Robert C. Rose papers, 1945-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Rose, Robert C
Robert C. Rose papers
1945-1975 (inclusive)
0.94 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number
6153 (Accession No. 6153-001)
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, files, and other materials related to the Jones Act of 1920 and to the career of Robert C. Rose, who worked for the Alaska Steamship Company and on the waterfront in Seattle, Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Rose was a 41-year veteran of the Seattle waterfront, and, when he retired in 1970, was the vice president of traffic for the Alaska Steamship Company. In his retirement, he continued to serve as a member of and traveling consultant for the International Executive Service Corps.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, files, and other materials related to the Jones Act of 1920. Also included are government publications (including hearings and laws), pamphlets, maps, booklets, certificates and commendations, and Robert Alden Stearns' dissertation "The Morgan Guggenheim Syndicate and the Development of Alaska 1906-1915."

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Jones Act, officially called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a United States federal law that provides for the promotion and maintenance of the American merchant marine. Among other things, it regulates maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports by controlling coastwise trade within the United States and determining which ships may lawfully engage in trade and the rules under which they may operate. Its purpose was to ensure a vibrant United States maritime industry. It also formalized the rights of seamen, allowing injured sailors to make claims and collect from their employers for the negligence of the ship owner, the captains, or fellow crew members. These are rights not afforded by common international maritime law.

The Alaska Steamship Company was formed in 1894. Its original purpose was to ship passengers and fishing products, but the company also shipped mining equipment, dogs sleds, and cattle during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. The company benefitted greatly from the Jones Art. Since the Jones Act required ships connecting between two U.S. ports to fly the U.S. flag, it forced two Canadian shipping companies out of the Alaska market, which allowed the Alaska Steamship Company to enjoy a near monopoly of freight and passenger service to Alaska. The company discontinued passenger service in 1954 and shut down in January 1971.

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Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 C3-3.5A Competition, Canadian Jones Art 1957
1/2 "Jones Act" (Section 27, Marine Merchant Act, 1920) 1958
1/3 C3-3.5A Jones Act 1955-1956
1/4 Jones Act Miscellaneous 1947-1975
1/5 C3-3.5A Competition, Water, Canada, Jones Act Repeal 1945-1954
1/6 Jones Act 1959-1960
1/7 Jones Act 1968-1970
1/8 Jones Act 1958-1962
1/9 Maps, Pamphlets, and Booklets
2/1 Hearings and Laws 1958-1968
2/2 Hearings and Laws 1961-1968
2/3 Robert Rose Certificates and Commendations 1954-1971
2/4 "The Morgan Guggenheim Syndicate and the Development of Alaska 1906-1915"
Robert Alden Stearns' Dissertation for his Ph.D. In history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
June 1967

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Harbors--United States
  • Maritime law--United States
  • Merchant marine--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Rose, Robert C.--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States¬†Merchant Marine Act, 1920
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business correspondence
  • Maps
  • Records (Documents)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)