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Campus History Collection

Campus History Collection Mission & Scope

The mission of the Library’s Campus History Collection (CHC) is to acquire, document, preserve, and provide access to materials, documents, artifacts, and ephemera that directly relay the unique history, traditions, and heritage of the California State University Maritime Academy, from its inception in 1929 to the present.

The CHC is not an archive for general maritime history or industry, California State University documents, or documents not significant to Cal Maritime’s history.


The Cal Maritime Campus History Center is closed, and Archive staff are working remotely. For Research assistance please contact the Archives Coordinator.

Campus History Center hours:

  • Monday: 0800 - 1600
  • Tuesday: 0800 - 1600
  • Wednesday: 0800 - 1600
  • Thursday: 0800 - 1600
  • Friday: 0800 - 1600
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Please note that this is a non-circulating collection unless permission is deemed necessary and granted by the Dean of the Library.

Types of Materials Collected

Although not a comprehensive list, the following are the types of materials collected:

Examples from campus sources:

  • Academic catalogs
  • Handbooks
  • Directories
  • Yearbooks (Hawespipe)
  • Annual reports
  • Strategic planning documents
  • Cruise documents
  • Audio/video recordings
  • Newsletters
  • Student newspapers and publications
  • Newspaper/magazine clippings
  • Campus events documents (i.e. commencement programs, brochures, promotional materials, etc.)
  • Manuscripts from faculty, staff, and students
  • Artifacts (i.e. trophies, awards, plaques, gifts, works of art, etc.)
  • Other ephemera (i.e. postcards, pamphlets, etc.)

Examples from alumni or other external sources:

  • Uniforms
  • Photo albums
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal papers and property
  • Flags
  • Operating manuals
  • Equipment
  • Insignia
  • Blueprints
  • Audio/video recordings

A portion of the Campus History Collection has been cataloged in the Library's catalog.

Online sources

Currently, the Library is developing an online Institutional Repository for the collection, preservation, access, and display of digital items. A small portion of the collection has been digitized, including the Hawsepipe Yearbooks, historic photographs, and legislative documents related to the founding of the institution.


In general, the Campus History Collection grows from the generous efforts of the Academy’s current campus community of faculty, staff, and students as well as from alumni or other external constituents. Only materials that reflect the history of the Academy are considered and evaluated by the CHC Coordinator and librarians for their relevance and importance.


Potential donors should contact the Archives Coordinator at 707-654-1089. Email inquiries to are also acceptable.  Please be prepared to describe in full items for donation and their significance to the California Maritime Academy’s history.

The Library will not accept donations of personnel records or evaluations, student transcripts, business and accounting ledgers or other financial records.

All donations, transfers, acquisitions, or gifts become the permanent property of the Library and the Campus History Collection, unless specified by the donor in writing at the time of receipt.

Based on the appraisal and judgment of the CHC Coordinator, librarians, and staff, donated materials may be disposed of, transferred, or de-accessioned at a later date if deemed redundant, duplicative, or not of enduring value to the collection.

By law, the Library is not allowed to appraise or assess a value to any donation received. Assessment of value is solely the responsibility of the donor.

Monetary donations in support of the Campus History Collection are also greatly appreciated.  Monetary donations should be coordinated through the Academy’s Office of University Advancement, (707) 654-1246, or may be made online.

Digital Collections Take-Down Policy and Disclaimer

Digital collections are made available for purposes of education and research. Due to the nature or age of archival collections, we are not always able to identify all relevant copyright information. We are therefore eager to hear from rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information. 

If you are a rights holder with concerns that materials found in Cal Maritime's digital archival or repository collections violates your rights, please contact us. Upon request, we will remove material from public view while we address any rights or privacy issues. Please contact with the following information

  • Your contact information
  • the URL where the material was found
  • Details that describe the material (Title, number of items, etc.)