Carroll Storrs Alden Papers, 1860-1965: Finding Aid
Published in October 2013
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 205
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Carroll Storrs Alden Papers
- Dates: 1860-1965
- Size: 2.29 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box)
- Creator: Alden, Carroll Storrs, 1876-
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: Carroll Storrs Alden was an author and faculty member at the United States Naval Academy. The Carroll Storrs Alden Papers consist of materials relating to Alden's writings, such as published and unpublished articles, handwritten notes, and book reviews.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.
Biography of Carroll Storrs Alden
Carroll Storrs Alden, author and educator, was born in Medina, Ohio on March 15, 1876. He obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. He served in the Department of English, History, and Government at the United States Naval Academy as an instructor from 1904 to 1919, as a professor from 1919 to 1941, and as department head from 1924 to 1941. Alden's writings include A Guide to Annapolis and the Naval Academy (with W. O. Stevens, 1910), Life and Letters of George Hamilton Perkins (1914), Makers of Naval Tradition (with Ralph Earle, 1925), Lawrence Kearny, Sailor Diplomat (1936), and The United States Navy: A History (with Allan Westcott, 1943). Dr. Alden retired from the Naval Academy in 1941 and continued to live in the Annapolis area until his death on September 30, 1965.
Description of Contents
The Carroll Storrs Alden Papers, comprising 2.29 linear feet of documentation, span from 1860 until 1965 and focus on Alden's career as an author and faculty member at the United States Naval Academy. The papers illustrate Alden's interests in Lord Horatio Nelson, Nelson's birthplace of Burnham Thorpe, England, and the musical works of Alonzo "Zo" Elliott, among other topics.
Included in the collection are letters, telegrams, photographs, engravings, postcards, handwritten notes, press clippings, reprints of journal articles, manuscripts of articles (both handwritten and typescript), memos, sheet music, greeting cards, bookplates, and a diary.
The Alden Papers are arranged alphabetically by document type into a single series with no subdivisions. The collection comprises two separate accessions, one of which was previously held by the Naval Academy Archives. Much of the collection is composed of drafts of Alden's writings, especially those on Lord Horatio Nelson, Nelson's birthplace and other naval topics, as well as correspondence discussing his writings and photographs of notable naval personalities and ships, either for use in Alden's writings or class lectures at the Naval Academy. Alden's career as a faculty member at the Academy is further illustrated by the inclusion of lectures, lecture notes, and personnel material. The collection also touches upon Alden's relationship with composer Alonzo "Zo" Elliott, whose credits include "There's a Long Long Trail" and "The Midshipman's March." The collection also includes a single 1860letter from Naval Academy Superintendent George Blake regarding midshipman James Duncan Graham of the Naval Academy Class of 1862.
The Carroll Storrs Alden Papers are arranged alphabetically by document type.
Access and Use
Access is unrestricted.
Copyright and Permission
The Carroll Storrs Alden Papers are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.
Acquisition and Appraisal
2.5 linear inches of material were transferred from the Naval Academy Archives in October 2013.
Provenance and Acquisition
Related Archival Material
There are no other known collections of papers of Carroll Storrs Alden.
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection.
Processing and Other Information
Carroll Storrs Alden Papers, MS 205
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo and revised by David D'Onofrio in October 2013.
These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Name and Subject Terms
- Alden, Carroll Storrs, 1876-
- Burnham Thorpe (England)
- Elliott, Zo, 1891-1964
- Nelson, Horatio Nelson, Viscount, 1758-1805
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Engravings (prints)
- Faculty papers
- Research notes
- Sheet music
Photographs and Engravings - Ships, undated
Includes images of U.S.S. Louisiana (Battleship: BB-19), U.S.S. Macdonough (Destroyer: DD-9), U.S.S. Wilkes (Torpedo Boat: TB-35), U.S.S. Cushing (Torpedo Boat: TB-1), U.S.S. Decatur (Destroyer: DD-5), light ship Nantucket, U.S.S. Saratoga Aircraft Carrier: CVA-60), U.S.S. Nautilus (Submarine (Nuclear Powered): SSN-571), and an Australian convoy.