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- Gosnell, Harpur Allen, b. 1890
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Harpur Allen Gosnell Papers
- Princeton University Archives
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Harpur Allen Gosnell was a member of the Princeton University Class of 1912 who went on to become an engineer and a member of the Naval Reserve. The Harpur Allen Gosnell Papers consist of various documents pertaining to Gosnell's ultimately unsuccessful efforts to initiate a Princeton University chapter of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps between 1927 and 1930. Also in the papers are several items of a more personal nature relating to Gosnell's childhood.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Harpur Allen Gosnell Papers consist of various documents pertaining to Gosnell, a Princeton alumnus, and his efforts to initiate a Princeton University chapter of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps between 1927 and 1930. The plan (which was ultimately turned down by the University) put Gosnell into contact with many administrators and alums. Those exchanges along with the supporting research materials are documented here through correspondence and reports. Also in the papers are several items relating to Gosnell's personal life, including short articles he wrote for the Princeton Alumni Weekly, a travel diary compiled during a trip taken at the age of 12, and a baby book marking important events in his early childhood.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Harpur Allen Gosnell was an American naval officer and author.
After graduating from Princeton in 1912, he remained at the university to earn a degree in electrical engineering in 1914. He held a position as an engineer with the DuPont Company, the United States Navy, and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company before returning to Princeton as an instructor in 1927, whereupon he earned a third degree, a master's in engineering. A member of the Naval Reserve, Gosnell authored several books on sailing and naval warfare including On the Decks of Old Ironsides and Before the Mast in Clippers. Gosnell died in 1959.
These papers were given the University Archives in June of 1960. The donor of the papers is unknown.
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Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Library guidelines.
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This collection was processed by Dan Brennan in 2009. Finding aid written by Dan Brennan in 2009.
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Harpur Allen Gosnell Papers; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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