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Charles Henry Rosenthal papers

Guide to the Charles Henry Rosenthal papers
1969-1972, 2002-2003

Collection number: HMC-0808.
Creator: Rosenthal, Charles Henry.
Title: Charles Henry Rosenthal papers.
Dates: 1969-1972, 2002-2003.
Volume of collection: 0.1 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of a man who worked on the icebreaker Manhattan.

Biographical note:

Charles Henry “Hank” Rosenthal was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1930. He graduated from Kerwin High School in Galveston, Texas, in 1950. Rosenthal studied journalism and sociology at Sam Houston University, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He worked for Amoco and Humble (later Exxon) oil companies, which brought him to Anchorage, Alaska, as the press officer on the icebreaker S.S. Manhattan. In February 1969, he was aboard the Manhattan when it successfully completed its experimental attempt to break through the midwinter ice of the Northwest Passage. Charles Henry Rosenthal died in Prague in 2003.

Collection description:

The collection consists of the papers and photographs of Charles Henry Rosenthal, which primarily relate to the oil tanker S.S. Manhattan. The collection contains: an illustrated certificate proclaiming Rosenthal as a brother in the Royal Arctic Order, Knights of the Blue Noses, for participation in the S.S. Manhattan‘s maiden Northwest Passage voyage; Rosenthal’s U.S. Coast Guard certificate of discharge; photograph of Bram Mookhoek, Rosenthal, and Stan Haas going over the location of the Manhattan while stuck in Melville Sound; an oversize color print of the S.S. Manhattan breaking through the ice; a Zippo lighter commemorating “Humble’s Maiden Northwest Passage Voyage, S.S. Manhattan 1969″; Military Sealift Command Association Retirees Hq. Florida newsletter; and three letters to Rosenthal and his wife, Heather Flynn, from Alfred Mongin concerning the induction of the S.S. Manhattan into the National Maritime Hall of Fame in January 2002; a Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. shipyard pass, a commemorative envelope mailed from Barrow in 1969, and a memorial program from Rosenthal’s funeral.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in no discernible order.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials created by Charles Henry Rosenthal. The collection contains materials not created by Rosenthal, which may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred citation: Charles Henry Rosenthal papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical information on Charles Henry Rosenthal was provided by the donor.

Separated materials: Publications were removed from this collection. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for further information.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to Archives, and a deed of gift signed, by Heather Flynn, Charles Henry Rosenthal’s wife, in 2005.  Additional materials were given to the Archives by Heather Flynn in 2019.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2016.

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