Edward C. Cargile Papers

Finding aid prepared by Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Copyright 2013

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



Box 1, Folder 1

Miscellaneous information about Cargile

Box 1, Folder 2

Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree, Irvine Ranch, CA 1953

Box 1, Folder 3

Photographs of Cargile ca. 1960s



Box 1, Folder 4

Lynch, John R., Jr. 1973 - 1982

Box 1, Folder 5

Martin, William (President, Aqua-Craft, Inc.) 1977

Box 1, Folder 6

Müsser, Frederick von 1973 - 1982

Box 1, Folder 7

Wills, Meredith 1977 - 1979

Box 1, Folder 8

Letters to & from journal editors 1970 - 2002

Box 1, Folder 9

Miscellaneous 1970 - 2001



Box 1, Folder 10

Miscellaneous articles by Cargile

Box 1, Folder 11

Advanced Deep Sea Diving Equipment 1969

Box 1, Folder 12

The Dive Deep to Do the Impossible 1969

Box 1, Folder 13

First Nuclear Submersible 1969

Box 1, Folder 14

Modern Deep Sea Diving 1969

Box 1, Folder 15

Undersea Vehicle to Save Submarine Crews 1969

Box 1, Folder 16

Gases for Deep Sea Divers 1970

Box 1, Folder 17

Hawaii's Undersea Habitat 1970

Box 1, Folder 18

Ocean Research in Undersea Vehicles 1970

Box 2, Folder 1

Undersea Research Vehicles 1970

Box 2, Folder 2

Undersea Vehicles Explore the Ocean 1970

Box 2, Folder 3

Undersea Vehicles for Science 1970

Box 2, Folder 4

Undersea Vehicles for Research & Operations 1970

Box 2, Folder 5

Undersea Vehicles of Southern California 1970

Box 2, Folder 6

Undersea Vehicle Systems - Notes ca. 1970

Box 2, Folder 7

Nuclear Deep Submersible - NR-1 1971

Box 2, Folder 8

Advanced Deep Diving Systems 1973

Box 2, Folder 9

Rescue Off Ireland 1973

Box 2, Folder 10

Commercial Diving Division: U.S. Divers Co. 1977

Box 2, Folder 11

Success in the Sun 1986

Box 2, Folder 12

"Wondrous Sea" videotape & cinema film series - Prospectus 1986

Box 2, Folder 13

The Ocean Channel - Project notes for proposed television channel

Box 2, Folder 14

Trieste: The Deepest Dive 1999

Box 2, Folder 15

Breaking the Deepth [sic] Barrier 2001

Box 2, Folder 16

The Deepest Dive 2001

Box 2, Folder 17

Breathing Systems for Deep Diving undated

Box 2, Folder 18

Deep Saturation Diving undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Human Factor Problems of Dry and Wet Submersibles undated

Box 3, Folder 2

Industrial Underwater Photography - Notes undated

Box 3, Folder 3-4

Ocean Technology Library undated

Box 3, Folder 5

Submersibles - Notes for a session at unidentified conference undated

Box 3, Folder 6

Undersea Research Vehicles - Research & chapter draft for possible book undated

Box 3, Folder 7

Notes for potential articles

Box 3, Folder 8

Notes - Miscellaneous & unidentified





Box 3, Folder 9

Beaver IV Roughneck, submarine workboat - Includes two photographs of Cargile as pilot 1968


Commercial Diving Center


Training Articles by Cargile

Box 3, Folder 10

Bell Diver Training at Commercial Diving Center

Box 3, Folder 11

Bell Diver Training Course

Box 3, Folder 12

Bell/Saturation Diver Course

Box 3, Folder 13

Training Bell/Saturation Divers

Box 3, Folder 14

Training Commercial Divers

Box 3, Folder 15

Training for Long, Deep Dives

Box 3, Folder 16

Training article by Daniel Gaughran - The Working Diver: Performance in Cold Water 1974

Box 3, Folder 17

Bell/Saturation course description & notes 1974

Box 3, Folder 18

Bell/Saturation Diving - Talk given at the Sixth International Conference on Underwater Education 1974

Box 3, Folder 19

Employment information 1974


Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA)

Box 3, Folder 20

Press-kit Information Guide 1983

Box 3, Folder 21

Research clippings, "Diving" 1993 - 1994


Orincon Emboli Detection and Classification System

Box 4, Folder 1

Diving Market Research Report 2002

Box 4, Folder 2-3

Correspondence & proposals for consulting 2000 - 2002



Box 4, Folder 4

1963 - 1995 & undated

Box 4, Folder 5

2005 - 2006

Box 4, Folder 6

Simons Development Company - Business plan 1985

Box 4, Folder 7

U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation - Underwater photography course 1977


Professional Organizations

Box 4, Folder 8

California Wreck Divers - Club information & newsletters 1974 - 1978

Box 4, Folder 9

Los Angeles County Underwater Instructors Association, 40th Anniversary 1994

Box 4, Folder 10

UnderSea Explorations 2000 - "Deep Submergence Submarines," talk given by Cargile June 28, 2000



Box 5, Folder 1

Aqua Lung (formerly U.S. Divers) 1971 - 2005

Box 5, Folder 2

Battelle Memorial Institute undated

Box 5, Folder 3

DACOR Corporation 1972 - 1994

Box 5, Folder 4

Deep Ocean Engineering 1998 & undated

Box 5, Folder 5

Dräger (Drägerwerk) 1946 - 1992

Box 5, Folder 6

Farallon Industries ca. 1970 - 1994

Box 5, Folder 7

Force Fin 2000 - 2006

Box 5, Folder 8

Handicapped Scuba Association 1989 - 1994

Box 5, Folder 9

IUC International, Inc. 1959 - 1978

Box 5, Folder 10

National Academy of Scuba Educators 1991 - 1995

Box 5, Folder 11

National Association of Skin Diving Schools (NASDS) 1991 & undated

Box 5, Folder 12

Ocean Systems, Inc. ca. 1970s

Box 5, Folder 13

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) 1980 - 1995

Box 5, Folder 14

Rebikoff Institute of Marine Technology, Inc. 1979 - 1982

Box 5, Folder 15

UnderSea Camp 2001

Box 5, Folder 16

Women's SCUBA Association 1994



Box 5, Folder 17


Box 5, Folder 18

Ships & submersibles

Box 5, Folder 19