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Noble Acker Papers, 1942-1945, MS 271
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.
Henry Hitch Adams Papers, 1933-1946, MS 210
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).
Carroll Storrs Alden Papers, 1860-1941, MS 205
The Carroll Storrs Alden Papers consist of materials relating to Alden's writings, such as published and unpublished articles, handwritten notes, and book reviews.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
Charles P. Amos Letters, 1942-1945, MS 258
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
John Henry Aulick Papers, 1810-1996, MS 336
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 Papers, 1920-1972, MS 201
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
Lester E. Bick Letters, 1918-1919, MS 278
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.
George M. Blodgett Papers, 1856-1862, 267
Frances Boughter Notebook, [ca. 1887], MS 328
Samuel Livingston Breese Papers, 1855-1870, MS 318
Journal of the U.S.S. Brooklyn, 1875, MS 291
Wilson Brown Papers, 1902-1954, MS 228
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, and as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. The papers consist of correspondence, speeches, war diaries, notebooks, news articles, photographs, 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 Notebook, 1936-1939, MS 288
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
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.
SS City of Flint Papers, 1939-1985, MS 244
Milo Luther Clark Letters, 1910-1913, MS 249
Arthur Henry Clarke Correspondence, 1878-1887, MS 273
John Claybourn Scrapbooks, 1891-1901, MS 282
Joseph Clinton Clifton Papers, 1929-1971, MS 204
The Joseph Clinton Clifton Papers are composed of orders, fitness reports, photographs, correspondence, event programs, invitations, several books, and certificates such as diplomas and commissions. The papers span Clifton's career in the U.S. Navy, and reflect his duties and experiences as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, naval aviator during and after World War II, and Commander of the Airborne Early Warning Wing, as well as his subsequent retirement.
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 Diary, 1874, MS 311
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
Journal of Cruises in the U.S.S. Columbia and the U.S.S. Mississippi, 1843-1846, MS 272
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 Diary, 1917-1919, MS 280
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.
Rules and Regulations of the U.S.S. Congress, 1815-1816, MS 337A
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 Papers, 1914-1961, MS 203
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.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Constellation, 1871-1872, MS 338
Oscar Hengstler U.S.S. Constitution Collection, 1920-1979, MS 283
The U.S.S. Constitution Collection consists of first-day 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
U.S.S. Constitution Scrapbooks, 1931-1934, MS 281
The U.S.S. Constitution Scrapbooks consist of newspaper clippings, correspondence, event programs, invitations, certificates, photographs, and other ephemera pertaining to Constitution's 1931-1934 national tour. The scrapbooks also include material pertaining to Constitution's tender, U.S.S. Grebe (Minesweeper: AM-43), and Commander Louis Joseph 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 Thomas Coughlin Papers, 1990-1992, MS 339
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 Letters, 1866-1882, MS 330
The Bartlett Jefferson Cromwell Letters consist primarily of correspondence between Cromwell and his wife Lizzie Huber Cromwell. The letters, which describe Cromwell's duties, opinions of his duty stations, and reflections on the history of Texas and U.S. Mexican relations, date from Cromwell's service as executive officer of the side-wheel steamer U.S.S. Powhatan, and as commander of the side-wheel steamer U.S.S. Rio Bravo and sloop-of-war U.S.S. Ticonderoga.
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 Correspondence, 1907-1933, MS 274
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.
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
Diary of a British Officer in Maine, 1814, MS 296
Diplomatic Notebook, 1797-1803, MS 286
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 Autobiography, 1992, MS 307
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 Papers, 1839-1879, 1905, MS 235
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.
Journal of the U.S.S. Galena, 1888-1889, MS 322
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 Scrapbook, MS 295
Alfred Gosling Diary, 1867-1868, MS 251
Alfred Gosling was a cook and steward in the United States Navy's North Pacific Squadron. Entries in Gosling's diary describe naval duties, activities of other ships, crew member conduct, and shipboard discipline, as well notations regarding Gosling's personal accounting, a price list, and the recipe for hair growth oil.
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.
Charles Donald Griffin Speeches, 1965-1968, MS 313
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's "Service Anecdotes", 1921-1950, MS 254
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 Papers, 1927-1953, MS 315
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 Papers, 1870-1899, MS 290
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 Papers, 1897-1924, MS 259
Frank Edgar Havens Papers, 1926-1956, MS 260
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, 1808-1812, 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.
Hobson-Wasp Collision Papers, 1952-1953, MS 245
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
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
New Cruiser U.S.S. Houston Honor Roll Registration Book, 1942, MS 218
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 Papers, 1889-1919, MS 209
John Cumming Howell Journal, 1836-1887, MS 270
Charles Frederick Hughes Current Account Book, 1884-1888, MS 279
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
Hydrographic Logs Collection, 1890-1915, MS 285
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
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
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 E. Jones Letters, 1947-1949, MS 316
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
Rough Log Book of the U.S.S. Kearsarge, 1901, MS 314
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 Papers, 1921-1935, MS 383
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 Diary, 1929, MS 297
Harry Shepard Knapp Papers, 1877-1924, MS 225
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
Oscar Hamilton Lackey Papers, 1866-1906, MS 386
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. 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.
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.
John S. Lionberger Letterbook, 1916-1918, MS 220
Robert Lyman John Long Papers, 1977-1984, MS 340
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
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.
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.
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.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Michigan, 1873-1876, MS 114
George Harold Miller Papers, 1947-1969, MS 312
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.
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 Papers, 1920-1948, MS 198
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 Collection, 1887-1976, MS 234
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, Jr. Papers, 1946-1984, MS 233
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 Diary, 1941-1942, MS 255
Muster Rolls of the Officers and Men attached to the New York Navy Yard, 1813-1815, MS 93
Smith Woodward Nichols Papers, 1859-1860; 1872-1874, MS 266
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 Records cover the time period 1969 through 1974 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
Register of Letters, North Pacific Squadron, 1869, MS 292
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
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.
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 Notebooks, 1886-1889, MS 324
Raymond Edward Peet Papers, MS 200
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 M. Pickman Papers, MS 332
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 Collection of U.S.S. Constellation (Frigate) Papers, 1834-1972, MS 206
David Dixon Porter Papers, MS 229
Log Book of the U. S. Torpedo Boat Porter, 1898, MS 108
Elmer Belmont Potter Papers, MS 335
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 Pueblo Court 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.
Regulations and Instructions relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea, MS 222
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 Ruark Manuscript of Uhuru, , MS 214
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, Jr. Papers, 1895-1918, MS 221
Randall William Sayles, Jr. was an officer in the United States Navy and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. The Sayles Papers consist of official orders, letters, and reports.
Winfield Scott Schley Correspondence, MS 151
Carl William Schoenweiss Papers, 1937-1995, MS 341
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 Autobiography, 1992, MS 301
Paul Schubert Papers, 1899-1980, MS 284
Herbert Paul Schubert was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1930, and a radio broadcaster for WOR in New York of the Mutual Broadcasting System. The papers focus on Schubert's writings, World War II military analyses for the Office of War Information, and service aboard U.S.S. Texas (BB-35). The collection consists of Schubert's published and unpublished writings, including books, articles, radio scripts, and military analyses, as well as correspondence, official naval records, photographs, and broadcast recordings.
Paul Schubert News Analyses, 1939-1946, MS 261
Herbert Paul Schubert was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1930, and a radio broadcaster for WOR in New York of the Mutual Broadcasting System. The collection consists of radio scripts of World War II military analyses for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Following the cessation of hostilities, the broadcasts focus on topics such as demobilization and the establishment of the United Nations.
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 Papers, 1879-1885, MS 334
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 Papers, 1844-1902, MS 321
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.
Frank Kane Slason Letters, 1931-1936, MS 320
General Smallwood's Orderly Book, MS 171
William Renwick Smedberg Papers, 1955-1963, MS 238
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 Papers, 1758-1917, MS 213
Erastus Washington Smith was an engineer noted for his work in marine steam engine manufacturing and on the Harlem River Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. The papers include correspondence, and periodicals, as well as materials related to U.S. Ships Dunderberg and Oregonian.
J.A. Smith Scrapbook, MS 223
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.
Willie E. Sneed Journal, MS 250
John Van Duyn Southworth Manuscripts, [1968?], MS 226
John Van Duyn Southworth was a historian and author of several works on naval and military history, as well as an avid oil painter. The papers consist of manuscript copies of Southworth's three volume work, War at sea. The collection also includes twenty-two oil paintings of various American, foreign, and ancient naval vessels.
Log of U.S. St[ea]m[e]r Standish, 1881, MS 137
Charles L. Steever Journal, MS 60
Charles S. Stephenson Letters, 1927-1941, MS 262
Charles S. Stephenson was a physician and officer in the United States Navy Medical Corps. The collection consists primarily of letters written by Stephenson while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Force in northern China in 1927 and 1928. The letters focus on Stephenson's duties at Tientsin, unsanitary medical conditions, criticisms of Brigadier General Smedley Butler, and political and military unrest in China. Also included are news clippings and photographs.
George St. M. Stocker Autobiography, 1964, MS 302
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.
George Washington Storer Papers, MS 319
B. Fred Sundstrom Scrapbook, MS 188
Journal of a Cruise on Board the U S Steam Frigate Susquehanna, 1852-1853, MS 18
Bruce Swanson Papers, 1894-1974, MS 232
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 Swanson's research notes for his book, Eighth Voyage of the Dragon: A History of China's Quest for Seapower.
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
U.S.S. Tallapoosa Paymaster Papers, 1886-1889, MS 257
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 Letterbook, 1893-1895, MS 308
Frederick W. Teubner Letters, 1917-1919, MS 299
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.
Leo Hewlett Thebaud Papers, 1880-1951, MS 227
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
Records of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1919, 1955-1980, MS 230
The papers include biographical files on class members, class newsletters, and material pertaining to reunions.
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.
U.S. Naval Aviation Reports, 1928-1929, MS 331
Records of the U.S. Naval Home, Philadelphia, MS 247
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
Medical Register and Journal of the U.S. Steamer Valley City, 1861-1862, MS 303
Chronological Journal of the U.S.S. Vermont, 1907-1908, MS 305
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
Robert Walter Manuscript on Naval Tactics, MS 160
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
Richard Morgan Watt Letterbooks, 1910-1911, MS 323
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 Papers, 1876-1878; 1883, MS 276
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 Letter, 1935, 1943, MS 309
Richard S. West, Jr., Papers, 1935-1965, MS 208
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 Diary, 1869, MS 269
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 Notebook, 1916-1917, MS 327
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
U.S.S. Wyoming Engineering Department Papers, 1877-1881, MS 253
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
Order Book of the U.S.S. Yosemite, 1898, MS 275
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.
Raymond W. Zerbe Diary, 1916-1920, MS 298