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Richard S. West Papers, 1861-1965 (bulk 1935-1965): Finding Aid

Published in 1986

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 208
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Richard S. West Papers
  • Dates: 1861-1965
  • Bulk Dates: 1935-1965
  • Size: 11.25 linear feet (27 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: West, Richard S. (Richard Sedgewick), 1902-1968
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Richard S. West, Jr. was a naval historian and a professor employed at 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.

Biography of Richard S. West, Jr.

Richard Sedgewick West, Jr., naval historian and professor in the English, History, and Government Department of the United States Naval Academy, was born in Nashville, Tennessee on June 30, 1902. In 1925, West graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, followed by an M.S. from Yale University in 1928.

Prior to joining the U.S. Naval Academy faculty as an instructor on July 6, 1928, West was employed as an Instructor in English from 1926 to 1927 at the Mississippi State College for Women. At the Naval Academy, Professor West served as course chairman for such subjects as World History, Modern European History, and Composition and Literature. During the 1960s, he was a leader in Academy curricular changes.

A national recognized authority on naval history and the history of the Civil War, Professor West was the author of The Second Admiral; A Live of David Dixon Porter, 1813-1891 (1937), Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Navy Department (1943), Admirals of American Empire: The Combined Story of George Dewey, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Winfield Scott Schley, and William Thomas Sampson (1948), Mr. Lincoln's Navy (1957), and Lincoln's Scapegoat General; A Life of Benjamin f. Butler, 1818-1893 (1965).

Professor West was the co-author of American Sea Power Since 1775 (1947), which was used as a textbook at the Naval Academy. He also published numerous journal articles and book review. West lectured widely on his specialties and was a member of such scholarly organizations as the American Historical Association, the Modern Languages Association, Phi Beta Kappa, the Civil War Roundtable, and the Naval Historical Foundation.

Richard West was principal of the West Tutorial School of Annapolis, of which his wife, Marie, was headmistress. Mr. and Mrs. West were also noted painters of sailing vessels and nautical subjects.

Professor West had planned to retire from teaching at the end of the Spring 1968 semester, but died suddenly at his home on February 14, 1968. He was survived by his wife, Marie, and son, Charlie.

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Description of Contents

The Richard S. West Papers, comprising 11.25 linear feet of documentation, span primarily from 1935 to 1965, with several historical documents, and facsimiles thereof, dating as far back as 1861. The papers focus primarily on West's writings, research, teaching, and lectures on the subjects of the Civil War and American naval history.

Over three-quarters of the West Papers pertain to West's authorship of books on naval history, the naval history of the Civil War, and roles and lives of David Dixon Porter, Gideon Welles, and Benjamin Franklin Butler. The documentation covers much of the process of the authorship of West's books, including his research, the drafting of manuscripts, the securing of copyright permissions, the gathering of potential illustrations and maps, and the collection of royalties following publication. To a far lesser extent, the papers also cover West's writing of book reviews, newspaper articles, journal articles, and historical dictionary entries.

Much of the remainder of the collection pertains to West's teaching at the Naval Academy and lecturing to other organizations. Documentation of West's teaching activities include the notes he used in class or in preparing for lectures, printed maps used as teaching aids, and class handouts. West's teaching and lecture materials focus on naval history, as well as European history, American diplomacy, and geopolitics.

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Arrangement

The Richard S. West Papers are organized into the following ten series:

  • Series 1: Books by West, 1861-1965
  • Subseries 1a: Admirals of American Empire, 1892-1949, undated
  • Subseries 1b: American Sea Power Since 1775, 1947
  • Subseries 1c: Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Navy Department, 1937-1947, undated
  • Subseries 1d: History of the Armed Forces of the United States, 1949-1950, undated
  • Subseries 1e: Benjamin F. Butler, 1861-1965, undated
  • Subseries 1f: Mr. Lincoln's Navy, 1861-1958, undated
  • Subseries 1g: David Dixon Porter, 1930-1943, undated
  • Series 2: Book Reviews by West, 1935-1952
  • Series 3: Dictionary of American History Articles by West, 1937-1939
  • Series 4: Newspaper Articles By and about West, 1933-1949
  • Series 5: Writings by West, 1935-1958
  • Series 6: Class Notes, 1934-1953
  • Series 7: Lectures by West, 1936-1965
  • Series 8: Research Notes, 1891-1963
  • Series 9: Other, 1934-1956
  • Series 10: Signatures, 1935-1956
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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Richard S. West 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.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Unknown.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material pertaining to West's teaching career may be found in the Records of the Department of English, History, and Government, 1907-1972, RG 405.4 Entry 201a, Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Materials Cataloged Separately

Photographs of the following twenty individuals have been removed from this collection and transferred to the Special Collections Picture File: Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 1818-1893 - 2 photographs; Butler, Blanche - 1 photograph; Dennison, William, 1815-1882 - 1 photograph; DuPont, Samuel Francis, 1803-1865 - 1 photograph; Ericsson, John, 1803-1889 - 1 negative; Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870 - 3 photographs, 2 negatives; Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869 - 1 photograph; Foote, Andrew Hull, 1806-1863 - 1 photograph; Fox, Gustavus Vasa, 1821-1883 - 1 photograph, 1 negative; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 - 1 negative; McCulloch, Hugh, 1808-1895 - 1 photograph; Porter, David, 1780-1843 - 1 photograph; Porter, David Dixon, 1813-1891 - 4 photographs, 1 engraved portrait, 1 negative; Porter, Evalina Anderson (Mrs. David) - 1 photograph; Porter, George Ann Patterson (Mrs. David Dixon) - 1 photograph; Rodgers, John, 1812-1882 - 1 negative; Sampson, William Thomas, 1840-1902 - 1 photograph, 1 negative; Usher, John Palmer, 1816-1889 - 1 photograph; Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878 - 4 photographs, 1 negative; Winslow, John Ancrum, 1811-1873 - 1 negative

Photographs of the following nine ships have been removed from this collection and transferred to the Special Collections Picture File: Benton (Gunboat) - 2 photographs; Black Hawk (Side wheel steamer) - 1 photograph, 1 negative; Hartford (Screw sloop-of-war) - 2 photographs, 2 negatives; Housatonic (Screw sloop-of-war) - 1 negative; Merrimac (Ironclad) - 4 negatives; Mississippi (Side wheel steamer) - 2 negatives; Monitor (Ironclad) - 2 photographs, 10 negatives; Porter (Destroyer : DD-356) - 1 photograph; Wampanoag (Screw frigate) - 1 negative

Photographs of the following seven subjects have been removed from this collection and transferred to the Special Collections Picture File: Fort Fisher, Bombardment of, January 15, 1865 - 3 photographs, 2 negatives; Grand Gulf, Bombardment of - 1 photograph; New Orleans, Battle of, 1862 - 3 photographs, 2 negatives; Republican Nominating Convention, May 1860 - 1 photograph, 1 negative; U.S. Naval Academy -- Buildings and Ground - 1 photograph; U.S. Naval Academy. Department of English, History, and Government - 12 photographs; United States. Navy. Mississippi Squadron - 2 photographs.

The following three periodicals have been removed from this collection and cataloged with Special Collections periodicals: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. v.13, no.322. January 25, 1862; Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. v.13, no.327. march 1, 1862; Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. War Supplement. v.14, no.347. May 31, 1862.

The following two items have been removed from this collection and added to the Special Collections Vertical File for Mahan, Alfred Thayer: The Writings of Capt. A.T. Mahan Upon the Influence of Sea Power. Boston: Little, Brown, 1894 (About Books, no. 7); Mahan. (Outline of lecture. USNA, 1918).

The following item has been removed from this collection and added to the Special Collections Vertical File for Poetry, Patriotic: "viva l'America." (Ballad) New York: Charles Magnus, undated

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Richard S. West Papers, MS 208

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1986. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1986 and revised by David D'Onofrio in June 2014.

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Subject Headings

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

  • Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 1818-1893
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
  • Porter, David D. (David Dixon), 1813-1891
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval Operations
  • United States Naval Academy -- Curricula
  • United States Naval Academy. Department of English, History and Government
  • Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878
  • West, Richard S. (Richard Sedgewick), 1902-1968

Genre Terms

  • Articles
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Faculty papers
  • Lecture notes
  • Manuscripts
  • Research notes
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Contents List

Series 1: Books by West, 1861-1965 Boxes 1-22

Series Description

Documentation of the writing and publication of West's books, namely Admirals of American Empire: The Combined Story of George Dewey, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Winfield Scott Schley, and William Thomas Sampson, Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Navy Department, Lincoln's Scapegoat General; A Life of Benjamin f. Butler, 1818-1893, Mr. Lincoln's Navy, and The Second Admiral; A Live of David Dixon Porter, 1813-1891. The series also documents West's contributions to American Sea Power Since 1775 and a proposed book to be coauthored with E.B. Potter entitled History of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Series Arrangement

Organized into seven subseries by book title.

Subseries 1a: Admirals of American Empire, 1892-1949, undated Boxes 1-5

Subseries Description

Documentation of the writing and publication of West's Admirals of American Empire: The Combined Story of George Dewey, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Winfield Scott Schley, and William Thomas Sampson, published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1948. Included in the subseries are manuscript copies of the book's chapters, West's handwritten research notes, correspondence with the publisher, book reviews, advertisements, and occasional copies of primary source documents.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 1 Folder 1
Manuscript Chapter 1 - Four Naval Cadets, undated
Box 1 Folder 2
Manuscript Chapter 2 - Dewey in Action, undated
Box 1 Folder 3
Manuscript Chapter 3 - The Influence of War on Mahan, undated
Box 1 Folder 4
Manuscript Chapter 4 - Schley Tries "This Nelson Business", undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Manuscript Chapter 5 - Sampson Afloat and Ashore, undated
Box 1 Folder 6
Manuscript Chapter 6 - Gentleman George Dewey, undated
Box 1 Folder 7
Manuscript Chapter 7 - Mahan Turns Naval Philosopher, undated
Box 1 Folder 8
Manuscript Chapter 8 - Schley's Towering Fame, undated
Box 1 Folder 9
Manuscript Chapter 9 - Sampson Whets New Weapons, undated
Box 1 Folder 10
Manuscript Chapter 10 - Dewey to the Asiatic, undated
Box 1 Folder 11
Manuscript Chapter 11 - Mentor to Imperialists, undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Manuscript Chapter 12 - Schley to the Flying Squadron, undated
Box 1 Folder 13
Manuscript Chapter 13 - Sampson to the Blockade, undated
Box 1 Folder 14
Manuscript Chapter 14 - Dewey Wins Manila Bay, undated
Box 1 Folder 15
Manuscript Chapter 15 - Mahan on the War Board, undated
Box 2 Folder 1
Manuscript Chapter 16 - The Search for Cervera, undated
Box 2 Folder 2
Manuscript Chapter 17 - Santiago, undated
Box 2 Folder 3
Manuscript Chapter 18 - Imperialism's Darling, undated
Box 2 Folder 4
Manuscript Chapter 19 - The Sampson-Schley Controversy, undated
Box 2 Folder 5
Manuscript Chapter 20 - The Triumph of Mahan, undated
Box 2 Folder 6
Manuscript Footnotes, undated
Box 2 Folder 7
Manuscript Illustrations, 1947-1949, undated
Box 2 Folder 8-9
Research Notes (general) - Army and Navy Journal, undated
Box 2 Folder 10
Research Notes (general) - Bibliography, undated
Box 2 Folder 11
Research Notes (general) - Civil War, undated
Box 2 Folder 12
Research Notes (general) - Crowninshield, A.S., undated
Box 2 Folder 13
Research Notes (general) - Long, John D. (Secretary of the Navy), undated
Box 2 Folder 14
Research Notes (general) - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 3 Folder 1
Research Notes (general) - Naval Decline, undated
Box 3 Folder 2
Research Notes (general) - Naval Secretaries (1869-1900), undated
Box 3 Folder 3
Research Notes (general) - New York Times (1894-1898), undated
Box 3 Folder 4
Research Notes (general) - New York Tribune (1882-1896), undated
Box 3 Folder 5
Research Notes (general) - Oregon (U.S.S.), undated
Box 3 Folder 6
Research Notes (general) - The Outlook (1898), undated
Box 3 Folder 7
Research Notes (general) - U.S. Lighthouse Service, undated
Box 3 Folder 8
Research Notes (general) - U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, undated
Box 3 Folder 9
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Army and Navy Journal, undated
Box 3 Folder 10
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Bibliography, undated
Box 3 Folder 11
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Chronology, Outline, undated
Box 3 Folder 12
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Manila Bay, undated
Box 3 Folder 13
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 3 Folder 14
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Pensacola (U.S.S.), undated
Box 3 Folder 15
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Period 1898 and Later, undated
Box 3 Folder 16
Research Notes (George Dewey) - Service Record, 1941-1944, undated
Box 3 Folder 17
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Ashe-Mahan Collection (Duke University), undated
Box 3 Folder 18
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Bibliography, undated
Box 3 Folder 19
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Biography, Death, undated
Box 3 Folder 20
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Correspondence from Mahan to Stephen B. Luce (Naval Historical Foundation), undated
Box 3 Folder 21
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Correspondence of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, undated
Box 3 Folder 22
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Correspondence Soliciting Information on Mahan, 1947-1948
Box 3 Folder 23
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Erben, Henry (Including U.S.S. Chicago, undated
Box 3 Folder 24
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Hall, Mrs. William Ingraham ("Nonpareille"), undated
Box 3 Folder 25
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - The Idea of Seapower (1865-1890), undated
Box 3 Folder 26
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Mahan's Character as a Sea Officer, undated
Box 3 Folder 27
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Mahan's Visit to Japan, undated
Box 4 Folder 1
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Miscellaneous, 1915-1918, undated
Box 4 Folder 2
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Naval War Board (Strategy Board), undated
Box 4 Folder 3
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Naval War College, undated
Box 4 Folder 4
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Period 1865-1890, undated
Box 4 Folder 5
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Period 1890-1898, undated
Box 4 Folder 6
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Period 1898-1900 (Including Hague Conference, Hawaii), undated
Box 4 Folder 7
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Religious Thoughts, undated
Box 4 Folder 8
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Wainwright, Richard, undated
Box 4 Folder 9
Research Notes (Alfred Thayer Mahan) - Westcott (Professor A.F.) Notes, Etc. on Mahan, 1941, undated
Box 4 Folder 10
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Armor, 1892, undated
Box 4 Folder 11
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Biography, Genealogy (From USNA Clippings), undated
Box 4 Folder 12
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Biography, Genealogy (Including Palmyra Library Notes), 1942-1944, undated
Box 4 Folder 13
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Civil War, 1944, undated
Box 4 Folder 14
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 4 Folder 15
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - The Naval Observatory, Prime Meridian, Torpedo Station, Fortifications Board, undated
Box 4 Folder 16
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Period 1865-1890, 1898, undated
Box 4 Folder 17
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Period 1890-1898, undated
Box 4 Folder 18
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Period 1898 and Later, undated
Box 4 Folder 19
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Sampson, Commander Ralph Earle, Collection, undated
Box 4 Folder 20
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Sampson-Schley Controversy, undated
Box 4 Folder 21
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Sampson's Professional Character and Contributions, undated
Box 4 Folder 22
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - Spanish-American War, undated
Box 4 Folder 23
Research Notes (William T. Sampson) - U.S. Naval Academy, undated
Box 5 Folder 1
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Baltimore (U.S.S.), undated
Box 5 Folder 2
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Benicia (U.S.S.), Essex (U.S.S.), Korea, undated
Box 5 Folder 3
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Biography, Chronology, Genealogy, undated
Box 5 Folder 4
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Greely Relief Expedition, undated
Box 5 Folder 5
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Period 1859-1864, undated
Box 5 Folder 5
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Period 1865-1890, undated
Box 5 Folder 6
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Period 1890-1898, undated
Box 5 Folder 7
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Period 1898 and Later, undated
Box 5 Folder 8
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Sawtelle Collection, undated
Box 5 Folder 9
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - Spanish-American War, undated
Box 5 Folder 10
Research Notes (Winfield Scott Schley) - U.S. Navy Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, Office of Detail, undated
Box 5 Folder 11-12
Book Reviews, Advertising, 1948
Box 5 Folder 13
Copyright Permissions, 1947-1948, undated
Box 5 Folder 14
Copyright Permissions Granted, 1947-1948, undated
Box 5 Folder 15
Correspondence, 1944-1948
Box 5 Folder 16-17
Correspondence - Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1947-1949

Subseries 1b: American Sea Power Since 1775, 1947 Box 5

Subseries Description

Documentation of the publication of West's contributions to American Sea Power Since 1775, published by J.B. Lippincott in 1947. The subseries addresses issues of royalties, reviews, and a related Naval History conference.

Subseries Arrangement

The subseries comprises a single folder.

Box 5 Folder 18
Miscellaneous, 1947

Subseries 1c: Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Navy Department, 1937-1947, undated Boxes 6-8

Subseries Description

Documentation of the writing and publication of West's Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Navy Department, published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1943. Included in the subseries are West's handwritten research notes, correspondence with the publisher, book reviews, advertisements, documents regarding copyright, and manuscript excerpts.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 6 Folder 1
Manuscript - Copyright Permissions, undated
Box 6 Folder 2-3
Manuscript - Correspondence, 1941-1943
Box 6 Folder 4
Manuscript - Introduction and Plan, undated
Box 6 Folder 5
Manuscript - Insertions and Revisions, undated
Box 6 Folder 6
Manuscript - Return to Hartford, undated
Box 6 Folder 7
Research Notes - Army and Navy Journal, undated
Box 6 Folder 8
Research Notes - Bibliography, undated
Box 6 Folder 9
Research Notes - Connecticut, undated
Box 6 Folder 10
Research Notes - Correspondence 1820-1829 (Library of Congress), undated
Box 6 Folder 11
Research Notes - Correspondence 1829-1835 (Library of Congress), undated
Box 6 Folder 12
Research Notes - Correspondence 1835-1844 (Library of Congress), undated
Box 6 Folder 13
Research Notes - Correspondence 1844-1858 (Library of Congress), undated
Box 6 Folder 14
Research Notes - Cushing, William B., undated
Box 6 Folder 15
Research Notes - Evening Press (Hartford), undated
Box 6 Folder 16
Research Notes - Family Data; Obituary Notices, undated
Box 6 Folder 17
Research Notes - The Galaxy, undated
Box 6 Folder 18
Research Notes - Genealogy, undated
Box 7 Folder 1
Research Notes - Government Publications, undated
Box 7 Folder 2
Research Notes - Grimes, James W., undated
Box 7 Folder 3
Research Notes - Gurowski, A. Diary, undated
Box 7 Folder 4
Research Notes - Hamlin, Hannibal, undated
Box 7 Folder 5
Research Notes - Hay, John, undated
Box 7 Folder 6
Research Notes - Illustrated Periodicals (Frank Leslie's, Harper's), undated
Box 7 Folder 7
Research Notes - Illustrations, 1943, undated
Box 7 Folder 8
Research Notes - Jackson, Andrew, undated
Box 7 Folder 9
Research Notes - Johnson, Andrew, undated
Box 7 Folder 10
Research Notes - Kerr, Orpheus C. Papers, undated
Box 7 Folder 11
Research Notes - Learned Collection (Library of Congress), undated
Box 7 Folder 12
Research Notes - Library and Reading Interests of G. Welles, undated
Box 7 Folder 13
Research Notes - Lincoln, Abraham; Lincoln's Cabinet, 1939, undated
Box 7 Folder 14
Research Notes - Lincoln, Abraham - Periodical Clippings, 1939-1947, undated
Box 7 Folder 15
Research Notes - McClellan, George, undated
Box 7 Folder 16
Research Notes - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 7 Folder 17
Research Notes - Monitors, undated
Box 7 Folder 18
Research Notes - The Morgan Purchases, undated
Box 7 Folder 19
Research Notes - Naval Records and Library, undated
Box 7 Folder 20
Research Notes - New York Historical Society, undated
Box 7 Folder 21
Research Notes - New York Public Library, undated
Box 7 Folder 22
Research Notes - Periodical Clippings, 1938-1939
Box 7 Folder 23
Research Notes - Political Dealings and Affiliations, undated
Box 7 Folder 24
Research Notes - Riddle, Albert G., undated
Box 7 Folder 25
Research Notes - Russell, W.H. My Diary North and South, undated
Box 7 Folder 26
Research Notes - Seward, William H., undated
Box 7 Folder 27
Research Notes - Stanton, Edwin M., undated
Box 7 Folder 28
Research Notes - Times (Hartford); Other Periodicals, 1937, undated
Box 7 Folder 29
Research Notes - U.S. Navy Bureau of Provisions and Clothing, undated
Box 7 Folder 30
Research Notes - U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Reports, undated
Box 7 Folder 31
Research Notes - Washington, DC, undated
Box 7 Folder 32
Weed, Thurlow, undated
Box 8 Folder 1
Welles' Diaries and College Notebooks (Library of Congress), undated
Box 8 Folder 2
Welles' Diary (Houghton Mifflin Publication), undated
Box 8 Folder 3
Welles' Diary: Omissions from Published Diary (Library of Congress), undated
Box 8 Folder 4
Welles' Manuscripts (Library of Congress), undated
Box 8 Folder 5
Welles, Thomas, Collection, undated
Box 8 Folder 6
Wiard Gun (Wiard, Norman), undated
Box 8 Folder 7-8
Book Reviews, Advertising, 1943, undated
Box 8 Folder 9
Interview of West by Miss Howard, undated

Subseries 1d: History of the Armed Forces of the United States, 1949-1950, undated Box 8

Subseries Description

Documentation of a proposed book by West and fellow Naval Academy professor E.B. Potter, to be titled History of the Armed Forces of the United States. The subseries includes an outline of the proposed book, handwritten research notes, a bibliography, and correspondence.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 8 Folder 10-13
Manuscript - Outline, 1949, undated
Box 8 Folder 14
Manuscript - "The Final Year in the East: Rapidan to the James", undated
Box 8 Folder 15
Manuscript - "The Final Year in the East: Campaigns of the Summer and Fall", undated
Box 8 Folder 16
Research Notes - Negroes, Militia, Volunteers, undated
Box 8 Folder 17
Research Notes - Prize Money, undated
Box 8 Folder 18
Bibliography, undated
Box 8 Folder 19
Correspondence, 1950, undated
Box 8 Folder 20
Periodical Clippings - Civil War, undated

Subseries 1e: Benjamin F. Butler, 1861-1965, undated Boxes 9-18

Subseries Description

Documentation of the writing and publication of West's Lincoln's Scapegoat General; A Life of Benjamin f. Butler, 1818-1893, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1965. Included in the subseries are manuscript copies of the book's chapters , West's handwritten research notes, correspondence with the publisher, documents pertaining to permissions, proposed illustrations and maps, and copies of selected primary source documents about Benjamin Butler.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 9 Folder 1
Manuscript Chapter 1 - Never Pull an Editor's Nose, undated
Box 9 Folder 2
Manuscript Chapter 2 - The Cross-Eyed Boy, undated
Box 9 Folder 3
Manuscript Chapter 3 - Juliet, undated
Box 9 Folder 4
Manuscript Chapter 4 - A Flair for Radical Reform, undated
Box 9 Folder 5
Manuscript Chapter 5 - The Gentleman from Lowell, undated
Box 9 Folder 6
Manuscript Chapter 6 - The Relief of Washington, undated
Box 9 Folder 7
Manuscript Chapter 7 - Butler Seizes Baltimore, undated
Box 9 Folder 8
Manuscript Chapter 8 - Butler's Fugitive Slave Law, undated
Box 9 Folder 9
Manuscript Chapter 9 - Curtain-Raiser to Bull Run, undated
Box 9 Folder 10
Manuscript Chapter 10 - Recovery After Bethel, undated
Box 9 Folder 11
Manuscript Chapter 11 - Launching the New Orleans Campaign, undated
Box 9 Folder 12
Manuscript Chapter 12 - The New Orleans Campaign, undated
Box 9 Folder 13
Manuscript Chapter 13 - Occupying the Crescent City, undated
Box 9 Folder 14
Manuscript Chapter 14 - The "Beast" Shows his Claws, undated
Box 9 Folder 15
Manuscript Chapter 15 - Shoestring Offensive, undated
Box 10 Folder 1
Manuscript Chapter 16 - The Problems of Reconstruction, undated
Box 10 Folder 2
Manuscript Chapter 17 - Commerce and the Consuls, undated
Box 10 Folder 3
Manuscript Chapter 18 - Politics Behind the Lines, undated
Box 10 Folder 4
Manuscript Chapter 19 - The Winter Raids, undated
Box 10 Folder 5
Manuscript Chapter 20 - Campaign Against Richmond, undated
Box 10 Folder 6
Manuscript Chapter 21 - Prisoners and the Exchange, undated
Box 10 Folder 7
Manuscript Chapter 22 - Military vs. Civil Government in Virginia, undated
Box 10 Folder 8
Manuscript Chapter 23 - Finale at Fort Fisher, undated
Box 11 Folder 1
Manuscript Chapter 24 - The Legend of "Old Spoons", undated
Box 11 Folder 2
Manuscript Chapter 25 - Return to the Law, undated
Box 11 Folder 3
Manuscript Chapter 26 - The Radical Congressman, undated
Box 11 Folder 4
Manuscript Chapter 27 - The Reform Governor, undated
Box 11 Folder 5
Manuscript Chapter 28 - The Little Man's Candidate, undated
Box 11 Folder 6
Manuscript Chapter 29 - The Herculean Campaign, undated
Box 11 Folder 7
Manuscript Chapter 30 - The Book is Finished, undated
Box 12 Folder 1
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 1-2, undated
Box 12 Folder 2
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 3-4, undated
Box 12 Folder 3
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 5-6, undated
Box 12 Folder 4
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 7-8, undated
Box 12 Folder 5
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 9-10, undated
Box 12 Folder 6
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 11-12, undated
Box 12 Folder 7
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 13-14, undated
Box 12 Folder 8
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 15-16, undated
Box 12 Folder 9
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 17-18, undated
Box 12 Folder 10
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 19-20, undated
Box 12 Folder 11
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 21-22, undated
Box 12 Folder 12
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 23-24, undated
Box 12 Folder 13
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 25-26, undated
Box 12 Folder 14
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 27-28, undated
Box 12 Folder 15
First Draft Manuscript Chapters 29-30, undated
Box 13 Folder 1
Typescript Manuscript Chapters 1-5, undated
Box 13 Folder 2
Typescript Manuscript Chapters 6-10, undated
Box 13 Folder 3
Typescript Manuscript Chapters 11-15, undated
Box 13 Folder 4
Typescript Manuscript Chapters 16-20, undated
Box 13 Folder 5
Typescript Manuscript Chapters 21-25, undated
Box 13 Folder 6
Typescript Manuscript Chapters 26-30, undated
Box 13 Folder 7
Typescript Manuscript Chapters 31-33, undated
Box 13 Folder 8-10
Manuscript "The Radical Congressman" (Chapters 27-29) - Revisions, undated
Box 14 Folder 1
Manuscript "The Radical Congressman" (Chapters 27-29) - Research Notes - Activities, undated
Box 14 Folder 2
Manuscript "The Radical Congressman" (Chapters 27-29) - Research Notes - Activities, Including "Salary Grab", undated
Box 14 Folder 3
Manuscript "The Radical Congressman" (Chapters 27-29) - Research Notes - Civil Rights, undated
Box 14 Folder 4
Manuscript "The Radical Congressman" (Chapters 27-29) - Research Notes - Civil Rights, Reconstruction, undated
Box 14 Folder 5
Manuscript "The Radical Congressman" (Chapters 27-29) - Research Notes - Impeachment, undated
Box 14 Folder 6
Manuscript "The Radical Congressman" (Chapters 27-29) - Research Notes - Reconstruction, undated
Box 14 Folder 7
Manuscript - Acknowledgements, undated
Box 14 Folder 8
Manuscript - Bibliographic Notes, Footnotes, undated
Box 14 Folder 9
Manuscript - Copyright Permissions, 1964
Box 14 Folder 10
Manuscript - Editorial Suggestions, undated
Box 14 Folder 11
Manuscript - Expenses (Typing), 1961
Box 14 Folder 12-13
Manuscript - Illustrations, 1964, undated
Box 14 Folder 14
Manuscript - Index, undated
Box 14 Folder 15
Manuscript - Maps, undated
Box 14 Folder 16
Manuscript - Preface, undated
Box 14 Folder 17
Manuscript - Presentation Copies, undated
Box 15 Folder 1
Manuscript Outline, undated
Box 15 Folder 2
Manuscript Outline - Research Notes - Chapter 1. The Cross-Eyed Boy (1818-1834), undated
Box 15 Folder 3
Manuscript Outline - Research Notes - Chapter 2. Choosing a Career (1834-1840), undated
Box 15 Folder 4
Manuscript Outline - Research Notes - Chapter 3. Juliet is the Sun! (1840-1844), undated
Box 15 Folder 5
Manuscript Outline - Research Notes - Chapter 4. A Flair for Politics (1844-1853), undated
Box 15 Folder 6
Manuscript Outline - Research Notes - Chapter 5. The Gentleman from Lowell (1850-1853), undated
Box 15 Folder 7
Manuscript Outline - Research Notes - Chapter 6. General B.F. Butler (1853-1861), undated
Box 15 Folder 8
Manuscript Proof Sheets, 1965
Box 15 Folder 9
Research Notes - America (Yacht), undated
Box 15 Folder 10
Research Notes - Benjamin F. Butler Issue, Colby Library Quarterly, 1964 September
Box 15 Folder 11
Research Notes - Benjamin F. Butler Statue Controversy (1914), undated
Box 15 Folder 12
Research Notes - Benjamin F. Butler's Treatment of and by Former Rebels, undated
Box 15 Folder 13
Research Notes - Bland's Life of Benjamin F. Butler (1879), undated
Box 15 Folder 14
Research Notes - Boston Public Library, undated
Box 15 Folder 15
Research Notes - Boston, Massachusetts Periodicals (primarily 1883), undated
Box 15 Folder 16
Research Notes - Career, undated
Box 15 Folder 17
Research Notes - Civil War, undated
Box 15 Folder 18
Research Notes - Civil War - Annapolis, Baltimore, Fortress Monroe; "Contraband", undated
Box 15 Folder 19
Research Notes - Family and Health, 1951, undated
Box 15 Folder 20
Research Notes - Family Deaths, Daughter's Marriage, Benjamin F. Butler's Obituaries, 1957, undated
Box 15 Folder 21
Research Notes - Genealogy, undated
Box 15 Folder 22
Research Notes - Genealogy - Reade's The Hildreth Family of Lowell, Massachusetts, 1892
Box 16 Folder 1
Research Notes - Law Cases, undated
Box 16 Folder 2
Research Notes - Law Cases (1860), undated
Box 16 Folder 3
Research Notes - Library of Congress, undated
Box 16 Folder 4
Research Notes - Marshall Collection - Benjamin F. Butler's Incoming Correspondence, undated
Box 16 Folder 5
Research Notes - Marshall Collection - Benjamin F. Butler's Outgoing Correspondence, undated
Box 16 Folder 6
Research Notes - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 16 Folder 7
Research Notes - Massachusetts Historical Society, undated
Box 17 Folder 1
Research Notes - The Nation (1892-1893), undated
Box 17 Folder 2
Research Notes - New Hampshire Historical Society, undated
Box 17 Folder 3
Research Notes - New York Times (1861-1862), undated
Box 17 Folder 4
Research Notes - New York Times (1863-1865), undated
Box 17 Folder 5
Research Notes - Pearson's The Life of John A. Andrews (1904), undated
Box 17 Folder 6
Research Notes - Period 1862-1864, undated
Box 17 Folder 7
Research Notes - Period 1884, undated
Box 17 Folder 8
Research Notes - Periodical Clippings, 1954-1960
Box 17 Folder 9
Research Notes - Post-Civil War Period, undated
Box 17 Folder 10
Research Notes - Pre-Civil War Period, undated
Box 17 Folder 11
Research Notes - Presidential Campaign (1860), undated
Box 17 Folder 12
Research Notes - Reconstruction Period, undated
Box 17 Folder 13
Microform Materials, 1929, undated

Contemporary newspapers accounts of Butler, William Knott Harding's University of Wisconsin Master's Thesis entitled Contemporary Opinion of General Benjamin Franklin Butler During the Civil War, cartoons from the Boston Public Library, and a bibliography.

Box 18 Folder 1
Correspondence - Holzman, R.S. (Author, Stormy Ben Butler), 1954
Box 18 Folder 2
Correspondence - Houghton Mifflin Company, 1963-1965
Box 18 Folder 3
Correspondence - Marshall, Jessie Ames, 1948-1965
Box 18 Folder 4
Correspondence - Mearns, Davis C. (Library of Congress), 1964
Box 18 Folder 5
Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1948-1956
Box 18 Folder 6
Correspondence - Publishers, 1961-1963
Box 18 Folder 7
Primary Sources - Benjamin F. Butler v. the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1892
Box 18 Folder 8
Primary Sources - Butler, Benjamin F. Should there be a Union of the English-Speaking Peoples of the Earth?, 1889
Box 18 Folder 9
Primary Sources - Miscellaneous, 1870-1962
Box 18 Folder 10
Primary Sources - Moulton, H.J. Materials, 1861-1915

Subseries 1f: Mr. Lincoln's Navy, 1861-1958, undated Boxes 19-20

Subseries Description

Documentation of the writing and publication of West's Mr. Lincoln's Navy. Included in the subseries are manuscript copies of the book's chapters, West's handwritten research notes, correspondence with the publisher, sample illustrations, book reviews, and advertisements. Unlike previous subseries, the research notes in this subseries are integrated with the chapter manuscripts.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 19 Folder 1
Manuscript Chapter 1 - The Overt Acts, undated
Box 19 Folder 2
Manuscript Chapter 2 - Fort Sumter and Fort Pickens, undated
Box 19 Folder 3
Manuscript Chapter 3 - Loss of the Norfolk Navy Yard, undated
Box 19 Folder 4
Manuscript Chapter 4 - Gideon Welles Forms a Plan, undated
Box 19 Folder 5
Manuscript Chapter 5 - Beginning the Blockade, undated
Box 19 Folder 6
Manuscript Chapter 6 - Early Amphibian Operations on the Coast, undated
Box 19 Folder 7
Manuscript Chapter 7 - Wilkes and the Trent Affair, undated
Box 19 Folder 8
Manuscript Chapter 8 - The Merrimack Threat, undated
Box 19 Folder 9
Manuscript Chapter 9 - The Monitor and the Merrimack, undated
Box 19 Folder 10
Manuscript Chapter 10 - Launching the New Orleans Campaign, undated
Box 19 Folder 11
Manuscript Chapter 11 - The Seizure of New Orleans, undated
Box 19 Folder 12
Manuscript Chapter 12 - Early Operations on the "Inland Sea", undated
Box 19 Folder 13
Manuscript Chapter 13 - Farragut on the River, undated
Box 19 Folder 14
Manuscript Chapter 14 - Combined Attacks on Vicksburg and Port Hudson (Part One), undated
Box 19 Folder 15
Manuscript Chapter 15 - Combined Attacks on Vicksburg and Port Hudson (Part Two), undated
Box 19 Folder 16
Manuscript Chapter 16 - Du Pont and Dahlgren at Charleston, undated
Box 19 Folder 17
Manuscript Chapter 17 - The Red River Campaign, undated
Box 19 Folder 18
Manuscript Chapter 18 - Mobile Bay, undated
Box 19 Folder 19
Manuscript Chapter 19 - The War on the High Seas, undated
Box 19 Folder 20
Manuscript Chapter 20 - The Finish at Wilmington, undated
Box 20 Folder 1
Manuscript - Acknowledgements, undated
Box 20 Folder 2
Manuscript - Bibliographic Notes, Footnotes, undated
Box 20 Folder 3
Manuscript - Illustrations, 1861-1862, 1957, undated
Box 20 Folder 4
Manuscript - Miscellaneous, 1957, undated
Box 20 Folder 5
Manuscript - Outline, undated
Box 20 Folder 6
Manuscript - Presentation Copies, undated
Box 20 Folder 7-8
Book Reviews, Advertising, 1957
Box 20 Folder 9
Correspondence, 1957-1958
Box 20 Folder 10
Correspondence - Longmans, Green, Co., Inc., 1957

Subseries 1g: David Dixon Porter, 1930-1943, undated Boxes 20-22

Subseries Description

Documentation of the writing and publication of West's The Second Admiral; A Live of David Dixon Porter, 1813-1891, published by Coward-McCann in 1937. Included in the subseries are manuscript copies of the book's chapters (featuring corrections by V.F. White), West's handwritten research notes, correspondence with the publisher, sample illustrations, book reviews, and advertisements. Documents in this subseries dating from the 1940s pertain largely to royalties collected by West.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 20 Folder 11
Manuscript Chapter 1 - Meridian Hill, undated
Box 20 Folder 12
Manuscript Chapter 2 - The Commodore's Disgrace, undated
Box 20 Folder 13
Manuscript Chapter 3 - The Mexican Venture, undated
Box 20 Folder 14
Manuscript Chapter 4 - The Difficult Career, undated
Box 20 Folder 15
Manuscript Chapter 5 - The War With Mexico, undated
Box 20 Folder 16
Manuscript Chapter 6 - Plain Captain David, undated
Box 20 Folder 17
Manuscript Chapter 7 - Cruising Into Chaos, undated
Box 20 Folder 18
Manuscript Chapter 8 - The Diversion of the Powhatan, undated
Box 20 Folder 19
Manuscript Chapter 9 - The Relief of Fort Pickens, undated
Box 20 Folder 20
Manuscript Chapter 10 - The Blockade Begins, undated
Box 20 Folder 21
Manuscript Chapter 11 - Stalking Raphael Semmes, undated
Box 20 Folder 22
Manuscript Chapter 12 - New Orleans Must Be Taken!, undated
Box 21 Folder 1
Manuscript Chapter 13 - Farragut and the Bombards, undated
Box 21 Folder 2
Manuscript Chapter 14 - Through Jackson and St. Philip, undated
Box 21 Folder 3
Manuscript Chapter 15 - Tell the Ladies..., undated
Box 21 Folder 4
Manuscript Chapter 16 - The Naval Attack on Vicksburg (Vicksburg, Ho!), undated
Box 21 Folder 5
Manuscript Chapter 17 - The Newport Interlude (Uncle Gideon vs. Uncle Abraham), undated
Box 21 Folder 6
Manuscript Chapter 18 - The Fresh-Water Navy, undated
Box 21 Folder 7
Manuscript Chapter 19 - Disaster at Chickasaw Bluffs (An Ironical Defeat), undated
Box 21 Folder 8
Manuscript Chapter 20 - A Tawdry Victory, undated
Box 21 Folder 9
Manuscript Chapter 21 - Naval Evolutions in the Woods, undated
Box 21 Folder 10
Manuscript Chapter 22 - Running the Gauntlet, undated
Box 21 Folder 11
Manuscript Chapter 23 - Unvexed to the Sea, undated
Box 21 Folder 12
Manuscript Chapter 24 - War, Politics, and Cotton (Cooperative Cotton Picking), undated
Box 21 Folder 13
Manuscript Chapter 25 - Damming the Red River, undated
Box 21 Folder 14
Manuscript Chapter 26 - The Salt-Water Navy, undated
Box 21 Folder 15
Manuscript Chapter 27 - Fort Fisher Falls, undated
Box 21 Folder 16
Manuscript Chapter 28 - The End of the Rebellion, undated
Box 21 Folder 17
Manuscript Chapter 29 - Rivaling West Point, undated
Box 21 Folder 18
Manuscript Chapter 30 - Porter in the Navy Department (Private Secretary Borie), undated
Box 21 Folder 19
Manuscript Chapter 31 - The Grant-Porter Imbroglio, undated
Box 21 Folder 20
Manuscript Chapter 32 - The Second Admiral, undated
Box 21 Folder 21
Manuscript - Illustrations, Book Jacket, undated
Box 21 Folder 22
Manuscript - Revisions, undated
Box 22 Folder 1
Research Notes - Bibliography, undated
Box 22 Folder 2
Research Notes - Butler, Benjamin F., undated
Box 22 Folder 3
Research Notes - Fox, Gustavus Papers, undated
Box 22 Folder 4
Research Notes - Genealogy, 1930-1935, undated
Box 22 Folder 5
Research Notes - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 22 Folder 6
Research Notes - Notebook No. 1, undated
Box 22 Folder 7
Research Notes - Notebook No. 2, undated
Box 22 Folder 8
Research Notes - Van Ness Collection, undated
Box 22 Folder 9
Book Reviews, Advertising, Etc., 1937-1938
Box 22 Folder 10
Copyright Permissions, 1937, undated
Box 22 Folder 11-12
Correspondence - Coward-McCann, Inc., 1936-1943
Box 22 Folder 13
Correspondence - Illustrations, 1937
Box 22 Folder 14
Miscellaneous, 1937

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Series 2: Book Reviews by West, 1935-1952 Box 23

Series Description

Documentation of book reviews written by West. Included in the series are draft book reviews, handwritten notes, and correspondence.

Series Arrangement

Arranged by title of book reviewed.

Box 23 Folder 1-2

Miscellaneous Book Reviews, 1935-1952, undated

Box 23 Folder 3

History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II, undated

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Series 3: Dictionary of American History Articles by West, 1937-1939 Box 23

Series Description

Correspondence pertaining to articles written by West for the Dictionary of American History. Included among the correspondence are drafts of West's articles, as well as the guide Tentative List of Subjects Proposed for inclusion in the forthcoming Dictionary of American History.

Series Arrangement

Organized into three files.

Box 23 Folder 4-6

Correspondence, 1937-1939, undated

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Series 4: Newspaper Articles By and about West, 1933-1949 Box 23

Series Description

Newspaper articles from the Evening Capital and Baltimore Sun by and about West. Articles written by West include one on the U.S.S. Constitution's figure head and the Peggy Stewart Tea Party.

Series Arrangement

Organized into a single folder.

Box 23 Folder 7

Newspaper Articles by and About West, 1933-1949

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Series 5: Writings by West, 1935-1958 Boxes 23-24

Series Description

Manuscript and published copies of journal articles written by West, primarily on the subject of Civil War naval history. The majority of the articles were published in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Included among some of the articles are West's research notes.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by article title.

Box 23 Folder 8

"The Beginnings of the Coast Survey, 1935 May

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 61, Number 5. Includes research notes.

Box 23 Folder 9

"De Jar of Jubilo", undated

Manuscript and research notes.

Box 23 Folder 10

"History of the English Department (1845-1941), undated

Manuscript and research notes.

Box 23 Folder 11

"Lincoln's Hand in Naval Matters", 1958 June

Published in Civil War History, Volume IV, Number 2, pages 175-181.

Box 23 Folder 12

Miscellaneous - U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 1937, undated

Primarily research notes.

Box 23 Folder 13

"Morgan Purchases", 1940 January

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 66, Number 1.

Box 24 Folder 1-2

"The Navy and the Press During the Civil War", 1937 January

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 63, Number 1. Includes manuscript and research notes.

Box 24 Folder 3

"(Private and Confidential) My Dear Fox --", undated

Manuscript and research notes.

Box 24 Folder 4

"The Relations Between Farragut and Porter", 1935 July

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 61, Number 7.

Box 24 Folder 5-6

"The Superintendents of the Naval Academy", 1945 July

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 71, Number 7. Includes manuscript and research notes.

Box 24 Folder 7

"Watchful Gideon", 1936 August

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Volume 62, Number 8.

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Series 6: Class Notes, 1934-1953 Boxes 24-25

Series Description

Notes used by West in the instruction of history classes at the United States Naval Academy on the topics of American diplomacy, European history, naval history, and political geography. Included among the notes are departmental memoranda, class handouts, newspaper clippings, and maps.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic or course title.

Box 24 Folder 8-11

American Diplomacy, 1945, undated

Box 25 Folder 1

European History, 1938-1944

Box 25 Folder 2

European History - Maps, 1934-1946

Box 25 Folder 3

History, 1953, undated

Box 25 Folder 4-5

Jutland, Battle of (1916), 1941-1942, undated

Box 25 Folder 6

Naval History, 1949, undated

Box 25 Folder 7

Naval History - Maps, undated

Box 25 Folder 8

Naval History - World War II, 1944

Box 25 Folder 9

Political Geography - Scope and History (26), 1946, undated

Box 25 Folder 10

Political Geography - United States, Russia (27-30), undated

Box 25 Folder 11

Political Geography - Great Britain and its Empire (31-32), undated

Box 25 Folder 12

Political Geography - Germany (34), undated

Box 25 Folder 13

Political Geography - Low Countries, France (35), undated

Box 25 Folder 14

Political Geography - Italy, Spain, Portugal (36), 1949, undated

Box 25 Folder 15

Political Geography - Lesser Countries of Central Europe, Balkan States (37, 38, 42), 1949, undated

Box 25 Folder 16

Political Geography - Middle East, Palestine, Iran (39), 1949, undated

Box 25 Folder 17

Political Geography - India, Pakistan, Burma (40), undated

Box 25 Folder 18

Political Geography - China (41), 1949, undated

Box 25 Folder 19

Political Geography - Korea, Indo-China, Siam (43), undated

Box 25 Folder 20

Political Geography - Japan (44), undated

Box 25 Folder 21

Political Geography - Malay Archipelago, Oceania, Philippines (45), undated

Box 25 Folder 22

Political Geography - Africa (46), undated

Box 25 Folder 23

Political Geography - Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina (47-48), undated

Box 25 Folder 24

Political Geography - Conclusion (49), undated

Box 25 Folder 25

The Western Frontier, 1936

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Series 7: Lectures by West, 1936-1965 Box 26

Series Description

Notes, outlines, and scripts for lectures delivered by West, primarily on the topics of the Civil War and naval history. Included among the lectures are memoranda, announcements, and other documents pertaining to the events at which the lectures were delivered.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic or lecture title.

Box 26 Folder 1

American Biography, undated

Box 26 Folder 2

The Caribbean, 1944, undated

Box 26 Folder 3

Civil War, Leading Naval Inventors of the, undated

Box 26 Folder 4

Civil War, Literature of the, undated

Box 26 Folder 5

Civil War, Naval Lessons of the, 1939, undated

Box 26 Folder 6-7

Dayton, Percival, 1937, undated

Box 26 Folder 8

How to Make a Book, 1965

Box 26 Folder 9

Imperialism, Militarism, and Pacifism, 1937-1939

Box 26 Folder 10-11

Latin-American Relations, 1939-1943

Box 26 Folder 12

Lee, Robert E., 1956

Box 26 Folder 13

Leisure and the Arts, 1939-1940

Box 26 Folder 14

Mahan's Elements of Sea Power, 1940

Box 26 Folder 15

The New Orleans Campaign (Benjamin F. Butler), 1965

Box 26 Folder 16

Transportation During the Last Forty Years, 1936

Box 26 Folder 17

Welles, Gideon: Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, undated

Box 26 Folder 18

World War, Expanding Literature of the, undated

Box 26 Folder 19

World War, Propaganda, undated

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Series 8: Research Notes, 1891-1963 Box 27

Series Description

Research notes taken by West that either do not pertain to any specific project, or for which the project cannot be determined. Included among the notes are newspaper clippings and transcriptions of primary source materials.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box 27 Folder 1

Amphibious Warfare, 1944-1963

Includes reports on Leyte and Inchon.

Box 27 Folder 2

Civil War - Torpedoes, undated

Box 27 Folder 3

Civil War - Vicksburg, Vicksburg National Military Park, 1935-1936, undated

Box 27 Folder 4

Civil War - Women, undated

Box 27 Folder 5

Farragut, David G., undated

Box 27 Folder 6

French and German War Plans, Development of, 1937

Box 27 Folder 7

Leadership, 1941

Box 27 Folder 8

Monitors, undated

Box 27 Folder 9

Novels, The Hundred Best, undated

Box 27 Folder 10

Pacific Acquisitions, undated

Box 27 Folder 11

Port Royal, undated

Box 27 Folder 12

Roosevelt, Theodore (Assistant Secretary of the Navy), undated

Box 27 Folder 13

Tracy, Benjamin F., 1891

Box 27 Folder 14

U.S. Naval Academy Personnel - Bass, R.B.; Bolander, L.H.; Watson, M.S., 1937-1957

Box 27 Folder 15

U.S. Sanitary Commission, undated

Box 27 Folder 16

Walpole, Horace, undated

Box 27 Folder 17

Willoughby's The Doubting Englishman, undated

Box 27 Folder 18

World War II, 1939-1944, undated

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Series 9: Other, 1934-1956 Box 27

Series Description

Documentation of some of West's personal and professional interests, including music, art, and his membership on the Editorial Board of Civil War History.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type and topic.

Box 27 Folder 18

Correspondence - Candidates for U.S. Naval Academy Instructorship, 1948-1954

Box 27 Folder 19

Correspondence - Civil War History Editorial Board, 1954

Box 27 Folder 20

Drawings, undated

Sketches, potentially be West.

Box 27 Folder 21

Miscellaneous, 1934-1956, undated

Box 27 Folder 22

Musical Interests of West, 1937-1954, undated

Box 27 Folder 23

Preliminary Checklist of the General Records of the Department of the Navy (1804-1944), 1945 December

Box 27 Folder 24

Preliminary Checklist of the Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library (1775-1910), 1945 December

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Series 10: Signatures, 1935-1956 Box 27

Series Description

Letters bearing the signatures of notable persons from throughout the collection. Photocopies of the letters have been placed in their original folders.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Signatures, 1935-1956

Box 27 Folder 25
Albion, R.G., 1948 July 10
Box 27 Folder 25
Brewington, M.V. (LCDR, USNR), 1947 January 16
Box 27 Folder 25
Canby, E.T. (Brigadier General), 1935 July 30
Box 27 Folder 25
Cluverius, W.T., 1948 March 22
Box 27 Folder 25
Daniels, Josephus, 1944 January 8
Box 27 Folder 25
Dunn, Lucius C. (CDR, USN), 1935 August 1
Box 27 Folder 25
Ellicott, J.M. (CAPT, USN), 1948 January 25
Box 27 Folder 25
Gulliver, Louis (CDR, USN), 1952 August 31
Box 27 Folder 25
Knox, D.W. (CAPT, USN, Ret.), 1943 June 7
Box 27 Folder 25
Morton, W.J. (Lieutenant Colonel, F.A.), 1947 April 9
Box 27 Folder 25
Pearson, Gardner W. (General), 1951 July 14
Box 27 Folder 25
Porter, David D. (Brigadier General), 1937 May 6
Box 27 Folder 25
Pratt, Fletcher, 1948 January 29
Box 27 Folder 25
Sampson, R.E., 1944 November 26
Box 27 Folder 25
Sellers, D.F. (Naval Academy Superintendent); Alden, Carroll S. (Head of Department of English and History), 1937 May 15
Box 27 Folder 25
Sharp, W.D. (CAPT, USN, Ret.), 1956 August 30
Box 27 Folder 25
Shaw, James C. (CDR, USN), 1952 July 7
Box 27 Folder 25
Stewart, G.V. (CAPT, USN), 1937 June 2
Box 27 Folder 25
Stirling, Archibald (CDR, USN, Ret.), 1948 May 7
Box 27 Folder 25
Welles, Sumner (Undersecretary of State), 1943 July 31
Box 27 Folder 25
Williams, H. (Assistant Chief of Bureau of Construction and Repair), 1937 May 26
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