Library Fellows Announce Award Winners

"O'er the Wide and Tractless Sea" by Michael P. Dyer won the Gardner Award for 2018.

“O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea” by Michael P. Dyer won the Gardner Award for 2018.

The Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport Museum announced their 2018 award winners at their annual meeting last month. The honorees are Michael P. Dyer of the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Dianne Meredith of the California State University-Maritime Academy.

The G.W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport Museum is the home to one of the most comprehensive maritime collections in America, and a major center of maritime research. The Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library is a group that was formed in 1980 to support the Library and its collections. Two prizes for scholarship are awarded each year by the Fellows. The first, the Gerald E. Morris Prize Article, is named for a former Librarian and Director of Publications who established it in 1980 to encourage scholarship and publication in the field of American maritime history. The award is given for the best article published each year in “CORIOLIS: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies,” an online publication of Mystic Seaport Museum. The second award, the John Gardner Maritime Research Award, is named for the late John Gardner: author, editor, curator, small-boat designer, builder and regular user of the G.W. Blunt White Library and a proponent of maritime research. The award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution in the maritime research field.

During their 2018 annual meeting, the Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library named Dianne Meredith the Morris Prize winner for her article “Early Maritime Russia and the North Pacific Arc,” an examination of how Russia’s Pacific coastline influenced its maritime identity. Meredith is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Global Studies & Maritime Affairs at California State University-Maritime Academy.

Michael P. Dyer was named the Gardner Maritime Research Award winner. Dyer is the Curator of Maritime History at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and won for his book “O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whaler,” which was published to wide acclaim in 2017.