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2016.36 Dona Dinsdale Collection

Dona Dinsdale Collection
Title: Dona Dinsdale Collection
Caption: Collection photo # 2016.36.01 - Officers of USS Jason (AC-12) during WWI
Description: Donation of two photo albums and loose photographs related to the naval service of Ensign Melvin Dinsdale, wireless operator, during WWI aboard USS Jason (AC-12).
Accession #: 2016
Catalog #: 2016.36.01
Donor: Dona Dinsdale
Copyright Owner: Naval History & Heritage Command
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The album titled USS Jason includes imagery related to the ship at sea (including enroute to France, homeward bound, and arriving in New York City, November 11, 1918); personal family (?) photos of Dinsdale; crewmembers (including various specific departments); assisting SS Ansaldo on January 16, 1919; views of France (Brest); traveling through Gibraltar; Italian soldiers with USS Jason crew and scenes in Spalato and Sebinico, Dalmatia.

The second photo album includes more personal photos (of Dinsdale’s family?); individual snapshots of sailors aboard ship and in the Philippines, Shanghai, ; crew members of USS Proteus (AC-9); ship’s mascots (dogs); USS Jason in Hampton Roads, VA; and USS Jason sailing around Scotland during WWI

Loose images consist of copies of photos from the albums as well as crew photos of USS Abarenda (AC-13) and USS Ajax (AG-15). There is a large collection of negatives which include both naval and personal imagery.  

Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
  • World War I 1917-1918
File Formats
  • Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials