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Guide to the John Haskell Kemble Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biographical Note
  • Series Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Haskell Kemble Papers
    creator: Kemble, John Haskell
    Dates: 1891-1990
    Abstract: The John Haskell Kemble papers contains research materials and notes, typescripts about maritime history. In addition, there are his students' papers, course work, and documents about the organizations he participated in at Pomona College from 1936 to 1990. Also, there are documents about the history of Claremont, California. 7 series comprise the collection. Series 1 contain his personal effects; Series 2 contain his publications; Series 3 contains documents about organizations and memberships; Series 4 contains documents about his professional activities; Series 5 contains documents about his teaching activities; Series 6 contains documents about the Claremont Colleges; and Series 7 contains documents about the city of Claremont, California.
    Extent: 12 boxes
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Honnold/Mudd Library.
    800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
    Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
    Claremont University Consortium
    Claremont, California 91711
    Collection Number: h19xx.0235
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical Location: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John H. Kemble Papers. Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information


    Processing Information

    Arranged and Processed by Brooke Renzas, 2000. Revised and corrected, 2005.


    No additions to the collection is anticipated.

    Biographical Note

    John Haskell Kemble was a recognized maritime historian. He was born June 17, 1912 in Marshalltown, Iowa and died February 19, 1990. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University in 1933 and his MA in 1934, PhD in 1937 at the University California, Berkeley. He was a member of the Pomona College History department from 1936-1977. He retired as the Warren Finney Day professor of history and acted as Curator of the Wester Americana Collection at Honnold/Mudd library. He was the author of two books and numerous articles and edited other books over the years. The books were The Panama Route 1848-1869" and "San Francisco Bay: A Pictorial Maritime History."
    During World War II he was an instructor in the Office of Naval history and served on the staff of U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz at Pearl Harbor. He ended his active duty in 1946 and retired a commander in the Naval Reserve in 1977.
    Dr. Kemble was a visiting professor at the u.S. Naval War College in 1952-1953 and served as a lecturer for a number of years at the Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime History at Mystic Seaport, Conn.

    Series Arrangement

    Series 1 Personal Papers
    Subseries 1.1 Personal Effects, 1953-1984
    Subseries 1.2 Stanford University 1932-1933, Undergraduate Work
    Subseries 1.3 the University of California, Berkeley, 1932-1936, Graduate Work
    Series 2 Publications, 1969-1972
    Series 3 Organizations and Memberships
    Series 4 Professional Activities
    Subseries 4.1 Pomona College, History Department
    Subseries 4.2 Claremont Graduate School, History Department
    Series 5 Teaching Activities
    Subseries 5.1 Pomona College History Department Course materials
    Subseries 5.2 John H. Kemble's Students' Papers
    Subseries 5.3 Claremont Graduate School Course Materials
    Subseries 5.4 Claremont Graduate School Students' Papers
    Series 6 Claremont Colleges
    Series 7 Claremontiana

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
    Kemble, John H.
    Pomona College
    Western Americana -- 1900-1960