Collection Policy


Introduction and Overview

This collection policy intends to serve as a guideline for our staff in making decisions regarding potential acquisitions. Guided by the principle mission of the GG Archives states, The mission of the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives is to collect and preserve social and cultural history primarily from the 1870s through the 1950s, by collecting quality ephemera and primary source documents, supplemented by historical articles and books on topics determined by our collecting policy.

The collection policy is a living document. Currently, in-kind donations of materials from individuals and institutions represent the bulk of our accessions.


Scope of Collections

The GG Archives collects paper-based documents and other records primarily in several specific subject areas and timelines. Materials added to the Archives' collection should be within these subject areas and timeframes. 

Guidelines for acquisitions/accessions include rarity, the likelihood of broad general significance, ease of using OCR software for transcribing, overall condition of the item, and the probability of continued interest in the material by researchers and collectors production companies, students/educators, and genealogists.


Chronological and Geographical Range

For our Military Collection: GG Archives actively collects materials related to World Wars I and II regardless of publication date. The GG Archives collects US Naval Training Center graduation books for all periods beginning in the 1940s. We collect other publications and ephemera about the US Navy through the 20th century. There are no date restrictions for US Navy Cruise Books (Aircraft Carriers).

For all other collections: The bulk of our materials date from the 1870s through 1954, the original publication date for which is not known. While some materials date before or after this period, they do not represent a material number and are not actively collected.



GG Archives collects materials in all European languages that are otherwise in scope with our collecting policy, emphasizing English language materials. GG Archives provides an English translation of all items in a foreign language for materials uploaded to the GG Archives website. Languages currently represented in the GG Archives include English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Polish, and Russian.


Collection Acquisition Preference

The GG Archives strongly prefers single-item or directly related grouping of items to bulk, topical, or mixed-collection acquisitions or contributions.


Genres Collected

Advertisements An item printed solely to advertise a product or service but not an event.

Albums Bound or loose-leaf sets of pages. Includes handmade albums and published volumes of blank pages designed to add images or keepsakes.

Books Published non-periodical volumes in bound codex form, usually with 49 or more pages.

Broadsides Single-sheet notices or announcements printed on one or both sides, intended to be read unfolded.

Catalogs Enumerations of items arranged systematically with descriptive details. May have prices.

Correspondence Communication by the exchange of letters.

Diaries A daily record, especially a personal record of events, experiences, and observations; a journal.

Ephemera Transient everyday items, usually printed on paper, are manufactured for a specific limited use and then often discarded. This includes everyday materials meant to be saved, at least for a while, such as keepsakes and stock certificates. The GG Archives holds ephemera such as immigrant passage tickets, ID tags, vaccination certificates, landing cards, passenger lists, menus, and other voyage-related documents.

Essays A short literary composition on a single subject usually presents the author's personal view.

Ethnography Documentation made for or by anthropologists and others involved in systematically recording human cultures.

Illustrations Images that explain or elaborate a written or spoken text may be issued separately from the text.

Interviews A conversation, such as one conducted by a reporter, in which facts or statements are elicited from another.

Leaflets Unbound volumes with fewer than five pages.

Manuscripts A book, document, or other composition written by hand. A typewritten or handwritten version of a book, an article, a document, or other work, especially the author's copy, is prepared and submitted for publication in print. Handwriting.

Maps Graphic delineations at a set scale of all or part of the earth or another celestial sphere indicate the relative position of selected artificial and natural features.

Miscellaneous Documents A written or printed paper that bears the original, official, or legal form of something and can be used to furnish decisive evidence or information.

Narratives A narrated account, a story.

Pamphlets Published non-periodical volumes with no cover or with a paper cover. Usually, five or more pages and fewer than 49 pages.

Periodicals Serials are usually issued at regular intervals and more frequently than annually.

Photographs A general designation for any photographic process. The narrower terms include both physical media and genre categories.

Portraits Graphic representations, especially of the faces of actual persons, usually posed, living or dead. Pictures whose purpose is portraying an individual or several people, not those that merely include people as part of an event or scene.

Postcards Cards on which a message may be written or printed for mailing without an envelope often include a pictorial, comic, or other scene on one side.

Posters Single or multi-sheet notices attract attention to events, activities, causes, goods, or services and purely decorative posters. For posting, usually in a public place, chiefly pictorial. They were intended to make an immediate impression from a distance.

Prints Images are formed by transferring from one surface or source to another. They are usually created with ink(s) and produced in multiple impressions.

Programs Lists of the events, pieces, performers, speakers, etc., of an entertainment, ceremony, or the like.

Sheet Music Unbound songs and other pieces of music on eight or fewer pages.

Timetables Items printed solely for use as timetables (e.g., train schedules).


Primary Areas of Collections

Steamships / Ocean Liners Collections

Passenger Lists

GG Archives collects passenger lists from the souvenir booklets provided to passengers on each voyage. We have over 2,000 Passenger Lists in our Steamships/Ocean Liners Collections, primarily of westbound cabin class passengers.

Our most extensive holdings of Passenger Lists are for the Cunard Line / Cunard White Star Line. This represents one of our most popular collections.

The passenger lists vary considerably between steamship lines regarding the information provided on each passenger. Often, separate lists were prepared for the various travel classes, while some voyages combined the classes into one or two passenger lists for the same journey.

Westbound transatlantic passenger lists from the 1870s through 1954 are our highest priority for our permanent collection.

Preferences for the class of passengers to be included in our collection are (in order of preference) Steerage, Third Class, Tourist Class, Tourist Third Class, Second Class/Second Cabin, Cabin Class, First Class/First Cabin/Saloon Class, One Class, and Unspecified Class.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Ships--Passenger lists
  • Ships--Passenger lists--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Passengers, Ocean liner
  • Passengers--1870-1880
  • Passengers--1880-1890
  • Passengers--1890-1900
  • Passengers--1900-1910
  • Passengers--1910-1920
  • Passengers--1920-1930
  • Passengers--1930-1940
  • Passengers--1940-1950
  • Passengers--1950-1960


Similar Topics

Passenger Manifests: Listing of Passengers required by the U.S. or other Governments with immigration-related information.

Annotated List of Subject Terms (subject, concept, class)

Generic Searches: Passenger List(s), Passenger Manifest(s), Crew List(s)

Class of Passenger: (First, Second, Third, Steerage, Cabin, Saloon + Class

Voyage Date, Year or Decade

Voyage Direction: Eastbound, Westbound, Northbound, Southbound, Cruise

Steamship Line (Aberdeen Line, Allan Royal Mail Line, American Export Lines, American Line, American Mail Line, American Merchant Lines, Anchor-Donaldson, Anchor Line, Atlantic Transport Line, Baltimore Mail Line, Canadian Pacific Ocean Services (CPOS), Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR), Compagne Générale Transatlantique (CGT) French Line, Cunard Line, Cunard White Star, Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Dollar Steamship Line, Dominion Line, Donaldson Atlantic Line, Fabre Line, Furness-Bermuda Line, Grace Line, Hamburg-American Line/Hamburg-Amerika Linie, Holland America Line (NASM), Home Lines, Italian Steamship Lines: Italia Line - Soc. per Azioni di Navigzione Genova and Sabaudo - Navigazione Generale (S.p.A.N.), Cosulich Line, Lloyd Sabaudo, Navigazione Generale Italiana / Italia-America Shipping Corp (NGI Italian Line, oninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij / Royal Netherlands Steamship Company (KNSM), Leyland Line, North German Lloyd / Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, Norwegian-America Line (NAL) / Den Norske Amerikalinje, Orient Line, P&O Line, Pacific Line (PSNC), Red Star Line, RMSP The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, Royal Mail Lines, Scandinavian American Line / Skandinavien Amerika Linien, Swedish American Line / Svenska Amerika Linien, Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, United American Lines / Harriman Line, United States Lines, White Star Dominion Line, White Star Line, Yeoward Line

Steamship / Ocean Liner (too many to list but most popular would include Titanic, Carpathia, Mauritania, Leviathan, S.S. New York, S.S. Paris, Laconia, Lusitania, Etruria, Campania, Aquitania, Berengaria, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Deutschland, Albert Ballin, Rotterdam, City of Rome, Circassia, George Washington, Friesland, Teutonic, Majestic, Oceanic, Olympic…

Other Terms: Captain


Steamship Lines Brochures and other Ephemera

Our collection includes ephemera from all major transatlantic lines operating in the North Atlantic between 1870 and 1954. As a part of advertising and promotional materials for all of the steamship lines, separately and jointly/collectively issued, the brochures made a wonderful collectible of the voyage along with posters, calendars, extract of logbooks, and itineraries or sailing schedules.

The brochure collections of the GG Archives include major steamship lines: the Canadian Pacific (CPOS), CGT French Line, Cunard Line, Hamburg American Line (HAPAG), Holland America Line, North German Lloyd (Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen), Red Star Line, United States Lines, and the White Star Line.

Brochures provide a variable amount of information; some focus on accommodations, others on voyages and rates. The steamship lines produced the majority of brochures for cabin-class passengers. The information for passengers detailed in many of the pamphlets of this era offers information not found elsewhere and is of significant value to the genealogist, researcher, and maritime enthusiast.

We prefer to collect brochures covering accommodations, including interior/exterior ship photographs, routes, information for passengers, voyages and rates, tours and cruises, entertainment and concert-related bulletins, motion picture/movie shows (onboard), and other—unspecified.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Cunard Line, ltd.
  • Cunard Line, ltd.--History.
  • Cunard Steamship Company—History
  • Cunard Steamship Company, ltd.
  • Cunard Steamship Company, ltd.--Disasters--1880-1890
  • Cunard Steamship Company, Ltd.--History.
  • Cunard Steamship Company, ltd.--History--Pictorial works.
  • Canadian Pacific Steamships—History
  • Canadian Pacific Steamships, limited.
  • Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd.
  • Compagnie générale transatlantique
  • Compagnie Générale Transatlantique--History.
  • Compagnie générale transatlantique--History--Pictorial works
  • Compagnie générale transatlantique--Public relations--1890-1930
  • Hamburg-American Line.
  • Hamburg-American Line--1930-1940
  • Hamburg-American Line—Biography
  • Hamburg-American Line History.
  • Hamburg-American Line--Public relations--1920-1940
  • Hamburg-Amerika Linie
  • Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
  • Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft--Facilities--1910-1920
  • Holland-America Line
  • Holland Amerika Lijn
  • Holland Amerika Lijn--History.
  • North German Lloyd Steamship Company
  • North German Lloyd Steamship Company, Bremen
  • Norddeutscher Lloyd.
  • Norddeutscher Lloyd--1890-1920
  • Norddeutscher Lloyd--1900-1910
  • Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen
  • Norddeutscher Lloyd—History
  • Red Star Line
  • Red Star Line--History.
  • Red Star Line--Pictorial works.
  • United States Lines Company.
  • United States Lines, Inc.
  • White Star Line
  • White Star Line--History.
  • Travel--Europe.
  • Travel etiquette--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Travel--Europe--Planning--Maps.
  • Travel--1870-1880.
  • Travel--1880-1890.
  • Travel--1890-1900.
  • Travel--1900-1910.
  • Travel--1910-1920.
  • Travel--1920-1930.
  • Travel--1930-1940.
  • Travel--1940-1950.
  • Travel--1950-1960.
  • Travel costs.
  • Travel--Marketing.
  • Travel photography.
  • Travel--Pictorial works.
  • Travel--Planning.
  • Travel--Planning--Europe.
  • Travel Social aspects.
  • Travel--Social aspects--Europe.
  • Travel--Social aspects--Europe--History.
  • Travel--Social aspects--United States--History.
  • Travel writing.
  • Travel writing--Europe.
  • Travel writing--History.
  • Travel writing--History--19th century.
  • Travel writing--History--20th century
  • Brochures
  • Brochures--Design.


Annotated List of Subject Terms (subject, concept, class)

Generic Searches: Travel / Steamship / Ocean Liner + Brochure(s), Booklet(s), Pamphlet(s), Booklet(s)


Steamship Passage Contracts / Tickets

Primary source documents provide a wealth of information, especially for transatlantic westbound immigrant passage. These documents often include the immigrant's name, age, ports of origination and destination, steamship line and vessel details, fare paid, and class of travel. Although agent's records are also valuable, they typically do not include contractual information provided to the traveler.

GG Archives places the highest value on documents within this collection due to the unique nature of the material and its importance to students, genealogists, and researchers.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Travel contracts
  • Travel contracts--England.
  • Travel contracts--Europe.
  • Travel contracts--France.
  • Travel contracts—Germany
  • Travel contracts--Great Britain.
  • Travel contracts--Italy.
  • Travel contracts--Netherlands.
  • Travel contracts--Norway.
  • Travel contracts--Sweden.
  • Travel contracts--United States.
  • Travel costs--Europe.
  • Travel costs--United States.


Historical or Vintage Menus

Historical or Vintage steamship menus covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special menus provide an insight into the variety of foods served on transatlantic steamships and ocean liners from the 1800s through the 1950s.

The higher priority menus sought after for our collection include Party (Birthday and Private), Kosher, and Holiday menus.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Menus--1870-1880.
  • Menus--1880-1930.
  • Menus--1930-1940.
  • Menus--Collectors and collecting.
  • Menus Design
  • Menus--Pictorial works.
  • Menus--Specimens.


Steerage – Immigrants

Steerage (or Tween Decks) and Third Class were the default choices of many immigrants from the 1850s through the 1930s. The conditions varied by steamship line and were likely to be harsh compared to modern standards. Early steerage often housed hundreds of immigrants in one large room. 

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives collects documents, period articles, and images that document this class of travel.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Steerage.
  • Steerage--1860-1870.
  • Steerage accommodation


Immigration History

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has many documents and information on the mass migration of immigrants from primarily European countries to North America. Note that we also cover Immigration and the social-economic and other factors under separate topics.

Immigrants gained access to the United States principally through the North Atlantic ports of entry of the steamship lines. These ports, in order of importance, were New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Nearly three-fourths of all our immigrants came through New York at Ellis Island. 

Documents, articles, and images are collected that document immigration history from the 1870s through 1954 (the year Ellis Island closed).

LOC Authority Headings

  • Immigration
  • Immigration and society
  • Immigration issues
  • Immigration issues in the United States
  • Immigration law
  • Immigration stations.
  • Immigration stations--Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.)--1900-1940.
  • Immigration to the United States
  • Immigrations--United States--History.
  • Immigrant.
  • Immigrant experience.
  • Immigrant families.
  • Immigrant folklore
  • Immigrant labor
  • Immigrant smuggling
  • Immigrant men
  • Immigrant women
  • Immigrant workers
  • Immigrant youth
  • Immigrants.
  • Immigrants--Abuse of--United States.
  • Immigrants--America--History--19th century.
  • Immigrants--America--History--20th century.
  • Immigrants--America--History--Pictorial works.
  • Immigrants--America--Social conditions.


Steamship Articles

The Archives collects period articles, photographs, and illustrations that allow researchers to discover what life was like on board the steamship through historical reports richly illustrated with pictures and drawings from the 1870s through the 1950s.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Steamship lines
  • Steamships.
  • Ocean liner passengers
  • Ocean liners.
  • Ocean liners--Atlantic Ocean.
  • Ocean liners--Europe--History.
  • Ocean liners--Social aspects.
  • Ocean liners--United States--History--19th century.
  • Ocean liners--United States--History--20th century.


Vintage Fashions

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives collected a large number of photographs, articles, and period advertisements on fashion and related topics from the 1870s through the 1920s. Through the series of articles and illustrations on the Archives' website, students of fashion and costume design may also gain a greater understanding of the styles provided for both the affluent and the common underclasses.

The most sought-after fashion periodicals include Cunard Daily Bulletin Fashion and Pleasure Resort Supplement Issues, The Delineator, Woman's World, Modern Priscilla, and similar titles.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Fashion.
  • Fashion--19th century--Periodicals.
  • Fashion Advertising
  • Fashion and art--History--19th century.
  • Fashion and art--History--20th century.
  • Fashion and art--Periodicals.
  • Fashion and art--Themes, motives.
  • Fashion--Canada--Periodicals.
  • Fashion design.
  • Fashion design--Europe--History.
  • Fashion design--France--History.
  • Fashion design--France--Paris--History.
  • Fashion design--France--Paris--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion design--France--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion design--History--19th century.
  • Fashion design--History--20th century.
  • Fashion design--History--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion design--Periodicals.
  • Fashion design--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion design--Textbooks.
  • Fashion design--United States--History.
  • Fashion drawing.
  • Fashion drawing--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--England--History--19th century.
  • Fashion--England--History--20th century.
  • Fashion--England--London--History.
  • Fashion--England--London--Periodicals.
  • Fashion--England--Periodicals.
  • Fashion--Europe--History--19th century.
  • Fashion--Europe--History--20th century.
  • Fashion--France--History--19th century.
  • Fashion--France--History--20th century.
  • Fashion--France--History--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--France--Paris--History--19th century--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--France--Paris--History--20th century--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--France--Periodicals--History.
  • Fashion--France--Social aspects.
  • Fashion--Great Britain--History--19th century.
  • Fashion--Great Britain--History--20th century.
  • Fashion--Great Britain--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--History--19th century--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--History--20th century--Periodicals.
  • Fashion--History--20th century--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--History--Periodicals.
  • Fashion--History--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion--Periodicals—History
  • Fashion--Periodicals--History--Pictorial works.
  • Fashion photographs--1900.
  • Fashion photographs--1910-1920.
  • Fashion photographs--1920-1930.
  • Fashion--Social aspects--History.
  • Fashion--United States--History--19th century.
  • Fashion--United States--History--20th century.
  • Fashion--United States--Periodicals.


Vintage Magazines – Publications

The Archives collect and preserve many vintage magazines in Fashion, Maritime, Scientific / Technical, General Reading, Genealogy, History, Military, Trade Publications, Women's Magazines, and Scandinavian Publications. The publications collected include several more recent issues dealing with collection topics.

High-priority magazines include “The Shipbuilder,” “The Railway & Travel Monthly.”

LOC Authority Headings

  • Periodicals.
  • Periodicals--1880-1910.
  • Periodicals--1910-1920.
  • Periodicals--1920-1930.
  • Periodicals--1930-1940.
  • Periodicals--1940-1950.
  • Periodicals--1950-1960.
  • Periodicals--Abstracts--Indexes.


Steamship - Ocean Liner Postcards

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has hundreds of vintage postcards, primarily dealing with maritime topics or ports of call from the late 1800s to the 1950s. 

Image-based postcards are fascinating, mainly interior and exterior views of steamships and port side activities.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Postcards.
  • Postcards--1880-1940.
  • Postcards--19th century.
  • Postcards--20th century.
  • Postcards--Canada.
  • Postcards--Canada--History.
  • Postcards--Color--1890-1940.
  • Postcards--Norway--History.
  • Postcards--Social aspects.


Military / Wars


World War 1 Archives

Books, Brochures, Correspondence, Documents, French Currency, Newspapers, Soldiers Bonus, Soldiers Diary, and the Draft

LOC Authority Headings
  • World War I
  • World War I, 1914-1918
  • World War I--History.
  • World War I reference library.


World War 2 Archives

Books, Brochures, Documents, Magazines, War Ration Books and Rationing, Battle of the Bulge Interview with survivor George Knaphus.

LOC Authority Headings
  • World War II
  • World War II, 1939-1945
  • World War II History.
  • World War II library


U. S. Navy Archives

Articles, Books, Brochures (Booklets, Brochures, Pamphlets, Leaflets, Flyers); Cruse Books; Navy Documents; Magazines (All Hands, Approach, Naval Aviation News, Naval History, Naval Institute Proceedings; Navy: Sea Power; Our Navy; The Hook: Journal of Carrier Aviation; TraNavy) Special Collections; and U.S. Naval Training Center Graduation Yearbooks (Bainbridge, Great Lakes, Orlando, San Diego).

LOC Authority Headings
  • Naval aviation--History.
  • Naval aviation--History--20th century.
  • Naval battles--History--19th century.
  • Naval battles--History--20th century.
  • Naval History Pictorial works.
  • Naval Sea Cadet Corps
  • Naval Station Great Lakes (Ill.)
  • Naval Station San Diego (Calif.)
  • Naval Training Center Great Lakes
  • Naval Training Center San Diego (Calif.)
  • Naval Training Center San Diego (Calif.)--History--Pictorial works.
  • Naval uniforms
  • Aircraft carriers--Pictorial works.
  • Aircraft carriers--United States--Pictorial works.
  • Submarines (Ships)
  • Submarines (Ships)--History--20th century--Pictorial works.
  • Naval ships


U. S. Army Archives

Books, Brochures, Magazines (Army Digest, Yank), The Draft / Selective Service System, Training Centers (Camp Devens, Camp Dix, Camp Dodge, Camp Grant, Camp Pike, Camp Zachary Taylor, Fort Benning, Fort Campbell, Fort Dix), Unit Histories (88th Division, 346th Infantry, 351st Infantry).

LOC Authority Headings
  • United States. Army.
  • United States. Army. A.E.F., 1917-1920
  • United States. Army. A. E. F., 1917-1920. 88th division. [from old catalog]
  • Camp Devens (Mass.)
  • Camp Dix (N.J.)
  • Camp Dodge (Iowa)
  • Camp Grant (Ill.)
  • Camp Pike (Ark.)
  • Camp Pike (Ark.)--History--20th century.
  • Camp Zachary Taylor (Ky.)
  • Fort Benning (Ga.)
  • Fort Campbell (Ky. and Tenn.)
  • Fort Dix (N.J.)


Other Collections


WPA - Works Progress Administration

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has many original documents, books, and other items about the Works Project Administration. Educators and researchers have found our collection to be an excellent resource for the classroom. Students can experience the New Deal through the era's original documents and better understand the Great Depression.

LOC Authority Headings

  • Work Projects Administration (U.S.)
  • WPA
  • CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps, U.S.)
  • New Deal, 1933-1939.


Historical Documents - Special Documents Collection

Since its inception in 1991, the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has acquired several original immigration and other historical documents from the 19th and early 20th centuries. These documents form the Special Collections section of the Archives and provide a rich source of information for researchers and family historians working on their Genealogy.

Teachers of Middle School and higher grades find many documents valid to supplement their coursework covering history, immigration, and social studies in the classroom. Students will also find these documents helpful in illustrating their essays and reports.



The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has an extensive collection of books in many topical sections that provide an excellent reference for the researcher and genealogist. Books collected cover subjects and topics including Cookbooks, Directories, Genealogy, History, Immigration, Maritime, Minnesota, Norway, Scandinavian, Sweden, Viking, World War I, World War II, and books about ports of call.


Terms: Thesaurus for Graphic Materials

  • Advertisements
  • Advertising cards
  • Aerial views
  • Announcements
  • Armies
  • Barracks
  • Bird's-eye views
  • Boat & ship companies
  • Books
  • Broadsides
  • Brochures (Not Used for Indexing)
  • Card photographs
  • Certificates
  • Charts
  • Cigarette cards
  • Circulars
  • Clipper ship cards
  • Crew quarters
  • Crow's nests (Ships)
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Deckhouses
  • Decks (Ships)
  • Diagrams
  • Digital images
  • Digital photographs
  • Draft
  • Engine rooms
  • Ephemera
  • Ethnographic photographs
  • Fashion photographs
  • Fliers (Printed matter)
  • Forms (Documents)
  • Galleys (Ship kitchens)
  • Genre drawings
  • Genre photographs
  • Genre works
  • Harbors
  • Identification photographs
  • Invitations
  • Keepsakes
  • Launchings
  • Leaflets
  • Letterheads
  • Loading docks
  • Mail steamers
  • Marine photographs
  • Marine terminals
  • Membership certificates
  • Memorabilia
  • Menus
  • Mess halls
  • Military camps
  • Military facilities
  • Military hospitals
  • Military officers
  • Military organizations
  • Military personnel
  • Military service
  • Military uniforms
  • Naval hospitals
  • Naval parades & ceremonies
  • Naval yards & naval stations
  • Navies
  • Ocean liners
  • Ocean travel
  • Officers' quarters
  • Pamphlets
  • Panoramic photographs
  • Panoramic views
  • Passenger quarters
  • Passengers
  • People associated with transportation
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic postcards
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs
  • Piers & wharves
  • Playbills
  • Portrait photographs
  • Presentation albums
  • Printed ephemera (Not Used for Indexing)
  • Programs
  • Publicity photographs
  • Recruiting & enlistment
  • Sailing cards
  • Sailors
  • Schedules (Time plans)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Seascape photographs
  • Seascapes
  • Sheet music covers
  • Ship captains
  • Ship cards (Not Used for Indexing)
  • Ship pursers
  • Ships
  • Shipwrecks
  • Social programs (Not Used for Indexing)
  • Souvenirs
  • Staterooms
  • Stationery
  • Steamships (Not Used for Indexing)
  • Steerage
  • Stereographs
  • Stewards
  • Stowaways
  • Theater programs
  • Tickets
  • Timetables
  • Tintypes
  • Tourists
  • Trade cards
  • Transportation facilities
  • Travel posters
  • Travelers
  • Vessel components
  • Vessels
  • Victoria card photographs
  • Visiting cards
  • Voyages around the world
  • War posters


What the Archives Doesn’t Collect

  • Ashtrays
  • Buttons, Badges, Cigarette Lighters
  • China, Crystal
  • Coffee Urns, Pots, etc.
  • Coins & Stamps
  • Cruise Plates, Plaques
  • Dinnerware
  • Figurines
  • Furniture, Furnishings
  • Glassware
  • Jewelry
  • Key Chains
  • Linen
  • Pins & Medallions
  • Playing Cards
  • Pottery
  • Serving Bowls, etc.
  • Ship Models
  • Silverware
  • Steamer Trunks

Items of Interest that have preservation issues that cannot be adequately addressed through resources of the Archives


Last Updated: May 2024


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