The history of maritime endeavor is contained primarily in museums, libraries and archives around the world, many searchable on-line. In addition, there are many Internet discussion groups and list-serves, bibliographies, magazines and journals, and other collections of material culture that evoke the wide spectrum of life by and on the sea.
- Maritime Museums
- Libraries, Archives and Specialty Collections
- Ships and Boats
- Women at Sea
- On-line Collections and Resources
- Maritime Bibliographies
A majority of the major maritime museums or institutions with maritime collections are members of the associations below. Additional organizations can be found in the World Ocean Directory.
Libraries and archives frequently contain maritime-related collections of rare books and manuscripts, maps and charts, portraits, letters, photographs, objects and ephemera. Additional material can also be found in local historical and genealogical societies, natural history museums, folk arts and craft collections, and science and environmental centers in coastal settings.
Mystic Seaport, G.W. Blunt White Library Mystic Seaport Collections and Research Department - Online Resources
Maritime history is well told through the voyages of innumerable ships plying the high seas, transporting goods, people and ideas worldwide in a complex weave of successful passages through time. These ships are evident throughout the history of civilization. They evoke the triumphs and tragedies of human endeavor, the myriad individual stories that collectively proclaim human achievement.
Women have played an integral role in Maritime History, from the age of sail to present day. Many and are doing important work in research, education, governmental policy and as heroines on the high seas. These links offer access to a selection of available materials on the subject.
Maritime patrimony is also interpreted through collections of artifacts, models, paintings, archival materials, and ephemera, much of which is found in institutional settings. Several museums and other organizations with large, encyclopedic collections have made these resources publicly accessible through on-line search facility and thematic bibliographies.
Maritime Transportation - Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Atlantic World: A specialized history bibliography from Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
Includes: African diaspora, Latin America, slave trade, and many related topics
Ocean Health Index
A weekly feature to highlight, by country, the goals and components of the Ocean Health Index which measures and scores ocean health from 0-100.
Did You Know?
This goal measures the amount of seafood captured or raised in a sustainable way.
Seafood helps more than half the world’s population meet their need for protein. (source: OHI)