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Thomas N. Kelley papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-25

Scope and Content Note

The Thomas N. Kelley papers consist of personal logs, position calculation notebooks, port logs, correspondence, maintenance notebooks, and a scrapbook relating to Kelley's position as first mate on the Atlantis from 1933 to 1942.


  • 1931-1942

Language of Materials

The records are in



Open: materials are available for research.


Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.

Biographical Information

Thomas Nathan Kelley was born in Boston in 1901. He came to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1933, and served as the first mate on the Atlantis from 1933 until 1942, when he joined the Coast Guard.

Following the War, he served as military consul in Trieste until 1947, then returned to the United States where he was assigned to the marine inspection office at the Coast Guard headquarters in Philadelphia, then headed the marine inspection office in New London, CT from 1953 to 1958. In 1958 he was assigned to the Office of Merchant Marine Safety in Washington, D.C., where he remained until his retirement from the Coast Guard. Thomas Kelley died in Tampa, FL in November 19, 1986.


7 boxes (4.25 lin. ft.)


The Thomas N. Kelley papers consist of logs, notebooks, correspondence, and a scrapbook relating to Kelley's position as first mate on the

Atlantis from 1933 to 1942.


Arranged in a single series:

List of Series:

Custodial History

Betty Fiester, daughter of Thomas Kelley, gave the material to Homer P. Smith for donation to the WHOI Archives.

Acquisitions Information

Homer P. Smith gave the material to WHOI in March 1987, as accessions 87-3, 87-4, 87-5, and 87-7.

Related Material

See AC-49, Ship's Files, WHOI Deck Logs, and AC-67, Miscellaneous Logbook Collection for more information on the cruises described in Kelley's papers.

Processing Information

It it not known when the materials were processed.

A Guide to the the Thomas N. Kelley papers, 1931-1942
David Sherman
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Language of description note
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Data Library and Archives Repository