Auxiliary Archives – What Are They? How Can They Help You?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

 

Dale Sauter, Manuscript Curator, Joyner Library (L), and Jerry Hopfengardner, national U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary branch assistant for archives in conference regarding recent items forwarded for inclusion in the Auxiliary collection.

Ever wonder when something happened, such as the date your flotilla was chartered?   Perhaps you are wondering about the facts or circumstances surrounding a significant event in U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary history. 

Article by Dr. Jerry Hopfengardner, BA-ACHA 

University (ECU), Greenville, North Carolina is the official repository for the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary archives.  The O.W. “Sonny” Martin Coast Guard Auxiliary Records Collection is the largest collection (approximately 500 cubic feet) in Joyner’s Manuscript and Rare Books Department.  It is named in memory of “Sonny” Martin, the driving force who championed the establishment of the archives, containing photographs, training manuals, newsletters, conference records, speeches, muster rolls, service records and significant correspondence.  All items are received and handled with great care and professionally catalogued, inventoried and stored for reference by a trained researcher. This saving of unit histories is an ongoing one but, despite the best efforts of the History Branch, only half of the districts have forwarded records for archiving. An overview of the archives and other Auxiliary information can be accessed at: http://media.lib.ecu.edu/spclcoll/coastguard/ 

After considerable discussion, Joyner staff has been forced to decide on accepting only items forwarded by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary districts or higher offices. This hard decision was made based on the limited space that is available for Auxiliary documents. Members of units below District level are encouraged to forward historical documents that they consider as having historical value to the District Staff Officer-Public Affairs (DSO-PA). The DSO-PA will then decide which document(s) he/she feels meets the criteria and forwards that material to the Joyner Library.  If there is any question, the DSO-PA, as the point-of-contact to the managers of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Archives at Joyner Library, will contact the Library and verify the value of adding the document(s) to the collection.  

As an aid to researchers, a recent update to the archival finding aid was the development of traditional container lists indicating the location of materials.  These container lists include all Auxiliary records housed in the archives.  This finding aid is available at: http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/special/ead/findingaids/0559/  The current version of the findings aid is available at: http://media.lib.ecu.edu/spclcoll/coastguard/adv_search.cfm/  Its final version will be available in the near future. 

For questions or information, please contact:  
Dale Sauter
Manuscript Curator, Joyner Library
East Carolina University, Greenville, N. C. 27858-4353. 
Telephone: (252) 328-0275

Inquiries regarding specific U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary topics should be directed to:
Dr. Jerry Hopfengardner
305 John Wesley Rd.
Greenville, N. C. 27858
Email: AUXhop@gmail.com/

 

 

Tags: , , ,

 

Comments


  1. Benny says:

    Greetings All.
    I have been searching for any archives of our Flotilla 72 Port Isabel,TX
    If any out there has any info or POC could you please let me know
    Thanks In Advance

    Benny Alvarado- FSO-PA

    • Rande Wilson says:

      For questions or information, please contact:
      Dale Sauter
      Manuscript Curator, Joyner Library
      East Carolina University, Greenville, N. C. 27858-4353.
      Telephone: (252) 328-0275


Leave a Comment




We welcome your comments on postings at all Coast Guard sites/journals. These are sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide a forum to talk about our work providing maritime safety, security and stewardship for the American people to secure the homeland, save lives and property, protect the environment, and promote economic prosperity.

The information provided is for public information only and is not a distress communication channel. People in an emergency and in need of Coast Guard assistance should use VHF-FM Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), dial 911, or call their nearest Coast Guard unit.

All comments submitted are moderated. The Coast Guard retains the discretion to determine which comments it will post and which it will not. We expect all contributors to be respectful. We will not post comments that contain personal attacks of any kind; refer to Coast Guard or other employees by name; contain offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups, or contain vulgar language. We will also not post comments that are spam, are clearly off topic, or that promote services or products.

The U.S. Coast Guard disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any comments posted on this page. This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

If you have specific questions regarding a U.S. Coast Guard program that involves details you do not wish to share publicly please contact the program point of contact listed at http://www.uscg.mil/global/mail/

The U.S. Coast Guard will not collect or retain Personally Identifiable Information unless you voluntarily provide it to us. To view the U.S. Coast Guards Privacy Policy, please visit: http://www.uscg.mil/global/disclaim.asp

Please note: Anonymous comments have been disabled for this journal. It is preferred that you use your real name when posting a comment. WE WILL POST THE NAME YOU ENTER WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT. Also, you are welcome to use Open ID or other user technologies that may be available.