59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the John G. Alden Blueprints and Brochure

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard MuseumGale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU479
Creator - creatorAlden, John Gale, 1884-1962
TitleJohn G. Alden blueprints and brochure
Extent1 flat file
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection contains three blueprints and an advertising brochure for an auxiliary sloop designed by yacht broker and naval architect, John G. Alden.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to access.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to museum staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 479, John G. Alden Blueprints and Brochure.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ethel Chapman in 1997. (Accession no. 1997.019.005).

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Insley Julier in August 2013. Finding aid finished by Lara J. Ullman in July 2014. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick, July 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Blueprints
  • Brochures


  • Yacht building

Biography/Historical Note

John Gale Alden (1844-1962) was a well-known naval architect, yacht designer and yacht broker. Alden founded his office in 1909. Although he designed a variety of vessels, his offshore racing schooners were particularly popular. From the 1920s through the 1940s, Alden's office was on State Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts based Alden Design office closed in 2008.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains three blueprints of an auxiliary sloop designed by John G. Alden, naval architect, 131 State Street, Boston, Mass. The sloop belonged to the "Barnacle Class," and is Alden Design number 709. Blueprints include: Sail Plan for 34'-0" Auxiliary Sloop, (scale 1/2"=1'), 1940 January 04, 1 technical drawing, 77 x 66 cm.; Cabin Plan for 34 Ft. Auxiliary Sloop, (scale 1"=1'), 1940 January 05, 1 technical drawing, 60 x 109 cm.; and 34 Ft. Aux. Sloop Deck Construction Plan, (scale 1"=1'), 1940 April 07, 1 technical drawing, 35 x 104 cm. The collection also includes a 1941 advertising brochure titled, "The Barnacle."

Collection Inventory

Blueprints and Brochure, 1940-1941 

Flat File Cabinet 1Drawer 10