This collection forms part of the John Haskell Kemble maritime collection compiled by American maritime historian John Haskell
The collection contains ephemeral materials including ship histories, travel brochures, schedules and passenger lists from
over 925 shipping companies.
John Haskell Kemble (1912-1990), Jack to his family and friends, was born June
17, 1912, in Marshalltown, Iowa. He was the only child of Ira Oscar Kemble and
Caroline Haskell Kemble. His father owned and operated several greenhouses
which grew flowers for the florist trade. In the late teens, Jack's father sold most
of his greenhouses and in 1921, the family moved to California. The Kemble family
first lived in Eagle Rock, then Pasadena. Jack graduated from Pasadena High
School in 1930, and went to Pasadena Junior College in 1931, before transferring
to Stanford, where he earned his B.A. in 1933. He then crossed the Bay and
studied under Prof. Herbert Eugene Bolton at the University of California,
Berkeley, earning his M.A. in 1934, and his Ph.D. in 1937. Through the contacts
made by Bolton and Henry Wagner, Kemble joined the Pomona College faculty in
1936 as a Professor of History. He retired from Pomona 41 years later, in 1977.
During World War II Kemble served in the U.S. Navy, from 1942-1946, in the Office
of Chief of Naval Operations and on the Staff of Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific
Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas. In October 1945 he received a Commendation
Ribbon from Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz during a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.
Kemble rose from Ensign to Lieutenant Commander during the war, remained active
in the US Naval Reserve after the war, and retired as Commander, USNR, in
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