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Alexander Paul Papers, 1856-1950

Identifier: AP-0002

Contents of Collection

Collection contains documents from Alexander Paul's career including a personal log book/diary (1901), labeled "Smooth Log"; correspondence; photographs; discharge certificates; a resume; and a letter of recommendation. The personal log book intersperses diary entries with newspaper clippings and photographs. A few maritime related reference books and manuals are also included.


  • 1856 - 1950
  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1950


Language of Materials

Materials are entirely 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

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.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


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.

Arrangement of Materials

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

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 donated to the Stephen B. Luce Library by Alexander Paul or his family, but no documentation has yet been located.

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.

Alexander Paul Papers, 1900-1950
Nicolas Falco, 1995; edited and expanded by Margaret Hammitt-McDonald, 2016.
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen B. Luce Library Repository

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