Records of Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated (Coll. 345)

   

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Overview of the Collection

History of Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

           

Overview of the Collection

    Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
    Creator: Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated
    Title: Records of Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated
    Dates: 1920-1992, bulk 1920-1970
    Extent: 713 items
    Abstract: Records, 1920-1992, of Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated, a naval architectural firm. Includes vessel descriptions and drawings of the yachts designed by Henry J. Gielow, Inc., business correspondence regarding military vessel and atomic power plant construction, correspondence regarding research on Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated, publications including articles, brochures and catalogs regarding vessels and yachting, journals, loose notes and lists of yachts and their owners. This collection complements the Henry J. Gielow Ships Plans collection (Ships Plans Coll. 117).
    Identification: Coll. 345
    Accession number: MC 2008.14

History of Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated

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Henry J. Gielows's successor was Joseph A. MacDonald. MacDonald joined Henry J. Gielow, Inc. shortly after World War I and became its top salesman and eventually president of the company after Gielow's death. The years between 1923-1929 were one of the wealthiest periods of U.S. history and Gielow, Inc. took the opportunity to sell large private yachts to wealthy clients. MacDonald, like Henry J. Gielow, succumbed to a fatal heart attack, passing away on January 11, 1935. The next president of Gielow Inc. was W. M. Rice, who turned the company over to a new prospect: floating power plants as America's wealthy were no longer interested or capable of purchasing the ornate vessels of the past.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Records of Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated are arranged by series as described below. The collection was loosely organized originally and as much as possible of that organization has been maintained, especially in series 5, 6 and 7. The remainder of the papers have been arranged chronologically within series that represent different groups of items found throughout the collection.

Series 1: Business correspondence. 1937-1970

Series 2: Vessel descriptions. 1929-1970

Series 3: Brochures and catalogs. 1935-1970

Series 4: Newspaper clippings. 1935-1992

Series 5: Manuscript drafts. 1968-1969

Series 6: Lists/Notes of yachts, dates, owners, and addresses. 1920-1948

Series 7: Notebooks/Journals. 1927-1946

Series 8: Stock certificates, ledgers, and proposals. 1920-1957

Series 9: Vessel drawings. Undated

Series 10: Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated portfolios and stationary. Undated

Series 11: Miscellaneous papers. 1929-undated

Series 12:: Volumes. Undated

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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.

   

Persons:

Gielow, J. Henry, (1855-1925)
MacDonald, A. Joseph
MacDonald, A. Joseph, (1895-1935)
Rice, W.M

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

All Alone (Yacht)
Caroline (Yacht)
Hi Esmaro (Yacht)

Subjects:

Mobile Floating Power Plants
United States. Navy.
World War, 1939-1945
Yacht building
Yachting
Yachts

Occupations:

Naval architects--United States
Yacht designers--United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 345, 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.

                                               
   
Series 1: Business correspondence. 1937-1970
Box Folder
1 1     Miscellaneous; 1937-1969 (14 pieces)
    2     U.S. Army/ Navy; 1944-1954 (10 pieces)
    3     Mobile Floating Power Plants; 1944-1955 (17 pieces)
    4     Mobile Floating Power Plants; 1945-1955 (43 pieces)
    5     Mobile Floating Power Plants; 1953-1954 (6 pieces)
    6     Mobile Floating Power Plants; 1953-1955 (2 pieces)
    7     MacDonald research; 1967-1968 (10 pieces)
    8     MacDonald research; 1968 (42 pieces)
    9     MacDonald research; 1968-1969 (31 pieces)
    10     MacDonald research; 1968-1969 (71 pieces)
    11     MacDonald research; 1968-1970 (45 pieces)
    12     MacDonald research; 1969 (2 pieces)
    13     MacDonald research; 1975 (18 pieces)
   
Series 2: Vessel descriptions. 1929-1970
Box Folder
1 14     CAROLINE (Yacht); 1931 (25 pieces)
    15     CAROLINE (Yacht); undated (7 pieces)
    16     HI-ESMARO (Yacht); 1929-1970 (68 pieces)
    17     HI-ESMARO (Yacht); 1929-1967 (25 pieces)
    18     SYLVIA (Yacht); 1930 (9 pieces)
   
Series 3: Brochures and catalogs. 1935-1970
Box Folder
2 1     "The Marine News"; 1935 (1 piece)
    2     Chris-Craft Freedom Fleet; 1955 (1 piece)
    3     Henry R. Hinckley & Company Comparison; 1955 (1 piece)
    4     The Matthews Company; 1955 (1 piece)
    5     "Yachting"; 1966-1968 (70 pieces)
    6     "Yachting"; 1970 (1 piece)
    7     Charles Hardy, Inc. Albatross; undated (1 piece)
    8     ALL ALONE (Yacht); undated (1 piece)
    9     CAROLINE (Yacht); undated (1 piece)
    10     Lone Star Boat Manufacturing Company; undated (1 piece)
    11     Southwest Manufacturing Aluminum Motor Boats; undated (1 piece)
    12     Surrette Marine Batteries; undated (1 piece)
   
Series 4: Newspaper clippings. 1935-1992
Box Folder
2 13     "Joseph A. MacDonald"; 1935 (6 pieces)
    14     "B.I.W.-Built Aletes (Hull 138) Converted DIesel Yacht, Made Fine War Record With Royal Navy" and "The Meeting Place"; 1946-1992 (3 pieces)
   
Series 5: Manuscript drafts. 1968-1969
Box Folder
2 15     Joseph A. MacDonald; 1968 (5 pieces)
    16     Joseph A. MacDonald; 1969 (45 pieces)
    17     Joseph A. MacDonald; undated (2 pieces)
    18     Joseph A. MacDonald; undated (1 piece)
   
Series 6: Lists/Notes of yachts, dates, owners, and addresses. 1920-1948
Box Folder
2 19     Yachts designed by Henry J. Gielow, Inc. over 100 ft; 1920-1931 (1 piece)
    20     Miscellaneous; 1922-1932 (10 pieces)
    21     Yachts and owners; 1925-1935 (6 pieces)
    22     Miscellaneous; 1927-1929 (10 pieces)
    23     "Lloyd's Register of American Yachts Addenda"; 1947-1948 (3 pieces)
    24     Name of yacht, length, and owner; undated (1 piece)
    25     Miscellaneous; undated (10 pieces)
    26     Passenger and cargo vessels; undated (1 piece)
   
Series 7: Notebooks/Journals. 1927-1946
Box Folder
3 1     Miscellaneous; 1927 (9 pieces)
    2     Names and addresses; 1928-1929 (1 piece)
    3     Miscellaneous; 1930 (1 piece)
    4     Henry J. Gielow, Inc. expenses; 1934 (1 piece)
    5     Henry J. Gielow, Inc. expenses; 1942-1946 (1 piece)
    6     Miscellaneous; undated (1 piece)
    7     Yachts; undated (1 piece)
   
Series 8: Stock certificates, ledgers, and proposals. 1920-1957
Box Folder
3 8     Henry J. Gielow, Inc. stock ledger; 1920-1929 (2 pieces)
    9     Papers concerning stock certificates and list of yachts designed by Gielow, Inc.; 1920-1957 (7 pieces)
    10     Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated stock certificates; 1926 (2 pieces)
    11     Gordon Marine Corporation stock certificates; 1932 (2 pieces)
    12     Stock proposal; undated (5 pieces)
   
Series 9: Vessel drawings. Undated
Box Folder
3 13     CAROLINE (Yacht); undated (7 pieces)
    14     Ford Tug; undated (1 piece)
    15     Twin Screw Steel Diesel Yacht; undated (2 pieces)
   
Series 10: Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated portfolios and stationary. Undated
Box Folder
4 1     Portfolios; undated (3 pieces)
    2     Portfolios; undated (3 pieces)
    3     Stationary; undated (6 pieces)
   
Series 11: Miscellaneous papers. 1929-undated
Box Folder
4 4     Loan pledge; 1929 (1 piece)
    5     Narrative; undated (10 pieces)
    6     Court brief; undated (5 pieces)
    7     Henry J. Gielow, Inc. preliminary design study and report; undated (18 pieces)
   
Series 12: Volumes. undated
Volume    
1         Book of Henry J. Gielow, Incorporated stock certificates; undated (1 volume)

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