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Thomas F. Caldwell Papers, 1924-1969

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AP-0021

Content Description

Papers and artifacts documenting Thomas F. Caldwell's time at the New York State Nautical School and subsequent maritime career. Highlights include Caldwell's daily log from the schoolship Newport in 1925 and a photographic portrait of Caldwell as a young graduate.


  • circa 1924-1969


Conditions Governing Access

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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.

William T. Caldwell released the works created by Thomas F. Caldwell into the public domain via selection of the CC0 - “No Rights Reserved” ( option on the Deed of Gift.

Biographical note

Thomas F. Caldwell was born on January 7, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1925 he graduated from the New York State Nautical School after 1.5 years of study and sea training as an engineering cadet aboard the Schoolship Newport. He sailed for many years with various shipping lines. He was called to active duty as a merchant mariner during World War II, sailing as Chief Engineer on the infamous Murmansk run, bringing supplies to the Russian front through Arctic seas. After the war he became a boiler inspector for various insurance companies, eventually becoming Chief Boiler Inspector for New York City. His son William followed in his footsteps, graduating from SUNY Maritime College (formerly the New York State Nautical School) in 1958. Thomas passed away at age 90 in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, where he had lived for 29 years.


2 Linear Feet (1 half sized document box; 2 flat boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William T. Caldwell (son of Thomas F. Caldwell) on June 8, 2017. William Caldwell is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College, class of 1958.

Thomas F. Caldwell Papers, circa 1924-1969
Annie Tummino
December 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

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