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Ira Dye Collection on Early Seafarers

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The Ira Dye Collection comprises: 149 obscure or rare books; 49 modern research books; 60 manuscripts and pamphlets, including an historically important set of 16 letters from Admiral Sir J. Borlase Warren, who commanded British forces in American waters during the War of 1812, and a handwritten British Naval Order book from 1814; 218 microfilm reels (including duplicates), mostly from the U.S. Naval Archives and U.K. National Archives; 14 microfiche film from the New York Public Library; a database on more than 17,000 American seafarers compiled by Ira Dye; and Ira Dye’s personal research materials, including photocopies, notes, correspondence, and photographs. See finding aid for more information.

The collection is particularly strong in three topics:

  • The social history of American seafarers of the period 1796 to 1818, with heavy emphasis on 1812 to 1815,
  • The operational history of the War of 1812,
  • British naval history covering the period 1793 to 1815, i.e. naval history of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars


Series I: Manuscript Material, 1799-1862

Series II: Printed Documents, 1797-1830

Series III: Rare Books

Series IV: Research Books

Series V: Microfilm

Series VI: Microfiche

Series VII: Database

Series VIII: Research Material

Ira Dye

Date Created
1793 - 2003

Paper, Ink, Pencil

22.59 linear feet

Catalog Number
1974.1-49, 1975.1-142

Credit Line
USS Constitution Museum Collection. Mr. Ira Dye Gift.

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