Frank L. McGuire portrait
The late Frank L. McGuire, Jr., a New London attorney, was instrumental in working with the late Lucille Showalter and other civic leaders to create a non-profit organization that would occupy New London's historic U. S. Custom House, which had been declared surplus by the federal government. The New London Maritime Society was founded to acquire and preserve the granite Robert Mills landmark as a museum of maritime history and a venue for cultural programs. The library of the Maritime Society was dedicated to the memory of Frank McGuire in 1998 and has grown to its present size - over 2400 volumes and an array of archival materials such as photographs, postcards, charts and newspapers - thanks to the interest and support of many individuals. In addition to its purchases, the library has received significant gifts of books and other research materials that locate the history of the port of New London within the larger context of North American and Caribbean maritime history.