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Other Aviation Organizations

Collection Creator:
Studenski, Paul, 1887-1961  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Paul Studenski Collection, Acc. 1989-0012, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Paul Studenski Collection / Series 2: Aviation Career and Activities
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1989-0012-ref24
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Records

Topic:
History Under the Sea: A Handbook for Underwater Exploration (Monograph : 1965)
Creator::
National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Historic Archeology  Search this
Extent:
9.58 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Maps
Drawings
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Plates (illustrations)
Picture postcards
Date:
circa 1952-1978
Descriptive Entry:
Records include correspondence and memoranda between Peterson and George R. Wallace, President and Treasurer of the Explorers Research Corporation; Bertrand Committee; Caribbean Research Institute; professional contacts participating in the Underwater Exploration Project; individuals interested in the History Under the Sea: A Handbook for Underwater Exploration handbook and underwater exploration; and staff of the Department of Armed Forces History.

This collection also includes Bertrand Committee reports and blueprints for the raising of the steamboat Bertrand in 1969; photographs of Peterson, alongside explorer Waldemar A. Ayres, experimenting with the Proton Processing Magnetometer; additional photographs and illustrations of underwater shipwreck sites, artifacts, and preservation methods; original manuscripts and bibliographical information for the publication History Under the Sea: A Handbook for Underwater Exploration; subject files concerning preservation of artifacts and use of electrolytic reduction on metallic objects; information pertaining to cannon markings and their identification; budgetary records; and proposals for the Hall of Underwater Exploration, NMHT.
Historical Note:
Specialization within the field of underwater historic archeology was established by Mendel L. Peterson, who served as Head Curator of the Division of Military and Naval History, United States National Museum, 1948-1957; Head Curator and Chairman of the Department of Armed Forces History, National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT), 1958-1968; and Curator of the Division of Historic Archeology, NMHT, 1969-1973.

Peterson began taking an interest in underwater historic archeology in 1952, and thereafter conducted extensive research as well as headed expeditions to underwater shipwreck sites in the Florida Straits, Bahamas, and West Indies. Grants from the Explorers Research Company and National Geographic Society enabled Peterson to engineer his Proton Processing Magnetometer, an electronic searching device used for locating underwater artifacts and tested in the waters of Bermuda. When the Division of Historic Archeology was organized in 1969, emphasis on underwater historic archeology had more focus. Peterson supervised the Division's Underwater Exploration Project which, until his retirement in 1973, involved further exploration of the Caribbean and thorough research of previously discovered underwater sites.

In 1965 Peterson published History Under the Sea: A Handbook for Underwater Exploration, which remains a standard reference source on surveying underwater archeological sites and on laboratory techniques for preserving artifacts from underwater excavations.
Topic:
Underwater archeology  Search this
Archaeology and history  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Maps
Drawings
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Plates (illustrations)
Picture postcards
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 381, National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Historic Archeology, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 381
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0381

Explorers Research Corporation

Collection Creator::
National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Historic Archeology  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 381, National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Historic Archeology, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0381-refidd1e2975

Explorers Research Corporation Grant, 1967

Collection Creator::
National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Historic Archeology  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 381, National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Historic Archeology, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0381-refidd1e3221

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