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Edwin C. Reininger Diary, 1918-1919: Finding Aid

Published in August 2013

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 359
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Edwin C. Reininger Diary
  • Dates: 1918-1919
  • Size: 0.5 linear inches (2 folders)
  • Creator: Reininger, Edwin C.
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Edwin C. Reininger was a resident of Rochester, New York and a member of the United States Naval Reserve Force Company 256. The Reininger Diary spans the period of 6 June 1918 through 5 April 1919 and primarily consists of brief entries about the newly enlisted Reininger’s training, duties, liberties and naval movements.

Biography of Edwin C. Reininger

Edwin C. Reininger was a resident of Rochester, New York and a member of the United States Naval Reserve Force Company 256. Reininger enlisted on 5 May 1918 at Rochester, New York, with final enlistment at Buffalo on the 13 May. Following his enlistment, Reininger trained at Naval Station Great Lakes before being assigned to U.S.S. Illinois (Battleship: BB-7) and later U.S.S. Boggs (Destroyer: DD-136).

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Description of Contents

The Edwin C. Reininger Diary spans the period of 6 June 1918 through 5 April 1919 and primarily consists of brief entries about the newly enlisted Reininger’s training, duties, liberties and naval movements.

Included with the diary are a photograph, presumable of Reininger and an unidentified woman (attached to the inside front cover), and a Station Billet, formerly folded into the rear cover.

The diary begins with Reininger's travel to and training at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, and continues with further training at Hampton Roads, Virginia (beginning 20 July 1918) where he attended additional classes. On 11 October 1918, Reininger boarded U.S.S. Illinois (Battleship: BB-7), which was stationed in Yorktown, Virginia and later in the Potomac River. In early November 1918, Reininger was transferred to a receiving ship at New York, before being transferred to the City Park Barracks later that month. His next post was Mare Island, California, arriving 15 December. Reininger joined U.S.S. Boggs (Destroyer: DD-136) on 6 January 1919. Reininger’s March and April entries record the Boggs as leaving California, passing through the Panama Canal, reaching the eastern coast of the United States and then at sea traveling en route to Guantanamo, Cuba.

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Arrangement

The entries in the Edwin C. Reininger Diary are arranged chronologically.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Edwin C. Reininger 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 in June 1999. Accession No. 99-48.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

There are no other known collections of papers of Edwin C. Reininger.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Edwin C. Reininger Diary, MS 359

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo and edited by David D'Onofrio in August 2013.

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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

  • Boggs (Destroyer : DD-136)
  • Illinois (Battleship : BB-7)
  • Reininger, Edwin C.
  • United States. Navy -- Sea life

Genre Terms

  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Edwin C. Reininger Diary, 1918-1919

Box 1 Folder 2

Station Billet, circa 1918

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