Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
Papers pertaining to the Adamkiewicz family and relatives, collected by Sylvia Adamkiewicz, consisting largely of news clippings on family events, including the rescue of Ladislaus Adamkiewicz after his ship, USS Jacob Jones, was sunk in World War I; and materials relating to the Kolpacki family and to Theodore Marlewski's Milwaukee pharmacy.
Circular, dated Navy Department, April 8, 1945, signed by George Bancroft, regarding an act approved by Congress relating to the enlistment of boys in the Navy and an extension of enlistment for seamen; and a letter, dated New York, May 26, 1857 from Bancroft asking for a publication of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Bolton, William C.
Papers of a former Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The processed portion consists of typewritten copies of diaries, reminiscences, and letters, May 19, 1917-December 31, 1918, by Timothy Brown, appointed Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1949, recounting the story of his service in the United States Navy, first as ordinary seaman and then as ensign; and a 1947 speech delivered before the Madison Literary club relating his experiences during World War II as an appeal agent for the Selective Service Board; and a letter, January 15, 1854, written by Brown's grandfather, Salina, New York, providing details on getting supplies to set up a bank.
Buchanan, James B.
A typed memoir written by Beloit, Wisconsin native James B. (Buck) Buchanan about his military service as an Aviation Chief Radioman (and gunner) in the U.S. Navy during World War II, including his eyewitness account of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the destruction of USS Arizona, and later from his post on board the carrier USS Intrepid, of the sinking of the battleship Yamato. Throughout the memoir are flashbacks describing events from his youth. The manuscript generally gives an account of a naval airman's life in the Pacific Theater, and in particular, details the battles in which Buchanan was a direct participant or was a radioman relaying dispatches. The memoir is illustrated with photocopies of several photographs and includes a copy of Buchanan's separation record summarizing his service record.
Buehl, Herbert V.
A recollection by Herbert V. Buehl of Beloit, Wisconsin about his tour of duty on board USS Arizona from December 7, 1940 to December 7, 1941. In it, Mr. Buehl recounts the various duties to which he was assigned and describes the general operation of a battleship. The final pages are devoted to the Pearl Harbor attack during which he was on board Arizona. He recounts the attack and the means by which he survived. Also included is a page of biographical notes that summarize Buehl's Navy experience.
Busch-Sulzer Brothers Diesel Company
Records of a St. Louis, Missouri manufacturing firm which produced diesel engines. Founded by beer magnate Adolphus Busch as the Diesel Motor Company of America, 1898-1901, then the American Diesel Engine Company, 1901-1911, this firm was the first to manufacture diesel engines in the United States under the patent of German scientist Dr. Rudolph Diesel. In 1911, the company merged with the Sulzer Brothers Diesel Engine Company, a Swiss manufacturer. The records include correspondence, reports, blueprints, drawings, and legal records documenting the early development of the diesel engine, improvement of the locomotive engine, submarine engine production during World War I, engine production during World War II, and general industrial manufacturing; financial records documenting assets and liabilities, production costs, and engine orders; and corporate records including minutes of Board of Directors and stockholder meetings. Also of interest is one folder relating to the company's relations with labor during the 1920s and data on employee wages and working conditions, photographs of factory construction, advertising publications, and operating handbooks.
Crowe, Richard R.
Letters written by Navy Chaplain R. R. Crowe to his wife during two tours of duty in Vietnam, describing daily events and their effects on him. Also included are clippings from military publications which feature Chaplain Crowe and several photographs.
Cushing, William B.
Letters written by William B. Cushing to his cousin, Mrs. Mary Buell Edwards Smith, East Troy, Wisconsin, while attending the Naval Academy and later while serving in the Navy during the Civil War; also includes biographical information about Alonzo Cushing and photocopies of newspaper clippings.
David, Albert L.
Citation relating to the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Albert LeRoy David, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry off French West Africa, June 4, 1944, signed by President Harry Truman.
Eight typed letters written by Gladys Paust Dean (September 17, 1943 through October 21, 1943) while traveling west from Madison, Wisconsin and while living in Oakland, California. Frank Dean, her husband, was a doctor who had been inducted into the Navy. The first three letters provide a rich description of the family's experiences traveling by automobile across America. The last five letters describe the life of a Navy family in Oakland during World War II. With Frank Dean's transfer to overseas duty, Gladys and their two sons returned to Wisconsin. Three carbon copies of the letters were sent to various family members in Wisconsin.
Ekenstedt, Delbert D.
Recorded and written recollections by Ekenstedt of his experiences while serving in the U.S. Navy, 1966-1969, including: training as a Seabee, experiences as a transport driver in the Danang area in Vietnam, leave in Australia, and a subsequent tour of duty in Cuba. He recalls the minutiae of daily activities, Vietnam scenes, and anecdotes. The written reminiscences concern some of the same topics but do not duplicate the recorded reminiscences.
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Fish, Kenneth R.
Letters written by Kenneth Fish, a fireman first class in the U.S. Navy serving on Okinawa during World War II, to his wife, Wava, in Richland Center, Wisconsin. The letters express the boredom and routine of military life, the nervousness of anticipated action, musings about home and the future, a concern about his wife's fidelity, descriptions of his surroundings, and a desire for Japanese battle souvenirs. A May 5, 1945 letter describes a system for bypassing the military censors, and other letters work out a code for communicating certain general information to his family. There are also a few letters written to Fish by his daughter, Lorraine, who was about 10 years old at the time, and two letters written by Naval officers to Wava Fish and to another family member concerning the circumstances of Kenneth Fish's death. One photograph and Fish's obituary from the local paper are included as well.
Fishel, Leslie H.
Papers of Fishel, an historian, Director of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, President of Heidelberg College at Tiffin, Ohio, and Director of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center at Fremont, Ohio. Included are personal correspondence including extensive letters regarding his service in the Navy during World War II, professional correspondence, speeches and writings, and papers pertaining to activities for Oberlin College, the First Congregational Church of Madison, the Friends of the Urban League in Madison, and the University YMCA. Many of the speeches were delivered as a representative of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin or as President of Heidelberg College. The writings reflect his interest and knowledge of African-American history and contemporary racial issues. Included is correspondence with Benjamin Quarles, co-author with Fishel of The Negro American. Also included are two group photographs which include Fishel.
Gipson, James C.
Military communications to James C. Gipson, an Ensign on the U.S. Navy gunboat Carondelet with the Mississippi Squadron; and the official Civil War Army service summary of Private Oscar W. Gipson, Company C, 15th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Also included are promotional pieces for the Rochester Seminary and Dramatic Troupe and a list of members of the University of Wisconsin Law School class of 1870, which included Albert E. Gipson.
Grant, Albert W.
Papers of Vice Admiral Albert Grant, U.S.N., of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, consisting of letters of congratulations for advancements, a few official communications, social invitations, and a logbook for USS Constellation for part of 1874.
Greenquist, Kenneth L.
Photocopies of letters written by Lieutenant Kenneth L. Greenquist to his wife Hilda in Racine, Wisconsin during his service in the U.S. Naval Armed Guard during World War II. His letters begin in March 1944 while he was undergoing officer training in Gulfport, Mississippi. From there he shipped out of Brooklyn, New York, on Ralph A. Cram with ports of call in Europe and later in the South Pacific. The letters describe his surroundings and his day-to-day activities both on land and at sea. They also reflect life on the homefront, such as his wife's activities, the birth of their daughter, politics, and the economy, and include his feelings about being separated from his family and his life in the Navy.
Hanson, Malcolm P.
Papers of a pioneer radio engineer who was instrumental in the development of station WHA, Madison, Wisconsin. Included are correspondence, technical papers, speeches, newspaper clippings, and a memorial volume written by his mother.† Hanson was chief radio engineer on Richard E. Byrdís expedition to Little America in 1928-1830.
Diary and log kept by Harrington, navigator on board the United States battleship North Carolina, on a cruise from Virginia to Peru and back to New York; including accounts of weather, revolutions, a siege of the port of Callao, and naval life and discipline. Also included are miscellaneous verses, drawings, essays, and some entries by others, some made in earlier or later years.
Civil War letters of the Harrison family of La Crosse, Wisconsin, of which three sons served in Company D, 14th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, one son in Company G, 40th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, and one son in the Navy. Typescript copies of the letters are combined with explanatory notes and genealogical information on the Harrison and Goble families, compiled by Lucile J. Trott.† The collection includes letters by Sylvanus T. Harrison stationed on USS Victory.
Hill, John S.
Letter, February 4, 1865, written to his nephew by John S. Hill, an assistant engineer in the East Gulf Blockading Squadron on board the U.S. Steamer Fort Henry in Saint George's Sound, Florida, describing the activities of his ship.
Jacobson, Erling R.
Papers of a Bonduel, Wisconsin, native who served as a U.S. Navy chaplain in the Pacific and as a Lutheran minister in civilian life, including a diary kept during 1943-1944 while he was based at Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides, his discharge papers, a narrative genealogy and a chart concerning his ancestry in the Ramseth family, biographical details about his wife, Myrtle B. Larson, a clipping about his time in the Navy, obituaries for both him and his wife, a tribute to him at the time of his death, and a photograph of him as a Navy chaplain.
Laurent, Francis W.
Papers of a naval officer from Thorp, Wisconsin, primarily concerning his career as a legal counsel for the Tennessee Valley Authority and as an official for the occupation of post-World War II Germany. Pertaining to work as assistant chief of the Decartelization Branch of the Office of Military Government for Germany (U.S.) are correspondence; reports; Laurent's personal statement to the Ferguson Committee, which investigated the decartelization program; and information on the Bosch Combine, one of the German businesses which Laurent studied. Tennessee Valley Authority work is represented by numerous memoranda concerning the Southern States Power Company and other litigation with which Laurent was involved, briefs, compilations of federal laws concerning water resource regulation, and reports and memoranda on other topics. Work for the U.S. Navy concerning World War II contracts includes a compilation of relevant official documents and a draft war contracts manual. Other papers concern his legal career in Wisconsin and research on federal water resources legislation.
Lawrence, George E.
Letters written by Lieutenant George E. Lawrence on board the USS Nokomis, giving details of an officer's life and duties on a convoy ship in World War I.
Leahy, William D.
Copies of typescript diaries and subject files of Fleet Admiral William Leahy, who served as U.S. Ambassador to France, 1940-1942, and chief of staff to the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, 1942-1949. The diary records his Spanish-American War service in the Cuban theater, particularly the Battle of Santiago, and subsequent naval service in Australia, the Philippines, the Nicaraguan occupation of 1912, and the West Indies and Atlantic during World War I, including the Haitian campaign of 1916. There is also a short family history. The diaries include much information on the military strategy of the war, postwar politics, relations with allies, and commentary on Washington, D.C. personalities, events, and conditions. The diaries include numerous copies of letters, reports, sketch maps, and photographs. The subject files cover Admiral Leahy's activities and awards, and include speeches and writings, congratulatory letters, personal correspondence, and clippings.
Lyman, Robert L.
Paper written by Lyman in 1969, describing World War II submarine building in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and later efforts to establish a marine museum and submarine memorial there.
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Mason, Frank E.
Papers of a NBC vice-president in charge of information who served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox during World War II. Included are correspondence, 1931-1945; telephone logs and appointment books, 1941-1944; speeches; and reports. The correspondence is primarily personal, but during 1939 and 1940 corporate matters become more prominent. Included here are letters and memoranda relating to NBC's development of short wave facilities, international broadcasting, and planning for wartime broadcasting. Some later letters refer to his activities in the Navy Department. Also part of the collection are speeches on newspaper-radio relations, short wave broadcasting, and propaganda; mimeographed copies of Knox's news conferences; and reports, not by Mason, concerning reconversion of industry after the war.
McMillen, Frederick E.
405-page memoir by Fred McMillen describing his childhood in Walworth County (Wisconsin) and his naval career, from his admission to the Naval Academy in 1900 to his retirement in 1946. The first chapter includes some genealogical information regarding the McMillen and Ewing families. Also included are inscriptions of World War I letters from McMillen to his family.
Mitscher, Marc A.
A small group of letters and orders relating to the U.S. Naval Admiral's promotions and changes of command in the Pacific fleet during World War II, and typescript drafts of speeches he gave in 1945-1946. Includes a brief note by President Harry S. Truman.
Nottingham, Wells B.
Papers of Lieutenant (jg) Nottingham, United States Navy, pertaining to the commissioning of USS Tonawanda, a net layer built at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Renner, Craig H.
Interviews with six former crewmen who served on board USS Wisconsin during World War II, conducted between June 28 and July 8, 1988, by Craig H. Renner as part of the research for an exhibition at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. The discussion includes details about joining the Navy, training, living conditions on the ship, duties and daily routines, crew-officer relations, discipline, recreation, shore leave, facilities and armaments, battle experiences, and relations between sailors and marines. The tapes are accompanied by rough content notes.
12 tape recordings
Rigacci, Emilie M.
Letters written by Rigacci to Margaret and Frieda Reynolds while Miss Rigacci, a WAVE in the United States Navy, was stationed in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Rose, Reed A.
Scrapbook containing a biography and clippings, photographs, and letters concerning the Naval career of Commander Reed A. Rose, USNR, a diesel engineer who served on board USS Kilauea and was Commanding Officer, Naval Training School, Richmond, Virginia.
Rubel, Henry S.
Naval signal forms recording radio messages on the naval armistice exchanged by U.S. Admiral Beatty and Admiral Hipper of the German High Seas Fleet, November 11-15, 1918, preserved by Henry S. Rubel.
Papers of a creator, writer, and producer of television documentaries. Much of Salomon's collection focuses on World War II, either by means of his personal wartime correspondence; his participation in the preparation and writing of Samuel Eliot Morison's History of United States Naval Operations in World War II; or his involvement in the creation and production of Victory at Sea, an NBC television series based on the Navy's exploits during the war. Included are business and personal correspondence, research materials, correspondence and logs documenting his research activities during the war and in post-war Japan, scripts and clippings for Victory at Sea, a copy of the book adapted from the series and a promotional booklet from NBC, clippings and promotional booklets for Project XX (NBC), and biographical material including a film. Among the prominent correspondents are S. N. Behrman, Samuel Eliot Morison, Nathan M. Pusey, Robert W. Sarnoff, and Romney Wheeler.
Memoirs of Sterling Schallert, Madison, Wisconsin, attorney and former Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy about his experiences serving on board USS LST 465 in the South Pacific during World War II.
Smith, Horace J.
Papers of Smith, an attorney in De Pere and Green Bay, Wisconsin, consisting of family correspondence. Included are letters written home by his sisters, Addie and Elizabeth Smith, while attending Rockford Female Seminary, 1876-1882; letters by Smith while he was a student at the University of Wisconsin, 1883-1889, and in his immediate post-graduate years while he was becoming established in the legal profession in the Green Bay area; and letters, 1930-1945, written by his four sons, Phillip, Robert, Mark, and Roger, and his daughter, Bene, while attending the University of Wisconsin or serving in various branches of the armed forces during World War II.
Titus, William O.
Papers of Titus, a Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, businessman, historian, author, and Republican politician, of which business papers comprise the largest segment. Some family letters are also found in the correspondence. During World War II a series of letters, 1943-1945, written by his son Robert, describe experiences in the United States Navy from boot camp to the occupation of Okinawa. A few other letters were written by a grandson, Donald W. Titus, a member of a tank corps in the Pacific area. In addition, the collection contains autobiographical manuscripts by William A. Titus giving his recollections and an appraisal of his life, especially his service as legislator and historian; manuscripts and research notes for some of his historical articles; speeches; and genealogical data on the Titus family.
Twining, Nathan C.
Papers consisting primarily of letters, 1886-1917, written by Admiral Nathan C. Twining, a native of Boscobel, Wisconsin, to his brother Clarence referring mainly to family and budgetary matters. A few discuss public affairs in which the admiral was involved: preparations for the Spanish-American war and naval battles at San Juan and Santiago, Cuba; American expansion; life in the Philippines; plans to prevent "flare backs" in the firing of naval guns; world politics in the Pacific; conditions in the Bureau of Ordnance which he headed, 1911-1913; and the Wilson Administration and World War I.
Miscellaneous papers relating to naval events in which Wisconsin men participated including: letters, 1864, reporting the destruction of the rebel ram Albemarle, under the command of Lieutenant William B. Cushing; report, 1909, of the cruise of USS Wisconsin; action report, 1952, of USS Wisconsin; and brief biographical sketches of Wisconsin naval men.
Van Brunt, Gersham J.
Photostat copy of Captain Van Brunt's report to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles concerning the action of his ship, USS Minnesota, in engaging the Confederate ship Virginia, and the subsequent battle between Monitor and Virginia when the Union ironclad came to his assistance.
Welle, Lester C.
Oral History, 1976
Tape-recorded interview conducted by Professor Edward Coffman with Lester C. Welle concerning Welle's experiences during World War I as a U.S. Navy bandsman in Chicago and on board the troop transport ship von Steuben, 1917-1919. Welle tells of meeting John Philip Sousa, nursing flu victims on the ship, celebrating the armistice in New York, and transporting troops home from Europe. On paper are notes on the interview and a clipping on von Steuben's origins as a German luxury liner.
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Mainly legal, business, and political papers of two River Falls, Wisconsin, lawyers, Ferris M. White and his son Kenneth. Seventeen letters, 1940-1946, written by Kenneth White's son John, describe his service in the United States Navy while stationed in the United States and in Puerto Rico. A group of letters written by another son, Charles, describes his life as a student at the University of Wisconsin, 1947-1949.
Papers of a rear admiral in the United States Navy, the bulk of which consists of the correspondence of Captain William Bolton Finch, including a number of letters from Commodore William Bainbridge, several of them in 1815 when preparations were underway for an Algerian campaign, correspondence with native rulers and American missionaries in the Hawaiian Islands at the time of Finch's official visit there in 1829 as Commander of USS Vincennes, and his report of the expedition. Also present is Wilkes' correspondence, 1861-1880, containing a draft of his letter turning over to the government the Civil War captives James M. Mason and John Slidell, correspondence regarding his retirement, an account of his Antarctic Expedition in 1840, and a biographical sketch of Wilkes.
Wisconsin Adjutant General's Office
Records of Wisconsin National Guard and State Guard service. Information is contained on 3x5" cards and includes enlisted and officer name, home address, birth date and place, physical characteristics, enlistment date, term years, organization, station, previous service, date of discharge and cause of discharge, and related information. Services include: National Guard Service including part of World War II (yellow cards), State Guard World War I (blue cards), State Guard World War II (pink cards), Wisconsin State Guard Reserve World War I (peach cards), and Naval Militia (pale blue cards). Also included at the end of the series is correspondence with the War Department, 1920-1926, with corrections for some of the records.
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Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources, Division of Enforcement, Environmental Analysis Section
Records of Duane Gebken, chief of the Environmental Analysis Section, primarily concerning the section's responsibility to monitor Project ELF, a controversial submarine communications system to be located in the Chequamegon National Forest, and the Army Corps of Engineers' plans to deepen the navigation channel of the Mississippi River below Lock and Dam 26 at Alton, Illinois. The records of Project ELF which was also known as Project Sanguine, 1968-1974, and Project Seafarer, 1975-1978, include documentation about several state government committees responsible for public safety concerns and the environmental impact of the project; fragmentary records of the Natural Resources Board documenting its participation in the controversy; correspondence from individuals and organizations such as the State Committee to Stop Project Sanguine and Stop Project ELF; a transcript of the 1983 legal case Wisconsin v. Caspar W. Weinberger; and Judge Barbara Crabb's decision. The Lock and Dam 26 files include correspondence, memoranda, clippings, information on the suit brought by the Sierra Club to halt construction, and extensive comments from DNR personnel on the Corps of Engineers draft environmental impact statement.
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Wisconsin Free Library
Reports, correspondence, photographs, releases, booklets, pamphlets, bulletins, memoranda, and clippings concerning World War I activities of Wisconsin libraries, Free Library Commission personnel, and M. S. Dudgeon, Secretary, in cooperation with the American Library Association, Food Administration, Councils of Defense, and Committee on Public Information. Includes material on Army and Navy post, camp, and station libraries; collecting books for servicemen; promotion of food conservation; and distribution of patriotic literature.
Wisconsin Jewish Military
Files of correspondence, clippings, and other informational materials concerning Wisconsin Jewish servicemen in World War II. Four boxes contain papers gathered or compiled by the Army and Navy Committee of the Milwaukee Jewish Welfare Board; among these are service records for individual Jewish members of the armed forces. Another box contains completed questionnaires from World War II veterans, gathered during an unfinished survey of Wisconsin Jewish servicemen conducted about 1957 by Howard Kay for the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning. The collection also includes casualty, refugee, officer, and honor-roll lists compiled from other sources. One box contains minutes and other records of the Army and Navy Committee.
Miscellaneous materials relating to USS Wisconsin, including unclassified, obsolete items removed from the ship at the time of recommissioning, ephemera relating to that event, and photographs and memorabilia collected by crewmembers who served on board the ship during the 1940s and 1950s. There is also a menu for Christmas dinner served aboard the original Wisconsin in 1917. There are related materials in the Visual and Sound Archives.
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Interview with Wolf about his experiences with the American Volunteer Group, "The Flying Tigers," during the early 1940s, and other recollections about his experiences as a naval aviator during World War II.
2 tape recordings
Letter from Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy, to Nicholas Biddle, President, United States Bank, Philadelphia, regarding a possible overdraft at the bank for the Mediterranean Squadron.
8 June 2002