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The Noble Acker Papers consist of a typescript memoir of Acker's service as a radar operator and gunner aboard U.S.S. Maury (Destroyer: DD-401) in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The collection also includes supporting documentation, such as official U.S. Navy records, correspondence, newsletters, and news clippings.
The Henry Hitch Adams Papers consist of manuscript copies and supporting research files for five books authored by Adams, including Harry Hopkins: A Biography (1977), 1942: The Year that Doomed the Axis (1967), Years of Deadly Peril (1969) Years of Expectation: Guadalcanal to Normandy (1973), and Years to Victory (1973).
The Carroll Storrs Alden Papers consist of materials relating to Alden's writings, such as published and unpublished articles, handwritten notes, and book reviews. Also included are letters, photographs, memorabilia, and a diary. Alden served as an instructor, professor, and department head in the United States Naval Academy's Department of English, History and Government from 1904 to 1941.
The Clifford L. Alderman Papers, reflecting Alderman's career as a writer, consist of letters from Alderman to his friend and former schoolmate, Moritz A. Kuhn, a photocopy of the typescript of Alderman’s book, "The Perfect One" with related correspondence, a bibliography of Alderman’s books, and periodical clippings. Among the correspondence is a wrought iron nail from one of Benedict Arnold’s ships that fought at Valcour Island.
Remark-Book of the H.M.S. Alert, 1847-1849, MS 59
Commander Hugh Dunlop, captain of the H.M.S. Alert, kept this remark-book, or journal, while the vessel was on station off West Africa to suppress the slave trade.
Register of Officers & Men Attached & Received on board the US Receiving Ship Alert, 1824-1825, MS 80
Letterbook and Order-book of the U.S.S. Alert, 1824-1825, MS 79
The Charles P. Amos Letters consist of letters written by Amos to his fiancée, Dorothy Fretz, while Amos was serving with the 18th Naval Construction Battalion (SeaBee) during World War II. The letters include descriptions of training, recreation, rations and supplies, camp life, and several of Amos' posts, such as Guadalcanal, New Zealand, Tinian, and Hawaii.
Jaime Arisa y Cladellas Problemas bajo la direccion del profesor Sr Dn José Bonet, 1863, MS 174
Deck Log Book of the U.S.S. Arkansas, 14-19 August 1943, MS 142
U.S.S. Arkansas Scrapbook, 1902-1903, MS 187
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Atlanta, 1889-1893, MS 106
The John Henry Aulick Papers consist of personal and official correspondence, private journals, ships logs, letterbooks, signal books, and Navy commissions. The collection traces Aulick's naval career, including his duties protecting commerce in Latin America, rescuing distressed seamen, protecting the American whaling fleet, advocating an expedition to Japan, and commanding the East India Squadron. Also included are papers related to Aulick's son Richmond, including Richmond's experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy.
The George Mifflin Bache Papers consist primarily of correspondence to Bache’s mother Eliza, the daughter of Commodore Daniel Todd Patterson (1786-1839), and other documents relating to Bache’s career. George Mifflin Bache graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1861. He was the great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Bache served in the Navy until his retirement as a commander in 1875.
F.A. Bacon Seamanship Notebook, [ca. 1820], MS 162
The Charles H. Ball Diaries span Ball's Civil War service in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron of the Union Navy. The diaries are composed of first-hand accounts of various battles and blockading duties in the Gulf of Mexico, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Galveston, Texas, as well as personal duties, such as keeping watch and participation in foraging parties.
This journal covers three voyages of Lieutenant Franklin Buchanan, USN. On a leave of absence from the Navy, he commanded the Baltimore (frigate), delivering the ship to the Brazilian Navy in early 1827. He returned to the United States via the Ruth (brig). He was a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Natchez (sloop-of-war), which cruised (2 July 1827-24 November 1828) in the West Indies. Buchanan was a career naval officer and the first Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. He resigned his commission in April 1861 and subsequently joined the Confederate States Navy.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Baltimore, 1889-1891, MS 100
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Baltimore, 1891-1892, MS 101
The George D. Bancroft Papers, consisting mostly of diaries and photograph albums, span Bancroft's brief U.S. Navy service, covering the years 1917 to 1919. The papers focus on Bancroft's three transatlantic cruises aboard the transport ship U.S.S. Powhatan as a Hospital Apprentice and Pharmacist's Mate.
Robert Edward Bassler was a Public Works Officer in the United States Navy and a native of Brooklyn, New York. The papers pertain to Bassler's career as a Public Works Officer, the development of airplane arresting gear, and Bassler's personal interests.
The Oliver Ambrose Batcheller Letters span two time periods of Batcheller's naval career, from 1859 to 1866 and from 1891 to 1892. The letters focus on his time as a student at the U.S. Naval Academy, his service in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War, and his service as Commander of the U.S.S. Concord (Gunboat: PG-3).
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Benicia, 1869-1872, MS 97
The Lester E. Bick Letters were written by Bick to his sister, Mrs. Marie Hemminger, while he was serving aboard the troop transport U.S.S. Mount Vernon during the closing days of World War I. The letters include descriptions of everyday shipboard life, as well as specific events, such as the torpedoing of Mount Vernon by German ships, and second-hand accounts of U.S. soldiers being ordered to bayonet German prisoners-of-war.
The author of the Blimp Training Diary was a seventeen-year-old enlistee, most likely in the United States Naval Reserve. The diary, which alternates between handwritten and typewritten, is a first-hand, daily account of the author's lighter-than-air training and social life at Lakehurst Naval Air Station between April and July 1946.
Claude C. Bloch was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. The Claude C. Bloch Orders span the period of 1904 through 1940 and consist of official U.S. Navy orders and notifications to Bloch spanning most of his career.
George M. Blodgett was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1856. The George M. Blodgett Papers focus primarily on Blodgett's service aboard the steam frigate U.S.S. Wabash and the frigate U.S.S. John Adams, and include descriptions of the John Adams' cruise to Rio de Janeiro and China.
Francis Boughter was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1887. The Francis Boughter Notebook consists of handwritten poems and associated artwork pertaining to life at the Naval Academy and in the United States Navy.
Samuel Livingston Breese was an officer in the United States Navy from 1810 through the Civil War. The papers focus on the later years of Breese's career as an officer in the United States Navy, most notably his time as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard during the early days of the Civil War.
The unnamed British Air Attache likely responsible for the production of the Reports on U.S. Naval Aviation served at the British Embassy in Washington, DC under Ambassador Esme Howard. The reports, which were produced between 1928 and 1929, consist of intelligence reports on the state of American Naval Aviation.
Henry F. Reich was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1874. The Log of the U.S. Screw Sloop of War Brooklyn was kept by Reich while he was serving as a midshipman aboard the Brooklyn, which was then serving as flagship of the South Atlantic Squadron. The log records the voyage of the Brooklyn from Norfolk to Rio de Janeiro, from Cape Frio to Montevideo, to Rio de Janeiro a second time, and on towards Barbados.
Wilson Brown was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1902. The Wilson Brown Papers pertain to Brown's United States Navy career, including his service on destroyers during World War I, as Naval Aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as a task force commander in the Pacific in World War II, and as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. The papers consist of correspondence, speeches, war diaries, notebooks, news articles, photographs, maps, and ephemera.
Samuel W. Bryant Scrapbook, 1893-1896, MS 181
Franklin Buchanan Letterbook, 1845-1847, MS 36
Roscoe C. Bulmer Journal, 1894-1896, MS 95
William Burney's "System of Mathematical Education...," ca. 1809, MS 168
A manuscript textbook or teacher's manual, the volume contains the following sections: Arithmetic (71 pages); On Exchanges (32 pages); Geometry (84 pages); Trigonometry (15 pages); Geography (23 pages); Chronology (11 pages); Navigation (120 pages); Days Works (63 pages); problems and examples for finding latitude (28 pages); problems and examples for finding longitude (72 pages); variation of the compass (16 pages); surveying of seacoasts, islands, bays, harbors, etc. (24 pages); Fortification (52 pages); Gunnery (23 pages), and Mechanics (18 pages).
William M. Butler was an officer and submariner in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1940. The William M. Butler Notebook, kept by Butler while a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, is composed of class notes for courses in English, History, and Government. Several documents are included with the notebook, including Instructions for midshipmen in the Department of English, History, and Government, a syllabus for the course Modern Thought, and a request by Butler to work on a boat in the Academy's pattern shop in Isherwood Hall.
W.R. Butt Notebook on Seamanship and Naval Tactics, 1859-1863, MS 186
Campaigns of a British Officer in the U.S. in 1814-15, MS 199
J.G. Casy's "Concise System of Naval Tactics," 1828, MS 44
Night Order-Book of the U.S.S. Chaumont, 1924-1925, MS 116
SS City of Flint Papers, 1939-1985, MS 244
William Slack Montgomery was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1893, and an officer in the U.S. Navy. His Journal of the Cruise of U.S.S. Chicago spans from June 1893 until April 1895 and offers an account of Chicago's cruise as flagship of the European Station, including details on various ports of call, foreign fleets, weather, drills, and crew movements.
Milo Luther Clark was a signalman in the United States Navy. The Milo Luther Clark Letters were written by Clark, while aboard U.S.S. Kansas (Battleship : BB-21) to his family and girlfriend. The letters discuss shipboard life, duties, recreation, leave, drills, and ship maintenance.
Arthur Henry Clarke was an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1882. The Arthur Henry Clarke Letters, spanning from 1878 to 1887, focus on Clarke's service aboard U.S.S. Hartford and Lackawanna during his two years sea service following his completion of the Academic program at the Naval Academy, and his service abord U.S.S. Iroquois as a newly minted second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
The John G. Claybourn Scrapbooks focus almost exclusively on the Spanish-American War of 1898, its campaigns, key individuals, and outcomes, but also touches upon the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.
Joseph Clinton Clifton was an officer and aviator in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1930. The Clifton Papers focus primarily on Clifton's post-World War II duties with the Airborne Early Warning Wing, Naval Air Advanced Training, Naval Air Technical Training, as well as his World War II duties in the Marshall Islands Campaign and duties aboard U.S.S. Wasp.
J. Crawford Caffin's "Hints to a Gunnery Officer," [ca. 1840], MS 183
Cyrus Willard Cole was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. Cole's diary, the product of his Naval Academy summer cruise aboard U.S.S. Monongahela, spans from June until August 1896. The diary consists predominantly of hand-drawn sketches, songs, poems, and sea shanties.
Frederick Collins was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1867. The Frederick Collins Diary, kept by Collins primarily while serving as an instructor at the United States Naval Academy in the Department of English Studies, History and Law, is composed of entries pertaining to Collin's teachings and studies, professional affiliations, writings, acquaintances, and personal matters. Also included are mentions of Collin's involvement in surveying the Isthmus of Darien (Panama), and genealogical information on the Collins family.
Journal of the Columbia and Alexander, 1816-1817, MS 149
George H. Brown was a yeoman in the United States Navy. Brown's Journal of the U.S.S.Columbia and U.S.S. Mississippi pertains to the Columbia's cruise from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro, the Mississippi's service during the Mexican War, and navigational instruction.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Columbia, 1844, MS 77
Record of Punishments on board the U.S. Ship Columbus, 1845-1848, MS 35
Rules and Regulations of the U.S.S. Columbus, 1845, MS 64
William E. Conant was an enlisted sailor in the United States Naval Reserve during and after World War I. The Conant diary and additional letter pertain to Conant's service aboard the minesweeper U.S.S. City of Lewes during World War I and aboard the destroyer U.S.S.Ingraham during her shakedown in 1919.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Concord, 1830-1832, MS 55
Abstract Journal of the U.S.S. Congress and the U.S.S. Cyane, 1845-1848, MS 49
An unidentified midshipman kept this journal, spanning the period 16 November 1816 to 26 April 1817, as part of his naval training. The frigate Congress, under the command of Captain Charles Morris, patrolled the Gulf of Mexico. The Special Collections & Archives Department's MS 23 continues this journal, but it is not in the same handwriting.
Journal of the U.S.S. Congress, 1845-1846, MS 26
The journal covers the frigate Congress’ 1817-1818 voyage to South America under the command of Captain Arthur Sinclair and the vessel’s cruise from May 1819 through March 1820 to Brazil and China under the command of Captain John D. Henley. The remainder of the manuscript contains a journal of the ship Citizen's voyage from Manila to Baltimore in 1820 and an undated record of the ship Canton's voyage from Boston to Canton [Guangzhou], China and back to Boston. Additionally, there are navigation and naval construction notes, including the dimensions of the following U.S. Navy vessels--Hornet, Guerriere, Congress, Constellation, Constitution, Boxer and Saranac.
Journal of the U.S.S. Congress and the U.S.S. Cyane, 1845, 1848, MS 27
Journal of the U.S.S. Congress and the U.S.S. North Carolina, 1822-1823, 1827, MS 25
The Regulations for the Internal Government of the United States Frigate Congress covers the years 1815 and 1816. The volume consists of thirty-nine articles of regulation, fire and quarter procedures, and descriptions of the roles and duties of the first, second and junior lieutenants, master, surgeon, purser, midshipmen, and marines. The volume also includes watch- and quarter-bills.
This journal continues the Special Collections & Archives Department's MS 22. The frigate, under the command of Captain Charles Morris, patrolled the Gulf of Mexico, making stops in Haiti and Venezuela.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Congress, 1818, MS 73
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Congress, 1842-1845, MS 86
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Congress and the U.S.S. Constitution, 1819, MS 70
Robert Dexter Conrad was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1927. The Robert Dexter Conrad Papers consist of correspondence, charts and drawings, reports, notes, and journal articles. The papers, which are the product of Conrad's work with the Bureau of Construction and Repair and the Bureau of Ships, pertain to research and development in the areas of armor, photoelasticity, turret design, the effects of gun blasts, ship models, propulsion, and other areas related to ship design and construction.
The Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Constellation, W.N. Jeffers, Commander, spans from 1871 to 1872, while the Constellation was serving as a training vessel for midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. The volume lists the watches and quarters of the Constellation’s crew, as well as the cleaning bills for various pieces of artillery aboard the vessel.
The U.S.S. Constitution Collection, created by philatelist Oscar Hengstler, consists of postal covers and cachets commemorating the frigate Constitution, especially her 1931-1934 national tour and subsequent return to Boston. Included with the covers and stamps are related letters, news clippings, photographs, and ephemera, some of which bear autographs of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and other political and military figures.
Journal of the U.S.S. Constitution, 1824-1825, MS 53
Log of the U.S.S. Constitution, 1861-1862, MS 125
Log of the U.S.S. Constitution, 1864, MS 126
Log of the U.S.S. Constitution, 1865-1866, MS 127
Night Order-Book of the U.S.S. Constitution, 1931-1934, MS 115
The U.S.S. Constitution Scrapbooks consist of newspaper clippings, correspondence, event programs, invitations, certificates, photographs, and other ephemera pertaining toConstitution's 1931-1934 national tour. The scrapbooks also include material pertaining toConstitution's tender, U.S.S. Grebe (AM-43), and the ship's captain, Commander Louis J. Gulliver and his family.
The Philip H. Cooper Papers pertain to Cooper's service and experiences as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, aboard the practice ship U.S.S. Macedonian (frigate), aboard the sloop-of-war U.S.S. Richmond during the Battle of Mobile Bay, and as captain of the sloop-of-war U.S.S. Swatara. The papers consist of correspondence, journals, certificates, and biographical material.
The Ida Emilie and Wilna J. Cornwell WAVES Letters span the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) careers of sisters Ida Emilie and Wilna J. Cornwell, from 1943 to 1945.
Sean T. Coughlin is a retired United States Marine Corps Officer and member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1987. The Coughlin Papers consist of three binders of materials, composed primarily of Coughlin's personal journal/memoirs of his experiences as Plans Officer with Marine Wing Support Group 37 (MWSG-37) during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm during the first Persian Gulf War.
The Log of the U.S.S. Courier, a storeship, spans the dates October 6, 1863 to June 24, 1864 when the vessel was under the command of Acting Master Samuel C. Gray of Massachusetts. During this time, Courier made voyages from New York to New Orleans and back and from New York to Pensacola to Boston. In May 1864, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles orderd Courier to sail from Boston to New Orleans. She never reached her destination, running aground on Lynyard Cay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. The ship was a total wreck, but without any loss of life.
Bartlett Jefferson Cromwell was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1861. The Cromwell Papers consist of correspondence, letterbooks, and a crew register. The papers pertain primarily to Cromwell's service as executive officer or captain of the U.S.S. Powhatan, U.S.S. Rio Bravo, U.S.S. Ticonderoga during that ship's circumnavigation of the globe and subsequent decommissioning, and U.S.S. Omaha while attached to the Asiatic Station.
The Andrew Boyd Cummings Papers span Cummings' sixteen- year naval career, from 1847 to 1863, and also include limited material dating from 1913 and 1935. The papers, consisting primarily of letters written by Cummings to his family, focus on Cummings' service aboard U.S. Navy ships Ohio, Fulton, and Dale.
Roberto Cuniberti's "Contentment for the Sailor," 1949, MS 197
Andrew Chase Cunningham was a civil engineer in the United States Navy who served as manager of the United States Naval Academy's fencing team from 1903 to 1905. Cunningham's scrapbook focuses on the 1904-1905 season of the United States Naval Academy's fencing team, and to a lesser extent, advances in the sport of fencing and the role of swordsmanship and bayonets in the Armed Forces.
Journal of the U.S.S. Cyane, 1846-1847, MS 28
Journal of the U.S.S. Cyane, 1847-1848, MS 29
Order-Book of the U.S.S. Cyane, 1846-1848, MS 50
Dahlgren-Wise Correspondence, 1855, MS 145
The Dale Family Papers spans the family's history from 1749 to 1937, recording, in varying degrees of detail, the lives and careers of six generations of the Dale family, including Commodore Richard Dale, his sons Richard Sutherland Dale and Edward Crathorne Dale, his grandson Richard Dale, and his great-grandson Edward Crathorne Dale, as well as the Commodore's father Winfield Dale, and grandfather Richard Dale.
Richard Dale Letterbook, 1802, MS 45
Ellsworth Davis was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1913. The Ellsworth Davis Letters span from 1907 to 1933, but focus primarily on Davis' time as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, including his summer practice cruises, course work, recreational activities, and Naval Academy traditions.
I.M. Dayot's "Memoir on the Coast and Harbours of Cochinchina," 1807, MS 57
The Edwin Jesse De Haven papers, spanning from 1832 to 1928, document the naval career of Edwin De Haven, with special focus on the Grinnell Arctic Expedition of 1850 to 1851, and subsequent service with the Coast Survey until 1857. The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, photographs, and a print periodical.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.
Journal of a Cruise on Board the U.S.S. Delaware, 1833-1835, MS 54
Remarks and Occurrences on Board the U.S. Ship of the Line Delaware, 1835-1836, MS16
Norman V. Donaldson was an academic publisher who served aboard submarine chasers in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve during World War I. The Norman V. Donaldson Papers span the period of 1917 through 1956 with emphasis on his command of Submarine Chaser No. 98 and the capture of the German submarine U-53.
Franklin Buchanan, the journal's author, served as a midshipman aboard the U.S.S. Java (frigate) and as second officer aboard the Dorothea (ship). The bulk of the manuscript covers the voyage of the Dorothea from Philadelphia to Canton [Guangzhou], China and back between 7 April 1821 and 11 June 1822. About thirty pages relate to the cruise of the U.S.S. Java from Gibraltar to Boston between 25 January and 2 March 1817. Buchanan was a career naval officer and the first Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. He resigned his commission in April 1861 and subsequently joined the Confederate States Navy.
The George Ewell Dryden Papers span the years 1917 to 1920, and focus primarily on Dryden's experiences while supply officer aboard U.S.S. Galveston (Cruiser No. 17) in 1919. The papers include photograph albums, memoranda, inventories, and a diary.
William Henshaw Ellis was an officer in the Royal Navy. His memoir, The Years of Adventuredetails Ellis' service in the Royal Navy before and during World War II aboard the H.M.S. Basilisk, H.M.S. Douglas, H.M.S. Garth, H.M.S. Harrier, H.M.S. King George V, and other vessels.
U.S.S. Enterprise, Log for Cruise of '97, MS 179
Midshipman Samuel Francis Du Pont kept this journal as part of his naval training. About half the volume relates to the sloop-of-war Erie, covering the dates 2 October 1819 to 20 January 1820. The second half of the journal, spanning the dates 12 May 1821 to 22 October 1821, relates to the cruise of the frigate Constitution from Boston to the Mediterranean to serve on station as the Mediterranean Squadron's flagship. Du Pont was a career naval officer. During the Civil War, he was in command of the South Atlantic Blockading squadron from 18 September 1861 to 3 June 1863.
Journal of the U.S.S. Essex, 1877-1878, MS 99
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Essex (Incoming Correspondence), 1876-1879, MS 102
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Essex (Incoming Correspondence from the Navy Department), 1876-1879, MS 103
Letterbook of the U.S.S Essex (Outgoing Correspondence), 1876-1879, MS 98
Log of the U.S.S. Essex, 1881-1882, MS 129
Watch- and Quarter-Bills of the U.S.S. Essex, 1812, MS 65
William Maxwell Evarts was an American lawyer and statesman who served as Attorney General under President Andrew Johnson, as Secretary of State under President Rutherford B. Hayes, and as a Senator from New York. The Evarts Letters consist of Evarts' copies of letter written by him to his friend, lawyer and author Richard Henry Dana, Jr. The letters pertain to Evarts' and Dana's careers and social lives, Evarts' attempts to be appointed to the Supreme Court, the trial of Jefferson Davis, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, attempts to unseat Benjamin Butler from Congress, and Dana's nomination as Ambassador to Great Britain.
Emil Henry Eycke was an enlisted sailor and boatswain in the United States Navy. The Eycke Papers span the period of 1880 through 1907 and focus on Eycke's United States Navy career, including his service in the Spanish-American War and his trips to Cuba as a member of the crew of U.S.S. Denver.
Arthur Philip Fairfield was an Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1901. The letters originate from Fairfield's tours as Commander of Destroyer Division 27, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Commander of the heavy cruiser U.S.S.Chester and focus on the Syrian crisis of 1925, the Chester's European cruise of 1930, and Fairfield's service in World War I.
Herman George Feydt was a U.S. Naval reservist who served as a boatswain's mate in World War I and as a mail clerk after the war. The Feydt Papers detail his unsuccessful efforts to join the Ensigns Reserve Force, his activity as a mail clerk both on the Nahma and at Lafayette Radio Station in France, and his participation in civic organizations and home front morale efforts.
John J. Fitzpatrick Notebook, MS 96
Flags and Signals, [ca. 1850], MS 192
Journal of Chas. G. Fleming, U.S.S. Penobscot, MS 104
The Eugene B. Fluckey Papers span fifty-nine years of Fluckey's life, from his service in the United States Navy during World War II through his return to civilian life after retirement. In various levels of detail, the papers describe many of Fluckey's duties throughout his naval career, including his war patrols aboard U.S.S. Barb (SS-220), commands of submarine and amphibious groups, the SoLant Amity II goodwill cruise, and his work in torpedo countermeasures, as well as his post graduate studies and duties as personal aide to Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
Midshipman Franklin Buchanan kept this journal as part of his naval training. The Franklin (ship-of-the-line) was the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron, cruising on station there until March 1820. The volume covers the period 23 August 1818 to 24 April 1820. Buchanan was a career naval officer and the first Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. He resigned his commission in April 1861 and subsequently joined the Confederate States Navy.
Midshipman Samuel Francis Du Pont kept this journal as part of his naval training. About half the volume relates to the Franklin (ship-of-the-line), covering the dates 24 November 1817 to 17 November 1818. The Franklin was the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron. On 18 November 1818, Commodore Charles Stewart ordered Du Pont to join the sloop-of-war Erie, and the remainder of the journal covers that vessel's cruise in the Mediterranean from 18 November 1818 to 1 October 1819. Du Pont was a career naval officer. During the Civil War, he was in command of the South Atlantic Blockading squadron from 18 September 1861 to 3 June 1863.
Joseph M. Freer and Raymond Franklin Trumpe were stewards for the United States Lines before and during World War II who sailed aboard the S.S. City of Flint. The Joseph Freer and Raymond Trumpe Papers focus primarily on the cruises of the freighter City of Flint during 1939 and 1940, which included her rescue of the passengers and crew of the Athenia and her later capture by German forces.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Galena, 1882-1884, MS 85
The papers of Rear Admiral Daniel V. Gallery span the years 1907-1977. The collection consists of correspondence, publications of Rear Admiral Gallery and others, government documents, legal documents, photographs, drawings, audiovisual materials and certificates. The papers focus on Gallery's Navy experiences and career as a writer.
General International Shipwreck Society: A Practical Treatise on the Means of Relief, MS 165
Maud Gibbons Diaries, MS 166
The Otto Giese Papers contain correspondence, speeches, audiotapes, artwork sketches, photographs, writings, scrapbooks, clippings, memorabilia, and other material documenting the private and public life of this mariner, who served as a German U-Boat officer during World War II. After the war, he obtained a master's license and started his own shipping line, which operated in the North Sea, the Baltic, the Caribbean, and the Far East.
Irvin V. Gillis Notebook kept on board the U.S.S. Constellation, 1893, MS 109
The Arsène Napoléon Girault Collection consists of reproductions of original documents, typescripts, and genealogical material from various sources related to the U.S. Naval Academy's first professor of French.
The Casper Frederick Goodrich Papers consist of ephemera (mostly invitations) and some correspondence, the bulk of the documents dating from 1907 to 1910. Rear Admiral Goodrich was an 1865 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He helped found the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval War College, and the Naval Historical Society. In 1908, he represented the Navy at the International Historical Conference on the Peninsular War and its Epoch held at Zarogoza, Spain.
Caspar Frederick Goodrich Scrapbook, MS 184
Charles Clinton Gordon was an officer in the United States Army and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1911. The Gordon Scrapbook, spanning from 1907 to 1909, consists of newspaper clippings, event programs, leave requests, and other documents from Gordon's time as a student at the Naval Academy. The materials in the scrapbook focus on Academy athletic events, Masqueraders performances, and Gordon's performance and leaves while at the Academy.
Alfred Gosling was a seaman who served in the United States Navy's North Pacific Squadron. The Gosling Diary contains entries dating between September 26, 1867 and July 22, 1868 pertaining to Gosling's everyday shipboard life while serving as a cook and steward, possibly aboard U.S.S. Jamestown (Sloop), based at Sitka, Alaska.
An Abstract of the Great Gun Exercise, , MS 169
Theodore W. Richards was a surgeon in the U.S. Navy. Theodore W. Richards' Great White Fleet Scrapbook and its enclosures, span from 1908 until 1909, with several documents from 1916 and 1945. The scrapbook details the itinerary, crew activities, ports of call, and local reactions to the arrival of the United States Atlantic Fleet (commonly known as the Great White Fleet) during its cruise of 1907-1909. The enclosures include journal articles written by Richards on drowning and lighting aboard naval vessels.
Joseph F. Green was an Admiral in the United States Navy. The Joseph Foster Green Papers consists of eight volumes kept by, or kept under the authority of, Rear Admiral Joseph Foster Green during his tenure in the United States Navy.
Charles Donald Griffin was an Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1927. Griffin's speeches were delivered while serving as Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe, many of which focus on the history and significance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the continuing threat of Communism.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Guerriere, 1868, MS 74
Harry F. Guggenheim was a noted philanthropist, newspaper publisher, mining magnate, and U.S. Naval aviator. The Guggenheim Letters, and their accompanying illuminated manuscript, span from 1930 to 1932. The letters pertain to the presentation of the illuminated manuscript to Guggenheim by the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the dedication of the Aero Club de France.
Harry Aloysius Guthrie was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1921. Guthrie's unpublished memoir includes anecdotes pertaining to his education at the Naval Academy, service aboard submarines and as Assistant Naval Attaché in Berlin, the U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5) and the Battle of Midway, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Warne Lowell Haight was a physician and Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. Haight's papers pertain to various aspects of his Naval Reserve career, including his application, education, training, assignments, duties, and evaluations. The papers are the product of Haight's service at numerous naval hospitals, and consist of newsletters, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, and official United States Navy records.
Franklin Hanford was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1866. The Franklin Hanford Papers, spanning from 1870 to 1899, pertain to Hanford's service aboard U.S.S. Pensacola and ordnance matters, such as the testing of the Ericsson Torpedo.
Hamilton Harlow Scrapbook, MS 195
George H. Harmon Diary, MS 163
The John E. Hart Letters, spanning the period from 1861 to 1863, focus on Hart's tours of duty as executive officer of U.S.S. Vincennes (sloop-of-war) and commanding officer of U.S.S.Albatross (screw steamer), both of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.
Commanding Officer's Journal of the U.S.S. Hartford, 1886, MS 111
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford, the U.S.S. Lackawanna, and the U.S.S. Mohican, 1884-1885, MS 121
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford, 1884-1886, MS 119
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford and U.S.S. Shenandoah, 1884-1886, MS 122
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford, the U.S.S. Wachusett, and the U.S.S. Iroquois, 1884-1885, MS 120
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Hartford, 1884, MS 84
Orin Shepley Haskell was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1920. The Haskell Letters, written by Haskell to his girlfriend and first wife, Audrey McDougall, span Haskell's naval career, from his experiences as a U.S. Naval Academy plebe, to his duties as an engineering specialist and plans for retirement from the Navy.
Frank Edgar Havens was a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy. Havens' letters, addressed to his family, are largely personal in nature, but also pertain to his experiences in boot camp, medical indoctrination training, and aboard U.S.S. Repose (AH-16) during the Korean War. Included with the letters are several photographs and news clippings.
The Wilson L. Heflin Papers, spanning the period from 1936 to 1943, illustrate Heflin's early research for a proposed Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Stephen Crane's Treatment of War." Heflin taught at the U.S. Naval Academy in the Department of English, History and Government, later the English Department, from 1946 to 1985.
John D. Henley Letterbook, MS 38
The Logbook of the S.S. Henry Miller and S.S. Plattsburg spans from January 5, 1944 to January 15, 1945. The logbook, kept by Lieutenant Bernard A. Kolb, USNR, consists of daily entries noting shipboard events (such as general quarters, drills, and target practice), ports of call, personnel actions, and various other observations. The Henry Miller was a Liberty Ship and the Plattsburg an oil tanker.
The Hobson-Wasp Collision Papers, compiled by Captain Burnham C. McCaffree, commanding officer of U.S.S. Wasp (CV-18), consists of a photograph album and a scrapbook. The papers pertain to the April 26, 1952 collision between aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp and destroyer U.S.S. Hobson, which resulted in the sinking of Hobson.
Michael Hodge Navigation Book, [ca. 1759], MS 148
Benjamin R. Holcombe was an officer and aviator in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1916. Spanning from Holcombe's appointment as a naval aviator in 1921 to his service at the Bureau of Aeronautics in 1926, the logs records such standard data as date, type of machine, number of machine, landings, height, pilot, character of flight, passenger, duration of flight and station where serving.
Willis McDowell and Edward Hoopes were officers in the United States Navy. McDowell was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1897 and Hoopes was a non-graduate of the Class of 1897. The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks are the product of Hoopes' and McDowell's time as students at the United States Naval Academy, and include notes and examinations for courses in geometry, Trigonometry, English, French, International Law, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene, as well as the Class of 1897's practice cruise aboard U.S.S. Bancroft (Gunboat) in 1895.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Hornet, MS 83
Order Book of the U.S.S. Hornet, 1823-1826, MS 82
Remarks and Occurrences on board the Unites States Ship Hornet, 1825-1826, MS 81
William Hosford was an enlisted sailor in the U.S. Navy during World War I, serving aboard submarine chasers. The William Hosford Letters span the period of 1914 through 1919, with a majority of the letters having been written by William Hosford to his wife during the period of August 1918 through May 1919 while Hosford was a U.S. Navy enlisted man serving aboard Submarine Chaser No. 301.
Honor Roll of individual and organizational donors in the Houston area who purchased U.S. savings bonds in a campaign to raise funds to build a new U.S.S. Houston (CL-81) to replace the previous U.S.S. Houston (CA-30), nicknamed the Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast, which was sunk at the Battle of Java Sea in December 1942. Included with the volume is an additional 52 leaf honor roll of donors from the Southern Pacific Lines.
Thomas Benton Howard was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1873. The Howard papers focus on Howard's time as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, his service during the cruise of the Great White Fleet, his participation in the Military Order of the Carabao, the various Navy vessels he served aboard or were under his command.
John Cumming Howell was an admiral in the United States Navy. The Howell Journal touches upon each of the ships he served aboard, focusing more prominently on his times aboard U.S.S. Boston (Sloop-of-war) of the West Indies Squadron, U.S.S. Saratoga (Sloop-of-war) of the East India Squadron, the Talbot (Ship), U.S.S. Susquehanna (Side wheel steamer) of the Mediterranean and Home Squadrons, U.S.S. Seminole (Screw sloop-of-war) of the Brazil Squadron, U.S.S. Franklin (Screw frigate) of the European Squadron, and U.S.S. Trenton(Screw steamer) of the European Squadron, as well as his service during the Civil War.
Charles Frederick Hughes was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1888. The collection consists of Hughes' cadet account book while he was a Naval Cadet at the United States Naval Academy, as well as a June 6, 1888 receipt for Hughes' entrance fee into the Naval Academy Graduates Association.
Samuel Humphreys' "Directions for cutting Timber for a Frigate of the first Class," 1835, MS 194
Samuel Humphreys' Letterbook, 1824-1845, MS 146
Montgomery Hunt Seamanship Notebook, MS 180
The Alvah Folsom Hunter Diary, spanning from November 1862 to December 1863, comprises a first-hand account of Hunter's experiences as a ship's boy in the Union Navy and aboard the ironclad monitor U.S.S. Nahant of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
William F. Hutchinson was a doctor who served as a surgeon in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army for the Union during the Civil War. The William F. Hutchinson Letterbook covers the period of 16 August 1865 through 10 May 1867 and consists of Hutchinson’s official correspondence during his tenure as the Acting Passed Assistant Surgeon aboard the U.S.S. Onward (Clipper-ship) which served as storeship with the Brazil Squadron and the South Atlantic Squadron.
Jacob Lawton Hydrick was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1907. Hydrick's journal, divided into two sections, covers his cruise aboard U.S.S. Vermont (Battleship : BB-20) during her shakedown cruise and participation in the cruise of the Great White Fleet, as well as his service aboard U.S.S.Birmingham (Light cruiser : CL-2).
Logs of hydrographic surveys, consisting of soundings, tides, angles, oyster grounds, and boundaries of fishing grounds, within the territorial waters of the continental United States.
The Organization, Adminstration and Ship's Regulations of the United States Ship Idaho, 1934-1935, MS 87
Journal of the U.S.S. Independence, the U.S.S. Fairfield, and the U.S.S. John Adams, 1837-1840, MS 32
Index to the Signal Book, [ca. 1790,] MS 191
Ingersoll Papers, 1864-1968, MS 202
H. R. Insley was a Paymaster in the United States Navy. The scrapbook was compiled by Insley while aboard U.S.S. Wisconsin during that ship's participation in the cruise of the Great White Fleet. The scrapbook includes such items as news clippings, illustrations cut from periodicals, photographs, announcements, invitations, notices, menus, and event programs.
Instructions regarding Salutes Established by Her Majesty's Order in Council, 1838, MS 71
This volume presumably belonged to Thomas W. Wyman (d. 1854), first lieutenant aboard the U. S. S. Java (frigate). Wyman was a career naval officer, attaining the rank of captain in 1842. He died in Florence, Italy. In 1829, the Java, under the command of Captain John Downes, formed part of the Mediterranean Squadron. The volume includes the crew list and watch-bill of the ship.
William N. Jeffers Rough Notes & Memoranda[:] Ordnance, MS 167
Journal kept on board the U.S. Ship John Adams, 1843-1844, MS 90
Journal of a Cruise on board the U.S. Practice Ship John Adams, 1862, MS 92
Journal of the U.S.S. John Adams and the U.S.S. Columbus, 1840, 1845-1846, MS 34
Remarks & Occurrences on board the U.S. Sloop of War John Adams, 1837-1840, MS 33
Rules and Regulations to be Observed on board the U.S. Ship John Adams, [1838?], MS 63
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. John Adams and the U.S.S. Congress, 1818, MS 73
John Porter Merrel Johnston was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1937. The Johnston Letters, which span from 1932 to 1937, pertain to Johnston's time as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, including his grades, studies, courses, infractions, Academy routine, social activities, personal finances and purchases.
The Daniel Jones Letters span from 1860 to 1863. Jones was a carpenter in the U.S. Navy. The letters, written during Jones' service aboard U.S.S. Brooklyn (sloop-of-war) and U.S.S. St. Louis (sloop-of-war), focus primarily on domestic and personal matters, especially pertaining to Jones' family.
Donald Edward Jones was a non-graduate member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1951. The Jones Letters consist of letters written by Jones to his family while he was a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, pertaining to academics, professional development, midshipman social activities, and Naval Academy traditions.
Horace Walker Jones was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1884 and a Naval Engineer, serving in the fleet, at the Washington Navy Yard, and at the Naval Academy as an instructor in steam engineering. Jones' papers pertain to various aspects of his naval career, including his service aboard U.S.S. Concord (Patrol gunboat: PG-3), his participation in the Battle of Manila Bay, and his extensive involvement in naval ordnance. Included with the papers are three patents for weapons systems components.
Richard B. Jones Letterbook, MS 40
Victor W. Jones was an officer in the United States Navy during and shortly after the Civil War. The Victor W. Jones Papers cover the period 1857 through 1902 and consist primarily of formal papers regarding Jones' career in the United States Navy and the post-retirement attempts by Jones and family members to collect a disability pension and monies.
The Rough Log Book of the U.S.S. Kearsarge is the product of a cruise from Woods Hole, Massachusetts to the Virginia Southern Drill Grounds off Hampton Roads in September 1901. The battleship's log consists of brief entries and enclosures noting course and speed, weather conditions, personnel status, communications, and duty performance.
William Patrick Keeshan served as a printer in the U.S. Navy. The collection consists of ephemera related to Keeshan's service, including discharge certificates, identity cards, and papers relating to the crossing the line ceremony. The U.S.S. Black Hawk (AD-9) and the U.S.S. Pittsburgh (Armored Cruiser No. 4) were among the vessels on which Keeshan served.
Henry Mylin Kieffer was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1912 and an officer in the U.S. Navy. The scrapbook, which spans from 1907 to 1911, focuses primarily on Kieffer's athletic, social, and religious activities while a midshipman at the Naval Academy
Amin Kiwas was an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy. The Kiwas Diary is the product of Kiwas' service aboard U.S.S. Lexington (Aircraft carrier : CV-2), noting ship activities, drills, exercises, ports visited, weather, shore leaves, and aviation operations.
Fred T. Klemm was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who served in World War II and the Korean War. Klemm's memoirs, entitled "My Great Adventure," offer a detailed account of the life of an enlisted United States Marine Corps machinist serving during the Korean War.
Harry Shepard Knapp was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1878. The Knapp Papers focus primarily on Knapp's time at the Naval Academy, mandatory sea service following graduation, and diplomatic mission to Haiti following his retirement.
The collection consists mostly of Knowles's discharge papers and documents relating to a widow's pension for Mary A.E. Knowles. Knowles, a quartermaster aboard U.S.S. Hartford (sloop-of-war) during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, is reputedly the man who lashed Admiral David G. Farragut to the ship's rigging at the request of Captain Percival Drayton, who feared Farragut might lose his balance or be wounded and fall. After the Civil War, Knowles served aboard training vessels at the U.S. Naval Academy
Journal of a Cruise in the U.S. St[eame]r. Lackawanna Pacific Station, 1880-1881, MS 110
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Lackawanna, 1880-1881, MS 113
Henry Ellis Lackey was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. The Lackey Papers consist of a scrapbook of Lackey's experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy and a book of calling cards from his command of Squadron 40 (Temporary) in the late 1930s.
Oscar Hamilton Lackey entered the U.S. Navy in 1858 as a third assistant engineer and rose to the rank of chief engineer. The bulk of the collection consists of letters to his wife, Clara Caroline Stone Lackey, and documents from the Engineering Department of U.S.S. Wyoming. Their son Henry Ellis Lackey was an 1899 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
R.R. Cockle's Journal of the U.S.S. Lancaster, 1881-1883, MS 132
J.W. Dresser's Journal of the U.S.S. Lancaster, 1881-1882, MS 130
W.F. Flournoy's Journal of the U.S.S. Lancaster, 1881-1883, MS 134
George G. Rodgers' Journal of the U.S.S. Lancaster, 1881-1882, MS 133
George G. Rodgers' Journal of the U.S.S. Lancaster, 1882-1883, MS 135
Journal of the U.S.S. Lancaster and the U.S.S. Galena, 1881-1882, MS 131
The Moses A. Lane Papers, consisting of fourteen handwritten letters (with typed transcriptions) and five photocopies of service records, span from 1852 to 1888 and offer a glimpse into the career and Civil War service of gunner Moses A. Lane.
John Clarkson Lawrence was a mate in the United States Navy. The John C. Lawrence Journal, entitled "Journal of a Cruise amongst the Madeira, Canary and Cape Verde Islands and on the West Coast of Africa. 1845 & '45. in the United States Ship of War Yorktown. Capt. Chas H Bell," covers the time period of 13 November 1844 through 7 December 1845 while Yorktownwas engaged in suppressing the slave trade.
William Porter Lawrence, United States Naval Academy Class of 1951, was a naval aviator and a career officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Vice Admiral. The Lawrence Papers span from 1863 until 2004, and describe various events and aspects of Lawrence's naval career and personal life, including his studies as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy; career as an aviator and officer in the United States Navy; experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam; tour as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy; and affiliations with the National Football Foundation and National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Richard P. Leary was an officer in the U.S. Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1864 who served during the Civil War and as Naval Governor or Guam. The Leary Papers primary focus on Leary's confrontation with the German corvette Adler in Samoa in 1888, his governorship of Guam from 1899 to 1900, the "Star-Spangled Banner" incident at League Island Naval Base in 1901, his illness and subsequent death in 1901, and newspaper articles on naval vessels in the Spanish-American War.
Lejeune Hall, named after the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune, member of the Naval Academy Class of 1888, was dedicated on April 28, 1982. The Lejeune Hall Dedication Collection relates to the preparation and planning for the building's dedication, as well as the dedication ceremony itself.
Richard Leo was a baker in the United States Navy. The Richard Leo Diary spans Leo's time aboard the U.S.S. Florida (Battleship: BB-30), from 23 November 1917 to 16 June 1918, whileFlorida was assigned to the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow during World War I.
John S. Lionberger was an officer in the United States Naval Reserve during World War I. The Lionberger Letterbook consists entirely of letters between John S. Lionberger and his father, Isaac H. Lionberger during John's training at Reserve Officer Training School at the United States Naval Academy during the summer of 1917 and subsequent service aboard U.S.S. North Dakota (Battleship : BB-29) during World War I.
Robert Lyman John Long was a one-time submarine commander, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Force in the United States Navy. The papers, consisting mostly of speeches, pertain to topics such as the role of the Navy in the Cold War, missions and goals of specific naval groups, international strategy, and the capabilities, objectives, forces, and strategic principles of the Pacific Command.
Log of the United States Ship Macedonian, 1865, MS 136
Stewart Allan Manahan was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1909, and an officer in the U.S. Navy who served as a communications officer, destroyer commander, and Marine Superintendent, retiring with the rank of Commodore. The papers, consisting primarily of scrapbooks, focus on the various tours of duty of Manahan's U.S. Navy career, with an emphasis on his tour as Marine Superintendent of the Panama Canal.
Journal of a Cruise on board the U.S. Practice Ship Marblehead, 1865, MS 20
Cleon Wirt Mauldin was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1904. The C. W. Mauldin Diary covers Mauldin's naval career for the period 23 May 1900 through 13 May 1906, offering some information on his time at the U.S. Naval Academy with emphasis on his practice cruises, and focusing on his tours aboard theKearsarge (Battleship: BB-5) and the Scorpion (Gunboat).
William Frederick Durand, United States Naval Academy Class of 1880, was a noted marine and aeronautical engineer. His U.S.S. Mayflower Journal of Practice Cruise spans from June until August 1879 and is an account of the Naval Academy's First Class summer practice cruise aboard the screw tug Mayflower.
Bowman Hendry McCalla was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1865. McCalla's memoirs offer an autobiographical account his life and U.S. Navy career, spanning from his childhood days at Nazareth Hall boarding school to his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1906.
Commodore William Penn McCann was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1853, and a career U.S. Navy officer who served during the Civil War, and as a lighthouse inspector and Navy Yard commander. The papers, consisting primarily of handwritten journals and correspondence, cover all but the last two years of McCann's career in the U.S. Navy.
Frederick Ewing McMillen was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1904. The memoirs span the period of 1882-1950 and offer an anecdotal account of McMillen’s career as a student (United States Naval Academy Class of 1904) and instructor at the United States Naval Academy and his subsequent career as a staff officer in the United States Navy.
Edw. B. McOrmond was a Machinist, 2nd Class in the United States Navy. The diary, from McOrmond's time aboard U.S.S. Cincinatti and U.S.S. Albany offers brief entries on formal and informal shipboard activities, incidents, events and amusements, duties and schedules of activities, shore leaves, other ships encountered, itineraries of voyages, descriptions of places visited, and the weather.
Log of the United States St[eame]r Mercury, 1864-1866, MS 128
Journal of a Cruise onboard U.S. Steam Frigate Merrimack, 1856-1858, MS 15
Albert A. Michelson, United States Naval Academy Class of 1873, was the first American scientist to win a Nobel Prize (for Physics, in 1907). His career included teaching and research positions at the Naval Academy, the Case School of Applied Science, Clark University, and the University of Chicago. In addition to his experimental contribuitons to physics, spectroscopy, metrology, astronomy, and geophysics, Michelson invented instruments, such as the interferometer, the harmonic analyzer, the echelon spectrosocpe, and ruling engines, all of which continue to influence science today. The collection documents Michelson's long career, but also includes materials relevant to Michelson that were created before and after his lifetime. The majority of documents are photocopies of originals.
Michelson Hall, named in honor of physicist and Naval Academy graduate Albert Abraham Michelson, was dedicated on May 10, 1969. The Michelson Hall Dedication Collection consists of official memoranda, notices, orders, correspondence, publications, and guest lists relating to the preparation and execution of the dedication of Michelson Hall.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Michigan, 1873-1876, MS 114
Milton E. "Mary" Miles was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1922. The Miles Papers span from 1942 to 2011 and focus exclusively on Miles' role in and the activities of the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) and the United States Navy's role in China during World War II.
George H. Miller was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1933, and a career officer, retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral. The papers, consisting of Miller's writings, speeches, and Congressional testimony, pertain to general military policy and strategy, maritime strategy, and the future of the United States Navy.
John F. Milos was a member of the United States Naval Reserve and a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy. The John F. Milos Letters span the period of May 1942 through December 1942 and were written by Milos to his fiancée, Susan M. Mader of New York City while Milos was a LTJG, United States Naval Reserve, newly assigned to the United States Naval Academy.
Abstract Log of the U.S.S. Minnesota, 1857-1859, MS 13
General Orders of the U.S.S. Minnesota, 1857-1859, MS 14
Log of the U.S.S. Minnesota, No. 1, 1857-1858, MS 12
Log of the U.S.S. Minnesota, No. 2, 1858-1859, MS 11
Journal of the U.S.S. Mississippi, U.S.S. Vincennes, U.S.S. Weasel, U.S.S. Hornet, and U.S.S. Natchez, 1823-1828; 1842-1844, MS 31
Log Book of the U.S.S. Mississippi, 1861, MS 91
William Adger Moffett was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, having served as first Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. The Moffett Papers, consisting of correspondence, press releases, notes, and news clippings, pertain to such topics as the evolution of naval aviation, lighter-than-air technology, the London Naval Conference, coastal defense, budgetary matters, and relations between the military, political, and commercial spheres.
William Adger Moffett was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, having served as first Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. The Moffett Collection consists of correspondence, diaries, news clippings, periodical articles, and orders. In addition to such topics as the evolution of naval aviation, lighter-than-air technology, and the London Naval Conference, the Moffett Collection also contains documents pertaining to Moffett's time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, his personal finances, and the crash of the Navy airship Akron, which resulted in his death.
David G. Muller is an intelligence officer who served in Naval Intelligence in the 1980s. The papers, collected by Muller, consist of Chinese source materials and declassified U.S. intelligence reports pertaining to the maritime power of the People's Republic of China. The papers most likely represent the research materials used by Muller in the writing of his book, China As a Maritime Power.
Naval Bills and Memoranda, MS 41
Malcolm Stearns, Jr. was an officer in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. Stearns' Naval Mine Notebook and its enclosures span from 1941 until 1944, with several entries from 1953. The notebook details allied and enemy naval mine design, as well as minelaying and minesweeping operations during World War II.
The Navy Operation Plans and Orders span from 1941 to 1944, and consist entirely of captured Japanese naval plans and orders from World War II. The plans and orders, which also include charts, glossaries, tabular data, and subject indexes, touch upon Japanese preparations for war with the United States, Operation Sho, destroyer and cruiser doctrines, North Pacific operations, the Ominato Guard District, Philippine operations, and various other Japanese Navy operational doctrines and strategies.
The Daniel D. T. Nestell Papers, spanning from 1852 to 1911, focus primarily on Nestell's service and experiences as an Assistant Surgeon in the United States Navy during the Civil War. The papers describe Nestell's naval career, from his initial appointment through his retirement and subsequent pension claims, including descriptions of his time as a Confederate prisoner of war, and eyewitness accounts of numerous naval engagements, including the First Battle of Galveston, the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip, and the Siege of Vicksburg, through a series of original drawings.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.
Joel Newsom was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1921. The Newsom Papers focus on Newsom's finances as a midshipman and duty stations as an officer, including his command of the submarine tender U.S.S. Otus during the Japanese air raid on Cavite on December 10, 1941.
Muster Rolls of the Officers and Men attached to the New York Navy Yard, 1813-1815, MS 93
Smith Woodward Nichols was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1862. The papers pertain primarily to Nichols' time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, including his summer cruise aboard U.S.S.Plymouth, and his subsequent service as an officer in the U.S. Navy at the Boston Navy Yard and aboard U.S.S. Omaha.
The Chester William Nimitz Papers are primarily a collection of letters (mostly photocopies) from Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz (1885-1966) to his wife Catherine and to his friends Captain Leonard Miscall, Dr. Lloyd Reynolds, and Frank G. Nagle. The correspondence covers the years 1941-1966.
The Nimitz Library Project Files pertain to specific personnel and review projects in the late 1970s and early 1980s, specifically, the SHORSTAMPS program, the Commercial Activities (Contracting Out) Program, and accreditation, including Middle States.
The Nimitz Library Records cover the time period 1969 through 1999 and are concerned with Library planning and construction, the Library opening and dedication, and some of the Nimitz Library’s early history. The collection consists of collateral equipment lists, interior design brochures, photographs, records pertaining to the Nimitz Library dedication, and a few news articles.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. North Carolina, 1825, MS 75
The North Pacific Squadron was commanded by Rear Admiral Thomas Tingey Craven from August 1868 until December 1869. The Register of Letters, dating from a six-month span of Craven's command and most likely kept by Squadron Secretary H.L. Craven, is a chronological record of correspondence received and forwarded by the squadron. Entries consist of date received and forwarded, correspondents' names, and topical coverage.
The collection consists of five unpublished manuscripts, entitled "Phantom II"; "The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels in Phantoms"; "Tomcats, Foxbats and Eagles"; "Super CAG"; and "The Desert Storm." The first three manuscripts focus on military aircraft and their development, the fourth is a novel set in the Cold War, and the last, a poem, focuses on the Persian Gulf War
Lawrence Allen Odlin was an officer in the United States Navy and a graduate of Dartmouth College. The Odlin Papers focus on Odlin's service as an officer in the U.S. Navy's Supply Corps, especially his duty at the Seattle Naval Supply Depot during World War II and authorship of "Principles of Navy Purchasing."
Quarter-Bill of the Fourth Divsion of the U.S.S. Ohio, 1839, MS 69
Station-Bill and Liberty List of the U.S.S. Ohio, 1839, MS 68
Watch-Bill and Liberty List of the Fourth Division of the U.S.S. Ohio, 1839, MS 67
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Ohio, 1838, MS 21
"A Sketch of the Cruise of the U.S. Ship Ontario" spans the years 1833 to 1836. The volume consists primarily of a private journal kept my an unnamed member of the sloop-of-war Ontario's crew, offering details of the ship's various ports of call, interactions with foreign vessels, and aspects of shipboard life, including discipline and recreation.
The Francis Osbourn Papers primarily span Osbourn's career in the Twentieth Regiment Indiana Volunteers and the Sixth Regiment U.S. Colored Troops from 1862 to 1866. The papers, mostly letters, focus on Osbourn's duties, experiences and observations, and requests for items from home. Osbourn witnessed the battle between the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S.Virginia.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.
Felton Parker was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1882. Parker's English and History Notes cover such topics as the nature of simile and metaphor, sounds in the English language, Teutonic languages, the lineage of notable European ruling families, chronologies of Greek and Roman history, and also includes some of Parker's grades while at the Academy.
The Rules and Regulations of the U.S.S. Peacock contains notes on determining dimensions of masts, spars, sails, and rigging; the dimensions of the sloop-of-war Peacock's masts and spars; the rules and regulations of the Peacock; a partial quarter-bill; the station bill; and drawings of ships and flags. The signature "J. Barney" appears at the end of the section containing the Peacock's dimensions. A later owner used the volume as a scrapbook.
Henry Lincoln Peckham was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1887. The Peckham Papers consist of a journal and two notebooks, focusing on Peckham's studies at the United States Naval Academy and his mandatory two years of sea service aboard U.S.S. Galena prior to graduation.
Raymond Edward Peet was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1943. The Peet Papers focus on the nuclear warships U.S.S. Bainbridge and U.S.S. Canberra, Peet's views on nuclear power in the Navy, Peet's service under Arleigh Burke during World War II, and river patrols during the Vietnam War.
Order Book of the H.M.S. Penguin, 1813-1814, MS 58
The Letterbook of the U.S.S. Pensacola spans from November 1861 until February 1863. Consisting of copies of letters sent by the sloop-of-war Pensacola's commanding officer Captain Henry W. Morris, the letterbook documents various ship activities and procedures, such as equipment and armament requests, receipt of orders, and the evaluation, transfer, and discharge of crew members.
Log of U.S.S. Pensacola, 1881-1883, MS 140
Journal of the U.S.S. Perry, 1843-1844, MS 48
The Harry Phelps Papers span Phelps' thirty-six year naval career, covering from 1877 to 1913, and consist primarily of letters written by Phelps to his mother, encompassing Phelps' time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, his work with various hydrographic survey teams, and his time at the Judge Advocate General office in Washington D.C. Phelps graduated fourth in the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1880.
A Journal kept on board the United States Frigate Philadelphia, 1800-1801, MS 170
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia, 1892-1894, MS 112
Lloyd Phoenix Journal, MS 173
Lloyd Phoenix Seamanship Notebook, MS 175
Edward Motley Pickman was a U.S. Navy Reservist, embassy attache, and historian. The Pickman Papers pertain to Pickman's service as a prison camp inspector in World War I, his World War I naval service, familial matters, and intellectual pursuits after the War.
George M. Bache's Journal of the U.S.S. Plymouth, 1860, MS 10
George Mifflin Bache, a great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1861. This journal records his midshipman summer cruise (27 June 1860-28 September 1860) aboard the U.S.S. Plymouth (sloop-of-war), a practice ship at the Naval Academy. Bache's papers are the Special Collections & Archives Department's MS 212.
George P. Ryan's Journal of the U.S.S. Plymouth, 1860, MS 9
George P. Ryan was an 1861 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As part of their training, midshipmen were required to keep a journal of their summer cruise. This volume is Ryan's record of his 27 June 1860 to 28 September 1860 cruise aboard the U.S.S. Plymouth (sloop-of-war), a practice ship at the Naval Academy.
Leon D. Polland was an author and Chief of Construction and Repair for the Constellation Restoration Committee of Baltimore. The U.S.S. Constellation Collection is composed primarily of copies of historic documents pertaining to the Constellation's construction, repair history, and conversion into a museum ship.
David Dixon Porter Papers, MS 229
Log Book of the U. S. Torpedo Boat Porter, 1898, MS 108
Elmer Belmont Potter was a historian and a professor of history at the United States Naval Academy. The Potter Papers document Potter's research for, and writing of, his biographies and naval histories, namely Sea Power: A Naval History, Nimitz, and Admiral Arleigh Burke.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Powhatan, 1884, MS 178
The George Henry Preble Papers consist mostly of letters to William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869), U.S. Senator from Maine. The early correspondence relates to attempts to increase pay for naval officers. The letters from 1862 to 1869 center on Preble's dismissal from the Navy for allowing the C.S.S Florida (built in England as the Oreto) to reach safe harbor in Mobile, Alabama during the blockade in 1862, and Preble's efforts to be reinstated and cleared of any wrongdoing. Two letters relate to Preble's friend Navy Paymaster J.B. Rittenhouse.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Preble, 1855, MS 8
As a midshipman, Franklin Buchanan kept this journal as part of his naval training. The portion related to the Prometheus (brig) covers that vessel's cruise (13 July 1817-16 July 1817) from Newport, Rhode Island to Portland, Maine. The bulk of the volume spans the dates 23 November 1817 to 25 August 1818, covering the cruise of the Franklin (ship-of-the-line) from Philadelphia to the Mediterranean. The Franklin remained on station until March 1820 as flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron. Buchanan was a career naval officer and the first Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. He resigned his commission in April 1861 and subsequently joined the Confederate States Navy.
Richard Rockwell Pratt, United States Naval Academy Class of 1936, was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy who served on the court of inquiry investigating the Pueblo Incident. The PuebloCourt of Inquiry Scrapbook, spanning from 1969 to 1976, describes the proceedings, testimony, and findings of the U.S. Navy court of inquiry into the capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo(AGER-2) by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in January 1968.
Schuyler Neilson Pyne was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1925, and a U.S. Navy officer who served tours of duty at several shipyards and the Navy's Bureau of Ships, ultimately retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral. The papers, consisting of correspondence, research materials, press clippings, newsletters, photographs, and scrapbooks pertain to Pyne's tours as commander of the New York Naval Shipyard and the Pearl Harbor Shipyard, as well as his research on the thermal qualities of aluminum. The papers also contain correspondence from Rear Admiral Hiram Paulding and a Japanese picture book.
J. Paul Reason, United States Naval Academy Class of 1965, is a retired U.S. Navy officer, and the first African-American to attain four-star rank in the U.S. Navy. The Reason Papers span from 1961 to 1999, and are primarily the product of Reason's Navy career, especially his tours as Naval Aide to the President; Commander, Naval Base Seattle; Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group One; Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Plans, Policy, and Operations; and Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet. The papers pertain to various subjects and events, such as the 1991 Tailhook scandal, the 1992 Electrical Engineering cheating scandal at the Naval Academy, and minority relations in the Navy.
Access to the J. Paul Reason Papers is restricted to midshipmen, faculty, and staff of the United States Naval Academy. Additional files are further restricted, where indicated.
The Regulations and Instructions Relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea, written circa 1734, comprise a single, manuscript volume of Royal Navy regulations in six parts.
Edwin C. Reininger was a resident of Rochester, New York and a member of the United States Naval Reserve Force Company 256. The Reininger Diary spans the period of 6 June 1918 through 5 April 1919 and primarily consists of brief entries about the newly enlisted Reininger’s training, duties, liberties and naval movements.
Matthew Calbraith Perry, brother of Oliver Hazard Perry, was a Commodore in the U.S. Navy who was known for his advocacy of technological innovation, educational reform, and his leadership of the United States Naval Expedition to Japan. Perry's "Report on the Navies of Europe," was completed March 23, 1839 from data accumulated throughout 1838. The report consists of various tables detailing the numbers and armament of naval vessels of the various European navies, as well as those nations' ability to effectively man and deploy their fleets.
Albert T. Rich Scrapbook, MS 190
Franklin Buchanan's Rigging Tables, 1834, MS 47
Rigging Tables, MS 51
Maurice H. Rindskopf is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1938 who served as a submariner and intelligence officer. The Rindskopf Papers pertain primarily to Rindskopf's career in the United States Navy, including his various duty stations and commands; his work in submarines, anti-submarine warfare, and Naval Intelligence; and education at the Naval War College.
George W. Robinson was a fireman aboard the battleship Oregon (BB-3) during the Spanish-American War. In addition to describing the firemen's work, Robinson's diary includes accounts of the bombardment of Santiago, Cuba and his assessment of Admirals William T. Sampson, Winfield Scott Schley, and Robley D. Evans
Francis W. Rockwell was an officer in the U.S. Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1908. The Rockwell Papers are primarily the product of Rockwell's career as an officer in the United States Navy (1910-1948). The papers touch upon all of Rockwell's tours of duty, with an emphasis on his role in amphibious warfare, including the Aleutian Islands Campaign and amphibious training, and his command of the Sixteenth Naval District in the Philippines.
F. A. Roe Scrapbook, MS 189
James Roosevelt, the eldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was an officer in the Marine Corps Reserve, an insurance executive, and later, a member of the House of Representative from California. The Roosevelt Papers, which span from April to August 1941, pertain to the Battle of Crete, and a report regarding military readiness and civilian attitudes towards World War II in Portugal, Egypt, India, China, and the Philippines.
Robert Chester Ruark was an author and newspaper correspondent who served as an Ensign in the United States Navy during World War II. The collection consists of a typescript of the penultimate draft of the novel, Uhuru, a Novel of Africa Today.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Sacremento, 1867, MS 72
The Letterbook of the U.S.S. Saginaw spans from June 1869 until February 1871. Consisting of copies of letters sent by Saginaw's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Sicard, the letterbook documents the Saginaw's survey work off Alaska and the west coast of Mexico; dredging operations at Midway Island; and the ship's breakup on the reef outlying Ocean Island. The letterbook also includes entries pertaining to monthly and quarterly reports, payment of officers, crew movements, coal consumption, and contractor bills.
Journal of a cruise in the U.S. Frigate St. Lawrence, 1856-1859, MS 19
Account Book of the U.S.S. St. Mary's, 1853-1856, MS 118
Log of the United States Sloop St. Mary's, 1853-1855, MS 117
Journal of the Officer of the Day, U.S.S. Santee, 1864, MS 123
Journal of the Officer of the Day, U.S.S. Santee, 1865, MS 124
Log Book of the U.S.S. Savannah, 1865, MS 138
Log Book of the U.S.S. Savannah, 1868, MS 139
William Randall Sayles was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. The Sayles Papers, consisting primarily of official U.S. Navy orders, communications, and reports, cover roughly the first half of William Sayles' career as a Navy officer.
Winfield Scott Schley Correspondence, MS 151
Carl William Schoenweiss was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1934, and a U.S. Navy officer, serving until 1964, including duties as an aviator in World War II. The papers, consisting of flight log books, orders, citations, reports, and correspondence, focus primarily on Schoenweiss' service with Patrol Squadron 54 during World War II.
Henry W. Schramm was a quartermaster in the United States Navy during World War II and a public relations executive. Schramm's memoir, Steaming As Before: An Introspective View of Certain World War II Engagements in the Pacific Theater as Seen from a Seaman's Viewpoint, serves as his personal recollections of his naval service as a quartermaster during World War II aboard LST 45, U.S.S. Chief, and U.S.S. Algorab in the Pacific theater.
Herbert Paul Schubert was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1920 and a radio broadcaster for the Mutual Broadcasting System's WOR Radio in New York. The papers focus primarily on Schubert's careers as a writer of books and periodical articles, and as a broadcast radio news analyst, while also touching upon his brief career in the United States Navy. Schubert's writings and broadcasts pertain to such topics as naval operations in World War II, labor issues in the United States, and Western and Rocky Mountain life.
Seamanship Notes, MS 42
George Seavers' "A Naturalist at Sea: The Life of Captain Sir David Wilson-Barker," MS 172
William J. Sebald was an officer in the United States Navy, a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1922. The papers cover most of Sebald's public career, including his roles as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, private practice lawyer in Japan and Washington D.C., Chief of the Pacific Section of the Combat Intelligence Unit during World War II, Chairman of the Allied Council for Japan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Far Eastern Affairs, and American Ambassador to Burma and Australia, as well as various aspects of his personal life.
Lorenzo Semple was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1882. The papers, consisting of three volumes, focus on Semple's midshipman cruise aboard the sloop-of-war U.S.S. Constellation, navigation instruction at the Naval Academy, and service aboard the sloop-of-war U.S.S. Marion.
Shipbuilding Notebook, MS 62
William Henry Shock was an engineer in the United States Navy. Consisting primarily of letterbooks, journals, and a manuscript by Shock, the collection spans Shock's entire U.S. Navy career, focusing on his steam engineering duties, especially in the years following the Mexican War and during the American Civil War.
The Officers Appointments and Orders of the U.S.S. Silver Cloud spans from November 1862 to February 1865. Consisting of copies of appointments and transfer orders, the appointment and order book documents crew changes, promotions, and changes of command aboard Silver Cloud (Tinclad No. 28). Accompanying the order book are two cartes de visite depicting crew members W.H. Hathorne and Jesse M. Darrah.
William Sowden Sims was an Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1880. The William S. Sims Navigation Notes were produced by Sims as an instructional text while serving aboard the schoolship U.S.S. Saratoga (Sloop of war).
Frank Kane Slason was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1935. The Slason Letters, written by Slason to his parents and sister, chronicle his life as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, as well as a few experiences as an Ensign aboard U.S.S. Arkansas.
General Smallwood's Orderly Book, MS 171
William Renwick Smedberg III, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1926, was a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy. He served as Chief of Naval Personnel, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, and Superintendent of the Naval Academy. The Smedberg Papers, consisting of speeches, a guest album, and a periodical reprint, are primarily the product of the above mentioned offices.
Erastus Washington Smith was an engineer noted for his work in marine steam engine manufacturing, steam water pump production, and on the Harlem River Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. The papers include correspondence and periodicals pertaining to Smith's engineering career, as well as materials related to U.S. Ships Dunderberg and Oregonian.
Joseph Adams Smith was a paymaster in the United States Navy during the Civil War. Smith's scrapbook focuses on the Civil War battle between the U.S.S. Kearsarge and C.S.S. Alabama, and matters of rank in the U.S. Navy.
The Watson Smith Papers span two periods in Smith's naval career, covering 1849 and from 1862 to 1863. The papers, consisting of correspondence, orders, crew rosters, and munitions inventories, focus primarily on Smith's involvement in the Yazoo Pass Expedition of the Vicksburg Campaign of the Civil War.
William E. Sneed is a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. His father, William Eugene "Willie" Sneed was an engineer in the U.S. Navy serving in the Merchant Marine from 1936 to 1969. Nearly half of the volume consists of William E. Sneed's recollections of his father, William Eugene Sneed, and family. The remainder of the volume consists of family photographs and clippings, as well as a short story and an outline for a novel entitled Black Oil Chief, USN, both by William E. Sneed.
John Van Duyn Southworth was an author, historian, editor and teacher. The papers consist of manuscript and proof copies of three of the four volumes of his naval history, War at Sea, as well as twenty-two original oil paintings of historic naval scenes painted by Southworth for inclusion in War at Sea.
Chester L. Somers is a collector of books and ephemera on submarines, and a former school administrator. The Chester L. Somers Submarine Collection - Vertical File focuses on the history of submarines and submarine warfare, with a particular emphasis on American submarines, including files on specific submarines, submarine accidents, individual nations' submarine fleets, weapons systems, components, and notable individuals related to submarine development.
Log of U.S. St[ea]m[e]r Standish, 1881, MS 137
Charles L. Steever Journal, MS 60
Charles S. Stephenson was a surgeon and Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. The Stephenson Papers focus on Stephenson's time as a U.S. Navy surgeon serving with the Marine Corps Expeditionary Force, on the staff of General Smedley Butler, in northern China at the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War in 1927.
George St. M. Stocker was a seaman, serving first in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War, and later with the Chinese Revenue Service and U.S. Merchant Marine. The autobiography spans Stocker's life from his birth in 1877 to his retirement in 1963, including his service in the Spanish-American War, during the Philippine Insurrection, and as a customs agent and harbor pilot in China.
George Washington Storer was an officer in the United States Navy. The Storer Papers consist of circulars, general orders, receipts, ships' complements, court-martial proceedings, communications, and other naval papers received or obtained by Storer in the course of his official duties from 1815 to 1842.
B. Fred Sundstrom Scrapbook, MS 188
Journal of a Cruise on Board the U S Steam Frigate Susquehanna, 1852-1853, MS 18
Bruce Swanson is an author, strategy analyst, and former officer in the U.S. Navy who specializes in Chinese maritime affairs. The Papers consist of photocopies of research materials used by Swanson in writing Eighth Voyage of the Dragon: A History of China's Quest for Seapower, and focus on Chinese sea power during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special attention to the Communist period.
Robert W. Swartz was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the closing days of World War II. The Swartz Scrapbooks span from October 1944 to July 1946, and focus on Swartz's drafting into the U.S. Navy and various duty stations as a hospital corpsman.
Willard M. Sweetser was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1922, and a U.S. Navy officer who served as a member of the Yangtze River Patrol, a Destroyer Squadron Commander, a Naval Science instructor, and as a Naval Attaché. The papers, consisting of correspondence, visiting cards, press clippings, books, photographs, and ephemera, primarily describe Sweetser's duties and experiences as a member of the Yangtze River Patrol, and as a Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassies in Belgrade and Moscow.
Tables showing the Masts and Spars, Rigging, and Stores &c...allowed to the...Vessels...of the United States, 1826, MS 37
Tallapoosa was a Civil War era steamer that sank in 1884 and was subsequently raised and recommissioned into the South Atlantic Squadron, protecting U.S. interests and commerce. The financial records, kept by Passed Assistant Paymaster Ambrose K. Michler, include materials such as account vouchers, requisitions, proposals, store returns, receipt books, and pay rolls.
Silas Wright Terry was an Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1863. The correspondence contained within the letterbook was sent and received by Terry during his command of U.S.S. Newark (Protected cruiser : C-1) while she was attached to the Naval Review Fleet, and later the South Atlantic Squadron.
Frederick W. Teubner was a U.S. Navy seaman who served aboard U.S.S. Florida (Battleship: BB-30) during World War I. The letters, vague due to wartime censorship, refer to Teubner's training at the Newport, Rhode Island Naval Training Station, and events witnessed while serving aboard U.S.S. Florida, including the surrender of the German fleet at Scapa Flow.
Vice Admiral Leo Hewlett Thebaud was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1913, who served tours of duty at the Naval Academy and with several Destroyer Squadrons spanning both World Wars. The papers include letters to and from Thebaud, photographs, news clippings, published histories, and a Navy pennant.
Log of the H.M.S. Theseus, H.M.S. Royal George, H.M.S. Sophie, and H.M.S. Seahorse, 1806-1811, MS 155
Log of the cruise of the United States Steamer Thetis, 1896-1897, MS 105
Robert Rowe Thompson was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1912, and a U.S. Navy officer who served as a submariner, destroyer commander, and division commander. The papers, consisting primarily of letters from Thompson to his family and a typewritten memoir, focus on Thompson's experiences at R.L. Werntz's Naval Academy Preparatory School and as a submariner during World War I.
Kemp Tolley was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, noted primarily for his service in the Yangtze Patrol, as a naval attaché, and as captain of the U.S.S Lanikai (Yacht). The bulk of the papers, which span 1924 to 2000, focus on Tolley's Navy service in China, Russia, and Japan, and his subsequent publications which chronicle that service, as well as his involvement with the Yangtze River Patrol Association and South China Patrol Association.
Traité des Évolutions Navales, MS 161
Log Book of the U.S.S. Trenton, 1877-1879, MS 78
The Helen Tripi Diary spans from January to September 1937, with the bulk of the diary entries beginning in July. The diary focuses on the outbreak of hostilities between China and Japan following the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of July 1937, as well as Tripi's travels throughout China.
Journal of the True American, 1818-1819, MS 150
The Records of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1919 focus primarily on the biographies of individual class members and on the activities, such as reunion events and the production of class publications, of the class as a whole.
The Records of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1946 focus primarily on the biographies of individual class members and on the activities, such as reunion events and reunion book publication, of regional alumni groups and the class as a whole.
The United States Naval Academy Department of Ethics and English Studies' Memoranda for the Course in Ethics and English Studies was written in October 1855. The document provides an outline of the course in Ethics and English Studies taught to midshipmen at the Naval Academy in the mid-1850s.
The United States Naval Academy Library Records pertain to the operation of the Naval Academy's library system from the founding of the Academy until just prior to the opening of Nimitz Library.
The United States Naval Home in Philadelphia was a home for U.S. Navy pensioners and retirees from 1834 to 1976. The records focus primarily on the identity and conduct of the pensioners living at the Home.
The United States Naval Lyceum, founded at the New York Navy Yard in 1833, was a learned society composed of Navy and Marine Corps Officers, that maintained a library, museum, and a bi-monthly publication. The records consist of the Lyceum's library catalog and member register.
U.S. Navy General Orders and Circulars, 1843-1857, MS 39
Log of Yacht Vamarie, 1938, MS 88
Log Book of Proceedings on board His Majesty's Ship Valiant, 1811-1813, MS 156
U.S.S. Valley City was a wooden-hulled screw-steamer assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. The Medical Register and Journal of the U.S. Steamer Valley City covers the ship's Civil War medical history, as well as several of her notable naval engagements in the waters around North Carolina.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Vincennes, 1840; 1842-1844, MS 61
Letter Book U.S. Ship Vincennes, 1842-1844, MS 30
Transactions Growing out of the Visit of the U.S. ship Vincennes to the Principal Islands in the Pacific Ocean, 1829, MS 143
Eli Vinock, United States Naval Academy Class of 1938, was a Captain in the U.S. Navy, serving as a destroyer commander and diplomat. The Vinock Papers span the period from 1863 to 1999 (bulk 1989-1996). While focusing primarily on Vinock's attempts to chronicle the history of the appointment of enlisted sailors to the United States Naval Academy, the papers also touch upon Vinock's United States Navy career, including his tours of duty as Chief of the U.S. Naval Mission to Venezuela, commander of U.S.S. Sierra (AD-18) , and his involvement in the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization program.
Journal of the U.S.S. Wabash, U.S.S. Colorado, and the U.S.S. Roanoke, MS 17
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Wabash, 1857, MS 158
Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Album, MS 176
Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbook, MS 182
James I. Waddell Diary, MS 144
Joseph Walsh was a medical doctor and a federal employee at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The Joseph Walsh Letters consist of the letters of Dr. Joseph Walsh of Washington, D.C., dated 30 June 1855 through 4 February 1859, concerning Walsh's solicitation to serve as agent for the medication known as Peruvian Syrup in the Washington area.
Robert Walter Manuscript on Naval Tactics, MS 160
The War of 1812 Diary, which spans from June through November 1814, was kept by an officer in the British Army. The diary chronicles the officer's participation in the British attacks and seizure of American forts and towns in Maine during the War of 1812.
Log of the US Mail Steamship Washington, 1859, MS 152
Log Book of the H.M.S. Wasp and the H.M.S. Eridanus, 1813-1817, MS 157
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Wateree, 1866-1868, MS 107
Rear Admiral Richard Morgan Watt was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1891. The letterbooks, dating from Watt's tour as Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair, pertain to personnel, shops, machinery, supplies, budgets, and Watt's service as a member of the Vreeland Board.
William Dixon Weaver was an Assistant Engineer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1880. The Weaver Papers consist of Weaver's Cadet Engineer's Mathematics Notebook, his diary of the U.S.S. Yantic's voyage as a member of the 1883 Greely Relief Expedition, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings regarding the Greely Relief Expedition and the subsequent public and military reaction over the loss of the steamer Proteus and the failure to rescue the members of the Greely Expedition.
Paul Weiss was the engineer of mines, inspector of quarries for the department of the Seine in 1905 and supervised the excavations at the former cemetery for foreign Protestants in Paris where the remains of John Paul Jones were found.
This collection is also available electronically in the Nimitz Library Digital Collections.
George E. Welch Letterbook, MS 153
George E. Welch Orderbook, MS 154
Tom Henderson Wells was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1940, a naval officer, and a university history professor. The Wells Letters were written by Wells to his family and friends, primarily while a plebe at the United States Naval Academy, with one additional letter from Wells' time aboard U.S.S. Hornet (Aircraft carrier : CV-8).
Richard S. West, Jr. was a naval historian and a professor employed in the United States Naval Academy's Department of English, History and Government, whose works include Mr. Lincoln's Navy, and The Second Admiral: A Life of David Dixon Porter. The papers consist of West's writings, research notes, class notes, lectures, and correspondence.
Knight W. Wheeler was an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy. The Wheeler Diaries span from March 12, 1907 until June 1, 1915, and are composed of first-hand accounts and related enclosures of Wheeler's service aboard U.S. Ships Hopkins, West Virginia, and Albatross, and at the Naval Recruiting Officer in Eugene, Oregon.
The Marcus Whipple Papers span two years, including fifteen months of Whipple's service in the Union Navy, from September 1862 to January 1864. The papers focus on Whipple's time aboard U.S.S. Colorado (steam frigate) as a fireman and oiler.
The Kenneth Whiting Papers, consisting primarily of correspondence, orders, reports, flight records, and biographical material, span Whiting's U.S. Navy career, covering the years 1914 to 1943. The papers document Whiting's development as an aviator and his pioneering role in the development of naval aviation and the aircraft carrier force.
Robert Whittaker's Lessons for younger Officers before examination, MS 46
Williams Carter Wickham was member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1909 and an officer in the U.S. Navy who served primarily aboard destroyers and cruisers. The Williams C. Wickham Papers primarily span Wickham’s career from 1918 through 1944 and are composed mainly of correspondence between Wickham and his wife Credila during periods of deployment, treating mainly of personal domestic matters.
Harry Wiegel was Civilian Clerk to Commander Walter W. Queen, Commanding Officer of the U.S. Screw Sloop-of-War Tuscarora. The Wiegel Diary was kept by Wiegel while serving as a clerk aboard U.S.S. Tuscarora, during which time she was assigned to Latin American Waters.
Gilbert Wilkes was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1881. The Wilkes Papers concern the proposed lighting system for the ship house of the U.S.S. Maine and the general state of electrification in New York City in 1888.
Louise C. Wilmot is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy who specialized in recruiting, education, and training. The papers pertain primarily to Wilmot's roles as Commander of the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training, and as Commander of Naval Base Philadelphia, as well as her work in expanding the role of women in the Navy.
Eugene Edward Wilson, United States Naval Academy Class of 1908, was a Commander in the U.S. Navy, aviation pioneer, aircraft executive, author, and outdoorsman. The Wilson Papers span the period from 1854 to 1974 and encompass Wilson's careers as an officer in the U.S. Navy, an aircraft manufacturing executive, and author, as well as his interests in nature conservation, and the genealogy of Wilson's ancestors in both the Wilson and Pomeroy families.
Log of the U.S.S. Winnipec, 1865, MS 141
W.H. Wood was a seaman in the U.S. Navy and a member of the Seaman Gunners Class, Newport, Rhode Island. The notebook, accompanied by several class instruction papers and a postcard, pertains to lessons on topics such as diving, torpedoes, mines, air compressors, and gyros.
The World War II Battle Action and Operational Reports span from November 1941 until December 1945. The reports, filed by the commanding officers of various U.S. Navy battle groups, contain descriptions of battle action, amphibious landings, shore bombardments, convoy escort duties, troop transport operations, anti-aircraft engagements, minesweeping activities, submarine (and anti-submarine) engagements, and underwater demolition operations.
The World War II Ship Action Reports span from January 1942 until November 1945. The reports, filed by individual U.S. Navy vessels, contain descriptions of battle action, amphibious landings, shore bombardments, convoy escort duties, anti-aircraft engagements, minesweeping activities, kamikaze attacks, and submarine engagements.
Thomas W. Wyman Seamanship Notebook, MS 43
Thomas W. Wyman Notebook, MS 52
Midshipmen Smooth Deck Log, U.S.S. Wyoming, 1936, MS 89
Journal of the U.S.S. Yantic, the U.S.S. Alliance, and the U.S.S. Powhatan, 1882-1884, MS 177
The auxiliary cruiser U.S.S. Yosemite, laid down as the merchant steamer El Sud, was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1898 for duty as a blockade and patrol ship off the coast of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hampton Roads, Virginia. The order book consists of orders, signed by Commander William H. Emory, pertaining to the ship's blockade and patrol duties, as well as general operations such as course, speed, and watch keeping.
The Moses Young Diplomatic Notebook, which spans from 1797 to 1803, was kept by or for Moses Young, U.S. Consul in Madrid. The entries in the notebook pertain to American and Spanish relations with the Barbary States of North Africa, Anglo-Spanish relations, privateering, and maritime and commercial agreements concerning the United States, Spain, Great Britain, and France.
Raymond W. Zerbe Diary, 1916-1920, MS 298