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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.
J. Sterling Halstead Papers, 1911-1972 (bulk 1917-1918), MS 453
J. Sterling Halstead was an officer in the United States Navy and an early naval aviator. The J. Sterling Halstead Papers span from 1911 to 1972, with a majority of the documents dating from 1917 and 1918. The materials focus primarily on Halstead's training as a Naval Aviator during World War I and his subsequent membership in the Early and Pioneer Naval Aviator's Association.
Franklin Hanford Papers, 1870-1899, MS 290
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, 1911-1912, MS 195
Hamilton Harlow was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1912 and the son of Commodore Charles H. Harlow. The scrapbook is the product of Harlow's time as a Naval Academy midshipman and focuses on midshipman life, including Naval Academy athletics, hops, dating, hazing, Masqueraders' performances, alcohol, formations, and graduation. The scrapbook also notes the suicide of Midshipman Charles D. Price, the death of Professor Philip R. Alger, and the death of Midshipman Julian Bishop.
George E. H. Harmon Diary, 1884, MS 163
George E. H. Harmon was a surgeon in the United States Navy. The diary spans from January 1 through October 19, 1884, during which time Harmon was stationed in Erie, New York, Norfolk, and the Naval Academy. The diary notes Harmon's daily routine, including his medical duties, social calls, and mentions of personal correspondence and finances. The diary also notes events such as the arrival in Hoboken of the remains of the crew of U.S.S. Jeannette (February 20-22), the aftermath of the Panic of 1884 (May 15), and a court-martial in Norfolk (beginning September 17).
John E. Hart Letters, 1861-1863, MS 392
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, (transferred to MS 4)
No description available.
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford, the U.S.S. Lackawanna, and the U.S.S. Mohican, 1884-1886, MS 119
The logs were compiled by naval cadet John D. McDonald, United States Naval Academy Class of 1884, while attached to the Pacific Station. The logbook includes sections for U.S.S. Hartford, spanning July 1, 1884 to August 28, 1844; U.S.S. Lackawanna, spanning August 29, 1884 to February 28, 1885; and U.S.S. Mohican, spanning May 25, 1885 to February 14, 1886. For each vessel, the logbook records the ships' course, speed, sailing/steaming conditions, and daily occurrences.
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford, 1884-1885, MS 121
The log was compiled by naval cadet Victor Macpherson, United States Naval Academy Class of 1884, while attached to U.S.S. Hartford, under the commands of George H. Perkins and Edward P. Lull. The logbook records the ship's course, speed, sailing/steaming conditions, and daily occurrences during her service as flagship of the Pacific Station.
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford and U.S.S. Shenandoah, 1884-1886, MS 122
The logs were compiled by naval cadet Albert C. Mathews, United States Naval Academy Class of 1884, while attached to the Pacific Station. The logbook includes sections for U.S.S. Hartford, spanning July 1, 1884 to March 7, 1885 and for U.S.S. Shenandoah, spanning March 8, 1885 to January 31, 1886. For each vessel, the logbook records the ship's course, speed, sailing/steaming conditions, and daily occurrences.
Log of the U.S.S. Hartford, the U.S.S. Wachusett, and the U.S.S. Iroquois, 1884-1885, MS 120
The logbook, compiled by an unidentified officer or naval cadet, includes sections for U.S.S. Hartford, spanning July 1, 1884 to September 10, 1884; U.S.S. Wachusett, spanning September 10, 1844 to March 1, 1885; and U.S.S. Iroquois, spanning March 4, 1885 to June 7, 1885. For each vessel, the logbook records the ship's course, sailing/steaming conditions, and daily occurrences, as well as a list of officers.
Watch, Quarter, Fire, Boat, Battalion Station Bills, Etc. of the U.S. Steamer Hartford, 1884, MS 84
The bills were compiled by Naval Cadet Victor Macpherson while stationed aboard U.S.S. Hartford. The Hartford, under the command of George H. Perkins, was attached to Commodore Stephen Luce's Training Squadron in the Pacific. In addition to the watch, quarter, fire, boat, station, and battalion bills, the volume includes a general description of the Hartford, including its dimensions, armament, and sail areas, as well as a list of her officers and crew complement.
Orin Shepley Haskell Letters, 1897-1924 (bulk 1916-1923), MS 259
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 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.
Wilson L. Heflin Papers, 1936-1943, MS 391
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 letterbook, spanning the period July 9, 1808-November 27, 1812, was maintained by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander John D. Henley while serving under David Porter off New Orleans. The volume consists primarily of orders, circulars, and communications received by Henley from Porter pertaining to such subjects as supplies, personnel matters, crew conduct, finances, the disposition of Marines, embargo enforcement, war preparations, suppression of the slave trade, and the operations of Gunboat No. 64. The final eight leaves of the volume consist of copies of letters sent by Henley in the days leading up to and shortly after the outbreak of the War of 1812. These letters pertain to such topics as the operations and condition of U.S.S. Viper (Brig), including the transportation of the American Consul to Havana. The volume includes a list of the officers of U.S.S. Viper. An index to Commodore Porter's orders appears at the front of the volume.
Logbook of the S.S. Henry Miller and S.S. Plattsburg, 1944-1945, MS 402
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 Collection, 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, 1759, MS 148
Michael Hodge was an American merchant mariner and Revolutionary War naval officer. The book of navigation problems, compiled by Hodge, includes sections for geometrical problems, plane trigonometry, plain sailing, traverse sailing, parallel sailing, Mercator sailing, middle latitude, and oblique triangles. The final five leaves of the volume are devoted to a journal of cruises aboard the schooners Charming Molley and Friendship.
Benjamin R. Holcombe Flight Logs, 1921-1926, MS 364
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.
Abraham Hollandersky Photograph Collection, 1904-1966, MS 467
Abe "The Newsboy" Hollandersky was an American professional boxer, paper boy, and noted U.S. Navy booster. The Abraham Hollandersky Photograph Collection spans from 1904 to 1966. The collection consists primarily of autographed black-and-white portraits of early to mid-twentieth century U.S. Navy admirals and other officers collected by, and inscribed to, Abe "The Newsboy" Hollandersky.
Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, 1893-1899, MS 325
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.
U.S.S. Hornet Order Book, 1823-1825, MS 56
Beginning from the front of the volume are general orders, circulars, and other official U.S. Navy correspondence issued by David Porter and Lewis Warrington, commanding officers of the West India Squadron. Beginning from the back of the volume are handwritten copies of three works on the coastal geography of Cochinchina, including Jean-Marie Dayot's 1796 "Memoir on the Coasts and Harbours of Cochin China."
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Hornet, (transferred to MS 7)
No description available.
Order Book of the U.S.S. Hornet, 1823-1826, (transferred to MS 7)
No description available.
Remarks and Occurrences on board the Unites States Ship Hornet, 1825-1826, (transferred to MS 7)
No description available.
William Hosford Letters, 1914-1919, MS 370
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.
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, 1869-1919, MS 209
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 Journal, 1836-1887, MS 270
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.
John Hubbard Memoirs, 1909-1930 (bulk 1916), MS 424
John Hubbard was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1870. Hubbard's memoirs, entitled Log, were dictated by Hubbard in 1916, and span his entire U.S. Navy career, from his entry into the Naval Academy in 1866 to his retirement in 1911. Included in the memoirs are descriptions of Hubbard's actions and experiences in the Squadron of Evolution, the Spanish-American War, the 1903 revolution in Panama, and the cruise of the Great White Fleet. Accompanying documents include the dedication speech for the United States Naval Academy's Hubbard Hall, a photograph of a Japanese naval officer, and a chronology of Hubbard's career.
Charles Frederick Hughes Current Account Book, 1884-1888, MS 279
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 was a naval architect and Chief Constructor of the United States Navy. The volume includes instructions for cutting timber for floor timbers, futtocks, top timbers, and transoms, as well as diagrams of breast hooks. The last page of the volume is signed by both Humphreys and Captain John Rodgers.
Samuel Humphreys Letterbook, 1824-1845, MS 146
Samuel Humphreys was a naval architect and Chief Constructor of the United States Navy. The letterbook consists of copies of letters sent by Humphreys before and during his time as Chief Constructor, spanning from October 25, 1824 to March 24, 1845, pertaining primarily to business and financial matters.
Montgomery Hunt Seamanship Notebook, 1841-1845, MS 180
Montgomery Hunt was an officer in the United States Navy who was lost at sea in 1854. The seamanship notes were kept by Hunt while a passed midshipman aboard U.S.S. Constitution in 1841. The notes include sections on rigging, cables, tending the ship at anchor, tacking, getting underway, and the handling of prize vessels, among others. Following the seamanship notes is a log of the U.S.S. St. Louis, spanning from May 1843 to August 1845, recording the ship's position.
Alvah Folsom Hunter Diary, 1862-1863, MS 256
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 Letterbook, 1865-1867, MS 371
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 Journal, 1906-1911, MS 305
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).
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.

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