Thomas C. Mendenhall Collection (Coll. 263)


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of Thomas C. Mendenhall

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Mendenhall, Thomas C. (1872-1994)
Title: Thomas C. Mendenhall Collection
Dates: 1910-1994
Extent: 24 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers written or collected by Thomas C. Mendenhall regarding American collegiate rowing. Documents include research, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and drafts for Mendenhall's books entitled The Yale-Harvard Boat Race, 1852-1924, The Coming of Sport to the American College, A Short History of Rowing, and Coaches and Coaching. Collection also includes general research material on rowing history.
Identification: Coll. 263

Biography of Thomas C. Mendenhall

Thomas Corwin Mendenhall (1910-1998) was the recognized authority on the history of American collegiate rowing.

For thirty years Mendenhall reported on rowing events for the the Yale Alumni Magazine, and on the history of crew for The Oarsman. His books on rowing include Have Oar Will Travel: A Short History of the Yale Crew of 1856, A Short History of American Rowing, The Harvard-Yale Boat Race 1852-1924 and the Coming of Sport to the American College, and the forthcoming Coaches and Coaching.

Mendenhall received his B.A. at Yale in 1932, and went on to Oxford as a Rhode Scholar. There he was captain of the Balliol Boats, and back at Yale as a graduate student he rowed on the Berkeley College intramural crew. While teaching in the Yale History Department between 1937 and 1959 he served on the University's Rowing Committee. He also helped establish the Directed Studies Program. In 1959 Thomas Mendenhall accepted the position of President at Smith College. From this office, which he occupied until 1975, Mendenhall led Smith through what has been described as "some of the most turbulent times in American education." He also served as informal coach for the Smith rowers.

In 1975 Thomas Mendenhall retired to his home on Martha's Vineyard, and began actively working on his definitive history of the Harvard-Yale crew races, and other aspects of American rowing. The collected papers, correspondence, notes and assorted documents contained in this collection are the result of these years of dedicated research.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should

Subjects:

Rowing--United States

Document Types:

Clippings (Books, newspapers)
Letters (Correspondence)
Research (document genres)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 263, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Correspondence; 1950-1987
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondents: A;
2 Correspondents: B
3 Correspondents: Burk, Joe; 1950-1987
4 Correspondents: Burnell, Richard D.; 1954-1981
5 Correspondents: C
6 Correspondents: Coffey Corporation Racing Shells; 1981
7 Correspondents: D
8 Correspondents: E
9 Correspondents: F
10 Correspondents: G
11 Correspondents: H
12 Correspondents: I-J
13 Correspondents: K
14 Correspondents: L
15 Correspondents: M
16 Correspondents: Mystic Seaport Museum Publications
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2 1 Correspondents: N
2 Correspondents: O
3 Correspondents: P-Q
4 Correspondents: R
5 Correspondents: S
6 Correspondents: T
7 Correspondents: U-V
8 Correspondents: W
9 Correspondents: Way, Diana; 1990-1991
10 Correspondents: Way, Richard; 1988-1990
11 Correspondents: X-Z
12 Replies to Mendenhall; 1953-1982
Drafts, diagrams, photographs (copies), notes and correspondence; chapters; n.d.
Box Folder
3 1 Chapter I, "The Beginnings"
2 Chapter II, "The First Race"
3 Chapter III, "Search for Shape and Place"
4 Chapter IV, "Civil War Interlude: Coats, Style, and Training"
5 Chapter V, "The Race Resumed"
6 Chapter VI, "Bob Cook-The Races Take Shape"
7 Chapter VII, "Fall of Assoc. Rise of H-Y"
8 Chapter VIII, "The Boat Race Comes of Age"
9 Chapter IX, "The Rise and Fall of Michael Davis"
10 Chapter X, "Cook Triumphant, The Ruling Genius Bob Cook"
11 Chapter XI, "Cook Challenged"
12 Chapter XII, "Rowing With Confidence, 1899-1901"
13 Chapter XIII, "Harvard Gets Its Act Together"
14 Chapter XIV, "Guy Nickalls and Brighter College Years"
15 Chapter XV, "Rowing at War"
16 Chapter XVI, "Searching for a Coach"
17 Chapter XVII, "Rowing for the Many and the Wizards of the West"
18 Illustrations #56-128
19 Articles, Perspectives on Higher Education and Athletics
Newspaper clippings (copies); primarily "Yale Alumni Weekly," and the "Harvard Bulletin"; 1872-1899
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4 1 Newspaper clippings; 1872
2 Newspaper clippings; 1873
3 Newspaper clippings; 1874
4 Newspaper clippings; 1875
5 Newspaper clippings; 1876
6 Newspaper clippings; 1877
7 Newspaper clippings; 1878
8 Newspaper clippings; 1879
9 Newspaper clippings; 1880
10 Newspaper clippings; 1881
11 Newspaper clippings; 1882
12 Newspaper clippings; 1883
13 Newspaper clippings; 1884
14 Newspaper clippings; 1885
15 Newspaper clippings; 1886
16 Newspaper clippings; 1887
17 Newspaper clippings; 1888
18 Newspaper clippings; 1889
19 Newspaper clippings; 1890
20 Newspaper clippings; 1891
21 Newspaper clippings; 1892
22 Newspaper clippings; 1893
23 Newspaper clippings; 1894
24 Newspaper clippings; 1895
25 Newspaper clippings; 1896
26 Newspaper clippings; 1897
27 Newspaper clippings; 1898
28 Newspaper clippings; 1899
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5 1 Newspaper clippings; 1900
2 Newspaper clippings; 1901
3 Newspaper clippings; 1902
4 Newspaper clippings; 1903
5 Newspaper clippings; 1904
6 Newspaper clippings; 1905
7 Newspaper clippings; 1906
8 Newspaper clippings; 1907
9 Newspaper clippings; 1908
10 Newspaper clippings; 1909
11 Newspaper clippings; 1910
12 Newspaper clippings; 1911
13 Newspaper clippings; 1912
14 Newspaper clippings; 1913
15 Newspaper clippings; 1914
16 Newspaper clippings; 1915
17 Newspaper clippings; 1915-1916
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6 1 Newspaper clippings; 1916-1917
2 Newspaper clippings; 1917-1918
3 Newspaper clippings; 1918-1919
4 Newspaper clippings; 1919-1920
5 Newspaper clippings; 1920-1921
6 Newspaper clippings; 1922-1923
7 Newspaper clippings; 1924
8 Sources
Data sheets and publication papers; 1855-1992
Box Folder
7 1 Harvard-Yale Race data sheets; 1855-1998
2 Harvard-Yale Race data sheets; 1998-1910
3 Harvard-Yale Race data sheets; 1911-1924
4 Correspondence, publication; 1985-1986
5 Correspondence, notes, and copies; 1992
6 Correspondence; "A Proposal for a Book on the History of the Harvard Yale Boat Race"; 1960-1977
7 Letter, review by Yale University; 1990
8 Notes, photocopies; n.d.
9 Notes, photocopies; n.d.
10 Notes, photocopies; n.d.
11 Notes, photocopies; n.d.
Miscellaneous papers; 1877-1994
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8 1 "Boat, Oar and Scull Rigging Survey," FISA-Norway and Czech Republic; 1993
2 Boat race bulletin; 1878-1889
3 Bulletins, newsletters, etc. regarding women's rowing; 1978-1980
4 Cambridge coaching diary, H.R.N. Rickett; 1951
5 Coaches and trials, including "Springfield Rowing News"; 1959
6 Correspondence; 1980-1984
7 Correspondence, committee on the history of Yale sports; 1982.
8 Correspondence, Frederick W. Allen, (photocopies), and misc. materials; 1914-1916
9 Correspondence, George St. John Sheffield (photocopies); 1877-1923
10 Correspondence, Harvard selection of a coach; 1923-1924
11 Correspondence, John C. Rice and rowing paper; 1954-1958
12 Correspondence, Julian Kennedy regarding an engineer's perspective on rowing (photocopy); 1922
13 Correspondence on rowing tactics, newspaper clippings; 1914
14 Data file cards, Harvard-Yale enrollment; 1898-1920
15 Lists, Andover College admissions; 1884-1900
Box Folder
9 1 Magazine and newspaper articles; 1920-1921
2 Magazine and newspaper articles; 1980's
3 Magazine and newspaper articles; 1983
4 Magazine and newspaper articles; 1987-1988
5 Magazine and newspaper articles, coaches; 1963-1980
6 Magazine and newspaper articles, Harpers Weekly; 1879
7 Magazine and newspaper articles, miscellaneous
8 Magazine and newspaper articles, New York newspapers; 1923-1925
9 Magazine and newspaper articles, Saratoga; 1874
10 Magazine and newspaper articles, Yale University; 1980-1991
11 Miscellaneous; 1986
12 Miscellaneous; n.d.
13 Miscellaneous; n.d.
14 "Modern Rowing," Paul C. Wilson (photocopy)
15 Newspapers articles, notes, clippings, etc.
16 Newspapers articles, notes, correspondence, etc.
Box Folder
10 1 Walter Camp on rowing
2 Records, Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts
3 Reports and minutes, Harvard Athletic Governance Committee; 1883-1907
4 Reviews, 1994 Eastern Sprints race; 1994
5 "Summer Circular", Leander Club; 1984
6 Papers on training methods, including "Developments in Conditioning Methods for American Collegiate Rowing, 1850-1900" by Delaney Kiphuth; 1974
7 "Yale Alumni Weekly" rowing reviews; 1921-1924
8 Correspondence and notes, Yale Athletic Administration; ca 1910
9 Yale class histories, class and athletic statistics
10 Yale crew newsletter; 1948-1950
11 Yale miscellaneous materials
12 Yale miscellaneous materials
13 Yale records; 1879-1890
14 YUBC Log, also includes notes from the "Yale Record"; 1873-1896 Mar
Correspondence, drafts and research materials; 1979-1984
Box Folder
11 1 Correspondence; 1979-1984
2 Legal correspondence and contract with Charles River Books and attorneys; 1980-1984
3 Manuscript
4 Manuscript with publisher's mark-up
5 Glossary and bibliography manuscripts
6 Picture caption drafts
7 Research material, race results; 1852-1979
8 Research material re. the Ward brothers, including photocopy of Irene Ward Norsens' "The Ward Brothers"; newspaper clipping copies and correspondence; 1958
Drafts;
Box Folder
12 1 "Introduction" and related correspondence
2 Chapter I, "American Rowing Comes of Age; Robert J. Cook"
3 Biography, Bob Cook
4 Chapter II, "Michael Davis; An Ingenious Man"
5 Chapter III, "Charles Courtney; Cornell's Old Man"
6 Chapter IV, "Hiram Conibear; Founder of the Washington Dynasty"
7 Chapter V, "Rudi Lehmann; the British are Coming"; xerox copy of Mendenhall article "The British are Coming," from The Oarsman
8 Chapter VI, "The History of Rowing at the University of Washington From 1928-1945"
9 Statistics, University of Washington crews; 1899-1975
10 Chapter VII, "Ky Elbright; The Little Admiral from the Oakland Estuary"
11 Chapter VIII, "The Pococks; Boatbuilding from the Thames to Seattle"
Box Folder
13 1 Chapter IX, "Ed Leader, The Wizard of the West"
2 Chapter X, "Rusty Callow; We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers"
3 Chapter XI, "The Dour Dane; Ulbrickson"
4 Chapter XII, "Tom Bolles; Washington Comes to Harvard"
5 Chapter XIII, "Cayuga's Stork"
6 Chapter XIV, "Honest Joe Burk"
7 Chapter XV, "Weird Harold; Harry Parker's First 20 Years at Harvard"
8 Chapter XVI, Steve Fairburn
9 Edmond Warre (1837-1920)
10 Research notes regarding John D. Spaeth
11 Correspondence, rowing technique, rowing history, and olympic rowing; 1960-1967
12 Preliminary publishing material
Coaches research;
Box Folder
14 1 Outline and preliminary research
2 Abbott, Mather A.
3 Bolles, Thomas
4 Bolles, Thomas
5 Burk, Joseph
6 Burk, Joseph
7 Burk, Joseph
Box Folder
15 1 Callow, Russell S.
2 Callow, Russell S.
3 Callow, Russell S.
4 Callow, Russell S.
5 Conibear, Hiram B.
6 Conibear, Hiram B.
7 Conibear, Hiram B.
8 Conibear, Hiram B.
Box Folder
16 1 Cook, Robert J.
2 Davis, Michael
3 Elbright, Carroll M.
4 Faulkner, George
5 Gulston, Francis S.
6 Leader, Edwin O.
7 Leader, Edwin O.
8 Leader, Edwin O.
Box Folder
17 1 Lehmann, Rudolph Chambers
2 Nickalls, Guy
3 Parker, Harry L.
4 Parker, Harry L.
5 Parker, Harry L.
6 Pocock, George Y.
Box Folder
18 1 Sanford, R. Harrison
2 Ulbrickson, Alvin M.
3 Ulbrickson, Alvin M.
4 Ulbrickson, Alvin M.
5 Ulbrickson, Alvin M.
6 Ward Brothers
Crew logs (copies), University of Washington, Al Ulbrickson, coach; 1926-1952
Box Folder
19 1 Crew logs (copies); 1926
2 Crew logs (copies); 1927-1928
3 Crew logs (copies); 1930
4 Crew logs (copies); 1931
5 Crew logs (copies); 1932
6 Crew logs (copies); 1935
7 Crew logs (copies); 1936
8 Crew logs (copies); 1948
9 Crew logs (copies); 1951
10 Crew logs (copies); 1952
Crew logs (copies), Harvard University, Thomas Bolles, coach; 1937-1951
Box Folder
20 1 Crew logs (copies); 1937
2 Crew logs (copies); 1938
3 Crew logs (copies); 1939
4 Crew logs (copies); 1940
5 Crew logs (copies); 1940-1941
6 Crew logs (copies); 1941-1942
7 Crew logs (copies); 1946
8 Crew logs (copies); 1947
9 Crew logs (copies); 1947-1948
10 Crew logs (copies); 1948-1949
11 Crew logs (copies); 1949-1950
12 Crew logs (copies); 1950-1951
Crew logs (copies), Cornell University, R. Harrison Stanford, coach; 1938-1970
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21 1 Crew logs (copies); 1938-1939
2 Crew logs (copies); 1939-1940
3 Crew logs (copies); 1940-1941
4 Crew logs (copies); 1941-1942
5 Crew logs (copies); 1942-1943
6 Crew logs (copies); 1944-1945
7 Crew logs (copies); 1945-1946
8 Crew logs (copies); 1946-1947
9 Crew logs (copies); 1947-1948
10 Crew logs (copies); 1948-1949
11 Crew logs (copies); 1949-1950
12 Crew logs (copies); 1950-1951
13 Crew logs (copies); 1951-1952
14 Crew logs (copies); 1952-1953
15 Crew logs (copies); 1953-1954
16 Crew logs (copies); 1954-1955
17 Crew logs (copies); 1955-1956
18 Crew logs (copies); 1956-1957
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22 1 Crew logs (copies); 1957-1958
2 Crew logs (copies); 1958-1959
3 Crew logs (copies); 1959-1960
4 Crew logs (copies); 1960-1961
5 Crew logs (copies); 1961-1962
6 Crew logs (copies); 1962-1963
7 Crew logs (copies); 1963-1964
8 Crew logs (copies); 1964-1965
9 Crew logs (copies); 1965-1966
10 Crew logs (copies); 1966-1967
11 Crew logs (copies); 1967-1968
12 Crew logs (copies); 1968-1969
13 Crew logs (copies); 1969-1970
Records, Harvard University Boat Club (copies); 1866-1889
Box Folder
23 1 Records; 1866-1868
2 Records; 1868-1869
3 Records; 1869-1870
4 Records; 1870-1871
5 Records; 1871-1872
6 Records; 1872-1873
7 Records; 1872-1874
8 Records; 1874-1875
9 Records; 1875-1876
10 Records; 1882-1883
11 Records; 1883-1884
12 Records; 1884-1885
13 Records; 1885-1887
14 Records; 1887-1888
15 Records; 1888-1889
Newspaper clippings (copies); 1932-1959
Box Folder
24 1 Newspaper clippings; 1932
2 Newspaper clippings; 1933
3 Newspaper clippings; 1934
4 Newspaper clippings; 1935
5 Newspaper clippings; 1937
6 Newspaper clippings; 1938
7 Newspaper clippings; 1939
8 Newspaper clippings; 1940
9 Newspaper clippings; 1941
10 Newspaper clippings; 1942
11 Newspaper clippings; 1943
12 Newspaper clippings; 1944
13 Newspaper clippings; 1945
14 Newspaper clippings; 1946
15 Newspaper clippings; 1947
16 Newspaper clippings; 1948
17 Newspaper clippings; 1949
18 Newspaper clippings; 1950
19 Newspaper clippings; 1951
20 Newspaper clippings; 1952
21 Newspaper clippings; 1953
22 Newspaper clippings; 1954
23 Newspaper clippings; 1955
24 Newspaper clippings; 1956
25 Newspaper clippings; 1957
26 Newspaper clippings; 1958
27 Newspaper clippings; 1959
Drafts, Thomas C. Mendenhall; ca. 1985
Box Folder
25 1 The Schuylkill, Philadelphia and Rowing in America; ca. 1985
2 "Rowing Dangerously", and other articles and pictures regarding Triremes; n.d.
3 Rowing English and American; n.d.
4 The Politicization of the Olympic Games; n.d.
5 Articles for the Sprints Programs; 1986
6 "Technology, Technique, Training", "Rowing in the Olympics", "Amateur and Professional Oarsmen", and "Sports as Entertainment"; n.d.
7 Overseas crews and Henley; n.d.
Newspaper clippings and papers, rowing related; 1940-1994
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26 1 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1940
2 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1941
3 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1942
4 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1947
5 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1949
6 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1951
7 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1952
8 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1953
9 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1954
10 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1955
11 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1956
12 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1957
13 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1959
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27 1 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1960
2 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1961
3 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1962
4 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1963
5 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1964
6 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1965
7 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1966
8 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1967
9 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1968
10 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1969
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28 1 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1970
2 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1971
3 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1972-1973
4 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1974
5 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1975
6 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1976
7 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1977
8 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1978
9 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1979
10 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1980
11 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1981
12 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1982
13 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1983
14 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1984
15 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1985
16 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1986-1986
17 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1989
18 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1990
19 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1991
20 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1992
21 Newspaper clippings and papers; 1994
22 Newspaper clippings and papers; n.d.
Papers on various rowing subjects; 1954-1992
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29 1 College sports; 1954-1992
2 Eakins, Thomas
3 Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges; 1992
4 Harvard Rowing; Book chapter copy, "Lightweight Crew", and correspondence by Michael W. Christian; 1985
5 Henley Royal Regatta and Leander Club ephemera; 1899-1994
6 Kennedy, Julian; 1993
7 Leander Club; 1988-1993
8 Miscellaneous correspondence; 1949-1994
9 Miscellaneous papers; 1983-1986
10 Montclaire Award acceptance speech; ca. 1970
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30 1 Olympic games; 1954-1994
2 Postage stamps relating to rowing; 1979-1980
3 Splash, Official Bulletin of the U.S. Rowing Association, Volume 1
4 Women's rowing; National Women's Rowing Association; 1973-1980
5 Women's rowing, newspaper clippings; 1950-1990
6 Women's rowing; Smith College; 1969-1979
7 Women's Olympic Rowing Committee; 1973
Rowing articles and theses, authors other than Thomas Mendenhall; 1899-1988
Box Folder
31 1 Woodhouse, M.K. "How Newburgh Learned to Hate Rowing"; n.d.
2 Miller, Patrick B., "Making True Men of Boys: The True Origins of the Athletic Idea in America"; correspondence; 1983
3 Nicholls, Michael L., "The Geographical Legacy of American Rowing"
4 Cunningham, Frank, "Watermanship" published as "The Sculler at Ease"; 1988
5 Meyers, Gretchen A., "Paper Rowing Shell Building in the United States, 1867-1900"; 1981
6 Meyers, Gretchen A., "Rowing Clubs in the United States: Their Rise and Decline, 1870-1977"; 1978
7 Allen, Charles Metcalf, "The Design and Construction of an Oarsman's Indicator" (photocopy); 1899
8 Traphagen, Ross, "The First Twenty-Five Years of Crew at Yale"; 1943
Other material; n.d.
Box Folder
32 1 Index card file, Harvard-Yale research notes
Box Folder
33 1 Index card file, bibliography of rowing materials; miscellaneous notes
Box Folder
34 1 Oversized materials, posters, newspapers, etc.

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