I traveled first to Salem, Mass. to meet with Lyle Forbes at the Peabody Essex Museum to discuss their collections of photos and drawings. From there I went to the Hart Nautical Collections, MIT Museum in Cambridge. Kurt Hasselbalch presides over a vast collection of materials. Hart's new book, Guide to the Davis-Hand Collection, is a scholarly work, joining the previously published Guide to the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff Collection.
Then a full day's worth of meetings at Mystic Seaport Museum. I felt so privileged to see all the activity behind-the-scenes: Ellen Stone in the Ship's Plans Department, Paul O'Pecko, librarian at the G.W. Blunt White Library, Mary Anne Stets of the Rosenfeld Collection, Joe Gribbins of the Publications Department, and Peggy Tate Smith, responsible for the Rights and Reproductions of all materials except the Rosenfeld photos.
Bill Sisson, editor of Soundings in Essex, CT, and writer Steve Knauth were welcoming and agreed to write a story about the book in a future issue. Then on to New York City where I visited with Mitch Gibbons-Neff, President of Sparkman & Stephens, and Howard Pierce. My editor at W.W. Norton, Jim Mairs, had lunch with me and I updated him on progress. I stayed overnight at the New York Yacht Club, and worked in there library in the morning. Librarian Joseph Jackson is most generous with his outstanding library.
In Philadelphia, Editorial Board member and President of the Independence Seaport Museum John S. Carter took me to lunch and then introduced me to museum librarian Mike Angelo in yet another excellent library. And yet another productive trip!