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Gosnell, Harpur Allen, b. 1890
Naval Papers of Harpur Allen Gosnell
Manuscripts Division
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11 boxes and 6.25 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-11


Consists of personal papers of American naval officer Harpur Allen Gosnell (Princeton Class of 1912), including his articles on naval history and naval subjects.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of personal papers of Gosnell (Princeton Class of 1912), including his articles on naval history and naval subjects, such as "The First American Steamboat" (1932) and "The White Squadron Passes" (1936), his diplomas from Lawrenceville School and Princeton University, a large collection of illustrations and photographs (with some glass negatives) of naval vessels of all sorts, and printed matter.


Organized in this order: articles and related material, photographs of naval vessels and miscellaneous material, diplomas.

Collection Creator Biography:

Gosnell, Harpur Allen, b. 1890

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.

Collection History


No provenance and acquisition is currently available.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Naval Papers of Harpur Allen Gosnell; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-11