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The 1897 Supreme Court case Robertson v. Baldwin inspired a national movement to bring regulation of the merchant marine into the modern era, led by More...
  • The “Softer Side” of Seafarers May 13, 2014 Newspaper cuttings from SCI’s archives reveal the truth about seafarers of yesteryear. More...
  • New York’s “Sludge Boats” March 17, 2014 SCI’s Johnathan Thayer reveals how mariners help keep New York sludge free. He talks with veteran mariner George Ilse, who says eventually he got used to the unpleasant smell carting the city’s waste More...

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Women in New York City’s Maritime History March 12, 2013

MA history student at Monmouth University Anna B. Baaske-Rodriguez used SCI’s archives to conduct research for her graduate thesis. This Women’s History Month, read what Anna discovered about the... More...

A History of Maritime Ministry in the United States February 5, 2013

Through its early development as a country up until today, many religious groups have endeavored to support the often-overlooked maritime workforce piloting America’s trade. SCI’s Archivist traces... More...

Digging Out from Superstorm Sandy January 14, 2013

SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer tells of efforts to rescue and recover archival records stored in SCI’s weather-beaten seafarers’ center in Port Newark.

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SCI Archives Featured in Latest Issue of The American Archivist December 5, 2012

The Society of American Archivists published an article in the latest edition of their journal by SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer on the Titanic and the story told in SCI's archival records.

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The Joseph Conrad Memorial Library November 30, 2012

Although entertainment options have evolved for men and women at sea, reading and writing centers have played a part in helping seafarers stay connected for years. In this article by High School... More...

US Merchant Marine Oral History Project Launches November 12, 2012

A new initiative to capture the stories of the merchant marine via recorded interviews launches on the SCI Digital Archives website.

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SCI’s Women’s Council October 19, 2012

As part of the City of New York Student History Internship program, high school student Mohan Hasan spent a portion of his summer with SCI’s Archives researching the history of the Institute’s... More...