Released June 27, 2014
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the opening of a third digital collection – The American Neptune Collection. The quarterly journal of maritime history and arts, founded by a group of maritime enthusiasts, which included Samuel Eliot Morison and Walter Muir Whitehill, is available for your perusal and research.
From its inception in 1941 until publication ceased in 2002, The American Neptune has been considered America's premier maritime journal. Scholarly articles are of interest to readers who enjoy accounts of ships, the seas, and those who have sailed them, whether for mercantile gain, defending their nation's interest, or for the love of sea voyages and exploration. The articles cover a wide range of subjects, geographical areas other than America, and historical eras.
The journal was well illustrated with diagrams, photographic reproductions, scale drawings of vessels, and maps and/or tracks of historic ships' journeys, all of which are included in the collection. The collection is fully searchable within each issue and across all issues. Since browsers provide slightly different options for readers, a User Manual is available to help users navigate the collection.
Currently, eight issues comprising Volumes 1 and 2, 1941 and 1942, have been uploaded into The American Neptune Collection. As new issues are scanned, they will be added to the collection. An RSS feed option allows readers abreast of new issues.
To access the collection, select The American Neptune link on the library home page. Or, users may bookmark their browsers with the following URL, which will provide access to all current digital collections at the Phillips Library: http://phillipslibrarycollections.pem.org/ . This digitization project was sponsored by the Salem Marine Society.