Alexander Paul Papers, 1856-1950
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
- Paul, Alexander (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials are entirely in English.
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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.
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.
Arrangement of Materials
The collection is arranged in two series: personal papers and reference materials.
Stephen B. Luce Library, SUNY Maritime College 6 Pennyfield Avenue Bronx, NY 10465 Telephone: (718) 409-7231 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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