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Ralph K. James Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: CAK
Date: 29 Oct 1979

Biographical History

Ralph Kirk James (1907 or 1908-1994) was an American naval officer who retired with the rank of rear admiral. Admiral James had master's degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering. Among his other career achievements, he served with the Bureau of Ships in French West Africa and was commander of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and chief of the Navy's Bureau of Ships.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ralph K. James Papers consist of personal and quasi-official correspondence dating from 1947; many speeches ranging from technical seminar papers to humorous banquet toasts; and a diary kept during a naval mission to French West Africa in 1942.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is arranged alphabetically.


Access Restrictions:

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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.

Subject Headings


James, Ralph Kirk.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Navy -- Officers.


Marine engineering.
Marine engineers -- United States.
Military engineers -- United States.


Africa, West.
United States -- History, Military.

Genres and Forms

Speeches (documents)


Military engineers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Ralph K. James Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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