Frank Quimby studied history at LaSalle University (Philadelphia, PA) and the University of Hawaii (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.
Quimby is the author of the following:
“Unsung Anniversary: Lifting of the Navy’s Security Clearance on Guam,” Pacific Daily News, Commentary Section, 21 August 2012. (Hagåtña, Guam).
“Islands in the Stream of Empire: Spain’s ‘Reformed’ Imperial Policy and the First Proposals to Colonize the Marianas, 1565-1569,” Proceedings of the First Marianas History Conference (June 2012) Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
“The Hierro Commerce: Culture Contact, Appropriation and Colonial Entanglement in the Marianas, 1521-1668.” Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 46, No. 1 (June, 2011), 1-26.
“Fortress Guahan: Chamorro Nationalism, Regional Economic Integration and U.S. Defense Interests Shape Guam’s Recent History,” Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Dec. 2011).
“The Manila Galleon and the Mariana Islands: Transpacific Commerce Transforms a Pacific Society.” Presentation Paper. 17th Annual Symposium on Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai`i and the Pacific. 14 Feb. 2005. (Honolulu, Hawaii), 35 pages.
“Kipuha’s Choice: The Spanish Colonial Challenge Confronts a 17th Century Chamorro Chief.” Pacific Magazine. Part I (Sept/Oct 1997), Vol. 22, No. 5, 41-42; Part II (Nov/Dec 1997), Vol. 22, No. 6, 44-45; Part III (Jan/Feb 1998), Vol. 23, No. 1, 60-61.
“Review of History of Micronesia: A Collection of Source Documents.” Isla: A Journal of Micronesian Studies. Vol. 2, No. 1, Rainy Season, 1994 (Mangilao: UOG), 160-163.
“Magellan Retold: Another View of First Contact.” Islander Magazine. Pacific Daily News. 24 Oct. 1993, 6-8. (Agana, Guam).
“The Marianas Galleons.” Glimpses of Guam and Micronesia. Part I in 1st Quarter, 1991, pp. 5-13. Part II in 2nd Quarter, 1991 (Agana, Guam), 37-44.
“Manila Galleons: Like Mountains in the Water.” Glimpses of Guam and Micronesia. 1st Quarter, 1991 (Agana, Guam), 16-19.
“Trade Winds to Tinian: The Manila Galleon Trade and the Mariana Islands.” Pacifica. Summer 1991 (Honolulu, Hawaii), 32-36.
“The Concepcion Excavation: Galleon Treasure Reclaimed.” Glimpses of Guam and Micronesia. 3rd Quarter, 1991 (Agana, Guam), 22-28.
Guampedia Entries by Frank Quimby
Guam Commonwealth Act
National Attention on Guam’s Postwar Campaign for Citizenship
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