Edward G. Brownlee (1911-2005) conducted extensive research into the history of ships and shipping in the Mid-Atlantic region.
This collection is scheduled to be arranged and described. Please stay tuned for updated collection information. The collection consists of scrapbooks and papers assembled by Edward Brownlee. There are two scrapbooks on the Port of Philadelphia, which contain clippings, magazine and newspaper illustrations, photographs, notes and lists of ships by line, and several maps. Lines represented include White Star, Holland America, American Export, and Banana Sales Corporation. There is also a disbound scrapbook on schooners, which contains photographs and clippings from the early 1930s. Schooners represented include Edna Hoyt, George W. Elzey, Jr., Copperfield of Mobile, Nomis, Edward R. Smith, and others. Miscellaneous papers of Brownlee, 1933-1992, include: a small batch of correspondence (1930s-1980s); notes on photographs of schooners; newspaper clippings about shipping in the Port of Philadelphia; Brownlee’s research notes, including notes on Joseph Ogden (a ferryman in Philadelphia in the 18th century), and on tonnage measurements in marine archaeology; typescripts of articles by Brownlee, including “Reconstruction of Coasting Schooners” and “Recollections of Several Depression-Era Voyages and Coasting Schooners”; annotated sketches of an oystering schooner; and a 1991 letter from Brownlee regarding his connection with Independence Seaport Museum’s library. The collection also contains line plans, circa 1990s, by Edward G. Brownlee. These include plans for William E. Lee, Electa Bailey, New Ironsides, and General Banks.
- Ogden, Joseph, d. 1805
- Research notes
- The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum: Edward G. Brownlee paper, MS 25 (photographs, notes, and drawings of vessels in the Cheasapeake Bay region) [collection transferred to CBM by PMM/ISM]
- Port of Philadelphia