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Edward C. Cargile Papers
MSS-S 110  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents of Collection
  • Acquisition Information
  • Publication Rights

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward C. Cargile Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS-S 110
    Contributing Institution: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet (5 archives boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1969-2001
    Date (inclusive): 1946 - 2006
    Abstract: Papers of author, editor, engineer, and diving officer Edward Cargile. Papers reflect Cargile's life and work as a diver, underwater photographer, author, editor of dive journals, and consultant in the dive industry, as well as illustrate the history of diving and the diving industry. The collection ranges in date from 1946-2006, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1969-2001.
    Creator: Cargile, Edward C.


    Edward C. Cargile was born in San Diego, California in 1939. He began diving and experimenting with underwater photography in his early teens. While in high school, Cargile joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. While attending San Diego City College, he transferred to the Marine Corps Active Reserves.
    Cargile completed his B.S. in Phsyics from North American University in 1963. After graduation he worked as an Engineering Supervisor at Rockwell International, overseeing the Apollo Test Data Processing Unit. Cargile continued diving, training other divers, including U.S. Navy personnel in the recovery of the Apollo Spacecraft.
    Over the years Cargile worked for a number of companies and institutions. He became the Director of the Underwater Technology Institute (UTI) in 1970, editor of Aquarius Magazine for the National Association of Scuba Diving Schools in 1971, and Program Manager of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Diving Association. In 1974, Cargile was hired by the Commercial Diving Center of Oceaneering International to write training procedures for diving bell and saturation diving operations. He went on to work for Scubapro and then as the Director of Communications for the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA).
    Throughout his life Cargile wrote about diving and the history of divers and taught both diving and underwater photography courses.

    Preferred Citation

    Edward C. Cargile Papers, MSS-S 110. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    Papers of author, editor, engineer, and diving officer Edward Cargile. Papers reflect Cargile's life and work as a diver, underwater photographer, author, editor of dive journals, and consultant in the dive industry. The collection ranges in date from 1946-2006 and are arranged in six series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS, 4) PROFESSIONAL FILES, 5) SUBJECT FILES, and 6) IMAGES.
    The first series, BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, contains biographies, a curriculum vitae, articles about Cargile and his career, as well as a small amount of information regarding Cargile's time as a Boy Scout. Several undated portraits of Cargile are also included.
    The CORRESPONDENCE series contains some professional letters regarding potential business ventures. The bulk of the series relates to Cargile's writing and attempts to publish. His exchanges with Meredith Wills deal entirely with the attempt to publish Cargile's book titled, "Aquanauts Dive the Andrea Doria."
    The WRITINGS series includes typescripts, manuscripts, and notes for various articles, essays, and book projects. Cargile also developed proposals for a television channel and film series, which are located in this series. In many cases letters to editors, notes regarding attempts to publish, and photographs submitted for use as article illustrations are filed with corresponding articles.
    The PROFESSIONAL FILES contain materials related to Cargile's career in the dive industry. Files include training materials written by Cargile, correspondence, press kits, reports and research collected by Cargile while working for the Commercial Diving Center, the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA), and Scubapro. Also included are materials related to Cargile's works as a consultant and his memberships with various professional organizations.
    The SUBJECT FILES consists of collected clippings, brochures, and promotional material for a number of diving organizations, as well as diving equipment and marine technology companies. The series contains information useful for examining the history and business of diving. Some of these files may have been collected while Cargile was working for the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA).
    The final series, IMAGES, consists of photographs and prints of ocean vessels, submersibles and a number of mostly unidentified people. Many of these images were used for research or to illustrate articles written by Cargile. The photographs of people generally show them working on or with ships or submarines.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.



    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Deep diving