Special Collections

The Special Collections area of The Mariners' Museum Library at Christopher Newport University collects manuscripts, maps and charts, and log books and journals on the history of humankind’s relationship to the sea and its tributaries. 

  • Begin your search of the Library’s manuscripts, logbooks, and journals by clicking here.
  • If you are searching for information in books and journal articles, click here.
  • To learn more about our ships’ plans and drawings, click here.


Major themes include maritime history, technology, art, commerce, and culture of the sea. Following is a list of our most significant collection topics: