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: 

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 Members of units below District level are encouraged to forward historical documents that they consider as having historical value to the District Staff Officer-Public Affairs (DSO-PA).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:  The current version of the findings aid is available at:  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



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  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

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