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James M. Monaghan, Pharmacist Mate, USN

Overview of the Collection


Navy Department Library


James M. Monaghan


James M. Monaghan Collection


1913-1918 (inclusive)


1913-1915 (bulk)


1 Folder


The bulk of the collection consists of programs of entertainment related to Monaghan's service on board the USS Rhode Island. There is some information on the Fleet Review of 1915 along with several instruction sheets for treating common medical ailments.


The records are in English.


Service History

Pharmacist Mate James M. Monaghan, USN

James Martin Monaghan enlisted in the United States Navy in 1913 and served for five years on the following ships and stations:Constellation/US Naval Training Station, Newport, RI, March-May 1913; Rhode Island, May 1913-June 1915 (temporary duty while assigned to Rhode Island included service on BrooklynNebraska and North Carolina at the Boston Navy Yard); US Naval Hospital, Newport, Rhode Island, June 1915-March 1917. Monaghan then served on the Boxer and finished his naval career at the US Naval Recruiting Station in Albany, NY.

While assigned to Rhode Island, PhM Monaghan landed at Vera Cruz, Mexico and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of programs, menus, and other memorabilia collected by Monaghan while on board Rhode Island. The collection also includes two pictures of Monaghan taken on board Rhode Island some material related to the Fleet Review of 1915, and several instruction sheets for treating common medical ailments.

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Items of Interest



- Standing in front of the 8-inch starboard turret on board Rhode Island. [see photo above]
- With other members of the Hospital Corps on board Rhode Island.

Programs and Menu

- "Band Concert, U.S.S. Rhode Island at Anchor, Tampico, Mexico, December 8, 1913." 
- "Smoker and Entertainment Ord. Elect. and C. and R. Depts. U.S.S. Rhode Island,"Tampico, Mexico, 7 February 1914.
- "Smoker and Minstrel Given by Engineers Department United States Ship Rhode Island," 9 March 1914, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- "Minstrel and Vaudeville Performance given by the Ordnance and Electrical Departments U.S.S. Rhode Island at Tampico, Mexico, Thanksgiving Evening, November 16, 1914."
- "Minstrel and Vaudeville Performance given by the Ordnance and Electrical Departments U.S.S. Rhode Island at Vera Cruz, Mexico, December 24, 1914."
- "Rhode Island Minstrels New Year's Eve 1915, U.S.S. Rhode Island at Anchor, Vera Cruz, Mexico."
- "Sixth Weekly Entertainment Given by the Officers and Crew of the United States Ship Florida to the United States Atlantic Fleet at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, March 13, 1915." 
- Christmas Menu, US Naval Hospital Newport, RI, 25 December, 1915.

Medical Instructions

Instructions for Those Having Syphilis, Confidential Circular of Information No. 4.
Instructions for Those Having Chancroid, Confidential Circular of Information No. 3.
- Summary Sheet: Measles, German Measles, Mumps, Scabies.

Fleet Review of 1915

- "Official Information, Mayor's Committee of Welcome To Fleet, May 18th, 1915."
- Battalion parade movement order.

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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 name:



Monaghan, James M.





United States Navy -- 20th Century History -- Fleet Review of 1915

Rhode Island (BB-17)

Sailors -- United States



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation



Cite as: Historical Manuscripts, Navy Department Library, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington DC, James M. Monaghan Collection.



Processing Information



The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Thomas Wildenberg in September 2006.




Published: Fri Jul 20 10:09:08 EDT 2018