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.

Scope and Content of Collection

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.


The HENRY J. HARTSTENE RESEARCH series 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.


The WRITINGS series contains Studebaker's handwritten and typed drafts of articles about the Civil War.


The MISCELLANEOUS RESEARCH series contains documents related to the Civil War and to the United States Navy, and Studebaker's research notes and correspondence.


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1 1 FB-468-03 Biographical materials - Geneology, chronology, biography.
1 2-3 Correspondence - Transcriptions, 1830-1860.
Transcribed by Marvin Studebaker.
1 4 Military training at Patridge Academy, 1828.
1 5-6 Naval service, 1828-1865.
1 7 Wilkes exploring expedition, 1839.
1 8 Mexican War service, 1846-1847.
Transcribed by Marvin Studebaker.
1 9 Arctic Expedition - Relief expedition to rescue Dr. Kane, 1855.
2 1-2 Arctic Expedition - Relief expedition to rescue Dr. Kane, 1855.
2 3 "Return of 'HMS Resolute' to U.K." by Henry Hartstene, 1856.
2 4 Search for SS Pacific, 1856.
2 5 HMS Resolute, 1857.
2 6 West Indies voyage, 1858.
2 7-8 Participation at Battle of Fort Sumter, 1861.
3 3 Service aboard Mail Steamers.
2 5 Miscellaneous research notes.
2 8 Miscellaneous source materials.
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3 4 "Freestone for Our Monuments to Freedom" - Typescript drafts and notes, 1959.
3 5 "The Governments Biggest Print Job: The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion" - Typescript drafts and notes, 1960.
3 6 "Never Turn Away a Sailor" - Typescript drafts and notes.
3 7 "The Search for Franklin" - Typescript drafts and notes, 1845.
3 8 "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told" - Typescript drafts and notes.


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3 9 Arlington House, home of Robert E. Lee, 1941.
3 10 Avery, Latham Burrows "Mad Jack", 1831-1855.
3 11 Bibliographic information cards.
3 12 Biographies other than Hartstene.
3 13 Confederate exiles flight from the United States, 1958-1960.
4 1 Copy photos.
4 2-4 Correspondence, 1958-1979.
4 5 Enforcement of U.S. Slave Trade ban - Research notes.
4 6 Harpers New Monthly Magazine, September 1853.
4 7 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.
4 8 FB-468-01 "The Mariner and the Arctic" - Oversize photocopy.
4 9 Miscellaneous news and magazine articles.
4 10 FB-468-04 Newspaper photostat copies relating to Mariner expeditions.
4 11 Research sources and bibliographic notes.
4 12 U.S. Naval research notes.
4 13 USS Pawnee - Research notes, 1861.

Finding aid generated: 2010-08-09