Frank Quimby studied history at LaSalle University (Philadelphia, PA) and the University of Hawai`i (East-West Center graduate fellowship), receiving an MA in Asian Studies in 1969. He served in the Peace Corps (Philippines), worked as a teacher and journalist in Micronesia for more than a decade (1972-1984), was city editor of the Pacific Daily News and taught journalism at the University of Guam.
Formerly the Guam Desk Officer at the US Department of the Interior, Quimby currently is a senior public affairs officer in the Secretary of the Interior’s Office of Communications in Washington, DC and a research associate with the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC). He has written a number of articles on Pacific Island history, focusing on the European contact era and the impact of the Spanish galleon trade on the Marianas Islands.
Other publications by Quimby
2012a – “Unsung Anniversary: Lifting of the Navy’s Security Clearance on Guam.” Pacific Daily News, 21 August.
2012b – “Islands in the Stream of Empire: Spain’s ‘Reformed’ Imperial Policy and the First Proposals to Colonize the Marianas, 1565-1569.” Presented at the 1st Marianas History Conference, Garapan, Saipan, 15 June.
2011a – “Fortress Guahan: Chamorro Nationalism, Regional Economic Integration and U.S. Defense Interests Shape Guam’s Recent History.” Journal of Pacific History 46, no. 3: 357-380.
2011b – “The Hierro Commerce: Culture Contact, Appropriation and Colonial Entanglement in the Marianas, 1521-1668.” The Journal of Pacific History 46, no. 1: 1-26.
2005 – “The Manila Galleon and the Mariana Islands: Transpacific Commerce Transforms a Pacific Society.” Presented at the 17th Annual Symposium on Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai`i and the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawai`i, 14 February.
1997-1998 – “Kipuha’s Choice: The Spanish Colonial Challenge Confronts a 17th Century Chamorro Chief.” Pacific Magazine Part I 22, no. 5 (Sept/Oct): 41-42; Part II 22, no. 6 (Nov/Dec): 44-45; Part III 23, no. 1 (Jan/Feb): 60-61.
1994 – “Review of History of Micronesia: A Collection of Source Documents.” ISLA: A Journal of Micronesian Studies 2, no. 1 (Rainy Season): 160-163.
1993 – “Magellan Retold: Another View of First Contact.” Islander Magazine. Pacific Daily News, 24 October.
1991a – “The Concepcion Excavation: Galleon Treasure Reclaimed.” Glimpses of Guam and Micronesia (3rd Quarter): 22-28.
1991b – “The Marianas Galleons.” Glimpses of Guam and Micronesia, Part I (1st Quarter): 5-13; Part II (2nd Quarter): 37-44.
1991c – “Trade Winds to Tinian: The Manila Galleon Trade and the Mariana Islands.” Pacifica (Summer): 32-36.
1991d – “Manila Galleons: Like Mountains in the Water.” Glimpses of Guam and Micronesia (1st Quarter): 16-19.
Guampedia entries authored and co-authored by Frank Quimby
- Andres de Urdaneta
- Galleon: San Pablo
- Guam Commonwealth Act
- Miguel López de Legazpi
- National Attention on Guam’s Postwar Campaign for Citizenship
- Security Clearance on Guam
- The Matao Iron Trade Part 1: Contact and Commerce
- The Matao Iron Trade Part 2: Galleon Trading and Repatriation
- The Matao Iron Trade Part 3: Appropriation and Entanglement