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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books James Delgado fonds Series
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Audio recordings

Series consists of audio cassettes, primarily of interviews with James Delgado or of interviews conducted by him. Some tapes relate to shipwreck dives and other projects he has worked on.


Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence created and received by James Delgado pertaining to personal and professional matters. Correspondence relates to Delgado’s work with the San Jose Historical Landmarks Commission, the National Park Service, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum, as well as to his professional research interests and the publication of various books and articles. Records includes letters, cards, and email printouts, as well as attachments and related records such as newspaper clippings, certificates, articles, newsletters, lecture programs, and contracts.

The series has been arranged into the following three sub-series: Personal correspondence (1973-2012), Outgoing correspondence (1978-2010), and Incoming correspondence (1990-2012).

Electronic records

Series consists of electronic records created by Delgado through his personal and professional activities. Records are predominantly related to Delgado's writing. Records are in 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disc formats.

Expedition records

Series consists of records relating to archaeological tourist expeditions, boat cruises and exploratory expeditions of shipwrecks, for which James Delgado served as a lecturer or expedition leader. Records include correspondence, brochures, reports, pamphlets, travel itineraries, and expedition reports.


Series contains photographs, (including prints, contact sheets, negatives and slides) created or compiled by James Delgado relating to his professional and personal activities. Images relate to his archaeological and maritime work, writing, and his personal life.
The series has been divided into the following three sub-series: Photographs (1975-2008), Titanic images ([2000?]), and Slides (1969-[before 2010]).

Lectures and education records

Series consists of records relating to James Delgado's speaking engagements, teaching activities, and other events he has attended. Records include correspondence, publicity records (including posters, brochures, and leaflets), itineraries, and conference proceedings, programs and papers.

Newspaper clippings

Series consists of records relating to newspaper articles written by James Delgado, featuring Delgado, or citing him or his work. These articles relate primarily to his early work on archaeological digs, his writing, expeditions he has participated in, and to shipwreck discoveries. Records include email printouts and newspaper clippings (both originals and photocopied reproductions).

Personal records

Series consists of records created or accumulated by James Delgado's through his early life and his personal activities. Records relate to his years as a student, his job applications, and his personal interests and achievements. Records include correspondence (including letters, printouts of emails, and greeting cards), drafts of Delgado's resume and job applications, certificates, awards, early writings, drawings, high school assignments, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Series also includes records documenting Delgado’s appointment to the role of Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM), as well as brochures and newspaper clippings regarding the VMM and its exhibits.

Project records

Series consists of records relating to projects James Delgado worked on for the National Park Service, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Records focus on archaeological and shipwreck sites, court cases regarding salvage and treasure hunting of shipwrecks, and nominations of archaeological and shipwreck sites for Historic Places status. Records include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, articles, reports, surveys, and proposals.
The series has been arranged into the following three sub-series: General project records (1967-2010), Maritime archaeology records (1973-1991), and S.S. Central America records (1978-1994).

Sea hunters records

Series consists of records relating to the production of the National Geographic television show "The Sea Hunters," which James Delgado co-hosted with Clive Cussler from 2001 to 2006. Series contains correspondence and administrative records relating to the show, research records, photographs, and video recordings of episodes.
The series has been arranged into the following four sub-series: Episode files (1999-2006), Photographs (2000-2005), Slides (2001-2004), and Video recordings (1999-2005).

Video recordings

Series consists of video recordings of television programs on which Delgado was interviewed, recordings of programs related to his work and interests (predominantly shipwrecks), and programs featuring projects and expeditions he worked on.

Writing records

Series consists of records relating to the writing and editing activities of James Delgado throughout his professional career. It includes correspondence with publishers, editors, co-authors, and other stakeholders regarding the publication of books and articles, reports written for university assignments and for his employers, writings drafts, articles, book covers, and research records. Series also includes publicity records and reviews of Delgado's books.

The series has been arranged into the following six sub-series: Books and publication records ([197-]-2011), Reports (1977-1992), Correspondence (1980-2008), Article drafts ([before 1990?]-2001), Published articles (1979-2004), and Publicity records and reviews (1991-2006).