Marvin Studebaker Papers, 1839-1865 (MSS 150)

Extent: 2.1 Linear feet (4 archives boxes, 4 oversize folders)

Papers of Marvin Studebaker, an amateur historian of the Civil War and San Diego. Included in the papers are Studebaker's research on Henry J. Hartstene, a participant in Arctic exploration parties of the 1850s and a naval officer in the Civil War. The papers also include handwritten notes by Studebaker, his transcriptions of Civil War era letters, and oversized copies of newspapers from the 1840s regarding Arctic exploration.

Marvin J. Studebaker was an amateur historian who focused on research regarding Henry J. Hartstene, San Diego history, and the American Civil War.

The Marvin Studebaker Papers document Studebaker's research on the career of U.S. naval officer Henry J. Hartstene.

Henry J. Hartstene served in the U.S. Navy from 1830 to 1861. Hartstene participated in exploration expeditions to the Arctic during the 1840s and 1850s. He served in the navy of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Hartstene died in France in 1868.

The collection is arranged in three series: 1) HENRY J. HARTSTENE RESEARCH, 2) WRITINGS and 3) MISCELLANEOUS RESEARCH.

Container List


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 1) HENRY J. HARTSTENE RESEARCH: Contains Studebaker's research on the career and Arctic expeditions of naval officer Henry J. Hartstene, from 1840 to 1865. Research materials include newspaper clippings; Studebaker's handwritten and typed research notes, bibliographies, and correspondence; and handwritten and typed transcripts of Hartstene's correspondence and journals relating to Arctic expeditions.

Box 1 Folder 1 Oversize FB-468-03
Biographical materials - Geneology, chronology, biography
Box 1 Folder 2-3
Correspondence - Transcriptions, 1830-1860

Transcribed by Marvin Studebaker.

Box 1 Folder 4
Military training at Patridge Academy, 1828
Box 1 Folder 5-6
Naval service, 1828-1865
Box 1 Folder 7
Wilkes exploring expedition, 1839
Box 1 Folder 8
Mexican War service, 1846-1847

Transcribed by Marvin Studebaker.

Box 1 Folder 9
Arctic Expedition - Relief expedition to rescue Dr. Kane, 1855
Box 2 Folder 1-2
Arctic Expedition - Relief expedition to rescue Dr. Kane, 1855
Box 2 Folder 3
"Return of 'HMS Resolute' to U.K." by Henry Hartstene, 1856
Box 2 Folder 4
Search for SS Pacific, 1856
Box 2 Folder 5
HMS Resolute, 1857
Box 2 Folder 6
West Indies voyage, 1858
Box 2 Folder 7-8
Participation at Battle of Fort Sumter, 1861
Box 3 Folder 1
Service aboard Mail Steamers
Box 3 Folder 2
Miscellaneous research notes
Box 3 Folder 3
Miscellaneous source materials


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 2) WRITINGS: Contains Studebaker's handwritten and typed drafts of articles about the Civil War.

Box 3 Folder 4
"Freestone for Our Monuments to Freedom" - Typescript drafts and notes, 1959
Box 3 Folder 5
"The Governments Biggest Print Job: The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion" - Typescript drafts and notes, 1960
Box 3 Folder 6
"Never Turn Away a Sailor" - Typescript drafts and notes
Box 3 Folder 7
"The Search for Franklin" - Typescript drafts and notes, 1845
Box 3 Folder 8
"The Second Greatest Story Ever Told" - Typescript drafts and notes


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 3) MISCELLANEOUS RESEARCH: Contains documents related to the Civil War and to the United States Navy, and Studebaker's research notes and correspondence.

Box 3 Folder 9
Arlington House, home of Robert E. Lee, 1941
Box 3 Folder 10
Avery, Latham Burrows "Mad Jack", 1831-1855
Box 3 Folder 11
Bibliographic information cards
Box 3 Folder 12
Biographies other than Hartstene
Box 3 Folder 13
Confederate exiles flight from the United States, 1958-1960
Box 4 Folder 1
Copy photos
Box 4 Folder 2-4
Correspondence, 1958-1979
Box 4 Folder 5
Enforcement of U.S. Slave Trade ban - Research notes
Box 4 Folder 6
Harpers New Monthly Magazine, September 1853
Box 4 Folder 7 Oversize FB-468-02
Letters between Lady Franklin and various correspondents regarding the return of HMS Resolute to England and it's future use in rescue expeditions, 1856

Oversize copies.

Box 4 Folder 8 Oversize FB-468-01
"The Mariner and the Arctic" - Oversize photocopy
Box 4 Folder 9
Miscellaneous news and magazine articles
Box 4 Folder 10 Oversize FB-468-04
Newspaper photostat copies relating to Mariner expeditions
Box 4 Folder 11
Research sources and bibliographic notes
Box 4 Folder 12
U.S. Naval research notes
Box 4 Folder 13
USS Pawnee - Research notes, 1861