Commodore Robert S. Haggart, USN

An Inventory of His Collection in the Navy Department Library

Table of Contents

Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographic Album, 1908-1914

Photographic Album of Activities, US Naval Training Station, San Diego, 1944-1948

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Navy Department Library
Creator: Robert S. Haggart, 1891-1966
Title: Robert S. Haggart Collection
Dates: 1908-1948 (inclusive)
Dates: 1911-1914; 1944-1948(bulk)
Quantity: 2 Photographic Albums
Abstract: Photographic albums compiled by Robert S. Haggart while a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy (1908-1912) and while commanding officer of the Naval Training Station, San Diego, California (1944-1948).

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Biographical Note

Robert Stevenson Haggart was born in Salem, New York on 7 April 1891, the son of Benjamin C. Haggart and Mrs. Anne Ashton Russel Haggart. He attended Washington Academy in Salem, New York, then high school in Granville, New York, prior to his appointment on 17 June 1908 to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While a midshipman, he played class baseball and basketball, and was business manager of the Lucky Bag. Graduated and commissioned ensign in June 1912, he was promoted to lieutenant junior grade on 8 June 1915. During World War I, he received temporary promotions to lieutenant and lieutenant commander, was commissioned in the ranks in 1918 and 1922, respectively, and subsequently advanced to the rank of captain, 8 December 1939. He commanded USS Tennessee (BB-43) from 20 June 1942 until 26 March 1944. He reported for duty as commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California in April 1944 and served in that capacity until January 1948. He retired on 1 July 1949 with the rank of commodore. He died on 17 July 1966 in San Diego, California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two photographic albums compiled by Robert S. Haggart while a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy (1908-1912) and while commanding officer of the Naval Training Station, San Diego, California (1944-1948).

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Arrangement

The albums are housed in one archival box.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographic Album, 1908-1914
This 53-page photographic album was compiled by Robert S. Haggart while he was a midshipman at the US Naval Academy and during his first two years of naval service with USS Michigan (BB-27). The album contains approximately 300 black and white photographs showing various individuals, and groups and activities at the naval academy that Midshipman Haggart participated in. The bulk of the photographs were taken during the summer cruises of 1909, 1910 and 1911. Subjects include shipboard scenes and activities, seascapes, other naval ships, and views of the ports and harbors visited. Other subjects include various views of the naval academy, as well as a host of parades and athletic events. The last section of the album contains numerous shipboard photographs taken on board USS Michigan and group pictures of that ship's officers.
Photographic Album of Activities, US Naval Training Station, San Diego, 1944-1948
This album contains approximately ninety 8x10 black and white photographs showing Commodore Haggart, commanding officer of the San Diego Naval Training Station, during various ceremonies and award presentations. There are also eighteen 4 1/2 x 3/12 photographs of what appears to be a victory parade through the streets of San Diego, circa 1945.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Manuscripts are unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of manuscripts is generally prohibited, though the use of digital cameras by researchers to reproduce non-copyrighted materials is permitted. Permission to photocopy a limited number of pages may be granted by the reference staff, contingent upon the physical state of items. All photocopying of materials shall be done by the reference staff, or under their close supervision. The use of personal scanners by non-library staff personnel must be approved by the reference staff on a document-by-document basis (Reference: Naval History and Heritage Command Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.).

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal subject:

Haggart, Robert S.

Corporate subject:

United States Naval Academy
United States. Navy. San Diego Naval Training Station
USS Michigan (BB-23)

Subject term:

Sailors--History--20th Century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Historical Manuscripts, Navy Department Library, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, DC, Robert S. Haggart Collection.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Thomas Wildenberg in July 2004.

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