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Charles R. Calhoun Collection of Hurricane Preparedness Research

Identifier: SC-MS-281

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the hurricane preparedness research done by Charles R. Calhoun, a retired U.S. Navy captain. Teaming up with friend and architect Laszlo Fulop, they wrote a book called The Hurricanes Are Coming! as a way to prepare coastal residents in case of a hurricane or similiar natural disasters. Materials in this collection includes correspondence, charts, reports, newspaper articles, published works, marketing materials, FEMA and Project Impact documents, and various preparedness items.


  • Creation: 1977-2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1994-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Captain Charles "Cal" R. Calhoun commanded the ship the USS Dewey in the Philippines during WWII. During this time the ship survived a typhoon in December of 1944. After his military career ended, Captain Calhoun became the Vice Chancellor of Minnesota's State University System, where he began to apply his experience with storms to reinforced architecture. When he moved to North Carolina's barrier islands, he became familiarized with the impact of hurricanes on the coast and coastal infrastructure. He authored two other books: Typhoon: The Other Enemy, and Tin Can Sailor: Life Aboard the USS Sterett 1939-1945. He co-authored the book The Hurricanes Are Coming! with architect and Minnesotan colleague Laszlo Fulop. The book provides homeowners with ways in which to fortify their homes against storms.


4 Containers (Contains 4 document boxes)

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Collection is arranged in two series: The Hurricanes Are Coming! and FEMA Project Impact. Series are arranged in sub-series such as correspondence, articles, and publications.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Charles R. Calhoun in July 2005.

Charles R. Calhoun Collection of Hurricane Preparedness Research
Rebecca Baugnon and Matt Bradley
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository