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Marie Katherine and Oliver E. Seegelken Papers, 1918-1943

Marie Katherine and Oliver E. Seegelken Papers, 1918-1943
Mss. Acc. 2014.083
0.2 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

The papers of Marie Katherine and Oliver Seegelken consist of a 1934 diary of the couple's South American sea voyage kept by Marie Seegelken, and of love letters between husband and wife, 1918, 1943, and undated. During WWI, Oliver Seegelken served in the USNRF (United States Naval Reserve Force) in San Pedro, California.

The diary is filled not only with an account of each day, but with hand-drawn illustrations of passengers, crew, and ports.  Marie Seegelken also wrote vignettes of the passengers and jotted down ideas for short stories based on overheard conversations and ship intrigue. The sea voyage took place on the SS Santa Catalina and SS Santa Elena (both Grace Line) and a passenger list, a farewell dinner menu, and a humerous certificate are included with the diary.

For a detailed description of the diary, provided by the seller,  see folder description link below.

Seegelken, Marie Katherine
Seegelken, Oliver
El Salvador--Description and travel
Grace Line
Guatemala--Description and travel
Honduras--Description and travel
Latin America--Description and travel
Mexico--Description and travel
Nicaragua--Description and travel
Ocean liners--American--1930-1940
Ocean travel--1930-1940
Panama--Description and travel
SS Santa Catalina (Steamship)
SS Santa Elena (Steamship)
Women travelers--Diaries
Drawings (visual works)
Letters (correspondence)
Love letters
Printed ephemera
Ships' passenger lists

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers.

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Collection is open to all researchers.

Acquisition Note
 Source: Denning House, Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, 356 Spring Haven Dr., Lancaster, PA.
Preferred Citation
Marie Katherine and Oliver E. Seegelken Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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