ABSTRACT: The Bob Goodwin, Jr. Collection is the personal collection of Mr. Goodwin, a former Maritime Administration official with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The collection consists of publications, papers, proceedings, publicity documents, operational papers, correspondence, photographs, slides, negatives and audio/visual materials.
SCOPE:The Goodwin Collection has been arranged into four series; records; photographs, slides and negatives; audio and video tapes; and towboat flags. In some cases the series have been further broken down into subseries and arranged alphabetically when possible. There was no original order to the collection - the order has been imposed by Library staff.
- Series 1, Records have been further divided into four subseries. Subseries 1 consists of personal records related to Mr. Goodwin, as well as a few other people, and including correspondence, biographies, resumes and notes. Subseries 2 is made up of policy papers, and arranged alphabetically by author's last name. Subseries 3 is operational records, and includes organizational operational records, as well as background information, conference proceedings, publicity materials and other related records. This series has been arranged alphabetically, by organizational name. Subseries 4 is a small series of information related to vessels - blueprints and histories.
- Series 2, Photographs, Slides and Negatives, has been arranged to the box level, and has been separated into three subseries by material type.
- Series 3, Audio and Video Tapes, has been arranged to the box level, and has been separated into two subseries by material type.
- Series 4, Towboat Flags, has not been arranged, but consists of flags once flow on towboats by manydifferent companies, most of which are now defunct.
EXTENT: 13.0 Linear feet
HISTORY: Bob Goodwin was born on May 26, 1946 at St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis. Like many people of his era in St. Louis, Bob attended Catholic school, his formal education beginning at St. Margret's Parish, and after primary school continuing on to Vianney High School, where science and history came easy to him. Bob was a consumate sports enthusiast, and he played at one point or another in his formative years baseball, track, soccer and football. Bob also was very enthusiastic about extra-curricular activities, including the cub and boy scouts and Glee Club. Bob continued his education by obtaining a BA in Psychology from St. Benedicts College and graduate courses from the School of Law at St. Louis University.
Bob met his wife, Bonnie, and fathered five children with her, along the way also having a lone and distinguished professional carreer. Before working for MARAD, he worked in both the private and public sectors of the river industry, for Jefferson Barracks Marine Service, St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel, American Waterways Operators, Inc., Fabrick Marine, the St. Louis Port Authority, the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, Water Resources Congress, and the Material Sales Co. Bob was also involved heavily in a volunteer capacity in many local organizations, both historical and river-related; The Propeller Club, the Mercantile Library, the St. Louis Port Council, the St. Catherine Laboure School, the St. Louis Fleeters Association, the East Side Rivermens Association, and the County Catholic Credit Union. Mr. Goodwin worked for MARAD from 1995 to the time of his death, in 2010.
ACCESS: Due to the fragile nature of this collection, access to the collection may be restricted. When accessible, this collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, depending on condition. Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building. More information about conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page.
Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.”
A finding aid for the collection is available:
Bob Goodwin MARAD Collection (.pdf)