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Edward Whaley Seabrook Hull Papers

Identifier: SCU-SCPC-EWH

This collection spans 10 linear feet, 1947 to 2007, and includes 5 series: General, Topical, Clippings, Photographs, and Bound Volumes.

The bulk of the collection is in the Topical series.Several topics dominate this section, including education, military, oceans, and publications. Education files contain material from his Master’s of Marine Affairs work at the University of Rhode Island and writings and papers from his Ph.D. work at the University of South Carolina. The military section consists of publications that Hull worked on, including Missiles & Rockets, American Aviation, and Undersea Technologies. Oceans is the largest topic with three linear feet of material. This includes several Marine Science Curriculum guides, papers from the Law of the Sea Institutes, papers written by Hull and other marine scientists, and policy papers written by Hull when he consulted for the federal government. It also includes publications that Hull worked on including Ocean Science News and Geo-Marine Technologies. The Japanese translation of Hull’s book The Bountiful Sea is also in this series. The publications section includes all publications that Hull wrote for or edited that are not related to military or ocean studies. This includes Newsette–The Private Weekly Letter for Women, Science, and Scientific American. Another topic in this series is devoted to the Whaley-Eaton American Letter. Begun in 1918, this was one of the first widely read business newsletters of modern times.

The clippings series includes subjects such as military, cartoons, and environment. It also includes clippings from “Flight Time,” a column that Hull wrote for the Times-Herald in Washington, D.C.

Photographs include personal photos taken by Hull and photos from expeditions to the Arctic Circle, the Congaree River, and the Bahamas.

The Bound Volumes include the Spanish translation of The Bountiful Sea, and multiple bound volumes of Geo-Marine Technologies and Missiles & Rockets.


  • 1947 - 2007



Library use only.


10 Linear Feet


Edward Whaley Seabrook Hull was born in 1923 in Washington, D.C. He was a journalist and expert in marine science and rocketry. He published widely on a variety of subjects and was a skilled photographer and a poet.

Biographical Note

Edward Whaley Seabrook Hull was born in 1923 in Washington, D.C. He was a journalist and expert in marine science and rocketry. He published widely on a variety of subjects and was a skilled photographer and a poet. He was married to Nellie Phinizy Fortson and they had four children.

In 1939, Hull attended Union College and was working towards a degree in Physics when he left in 1942 to volunteer for World War II flight training. During WWII, he served as a Marine Corps pilot and saw action in the Pacific. He flew an unarmed reconnaissance aircraft over Iwo Jima and earned an Air Medal.

A journalist from 1947 to 1972, he chiefly lived in the Washington, D.C. area, with two years in London. He focused on the sciences, technology, government, and business. During this time, he was Bureau Chief of McGraw-Hill World News in London (1954 to 1956); Associate Editor of Missiles & Rockets (1957 to 1958); Editor and Publisher of Newsette (1957 to 1960); Editor of Ocean Science News (1962 to 1973); Editor and Publisher of Geo-Marine Technology (1964 to 1967); and a columnist for National Defense Magazine (1964 to 1974). In 1964, Hull wrote The Bountiful Sea, which was published in the United States and England and translated into Japanese and Spanish.

From 1969 to 1970, Hull attended the University of Rhode Island and earned a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs. He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Ocean Studies Group from 1970 to 1971. From 1973 to 1976, Hull worked as a consultant to the federal government on coastal and ocean management. In 1976, he began working on his Ph.D. in Marine Science at the University of South Carolina, receiving his degree in 1987.

After receiving his Ph.D., Hull became active in photography and writing circles. He was on the boards of the South Carolina Writers Workshop and the Poetry Society of South Carolina. He was the editor of PEGASUS, a newsletter for and about poets and writers from 1995 to 1999.


Donated by Mrs. Edward W.S. (Nellie) Hull


Copyright of the Edward Whaley Seabrook Hull Papers has been transferred to the University of South Carolina

Processing Information

Processed by Virginia W. Blake, 2010

Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA

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