|Repository:||G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport|
|Creator:||Maxim, Hiram Hamilton (1900-1992)|
|Title:||Hiram Hamilton Maxim Collection|
|Extent:||194 items/22 volumes|
|Abstract:||Collection, 1925-1989, consists mainly of logbooks and notebooks kept by Hiram Hamilton Maxim for his boats, GANNET and GANNETT II (built 1939), as well as several logbooks kept by his father, Hiram Percy Maxim. It also contains Hiram Hamilton’s notes and newspaper articles about improvements made to a hand-held Radio Direction Finder in addition to manuscripts and pictures for “Precision Coastal Piloting” and “Miscellaneous Piloting Notes and Other Useful Items”.|
|Accession number:||MC 2008.16|
Hiram Hamilton Maxim, 1900-1992, was the son of Hiram Percy Maxim and Josephine Hamilton Maxim. He was married to Alison Hemingway Maxim, 1902-1990, with whom he shared his love of sailing. He owned GANNET, a cutter probably built by Ralph E. Winslow and later GANNET II, a catboat built in 1939, designed by Philip L. Rhodes and built by Henry B, Nevins, Inc. He worked in his family’s business, The Maxim Silencer Company. Like his father, he was an inventor and author, improving upon the design of a portable Radio Direction Finder.
Hiram Percy Maxim, 1869-1936, father of Hiram Hamilton Maxim, was a co-founder of the American Radio Relay League, inventor and author and held many patents for his inventions.
Both Hiram Hamilton and his father were avid yachtsmen.
Collection 351 is arranged chronologically in series as described below and includes the logbooks, notebooks and papers of Hiram Hamilton Maxim and Hiram Percy Maxim.
Series 1: Hiram H. Maxim papers; 1925-1972
Series 2: Volumes; 1925-1989
Restrictions on Access
Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.
Restrictions on Use
Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.
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.
Maxim, Hiram Hamilton, 1900-1992
Maxim, Hiram Percy, 1869-1936
Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):
Black Duck (Catboat)
Gannet II (Sloop : 1939)
Moby Dick (Yacht)
Sea Gull (Yacht)
Long Island Sound (N.Y. and Conn.)
Old Lyme (Conn.)
Boats and boating
Coll. 351, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
|Series 1: Hiram Hamilton Maxim papers; 1925-1972|
|1||1||Personal correspondence; 1925-1939 (32 pieces)|
|2||Technical drawings BLACK DUCK, GANNET, GANNET II; (18 pieces)|
|3||Hand-held Radio Direction Finder, manuscript and newspaper articles; 1964-1972 (105 pieces)|
|4||Piloting notes, Long Island Sound; 1964 (39 pieces)|
|Series 2: Volumes; 1925-1989|
|1||5||ORIOLE and BLACK DUCK logbook; 1925-1929 (1 volume)|
|6||SEA GULL and MOBY DICK logbook; 1926-1935 (1 volume)|
|2||1||BLACK DUCK logbook; 1932-1934 (1 volume)|
|2||BLACK DUCK and GANNET logbook; 1941-1943 (1 volume)|
|3||GANNET logbook; 1956-1969 (1 volume)|
|4||GANNET II notebook; 1959-1961 (1 volume)|
|5||GANNET II logbook; 1960-1961 (1 volume)|
|6||GANNET II logbook; 1961-1962 (1 volume)|
|3||1||GANNET II notebook; 1961-1962 (1 volume)|
|2||GANNET II logbook; 1962-1965 (1 volume)|
|3||GANNET II notebook; 1963-1965 (1 volume)|
|4||GANNET II logbook; 1965-1967 (1 volume)|
|5||GANNET II notebook; 1966-1968 (1 volume)|
|6||GANNET II logbook; 1967-1969 (1 volume)|
|7||GANNET II notebook; 1968-1970 (1 volume)|
|4||1||GANNET II logbook; 1970-1973 (1 volume)|
|2||GANNET II notebook; 1970-1973 (1 volume)|
|3||GANNET II logbook; 1973-1976 (1 volume)|
|4||GANNET II notebook; 1973-1977 (1 volume)|
|5||GANNET II notebook; 1977-1989 (1 volume)|
|6||GANNET II logbook; 1978-1989 (1 volume)|