Monday, April 20, 2009


The Collections Access Room is temporarily unavailable, reopening on May 8. Please excuse the interruption in service while we update our processes and schedule to insure excellent ongoing collections access. We will post an update as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

The Collections Research Center Staff

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Power in Maritime America

The Papers from the Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Power in Maritime America Conference Held at Mystic Seaport, September 2006, are now available. The book contains 12 papers, "all offer a wide range of ways in which gender, race and ethnicity are entwined and redefined in the context of the sea."

I was lucky enough to attend many of the sessions represented in the book. They were good then, but it is excellent now to have such detailed scholarship in print. From Jason Mancini's exploration of the previously hidden nature of Native American involvement in maritime occupations from 1713-1861, to Deanne Nuwer's discussion of the vital role played by women in Biloxi's seafood industry from 1863 to the present, the papers represent the range and depth of the maritime experience and the historical work undertaken to understand it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Costumes of the Mediterranean - Misc. Vol. 464

Now Online - Book containing hand colored drawings by Edward C. Young. Drawn in 1830, images include the costumes of several nationalities as seen in a number of Mediterranean ports, primarily Smyrna, Turkey. Clergy, military, merchants, townspeople, and servants of the Sultan's court are pictured as well the USS Concord's, Sergeant, Band Member and Boatswains Mate.

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