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An “Archival Intervention”
Archivist Johnathan Thayer told 2015 American Historical Association conference attendees about the importance of SCI’s Oral History Project. More...
  • November 14, 2014 Living History at Sea: Recording Oral Histories on the SS John W. Brown SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer found a living testament to the proud history and tradition of American merchant mariners who sailed during World War More...
  • September 8, 2014 The Sinking of the SS Marine Electric Retired mariner Gene Kelly shares his harrowing story of surviving the sinking of one of maritime history’s most notorious ships. More...

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  • SCI's Health & Wellness Clinics February 1, 2012 by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist The post-WWI shipping slump of the 1920s meant more sailors out of work and “on the beach,” a problem that only got worse with the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing decade of Depression. For those with medical... More...
  • Medico Rooftop Radio Doctor’s Office January 4, 2012 by Jenny Frémont, Archives Fellow, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies MAN PUT HIS TONGUE AGAINST REFRIGERATOR PIPE AND GOT IT FROZEN; HAVE THAWED IT OUT AND IT IS NOW BLISTERED AND SWOLLEN BUT NOT PAINFUL. ARRIVING... More...
  • Janet Lord Roper: SCI’s House Mother November 8, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist Janet Lord Roper served as SCI’s House Mother from 1915 until her death in 1943. Over nearly three decades, Mother Roper’s service to the seafarers at 25 South Street established her as one of the most... More...
  • SCI Joins Queens College Special Collections October 14, 2011 At the beginning of the 19th century, the absence of international regulations meant merchant mariners frequently experienced mistreatment, ranging from unfair wages to abuse on board. More...
  • Parker's Journals: SCI’S First CHAPLAINSBLOG October 8, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist The recently launched SCI CHAPLAINSBLOG showcases the daily work of SCI’s port chaplains, creating a new forum in which they can reach out to seafarers in the digital era. In many ways, this latest innovation... More...
  • SCI’s 9/11 Relief Efforts September 9, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist On the morning of September 11, 2001, having observed first-hand the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers from just 850 yards away, SCI made the quick decision to transform the offices of the... More...
  • The Byrd Antarctic Expedition of 1928-1930 August 10, 2011 by Johnathan Thayer, Associate Archivist The Arctic and Antarctic have held the collective imagination of the Western world since ancient times, luring nautical explorers to the icy poles in search of mysterious islands, unclaimed lands, and access... More...