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This selection of items from Mystic Seaport's archival collections includes logbooks, diaries, letters, business papers, and published narratives of voyages and travels. The unique maritime perspective of these materials offers a rich look at the events, culture, beliefs, and personal experiences associated with the settlement of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest. A number of photographs, paintings, maps, and nautical charts are also included to illustrate the story of Americans western seaborne travel. Various themes are touched upon, including whaling, life at sea, shipping, women at sea, and native populations.
The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress and Mystic Seaport do not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.
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The digitization and presentation of these materials by Mystic Seaport* was supported by an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. Links marked * lead to web pages mounted at Mystic Seaport.
The source materials for this collection are housed at Mystic Seaport. * Please contact the G. W. Blunt Library with any questions or for information about the original materials and Mystic Seaport Rights and Reproductions Department with requests for reproductions.
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