The Journal of Diving History publishes histories of international diving and divers written by diving enthusiasts and practitioners. The journal began with the Summer Issue, 1993 with the title Historical Diver, a title that remained until 2008 when it became The Journal of Diving History.
Articles in Historical Diver feature biographies, events and milestones in diving history from the 19th century as well as articles on famous divers. Hans Hass is featured in Issue No. 9, Fall 1996, “Hans Hass Pioneer Swim Diving”. His innovations are highlighted subsequent issues and the Summer 2013 issue of The Journal of Diving History ran a feature-length article on his life and work. See the Library’s blog on Hass.
“Sea Hunt: Television’s Epic Underwater Adventure” is the main article in Issue 16, summer 1998 of Historical Diver. “Zale Parry: the First Lady of American Diving” and “Lotte Hass Diving’s International Leading Lady” are two articles highlighting the achievements of women divers.
Jacques Cousteau is also featured in Historical Diver with a Jacques Yves cousteau Commemorative Issue published in Fall 1997. In Spring 1998, Historical Diver ran the feature “Cousteau and Hass, an Early Timeline”. “100 Years of Jacques Yves Cousteau” is celebrated in the Summer 20120 issue of The Journal of Diving History.
The Library also holds a collection of books on deep diving and diving history. Please see the online catalog for a listing or call the Library more information at 310-548-7618.
Jack London (1876-1916) is an author of stories about the frontiers of the American West, Alaska, and the peoples of the Pacific Islands. He was also a photographer and journalist who was featured in a travelling exhibit at the Museum. 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 which they grew out of his experiences sailing the Ocean between 1908-1916.
The Cruise of the Snark. / Jack London. Published by Mills and Boon, Limited, 1911.
Jack London, photographer. / Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Sara S. Hodson, and Philip Adam. Published by University of Georgia Press, 2010.
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.
Stories of Hawaii. / Jack London. Edited by A. Grove Day. Published by Mutual Publishing, 1986, c1965.
Tales of the Pacific. / Jack London. Published by Penguin Books, 1989.
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.
Jack London, Sailor on Horseback; A Biographical Novel by Irving Stone. Published by doubleday and Company, Inc., 1937.
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.
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.
New books in the Library are featured titles on this website. In our collections more titles on the same subject may be seen at the Library’s online catalog at LibraryThing.com.
Captain “Hell Roaring” Mike Healy: From American Slave to Artic Hero / Dennis Noble and Truman Strobridge. Published by University Press of Florida, 2009.
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom and Decpetion in the New World / Greg Grandin. Published by Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt, 2014.
New books are focused on history and biography of the past 188 years. More details about these books can be seen in our online catalog at LibraryThing.com or on our Blog, Adventures of Maritime History.
1. Alaska and the U.S. Cutter Revenue Service 1867-1915. / Truman R. Strobridge and Dennis L. Noble.
2. Faces of War: The Untold Stories of Edward Steichen’s World War II Photographers. / Mark D. Faram.
3. Our America : A Hispanic History of the United States. / Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.
4. The Way of the Ship: America’s Maritime History Reenvisioned 1600-1800. / Alex Roland, W. Jeffrey Bolster, Alexander Keyssar.
5. Shipwright 2013. The International Annual of Maritime History and Ship Model Making. / Edited by John Bowen and Jean Hood.
6. U.S. Navy Uniforms and Insignia, 1943-1946. / Jeff Warner.
7. Challenging the Deep. / Hans Hass.
8. Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence: Immigration to Rhode Island. / William J. Jennings & Patrick T. Conley.
9. The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World. / Greg Grandin.
10. I Cover the Waterfront. / Max Miller.
11. The Panama Route, 1848-1869. / John Haskell Kemble.
12. A Voyage to California, the Sandwich Islands and Around the World in the Years 1826-1829. / Auguste Duhaut-Cilly.
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. for more information on book titles that cover this period, see the Library’s online catalog for books in our collections .
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.
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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