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Marie Katherine and Oliver E. Seegelken papers

Identifier: MS 00389

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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.


  • Creation: 1918-1943
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1934


Conditions Governing Access:

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Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


0.20 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box and one oversize flat file)




Collection is arranged alphabetically by title at the file level.

Acquisition Information:

The collection was purchased with the assistance of the Clarice Garrison Quasi Fund.


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