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Marie Katherine and Oliver E. Seegelken Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2014.083

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The papers of Marie Katherine and Oliver Seegelken consist of a 1934 diary of the couple's South American sea voyage kept by Marie Seegelken, and of love letters between husband and wife, 1918, 1943, and undated. During WWI, Oliver Seegelken served in the USNRF (United States Naval Reserve Force) in San Pedro, California.

The diary is filled not only with an account of each day, but with hand-drawn illustrations of passengers, crew, and ports.  Marie Seegelken also wrote vignettes of the passengers and jotted down ideas for short stories based on overheard conversations and ship intrigue. The sea voyage took place on the SS Santa Catalina and SS Santa Elena (both Grace Line) and a passenger list, a farewell dinner menu, and a humerous certificate are included with the diary.


  • 1918-1943
  • Majority of material found in 1934


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Collection is open to all researchers.


0.20 Linear Feet

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Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed by special collections staff on 22 July 2014.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository