Research Collection for “The Centennial History of the United States Sailing Association”

Manuscripts Collection 270

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: United States Sailing Association
Title: Research Collection for “The Centennial History of the United States Sailing Association”
Dates: 1887-1990
Extent: 600 items
Abstract: “The Centennial History of the United States Sailing Association” was published in 1997 by the US Sailing and written and edited by Henry H. Anderson, Jr., the historian for the United States Sailing Association, and Robert C. MacArthur. This collection is comprised of the materials; correspondence notes, regional association histories, class information, and yacht club histories, gathered during the research phase of the project.
Identification: Coll. 270

History of the United States Sailing Association

The USSA was founded in 1897 as the NAYRU (North American Yacht Racing Union). Organized as a multi-national authority and sponsor for the sport of yacht racing the Union continued to grow. After a brief lapse of activity during World War II the Union changed its name to the Untied States Sailing Yacht Racing Union. Increasing international involvement, especially with the Canadian Yachting Association, required the final name change in 1991 to the United States Sailing Association.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

United States Sailing Association


One-designs (Boats)
Yacht clubs–History
Yacht racing–History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 270, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Information about topics covered in “U.S. Sailing Centennial History”; 1850-1975
Box Folder
1 1 Photos and Illustrations
2 Misc. Historical Material
3 Pre-1887 Yachting History
4 Founding NAYRU; 1897
5 Reformation of NAYRU; 1925
6 Formation of the USYRU; 1975
7 Designers
8 Rating Rules
9 Racing Rules and Scoring
10 Regattas, Cups, Events
11 Women’s Sailing
12 Junior Sailing
13 Olympics
14 Silver Oar of the Admiralty
Regional associations; undated
Box Folder
2 1 Alaska
2 Florida
3 Great Lakes Royal Canadian Yacht Club – Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Racing Union, Great Lake Yacht Racing Association
4 Greater New York
5 Gulf Yachting Assoc. including. Southern, Houston, Texas Co., etc. Yacht Clubs
6 Hawaii
7 Inland Lake Yachting Association
8 Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association
9 Inter-Lake Yachting Association
10 Inter-Scholastic Sailing Association (Formally ISYRA)
Box Folder
3 1 Los Angeles and Los Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs
2 Narragansett and Buzzards Bay
3 New Jersey, Middle & South Atlantic
4 Nova Scotia
5 Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association
6 Pacific Northwest
7 San Diego
8 San Francisco Bay – Pacific Inter-club Yacht, Pacific Coast Yachting Association & Yacht Clubs
9 Southern California (except San Diego)
10 Appendices (miscellaneous material relating thereto)
Classes; Open and one-design; undated
Box Folder
4 1 Canoes, Including Log Canoes
2 Classes; Alphabetically
3 Classes by Areas; Inter-lake Yachting Association
4 Classes by Areas; Los Angeles and San Diego Bay
5 Classes by Areas; Marblehead and Long Island Sound
6 Classes by Areas; Pacific Northwest
7 Classes by Areas; San Francisco Bay
8 Classes; Designers
9 Classes; Earliest One-Design
10 Classes; Misc.
11 Classes; Recap
12 Classes; Rigs
13 Finn
14 Fish
15 Fourteen, International
16 Idem
17 New York Yacht Club
18 “R”
19 Sandbagger
20 Scows
21 Six-metre
22 Sonder
23 Suicide
24 Twelve-Metre
25 Whitehall
Yacht club history material; undated.
Box Folder
5 1 Yacht Clubs: Alamitos Bay to Bellport Bay Yacht Club
2 Yacht Clubs: Chicago Yacht Club
3 Yacht Clubs: Cleveland Yacht Club
4 Yacht Clubs: Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia to the Las Angeles Yacht Club
5 Yacht Clubs: Mantoloking Yacht Club to Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
6 Yacht Clubs: San Diego Yacht Club
7 Yacht Clubs: Saint Francis Yacht Club to Santa Barbara Yacht Club
8 Yacht Clubs: Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
9 Yacht Clubs: Severn Sailing Association to Waikiki Yacht Club

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