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Amin Kiwas Diary, 1928-1929: Finding Aid

Published in 1994

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 297
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Amin Kiwas Diary
  • Dates: 1928-1929
  • Size: 0.04 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 1 volume
  • Creator: Kiwas, Amin
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Amin Kiwas was an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy. The Kiwas Diary is the product of Kiwas' service aboard U.S.S. Lexington (Aircraft carrier : CV-2), noting ship activities, drills, exercises, ports visited, weather, shore leaves, and aviation operations.

Biography of Amin Kiwas

Amin Kiwas was a U.S. Navy enlisted sailor, apparently of Philippine decent. Kiwas served aboard U.S.S. Lexington (Aircraft carrier : CV-2) in 1929.

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Description of Contents

The Amin Kiwas Diary is a handwritten diary of Kiwas' service aboard U.S.S. Lexington (Aircraft carrier : CV-2), spanning from December 31, 1928 through December 21, 1929. The diary's brief entries note such matters as ship activities, drills, exercises, ports visited, public visits to the ship, weather, Kiwas' shore leaves, Kiwas' friends and associates, and illnesses.

The Kiwas Diary dates to U.S.S. Lexington's stationing at San Pedro, California where she operated on the west coast with Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, in flight training, tactical exercises, and battle problems. In addition to its notations on basic ship matters, the diary includes frequent mentions of Lexington's aviation operations. The diary also notes Lexington's war games (Fleet Problem IX) with U.S.S. Saratoga (Aircraft carrier : CV-3) and other ships in the Panama Canal Zone, its gunnery exercises, and its repair visit to the Bremerton Navy Yard. Also of note are the entries of November-December 1929 concerning the Lexington's role as a supplier of electricity to the city of Tacoma, Washington during a 30-day winter power shortage.

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The Amin Kiwas Diary comprises a single volume. Entries within the diary are arranged chronologically.

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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Amin Kiwas Diary is 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

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Books and Collections in October 1993. Accession No. 93-61.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

There are no other known collections of papers of Amin Kiwas.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Amin Kiwas Diary, MS 297

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1994. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1994 and revised by David D'Onofrio in February 2014.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • Kiwas, Amin
  • Lexington (Aircraft carrier : CV-2)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • United States. Navy -- Sea life
  • War games

Genre Terms

  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Amin Kiwas Diary, 1928-1929

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