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Campus History Collection

Cal Maritime Library Oral History Project


Student conducting oral history interview

The California Maritime Academy is now heading into the final quarter of its first century. During that time, it has grown from a small nautical training school to a unique part of the California State University system. Our students, faculty, staff and others who have been affiliated with us have played an important role in the history of the state, the region and the nation. Many have proudly served our country in times of conflict and helped to develop today's modern maritime industry, in all of its facets, in times of war and peace. Documenting and preserving that history and culture through the memories and the records of our alumni, faculty and staff is an important part of our task as an educational institution.

Student conducting oral history interview

The California Maritime Academy's Oral History Project is seeking people who have attended or worked for the Academy from its beginnings in 1929 up to modern times. Your memories and mementos of your time at the Nautical School/Academy are important in documenting the history and culture of the institution – how it has operated over the years, its memorable events, and how it has influenced history and your lives.

Student conducting oral history interview

There are two ways you can create a record of your recollections. For an opportuninty to visit the campus and be interviewed here, please contact the Archives Coordinator, Patricia Thibodeau at 707-654-1089 or We will pair you with an individual or students who will prepare the interview and recording session(s) with you.

Cal Maritime Alumni

If you would prefer to record an oral history yourself, with family members or friends, please download our oral history kit. The kit will provide you with all the forms and procedures for creating an excellent oral history. We hope you enjoy this special opportunity to contribute your unique history.