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SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer reflects on his experience last summer on board the Charles W. Morgan, a restored 19th-century whaling ship. More...
  • An Interactive Historical Timeline of the Seamen’s Church Institute May 13, 2015 Founded in 1834, SCI’s historic records detail the development of maritime commerce in the City of New York from early days. An online photographic timeline created with Prezi opens the vaults of SCI More...
  • An “Archival Intervention” January 30, 2015 Archivist Johnathan Thayer told 2015 American Historical Association conference attendees about the importance of SCI’s Oral History Project. More...

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Labor Struggles on New York City’s Waterfront: A Visual History August 27, 2012

Queens College grad student Alexandra Dolan-Mescal examines SCI’s archival record of labor unions in early twentieth-century New York, discovering that seafarer welfare agencies like SCI were... More...

“Archival Theory and Religious Thought:” A Review of SAA 2012 August 16, 2012

SCI’s Archivist Johnathan Thayer attended the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in San Diego, CA where he discovered religion and archives have more in common than one... More...

SCI and the Merchant Marine during World War II, Part Two: 1942 August 2, 2012

When the United States entered World War II, the nation drew on many resources for the war effort, including the Seamen’s Church Institute, which provided aid to seafarers in the merchant marine... More...

SCI Digital Archives Launches New Site July 19, 2012

Explorers need not climb into a dusty vault to view objects from New York’s maritime history at the Seamen’s Church Institute. A new, easy-to-use online interface allows anyone to access more than... More...

SCI and the Merchant Marine during WWII, Part One: 1939-1941 July 6, 2012

United States merchant mariners played a crucial role in securing victory for the Allied forces during the Second World War. SCI’s archival records bear witness to their valuable contribution and... More...

Merchant Marine Mural at 25 South Street June 6, 2012

For many years, a mural depicting the crucial role of the US Merchant Marine in the 1944 Normandy Invasion hung in the lobby of SCI’s headquarters at 25 South Street.

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SCI and the Titanic: Safety at Sea April 12, 2012

by Johnathan Thayer, Archivist The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, became an international news story even before actual details of the event emerged. The speed and force with which the... More...