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William P. Lawrence Papers, 1863-2010 (bulk 1941-2001): Finding Aid

Published in May 2010

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 403
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: William P. Lawrence Papers
  • Dates: 1863-2010
  • Bulk Dates: 1941-2001
  • Size: 13.4 linear feet (28 manuscript boxes, 7 flat boxes, 7 flat files)
  • Creator: Lawrence, William P.
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: William Porter Lawrence, United States Naval Academy Class of 1951, was a naval aviator and a career officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Vice Admiral. The Lawrence Papers span from 1863 until 2010, and describe various events and aspects of Lawrence's naval career and personal life, including his studies as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy; career as an aviator and officer in the United States Navy; experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam; tour as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy; and affiliations with the National Football Foundation and National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Biographical Chronology of William P. Lawrence

1930
  • On January 13, is born in Nashville, Tennessee.
1947
  • Graduates first in his class from West High School, where he was student body president, ranking officer in the ROTC, all-city in basketball, and all-state in football.
  • Receives appointment to the United States Naval Academy.
1950
  • In September, is assigned additional duty accompanying an envoy returning captured battle flags to the Mexican government.
  • Is appointed Brigade Commander.
1951
  • In June, graduates eighth in his class from the United States Naval Academy, where he served as president of the Class of 1951 and helped establish the modern Brigade Honor Concept.
  • In December, marries Anne Williams.
1952
  • On November 7, receives his Naval Aviator Wings, and is assigned (at Naval Air Station Moffett Field) to Fighter Squadron 193, which subsequently deployed aboard U.S.S. Oriskany (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVA-34).
1955
  • Graduates from Naval Aviation Safety School at the University of Southern California.
1958
  • While serving as a test pilot in the Flight Test Division, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, becomes the first Naval Aviator to fly twice the speed of sound in a Navy aircraft.
1959
  • In June, is appointed as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Carrier Division Six, Rear Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, aboard U.S.S. Saratoga (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVA-60).
  • Nominated as a candidate for NASA's Project Mercury, but is later disqualified due to a heart murmur.
1960
  • In October, is relieved as Flag Lieutenant.
1960-1964
  • Serves as: assistant operations officer of Fighter Squadron 101, which was responsible for introduction of the F4H Phantom; navigator aboard U.S.S. Newport News (Heavy Cruiser: CA-148); and maintenance officer of Fighter Squadron 14 aboard U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVA-42).
1964
  • In February, is appointed Senior Aide and Administrative Assistant to Commander-in-Chief Strike Command, General Paul D. Adams (USA).
1966
  • In January, is relieved as Senior Aide and Administrative Assistant.
  • On July 4, reports as Executive Officer of Fighter Squadron 143 aboard U.S.S. Constellation (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVA-64).
1967
  • On June 15, receives command of Fighter Squadron 143.
  • On June 28, is shot down during a bombing raid over Nam Dinh, North Vietnam, and is subsequently captured and detained at Hoa Lo Prison as a prisoner of war.
1971
  • In November, Anne Lawrence is granted a divorce from William P. Lawrence.
1973
  • On March 4, is released from captivity as a prisoner of war.
  • Tennessee legislature adopts "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee," which Lawrence composed while a prisoner of war, as the official state poem.
1974
  • On January 30, is nominated for the rank of Rear Admiral.
  • In July, is promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral.
  • In July, receives a Master of Science in International Affairs from George Washington University.
  • In August, receives command of Light Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMLATWINGPAC), based out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.
  • In August, marries Diane Wilcox Rauch.
1975
  • In May, relinquishes command of Light Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, subsequently serving as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare.
  • Assigned as Director, Aviation Programs Division in the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare).
1978
  • On August 28, assumes duty as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.
1979
  • Receives the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Gold Medal.
1980
  • In August, is promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral.
  • Receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Fisk University.
1981
  • On August 22, is relieved as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.
  • In the fall, assumes command of the U.S. Third Fleet.
1982
  • The United States Naval Academy establishes the Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence Award for the most outstanding woman athlete at the Academy.
1983
  • On August 19, relinquishes command of the U.S. Third Fleet.
  • In September, is appointed Chief of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel and Training).
1984
  • Receives the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Theodore Roosevelt Award.
1986
  • On February 1, retires from the U.S. Navy.
1989
  • Becomes Chair of Naval Leadership for the Department of Leadership and Law at the United States Naval Academy.
1991
  • Is elected President of the Association of Naval Aviation.
1994
  • Steps down as Chair of Naval Leadership at the United States Naval Academy.
  • Steps down as President of the Association of Naval Aviation.
1995
  • Coauthors a report on the relationship between the military and news media while serving as Visiting Professional Scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
2005
  • In November, completes work on his autobiography, Tennessee Patriot: The Naval Career of Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence.
  • On December 2, dies in Crownsville, Maryland.

Military Decorations: Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy Commendation with Combat V.

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Description of Contents

The William P. Lawrence Papers, comprising 12.75 linear feet of documentation, span over one hundred years, but focus primarily on Lawrence's life, from 1930 until shortly before his death in 2005. The papers describe various events and aspects of Lawrence's naval career and personal life, including his studies as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy; career as an aviator and officer in the United States Navy; experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam; tour as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy; and affiliations with the National Football Foundation and National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The collection is composed of various document types, including personal and official correspondence in the form of letters, memoranda, and telegrams; press clippings, speeches; draft and published articles; reports and transcripts; event programs; certificates and plaques; artwork; memorabilia; photographs; and a DVD.

The Lawrence Papers are organized into twelve series by document type and office of origin. Three series are based on office of origin, and focus primarily on Lawrence's career in the United States Navy. Lawrence's various roles with the United States Naval Academy are documented in UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY FILES, with separate subseries for his roles as a midshipman, alumnus, Superintendent, and Chair in Naval Leadership. Much of the remainder of Lawrence's naval career, including his tours as Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, Chief of Naval Personnel, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel and Training), is documented in UNITED STATES NAVY FILES. However, all textual documents pertaining to Lawrence's captivity as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, including correspondence, press clippings, speeches, reports, as well as a POW bracelet, are found in PRISONER OF WAR FILES.

The remaining series are based on document type, and encompass Lawrence's professional and personal lives. General biographical material pertaining to Lawrence, his family, and his ancestors is housed within the three subseries of BIOGRAPHICAL AND GENEALOGICAL FILES. Many of Lawrence's views on the challenges facing the U.S. Navy can be found in WRITINGS AND SPEECHES (GENERAL), which contains magazine articles and speeches written by Lawrence, as well as interviews of Lawrence. The series also includes several poems written by Lawrence, such as "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee." PRESS CLIPPINGS, divided into two subseries, supplements many of the other series in providing details of Lawrence's professional achievements and personal opinions. Evidence of many of Lawrence's speaking engagements and awards, and as well as professional and recreational affiliations, is housed among the material in EVENT PROGRAMS. PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE contains letters between Lawrence and his family, as well as such notables as Vice Admiral James Stockdale and Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander. Many of Lawrence's personal and professional interests, such as the role of women in the Navy, changes in the commissioning of reserve officers, and Lawrence's lifelong ties to his home state of Tennessee, are described in SUBJECT FILES AND PERSONAL MISCELLANY. This series is also home to material pertaining to Lawrence's activities after retirement, and his primary and high school educations. CERTIFICATES AND PLAQUES contains three of Lawrence's U.S. Navy commissions, as well as several minor awards. In addition to coverage in earlier series, Lawrence's naval career, Naval Academy affiliations, personal life, and family history are highlighted throughout PHOTOGRAPHS. This series is also home to portraits of Lawrence, his family, and other noted naval personnel, politicians, and athletes. Finally, ARTWORK AND MEMORABILIA contains several mementos and reproductions of paintings.

Research interests served by the Lawrence Papers include the personal history and opinions of William P. Lawrence, the history of the Lawrence and Brewer families, U.S. Navy personnel issues since 1980, the role of women in the Navy and Naval Academy, and the experiences of prisoners of war during the Vietnam War.

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Arrangement

The William P. Lawrence Papers are organized into the following 12 series:

  • Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL AND GENEALOGICAL FILES, 1863-2001
  • Subseries 1a: William P. Lawrence, 1970-2001
  • Subseries 1b: Wendy Lawrence, 1973-1995
  • Subseries 1c: Family History and Genealogy, 1863-1992
  • Series 2: UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY FILES, 1947-2001
  • Subseries 2a: Midshipman, 1947-1951
  • Subseries 2b: Alumni Files, 1973-2001
  • Subseries 2c: Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, 1978-1981
  • Subseries 2d: Instructor in Naval Leadership, 1990-1993
  • Series 3: UNITED STATES NAVY FILES, 1951-1989
  • Series 4: PRISONER OF WAR FILES, 1967-2004
  • Series 5: WRITINGS AND SPEECHES (GENERAL), 1956-2001
  • Subseries 5a: Magazine and Journal Articles, 1956-1995
  • Subseries 5b: Speeches, 1973-1992
  • Subseries 5c: Other, 1973-2001
  • Series 6: PRESS CLIPPINGS, 1941-2001
  • Subseries 6a: Newspapers, 1941-2001
  • Subseries 6b: Magazines and Newsletters, 1941-2001
  • Series 7: EVENT PROGRAMS, 1949-2001
  • Series 8: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1974-2001
  • Subseries 8a: Family, 1974-2001
  • Subseries 8b: General, 1975-2001
  • Series 9: SUBJECT FILES AND PERSONAL MISCELLANY, 1917-2010
  • Series 10: CERTIFICATES AND PLAQUES, 1930-2000
  • Subseries 10a: Certificates, 1930-2000
  • Subseries 10b: Plaques, 1973-1981
  • Series 11: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1901-2001
  • Subseries 11a: Portraits, 1901-2001
  • Subseries 11b: Naval Academy Functions, 1946-2001
  • Subseries 11c: Navy Functions, 1956-1985
  • Subseries 11d: Recreational and Family Activities, 1951-1901
  • Subseries 11e: Awards and Honors (General), 1979-1989
  • Subseries 11f: Buildings, Grounds, and Landscapes (General), 1975-1983
  • Series 12: ARTWORK AND MEMORABILIA, 1966-2001
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Access and Use

Access

Access is partially restricted, where indicated.

Copyright and Permission

The William P. Lawrence 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

Gift of Vice Admiral and Mrs. William Porter Lawrence in July 2005 and February 2012. Accession Nos. 05-13 and 12-01.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional biographical material pertaining to William P. Lawrence may be found in his Alumni Jacket in Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

The papers of Admiral James B. Stockdale, fellow Naval Academy Graduate, prisoner of war, and friend of William P. Lawrence, are available at the Naval War College.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

William P. Lawrence Papers, MS 403

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in May 2010. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in May 2010 and revised in June 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

  • Lawrence, Wendy B.
  • Lawrence, William P.
  • Prisoners of war -- United States
  • United States Naval Academy -- Women
  • United States Naval Academy. Superintendent
  • United States. Navy -- Personnel management
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons

Genre Terms

  • Certificates
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Programs (documents)
  • Speeches (documents)
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Contents List

Series 1: BIOGRAPHICAL AND GENEALOGICAL FILES, 1863-2001 Boxes 1-2

Series Description

Documentation pertaining to the personal history of William P. Lawrence, as well as that of his daughter, Wendy, and his family as a whole.

Series Arrangement

Organized into three subseries by topic.

Subseries 1a: William P. Lawrence, 1970-2001

Subseries Description

Biographical material providing an overview to Lawrence's U.S. Navy career and personal life. Included in the subseries are incoming and outgoing letters, unpublished biographical works, legal documents, a speech, and a wedding invitation.

Additional biographical material pertaining to William Lawrence can be found in PRESS CLIPPINGS.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box 1 Folder 1
Autobiography - Correspondence, 2000-2001
Box 1 Folder 2
Autobiography - Table of Contents, undated
Box 1 Folder 3
Biographical Sketches, 1973-1979, undated
Box 1 Folder 4
Divorce - Correspondence, 1971-1973
Box 1 Folder 5
Divorce - Legal Documents, 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 6
Retirement - Speech by Admiral James D. Watkins, 1986 January 27
Box 1 Folder 7
Wedding - Invitation and Service, 1974

Subseries 1b: Wendy Lawrence, 1973-1995

Subseries Description

Biographical material pertaining to William Lawrence's daughter, Wendy Lawrence. The materials pertain primarily to the younger Lawrence's time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy and career as a naval aviator and NASA astronaut. Included in the subseries are press clippings, correspondence, press releases, academic transcripts, medical forms, event invitations, handwritten notes, an atlas, and Lawrence's master's thesis from MIT.

Due to the presence of personally identifiable information, the use of Wendy Lawrence's official academic records and U.S. Navy records is restricted.

Correspondence between Wendy and William Lawrence is located in PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE. Certificates pertaining to Wendy Lawrence are located in PLAQUES AND CERTIFICATES.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type or topic.

Box 1 Folder 8
Academic Records (RESTRICTED), 1973-1984
Box 1 Folder 9
Atlas, 1976
Box 1 Folder 10
Biographical Data Sheet, 1994 June
Box 1 Folder 11
Correspondence, 1977-1995, undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Invitations, 1981, undated
Box 1 Folder 13
Master's Thesis - Measurements of a Barotropic Vorticity Mode in an Eddy-Resolving Quasi-Geostrophic Model Using Acoustic Tomography, 1988
Box 1 Folder 14
Notes [Handwritten], undated
Box 1 Folder 15
Plebe Parents' Weekend Materials, undated
Box 1 Folder 16
Press Clippings - Magazines, 1980, 1990-1992
Box 1 Folder 17
Press Clippings - Magazines, 1993-1995, undated

Includes an article written by Wendy Lawrence entitle "Flying in Space."

Box 1 Folder 18
Press Clippings - Newsletters, 1977, 1995
Box 1 Folder 19
Press Clippings - Newspapers, 1979-1995, undated
Box 1 Folder 20
Press Releases, 1979-1994
Box 1 Folder 21
STS-67 Launch Countdown Crew Timeline, 1995 February 26
Box 1 Folder 22
Trustee Ballot, [1991]
Box 1 Folder 23
U.S. Navy Records (RESTRICTED), 1980- [1989]

Subseries 1c: Family History and Genealogy, 1863-1992

Subseries Description

Documentation pertaining to the Lawrence, Brewer, Ashley, and Mankin families. The materials focus on family reunions, lineage, and the biographies of specific family members. Included in the subseries are genealogical tables (family trees), incoming letters, press clippings, published and unpublished histories, pamphlets, event rosters, and a school yearbook.

Among the correspondence in the subseries is a photocopy of a letter addressed to a member of the Brewer family dating from 1863.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type or title.

Box 1 Folder 24
Biographical Sketches, undated
Box 1 Folder 25
Correspondence - Brewer Family, 1863
Box 1 Folder 26
Correspondence - Brewer Family History, 1990
Box 1 Folder 27
Correspondence - Brewer Family Reunion, 1991-1992
Box 2 Folder 1
Genealogical and Historical Sketch - Brewer Family, 1984
Box 2 Folder 2
Genealogical and Historical Sketch - Lawrence Family, 1984
Box 2 Folder 3
Genealogical Tables [Hand-drawn], undated
Box 2 Folder 4
Genealogical Tables [Printed], 1992, undated
Box 2 Folder 5
Map [Photocopy] - Lawrence Farm, 1929
Box 2 Folder 6
"A Personal History of the Family of Sterling Brewer (1770-1832)", 1992
Box 2 Folder 7
Photograph Caption, 1915
Box 2 Folder 8
Press Clippings, 1937, 1975-1981, undated

Includes obituaries.

Box 2 Folder 9
Quips and Chips (Branham & Hughes School Yearbook), 1918

Features graduation portrait of William F. Brewer.

Box 2 Folder 10
Reunion Attendee Lists, 1991-1992
Box 2 Folder 11
Tennessee Homecoming '86: History of Thomasville and Vicinity, 1986
Box 2 Folder 12
"A View of the State Government and a Glimpse of the Medical History in the 1820's" by William F. Brewer, undated

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Series 2: UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY FILES, 1947-2001 Boxes 2-4

Series Description

Documentation of Lawrence's experiences at, and interactions with, the United States Naval Academy in his capacities as a midshipman, alumnus, visiting instructor, and Superintendent.

Event programs pertaining to Lawrence's time as a midshipman and Superintendent, including the program relating to the envoy tasked with returning captured Mexican battle flags can be found in EVENT PROGRAMS. Additional newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to Lawrence's experiences at the Naval Academy can be found in PRESS CLIPPINGS.

Series Arrangement

Organized into four subseries by duty station or nature of affiliation.

Subseries 2a: Midshipman, 1947-1951

Subseries Description

Documentation of Lawrence's time as a student at the United States Naval Academy. The materials pertain to Lawrence's application to the United States Naval Academy, duties as Brigade Commander, the Honor Concept, midshipman cruises, as envoy to return captured Mexican battle flags, and life as a midshipman. Included in the subseries are incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, invitations, receipts, magazines, guide books, athletic schedules, an essay, a diary, and a lecture transcript.

Included in the subseries is a two-month long diary kept by Lawrence detailing day to day activities during March and April 1949. Also included is a Fourth Class essay written by Lawrence pertaining to a 1937 Vanderbilt University football game.

Several documents relate to Lawrence's inclusion in a delegation responsible for the return of captured Mexican battle flags to the Mexican government.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type or title.

Box 2 Folder 13
Athletic Schedules and Score Cards, 1949-1951

Also includes a pamphlet commemorating the 1950 Army-Navy Game.

Box 2 Folder 14
Brigade Executive Committee Report of Activities - Honor Concept, 1951 August 23
Box 2 Folder 15
Caricature, 1948

Caricature of Lawrence as a football player.

Box 2 Folder 16
Class Register, undated
Box 2 Folder 17
Commendations and Awards, 1951 May
Box 2 Folder 18
Correspondence, 1947 January-March

Includes correspondence with Navy Assistant Football Coach E.E. "Rip" Miller and Senator K.D. McKellar regarding Lawrence's application and appointment to the Naval Academy.

Box 2 Folder 19
Correspondence, 1947 April-June

Includes correspondence with Navy Assistant Football Coach E.E. "Rip" Miller and Senator K.D. McKellar regarding Lawrence's application and appointment to the Naval Academy.

Box 2 Folder 20
Correspondence, 1950-1951, undated

Includes congratulatory letters upon Lawrence's appointment to Brigade Commander.

Box 2 Folder 21
Diary, 1949 March-April

Includes descriptions of weather, classes, football and baseball practices, and social events such as dances and Masqueraders performances.

Box 2 Folder 22
Essay - "Why Practice, Anyway?", 1947 October 28

Class assignment pertaining to an October 1937 football game between Vanderbilt University and Louisiana State University. Originally spelled "Why Practise, Anyway?" by Lawrence.

Box 2 Folder 23
Executive Notice - Circulation of The Lucky Bag, 1951 May 16
Box 2 Folder 24
Extract from F.B. #1, First Battalion, 1950 April 6

Document pertaining to extra duty for First Class Midshipmen reported for unmilitary conduct.

Box 2 Folder 25
Invitations, [1951], undated,
Box 2 Folder 26
Leadership Lecture - Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman, 1950 March 9
Box 2 Folder 27
Midshipman Cruise Materials, 1948-1950, undated

Includes a port guide, place card from U.S.S. Leyte (Aircraft carrier: CV-32), a bunk assignment card from U.S.S. Runner (Submarine: SS-476), and the ship's newspaper and plan of the day from U.S.S. Missouri.

Box 3 Folder 1
Orders - Return of Captured Mexican Battle Flags, 1950 September

Also includes commendations and Spanish language documents.

Box 3 Folder 2
Parade Ticket - June Week, 1951
Box 3 Folder 3
Publications - By-Laws of the Navy Mutual Aid Association, 1950
Box 3 Folder 4
Publications - Guides and Catalogs, 1948-1951

Includes the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy (1949-1950), a Guide to the United States Naval Academy (1951), and the United States Naval Academy Catalogue of Information (1948).

Box 3 Folder 5
Publications - The Log and The Log Splinter, 1950-1951
Box 3 Folder 6
Publications - The Lucky Bag (Excerpts), 1951

Excerpts for June Week and athletics.

Box 3 Folder 7
Receipts, 1947, undated

Receipts for pay, textbook purchase, and uniform purchase.

Box 3 Folder 8
Summary of Duties as Brigade Commander, undated

Subseries 2b: Alumni Files, 1973-2001

Subseries Description

Documentation of the alumni activities of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1951, and Lawrence's participation therein. The materials pertain to class reunions, class gifts, membership, and efforts to incorporate. Included in the subseries are letters, annual reports, minutes, pamphlets, directories, events schedules, registration materials, and press clippings.

Due to the presence of personally identifiable information, use of the class directories in this subseries is restricted to members of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1951.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type or subject.

Box 3 Folder 9
1950 Navy Football Team Anniversary Materials, 1985
Box 3 Folder 10
30th Reunion Materials, 1981
Box 3 Folder 11
40th Reunion Materials, 1988
Box 3 Folder 12
50th Reunion Materials, 2001
Box 3 Folder 13
Annual Reports - Class of 1951, 1978-1989

Also includes meeting minutes and meeting invitations.

Box 3 Folder 14
Class Directories (RESTRICTED), 1984, 2001
Box 3 Folder 15
Correspondence, 1973, 2001

Includes a reprint of a letter written by Lawrence shortly after his release from Vietnamese captivity.

Box 3 Folder 16
Correspondence - The Fifty-One Group, Inc., 1986
Box 3 Folder 17
Donation Card, undated
Box 3 Folder 18
Honolulu Chapter Materials, 1982-1983
Box 3 Folder 19
Pamphlets, 1979- 2001, undated

Includes pamphlets pertaining to Naval Academy athletics, the United States Naval Academy Foundation, and Class of 1951 efforts to make the Naval Academy Chapel handicapped accessible.

Box 3 Folder 20
Press Clippings, 2001

Subseries 2c: Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, 1978-1981

Subseries Description

Documentation of Lawrence's tour of duty as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. The materials relate to topics such as Academy athletics, Army-Navy Football, pride and professionalism in the Navy, Nuclear Power School, special events, Lawrence's change of command ceremonies, and some of Lawrence's day to day responsibilities. Included in the subseries are incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, schedules, and publications, as well as a script, notebook, press release, broadside, and a speech.

Correspondence in this subseries consists of personal materials pertaining to both Academy and non-Academy related topics, such as special events at Buchanan House, Lawrence's relief as Superintendent, and his membership in certain groups (Sons of the American Revolution; U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association). Included are several postcards and notes from midshipmen. Notable correspondents include Admirals Arleigh Burke, Robert B. Carney, and Hyman G. Rickover, as well as Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Also included in this subseries is a DVD containing several video segments. The first is a of a Naval Academy television program entitled Superintendent's Call, in which Admiral Lawrence and the Academy Brigade Staff discuss the topics of women in the Navy, the academic program at the Academy, and Admiral Lawrence's POW experiences. A second segment, entitled "Admiral Lawrence Intro," consists of remarks on the Academy's leadership course and Lawrence's role as a leader among American Prisoners of War while in captivity. A third segment consists of news coverage of Vice President Bush at the 1981 Naval Academy Commencement. The final segment consists of video footage of Lawrence's release from North Vietnamese captivity and homecoming.

Speeches, magazine articles, and newspaper articles written or delivered by Lawrence during his time as Superintendent can be found in WRITINGS AND SPEECHES.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type or subject matter.

Box 3 Folder 21
Army-Navy Game Materials, 1979-1980

Includes tickets for two Army-Navy Games.

Box 3 Folder 22
Broadsides, 1980

Flyers for Annapolis Week and a Summer Soiree in Annapolis.

Box 3 Folder 23
Comparative [SAT] Test Scores, undated
Box 3 Folder 24
Correspondence, 1979

Includes a letter from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover regarding attrition at Nuclear Power School.

Box 3 Folder 25
Correspondence, 1980

Includes Lawrence's nomination to Vice Admiral, letters from Admirals Arleigh Burke and Robert B. Carney, and a letter regarding an Academy salute to the Iranian Embassy hostages.

Box 3 Folder 26
Correspondence, 1981

Includes a memo critical of Jim Webb's A Sense of Honor, letters from Admirals Robert B. Carney and Hyman G. Rickover, and two notes from Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Box 3 Folder 27
Correspondence - Greeting Cards, 1980, undated
Box 3 Folder 28
Invitations, 1979, undated
Box 3 Folder 29
Invitee Roster - Change of Command Ceremony, 1981 August
Box 3 Folder 30
Memoranda - Antique Brass Softball Game, 1979 May
Box 3 Folder 31
Memoranda - Brooke Astor Luncheon and Donations, 1980
Box 3 Folder 32
Memoranda - Navy Pride and Professionalism, 1981 January-February
Box 3 Folder 33
Newsletters, 1978-1981

Includes issues of Navy Blue & Gold Banner, Side by Side, and USNA Family Gram.

Box 3 Folder 34
Notebook, 1978

Primarily meeting notes.

Box 3 Folder 35
"An Ode on the Departure of ... Lawrence", 1981 August

Full title: "An Ode on the Departure of the Mighty and Most Excellent Lawrence: Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy - Admirable Admiral" composed by Mr. J. Talley, Esq.

Box 3 Folder 36
Press Release - Honorary Degree, 1980 September 24

Pertains to an honorary degree granted to Lawrence by Fisk University.

Box 4 Folder 1
Publications - Annapolis: The United States Naval Academy Catalog 1980-1981, 1980
Box 4 Folder 2
Publications - Athletic Guides, 1978-1979

Guides/yearbooks for the football team.

Box 4 Folder 3
Publications - Athletic Guides, 1980

Guides/yearbooks for fall sports and the football and basketball teams.

Box 4 Folder 4
Publications - Football Bowl Game Supplements, 1978, 1980

Supplements for the Holiday Bowl and Garden State Bowl.

Box 4 Folder 5
Publications - Pamphlets and Leaflets, 1979, undated

Includes materials pertaining to Buchanan House, the Trident Scholars program, and information for counselors and candidates.

Box 4 Folder 6
Publications - A Place Called the Yard: Guide to the United States Naval Academy by Margaret Horton Edsall, 1978

Copy is inscribed to Lawrence.

Box 4 Folder 7
Resolution Honoring Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, 1981 May 21
Box 4 Folder 8
Schedules [Calendars], 1978-1981, undated
Box 4 Folder 9
Script - Prizes and Awards Ceremony, undated
Box 4 Folder 10
Speech - Dedication of Admiral King Hall, 1981 April 15

Speech delivered by Admiral Robert B. Carney.

Box 4 Folder 11
Video - Admiral William P. Lawrence, 1973-1981

Includes segments entitled Superintendent's Call, Admiral Lawrence Intro, Off Air Coverages - Bush Graduation, and Hanoi & Clark AFB. The final video is of Admiral Lawrence's release from North Vietnamese captivity as a Prisoner of War (POW).

Subseries 2d: Instructor in Naval Leadership, 1990-1993

Subseries Description

Documentation of Lawrence's duties as Chair in Naval Leadership and a guest lecturer in the Naval Academy's Department of Leadership and Law. The materials pertain primarily to Lawrence's lectures for a naval leadership seminar, which deal with the topics of naval tradition, responsibility, accountability, and military/civilian relations. Additional materials relate to the Marine Corps program at the Academy, integration in the Navy, and Lawrence's appointment as a lecturer. Included in the subseries are handwritten notes, memoranda, two letters, a broadside, and printouts of a slide show presentation.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type.

Box 4 Folder 12
Briefing Presentation - The Marine Corps Program at the U.S. Naval Academy, [1993]
Box 4 Folder 13
Broadside - Navy Department Memorandum on Integration (1941), 1990
Box 4 Folder 14
Correspondence, 1990, 1993
Box 4 Folder 15
Lecture Notes - NL 485, [1993]
Box 4 Folder 16
Memoranda - Class of 1979 Officer Retention, 1990

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Series 3: UNITED STATES NAVY FILES, 1951-1989 Boxes 4-6, 29[OS], 35

Series Description

Documentation of Lawrence's career as an officer in the United States Navy, with the exception of his tour as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. The documents pertain primarily to Lawrence's duties as a naval aviator, Chief of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel and Training), and Commander of the Third Fleet, as well as his attempts to become a Project Mercury astronaut. Included in the series are incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, commendations, orders, handwritten notes, notebooks, schedules, forms, reports, log books, a pamphlet, and an academic transcript.

The majority of the correspondence is the product of Lawrence's tour as Chief of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel and Training), and includes discussions of personnel and staffing issues, as well as requests for recommendations and assistance seeking new assignments; condolence letters; and letters of appreciation and congratulations.

Material relating to Lawrence's duties as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy can be found in UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY FILES/Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.

Additional U.S. Navy citations, for which the original certificates are available, can be found in CERTIFICATES AND PLAQUES.

Material pertaining to Lawrence's experiences as a prisoner of war, and prisoners of war in general, can be found in PRISONER OF WAR FILES.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type or topic.

Box 35 Folder 1

Aviators Flight Log Book, 1951-1955, undated

Box 35 Folder 2

Aviators Flight Log Book, 1955-1963, undated

Box 35 Folder 3

Aviators Flight Log Book, 1963-1975, undated

Includes June 28, 1967 log entry noting that Lawrence was shot down over North Vietnam.

Box 4 Folder 17

Citations and Commendations, 1957-1986, undated

Includes Lawrence's Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart.

Box 4 Folder 18

Commissions, Promotions, and Qualifications, 1951-1978

Box 4 Folder 19

Correction to Certificate of Release or Discharge (DD-214), 1989

Box 4 Folder 20

Correspondence, 1955, 1957

Box 4 Folder 21

Correspondence, 1964, 1967

Box 4 Folder 22

Correspondence, 1973-1976

Includes a telegram informing Lawrence's family of his release from captivity in North Vietnam.

Box 4 Folder 23

Correspondence, 1983

Box 4 Folder 24

Correspondence, 1984 January-July

Includes references to the U.S. Naval Sailing Foundation.

Box 4 Folder 25

Correspondence, 1984 September

Box 4 Folder 26

Correspondence, 1984 October

Includes references to Weapons Systems Science and Transportation Management Subspecialties; and a shortage of amphibious warfare planners.

Box 5 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1984 November

Box 5 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1984 December

Includes references to methods of non-judicial punishment, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the U.S. Naval Sailing Foundation, the Ocean Transportation Curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School, and the military retirement system.

Box 5 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1985 January

Includes references to Program Objectives at the Naval Academy.

Box 5 Folder 4

Correspondence, 1985 February

Includes references to increased assignment of officers to graduate education and improved relations with minority and women's organizations.

Box 5 Folder 5

Correspondence, 1985 March

Includes references to changes in Navy brig management and increased ethnic diversity among officers.

Box 5 Folder 6

Correspondence, 1985 April

Includes references to the Rear Admiral selection process, manpower data accuracy, and military retirement.

Box 5 Folder 7

Correspondence, 1985 May

Includes references to the Rear Admiral selection process, the detailing of personnel for Space Shuttle duty, and manpower data accuracy.

Box 5 Folder 8

Correspondence, 1985 June-July

Includes references to manning the 600 Ship Navy and the manning of nuclear capable Intermediate Maintenance Activities.

Box 5 Folder 9

Correspondence, 1985 August-October

Includes references to the U.S. Naval Sailing Foundation and Lawrence's impending retirement.

Box 5 Folder 10

Correspondence, 1985 November

Includes references to Lawrence's impending retirement and recent hospitalization.

Box 5 Folder 11

Correspondence, 1986

Box 5 Folder 12

Correspondence, undated

Box 5 Folder 13

Fitness Reports, 1952-1975

Box 29[OS] Folder 3

Individual Flight Activity Survey Report, 1952-1967

Box 5 Folder 14

Invitations, [1981-1984]

Box 5 Folder 15

Leave Records, 1951-1966

Box 5 Folder 16

Medical Reports, 1961-1966

Box 5 Folder 17

Memoranda, 1956-1977

Includes references to Code of Conduct training, administrative inspection of a ship's Executive Department (October 1961), special precautions during a visit to Cannes (November 1961), and naval aviation logistics (August 1977).

Box 5 Folder 18

Memoranda, 1982-1985

Includes references to the history of Ford Island, the climatology of Adak, Alaska, and the recommissioning of U.S.S. New Jersey.

Box 5 Folder 19

Memoranda - Astronaut Selection and Training, 1959-1965

Box 5 Folder 20

Memoranda - Correspondence Courses, 1952-1960

Box 5 Folder 21

Memoranda - Commander, Third Fleet Change of Command, 1983

Box 5 Folder 22

Mileage Log - Commander of Third Fleet, 1981-1983

Box 5 Folder 23

"Navy Newsgram", 1984

Box 5 Folder 24

The Navy Staff (A Play in One Act), undated

Box 5 Folder 25

Notebooks, 1975

Box 6 Folder 1

Notebooks, 1976

Box 6 Folder 2

Notebooks, 1977

Box 6 Folder 3

Notebooks, 1983

Box 6 Folder 4

Notebooks, 1985

Box 6 Folder 5

Notes [Handwritten], undated

Box 6 Folder 6

Notes [Typewritten] - Navigation Turn-Over, undated

Box 6 Folder 7

Oath of Office, 1951 June 1

Box 6 Folder 8

Officer Photograph Submission Sheets, 1961-1974

Box 6 Folder 9

Orders, 1951-1978

Includes references to Lawrence's application for flight training, duties as a test pilot, departure from flight duty (1961), and subsequent return to flight duty (1962).

Box 6 Folder 10

Orders - Astronaut Selection and Training, 1959

Box 6 Folder 11

Pamphlet - A Navy Summer Ceremony, undated

Box 6 Folder 12

Record of Survival Training, 1966

Box 6 Folder 13

Report of the Honor Concept Study Group, 1986 October

Document pertains to the Honor Concept at the United States Naval Academy.

Box 6 Folder 14

Resumes and Personal History Statements, 1953-1981

Box 6 Folder 15

Schedules [Calendars], 1975 May-August

Box 6 Folder 16

Social Roster - Attack Carrier Air Wing Fourteen, 1966 September 21

Box 6 Folder 17

Transcript - Aviation Safety Officer Course, 1955

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Series 4: PRISONER OF WAR FILES, 1967-2004 Boxes 6-7, 29[OS], 35, MSOS

Series Description

Documentation of William Lawrence's experience as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, as well as those of prisoners of war in general. The materials focus on Lawrence's personal experiences of being shot down, captured, and incarcerated as a prisoner of war; his military conduct during said captivity; his release and homecoming; and his opinions on his captivity, the Vietnam War, and peace activists. The documents also focus on the experiences of American prisoners of war in general, and the operation of various prisoner of war alumni groups. Included in the series are press clippings, incoming and outgoing letters, speeches, email printouts, reports, congressional committee prints, a map, a metal POW bracelet, and a combined ledger and diary.

The metal POW bracelet included in this series was worn by an American civilian in support of Lawrence during his captivity. Also included in the series is a map showing the approximate location of Lawrence's landing after bailing out of his F-4 Phantom.

The ledger included in this series was kept by Lawrence during his initial recovery following his homecoming, and is composed of lists of names and addresses, inspirational quotes, Lawrence's personal thoughts, and drawings.

Photographs relating to Lawrence's release and homecoming from captivity, as well as various commemorations and parades, can be found in PHOTOGRAPHS/Navy Functions and PHOTOGRPAHS/Naval Academy Functions.

Video footage of Lawrence's release from captivity and homecoming at Clark Air Force Base can be found on a DVD in the Superintendent subseries of UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY FILES.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type or topic.

Box 6 Folder 18

Congressional Hearing - American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1971 March-April

Box 6 Folder 19

Correspondence, 2004

Brief account by Lawrence of POW condition improving following the death of Ho Chi Minh.

Box 6 Folder 20

Correspondence - Prisoner of War Letters, 1970-1972

Includes letters sent and received by Lawrence while being held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam.

Box 6 Folder 21

"Hanoi Chapter: 1967-1973" by Captain James P. Mehl, undated

Narrative of experiences of five Navy pilots from the United States Naval Academy Class of 1951.

Box 35 Folder 4

Ledger, 1973

Ledger kept by Lawrence during his initial recovery following his release from captivity.

Box 6 Folder 22

Mac's Facts, 2003-2004

Writings and data compiled by Mike McGrath, President of NAM-POWs, Inc.

Box MSOS Folder 1

Map - Joint Operations Graphic-Air (Vietnam and Thailand), undated

Includes notations possibly marking the location of Lawrence's bailout/landing.

Box 6 Folder 23

NAM-POWs, Inc. Reunion Materials, 1975

Box 6 Folder 24

National POW-MIA Recognition Day, 1984

Includes a proclamation and event program.

Box 6 Folder 25

Petition for the Release of American Prisoners of War, undated

Box 6 Folder 26

POW Bracelet, 1972

Bracelet worn by Miss Dana Reed.

Box 6 Folder 27

POW Bracelet - Correspondence, 1972

Box 29[OS] Folder 4

Press Clippings - Magazine and Journal Articles, 1969

Includes an interview with POWs Major Roger Dean Ingvalson and Lieutenant Robert Franchot Frishman.

Box 6 Folder 28

Press Clippings - Magazine and Journal Articles, 1973-1978

Articles pertaining to Lawrence, James Stockdale, and POW reclamation, as well as a publication summing up major news stories during POWs' captivity.

Box 6 Folder 29

Press Clippings - Magazine and Journal Articles, 1980-1983

Articles pertaining to POW-MIA Recognition Day and Lawrence's experiences, as well as an entire issue of NAM-POW, Inc.'s newsletter.

Box 6 Folder 30

Press Clippings - Magazine and Journal Articles, 2002

Includes biographies of multiple POWs and an entire issue of the Ex-POW Bulletin.

Box 6 Folder 31

Press Clippings - Newspaper, 1967-1971

Articles pertaining to Lawrence being shot down over North Vietnam, Lawrence's first letters home as a Prisoner of War.

Box 6 Folder 32

Press Clippings - Newspaper, 1973

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's release from captivity as a Prisoner of War, and views on peace activists.

Box 7 Folder 1

Press Clippings - Newspaper, 1975

Lawrence's experiences during and readjustment after his time as a Prisoner of War.

Box 7 Folder 2

Press Clippings - Newspaper, 1979-1982

Articles pertaining to recognition ceremonies with Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, Lawrence's experiences as a Prisoner of War, and the role of his religious faith.

Box MSOS Folder 2

Press Clippings - Newspaper, 1991

Includes a biography of Lawrence, focusing heavily on his experiences as a prisoner of war.

Box 29[OS] Folder 5

Press Clippings - Newspaper, 1996

Includes a biography of Lawrence, focusing heavily on his experiences as a prisoner of war.

Box 7 Folder 3

Press Clippings - Newspaper, 2004, undated

Box 7 Folder 4

Press Clippings - Newspaper ("Greater Love Hath No Man"), 1973

Compilation of commentary on prisoners of war from The San Diego Union.

Box 7 Folder 5

Prisoner of War Record Documentation, 1973-1974

Includes Lawrence's statement concerning injuries received, and documentation of Lawrence's performance during his captivity in North Vietnam.

Box 7 Folder 6

"Protocol to the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam", undated

Document subtitled "Concerning the Return of Captured Military Personnel and Foreign Civilians and Captured and Detained Vietnamese Civilian Personnel."

Box 7 Folder 7

Report of Casualty, 1967, 1971

Report of Lawrence's capture and incarceration as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam.

Box 7 Folder 8

White House Reception for Returned Prisoners of War, 1973 May

Includes a fact sheet, toast, and President Nixon's remarks.

Box 7 Folder 9

Writings - Book Chapters, 1981, undated

Includes Lawrence's entry from Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War as Told by 33 American Men Who Fought It(1981), and a chapter entitled "Vietnam: The Final Chapter" from an unidentified work.

Writings - Magazine and Journal Articles, 1991

Box 7 Folder 10
- "Our Foundation of Strength" - Foundation Spring 1991, 1991

Writings - Speeches, 1973

Box 7 Folder 11
Speech upon arrival in Memphis, TN after release as a Prisoner of War, 1973 March
Box 7 Folder 11
Speech at City Square, Nashville, TN during welcome home ceremonies upon return from six years as a Prisoner of War, 1973 March

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Series 5: WRITINGS AND SPEECHES (GENERAL), 1956-2001 Boxes 7-8

Series Description

Periodical articles, speeches, research papers, and poems written by Lawrence. All writings pertaining to Lawrence's experiences as a Prisoner of War, with the exception of "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee," can be found in PRISONER OF WAR FILES. One book chapter, pertaining to U.S.S. Constellation, can be found in SUBJECT FILES AND PERSONAL MISCELLANY.

Series Arrangement

Organized into three subseries by document type.

Subseries 5a: Magazine and Journal Articles, 1956-1995

Subseries Description

Magazine and journal articles written by Lawrence. The articles relate to several topics, including naval leadership, operational readiness, academics at the United States Naval Academy, aerodynamic lift, Navy pilot retention, and the admission of women to the Virginia Military Institute.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of publication.

Magazine and Journal Articles, 1956, 1961
Box 7 Folder 12
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot!" - Approach: Naval Aviation Safety Review (articles pertaining to ground effect), 1956 May
Box 7 Folder 12
"NAN Division Notes" - Newport News Daily, 1961 September 30
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1976, 1979
Box 7 Folder 13
"Operational Readiness: 70% or Bust!" - Grumman Aerospace Horizons, 1976
Box 7 Folder 13
"Superintendent's Report" - Shipmate, 1979 October
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1980
Box 7 Folder 14
"The Superintendent Speaks" - Naval Aviation News, 1980 May
Box 7 Folder 14
"Commitment to Excellence: An Assessment of Naval Academy Performance, 1979-1980" - Shipmate, 1980 September
Box 7 Folder 14
"Our Most Cherished Gift" - Shipmate, 1980 October
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1981
Box 7 Folder 15
"Common Qualities of Good Leaders" - Marine Corps Gazette, 1981 April
Box 7 Folder 15
"The United States Naval Academy - Preparation for a Career of Service" - Marine-Rundschau, 1981 September
Box 7 Folder 15
"An Assessment of the U.S. Naval Academy, 1981" - Shipmate, 1981 September
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1982-1983
Box 7 Folder 16
"An Eagles eye-view of a winner…The U.S. Naval Academy: Preparation for a Career of Service" - Fore 'N Aft, 1982 October
Box 7 Folder 16
"Common Qualities of Good Leaders..." - Fore 'N Aft, 1983 July
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1985
Box 7 Folder 17
"Common Qualities of Good Leaders" - Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, 1985 January
Box 7 Folder 17
"Navy Pilot Retention - A Challenge for the Future" - Wings of Gold Summer 1985, 1985
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1990
Box 7 Folder 18
"How to Solve the Naval Aviation Officer Retention Problem" - Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, 1990 February
Box 7 Folder 18
"Nicest Sense of Personal Honor" - Shipmate, 1990 June
Magazine and Journal Articles, 1992, 1995
Box 7 Folder 19
"First to mach two: accounts of a 1950's Navy test pilot" - Foundation Spring 1992, 1992
Box 7 Folder 19
"A Dream Fulfilled" - Gannett News Service (Article pertaining to Wendy Lawrence flight as a crew member of STS-67), 1995 March
Magazine and Journal Articles, undated
Box 8 Folder 1
"Admission of Women to V.M.I.", undated
Box 8 Folder 1
"Important Qualities of Good Leaders", undated
Box 8 Folder 1
"Reminiscences of Alan Shepard" - Foundation, undated

Subseries 5b: Speeches, 1973-1992

Subseries Description

Speeches delivered, and presumably written, by Lawrence during his U.S. Navy career and early years of retirement. The speeches pertain to such subjects as changes of command, Lawrence's National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Gold Medal, and retirement from the U.S. Navy. Included in the subseries are speech scripts, handwritten notes, facsimile transmittals, and projection transparencies.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of delivery or authorship.

Speeches, 1973
Box 8 Folder 2
Address before joint session of Tennessee state Legislature (unveiling of bust of Lawrence), 1973 March 14
Speeches, 1974-1980
Box 8 Folder 3
Change of Command Ceremony, Light Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 1974 August 15
Box 8 Folder 3
Comments on Energy Conservation, 1975 January 28
Box 8 Folder 3
Change of Command Ceremony, Light Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 1975 May
Box 8 Folder 3
Change of Command Ceremony, United States Naval Academy, 1975 August 28
Box 8 Folder 3
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Gold Medal Award Reception, 1979 December 4

Reprinted in 1980.

Speeches, 1981-[1986]
Box 8 Folder 4
Speech excerpt on standards at the service academies, 1981 June
Box 8 Folder 4
Change of Command Ceremony, United States Naval Academy, 1981 August 22
Box 8 Folder 4
Commissioning Ceremony of U.S.S. Willamette (Replenishment Oiler: AO-180), 1982 December 19
Box 8 Folder 4
Change of Command Ceremony, Third Fleet, 1983 August 19
Box 8 Folder 4
Retirement Ceremony for Admiral Lawrence, [1986]
Speeches, 1990
Box 8 Folder 5
Great Lakes Naval Training Center Graduation, 1990

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 5
Harvard Business School, 1990 April 20

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 5
ICAF Ethics Course, 1990 October 23

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 5
[United States Naval Academy] Class of 1994, 1990 November 29

Notes Only.

Speeches, 1991
Box 8 Folder 6
Unidentified Speech, 1991 January 29

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 6
Eulogy for Rear Admiral M.B. Williams USN (Ret.), 1991 February 25

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 6
Perspectives on the Defense Acquisition Process and Lessons from the A-12 Aircraft Program Failure, [1991 September]

Data and Projection Transparencies Only.

Speeches, 1992
Box 8 Folder 7
Birmingham Rotary Club, 1992 February 26

Notes Only.

Speeches, undated
Box 8 Folder 8
Association of Naval Aviation, undated

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 8
Nashville Olympic Speech, undated

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 8
Speech to Alumni or Navy League, undated

Notes Only.

Box 8 Folder 9
Speeches, undated

Notes for unidentified speeches.

Subseries 5c: Other, 1973-2001

Subseries Description

Interviews, newspaper articles, poems, and research papers written by Lawrence. The writings relate to topics such as seabed development, biomedical technology, active-duty obligations for service academy graduates, and Tennessee. In addition to Lawrence's writings, the subseries includes several incoming letters and press clippings.

The poems, written by Lawrence during his captivity as a prisoner of war, include odes to Confederate courier Sam Davis, a football game, and Lawrence's home state of Tennessee, the last of which, "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee," was adopted as the state poem of Tennessee in 1973.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type.

Box 8 Folder 10
Interviews - Audio, 2001 January 2

Audio cassette and CD of telephone interview by Robert Schneller.

Box 8 Folder 11
Interviews - Printed, 1985, undated

"We Just Can't Afford to Relax our Efforts" - Sea Power, June 1985.

Box 8 Folder 12
Newspaper Articles, 1990

"Congress will harm academy sports if it extends active-duty obligation" - NCAA News, April 11, 1990.

Box 8 Folder 13
Poetry - "At the Goal Line", [1967-1973]
Box 8 Folder 14
Poetry - "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee", 1973-1981

Includes correspondence and a copy of the bill adopting "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee" as the state poem.

Box 8 Folder 15
Poetry - "Sam Davis", undated
Box 8 Folder 16
Research Papers - "The Deep Seabed - Current Status and Future Prospects", 1974 March, 1994
Box 8 Folder 17
Research Papers - "The Impact of Bio-Medical Technology on Society", 1974 June 21

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Series 6: PRESS CLIPPINGS, 1941-2001 Boxes 8-11, 29[OS]

Series Description

Newspaper, magazine, and newsletter articles documenting the U.S. Navy career, and to a lesser extent the personal life, of William P. Lawrence, as well as his opinions on various topics. The articles pertain largely to Lawrence's appointments as Commander of the Light Attack Wing Pacific Fleet, Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, Chief of Naval Personnel, and Superintendent of the Naval Academy; women at the Naval Academy and in combat roles; the 600 ship Navy; drug policies at the Naval Academy; Lawrence's marriage; and Lawrence's retirement. Articles dating from the 1990s relate largely to the naval and NASA careers of Wendy Lawrence.

Press clippings pertaining to Lawrence's experiences as a prisoner of war, and those of prisoners of war in general can be found in PRISONER OF WAR FILES.

Series Arrangement

Organized into two subseries by publication type.

Subseries 6a: Newspapers, 1941-2001

Subseries Description

Highlighted publications include The Capital, The Nashville Banner, The Tennessean, and The Washington Post.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of publication.

Box 8 Folder 18
Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1945

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's mother and brothers.

Box 29[OS] Folder 6-7
Newspaper Clippings, 1946-1947

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's involvement in West End High School athletics.

Box 8 Folder 19
Newspaper Clippings, 1946-1951

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's election as president of the Class of 1951, his appointment as Brigade Commander, the death of Eddie Lawrence, and Lawrence's wedding to Anne Williams.

Box 8 Folder 20
Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1971

Articles pertaining to the Vietnam War, and the marriage of Lawrence's brother, Thomas.

Box 8 Folder 21
Newspaper Clippings, 1972

Articles pertaining to candlelight vigils held for Lawrence.

Box 29[OS] Folder 8
Newspaper Clippings, 1972-1980

Articles pertaining to the American Bicentennial, the quarters of the Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, and a retrospective of the years 1965 to 1972.

Box 8 Folder 22
Newspaper Clippings, 1973

Articles pertaining to the unveiling of Lawrence's bust at the Tennessee State Capitol and selection as chairman of a committee to erect a Tennessee memorial at Gettysburg.

Box 8 Folder 23
Newspaper Clippings, 1974

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's promotion to Rear Admiral, command of Light Attack Wing Pacific, and marriage to Diane Rauch.

Box 8 Folder 24
Newspaper Clippings, 1975

Articles pertaining to wasteful use of energy and Lawrence's transfer from Light Attach Wing Pacific Fleet.

Box 8 Folder 25
Newspaper Clippings, 1976-1977

Articles pertaining to a 1912 Nashville dam break, and Lawrence's reflections on the Bicentennial.

Box 8 Folder 26
Newspaper Clippings, 1978 June-August

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's appointment as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.

Box 9 Folder 1
Newspaper Clippings, 1978 September-December

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's views on women at the Naval Academy, women in combat, the Commander-in-Chief's trophy, and Navy's victory in the Holiday Bowl.

Box 9 Folder 2
Newspaper Clippings, 1979 January-May

Articles pertaining to Buchanan House, Wendy Lawrence, attrition among women midshipmen, Navy Women's Crew, and June Week.

Box 9 Folder 3
Newspaper Clippings, 1979 June-July

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's NCAA Gold Medal and women at the Naval Academy.

Box 9 Folder 4
Newspaper Clippings, 1979 August-December

Articles on drug policy at the Naval Academy, football versus the Citadel, and Lawrence's NCAA Gold Medal.

Box 9 Folder 5
Newspaper Clippings, 1980 March-August

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's promotion to Vice Admiral, women and selective service, Brooke Astor, and the retirement of social director Mrs. James G. Marshall.

Box 9 Folder 6
Newspaper Clippings, 1980 September-December

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's honorary degree from Fisk University, Buchanan House, Wendy Lawrence's selection as Deputy Brigade Commander, Army-Navy Football, and a lack of American patriotism.

Box 9 Folder 7
Newspaper Clippings, 1981 February-May

Articles pertaining to patriotism, gender bias at the Naval Academy, dedication of King Hall, Lawrence's promotion to commander of the Third Fleet, and Wendy Lawrence's graduation from the Naval Academy.

Box 9 Folder 8
Newspaper Clippings, 1981 June-October

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's values, promotion to commander of the Third Fleet, and various Prisoner of War recognition ceremonies.

Box 9 Folder 9
Newspaper Clippings, 1982

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's religious faith, RIMPAC naval exercises, the 600 ship Navy, and the commissioning of U.S.S. Willamette.

Box 9 Folder 10
Newspaper Clippings, 1983

Articles pertaining to naval operations in the Pacific, Lawrence's promotion to Chief of Naval Personnel, and the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award.

Box 9 Folder 11
Newspaper Clippings, 1984-1985

Articles pertaining to the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award, military retirement, speaking engagements, patriotism, and Rabbi Aaron Landes.

Box 9 Folder 12
Newspaper Clippings, 1986-1991

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's retirement, Wendy Lawrence's award as Outstanding Woman Naval Aviator in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and "Bulldog" training for Marine candidates at the Naval Academy.

Box 9 Folder 13
Newspaper Clippings, 1992-1994

Articles pertaining to Wendy Lawrence's selection as an astronaut and space flight training.

Box 9 Folder 14
Newspaper Clippings, 1995

Articles pertaining to Wendy Lawrence's first Space Shuttle mission.

Box 9 Folder 15
Newspaper Clippings, 2001

Articles pertaining to Sam Davis, the Marine Corps Memorial, and the general atmosphere at the Naval Academy.

Box 10 Folder 1-2
Newspaper Clippings, undated

Articles pertaining to the Naval Academy women's crew team, Wendy Lawrence, Diane Lawrence, and the 600 ship Navy.

Subseries 6b: Magazines and Newsletters, 1941-2001

Subseries Description

Highlighted publications include All Hands, Fore 'N Aft, The Log, Naval Aviation News, Shipmate, and Wings of Gold.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of publication.

Box 10 Folder 3
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1941, 1961

Includes a copy of the U.S.S. Newport News ship's paper.

Box 10 Folder 4
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1972-1975

Articles pertaining to the Superintendents of the United States Naval Academy, the Honor Concept, and the School Adoption Program at NAS Lemoore.

Box 10 Folder 5
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1976-1978

Articles pertaining to Naval Academy Commandants, and Lawrence's appointment as Naval Academy Superintendent.

Box 10 Folder 6
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1979 May-October

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's appointment as Naval Academy Superintendent, and the nature of duty at the Naval Academy.

Box 10 Folder 7
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1979 November-[December]

Articles pertaining to the Army-Navy Game and the presentation of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award.

Box 10 Folder 8
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1980

Articles pertaining to various speaking engagements and biographical works.

Box 10 Folder 9
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1981

Articles pertaining to Lawrence's honorary degree from Fisk University, his marriage, and speaking engagements.

Box 10 Folder 10
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1982-1983

Articles pertaining to speaking engagements, the recommissioning of U.S.S. New Jersey (Battleship: BB-62), and Lawrence's relinquishing of command of the Third Fleet.

Box 10 Folder 11
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1984-1985, 1989

Articles pertaining to the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Lawrence's biography, Navy personnel issues, and the Commandant's reading list.

Box 10 Folder 12
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 1990-1995

Articles pertaining to Wendy Lawrence's Navy and NASA careers.

Box 10 Folder 13
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 2001
Box 11 Folder 1
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, 2001
Box 11 Folder 2
Magazine and Newsletter Clippings, undated

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Series 7: EVENT PROGRAMS, 1949-2001 Boxes 11-13, 29[OS]

Series Description

Programs for events at which William P. Lawrence was a speaker, guest of honor, host, or attendee. The events include banquets (such as Naval Academy athletic banquets and Alfalfa Club dinners), change of command ceremonies, dances (such as the Naval Academy's N and Ring Dances), awards ceremonies (such as Naval Academy academic awards and National Football Foundation awards), ship's commissioning ceremonies, and retirement ceremonies.

Programs dating from 1949 to 1951 relate to events during Lawrence's time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. Programs dating from 1978 to 1981 pertain largely to Naval Academy events during Lawrence's time as Superintendent.

Series Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by event date.

Event Programs, 1949

Box 11 Folder 3
N Dance, 1949 May 30
Box 11 Folder 3
Farewell Ball in Honor of the Class of 1949, 1949 June 2

Event Programs, 1950

Box 11 Folder 4
Duke University Service of Worship, 1950 February 5
Box 11 Folder 4
June Week, 1950 May 27-June 2
Box 11 Folder 4
Playbill - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1950 June
Box 11 Folder 4
Playbill - Mister Roberts, 1950 June
Box 11 Folder 4
Programa para la visita a Mexico del Sr. Gral. Wade H. Haislip, 1950 September 12-17
Box 11 Folder 4
Christmas Hop, 1950 December 16

Event Programs, 1951

Box 11 Folder 5
Baccalaureate Service Class of 1951, 1951 May 27
Box 11 Folder 5
Dress Parade [letter of commendation recipient], 1951 May 29
Box 11 Folder 5
N Dance, 1951 May 30
Box 11 Folder 5
Presentation of Athletic and Extracurricular Prizes and Awards, 1951 May 30

Event Programs, 1957-1972

Box 11 Folder 6
Alumni Homecoming, 1957 September 27-29
Box 11 Folder 6
Nashville Quarterback Club Banquet Honoring the 1922 Vanderbilt Football Team, 1962 September 28
Box 11 Folder 6
Change of Command Ceremony, Fighter Squadron 143 [relieving officer], 1967 June 15
Box 11 Folder 6
Freedom Tree Dedication, 1972 December 20

Event Programs, 1974-1976

Box 11 Folder 7
Change of Command Ceremony, Light Attack Wing Pacific [relieving officer], 1974 August 9
Box 11 Folder 7
[Retirement Ceremony] in Honor of Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, 1974 July 2
Box 11 Folder 7
The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Seventeenth Annual Awards Dinner, 1974 December 10
Box 11 Folder 7
Change of Command Ceremony, Light Attack Wing Pacific [relinquishing officer], 1975 May 29
Box 11 Folder 7
Pentecost Order of Worship, 1975
Box 11 Folder 7
Change of Command Ceremony, Navy Recruiting District Nashville, Tennessee, 1975 August 1
Box 11 Folder 7
Launching of U.S.S. Texas (Guided Missile Cruiser: CGN-39), 1975 August 9
Box 11 Folder 7
300th Anniversary of Little Compton, Rhode Island: Service of Thanksgiving in the Tent, 1975 August 10
Box 11 Folder 7
Order of Worship, 1976 January 11

Event Programs, 1977

Box 11 Folder 8
Seventh Annual Armed Forces Luncheon [guest speaker], 1977 May 20
Box 11 Folder 8
Fort Hunt High School Commencement [Wendy Lawrence: Valedictorian], 1977 June 3
Box 11 Folder 8
Order of Worship, 1977 June 12
Box 11 Folder 8
United States Naval Academy Oath of Office Ceremony Class of 1981, 1977 July 6
Box 11 Folder 8
Parents' Open House Class of 1982 Parents' Forum, [1977] August 19

Event Programs, 1978 January-October

Box 11 Folder 9
Eagle Scout Recognition Program, 1978
Box 11 Folder 9
Military Order of the Carabao 78th Annual Wallow, 1978 February 4
Box 11 Folder 9
Dedication Ceremony for the Risner Trophy, 1978 February 10
Box 11 Folder 9
Naval Aviation Ball, 1978 May 26
Box 11 Folder 9
Change of Command Ceremony, Chief of Naval Operations, 1978 July 1

Program inscribed to William Lawrence from Admiral James Holloway.

Box 11 Folder 9
Change of Command Ceremony, Chief of Naval Material, 1978 August 1
Box 11 Folder 9
Change of Command Ceremony, Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy [relieving officer], 1978 August 28

Includes invitation.

Box 11 Folder 9
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1978 October 4

Event Programs, 1978 December

Box 11 Folder 10
Army-Navy Football Game, 1978 December 2
Box 11 Folder 10
United States Naval Academy Christmas Dinner, 1978 December 12
Box 11 Folder 10
Holiday Bowl, 1978 December 12
Box 11 Folder 10
Holiday Bowl - Kick Off Luncheon, [1978 December]
Box 11 Folder 10
Holiday Bowl - [untitled guide], 1978 [December]
Box 11 Folder 10
Holiday Bowl - Participant's Manual, 1978 [December]

Event Programs, 1979

Box 29[OS] Folder 9
United States Naval Academy Chapel, A Christmas Eve Festival of Candles, Carols and Communion, 1979 December 24

Event Programs, 1979 January-April

Box 11 Folder 11
Observance of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1979 January 15
Box 11 Folder 11
1978 Varsity Football Banquet, 1979 January 20
Box 11 Folder 11
The Alfalfa Club 66th Anniversary Dinner, 1979 January 27
Box 11 Folder 11
Sea Power: Today and Tomorrow [panelist], 1979 February 13
Box 11 Folder 11
United States Naval Academy Football Banquet, 1979 March 15
Box 11 Folder 11
Wrestling Team Banquet, 1979 April 2
Box 11 Folder 11
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1979 April 11,
Box 11 Folder 11
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1979 April 18
Box 11 Folder 11
Forrestal Lecture Series: Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, USN, 1979 April 25

Event Programs, 1979 May-October

Box 11 Folder 12
Navy Relief Softball Game, 1979 May 13
Box 11 Folder 12
Protestant Service, 1979 May 20
Box 11 Folder 12
Brigade of Midshipmen Dedication Parade, 1979 May 25
Box 11 Folder 12
United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week, 1979 May 25-30
Box 11 Folder 12
N Dance, 1979 May 27
Box 11 Folder 12
Protestant Baccalaureate Service, 1979 May 27
Box 11 Folder 12
Brigade of Midshipmen Color Parade, 1979 May 29
Box 11 Folder 12
United States Naval Academy Presentation of Prizes and Awards, 1979 May 29
Box 11 Folder 12
United States Naval Academy Graduation and Commissioning Ceremonies, 1979 May 30
Box 11 Folder 12
United States Naval Academy Oath of Office Ceremony Class of 1983, 1979 July 6
Box 11 Folder 12
Forrestal Lecture Series: Colonel James B. Irwin, USAF (Ret.), 1979 September 11
Box 11 Folder 12
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1979 October 3
Box 11 Folder 12
Navy-Air Force Football Game, 1979 October 6
Box 11 Folder 12
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1979 October 10
Box 11 Folder 12
Forrestal Lecture Series: Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, USN, 1979 October 29

Event Programs, 1979 November

Box 11 Folder 13
Navy-Notre Dame Football Game, 1979 November 3
Box 11 Folder 13
U.S.S. Harry W. Hill (Destroyer: DD-986) Commissioning Ceremony, 1979 November 17

Event Programs, 1979 December

Box 12 Folder 1
Army-Navy Football Game, 1979 December 1
Box 12 Folder 1
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Twenty-Second Annual Awards Dinner [gold medal honoree], 1979 December 4
Box 12 Folder 1
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Twenty-Second Annual Awards Dinner - Seating List, 1979 December 4

Event Programs, 1980 January-April

Box 12 Folder 2
Boy Scouts of America Leadership Breakfast [special guest speaker], 1980
Box 12 Folder 2
1979 Varsity Football Banquet, 1980 February 2
Box 12 Folder 2
The Touchdown Club of Annapolis 26th Annual Football Banquet, 1980 February 12
Box 12 Folder 2
Concert by the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, 1980 February 29
Box 12 Folder 2
The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame 2nd Annual Golf Classic, 1980 March 9-12
Box 12 Folder 2
Mess Night, 1980 March 28
Box 12 Folder 2
Phi Kappa Phi Fourth Annual Initiation Banquet, 1980 March 30
Box 12 Folder 2
United States Naval Academy Football Banquet, 1980 April 2
Box 12 Folder 2
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1980 April 9
Box 12 Folder 2
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1980 April 30

Event Programs, 1980 May

Box 12 Folder 3
Anne Arundel Community College Commencement [commencement speaker], 1980 May 18
Box 12 Folder 3
Brigade of Midshipmen Dedication Parade, 1980 May 23
Box 12 Folder 3
United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week, 1980 May 23-28
Box 12 Folder 3
N Dance, 1980 May 25
Box 12 Folder 3
United Stats Naval Academy Glee Clubs Commissioning Week Concert, 1980 May 25
Box 12 Folder 3
Ring Dance, 1980 May 26
Box 12 Folder 3
Brigade of Midshipmen Color Parade, 1980 May 27
Box 12 Folder 3
United States Naval Academy Presentation of Prizes and Awards, 1980 May 27
Box 12 Folder 3
United States Naval Academy Graduation and Commissioning Ceremonies, 1980 May 28

Event Programs, 1980 July-October

Box 12 Folder 4
United States Naval Academy Oath of Office Ceremony, Class of 1984, 1980 July 8

Includes correspondence from a member of the Class of 1980.

Box 12 Folder 4
National POW-MIA Recognition Day [speaker], 1980 July 18
Box 12 Folder 4
United States Naval Academy Parents' Open House Class of 1984, 1980 August 14-16
Box 12 Folder 4
Forrestal Lecture Series: Admiral James D. Watkins (USN), 1980 September 10
Box 12 Folder 4
Fisk University Opening Convocation, 1980 September 11
Box 12 Folder 4
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1980 September 24
Box 12 Folder 4
George Bancroft Memorial Lecture, 1980 October 9
Box 12 Folder 4
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1980 October 8
Box 12 Folder 4
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1980 October 15

Event Programs, 1980 November-December

Box 12 Folder 5
Navy-Notre Dame Football Game, 1980 November 1
Box 12 Folder 5
Mess Night, 1980 November 21
Box 12 Folder 5
Army-Navy Football Game, 1980 November 29
Box 12 Folder 5
The Salvation Army 100th Birthday Celebration [keynote speaker], 1980 December 4
Box 12 Folder 5
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Twenty-Third Annual Awards Dinner [presenter], 1980 December 9
Box 12 Folder 5
Garden State Bowl, 1980 December 14
Box 12 Folder 5
United States Naval Academy Chapel, A Christmas Eve Festival..., 1980 December 24

Event Programs, 1981 January-April

Box 12 Folder 6
The Touchdown Club of Annapolis 27th Annual Football Banquet, 1981 January 20
Box 12 Folder 6
The Alfalfa Club Sixty-Eighth Anniversary Dinner, 1981 January 24
Box 12 Folder 6
United States Naval Academy Football Banquet, 1981 February 10
Box 12 Folder 6
Forrestal Lecture Series: The Honorable L. Bruce Laingen, 1981 April 1
Box 12 Folder 6
Funeral Service for General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley, 1981 April 14
Box 12 Folder 6
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1981 April 15
Box 12 Folder 6
Dedication Ceremony, Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King Hall, 1981 April 15
Box 12 Folder 6
Easter Sunrise Service, National Naval Medical Center [sermon], 1981 April 19
Box 12 Folder 6
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1981 April 22
Box 12 Folder 6
Brigade of Midshipmen Dress Parade, 1981 April 29

Event Programs, 1981 May-December

Box 12 Folder 7
United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week, 1981 May 22-27
Box 12 Folder 7
United States Naval Academy Protestant Baccalaureate Service, 1981 May 24
Box 12 Folder 7
United States Naval Academy Baccalaureate Mass, 1981 May 24
Box 12 Folder 7
United States Naval Academy Presentation of Prizes and Awards, 1981 May 26
Box 12 Folder 7
Brigade of Midshipmen Color Parade, 1981 May 26
Box 12 Folder 7
United States Naval Academy Graduation and Commissioning Ceremonies, 1981 May 27
Box 12 Folder 7
Reception and Dinner Honoring Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1981 July 9
Box 12 Folder 7
Farewell Banquet for Vice Admiral and Mrs. William P. Lawrence [guest of honor], 1981 August 21
Box 12 Folder 7
Change of Command Ceremony, Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy [relinquishing officer], 1981 August 22
Box 12 Folder 7
Sunset Parade Honoring the 206th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy, 1981 October 9
Box 12 Folder 7
[U.S.S. Arizona (Battleship: BB-39) Commemoration Ceremony], 1981 December 7

Event Programs, 1982 March-June

Box 12 Folder 8
187th Anniversary of the Founding of the United States Navy Supply Corps, 1982 March 5
Box 12 Folder 8
West Point Society of Hawaii Founders Day Dinner, 1982 March 13
Box 12 Folder 8
Submarine Birthday Ball, 1982 April 3
Box 12 Folder 8
Change of Command Ceremony Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet, 1982 May 28
Box 12 Folder 8
Change of Command Ceremony, Naval Facility Barbers Point [guest speaker], 1982 June 11
Box 12 Folder 8
The Naval Academy: Past, Present and Future [keynote speaker], 1982 June 24

Event Programs, 1982 December

Box 12 Folder 9
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame 25th Annual Awards Dinner, 1982 December 7
Box 12 Folder 9
AMVETS Carillon Rededication Ceremony [speaker], 1982 December 5
Box 12 Folder 9
[U.S.S. Arizona (Battleship: BB-39) Commemoration Ceremony], 1982 December 7
Box 12 Folder 9
Commissioning Ceremony, U.S.S. Willamette, 1982 December 18
Box 12 Folder 9
Recommissioning Ceremony, U.S.S. New Jersey, 1982 December 28

Event Programs, 1983 June-August

Box 13 Folder 1
Change of Command Ceremony, Fleet Marine Force Pacific, 1983 June 3
Box 13 Folder 1
Change of Command Ceremony, Commander in Chief United States Forces Pacific, 1983 July 1
Box 13 Folder 1
Change of Command Ceremony, Commander Third Fleet [relinquishing officer], 1983 August 19
Box 13 Folder 1
Third Fleet Staff Aloha Party [guest of honor], [1983 August]

Event Programs, 1983 September-October

Box 13 Folder 2
Graduation Review, Recruit Training Command [reviewing officer], 1983 September 16
Box 13 Folder 2
Change of Command Ceremony, Chief of Naval Personnel [relieving officer], 1983 September 28
Box 13 Folder 2
Mass of Christian Burial, His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York, 1983 October 10

Event Programs, 1984 January-October

Box 13 Folder 3
19th Annual Honors Luncheon of the National Collegiate Athletic Association [honoree], 1984 January 9
Box 13 Folder 3
Change of Command Ceremony, Commandant of Midshipmen [speaker], 1984 January 14
Box 13 Folder 3
The Alfalfa Club 71st Anniversary Dinner, 1984 January 28
Box 13 Folder 3
Governor's Prayer Breakfast [speaker], 1984 May 3
Box 13 Folder 3
Salute to America [speaker], 1984 October 7

Event Programs, 1984 December

Box 13 Folder 4
Liberty Bowl [recipient of Liberty Bowl Distinguished Service Award], 1984 December 27

Event Programs, 1985-1989

Box 13 Folder 5
The Alfalfa Club 72nd Anniversary Dinner, 1985 January 26
Box 13 Folder 5
Military Order of the Carabao, 85th Annual Wallow, 1985 February 5
Box 13 Folder 5
Retirement Ceremony, Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, USN [guest of honor], 1986 January 27
Box 13 Folder 5
Commissioning Ceremony, H.M.S. Cumberland (Frigate: F-22), [1989 June 10]

Event Programs, 1990-1991

Box 13 Folder 6
26th Annual Honors Dinner of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1990 January 8
Box 13 Folder 6
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 34th Annual Award Dinner, 1991 December 10
Box 13 Folder 6
Army-Navy Football Game, 1991 December 7

Event Programs, 1994-1999

Box 13 Folder 7
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 37th Annual Award Dinner, 1994 December 6
Box 13 Folder 7
The Gridiron Club 110th Annual Dinner, 1995 March 25
Box 13 Folder 7
National Society, Daughter of the American Revolution 104th Continental Congress, 1995 April 19-22
Box 13 Folder 7
Flying Boat Festival & Seaplane Homecoming, 1999 August

Event Programs, 2000

Box 13 Folder 8
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 43rd Annual Awards Dinner, 2000 December 12

Event Programs, 2001 March-May

Box 13 Folder 9
Commissioning Ceremony, U.S.S. Winston S. Churchill (Guided Missile Destroyer: DDG-81), 2001 March 10
Box 13 Folder 9
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Middle Tennessee Chapter Annual Awards Dinner, 2001 April 21
Box 13 Folder 9
United States Naval Academy Second Annual Midway Night Banquet, 2001 April 12
Box 13 Folder 9
United States Naval Academy Presentation of Prizes and Awards, 2001 May 24

Event Programs, 2001 June-December

Box 13 Folder 10
Change of Command Ceremony, Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific, 2001 June 1
Box 13 Folder 10
Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony, Naval Medical Clinic Annapolis, Maryland, 2001 June 22
Box 13 Folder 10
Ginger Cove Men's Group meeting [speaker], 2001 June 24
Box 13 Folder 10
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, 2001 August 10-11
Box 13 Folder 10
Class of 1951 Fiftieth Reunion, Memorial Service, 2001 September 23
Box 13 Folder 10
Forrestal Lecture Series: John S. McCain, 2001 October 9
Box 13 Folder 10
U.S. Navy Retired One/Two/Three Star Flag Officer Symposium, 2001 November 7
Box 13 Folder 10
Brigadier General Robinson Risner Statue Dedication Ceremony, 2001 November 16
Box 13 Folder 10
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 44th Annual Awards Dinner, 2001 December 11

Event Programs, undated

Box 13 Folder 11
National Prayer Breakfast [speaker], undated

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Series 8: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1974-2001 Box 14

Series Description

Correspondence between Lawrence, his family, various colleagues, and friends. Additional correspondence dating from after Lawrence's retirement can be found in SUBJECT FILES AND PERSONAL MISCELLANY.

Series Arrangement

Organized into two subseries by correspondent type.

Subseries 8a: Family, 1974-2001

Subseries Description

Correspondence between William Lawrence, his wife Diane, and his children, Wendy and William, Jr. The correspondence pertains largely to Lawrence's marriage, the daily activities of his family, birthdays, and holidays, as well as health and fitness workshops delivered by Diane Lawrence. Included in the subseries are incoming and outgoing letters, greeting cards, and email printouts.

Also included in the subseries are several letters between members of Lawrence's family and third parties.

Due to the presence of personally identifiable information, the use of correspondence with Wendy Lawrence is restricted.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent; chronologically thereunder by correspondence date.

Box 14 Folder 1
Diane Lawrence, 1974
Box 14 Folder 2
Diane Lawrence, ca. 1974
Box 14 Folder 3
Diane Lawrence, 1975

Includes a poem composed by Diane Lawrence for William Lawrence.

Box 14 Folder 4
Diane Lawrence, 1981-1983, 2001
Box 14 Folder 5
Diane Lawrence, undated
Box 14 Folder 6
Diane Lawrence - Greeting Cards, undated
Box 14 Folder 7
Wendy Lawrence (RESTRICTED), 1973-1978
Box 14 Folder 8
Wendy Lawrence (RESTRICTED), 1981-1989
Box 14 Folder 9
Wendy Lawrence (RESTRICTED), 1990, 1995, undated
Box 14 Folder 10
William Lawrence, Jr., 1974-1976, undated
Box 14 Folder 11
Unidentified, undated

Subseries 8b: General, 1975-2001

Subseries Description

Correspondence between Lawrence and various correspondents, mostly dating from after Lawrence's retirement from the U.S. Navy. The majority of the correspondence consists of letters of thanks or congratulations, but also includes letters relating to the 1980 Army-Navy Game, low numbers of Naval Academy graduates in the Marine Corps (1990), speaking engagements (1990), Lawrence's candidacy for Executive Director of the NCAA (1993), flag officer announcements (2001), and Lawrence's nomination to the Yorktown Naval Test Pilot Hall of Honor (2001). Included in the subseries are incoming and outgoing letters, greeting cards, and email printouts.

Notable correspondents include Admirals Elmo R. Zumwalt and James B. Stockdale, as well as then Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Box 14 Folder 12
General Correspondence, 1975-1979
Box 14 Folder 13
General Correspondence, 1980-1986

Includes letters from Brooke Astor, a U.S. Military Academy cadet (letter on dollar bill pertaining to 1980 Army-Navy Game), the Military Chaplains Association (selection as Citizen of the Year 1986).

Box 14 Folder 14
General Correspondence, 1990

Includes letters to or from Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, General J.J. Went (regarding the number of Naval Academy graduates in the Marine Corps), and Admiral James Stockdale.

Box 14 Folder 15
General Correspondence, 1991

Includes letters to or from Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander. Also includes letters pertaining to Lawrence's candidacy for Executive Director of the NCAA.

Box 14 Folder 16
General Correspondence, 2001 January-May

Includes materials pertaining to new Flag Officer appointees and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Box 14 Folder 17
General Correspondence, 2001 June-November

Includes materials pertaining to the Golden Eagles Reunion, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Lawrence's nomination to the Yorktown Naval Test Pilot Hall of Honor.

Box 14 Folder 18
General Correspondence, undated

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Series 9: SUBJECT FILES AND PERSONAL MISCELLANY, 1917-2010 Boxes 14-18, 35, MSOS

Series Description

Documentation of William Lawrence's various personal and professional interests, as well as his post-retirement activities. The materials pertain to numerous topics, such as Lawrence's elementary and high school education; his involvement with the National Football Foundation and NCAA; his opposition to proposed changes in the commissioning of reserve officers and the extension of service obligations for service academy graduates; the 1922 Vanderbilt football team; the Grand Old Opry; the biographies and writings of other Admirals such as Arleigh Burke and James Stockdale; racial tensions aboard U.S.S. Constellation (Attack aircraft carrier: CVA-64); fighter squadron histories; ranks and length of commands of Naval Academy Superintendents; and the role of women in the Navy and Naval Academy. Included in the series are incoming and outgoing letters, newsletters, pamphlets, press clippings, event tickets, maps, calendars, guest lists, notes, notebooks, poems, congressional committee prints, mission patches, database printouts, postal covers, and decals.

Included in the series are several documents pertaining to the U.S. Navy service of William A. Bernrieder, including correspondence; publications about the Solomon Islands and South Pacific; and several Japanese government issued Filipino peso notes. Bernrieder and Lawrence were acquaintances through their involvement in the U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association.

Included in the series is a partial manuscript entitled "Last Liberty," which chronicles the history of the U.S.S Constellation, including racial tensions during 1972. The manuscript includes a prologue by Lawrence concerning his time aboard Constellation.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject, or to a lesser extent, document type.

Box 14 Folder 19

All Flag Officer Conference (AFOC), undated

Box 14 Folder 20

Antarctica, 1979-1984

Includes material pertaining to the United States Antarctic Program.

Box 14 Folder 21

Bernrieder, William A., 1917, 1941-1945

Correspondence of, and other material owned by, World War II Naval Reservist William A. Bernrieder. Includes Japanese government issued Filipino pesos and copies of Southwest of 0° - 180° and There Came to the Solomons.

Box 14 Folder 22

Burke, Arleigh (Admiral), 1990

Box 14 Folder 23

Caperton, William B. (Admiral), 1941, undated

Box 14 Folder 24

Carnevale, Ben, undated

Box 14 Folder 25

Cavert Junior High School, 1946

Copy of the school's newspaper, the Caverteen.

Box MSOS Folder 3

Chart - Time Correlation of Major World Events and the Subsequent Development and Deployment of Strategic Weapon Systems (1946-1990), [1990]

Box 14 Folder 26

The Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association (The Golden Eagles), 2001

Box 15 Folder 1-2

The Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association (The Golden Eagles) - "Chronolog", 2001

Collection of biographies of association members.

Box 15 Folder 3

Eastern Shore Chapel, undated

Box 15 Folder 4

Event Tickets, 1949, 1981

Tickets for the Cotton Bowl Basketball Tournament and United States Senate gallery passes.

Box 15 Folder 5

Fighter Squadron Histories, 1961-1966, undated

Historical summaries for Fighter Squadrons 101, 14, 121, and 143.

Box 15 Folder 6

French Riviera, 1991

Box 15 Folder 7

Grand Ole Opry, 1974, undated

Box 15 Folder 8

Guest Lists, 2001, undated

Box 15 Folder 9

Integrity in Public Service, 1986-1990, undated

Box 15 Folder 10

Invitations, 2001, undated

Box 15 Folder 11

Lemoore, California, undated

Box 15 Folder 12

Madonna Inn, [1969],

Picture postcards of the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, California.

Box 15 Folder 13

Maps, 1977, undated

Maps of San Diego, Fort Hunt, and the University of Notre Dame.

Box 15 Folder 14

Military Literature, 1989

Bibliography/sales brochure for military literature.

Box 15 Folder 15

Military Order of the Carabao, undated

Box 15 Folder 16

Miscellaneous, 1950, undated

Includes a birth certificate, a flyer on Luigi Gregori, and a drawing of a battle scene possibly produced by one of Lawrence's children.

Box 15 Folder 17

Miscellaneous - Pamphlets, 1976, 1986, undated

Includes materials pertaining to the United States Bicentennial and the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

Box 15 Folder 18-19

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 1994-1995, undated

Includes materials on Kennedy Space Center and Astro-2 (STS-67), mission patches, and a pamphlet entitled America in Space (published by Lockheed).

Box 15 Folder 20

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), 1981-1993

Box 15 Folder 21

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - Correspondence, 1992-1993

Includes materials pertaining to Lawrence's candidacy for the position of executive director of the NCAA.

Box 16 Folder 1

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. - Awards Committee Meeting Materials, 2001

Box 16 Folder 2

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. - Correspondence, 1979-2001

Includes meeting minutes and budget materials.

Box 16 Folder 3

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. - Miscellaneous, 1979, 2001, undated

Includes a greeting card of the West Point football team featuring Douglas MacArthur.

Box 16 Folder 4

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. - Newsletters and Press Clippings, 1979-2001

Includes issues of the foundation's newsletter Footballetter.

Box 16 Folder 5

National Museum of Naval Aviation, undated

Box 16 Folder 6

National War College, 1974

Includes a booklet pertaining to the college and the Class of 1974.

Box 35 Folder 5

Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, 2010

Event program for the Hall's 2010 Enshrinement Ceremony.

Box 16 Folder 7

Naval Historical Foundation, 1974, 1977

Includes Cruising in the Old Navy and Report of the Secretary of the Navy - 1858.

Box 16 Folder 8

Near Midair Collisions, 1976

House of Representatives committee hearing on near midair collisions between military and civilian aircraft.

Box 16 Folder 9

New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, 1980

Box 16 Folder 10

Notebooks, undated

Includes Lawrence's Fourth Grade English notebook containing poetry, and a notebook of household and financial information, possibly a reference source for Lawrence's wife while he was on deployment.

Box 16 Folder 11

Notes [Handwritten], undated

Box 16 Folder 12

Parker, Ted (Vice Admiral), undated

Box 16 Folder 13

Poetry, undated

Includes poems written for and about Lawrence.

Box 16 Folder 14

Postal Covers - 50th Anniversary of Naval Aviation, 1961

Box 16 Folder 15

Presidential Inauguration Committee, 1981

Box 16 Folder 16

Quotations, undated

Includes quotes from Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway.

Box 16 Folder 17

Republican Exchange Satellite Network, 1993

Box 16 Folder 18

Reserve Commission Act, 1992

Includes correspondence to Senator Sam Nunn.

Box 16 Folder 19

Russell, John Henry (Rear Admiral), 1980, undated

Box 16 Folder 20

Service Academy Obligation Extension, 1992

Includes correspondence to Senator Sam Nunn.

Box 17 Folder 1-2

Schedules [Calendars], 1976-1978

Box 17 Folder 3

Stockdale, James B. (Vice Admiral), 1989-1990, undated

Includes copies of speeches and writings by Stockdale.

Box 17 Folder 4

Tennessee, 1945-1990, undated

Includes materials on Coffee County, and Lawrence's home neighborhood in Nashville.

Box 17 Folder 5

Thoughts for Joint Commanders by John H. Cushman (Lieutenant General), 1993

Inscribed by the author.

Box 17 Folder 6

Total Quality Leadership, 1991-1992, undated

Box 17 Folder 7

United States Naval Academy- Decals, undated

Box 17 Folder 8

United States Naval Academy - Football, 1991

Box 17 Folder 9

United States Naval Academy - Football, 2001

Box 17 Folder 10

[United States Naval Academy - Graduate Rank Database] Printout, 1990

Box 17 Folder 11

United States Naval Academy - Superintendent Rank Database Printout, 1978

Box 17 Folder 12

U.S. Navy Retired One/Two/Three Star Flag Officer Symposium, [2001]

Box 17 Folder 13

U.S.S. Constellation (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVA-64) - "Last Liberty" Manuscript, undated

Box 18 Folder 1

U.S.S. Shangri-La (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVA-38), undated

Box 18 Folder 2

Vanderbilt University Football, 1962, undated

Material pertaining to the 1922 Vanderbilt football team and related reunions.

Box 18 Folder 3

West End High School, 1944-1980

Material pertaining to Lawrence's time as a high school student, and West End Coach Emmett Strickland.

Box 18 Folder 4

Williams, MacPherson (Admiral), 1991, undated

Box 18 Folder 5-6

Women in the Navy, 1979-1995

Material pertaining to women in the Navy and at the Naval Academy, and Jim Webb's article "Women Can't Fight."

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Series 10: CERTIFICATES AND PLAQUES, 1930-2000 Boxes 18-19, 30[OS]

Series Description

Certificates and plaques presented to William P. Lawrence and to his daughter, Wendy Lawrence.

Series Arrangement

Organized into two subseries by document type.

Subseries 10a: Certificates, 1930-2000

Subseries Description

Certificates documenting promotions, degrees, and honors bestowed upon Lawrence. The certificates include high school and postgraduate degrees (including one honorary degree); U.S. Navy commissions; military decorations; certificates of appreciation; and honorary resolutions.

Among the certificates is a matted letter from Admiral Arleigh Burke, pertaining to Lawrence's promotion to Commander, Third Fleet.

Included in the subseries are several certificates relating to the education and U.S. Navy career of Wendy Lawrence.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by type; thereunder chronologically.

Athletic Awards, 1949
Box 18 Folder 7
N Award, United States Naval Academy (Basketball), 1949
Commissions, 1951-1981
Box 30[OS] Folder 1
Ensign (effective June 1, 1951), 1951 June 1
Box 30[OS] Folder 1
Rear Admiral (effective June 1, 1975), 1975 June 3
Box 30[OS] Folder 1
Vice Admiral (effective August 1, 1980), 1981 June 10
Diplomas and Certifications, 1947, 1974
Box 30[OS] Folder 2
High School Diploma, Nashville City Public Schools, 1947 June 6
Box 30[OS] Folder 2
Master of Science in International Affairs, George Washington University, 1974 September 30
Diplomas and Certifications, 1951-1980
Box 18 Folder 8
Qualified Translator of Portuguese, United States Naval Academy, 1951 May 4
Box 18 Folder 8
F-4B Pilot & RIO Familiarization Certificate of Completion, Naval Air Technical Training Command, 1963 June 3
Box 18 Folder 8
Seminar in Systems Acquisition Management Certificate of Attendance, Defense Systems Management School, 1975 October 31
Box 18 Folder 8
Doctor of Humane Letters [Honorary], Fisk University, 1980 September 11
Military Decorations, 1973
Box 18 Folder 9
Navy Commendation Medal, 1973 March 28, undated

Includes, undated citation for second Navy Commendation Medal.

Military Decorations, 1973-1986
Box 18 Folder 10
Distinguished Flying Cross, 1973 March 28
Box 18 Folder 10
Silver Star Medal, 1973 March 28
Box 18 Folder 10
Purple Heart, 1973 June 8
Box 18 Folder 10
Purple Heart, (Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award), 1973 June 8
Box 18 Folder 10
Bronze Star Medal (with Combat "V"), 1974 October 21
Box 18 Folder 10
Silver Star Medal (Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award), 1974 October 30
Box 18 Folder 10
Legion of Merit, 1979 January 11
Box 18 Folder 10
Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award), 1981 August 17
Box 18 Folder 10
Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Star in Lieu of Fourth Award), 1986 January 22
Miscellaneous Certificates, 1930-1982
Box 19 Folder 1
Cradle Roll Certificate, Belmont School, 1930 October 1
Box 19 Folder 1
Selectee, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1950
Box 19 Folder 1
1000 Flight Hours in a McDonnell F-4 Aircraft, McDonnell Old Pro Club, 1966 November 8
Box 19 Folder 1
Certificate of Appreciation, Lions International, 1975 April 26
Box 19 Folder 1
Honorary Chief, Annapolis Area Chief Petty Officers Association, March 12, 1979
Box 19 Folder 1
Certificate of Participation, Annapolis Week "Round-the-Yard-Run", 1979 April 7
Box 19 Folder 1
United States Antarctic Program, 1982 November 15
Miscellaneous Certificates, 1982-1996
Box 30[OS] Folder 3
Neptune Rex, City of Seattle, 1982 August 4
Box 30[OS] Folder 3
Autographed Letter from Admiral Arleigh Burke, 1983 January 23
Box 30[OS] Folder 3
Certificate of Recognition, Marine Corps University, 1996 April 26
Miscellaneous Certificates, 1992
Box 19 Folder 2
Pampa Flight Certificate, Vought Aircraft Company, 1992 October 21
Resolutions, 1973, 2000
Box 19 Folder 3
Tennessee Joint Resolution No. 90 [Call for Convention Welcoming Lawrence Home], 1973
Box 19 Folder 3
United States Naval Academy Class of 1951, 2000 October 17
Resolutions, 1981
Box 30[OS] Folder 4
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Resolution of Appreciation, 1981 May 21
Box 19 Folder 4-5
Wendy Lawrence Certificates, 1975-1982, undated

Includes Wendy Lawrence's appointment to the Naval Academy, Commandant's List certificates, and a Certificate of Solo Flight. Also includes a folder for Lawrence's designation as a Naval Aviator (no certificate).

Subseries 10b: Plaques, 1973-1981

Subseries Description

Three plaques pertaining to the change of command of the Light Attack Wing Pacific, the graduates and staff of the National War College, and sports results at the United States Naval Academy during Lawrence's time as Superintendent.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by type or issuing body.

Box 19 Folder 6
National War College - Directing Staff, Faculty, and Graduates, 1973-1974

Includes listing for Lawrence under graduates.

Box 19 Folder 7
Invitation - Change of Command Ceremony, Light Attack Wing, 1974 August 9
Box 30[OS] Folder 5
United States Naval Academy - Sports Results (1978-1981), 1981 July

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Series 11: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1901-2001 Boxes 19-27, 31[OS]-34[OS], MSOS

Series Description

Photographic images depicting Lawrence's family, friends, and ancestors, as well as activities and events from his career as an officer in the United States Navy and personal life. Included in the series are color prints, black-and-white prints, negatives, and photocopies of various sizes.

Series Arrangement

Organized into six subseries by subject and office of origin.

Subseries 11a: Portraits, 1901-2001

Subseries Description

Studio portraits and candid photographs of Lawrence, as well as his parents, wife, children, extended family, ancestors, co-workers, and friends. Groups represented in the subseries include the Brewer family, the family of W.T. Lawrence, assemblages of naval officers, and NASA personnel.

Included among the individual portraits are autographed prints of New York Mets baseball players Willie Mays, Rusty Staub, and Tug McGraw.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged into two categories (Individual portraits and Group portraits), thereunder by topic.

Box 19 Folder 8
Individuals - Family Members (Miscellaneous), 1960-2001, undated
Box 19 Folder 9
Individuals - Lawrence, Diane, 1976-1979, undated
Box 19 Folder 10
Individuals - Lawrence, Laurie, 1977 May
Box 19 Folder 11
Individuals - Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L., 1949-1973, undated
Box 31[OS] Folder 2
Individuals - Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L., undated
Box 20 Folder 1-2
Individuals - Lawrence, Wendy, 1977-1995, undated
Box 31[OS] Folder 1
Individuals - Lawrence, Wendy, undated
Box 20 Folder 3-5
Individuals - Lawrence, William (Candid), 1948-1979, undated
Box 20 Folder 6-8
Individuals - Lawrence, William (Studio/Posed), 1949-1983, undated
Box 31[OS] Folder 3
Individuals - Lawrence, William (Studio/Posed), undated
Box 20 Folder 9
Individuals - Miscellaneous, 1948-1983, undated
Box 31[OS] Folder 4
Individuals - Miscellaneous, undated

Includes a portrait of a boy in a football helmet, possibly William Lawrence or one of his siblings.

Box 20 Folder 10
Individuals - New York Mets, [ca. 1973]

Includes autographed photographs of Tug McGraw, Rusty Staub, and Willie Mays.

Box 20 Folder 11
Groups - Athletic Teams, 1947-1948, undated

Includes images of teams on which Lawrence was a member in middle school, high school, and at the Naval Academy, as well as the Naval Academy women's crew team while Wendy Lawrence was a member.

Box 20 Folder 12
Groups - Family, 1943-2001
Box 20 Folder 13-14
Groups - Family, undated
Box 31[OS] Folder 5-6
Groups - Family, undated
Box 31[OS] Folder 7
Groups - Family [album], undated
Box 20 Folder 15
Groups - Family (Brewer Family), 1901-1931, undated
Box 21 Folder 1
Groups - Family (W.T. Lawrence Family), ca. 1915, undated
Box 21 Folder 2
Groups - Lawrence, William and Diane Lawrence, 1975-1985, undated
Box 21 Folder 3
Groups - Lawrence, William and Wendy Lawrence, 1977-1981, undated
Box 31[OS] Folder 8
Groups - Lawrence, William and Wendy Lawrence, 1992

Photograph of a painting.

Box 21 Folder 4
Groups - Miscellaneous, 1973, 1990, 2001, 2005, undated
Box MSOS Folder 4
Groups - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 21 Folder 5
Groups - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), undated
Box 21 Folder 6
Groups - Navy, 1954-1981
Box 31[OS] Folder 9
Groups - Navy, 1983-1984, undated
Box 21 Folder 7
Groups - Navy, undated
Box 21 Folder 8
Groups - Pets, 1977, undated
Box 21 Folder 9
Negatives, undated

Subseries 11b: Naval Academy Functions, 1946-2001

Subseries Description

Images depicting Lawrence's various activities while stationed at, and interactions with, the United States Naval Academy as a midshipman, alumnus, and superintendent, as well as images of Academy buildings and grounds. Events depicted in the subseries include various award ceremonies, midshipman parades, athletic events, graduation ceremonies, change of command ceremonies, and prisoner of war commemorations.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged into five categories (Alumni Activities; Buildings and Grounds; Midshipman Activities; Parades and Formations; and Superintendent Activities), thereunder alphabetically by topic.

Box 21 Folder 10
Alumni Activities - Award Ceremonies, undated
Box 21 Folder 11
Alumni Activities - Naval Academy Graduation, [2001]
Box 21 Folder 12
Alumni Activities - Parades and Formations, 1989, undated
Box 21 Folder 13
Alumni Activities - Reunions, 2004, undated
Box 34[OS] Folder 4
Buildings and Grounds - Aerial View, undated

Aerial view featuring the Isherwood and Mahan complexes and midshipmen in formation on Worden Field.

Box 21 Folder 14
Buildings and Grounds - Bancroft Hall, undated
Box 21 Folder 15
Buildings and Grounds - Boat Basin, undated
Box 21 Folder 16
Buildings and Grounds - Buchanan House, 1981 July, undated
Box 21 Folder 17
Buildings and Grounds - Chapel, 1981 July, undated
Box 21 Folder 18
Buildings and Grounds - Chapel (John Paul Jones Crypt), 1946
Box 21 Folder 19
Buildings and Grounds - Midshipman Commanders Plaque, undated
Box 21 Folder 20
Buildings and Grounds - Tecumseh Court, undated
Box 21 Folder 21
Buildings and Grounds - Yard after Snow Storm, undated
Box 21 Folder 22
Midshipman Activities [album pages], undated

Includes images of parades, inspections, recreational activities, and portraits of Lawrence and other midshipmen.

Box 22 Folder 1
Midshipman Activities - Athletics (Football), undated
Box 22 Folder 2
Midshipman Activities - Athletics (Track and Field), undated
Box 22 Folder 3
Midshipman Activities - Awards and Promotions, 1951 May
Box 22 Folder 4
Midshipman Activities - Group Photographs, undated
Box 22 Folder 5
Midshipman Activities - Inspections, 1951 April, undated
Box 22 Folder 6
Midshipman Activities - Leave and Recreation, 1949
Box 22 Folder 7
Midshipman Activities - Midshipman Cruises, 1948, undated
Box 22 Folder 8
Midshipman Activities - Midshipmen in Mess Hall, 1948 January
Box 22 Folder 9
Midshipman Activities - Parades and Formations, 1950-1951, undated
Box 22 Folder 10
Midshipman Activities - Physical Training, undated
Box 22 Folder 11
Midshipman Activities - Plaque Presentation, undated
Box 22 Folder 12
Midshipman Activities - Playing Chess, 1951 April
Box 22 Folder 13
Midshipman Activities - Plebe Indoctrination, 1951 July
Box 22 Folder 14
Midshipman Activities - Presentations, 1951 April
Box 22 Folder 15
Midshipman Activities - Studying, 1951 April
Box 22 Folder 16
Midshipman Activities - Uniform Pickup, 1951 May
Box 22 Folder 17
Midshipman Activities - Washington, DC Tour, undated
Box 34[OS] Folder 2
Parades and Formations, 1994

Includes engraving in appreciation for Lawrence's participation in the 1994 Leaders' Forum.

Box 34[OS] Folder 3
Parades and Formations - Superintendent's Parade, 1987 October 14
Box 22 Folder 18
Superintendent Activities - Alumni Association Event, undated
Box 22 Folder 19
Superintendent Activities - Antique Brass Softball Game, undated
Box 22 Folder 20
Superintendent Activities - Army-Navy Rally, undated
Box 22 Folder 21
Superintendent Activities - Awards and Promotions (Presented), 1980, undated
Box 22 Folder 22
Superintendent Activities - Awards and Promotions (Promotion to Vice Admiral), 1980 August
Box 22 Folder 23
Superintendent Activities - Awards and Promotions (Received), 1979-1980, undated
Box 22 Folder 24
Superintendent Activities - Change of Command, 1978 August
Box 22 Folder 25
Superintendent Activities - Change of Command, 1981 August
Box 22 Folder 26
Superintendent Activities - Change of Command [negatives], 1981 August
Box 34[OS] Folder 5
Superintendent Activities - Change of Command [proof sheets], 1981 August
Box 22 Folder 27
Superintendent Activities - Commander-in-Chief's Trophy Presentation, 1978 December, 1980
Box 22 Folder 28
Superintendent Activities - Conference of Superintendents [album], 1979 May
Box 22 Folder 29
Superintendent Activities - Dances and Balls, 1980, undated
Box 22 Folder 30
Superintendent Activities - Football Practice, undated
Box 22 Folder 31
Superintendent Activities - Garden Party, undated
Box 22 Folder 32
Superintendent Activities - General Electric Gas Turbine Engine Presentation, 1981 April
Box 22 Folder 33
Superintendent Activities - Herndon Climb, undated
Box 22 Folder 34
Superintendent Activities - Hockey Faceoff, undated
Box 22 Folder 35
Superintendent Activities - Holiday Bowl Luncheon, 1978 December 22
Box 22 Folder 36
Superintendent Activities - King Hall Dedication, 1981
Box 23 Folder 1
Superintendent Activities - Maryland Boys State, undated
Box 23 Folder 2
Superintendent Activities - Midshipman Project Demonstrations, undated
Box 23 Folder 3
Superintendent Activities - Naval Academy Graduation, 1980-1981

Includes images of Wendy Lawrence and Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Box 23 Folder 4
Superintendent Activities - Naval Academy Graduation, undated
Box 23 Folder 5-6
Superintendent Activities - Parades and Formations, undated
Box 23 Folder 7
Superintendent Activities - Parades and Formations (Presidential Inauguration), 1981 January 20
Box 23 Folder 8
Superintendent Activities - Parties and Receptions, 1980-1981, undated
Box 23 Folder 9
Superintendent Activities - Parties and Receptions (Christmas), [1980]
Box 23 Folder 10
Superintendent Activities - Philadelphia Alumni Dad's Night, 1979-1981
Box 23 Folder 11
Superintendent Activities - POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony, 1981 July, undated
Box 23 Folder 12
Superintendent Activities - Speeches, 1979-1980, undated
Box 23 Folder 13
Superintendent Activities - Unidentified Events, 1978-1980, undated
Box 23 Folder 14
Superintendent Activities - Valley Forge Military Academy Visit [album], 1979 April
Box 23 Folder 15
Superintendent Activities - Wreath Laying Ceremony (John Paul Jones Crypt), undated

Subseries 11c: Navy Functions, 1956-1985

Subseries Description

Images depicting Lawrence's various activities as an officer in the United States Navy, with the exception of his times stationed at the Naval Academy. Events depicted in the subseries include award ceremonies, change of command ceremonies, parties, receptions, inspection tours, speeches, and events surrounding Lawrence's release from captivity as a prisoner of war (POW).

Included in the subseries are photographs of Clint Eastwood, H. Ross Perot, Vice Admiral James Stockdale, and Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box 23 Folder 16
Aircraft and Flight Operations, undated

Includes images of U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42), U.S.S. Ranger (CV-61), F3H Demon fighter aircraft, and an F-8 Crusader fighter aircraft.

Box 34[OS] Folder 1
Aircraft and Flight Operations, undated

Includes engraving in appreciation for Lawrence's participation in the 1994 Leaders' Forum.

Box 23 Folder 17
Aircraft and Flight Operations [negatives], undated
Box 23 Folder 18
Aircraft and Flight Operations - Glider Flight, undated

Images of Lawrence piloting a glider.

Box 23 Folder 19
Awards and Promotions - Air Medal and Navy Commendation Medal, 1966 December
Box 23 Folder 20
Awards and Commendations - Colonel, Aide de Camp Governor's Staff, 1973 March

Includes images of Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn.

Box 23 Folder 21
Awards and Commendations - Honorary Citizen of Springfield, Tennessee, 1973 May
Box 23 Folder 22
Awards and Promotions - Miscellaneous, undated
Box 23 Folder 23
Awards and Promotions - Outstanding Member of Class Sixteen, Test Pilot Training Division, 1956 July
Box 23 Folder 24-26
Awards and Promotions - Presented (General), undated
Box 24 Folder 1
Awards and Promotions - Presented (Winging Ceremony), 1985 March
Box 24 Folder 2
Awards and Promotions - Received (General), 1966
Box 24 Folder 3
Awards and Promotions - Received (General), undated
Box 24 Folder 4
Awards and Promotions - Silver Star, Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal, and Distinguished Service Medal, 1975 February
Box 24 Folder 5
Change of Command - Dick Edwards, undated
Box 24 Folder 6
Change of Command - Fighter Squadron 143, 1967 June, undated
Box 24 Folder 7
Change of Command - Light Attack Wing, 1974 August
Box 24 Folder 8
Change of Command - Light Attack Wing [negatives], 1974 August
Box 24 Folder 9
Change of Command - Light Attack Wing, 1975 May
Box 24 Folder 10
Change of Command - Third Fleet, undated
Box 24 Folder 11
Conference - Unidentified, undated
Box 24 Folder 12
Congressional Cruise, 1959 November
Box 24 Folder 13
Ground Breaking - Unidentified, undated
Box 24 Folder 14
Inspection Tours - Pacific Missile Test Center, undated
Box 24 Folder 15
Inspection Tours - U.S. Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, California, undated
Box 24 Folder 16
Inspection Tours - U.S.S. Enterprise (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVAN-65). [album], undated
Box 24 Folder 17
Inspection Tours - U.S.S. Peleliu (Amphibious Assault Ship: LHA-5) (RIMPAC '82) [album], 1982 April 19
Box 24 Folder 18
Inspection Tours - U.S.S. Ranger (Attack Aircraft Carrier: CVA-61). [album], undated
Box 24 Folder 19
[Japan], undated
Box 24 Folder 20
Northamptonshire Regiment, 1956
Box 32[OS] Folder 1
Parties and Receptions [album], undated
Box 24 Folder 21
Parties and Receptions - Birthdays, undated
Box 24 Folder 22
Parties and Receptions - Bryant Retirement, 1985 February
Box 24 Folder 23
Parties and Receptions - Drawbridge Motor Inn, 1985 January
Box 24 Folder 24
Parties and Receptions - Farewell Celebration, [1983]
Box 24 Folder 25
Parties and Receptions - Hawaii, 1983, undated
Box 24 Folder 26
Parties and Receptions - Hawaii [negatives], undated
Box 24 Folder 27
Parties and Receptions - Peterson Air Force Base, undated
Box 24 Folder 28
Parties and Receptions - Recruit Division Review, undated
Box 24 Folder 29
Parties and Receptions - "Ten Years Free", [1983]
Box 24 Folder 30
Parties and Receptions - Unidentified Event, 1983
Box 24 Folder 31-35
Parties and Receptions - Unidentified Events, undated

Includes images of Vice Admiral James Stockdale.

Box 25 Folder 1
Physical Training, undated
Box 25 Folder 2
Prisoner of War (POW) Events - Christmas Parade Float, 1973 December
Box 25 Folder 3-5
Prisoner of War (POW) Events - Homecoming, 1973

Includes images of H. Ross Perot, Clint Eastwood, and Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn.

Box 25 Folder 6
Prisoner of War (POW) Events - Memorial Day Float, 1973
Box 25 Folder 7
Prisoner of War (POW) Events - MIA Awareness Day and Armed Forces Day, 1973 January-November
Box 25 Folder 8
Prisoner of War (POW) Events - POW-MIA Nationwide Prayer Billboard, undated
Box 25 Folder 9
Prisoner of War (POW) Events - [POW-MIA Recognition Day?], undated
Box 25 Folder 10
Prisoner of War (POW) Events - Veterans Day Parade, 1973
Box 25 Folder 11
Ships, 1983, undated
Box 25 Folder 12
Speeches, 1982, undated
Box 25 Folder 13
Speeches - Cerebral Palsy Telethon, undated
Box 25 Folder 14
Speeches - Nashville Civitan Club, 1973 May
Box 25 Folder 15
Speeches - Nashville Exchange Club, undated
Box 25 Folder 16
Television Interview, undated
Box 25 Folder 17
Unidentified, 1975, 1982, undated
Box 33[OS] Folder 1
United States Merchant Marine Academy Acceptance Day [album], 1985 September
Box 25 Folder 18
United States Naval Institute Annual Meeting, 1979 April

Includes images of Vice Admiral James Stockdale and William A. Bernrieder.

Box 33[OS] Folder 2
United States Strike Command [album], 1966

Subseries 11d: Recreational and Family Activities, 1951-2001

Subseries Description

Images depicting events and activities from Lawrence's personal and family life, spanning from his childhood until retirement, including parties, receptions, holiday dinners, vacations, high school reunions, high school athletics, leisure sports, and both of Lawrence's weddings. Also included in the subseries are images depicting events pertaining solely to Robert L. Lawrence and Wendy Lawrence.

Included in the subseries are photographs of John McCain.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box 25 Folder 19
Athletics, undated

Includes images of athletic events dating from Lawrence's high school days and retirement.

Box 25 Folder 20
Church Services, undated
Box 25 Folder 21
Holidays - Christmas, 1974-1981, undated
Box 25 Folder 22
Holidays - [Thanksgiving], 1977 November

Images feature John McCain.

Box 25 Folder 23
Miami Air Show, 1991
Box 34[OS] Folder 6
Miscellaneous Events and Activities [album], 1972-1974

Includes images of Lawrence's second wedding, parties, and holidays, including some celebrated by the Lawrence family while Lawrence was a captive in Vietnam. Also includes images of the 1974 Light Attack Wing change of command.

Box 25 Folder 24
Parties and Receptions - Elkins Autograph Party, 1973 September 28
Box 25 Folder 25
Parties and Receptions - Laurie Lawrence [Medical School Graduation?], undated
Box 25 Folder 26
Parties and Receptions - Pool Party, 1986 June
Box 25 Folder 27-28
Parties and Receptions - Unidentified, undated
Box 26 Folder 1-2
Parties and Receptions - Unidentified (Miscellaneous), 1956-1980, undated
Box 26 Folder 3
Parties and Receptions [negatives], undated
Box 26 Folder 4
Robert L. Lawrence Activities, 1970-1974, undated

Includes images of local parades, luncheons, and construction sites.

Box 26 Folder 5
Sailing/Boating, 1980, 1984
Box 26 Folder 6
Speeches - McLean, Virginia Rotary Club, 1990 October
Box 34[OS] Folder 7
Swimming, undated
Box 26 Folder 7
Trips and Vacations, undated
Box 26 Folder 8
Trips and Vacations - Zoos, 1975, undated
Box 26 Folder 9
Trips and Vacations [negatives], undated
Box 26 Folder 10
Unidentified Events, undated
Box 26 Folder 11
Wedding - Anne Lawrence, 1951
Box 34[OS] Folder 8
Wedding - Anne Lawrence, 1951
Box 26 Folder 12
Wedding - Diane Lawrence, 1974
Box 26 Folder 13
Wendy Lawrence Activities - Astronaut Training (NASA), undated
Box 26 Folder 14
Wendy Lawrence Activities - Awards and Promotions (COMNAVAIRLANT Pilot of the Year), 1989
Box 26 Folder 15
Wendy Lawrence Activities - Awards and Promotions (Winging Ceremony), 1982 July 30
Box 26 Folder 16
Wendy Lawrence Activities - Parades and Formations (Naval Academy), 1977, ca. 1981, undated
Box 26 Folder 17
Wendy Lawrence Activities - Plebe Parents' Weekend, 1977 August
Box 26 Folder 18
Wendy Lawrence Activities - NASA Brief, 1993
Box 26 Folder 19
Wendy Lawrence Activities - Naval Academy Graduation, 1981 May 27
Box 26 Folder 20
Wendy Lawrence Activities - Unidentified, 1981, undated
Box 26 Folder 21-22
West End High School Reunion, 2001

Subseries 11e: Awards and Honors (General), 1979-1989

Subseries Description

Images depicting awards and award ceremonies, primarily non-military, relating to William Lawrence. The awards depicted in this subseries include those named in honor of Lawrence, those received by Lawrence from outside the Navy (such as his honorary degree from Fisk University), and awards presented by Lawrence (either of a non-military nature, or presented following Lawrence's retirement from the U.S. Navy).

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by award.

Box 26 Folder 23
Association of Naval Aviation VADM William P. Lawrence JROTC Cadet Leadership Award, undated
Box 26 Folder 24
Fisk University Honorary Degree, 1980
Box 26 Folder 25
National Caring Awards, 2003 November 17

Includes images of Ross Perot.

Box 26 Folder 26
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Theodore Roosevelt Award, 1984
Box 26 Folder 27
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Gold Medal, 1979
Box 26 Folder 28
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame William P. Lawrence Scholar-Athlete Award, 1979 November
Box 26 Folder 29
Unidentified Awards, undated
Box 26 Folder 30
Vice Admiral Lawrence Award (U.S. Navy Award), 1989 November 3
Box 26 Folder 31
West End High School Scholar Athlete Award, undated

Subseries 11f: Buildings, Grounds, and Landscapes (General), 1975-1983

Subseries Description

Images depicting various buildings and grounds, of both military and non-military natures. The photographs primarily depict the interior and exterior of various houses (most likely Lawrence's personal dwelling or official quarters of his various commands), as well as monuments and memorials (such as the U.S.S. Arizona memorial). Also included in this subseries are photographs of NAS Moffett Field, NAS Patuxent River, and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

Images of the United States Naval Academy's buildings and grounds can be found in PHOTOGRAPHS/Naval Academy Functions.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box 26 Folder 32
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, undated

Includes images of Lawrence's visit to Antarctica.

Box 26 Folder 33
House Exteriors, 1975-1981, undated
Box 26 Folder 34
House Interiors, undated
Box 26 Folder 35
Miscellaneous Building Exteriors, 1975, undated

Includes images of the terminal building at Naval Air Station Barriers Point, and a POW-MIA flag flying atop an unidentified building.

Box 27 Folder 1
Miscellaneous Landscapes and Seascapes, undated
Box 27 Folder 2
Monuments and Memorials - Tennessee, undated
Box MSOS Folder 5
Monuments and Memorials - U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, 1978

Inscribed by the memorial's designer, sculptor Felix de Weldon.

Box 27 Folder 3
Monuments and Memorials - U.S.S. Arizona, 1981, 1983,, undated
Box 27 Folder 4
Monuments and Memorials - Wright Brothers, undated
Box 27 Folder 5
Naval Air Station Moffett Field, undated
Box MSOS Folder 6
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, undated
Box 27 Folder 6
Negatives, undated
Box 34[OS] Folder 9
San Diego, California, undated
Box 27 Folder 7
Unidentified Naval Facility, undated

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Series 12: ARTWORK AND MEMORABILIA, 1966-2001 Boxes 28-29[OS], MSOS

Series Description

Artwork and memorabilia kept by William Lawrence. The artwork includes prints and lithographs depicting the Naval Academy, a Pitcairn Autogiro, and two war-time aerial operations. The memorabilia includes a paperweight, a deck of playing cards depicting the College Football Hall of Fame, and a baseball autographed by members of the Naval Academy baseball team.

The two lithographs depicting aerial engagements are autographed by Captain David McCampbell (USN), and Vice Admiral James Stockdale (USN).

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic or document type.

Box 28 Folder 1

Autographed Baseball, undated

Autographed by the United States Naval Academy baseball team, ca. 1981.

Box 29[OS] Folder 1

Cartoons, undated

Includes a cartoon pertaining to Robert L. Lawrence's college football career, and a biographical comic of William Lawrence.

Box 28 Folder 2

Paperweight - Navy Mutual Aid Association, undated

Box 28 Folder 3

Playing Cards - College Football Hall of Fame, undated

Box 29[OS] Folder 2

Prints and Lithographs, 1966, 1991

Includes a view of the United States Naval Academy in 1908 and a reproduction of a painting of a Pitcairn Autogiro (with an engraving from the ANA Pitcairn Squadron).

Box MSOS Folder 7

Prints and Lithographs, undated

Includes depictions of Operation Pierce Arrow and an aerial engagement over Leyte Gulf, autographed by Vice Admiral James Stockdale (USN) and Captain David McCampbell (USN), respectively.

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