Clarkson A. Collins, Jr. Papers

Manuscripts Collection 308

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Collins, Clarkson A., Jr. (1884-1941)
Title: Clarkson A. Collins, Jr., Papers
Dates: 1798-c. 1940 (bulk 1920-1939)
Extent: 139 items
Abstract: Correspondence and research material, including typwritten notes, bibliography, published and unpublished articles, and drawings, of model ship maker, collector, and amateur maritime historian Clarkson A. Collins, Jr. (1844-1941). The collection also includes a catalog of a selection Collins’ models, and correspondence with Howard Chapelle. The collection documents many of his models, most of which have been widely scattered in subsequent years.The bulk of the materials was created between 1920 and 1939, with scattered documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Identification: Coll. 308

Biography of Clarkson A. Collins, Jr. (1884-1941)

Clarkson A. Collins, Jr. (1884-1941) of Rhode Island collected and built ships models during the early 20th century.

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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.


Chapelle, Howard Irving, 1900-1975


Models and modelmaking–Rhode Island
Sailing ships–Models
Ship models

Document Types:


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 308, 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.


Correspondence; 1929-1939.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence; 1920-1929 (7 items)
2 Correspondence; 1930-1932 (15 items)
3 Correspondence; 1933-1934 (18 items)
4 Correspondence; 1935 (19 items)
5 Correspondence; 1936-1938 (26 items)
6 Correspondence; 1939 (15 items)
7 Correspondence and miscellaneous; n.d. (11 items)
Research materials; 1798-1926, n.d.
Box Folder
1 8 “The Renowned Collection of Ship Models Formed by Clarkson A. Collins, Jr.”; 1929 (1 item)
9 Articles by Clarkson A. Collins, Jr.; n.d. (2 items)
10 Articles by unidentified authors; 1854-1855 (8 items)
11 Society for Nautical Research membership list, Appeal for the IMPLACABLE fund;; 1923-1925 (2 items)
12 Drawings and illustrations; ca. 1924 (7 items)
13 Research notes; n.d. (4 items)
14 Miscellaneous invoices; 1798, 1850 (2 items)
15 Transcription of “Station Bill Ship FAWN Third Voyage” from 1818; n.d. (14 pp.)
16 Photocopy of journal of Robert N. Ferrell from 1849; n.d. (34 pp.)

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