Records of the Institute for Shipboard Education
Scope and Contents
The Records of the Institute for Shipboard Education consists of documents dated 1897 to 2020, with the bulk falling from 1970 to 2010. Materials consist of yearbooks, newsletters, administrative documents related to the Institute and the Semester at Sea program, academic planning materials, and memorabilia. Most of the collection has been digitized and is available in Mountain Scholar.
- Creation: 1897-2020
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-2010
- Institute for Shipboard Education (Person)
Restrictions on Access
Several files containing private information are restricted. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is required.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
The Institute for Shipboard Education was founded in 1971 and manages Semester at Sea, which began in 1963. The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) operates as a non-profit organization and offers study abroad education programs and academic courses at the baccalaureate level while aboard a cruise vessel. The ISE serves students from academic institutions throughout the world.
Semester at Sea may have been inspired by the first around-the-world voyage led by Professor James Edwin Lough of New York University in 1926. Although the voyage was a success, the concept of shipboard education did not fully take hold until the 1960s when it was resurrected as the University of the Seven Seas by California businessman Bill Hughes. Although the University of the Seven Seas was authorized by the state of California to issue transcripts and award diplomas, it was never fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This prevented it from assuring students that their credits would be transferable to, or recognized by, any other school. As a result, in 1965 Hughes decided to affiliate with Chapman College in Orange, California which provided academic credentials and became World Campus Afloat (WCA).
In the late 1960s, Dr. M.A. Griffiths, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Chapman, was named Dean and Academic Vice President, (later Vice President of International Studies) and led the program. C.Y. Tung, a shipping magnate based in Hong Kong, took interest in the program as part of his dream of a United Nations University on a ship. Through negotiations between Griffiths and Tung, an agreement was struck and Tung provided World Campus Afloat with a ship and ship management expertise to launch the program into a new era. The first ship Tung provided was the Queen Elizabeth, which he completely refurbished. Following the destruction of the ship by fire, Tung purchased another ship for the program. That ship was christened the SS Universe.
In 1976 Chapman College, experiencing financial difficulties, ceased sponsorship of the program and the University of Colorado, Boulder was named the academic sponsor. At that point the program was renamed Semester at Sea (SAS), and in 1981 the University of Pittsburgh assumed sponsorship, sponsoring the program until 2006. In 2006 the University of Virginia became the sponsor until 2016 when Colorado State University (CSU) was named the academic sponsor. The ISE continues to operate in conjunction with CSU.
24 linear feet (16 record cartons, 2 oversize flat boxes, 4 oversize folders)
Language of Materials
The Institute for Shipboard Education was founded in 1971 and manages Semester at Sea, which began in 1963. The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) operates as a non-profit organization and offers study abroad education programs and academic courses at the baccalaureate level while aboard a cruise vessel. The ISE serves students from academic institutions throughout the world. Material in this collection includes yearbooks, scrapbooks, newsletters, newspapers, photographs, a board game, and administrative files. Most of the collection has been digitized and is available in Mountain Scholar.
The collection remains housed in the order in which it was received from the Institute for Shipboard Education but divided into series by the archivist.
The collection consists of 4 series in 15 boxes and 4 oversize folders:
Series 1: Publications, 1926-2019
Series 2: Administrative files, 1926, 1963-2000 and undated
Subseries 2.1: Boards and Committees, 1997-2012
Subseries 2.2: Operations, 1926, 1963-2020 and undated
Series 3: Academics, 1897-2018
Series 4: Memorabilia, 1926-2018
Subseries 4.1: Photos and memorabilia, 1926-2018 and undated
Subseries 4.2: Audio, 1969-1976
The Records of the Institute for Shipboard Education was donated in September 2021 by Scott Marshall, President and CEO of the Institute for Shipboard Education.
The collection was refoldered in acid-free folders with the exception of bound materials and some larger unbound materials. Metal fasteners were removed when necessary.
- Guide to the Records of the Institute for Shipboard Education
- Edited Full Draft
- Prepared by Victoria Lopez-Terrill and Taylor LaPoint; revised by Clarissa J. Trapp
- Copyright 2022
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- Finding aid written in English.
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