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O. Kemp Tolley Papers, 1867-2000 (bulk 1924-2000): Finding Aid

Published in July 2005

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 380
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: O. Kemp Tolley Papers
  • Dates: 1867-2000
  • Bulk Dates: 1924-2000
  • Size: 20.4 linear feet (45 manuscript boxes, 6 flat boxes)
  • Creator: Tolley, Kemp, 1908-2000
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Kemp Tolley was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, noted primarily for his service in the Yangtze Patrol, as a naval attaché, and as captain of the Lanikai (Yacht). The bulk of the papers, which span 1924 to 2000, focus on Tolley's Navy service in China, Russia, and Japan, and his subsequent publications which chronicle that service, as well as his involvement with the Yangtze River Patrol Association and South China Patrol Association.

Chronology of O. Kemp Tolley

1908
  • Born in Manila, Philippines on 29 April
1929
  • Graduated, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • U.S.S. Florida, Junior officer
1930
  • U.S.S. Texas, Staff, Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet
1931
  • U.S.S. Canopus, Submarine Squadron V, Staff, Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet
1932
  • Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade 6 June
1933
  • U.S.S. Houston, Staff, Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet
  • U.S.S. Mindanao, South China Patrol, Shanghai, Tsingtao, Harbin
1934
  • 4th Marines, Shanghai China, Russian Language Student, 23 June
1935
  • American Embassy, Berlin, assigned Riga, Latvia
1936
  • Office of Naval Intelligence, TEMDU
1936-1937
  • U.S.S. Wyoming
1937
  • U.S.S. Mindanao, South China Patrol
  • Promoted to Lieutenant
1938
  • U.S.S. Tutuila, Yangtze Patrol, Gunnery, Communications, 9 May
1939
  • 4th Marines, Shanghai, liaison and language officer
1940-1941
  • U.S. Naval Academy, French Instructor, August – January 1941
1941
  • U.S. Naval Academy, Instructor of Midshipmen
  • U.S.S. Wake, Executive Officer August-November
1941-1942
  • U.S.S. Lanikai, Commanding Officer
1942
  • Promoted to Lieutenant Commander, March
1942-1944
  • Moscow, Assistant Naval Attache, U.S.S.R.
1942
  • Promoted Commander
1944
  • Married Vlada Gritzenko, 15 November, Moscow
1944-1945
  • U.S.S. North Carolina, Navigator, Far East
1944
  • Promoted to Captain, August
1945-1947
  • United States Navy Department, Special Branch Operations
1947-1948
  • U.S.S. Vermilion, Commanding Officer, June-May
1948-1949
  • Landing Ship Tank Squadron 2, Commanding Officer, September-August
1949-1952
  • Armed Forces Staff College, Director Intelligence
1952-1954
  • Amphibious Group 2, Operations Officer
1954-1955
  • Amphibious Squadron 5, Commanding Officer
1955-1956
  • Amphibious Squadron Western Pacific, Commanding Officer
1956-1957
  • Yokosuka Fleet Activities, Chief of Staff
1957-1959
  • Yokosuka Fleet Activities, Commanding Officer
1959
  • Retired as Captain, Philadelphia, July
1960
  • Combat Advancement to Rear Admiral, 24 May
  • Norfolk, Commodore Convoy Instruction, 2 weeks
  • Convoy Commander duty, 20 days, San Diego to Hawaii (Vietnam War)
1961
  • Representative for SECNAV, FADM Nimitz, Japan, June
1961-1985
  • In retirement, he wrote articles for such authoritative publications as the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute.
1971
  • Published book, Yangtze River Patrol: the U.S. Navy in China
1973
  • Published book, Cruise of the Lanikai: Incitement to War
1983
  • Published book, Caviar and Commissars: the Experiences of a U.S. Naval Officer in Stalin’s Russia
1984
  • Oral history published by USNI, Reminiscences of RADM Kemp Tolley
1986
  • Edited book, Gunboats on the Long River Yangtsu
1989
  • Edited book, American Gunboats in China
1992
  • Permanent member of the Defense Attaché System Hall of Fame, June 9. "The Defense Intelligence Agency takes great pleasure in recognizing the accomplishments of RADM Kemp Tolley, USN while serving as a member of the Defense Attache System at US Defense Attache Office, Moscow U.S.S.R. from 1942-44 for the outstanding service he is sincerely congratulated."
2000
  • Died Oct. 28, Monkton, Maryland
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Description of Contents

The papers of Rear Admiral Oscar Kemp Tolley (1908-2000) primarily span the years 1924-2000. The collection consists of correspondence, publications of Rear Admiral Tolley and others, papers of the Yangtze River Patrol Association and the South China Patrol Association, awards, honors and dedications, and photographs. All of these components relate directly to Tolley’s life and career. The majority of the collection consists of original documents, although there are a small number of photocopies. The bulk of the material is centered around his Navy service in China, Russia, and Japan as well as his subsequent publications which chronicle that service. His involvement with shipmates and others who had served with him is well documented.

Rear Admiral Tolley served in the U.S. Navy from 1924-1961, encompassing the China gunboat era, World War II and the early years of the Cold War. As a Russian speaker and Naval attache in Moscow from 1942-1944, he was deeply involved in US diplomacy. It was here he met and married his wife Vlada, a Soviet citizen. The collection not only documents his career, but also provides relevant insights into the Navy of that period. After his retirement in 1958, his involvement in writing, speaking and research increased. His facility with the Russian language allowed him to be a resource for Russian ships arriving in Baltimore and Annapolis. On the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II he was invited to the celebration in Moscow. He continued to have ties with Japan where he was instrumental in the restoration of the Japanese ship Mikasa.

The strengths of the collection are shown in the extensive documentation of Rear Admiral Tolley's career and subsequent publishing as well as the variety of his contacts. His letters to his parents from 1924 to 1961 are especially detailed and give the flavor of pre-war China. Other correspondence involves diplomats, Russian and Japanese officers, other authors and shipmates. Photographs include ships' albums. Printed matter includes maps, pamphlets, reports, advertisements and articles on various subjects.

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Arrangement

  • Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1917-1999
  • Subseries 1a: General, 1936-1998
  • Subseries 1b: Authors, Military, Researchers, 1960-1991
  • Subseries 1c: Lieutenant Commander Charles C. Hiles, 1966-1978
  • Subseries 1d: Former Shipmates, 1936-1998
  • Subseries 1e: Publishers and Publishing, 1960-1994
  • Subseries 1f: Parents, 1917-1961
  • Subseries 1g: Family, undated
  • Subseries 1h: Miscellaneous, 1929-1998
  • Subseries 1i: Orphaned Sheets, 1952-1999
  • Series 2: UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY DOCUMENTS, 1896-1979
  • Subseries 2a: Midshipman Items, 1896-1929
  • Subseries 2b: United States Naval Academy Class of 1929, 1949-1979, undated
  • Series 3: NAVAL CAREER DOCUMENTS, 1921-1967
  • Subseries 3a: Orders, 1929-1963
  • Subseries 3b: Career-Related Papers, 1921-1967
  • Series 4: RESEARCH MATERIALS, 1867-2000
  • Subseries 4a: General, 1914-1999
  • Subseries 4b: Unpublished Notes, 1932-1995
  • Subseries 4c: Ship Research, 1867-1995
  • Subseries 4d: Service Notes, 1940-1999
  • Subseries 4e: Personal Interests and Considered Opinions, 1947-1998
  • Subseries 4f: Pearl Harbor/Husband Kimmel, 1929-2000
  • Subseries 4g: Documentation of Major Publications, 1928-1999
  • Subseries 4h: Japan, 1958-2000
  • Series 5: MANUSCRIPTS, BOOKS AND BOOK REVIEWS, 1909-1996
  • Series 6: EPHEMERA, 1925-1995
  • Series 7: NEWSLETTERS, 1931-2000
  • Series 8: ROSTERS AND DIRECTORIES, 1920-1958
  • Series 9: YANGTZE RIVER PATROL ASSOCIATION - SOUTH CHINA PATROL ASSOCIATION, 1923-1999
  • Series 10: AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS, undated
  • Series 11: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1922-1999
  • Subseries 11a: Trips Taken Throughout Asia, 1948-1979
  • Subseries 11b: Women, Friends and Family, 1939-1999
  • Subseries 11c: Ships and Duty Stations, 1924-1990
  • Subseries 11d: Portraits, 1925-1943
  • Subseries 11e: Albums, 1922-1984
  • Subseries 11f: Negatives, undated
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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The O. Kemp Tolley 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The four films found in Series 10: AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS require the use of a VCR.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Gift of Vlada Gritzenko Tolley in September 2001. Accession No. 01-33.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material pertaining to Tolley's time as a midshipman and subsequent naval career is available in his Midshipman Personnel Jacket (sealed until 2023) and Alumni Jacket, held in Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Additional archival material pertaining to O. Kemp Tolley's command of U.S.S. Lanikai, totaling .25 cubic feet of documentation, can be found in the Papers of Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, 1924-1967 (http://www.history.navy.mil/ar/tango/tolley.htm), at the Operational Archives Branch of the Naval History & Heritage Command in Washington, D.C.

Correspondence between Tolley and James G. Stahlman can be found in the Kemp Tolley/James Stahlman Papers at Vanderbilt University.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

O. Kemp Tolley Papers, MS 380

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ruth Hennessy in July 2005. Additional processing by David D'Onofrio in April 2009 and April 2016. Finding aid written by Ruth Hennessy in July 2005.

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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

  • Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968
  • Lanikai (Yacht)
  • South China Patrol Association
  • Tolley, Kemp, 1908-2000
  • United States Naval Academy. Class of 1929
  • United States. Navy. Asiatic Fleet
  • United States. Navy. Yangtze Patrol
  • Yangtze River Patrol Association

Genre Terms

  • Certificates
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Manuscripts
  • Newsletters
  • Orders (military records)
  • Photographs
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Contents List

Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1917-1999 Boxes 1-11

Series Description

This series contains personal and professional correspondence. The correspondence within this series is both incoming and outgoing.

Series Arrangement

Organized into nine subseries.

Subseries 1a: General, 1936-1998

Subseries Description

The bulk of the correspondence in this series is related to current news and travels of Rear Admiral Tolley and his friends. Rear Admiral Tolley referred to these letters as "chit chat."

Correspondence from the late 1930's and early 1940's, while still largely personal, makes occasional mention of the political situation and outbreak of hostilities in China. Also included from this time period are letters from Tolley's girlfriend of the time, E. von Hellen[s].

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by incoming or outgoing letters.

Box 1 Folder 1
Outgoing, 1965-1972
Box 1 Folder 2
Outgoing, 1973-1975
Box 1 Folder 3
Outgoing, 1976-2996
Box 1 Folder 4
Outgoing, undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Incoming, 1936-1945
Box 1 Folder 6
Incoming, 1950-1969
Box 1 Folder 7
Incoming, 1970-1972
Box 1 Folder 8
Incoming, 1973-1975
Box 1 Folder 9
Incoming, 1976-1979
Box 1 Folder 10
Incoming, 1980-1989
Box 1 Folder 11
Incoming, 1990-1998
Box 1 Folder 12
Incoming, undated
Box 1 Folder 13
Jean Guillibert, undated
Box 1 Folder 14
E.v.H., 1936-1937
Box 1 Folder 15
Flick Price, undated
Box 1 Folder 16
Personal Incoming, undated

Subseries 1b: Authors, Military, Researchers, 1960-1991

Subseries Description

Much of this material relates to the verification of information for printed books and articles. This group of correspondents consists of noted authors, researchers and military experts. A large percentage of the letters are photocopies, although some are originals. Military leaders included in this subseries are Admirals Chester Nimitz and Thomas Hart. Also of interest are personal letters with other authors including John Hersey, Richard McKenna, Barbara Tuchman, John Toland and Herman Wouk.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Box 1 Folder 17
Joseph Alsop, undated
Box 1 Folder 18
William Bernrieder, undated
Box 1 Folder 19
Vice Admiral John D. Bulkeley, 1991
Box 1 Folder 20
Admiral George Dyer, undated
Box 2 Folder 1
"Hoss" Epperson China research, undated
Box 2 Folder 2
Thomas Hart, undated
Box 2 Folder 3
Ambassador Loy Henderson, undated
Box 2 Folder 4
Writer Theodore Lippman, undated
Box 2 Folder 5
Henry and Clare Luce, undated
Box 2 Folder 6
Mrs. John McDonald, daughter ADM Newton McCully, undated
Box 2 Folder 7
Maxey and Frances Mayo, undated
Box 2 Folder 8
Dan Mullin, undated
Box 2 Folder 9
Chester Nimitz, 1960-1964
Box 2 Folder 10
Various noted authors: Hersey, Morison, Wouk etc, undated
Box 2 Folder 11
South African Ambassador Koordorf, undated
Box 2 Folder 12
John Toland, undated
Box 2 Folder 13
George Roullard, 1972-1980
Box 2 Folder 14
Barbara Tuchman, undated

Subseries 1c: Lieutenant Commander Charles C. Hiles, 1966-1978

Subseries Description

Lieutenant Commander Charles C. Hiles (1896-1979), was a career naval officer who served from 1914-1947 and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. After his retirement he devoted his energies to researching and writing about the events leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack and U.S. entry into World War II. Correspondence with Charles Hiles centers around the Pearl Harbor controversy, especially the culpability of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Admiral Husband Kimmel and others. This is a lengthy correspondence lasting from 1966 to 1978. At times Charles Hiles edited Rear Admiral Tolley's book material.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by incoming or outgoing letters.

Box 2 Folder 15
Incoming, Charles Hiles, 1966
Box 2 Folder 16
Incoming, Charles Hiles, 1967-1971
Box 2 Folder 17
Incoming, Charles Hiles, 1972-1973
Box 3 Folder 1
Incoming, Charles Hiles, 1974
Box 3 Folder 2
Incoming, Charles Hiles, 1975-1976
Box 3 Folder 3
Incoming, Charles Hiles, 1977-1978
Box 3 Folder 4
Outgoing, Charles Hiles, 1966
Box 3 Folder 5
Outgoing, Charles Hiles, 1967-1971
Box 3 Folder 6
Outgoing, Charles Hiles, 1972-1973
Box 3 Folder 7
Outgoing, Charles Hiles, 1974
Box 3 Folder 8
Outgoing, Charles Hiles, 1975-1978

Subseries 1d: Former Shipmates, 1936-1998

Subseries Description

Rear Admiral Tolley kept up extensive correspondence with his former shipmates and "river rats," both socially and historically. This subseries contains some minor reminiscences.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Box 3 Folder 9
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet A, 1984-[1998]
Box 3 Folder 10
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet B, 1967-1989
Box 3 Folder 11
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet B, 1990-[1998]
Box 4 Folder 1
Former Shipmates Asiatic Fleet C, 1936-1944
Box 4 Folder 2
Former Shipmates Asiatic Fleet C, 1971-1981
Box 4 Folder 3
Former Shipmates Asiatic Fleet C, 1981-1989
Box 4 Folder 4
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet C, 1990-[1998]
Box 4 Folder 5
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet D, 1971-1989
Box 4 Folder 6
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet D, 1990-[1998]
Box 4 Folder 7
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet E, 1983-[1998]
Box 4 Folder 8
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet F, 1971-1989
Box 4 Folder 9
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet F, 1990-[1998]
Box 4 Folder 10
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet G, 1971-1983
Box 4 Folder 11
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet G, 1983-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 1
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet H, 1969-1980
Box 5 Folder 2
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet H, 1982-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 3
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet J, 1965-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 4
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet K, 1984-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 5
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet L, 1974-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 6
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet M, 1963-1983
Box 5 Folder 7
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet M, 1984-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 8
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet N, 1977-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 9
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet O, 1973-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 10
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet P, 1985-[1998]
Box 5 Folder 11
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet R, 1976-[1998]
Box 6 Folder 1
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet S, 1967-1984
Box 6 Folder 2
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet S, 1985-[1998]
Box 6 Folder 3
Former Shipmates Asiatic Fleet T, 1941
Box 6 Folder 4
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet T, 1974-[1998]
Box 6 Folder 5
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet V, 1980-[1998]
Box 6 Folder 6
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet W, 1979-[1998]
Box 6 Folder 7
Former shipmates Asiatic Fleet Y-Z, 1988-[1998]

Subseries 1e: Publishers and Publishing, 1960-1994

Subseries Description

As well as his correspondence with the major publisher of his work, the United States Naval Institute, this series contains correspondence with editors and staff of various periodicals concerning articles he had written. A folder of rejection letters reflects his persistence in learning his craft. His generous advice and assistance to potential authors on publishing their work is included in this subseries.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by publisher and correspondent.

Box 6 Folder 8
American Heritage, 1967-1976
Box 6 Folder 9
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 1977
Box 6 Folder 10
Naval Historical Foundation, 1973-1984
Box 6 Folder 11
Retired Officers Magazine, 1971-1982
Box 6 Folder 12
Shipmate, 1965-1988
Box 6 Folder 13
US Naval Institute Proceedings, 1960-1994
Box 6 Folder 14
Other Publishers, 1965-1984
Box 6 Folder 15
Publishing Advice General, 1967-1994
Box 6 Folder 16
Publishing Advice Charles Adair, 1976-1994
Box 6 Folder 17
Publishing Advice Joseph Enright, 1972-1983
Box 6 Folder 18
Publishing Advice Bettsy Shaw, 1995, undated
Box 6 Folder 19
Rejection Letters, 1961-1981
Box 6 Folder 20
Solicitations Submissions, 1961-1963

Subseries 1f: Parents, 1917-1961

Subseries Description

Extensive correspondence with his parents, primarily from 1924, when he left for the Naval Academy, until 1961 when he was recalled to duty, containing a summation of his career and interests in those years.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by incoming or outgoing letters.

Box 7 Folder 1
From parents, 1917
Box 7 Folder 2
From parents, 1933 March-May
Box 7 Folder 3
From parents, 1933 June-August
Box 7 Folder 4
To parents, 1925, 1927
Box 7 Folder 5
To parents, 1928-1929
Box 7 Folder 6-7
To parents, 1930
Box 7 Folder 8
To parents, 1931
Box 7 Folder 9
To parents, 1932
Box 7 Folder 10
To parents, 1933
Box 7 Folder 11
To parents, 1934
Box 8 Folder 1-2
To parents, 1935
Box 8 Folder 3-4
To parents, 1936
Box 8 Folder 5
To parents, 1937
Box 8 Folder 6
To parents, 1938
Box 8 Folder 7
To parents, 1939
Box 8 Folder 8
To parents, 1940
Box 8 Folder 9
To parents, 1941
Box 8 Folder 10
To parents, 1942
Box 8 Folder 11
To parents, 1943
Box 8 Folder 12
To parents, 1944
Box 9 Folder 1
To parents, 1945
Box 9 Folder 2
To parents, 1946
Box 9 Folder 3
To parents, 1947
Box 9 Folder 4
To parents, 1948
Box 9 Folder 5
To parents, 1949
Box 9 Folder 6
To parents, 1950
Box 9 Folder 7
To parents, 1951
Box 9 Folder 8
To parents, 1952
Box 9 Folder 9
To parents, 1953
Box 9 Folder 10
To parents, 1954
Box 9 Folder 11
To parents, 1955
Box 9 Folder 12
To parents, 1956
Box 10 Folder 1
To parents, 1957
Box 10 Folder 2-3
To parents, 1958
Box 10 Folder 4
To parents, 1959
Box 10 Folder 5
To parents, 1961

Subseries 1g: Family, undated

Subseries Description

The correspondence in this subseries is with his wife, children, grandmother and other family members. These letters are personal and some refer to children’s school, camp and other activities.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by correspondent and topic.

Box 10 Folder 6
Family - School and Camp, undated
Box 10 Folder 7
Family - Mrs. Passano Tolley, undated
Box 10 Folder 8
Family - Mrs. Vlada Tolley, undated

Subseries 1h: Miscellaneous, 1929-1998

Subseries Description

This subseries contains bills, medical records, and various expressions of opinion in such items as letters to the editor and recommendations for awards. They demonstrate his involvement in issues of the day.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by topic.

Box 10 Folder 9
USNA, undated
Box 10 Folder 10
USNA - "Green Bowlers", undated
Box 10 Folder 11
USNA - Homecoming, 1998
Box 10 Folder 12
Retired Officers, undated
Box 10 Folder 13
East Carolina, undated
Box 10 Folder 14
Ballston Spa, undated
Box 10 Folder 15
Letters to the Editor, undated
Box 10 Folder 16
Recommendation for award USCG, undated
Box 10 Folder 17
Citizenship help Crispin Almadin, undated
Box 10 Folder 18
Commercial, 1952-1970
Box 11 Folder 1
Commercial, 1971-1987
Box 11 Folder 2
Rabbi Berger (anti Zionism), undated
Box 11 Folder 3
Invitations to Speak, undated
Box 11 Folder 4
Medical, undated
Box 11 Folder 5
Bills, 1929-1939

Subseries 1i: Orphaned Sheets, 1952-1999

Subseries Description

The sheets in this subseries are "orphaned" and are filed separately.

Box 11 Folder 6
Orphaned sheets and envelopes, 1952-1999, undated

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Series 2: UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY DOCUMENTS, 1896-1979 Boxes 11-13, 49 [OS]

Series Description

This series consists of sets of official orders and dispatches from several ships, and papers incidental to retirement, recall to duty and professional information.

Series Arrangement

Organized into two subseries.

Subseries 2a: Midshipman Items, 1896-1929

Subseries Description

This subseries consists of United States Naval Academy midshipman items, primarily papers relating to his appointment to the Academy, and several bound volumes of material relating to class activities and accounts.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 11 Folder 7
Appointment to the Academy, undated
Box 11 Folder 8
Midshipman Cruise, 1927
Box 11 Folder 9
Early School Paper, undated
Box 11 Folder 10
Book of Midshipman’s Store accounts, 1925-1929
Box 11 Folder 11
Book of photogravures, 1896
Box 11 Folder 12
Midshipman diary, undated
Box 11 Folder 13
Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy (1925-6), 1926
Box 12 Folder 1
French notebook, undated
Box 12 Folder 2
Reef Points (1925/26-1928/29), 1926-1929
Box 12 Folder 3
Welding class notes, undated
Box 12 Folder 4
The Log, 1918-1919
Box 12 Folder 5
Trident, 1925 October
Box 49 [OS] Folder 1
Diploma, 1929 June 6
Box 49 [OS] Folder 2
Varsity Letter Certificate - Rifle Team, 1927-1928
Box 49 [OS] Folder 3
Varsity Letter Certificate - Rifle Team, 1929

Subseries 2b: United States Naval Academy Class of 1929, 1949-1979

Subseries Description

This subseries includes post graduation material on United States Naval Academy Class of 1929, and regulations for midshipmen of St. Johns College.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 12 Folder 6
United States Naval Academy Class of 1929 Muster Notes, 1949
Box 12 Folder 7
United States Naval Academy Class of 1929 Muster Notes, 1962
Box 12 Folder 8
United States Naval Academy Class of 1929 Muster Notes, 1969
Box 12 Folder 9
United States Naval Academy Class of 1929 Muster Notes, 1974
Box 12 Folder 10
United States Naval Academy Class of 1929 Muster Notes, 1979
Box 13 Folder 1
Photographs, 1958-1979
Box 13 Folder 2
Photographs, 1975-1979
Box 13 Folder 3
Correspondence (Class of '29), 1973-1989
Box 13 Folder 4
Reunion [Correspondence], 1955-1988
Box 13 Folder 5
Booklets, Registers and St. John's College, 1924-1929, undated
Box 13 Folder 6
Reunion Book, 1954

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Series 3: NAVAL CAREER DOCUMENTS, 1921-1967 Boxes 13-15, 49 [OS]

Series Description

This series consists of sets of official orders and dispatches from several ships, and papers incidental to retirement, recall to duty and professional information.

Series Arrangement

Organized into two subseries.

Subseries 3a: Orders, 1929-1963

Subseries Description

Official orders and documents.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

Box 13 Folder 7
Bound set of orders, 1929-1940
Box 14 Folder 1
Orders, 1931-1933
Box 14 Folder 2
Orders, 1947-1961
Box 14 Folder 3
Orders to Asiatic Fleet as Language Student, 1933-1935
Box 14 Folder 4
Retirement orders, 1959-1963

Subseries 3b: Career-Related Papers, 1921-1967

Subseries Description

Included in this subseries are letters, documents and papers incidental to his career, including professional information, and opinions on officer retention/recruiting.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 49 [OS] Folder 4
Commission - Ensign, 1929 June 6
Box 49 [OS] Folder 5
Commission - Lieutenant junior grade, 1933 January 30
Box 49 [OS] Folder 6
Commission - Lieutenant, 1937 December 8
Box 49 [OS] Folder 7
Commission - Lieutenant Commander, 1943 March 1
Box 49 [OS] Folder 8
Commission - Commander, 1948 April 19
Box 49 [OS] Folder 9
Commission - Captain, 1951 August 20
Box 14 Folder 5
Report of Naval Observers, 1921
Box 14 Folder 6
Shipboard Description, 1929-1930
Box 14 Folder 7
Despatches from the U.S.S. Texas and the U.S.S. Canopus, 1931-1933
Box 14 Folder 8
Executive Officer [Account Book], 1939-1940
Box 14 Folder 9
Miscellaneous Early Correspondence, 1939-1949
Box 14 Folder 10
Miscellaneous Early Correspondence - Forrest Sherman, 1948
Box 14 Folder 11
Papers incidental to retirement, 1958-1972
Box 14 Folder 12
Recall to duty, 1967
Box 14 Folder 13
Professional Information, 1942-1955
Box 15 Folder 1
Professional Information, 1956-1961
Box 15 Folder 2
Officer retention/recruiting, 1956
Box 15 Folder 3
Wartime Adventures in the USSR: collected reports and letters of Commander Kemp Tolley, USN, Assistant Naval Attache, Moscow, 1942-1949

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Series 4: RESEARCH MATERIALS, 1867-2000 Boxes 15-26

Series Description

In accordance with Rear Admiral Tolley's extensive interests and constant verification of salient facts, the research materials series contains general research, ship research with focus on the Asiatic Fleet, research on the various services, and personal interests including genealogy. There is extensive information on Pearl Harbor and the culpability of Admiral Husband Kimmel and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Other Subseries consist of research on each of his primary books: Yangtze Patrol, Cruise of the Lanikai, and Caviar and Commissars. A further subseries involves fleet activities and his time and local contacts in Japan.

Series Arrangement

Organized into eight subseries.

Subseries 4a: General, 1914-1999

Subseries Description

This subseries includes materials on a wide of variety of topics, many of which were verified through queries to the Operational Archives at the Naval Historical Center. Topics are as varied as alcohol use in the navies, espionage, torpedoes and letters and biographical information on former presidents and state and government officials.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 15 Folder 4
General Research Queries, 1965-1974
Box 15 Folder 5
General Research Queries, 1975-1999
Box 15 Folder 6
Queries operational archives Naval Historical Center, 1965-1994
Box 15 Folder 7
Alcohol in Navies, 1980-1981
Box 15 Folder 8
Espionage, 1966, undated
Box 15 Folder 9
Torpedoes, 1965-1967
Box 15 Folder 10
Medals, 1979-1994
Box 15 Folder 11
Requests for photographs, 1967-1996
Box 15 Folder 12
Ambassador Joseph C. Grew, 1991 December
Box 15 Folder 13
Biographical information President Jimmy Carter, 1976
Box 15 Folder 14
President Eisenhower controversy, 1988, undated
Box 15 Folder 15
President J F Kennedy assassination, 1975, undated
Box 15 Folder 16
Douglas MacArthur, 1962-1994
Box 15 Folder 17
George C. Marshall, 1973-1976
Box 15 Folder 18
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1914, undated
Box 16 Folder 1
US government (Congress, President), 1967-1999
Box 16 Folder 2
State Government officials, 1971-1975
Box 16 Folder 3
Obituaries, 1967-1996

Subseries 4b: Unpublished Notes, 1932-1995

Subseries Description

Pre-publication anecdotes, sea stories 1962-1987, notes for new books, manuscripts, and poems and sea shanties.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 16 Folder 4
Pre publication anecdotes, sea stories, 1962-1971
Box 16 Folder 5
Pre publication anecdotes, sea stories, 1972-1987
Box 16 Folder 6
Undated Notes, undated
Box 16 Folder 7
Notes for a new book, undated
Box 16 Folder 8
POWs, 1932-1995
Box 16 Folder 9
POWs Makassar, 1937-1985, undated
Box 16 Folder 10
Wu Hu Hospital, 1985-1987
Box 16 Folder 11
Various Manuscripts, undated
Box 16 Folder 12
Poems and Sea Shanties, undated

Subseries 4c: Ship Research, 1867-1995

Subseries Description

This subseries contains information on ships, primarily the Asiatic Fleet. Much of the material consists of bound publications as well as newspaper clippings, logs, rosters and anecdotal records.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 16 Folder 13
Bound publication; U.S.S. Asheville, 1988, undated
Box 17 Folder 1
Bound publication; U.S.S. Canopus, 1975
Box 17 Folder 2
U.S.S. Houston, 1994
Box 17 Folder 3
U.S.S. Liberty, 1979-1987
Box 17 Folder 4
U.S.S. Luzon, 1932-1995
Box 17 Folder 5
U.S.S. North Carolina, 1945-1995
Box 17 Folder 6
Log and Roster U.S.S. Oahu, 1941-1945
Box 17 Folder 7
U.S.S. Panay, 1928-1989
Box 17 Folder 8
U.S.S. Trinity, 1946-1995, undated
Box 17 Folder 9
U.S.S. Wyoming, 1936, undated
Box 17 Folder 10
Miscellaneous ships, 1867-1995
Box 17 Folder 11
Print materials Miscellaneous ships, 1942-1991, undated

Subseries 4d: Service Notes, 1940-1999

Subseries Description

Miscellaneous clippings and print information on the various branches of the service.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by military service branch.

Box 17 Folder 12
US Air Force notes, 1971
Box 17 Folder 13
US Army notes, 1971-1995
Box 17 Folder 14
US Marine Corps stories, 1940-1988, undated
Box 18 Folder 1
US Navy Correspondence/research, 1967-1997
Box 18 Folder 2
Navy Museum Inquiries, 1974-1979
Box 18 Folder 3
Miscellaneous clippings, 1974-1995, undated
Box 18 Folder 4
Miscellaneous print materials, 1946-1999, undated

Subseries 4e: Personal Interests and Considered Opinions, 1947-1998

Subseries Description

Interests in this category range from genealogy of the Tolley family, arguments for respect, Tailhook opinions, Universal Ship Cancellation Society, North American Society for Oceanic History, Admiral Nimitz Center, Fredericksburg, TX, Richard McKenna High School as well as participation in other organizations. Even more personal is information on biofeedback, miscellaneous farming related material and guarantees.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 18 Folder 5
Notebooks detailing correspondence, 1983-1993
Box 18 Folder 6
Biography and career summation, 1956-1975, undated
Box 18 Folder 7
Biofeedback, 1988
Box 18 Folder 8
Awards/recognition, 1947-1995
Box 18 Folder 9
Letters of appreciation, 1937-1963
Box 18 Folder 10
Genealogy Tolley Family, 1972-1980, undated
Box 18 Folder 11
Fitness reports, 1949-1955, undated
Box 18 Folder 12
History Corbet/Monkton, 1973-1979, undated
Box 18 Folder 13
Arguments for respect, 1949-1987, undated
Box 18 Folder 14
Tailhook opinions, 1994
Box 18 Folder 15
Universal ship cancellation society, 1977-1997
Box 18 Folder 16
North American Society for Oceanic History, 1975-1977
Box 19 Folder 1
Admiral Nimitz Center, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1975-1994, undated
Box 19 Folder 2
Participation other organizations, 1960-1988
Box 19 Folder 3
Richard McKenna High School, 1974-1998
Box 19 Folder 4
Miscellaneous farming related, 1961-1980, undated
Box 19 Folder 5
Guarantees, 1989-1991, undated
Box 19 Folder 6
Last Will and Testament of Lydia Dimitrievna Lipinski, 1980

Subseries 4f: Pearl Harbor/Husband Kimmel, 1929-2000

Subseries Description

Rear Admiral Tolley performed intensive research attempting to obtain vindication for Admiral Husband Kimmel. He interviewed many figures involved in the Pearl Harbor attack including Admiral Fukuda, Admiral McCollum, Admiral Stark and Admiral Standley. He conducted voluminous correspondence on the topic of culpability of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Pearl Harbor from 1966-1995, correspondence with the Kimmel family, and the author Edward Beach, Jr. This subseries also contains declassified documents, mostly photocopied, on the events leading up to Pearl Harbor.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 19 Folder 7
Pearl Harbor ONI information, 1929-1989
Box 19 Folder 8
Pearl Harbor Study Group, 1987-1997
Box 19 Folder 9
Pearl Harbor Miscellaneous printed materials, 1961-1993, undated
Box 19 Folder 10
Bataan and Corregidor, 1971-1998, undated
Box 19 Folder 11
Philippines, 1972-1980, undated
Box 20 Folder 1
Manila Bay printed materials, 1942-1994
Box 20 Folder 2
Research Panama/Cuba, 1974-1989, undated
Box 20 Folder 3
Book related notes, 1969-1985, undated
Box 20 Folder 4
Interview: ADM Fukuda, undated
Box 20 Folder 5
Interview: Kita Message, undated
Box 20 Folder 6
Interview: ADM McCollum, undated
Box 20 Folder 7
Interview: Percy interview Stark/Morrell, 1962-1963
Box 20 Folder 8
Correspondence: ADM Stark, 1962
Box 20 Folder 9
Interview: ADM Standley, 1962
Box 20 Folder 10
Merle-Smith message, undated
Box 20 Folder 11
War Warnings, undated
Box 20 Folder 12
Correspondence Pearl Harbor, 1966-1973
Box 20 Folder 13
Correspondence Pearl Harbor, 1974-1995
Box 20 Folder 14
Correspondence Pearl Harbor, Dr. Barnes, 1967
Box 20 Folder 15
Correspondence Pearl Harbor, Larry Safford, 1942-1972, undated
Box 20 Folder 16
Correspondence Pearl Harbor, authors Costello, Pineau, 1993-1995, undated
Box 21 Folder 1
Declassified documents, mostly photocopied, Pearl Harbor, 1941, 1991
Box 21 Folder 2
Bound notes for summation, 1995-1997
Box 21 Folder 3
Printed articles on Husband Kimmel, 1966-1999, undated
Box 21 Folder 4
Correspondence Husband Kimmel and Kimmel family, 1965-1998
Box 21 Folder 5
Correspondence Ned Beach (Kimmel), 1988-1997
Box 21 Folder 6
Correspondence Martin Merson (Kimmel), 1988-2000

Subseries 4g: Documentation of Major Publications, 1928-1999

Subseries Description

Yangtze Patrol (includes China): Much of the research in this area includes replies for reminiscence from the Asiatic Fleet, clippings, print articles and information about Shanghai and Tsingtao. His research for the book, Yangtze Patrol spans the years 1969 until post publication 1987.

Cruise of the Lanikai: This subseries includes unpublished notes and research on the Lanikai, both the physical ship (earlier named Hermes) and the voyage. Included is also continuing correspondence about the book and the voyage 1962-1994. There is also a certificate of recognition of the Lanikai with a Bronze Star.

Caviar and Commissars (includes Russia): Notes and correspondence concerning Russia and diplomacy are included in this subseries. There are many news clippings, posters and information on various ambassadors. After retirement, Rear Admiral Tolley acted as a good will ambassador when there were USSR ship visits and he traveled to Russia for the 50th anniversary of World War II.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged roughly by publication; thereunder by document type and topic.

Box 21 Folder 7
China/Shanghai, 1967-1999, undated
Box 21 Folder 8
China/Tsingtao, undated
Box 21 Folder 9
China Ephemera, 1937, undated
Box 21 Folder 10
China Articles, 1935-1995, undated
Box 22 Folder 1
Miscellaneous clippings, 1941-1989, undated
Box 22 Folder 2-3
Correspondence/research Asiatic Fleet, 1928-1997, undated
Box 22 Folder 4
Yangtze Patrol Replies to request for reminiscences, 1969
Box 22 Folder 5-6
Notes Yangtze Patrol, 1934-1983, undated
Box 22 Folder 7
Correspondence/research Yangtze Patrol, 1969-1971
Box 22 Folder 8
Correspondence/research Yangtze Patrol, 1972
Box 22 Folder 9
Correspondence/research Yangtze Patrol, 1973-1977
Box 23 Folder 1
Correspondence/research Yangtze Patrol, 1978-1987
Box 23 Folder 2
Correspondence Yangtze Patrol post publication, 1976-1997, undated
Box 23 Folder 3
Correspondence undated, telegrams etc., undated
Box 23 Folder 4
Lanikai Orders, 1941
Box 23 Folder 5
Early notes and map Lanikai, 1941-1942
Box 23 Folder 6-7
Unpublished notes/research Lanikai, 1941-1967
Box 23 Folder 8
Lanikai/Hermes Ship, 1971-1994, undated
Box 23 Folder 9
Correspondence Fred K. Klebingat Lanikai/Hermes, 1971-1977
Box 23 Folder 10
San Francisco Maritime Museum Lanikai/Hermes, 1971-1975
Box 23 Folder 11
Admiral Layton vs Professor France - Three Small Ships, undated
Box 23 Folder 12
Charles Hiles Lanikai rewrite, 1972
Box 23 Folder 13
Log of the Lanikai, 1941
Box 23 Folder 14
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1962-1970
Box 24 Folder 1
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1971
Box 24 Folder 2
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1972
Box 24 Folder 3
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1973
Box 24 Folder 4
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1974
Box 24 Folder 5
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1975
Box 24 Folder 6
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1976-1979
Box 24 Folder 7
Lanikai Correspondence/Research, 1980-1994
Box 24 Folder 8
Lanikai recognition Bronze Star, 1949
Box 24 Folder 9-10
Notes on Russia, 1936-1943, undated
Box 24 Folder 11
Correspondence Russia, 1967-1974
Box 25 Folder 1
Correspondence Russia, 1975-1979
Box 25 Folder 2
Correspondence Russia, 1980-1997
Box 25 Folder 3
Correspondence Russia post publication Caviar and Commissars, 1983-1984
Box 25 Folder 4
Correspondence Russia Ambassador Faymonville, 1970-1989
Box 25 Folder 5
Russia News clippings, 1969-1994, undated
Box 25 Folder 6
Russian Language Studies, 1940-1965, undated
Box 25 Folder 7
Baltimore Council International Visitors, 1975-1977, undated
Box 25 Folder 8
U.S.S.R./USA Ship visits, 1974-1975
Box 25 Folder 9
Russia Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, 1995
Box 25 Folder 10
Russia declassified material, 1942-1949

Subseries 4h: Japan, 1958-2000

Subseries Description

This subseries contains material from the fifties when Rear Admiral Tolley was Commander of the Pacific Fleet, stationed in Yokosuka. He played a key part in the restoration of Mikasa, and kept up correspondence with the many Japanese friends he had made, especially the Nagano and Godsoe families.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 25 Folder 11
Mikasa Restoration, 1961-2000
Box 25 Folder 12
Press releases Mikasa restoration, 1961
Box 26 Folder 1
Correspondence Sasebo (mostly Godsoe), 1960-1978
Box 26 Folder 2
Newsletter Sasebo, 1977
Box 26 Folder 3
Correspondence Yokosuka, 1960-1988
Box 26 Folder 4
Personal Correspondence Yokosuka (mostly Nagano family), 1960-1998
Box 26 Folder 5
Fleet activity reports Yokosuka, 1958-1959
Box 26 Folder 6
Japan miscellaneous printed materials, 1970-1995, undated

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Series 5: MANUSCRIPTS, BOOKS AND BOOK REVIEWS, 1909-1996 Boxes 26-28, 50 [OS]

Series Description

This series contains books, proofs and manuscripts given to him by other authors, as well as reviews, edits and articles and criticism by and about Rear Admiral Tolley. Among the manuscripts are: Preliminary draft From Giffin to River Rat: A J.G. on the Long River, by Rear Admiral Clarence E. Coffin; Low Water Above Hankou, by Commander Jerome Addison Lee; Amid These Storms: Letters and Dispatches of CDR Hugo Koehler; 1917-1922; A manuscript diary of Daniel H. Storey, Electrician 2nd Class; an autographed copy of Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward Beach, Jr., and A Hell of a War by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Series Arrangement

Arranged by document type and title.

Box 50 [OS] Folder 1

Amid These Storms: Letters and Dispatches of CDR Hugo Koehler; 1917-1922, 1989

Box 26 Folder 7

Preliminary draft From Giffin to River Rat: A J.G. on the Long River, by Rear Admiral Clarence E. Coffin, undated

Box 26 Folder 8

Low Water Above Hankou, by Commander Jerome Addison Lee, 1938, 1992

Box 27 Folder 1

Diary of Daniel H. Storey, Electrician 2nd Class, 1909-1913

Box 27 Folder 2

Journal of the European Cruise U.S.S. Mount Olympus (AGC 8), 1952

Box 27 Folder 3

Fairbanks, Douglas, Jr. A Hell of a War Uncorrected proof, 1993

Box 27 Folder 4

Beach, Edward Run Silent, Run Deep Autographed copy, 1989, 1991

Box 27 Folder 5

Regulations of USNA, 1923

Box 27 Folder 6

Review/edit EB Potter, 1965

Box 27 Folder 7

Book Reviews notes, 1971-1994, undated

Box 27 Folder 8

Book Reviews written, 1963-1995, undated

Box 28 Folder 1

Book Reviews print, 1972-1985, undated

Box 28 Folder 2

Criticism of articles by Tolley, 1972-1995

Box 28 Folder 3

Praise of articles about Tolley, 1967-1982

Box 28 Folder 4

Criticism Robert Love, 1982-1992

Box 28 Folder 5

Book White Chinese, 1995-1996

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Series 6: EPHEMERA, 1925-1995 Boxes 28-29, 48 [OS], 50 [OS]

Series Description

The Ephemera series contains USNA materials, other pamphlets and brochures, Russian posters and a ships' cards and menus collection.

Series Arrangement

Arranged by document type, topic, and title.

Box 50 [OS] Folder 2

Scroll of nautical meanings, undated

Box 28 Folder 6

USNA ephemera, 1925-1929

Box 48 [OS] Folder 2

Fourth Company Poster, undated

Box 28 Folder 7

Ephemera [mostly Asiatic Fleet], 1929-1940

Box 28 Folder 8

Good dining in Sasebo, 1976

Box 28 Folder 9

Early steam navigation in China, 1962

Box 28 Folder 10

So, you’re coming to Japan, 1956

Box 48 [OS] Folder 3

Japanese Poster and Letter of Appreciation, undated

Box 28 Folder 11

How to find your way around [Yokosuka], undated

Box 28 Folder 12

History of Communications Intelligence in the US with emphasis on the Navy, 1982

Box 29 Folder 1

The Russian Revolution childhood recollections of Princess Tatiana Galitzine, 1972

Box 29 Folder 2

U.S.S. Houston (CA 30) in poetry, 1993

Box 29 Folder 3

Radio Security Station Fourth Marine Regiment, Shanghai, China (1924-1928, 1935-1940), 1981

Box 29 Folder 4

Riding shotgun on the Yangtze, 1993

Box 29 Folder 5

Strategic Considerations of WWII, 1949-1950

Box 29 Folder 6

Excelsior (description upper Yangtze), 1934

Box 29 Folder 7

Two Soviet posters (one of Victoriya Fyodorova), undated

Box 29 Folder 8

Russia Ephemera, 1943, undated

Box 29 Folder 9

Russia Poster, undated

Box 48 [OS] Folder 4-6

Soviet Posters, undated

Box 29 Folder 10

Collection of ships' menus, undated

Box 29 Folder 11

Collection of ships' cards, undated

Box 29 Folder 12

Album sinking of the Panay, 1987, undated

Box 29 Folder 13

Dedication of the USS Houston (CA 30) Memorial, 1995

Box 29 Folder 14

U.S.S. Osage (LSV3), 1944-1994, undated

Box 29 Folder 15

U.S.S. President Adams (APA 19), undated

Box 29 Folder 16

U.S.S. Triton (SS 201), undated

Box 29 Folder 17

U.S.S. Vermillion - Letterhead, undated

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Series 7: NEWSLETTERS, 1931-2000 Boxes 30-35

Series Description

This series contains copies of the mockups of and published editions of Yangtze Patrol and China Gunboatman as well as individual ships’ newsletters and speeches.

Series Arrangement

Arranged by document title.

Box 30 Folder 1

Yangtze River Gunboats Bound Log, undated

Box 30 Folder 2

Newsletters China Connection, 1993-1999

Box 30 Folder 3

Newsletters Corregidor and Japan Quan, 1989-1999

Box 30 Folder 4-5

Ships Newsletters 1, 1931-1999

Box 30 Folder 6

Gator Newsletter, 1948-1949

Box 30 Folder 7

Miscellaneous Newsletters, Bulletins, 1948-1961

Box 30 Folder 8

Sea Classics, 1993

Box 30 Folder 9

Speeches, 1944-1958, undated

Box 30 Folder 10

Yangtze River Patroller, 1979

Box 30 Folder 11

Yangtze River Patroller, 1981-1983

Box 30 Folder 12

Yangtze River Patroller, 1987-1989

Box 31 Folder 1

Yangtze River Patroller, 1984-1986

Box 31 Folder 2

Yangtze River Patroller, 1990-1992

Box 31 Folder 3

Yangtze River Patroller, 1993-1996

Box 31 Folder 4

Yangtze River Patroller/South China & Yangtze River Patroller, 1997

Box 31 Folder 5

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1991

Box 31 Folder 6

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1992

Box 31 Folder 7

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1993

Box 31 Folder 8

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1994

Box 32 Folder 1

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1995

Box 32 Folder 2

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1996

Box 32 Folder 3

China Gunboatman (mockups), undated

Box 32 Folder 4

China Gunboatman (print), 1986-1987

Box 32 Folder 5

China Gunboatman (print), 1988-1989

Box 32 Folder 6

China Gunboatman (print), 1991-1992

Box 32 Folder 7

China Gunboatman (print), 1993-1994

Box 33 Folder 1

China Gunboatman (print), 1995-1996

Box 33 Folder 2

China Gunboatman (print), 1997

Box 33 Folder 3

China Gunboatman (print), 1998

Box 33 Folder 4

China Gunboatman (print), 1999

Box 33 Folder 5

China Gunboatman (print), 2000

Box 33 Folder 6

China Gunboatman (Miscellaneous and Membership Lists), 1994, undated

Box 33 Folder 7

YRPA/SCPA Merger Information, 1999

Box 33 Folder 8

China Gunboatman - Photographs (1991-1997), undated

Box 34 Folder 1

China Gunboatman - Photographs (1991-1997) (Copies), undated

Box 34 Folder 2

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1997

Box 34 Folder 3

China Gunboatman (mockups), 1998

Box 34 Folder 4

China Gunboatman (mockups), undated

Box 34 Folder 5-7

China Gunboatman (mockups) miscellaneous loose pages, undated

Box 34 Folder 8

Yangtze Patroller - Miscellaneous Copies, 1979-1988

Box 35 Folder 1-4

Yangtze Patroller (mockups), undated

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Series 8: ROSTERS AND DIRECTORIES, 1920-1958 Boxes 35-36

Series Description

This series contains Navy and Marine Corps directories from various assignments.

Series Arrangement

Arranged by duty station, command, and service branch.

Box 35 Folder 5

Rosters Asiatic Fleet, 1929-1941

Box 36 Folder 1

Navy directories and rosters, Asiatic Fleet, 1920-1938, undated

Box 36 Folder 2

Fourth US Marines telephone directory 1935; 1940, 1935-1940

Box 36 Folder 3

Navy directories and rosters, Yokosuka, 1958, undated

Box 36 Folder 4

Navy directories and rosters, Armed Forces Staff College, 1950-1952

Box 36 Folder 5

Other rosters, 1940-1948

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Series 9: YANGTZE RIVER PATROL ASSOCIATION - SOUTH CHINA PATROL ASSOCIATION, 1923-1999 Boxes 36-37

Series Description

The Yangtze River Patrol Association was founded to promote "friendship, camaraderie, and unity among former members of the United States Navy who served their country in ships of the Yangtze River Patrol Force and were recipients of the Yangtze River Patrol ribbon." An associate member status for those who served in the middle or upper Yangtze but had not received the ribbon was also formed. From the beginning, this associate membership caused problems, and they ultimately broke away to form a more inclusive South China Patrol Association. Since Rear Admiral Tolley believed strongly in inclusion rather than exclusion, he joined the new group. In 1998 when membership in both groups was dwindling, the two groups officially merged. This series contains the records of both organizations, some historical reminiscences, regulations, membership lists and the China repository which contains some information contributed by members on the country and its politics.

Series Arrangement

Arranged by document type and topic.

Box 36 Folder 6

YRPA /Origin/Merger/Disband, 1996-1997, undated

Box 36 Folder 7

Reminiscences YRPA members, 1923-1979, undated

Box 36 Folder 8

Correspondence/research Logo, stamp, etc., 1981-1999, undated

Box 36 Folder 9

YRPA Programs Reunions, 1978-1989

Box 36 Folder 10

Membership lists YRPA/SCPA, 1984-1999

Box 36 Folder 11

South China Patrol Association (regulations), 1987, undated

Box 36 Folder 12

SCPA Reunions, 1986-1999, undated

Box 36 Folder 13

Correspondence Jerry Golnik, YRPA President, 1983-1987

Box 37 Folder 1

Correspondence YRPA Reunion Boats Knickerbocker, 1985-1987

Box 37 Folder 2

Correspondence Roy Stratton Sino American Cooperative Organization (SACO), 1972-1989

Box 37 Folder 3

China Repository, 1978-1997

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Series 10: AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS, undated Box 37

Series Description

This series contains four silent films; each filmed in 16mm and later transferred to VHS. Two of the films appear to hail from Tolley’s tours of duty in China, and include footage of the indigenous people, seaplane launches, Navy divers, and shipboard target practice. One video demonstrates the inner construction of turbines. The final video focuses primarily on a 1969 fire aboard U.S.S. Enterprise (Aircraft carrier : CVN 65).

Series Arrangement

Arranged by topic.

Box 37 Folder 4

Asia/China, Seaplane Launch, etc, undated

Box 37 Folder 5

Asia/China, Navy Divers, Target Practice, undated

Box 37 Folder 6

Turbine Construction, undated

Box 37 Folder 7

U.S.S. Enterprise Fire, undated

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Series 11: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1922-1999 Boxes 38-48 [OS], 51 [OS]

Series Description

This series contains a wide variety of photographs taken during tours of duty in China, Russia and Japan as well as family photographs. They span the years from 1929 to 1998. Several diplomats and political figures, including Averell Harriman are included. There are many portraits of Rear Admiral Tolley during various phases of his life. Many photographs are unidentified. A few are copies of well-known photographs.

Series Arrangement

Organized into six subseries.

Subseries 11a: Trips Taken Throughout Asia, 1948-1979

Subseries Description

Photographs from trips taken by Tolley, primarily for leisure purposes, throughout Nepal, India, Iran, Thailand, and Tunisia.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged roughly by location.

Box 38 Folder 1
Travels Tehran, Katmandu, 1979, undated
Box 38 Folder 2
Trips Bangkok, New Delhi, Tunisia, 1948-1979, undated

Subseries 11b: Women, Friends and Family, undated

Subseries Description

Photographs, both posed and candid, of Tolley, his friends, and his family, as well as of his home in Monkton, Maryland.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by topic.

Box 38 Folder 3
Family and Friends, 1963-1999, undated
Box 38 Folder 4
Friends and Family, 1939-1999, undated
Box 38 Folder 5
Kemp Tolley and Family, undated
Box 38 Folder 6
Monkton, 1964-1998, undated
Box 38 Folder 7
Monkton and Visitors, undated
Box 38 Folder 8
Reunion Asiatic Fleet, 1955-1999, undated
Box 38 Folder 9
Women, undated
Box 39 Folder 1-3
Unidentified Photographs from Russia (Mostly Women), undated

Subseries 11c: Ships and Duty Stations, 1924-1990

Subseries Description

Photographs of Tolley's duty stations, including the geographic locations and ships on which he served, as well as notable events at those duty stations.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box 39 Folder 4
Assorted (Russian) Photographs, 1942-1955, undated
Box 39 Folder 5
Assorted Small Photographs, 1924-1964, undated
Box 39 Folder 6
China, 1932-1941, undated
Box 39 Folder 7-8
China and Asiatic Fleet, 1938-1973, undated
Box 39 Folder 9
China and Philippines, 1937-1982, undated
Box 39 Folder 10
China: Yangtze River Patrol, 1930-1956, undated
Box 46 [OS] Folder 1
China: Yangtze Gorge, 1934
Box 40 Folder 1
Convoy Como, undated
Box 48 [OS] Folder 1
Fleet Activities - Yokosuka, undated
Box 40 Folder 2
Hiroshima, Japan, 1945
Box 40 Folder 3
Japan, 1957-1990, undated
Box 40 Folder 4
JMSDF Contacts - Yokosuka, 1958-1959, undated
Box 40 Folder 5
Kobe, Japan - Postcards, undated
Box 40 Folder 6
Lanikai, undated
Box 40 Folder 7
Miscellaneous - China, 1932, undated
Box 40 Folder 8
Miscellaneous - Japan, 1958-1959, undated
Box 40 Folder 9
Miscellaneous - Russia, 1942, undated
Box 40 Folder 10
Patriarch Funeral, undated
Box 40 Folder 11
Quarters - Yokosuka, Japan, undated
Box 40 Folder 12
Russia, undated
Box 40 Folder 13
Russia (Enlargements), undated
Box 40 Folder 14
Ships, 1965, undated
Box 40 Folder 15
Siberia (Our Russian War), undated
Box 41 Folder 1
Suvorov Military School, Kalinin, undated
Box 41 Folder 2-5
Unidentified Photographs from Japan, undated
Box 41 Folder 6
U.S.S. North Carolina, undated
Box 41 Folder 7
Yokosuka, Japan, undated

Subseries 11d: Portraits, 1925-1943

Subseries Description

Rear Admiral Tolley 1929-1998; Group portraits, including Roosevelt, Churchill, Stark and King as well as Averell Harriman and many Russian portraits.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by portrait subject.

Box 46 [OS] Folder 5
Admiral Ivan Papanin, Lieutenant Harshaw, and British Officer, undated
Box 41 Folder 8
Alexander Povishkin, undated
Box 41 Folder 9
Averell Harriman in Russia, undated
Box 46 [OS] Folder 4
Averell Harriman, Lt. General Frank Andrews and Rear Admiral Feodorov, undated
Box 41 Folder 10
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Cordell Hull, undated
Box 46 [OS] Folder 3
Autographed Group Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Harold Stark, Ernest King and George Marshall at Atlantic Conference, 1941 August
Box 41 Folder 11
Kemp Tolley, 1931, undated
Box 41 Folder 12-14
Kemp Tolley, undated
Box 46 [OS] Folder 2
Kemp Tolley, 1939-1942, undated
Box 42 Folder 1
Men of the Asiatic Fleet, 1934-1937, undated
Box 42 Folder 2
Rifle Team - National Matches, Perry, Ohio, 1929
Box 42 Folder 3
Russia and Officers, 1943, undated
Box 42 Folder 4-5
Russian Portraits, undated
Box 46 [OS] Folder 6
United States Naval Academy Class of 1929, 1925
Box 42 Folder 6
Unidentified Group Photographs, undated

Subseries 11e: Albums, 1922-1984

Subseries Description

The albums include those of the Yangtze Patrol, China and the Philippines and Russian friends. The memory book of the U.S.S. Asheville is also in this group.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged by album topic.

Box 42 Folder 7
Photograph Album - USNA and Earlier, undated
Box 43 Folder 1
Small Album - Russia, 1944, undated
Box 43 Folder 2
In Memory of My Cruise in the Orient on U.S.S. Huron, undated
Box 43 Folder 3-4
Yangtze (Album), 1939-1950, undated
Box 47 [OS] Folder 1
Yangtze Patrol Photo Album, undated
Box 43 Folder 5
Loose Album Photographs, 1930
Box 43 Folder 6
Photograph Album - China (inscribed Andrew Henry), undated
Box 47 [OS] Folder 2
Photograph Album - China (mostly Tolley and Friends Ashore), undated
Box 47 [OS] Folder 3
Photograph Album - China and the Philippines (Cover says F.E. Bitting), undated
Box 43 Folder 7
Personal Album - Russian Friends, undated
Box 51 [OS] Folder 1
U.S.S. Asheville Memory Book, 1922-1925, 1984

Subseries 11f: Negatives, undated

Box 44
Negatives I, undated
Box 45
Negatives II, undated
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