View the compartments of an Indiana-class Battleship from the late 1800s,in an illustration in The American Steel Navy by John Doughty Alden, showing five decks with most of the over 200 storerooms, and the gunnery which doubled as the mess hall in some ships. Images of kitchens, both on deck and in a dedicated compartment, ships’ cooks preparing beef stew and potatoes, and advice given by recipe books from the mid-twentieth century highlight new additions to the Library on food in the U.S. Navy and on merchant ships. Now through August, 2013.
Three intriguing new books in the Library have details about mess halls on ships during World War II and much earlier. Collingham’s “The Taste of War” offers a new look at strategies and battles, how food, or the lack of it, persuades history. Purchase a book, “Beef Stew for 2500” by Rudy Shappee in the Sea Chest Gift Shop.
From left to right in the image: Robert Smalls (1839-1915), Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), Marcus Garvey (1887-1940), and Matthew Henson (1866-1955) are just four of many, many heroes in history from just before the Civil War into the early twentieth Century. See the Library’s exhibit in the Navy Hall for details about books in our collections that cover this period.
New books in the Library are featured titles. In our collections, other titles on the same subject may be seen at the Library’s online catalog at LibraryThing.com.
More subjects in the Library’s Collection of Books.
New books in the Library’s Collections.
Jack London is the author of stories about the Western frontier of Alaska, as well as the peoples of the Pacific Islands. His best known works described the Alaskan Gold Rush: Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Sea Wolf. Equally compelling but lesser known are his Pacific Island stories: they grew out of his experiences sailing the Ocean between 1908-1916.
Selections Novels and Stories. / Jack London. Published by Library of America, 1982.
Selections. Novels and Social Writings. / Jack London. Published by Library of America, 1982.
Tales of the Fish patrol. / Jack London. Published by Forgotten Books, Reprint from the International Fiction Library, 2012, c1918.
Stories of Hawaii. / Jack London. Edited by A. Grove Day. Published by Mutual Publishing, 1986, c1965.
Jack London’s Tales of Cannibals and Headhunters : Nine South Seas Stories by America’s Master of Adventure. / Jack London. Edited and annotated by Gary Riedl and Thomas R. Tietze. Published by University of New Mexico Press, 2006.
Jack London in Aloha-land. / Charmian Kittredge London. Author of “Voyaging in Wild Seas”. Published by Kegan Paul, Distributed by Columbia University Press, New York, 2002.
A powerfully-engaged man, London traveled to Asia as a war correspondent in the Russo-Japanese War, photographing people and conditions there. He also appeared in England where he posed homeless along London’s quays so he could study the struggles of poverty and wrote “The People of the Abyss”, an acknowledged and socially-charged statement of the times (early 1900).
See the Library’s blog posts on Jack London here.
Freedom’s soldiers : the Black military experience in the Civil War / edited by Ira Berlin, Joseph P. Reidy, Leslie S. Rowland.
Giants : the parallel lives of Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln / John Stauffer. Published by Twelve, N.Y., 2008.
Strange maps : an atlas of cartographic curiosities. / Frank Jacobs. Published by Viking Studio Press, New York, 2009.
These books represent new purchases and donations of historical fiction and non-fiction for your reading pleasure at home. Borrow a book for up to three weeks with your Museum Membership Card.
A new purchase in the Library, “At Drake’s Command: The Adventures of Peregrine James during the Second navigation of the World” by David Wesley Hill, Temurlone Books, 2012.
See a partial listing of our Lending Library at Library Thing.
View the Library Blog Adventures of Maritime History from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library.
See an exhibit of books and Museum objects from the collections in the Navy Hall. On view until Jan 31st, “To the Poles North and South, Circa 1900!” featuring accounts and illustrations from notebooks and journals of the explorers and the photographs of Frank Hurley.
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library is located within the Museum. Click here to check the hours and to visit the library. Or call 310-548-7618 Fax: 310-832-6537
Please make an appointment online to view any of the collections below. Please refer to the collection by name, listed below.
Los Angeles Harbor Maps and Charts
Historic, thematic and pilot charts of the channels in Los Angeles Harbor and San Pedro
Bay date from 1943 through the 1980s; also in the collection are nineteenth-century
surveys of the California coast and islands.
Museum Research Library Special collections
Library Special Collections : 1905 – current
An open collection consisting of news clippings, including scrapbooks of the Harbor
Master, and articles of maritime and Los Angeles Harbor interest.
Library Special collections: Pamphlets or Booklets
Subjects range from local to world maritime history. Most pamphlets or booklets were published between 1920s and 1980s.
Annual Reports of the Port of Los Angeles, dated 1912-2000.
Maritime history as written in articles for journals published nationally or internationally. Most are not indexed.
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