SIA RU007228, Chapelle, Howard Irving, Howard I. Chapelle Papers, 1969-1975

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Summary

Creator:
Chapelle, Howard Irving
Title:
Howard I. Chapelle Papers, 1969-1975
Dates:
1969, 1969-1975
Notes:
Howard I. Chapelle (1901-1975), marine architect and historian, began his career as a marine apprentice and designer in 1919. He worked for a number of shipbuilders until he went into business for himself in 1936. During this period, Chapelle also served as head of the New England section of the Historic American Merchant Marine Survey, a Depression-era project to gather information on American maritime history and provide work for destitute marine architects
Chapelle's business was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the United States Army Transportation Corps ship and boatbuilding program. Following the war, he pursued his interest in the history of marine architecture, traveling to England in 1950 to study colonial ship design on a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1956-1957, Chapelle went to Turkey under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization to serve as a consultant to the Turkish government on fishing vessel construction and fitting
Chapelle was appointed Curator in the Division of Transportation, National Museum of History and Technology, in 1957. He served in that position until 1967 when he became Senior Historian. While at the Museum, he directed the planning and construction of hundreds of ship models for the Hall of Merchant Shipping. Chapelle retired in 1971, becoming Historian Emeritus in the Museum. A prolific writer, Chapelle authored a number of books on maritime history and marine architecture
Summary:
These papers of Howard I. Chapelle consist of his professional correspondence while he was Senior Historian and Historian Emeritus. Very little is concerned with Museum or Division of Transportation affairs. The correspondence concerns the history of naval architecture, amateur boatbuilding, availability of ships' plans, the restoration of historic ships, and the publication of Chapelle's later works. Correspondents include museum curators, historians, naval architects, amateur boatbuilders, and model builders
Topic:
Navigation--History
Subjects:
Chapelle, Howard Irving, National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Merchant Shipping, National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Transportation, Historic American Merchant Marine Survey, United States Army Transportation Corps, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Form/Genre:
Mixed archival materials, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU007228
Physical Description:
0.8 linear meter

Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7228

Chapelle, Howard Irving

Howard I. Chapelle Papers, 1969-1975

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Chapelle, Howard Irving
Title: Howard I. Chapelle Papers
Dates: 1969-1975
Quantity: 0.8 linear meter.
Collection: Record Unit 7228
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

Howard I. Chapelle (1901-1975), marine architect and historian, began his career as a marine apprentice and designer in 1919. He worked for a number of shipbuilders until he went into business for himself in 1936. During this period, Chapelle also served as head of the New England section of the Historic American Merchant Marine Survey, a Depression-era project to gather information on American maritime history and provide work for destitute marine architects.

Chapelle's business was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the United States Army Transportation Corps ship and boatbuilding program. Following the war, he pursued his interest in the history of marine architecture, traveling to England in 1950 to study colonial ship design on a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1956-1957, Chapelle went to Turkey under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization to serve as a consultant to the Turkish government on fishing vessel construction and fitting.

Chapelle was appointed Curator in the Division of Transportation, National Museum of History and Technology, in 1957. He served in that position until 1967 when he became Senior Historian. While at the Museum, he directed the planning and construction of hundreds of ship models for the Hall of Merchant Shipping. Chapelle retired in 1971, becoming Historian Emeritus in the Museum. A prolific writer, Chapelle authored a number of books on maritime history and marine architecture.

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Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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Descriptive Entry

These papers of Howard I. Chapelle consist of his professional correspondence while he was Senior Historian and Historian Emeritus. Very little is concerned with Museum or Division of Transportation affairs. The correspondence concerns the history of naval architecture, amateur boatbuilding, availability of ships' plans, the restoration of historic ships, and the publication of Chapelle's later works. Correspondents include museum curators, historians, naval architects, amateur boatbuilders, and model builders.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7228, Chapelle, Howard Irving, Howard I. Chapelle Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 Aalund - Aukstuolis

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Folder 2 Babb - Baum

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Folder 3 Beach - Bezigian

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Folder 4 Bianchi - Bissell

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Folder 5 Black - Box

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Folder 6 Buckle - Butt

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Folder 7 Bradbury - Bryant

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Folder 8 Cafiero- Catlow

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Folder 9 Century America Corporation - Clois

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Folder 10 Coast Guard - Costello

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Folder 11 Cox - Coxhead

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Folder 12 Cram - Cuyler

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Box 2

Folder 1 Dahl - Davis

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Folder 2 Dean - deVries

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Folder 3 Dickson - Dixon

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Folder 4 Dodge - Downer

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Folder 5 Dresser - Dwoskin

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Folder 6 Eagleson - Elsaessen

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Folder 7 Emmerson - Ewing

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Folder 8 Fairchild - Farrington

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Folder 9 Fenn - Fitzsimmons

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Folder 10 Fleetwood - Fox

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Folder 11 Francis Edwards, Ltd. - Fuller

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Folder 12 Gagnon - Getchell

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Folder 13 Gibson - Gotthardt

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Folder 14 de Graff - Gronachon

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Folder 15 Guild - Gwynne

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Box 3

Folder 1 Haase - Hamshan

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Folder 2 Hancock - Hannon

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Folder 3 Haramgall - Hayes

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Folder 4 Heal - Hexton

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Folder 5 Hickok - Hitchcock

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Folder 6 Hodgson - Holland

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Folder 7 Holm - Howland

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Folder 8 Hubbard - Hyer

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Folder 9 Ingersoll - Isensee

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Folder 10 Jablin - Jesberger

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Folder 11 Johnson - Judge

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Folder 12 Kahn - Kaylor

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Folder 13 Keene - Keysell

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Folder 14 Kidwell - Klettke

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Folder 15 Knowles - Kostalik

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Folder 16 Kransberger - Kyle

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Box 4

Folder 1 Labadie - Lawson

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Folder 2 Lea - Lewisohn

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Folder 3 Lienert - Lloyd

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Folder 4 Locke - Lowry

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Folder 5 Luke - Lyons

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Folder 6 McBurne - MacRae

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Folder 7 Mead - Meyer

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Folder 8 Madigan - Maynard

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Folder 9 Miazgowski - Mitchell

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Folder 10 Moloney - Mossige

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Folder 11 Mulcahy - Mystery Ship Seaport

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Folder 12 Naish - Newick

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Folder 13 Niblock - Nutting

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Box 5

Folder 1 O'Connell - Ozerdem

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Folder 2 Paananen - Patricelli

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Folder 3 Peake - Peterson

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Folder 4 Phillips - Piziks

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Folder 5 Pocius - Purdy

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Folder 6 Publisher's Correspondence and Contracts

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Folder 7 Quast - Quinn

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Folder 8 Rabe - Rau

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Folder 9 Redfearn - Rhodes

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Folder 10 Rice - Ritterbush

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Folder 11 Roach - Ronnberg

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Folder 12 Roosevelt - Ryder

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Folder 13 Saarinen - Sayre

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Folders 14-16 Sayle, Chalres F., 1969-1974

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Box 6

Folder 1 Scadding - Scott

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Folder 2 Seaton - Shoesmith

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Folder 3 Siferd - Slocum

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Folder 4 Smeltzer - Smith

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Folder 5 Snell - Sowden

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Folder 6 Sparre - Stewart

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Folder 7 Stock - Swenson

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Folder 8 Taggart - Tazelaar

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Folder 9 Tegethoff - Thurston

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Folder 10 Tiebout - Townsend

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Folder 11 Tragle - Turnbull

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Folder 12 Uitgeversmij "DeEsch" - Urguhert

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Folder 13 Vair - Voltz

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Folder 14 Wade - Wayne

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Folder 15 Webber - Werthmann

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Folder 16 Whalen - Whitelaw

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Folder 17 Wibberley - Wittholtz

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Folder 18 Wolff - Wylie

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Folder 19 Yarnall - Zoetmulder

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