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Hamilton Cochran Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cochran, Hamilton, 1898-
Title: Hamilton Cochran Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1932-1977
Quantity: 2.0 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American author, novelist. Correspondence (1938-1965), mainly with publishers; manuscript articles, plays, poems, radio scripts, and stories; clippings by and about; photographs and scrapbooks.
Language: English, Swedish
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Hamilton Cochran (1898- ) was an American writer of historical novels with a nautical background. Born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended Swarthmore Preparatory School but when World War I broke out in his senior year he left school and enlisted in the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He served 18 months on the USCGC Algonquin and then for a brief time in the Merchant Marine. Returning to school he majored in journalism at the University of Michigan and after graduation did advertising work in New York City. From 1931-1932 he served as Commissioner of Public Welfare for the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where his interest in the history of the area, particularly the dramatic tales of pirates, resulted in his first book: These are the Virgin Islands (1937).

Cochran then joined the advertising department of the Saturday Evening Post and a year later was named manager of the automotive division. He worked for Standard Oil for several years and served in the Coast Guard again during World War II, but his main interest was sea travel, of which he logged more than 100,000 hours.

Over his career he wrote thirteen books -- both fiction and non-fiction -- as well as numerous poems and articles. His best known title was Blockade Runners of the Confederacy. He and his wife, Enid Slee, had three daughters.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hamilton Cochran Papers include biographical material, correspondence (incoming and outgoing), subject files (published material and scrapbooks), photographs, manuscripts (books, plays, poems, radio talks, and articles), and published material (books and newspaper clippings).

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Arrangement of the Collection

Except for outgoing correspondence, which is arranged chronologically, all materials are arranged alphabetically by name, title, or type.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Cochran, Hamilton, 1898- Archives.


Authors, American.
Novelists, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Hamilton Cochran Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: --
Date: Nov 1966
Revision history: 5 May 2009 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Biographical material
Box 1 Miscellaneous
Box 1 A - L
Box 1 Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc.
Box 1 Curtis Publishing Company
Box 1 Luther H. Hodges
Box 1 M - W
Box 1 Drew Pearson
Box 1 Paul R. Reynolds and Son
Box 1 1941-1955
Box 1 1956-1965, undated
Subject files
Box 2 Clubs
Box 2 Scrapbooks
Oversize 1 Scrapbook, Blockade Runners of the Confederacy
Oversize 1 Scrapbook, Captain Ebony
Oversize 1 Scrapbook, Silver Shoals
Oversize 1 Scrapbook, These are the Virgin Islands
Box 2 Illustrations for These are the Virgin Islands (3 folders)
Box 2 Self
Box 2 Window display of books
Articles and short stories
Box 3 Published
Box 3 Unpublished
Oversize 1 The Dream Tree
Box 3 These are the Virgin Islands
Illustrations (by others)
Oversize 1 Captain Ebony
Oversize 1 Windward Passage
Oversize 1 Rogue's Holiday
Box 3 Unpublished, one title
Box 3 Miscellaneous
Radio scripts
Box 3 Famous pirates of the Southern Seas
Published material
Box 3 Books by, in Swedish
Box 3 Newspaper clippings about
Box 3 Newspaper clippings by

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