Lines, first as editor of the Atlantic Daily News on the steamer Kaiserin Augusti Victoria; then on shore as advertising manager and press agent. He created booklets, posters, and other publicity materials for the company and also for the New York Nautical School Alumni Association. His drawings and articles appeared in many maritime publications.


8.25 Linear Feet (8 standard archival document boxes; 3 flat boxes)

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Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presumably this collection was a gift but no documentation has yet been located.

Related Materials

Artwork by Weickum is on display at the Maritime Industry Museum in Fort Schuyler.

Separated Materials

According to the original finding aid, Weickum's photographs taken as a cadet aboard the St. Mary's were removed and integrated into the College Photo Collection.



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Edition statement
The original finding aid for this collection consisted of an introduction and container/file list (no date or author listed). In 2017 Archivist Annie Tummino updated the intellectual description to meet DACS standards and entered it into ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

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