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Historic American Merchant Marine Survey

Author:
Jackson, Melvin H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1983
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_78918

Historic American Merchant Marine Survey Records

Creator:
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Names:
Historic American Merchant Marine Survey United States Works Progress Administration Transportation, Division of Smithsonian Institution.  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H.  Search this
Extent:
18.5 Cubic feet (79 volumes, 10 rolls)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Records
Tracings
Notes
Drawings
Place:
Great Lakes (North America)
Date:
1936-1937.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of over 18 cubic feet of material generated during the course of the Historic American Merchant Marine Survey. The bulk of the collection consists of survey books and measured drawings. Other records include administrative papers relating to the project, an index and catalogue, and a listing of the names of vessels surveyed.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into five series.

Series 1: H.A.M.M.S. Index

Series 2: H.A.M.M.S. Catalogue

Series 3: Names of Vessels, 1789-

Series 4: Field Notes

Series 5: Drawings
Biographical / Historical:
The Historic American Merchant Marine Survey (HAMMS) was one of six projects created by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to provide work for unemployed skilled or "white collar" workers. These projects were intended to provide work which was both useful and appropriate to the skills and experience of workers who were not suited for more traditional work programs involving manual or outdoor labor. The specific goal of HAMMS was to undertake a national survey of watercraft, in order to document the design and technical evolution of vessel types significant in America's commercial maritime history. This was to be accomplished by making measured drawings of existing vessels, ship models, and builders' half models; by making a photographic record of significant vessels; and by compiling written data about vessels.

The HAMMS program was in existence from January 1, 1936 to October 15, 1937. The Smithsonian Institution served as the official sponsor of the Survey and received all the documentation produced, thus augmenting its already significant National Watercraft Collection. Unlike other WPA projects, HAMMS was administered directly from Washington by its Director, Eric J. Steinlein, who coordinated the survey work of six regional directors. Despite its national mandate, the Survey actually was limited to the eastern seaboard, the Great Lakes, and California. Furthermore, the types of craft surveyed and the level of documentation varied considerably within the six regions. During the course of its existence, the HAMMS program conducted over 166 surveys and produced over 400 sheets of line drawings of ship's hulls, rigging, and details.
Provenance:
The materials in this collection were turned over to the Smithsonian soon after the completion of the project in 1937.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Naval architecture -- Designs and plans  Search this
Genre/Form:
Records
Tracings
Notes
Drawings -- 1930-1940
Citation:
Historic American Merchant Marine Survey, 1936-1937, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0240
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Historic American Merchant Marine Survey Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0240
Additional Online Media:

Folder 15 Jackson, Melvin H.

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 420, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Biographical Files
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Biographical Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0420-refd1e1353

Jackson, Melvin H. - Jackson, William

Collection Creator:
National Museum of History and Technology, Division of Transportation  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 239, National Museum of History and Technology, Division of Transportation, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0239-refd1e2748

Melvin H. Jackson Papers

Creator::
Jackson, Melvin H.  Search this
Extent:
8 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
circa 1943-1983
Descriptive Entry:
These papers document Melvin H. Jackson's professional work in maritime history. Included are research notes for his book on privateering, gunfounding, and the Historic American Merchant Marine Survey; and correspondence and notes for his consulting work at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Materials also include notes from his research toward his Ph.D. at Harvard, miscellaneous bibliographic research notes, and extensive files on the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and the Hall of Maritime Enterprise exhibition at the Smithsonian.
Topic:
Museum curators  Search this
Navigation -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 85-154, Melvin H. Jackson Papers
Identifier:
Accession 85-154
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa85-154

The Philadelphia Steamboat of 1796

Author:
Jackson, Melvin H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1990
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_146359

Agency history, 1885-1995

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation  Search this
Subject:
Withuhn, William L  Search this
Hilton, George Woodman  Search this
Perry, Kenneth M  Search this
Oliver, Smith Hempstone  Search this
Chapelle, Howard Irving  Search this
White, John H. 1933-  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Berkebile, Donald H  Search this
Post, Robert C  Search this
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
Johnston, Paul Forsythe 1950-  Search this
United States National Museum (U.S.) Section of Steam Transportation  Search this
United States National Museum Section of Transportation and Civil Engineering  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1927
1927-1995
1885-1995
Topic:
Transportation--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00112
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218192

Agency history, 1947-1984

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Naval History  Search this
Subject:
Houchins, Lee  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Peterson, Mendel  Search this
Langley, Harold D  Search this
Howell, Edgar M  Search this
Lundeberg, Philip K  Search this
United States National Museum Section of Naval History  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Naval History  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Naval History  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Armed Forces History  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1947
1947-1984
Topic:
Military history  Search this
Naval history  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00246
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_222930

Records, circa 1927-1973 and undated

Creator:
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Transportation  Search this
Subject:
Chapelle, Howard Irving  Search this
Berkebile, Donald H  Search this
Hilton, George Woodman  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Oliver, Smith Hempstone  Search this
Perry, Kenneth M  Search this
White, John H. 1933-  Search this
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Section of Land Transportation  Search this
United States National Museum Section of Transportation and Civil Engineering  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Arts and Industries  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Engineering  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Engineering and Industries  Search this
United States National Museum Section of Marine Transportation  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Science and Technology  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Industries  Search this
Physical description:
23 cu. ft. (23 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1927
1927-1973
circa 1927-1973 and undated
Topic:
Transportation--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000239
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Correspondence 1927-1985 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Memoranda 1951-1989 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Divisional Records 1955-1978 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Exhibition Records 1958-1969 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216803

Correspondence, 1927-1985

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation  Search this
Subject:
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
Perry, Kenneth M  Search this
Oliver, Smith Hempstone  Search this
Chapelle, Howard Irving  Search this
White, John H. 1933-  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Hilton, George Woodman  Search this
Berkebile, Donald H  Search this
Post, Robert C  Search this
Withuhn, William L  Search this
Physical description:
30.95 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1927
1927-1985
Topic:
Transportation--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00442
See more items in:
Correspondence 1927-1985 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219748

Memoranda, 1951-1989

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation  Search this
Subject:
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
Perry, Kenneth M  Search this
Oliver, Smith Hempstone  Search this
Chapelle, Howard Irving  Search this
White, John H. 1933-  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Hilton, George Woodman  Search this
Berkebile, Donald H  Search this
Post, Robert C  Search this
Withuhn, William L  Search this
Physical description:
3 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1951
1951-1989
Topic:
Transportation--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00443
See more items in:
Memoranda 1951-1989 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219755

Divisional Records, 1955-1978

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation  Search this
Subject:
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
Perry, Kenneth M  Search this
Oliver, Smith Hempstone  Search this
Chapelle, Howard Irving  Search this
White, John H. 1933-  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Hilton, George Woodman  Search this
Berkebile, Donald H  Search this
Physical description:
3.2 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1955
1955-1978
Topic:
Transportation--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00444
See more items in:
Divisional Records 1955-1978 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219761

Curatorial Records, 1946-1975

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation  Search this
Subject:
Oliver, Smith Hempstone  Search this
Chapelle, Howard Irving  Search this
White, John H. 1933-  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Berkebile, Donald H  Search this
Post, Robert C  Search this
Withuhn, William L  Search this
Physical description:
0.2 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Journals (accounts)
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1946
1946-1975
Topic:
Transportation--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00446
See more items in:
Curatorial Records 1946-1975 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219773

The Art of gunfounding : the casting of bronze cannon in the late 18th century / editor: Carel de Beer

Author:
Beer, Carel de  Search this
Musly, David Emanuel Traité d'artillerie  Search this
Landmann, Isaac 1741-1826 Founding of brass guns  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H Eighteenth century gunfounding  Search this
Verbruggen, Jan  Search this
Verbruggen, Pieter  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 232 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 x 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1991
18th century
Topic:
Ordnance--Manufacture  Search this
Ordnance--Manufacture--Pictorial works  Search this
Call number:
UF535.G7 A78 1991
UF535.G7A78 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_417048

Privateers in Charleston, 1793-1796 : an account of a French palatinate in South Carolina / [by] Melvin H. Jackson

Author:
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 160 p. illus., facsims., maps, ports. 27 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Charleston (S.C.)
United States
Date:
1969
1775-1865
1789-1797
Topic:
Privateering  Search this
History  Search this
Foreign relations  Search this
Call number:
E171 .S664 no. 1
E171.S664 no. 1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_343490

The Historic American Merchant Marine Survey : a Works Progress Administration Federal project for the watercraft collection of the Smithsonian Institution / edited and with an introd. by Melvin H. Jackson

Author:
Historic American Merchant Marine Survey  Search this
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
United States Work Projects Administration  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Subject:
Historic American Merchant Marine Survey  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Physical description:
7 v. : chiefly ill. ; 47 X 60 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Place:
United States
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Merchant ships--Drawings  Search this
Merchant ships--Pictorial works  Search this
Naval architecture  Search this
Call number:
VM297.H56 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_199469

Eighteenth century gunfounding : the Verbruggens at the Royal Brass Foundry, a chapter in the history of technology / Melvin H. Jackson, Carel de Beer

Author:
Jackson, Melvin H  Search this
Beer, Carel de  Search this
Subject:
Woolwich (London, England) Royal Arsenal History  Search this
Physical description:
183 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1974
Topic:
Ordnance--Manufacture--History  Search this
Brass founding--History  Search this
Armed Forces  Search this
Ordnance and ordnance stores  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
UF535.G7 J13 1974
UF535.G7J13 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48977

The Labrador landfall of John Cabot; the 1497 voyage reconsidered

Author:
Jackson, Melvin H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1963
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_135373

Privateers in Charleston 1793-1796

Author:
Jackson, Melvin H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1969
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_113104

The defense of the cutter Eagle, a new view on Negro Head

Author:
Jackson, Melvin H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1964
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_132606

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