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William O. Field Scrapbooks, 1916-1955 (bulk 1916-1919): Finding Aid

Published in July 2017

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 451
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: William O. Field Scrapbooks
  • Dates: 1916-1955
  • Bulk Dates: 1916-1919
  • Size: 1.8 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 flat box)
  • Creator: Field, William O. (William Osgood), 1904-
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: William O. Field was a glaciologist and a member of the American Geographical Society. The William O. Field Scrapbooks, comprising 0.7 linear feet of documentation in four volumes, span primarily from 1916 to 1919. The scrapbooks focus on the international competition to complete the first transatlantic flight, which culminated in the successful transatlantic flight of the U.S. Navy's NC-4 in 1919, as well as the U.S. Navy's battleship and cruiser fleets.

Biography of William O. Field

William Osgood Field was born in New York City on January 30, 1904 to William B. Osgood Field and Lila Vanderbilt Sloane Field. After graduating from Harvard University with a B.S. in geology in 1926, Field initially worked for University Film Production at Harvard before turning to the field of glacier research in the 1930s. In 1940, Field joined the American Geographical Society and was appointed head of the Society's Department of Exploration and Field Research in 1947, ultimately remaining at the Society until his retirement in 1969. William O. Field died on June 16, 1994 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Description of Contents

The William O. Field Scrapbooks, comprising 1.9 linear feet of documentation in four volumes, span primarily from 1916 to 1919. The scrapbooks focus on the international competition to complete the first transatlantic flight, which culminated in the successful transatlantic flight of the U.S. Navy's NC-4 in 1919, as well as the U.S. Navy's battleship and cruiser fleets.

The scrapbooks consist primarily of news clippings and postcards, with smaller numbers of photographs and occasional telegrams.

The William O. Field Scrapbooks are arranged alphabetically by topic/title into a single records series. The first two scrapbooks focus on the international competition to complete the first transatlantic flight after World War I. Much of the first scrapbook is composed of materials on the U.S. Navy's Curtiss NC flying boats, including their assembly and test flights in Jamaica Bay; the Navy crews of NC-1, NC-3, and NC-4; and the commencement of their transatlantic flight, up to and including the flight leg from Trepassey to the Azores. The scrapbook also touches upon the transatlantic attempts by the U.S. Navy's C-5 blimp and pilots Harry G. Hawker and Mackenzie Grieve, as well as British airship development. Also included is some biographical material on pilots John Towers, John Cyril Porte, Clifford B. Pordger, Jules Vedrines, and Hugo Sunstedt. The second scrapbook covers the NC-4's successful flight from the Azores to Lisbon, as well as several failed transatlantic attempts, including those by Harry Hawker in his Sopwith biplane, C. F. Morgan and Frederick P. Raynham in their Martinsyde biplane, and the Handley-Page biplane.

The remaining two scrapbooks detail the U.S. Navy's battleship and armored cruiser fleets circa 1919, consisting of postcards, clippings, and ship specifications, such as displacement, armament, cost, fuel source, and crew complement. The battleship scrapbook covers U.S.S. Alabama (BB-8), Arizona (BB-39), Arkansas (BB-33), Connecticut (BB-18), Delaware (BB-28), Florida (BB-30), Georgia (BB-15), Idaho (BB-42), Illinois (BB-7), Indiana (BB-1), Iowa (BB-4), Kansas (BB-21), Kearsarge (BB-5), Kentucky (BB-6), Louisiana (BB-19), Maine (BB-10), Massachusetts (BB-2), Michigan (BB-27), Minnesota (BB-22), Mississippi (BB-41), and Missouri (BB-11). The cruiser scrapbook covers U.S.S. Seattle (CA-11), North Carolina (CA-12), Frederick (CA-8), Huntington (CA-5), South Dakota (CA-9), Montana (CA-13), and Memphis (CA-10), including her wrecking at Santo Domingo. The scrapbook also includes an entry on ships transporting American troops from France after World War I.

Filed at the end of the collection is a single United States Naval Institute Proceedings article from 1955 entitled "Photographing the Surrender Aboard the USS Missouri" by Colonel Bertram Kalisch.

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Arrangement

The William O. Field Scrapbooks are arranged alphabetically by topic/title.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The William O. Field Scrapbooks 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 William O. Field in November 1993. Accession No. 93-70.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Material pertaining to William O. Field's career as a glaciologist can be found in the William O. Field Papers at the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; the William O. Field fonds at the Archives and Library, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta, Canada; the William B. Osgood Field Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library; and the William Osgood Field Papers, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives Department.

Materials Cataloged Separately

Approximately 30 books, periodicals, photographs, and posters have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

William O. Field Scrapbooks, MS 451

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in July 2017. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in July 2017.

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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

  • Battleships -- United States
  • Cruisers (Warships) -- United States
  • Seaplanes
  • Transatlantic flights
  • United States. Navy -- Aviation -- History

Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Scrapbook - "Airoplanes and Air Machines", 1919

Box 1 Folder 2

Scrapbook - NC-4, 1919

Box 2 [OS] Folder 1

Scrapbook - Ships (Battleships), 1919 (approximate)

Box 2 [OS] Folder 2

Scrapbook - Ships (Cruisers), 1916-1918

Box 1 Folder 3

Journal Article - "Photographing the Surrender Aboard the USS Missouri", 1955

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