Use and Reproduction Policy
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This collection is composed of US Navy-related original letters, documents and manuscripts from the 18th to the 20th century. Highlights include John Paul Jones' calling card collection from French and Russian acquaintances; a log from the frigate HMS Lizard during the Revolutionary War; documents relating to the service of Naval hero Asa Curtis during the War of 1812; and a scrapbook of Seaman 1st Class William G. Kelly, who served in the Yangtze Patrol in the 1930s. Other items include a wide range of signed documents and letters written by and to personages such as William Bainbridge, John Dahlgren, George Dewey, David Farragut, Isaac Hull, Abraham Lincoln, Matthew Maury, James Monroe, Matthew C. Perry, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Tingey, Thomas Truxton, and Gideon Welles.
AD Autograph document
ADS Autograph document signed
AL Autograph letter
ALS Autograph letter signed
ANS Autograph note signed
DS Document signed
LS Letter signed
TD Typed document
TDS Typed document signed
TLS Typed letter signed
Use and Reproduction Policy
Manuscript materials are unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of manuscripts, as well as fragile items, is generally prohibited, though the use of digital cameras by researchers to reproduce non-copyrighted materials is permitted. Permission to photocopy a few 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 Historical Center Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.).
Adams, Henry A., Captain, USN
LS dated 12 July 1856 from Baynard Taylor to Captain Henry A. Adams.
Adams, John Quincy, President of the United States
DS dated 1 February 1827. Appointing David B. Morgan a Midshipman in the US Navy. Also signed by Samuel Southard, Secretary of the Navy.
ALS dated 9 December 1784, Boston. To Elbridge Gerry. Adams recommends that Gerry assist Captain Landais in obtaining his monetary claim for serving as Commander of the Alliance.
Journal written by a woman while on board the ship Alabama, 1842, containing miscellaneous poetry, prose, and drawings.
Alden, James, Rear Admiral, USN
ALS's dated 1 May 1861, 28 October 1861, 25 November 1861, 15 June 1863, 2 July 1863, 27 July 1863, 28 July 1863, 21 August 1863, 27 August 1863, 29 September 1863, 1 October 1863, 19 October 1863, 31 October 1863, 1864, 20 January 1865, 8 February 1877, 25 September 1889, 27 October 1926, and 1 November 1926.
ALS dated 13 December 1871, Commanding European Fleet. To Captain Creighton of USS Guerriere, 1st Rate. Regarding an exchange of crew members between Guerriere and Wabash.
See Mahan, Dennis (1891)
Allen, John George, Boatswain's Mate, USN
Subpoena from the Royal Court of the Realm of Neptune while on USS Maryland, August 1922.
Certificate of Membership "Hui O Pele Hawaii," June 1923.
Receipt for "Mexican Service Badge" (no.13618) while on USS Florida, June 1922.
Crossing the Line certificate "Domain of Neptunus Rex" 29 August 1922.
Additional personal papers are located in the Archives of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
The Great Western Almanc for 1851
Ammen, Daniel, Rear Admiral, USN
Letter of recommendation from Commander John Gwinn, USS Vandalia, to James Paulding, Secretary of the Navy, dated 13 September 1838.
Letter from Ammen to James Paulding, Secretary of the Navy, for warrant as midshipman, dated 30 November 1838.
Letter of recommendation while serving on USS Vandalia, dated 1 December 1838.
Autographed letter signed, dated 15 January 1864 to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy from Rear Admiral John Dalhgren reporting Ammen's illness and return to Washington.
Western Union Telegraph message from Peter Wright & Sons to Ammen, dated 19 March 1878 stating that the Q and Captain's rooms are the best on the Red Star Line, and to decide soon.
Letter to Commodore Ammen from Office of Peter Wright & Sons, dated 19 March 1878 about the Q and Captain's rooms that he was booking. The Captain's room would cost $100 extra.
Autographed letter signed, dated 5 November 1885. Letter written to Mr. E.C. Brown, with notes on corrections to The Atlantic Coast.
Autographed letter signed, dated 21 December 1885. Letter written to Mr. E.C. Brown of the American Graphic Company.
Autographed letter signed, dated 10 March 1886. Letter written to Mr. E.C. Brown.
Autographed letter signed, dated 18 March 1886. Letter written to Mr. E.C. Brown.
Autographed letter signed, dated 16 May 1886 to Graphic Publishing Company.
Anderson, George W., Jr., Adm., Chief of Naval Operations
First shore to ship communication (Naval message) via the moon to USS Oxford, dated December 1961.
Document signed by Captain G. S. Nares, R.N., Commanding Arctic Expedition, dated 28 July 1876. Describes the location of the ships HMS Alert and Discovery with a roster of each ship.
Argus, U.S. Brig
See Schaick, S. V.
Ariadne, Ship & Brig Jean
Navigator's log of Ship Ariadne sailing from Philadelphia to St Croix between August and November 1805, and the Brig Jean sailing from Philadelphia to Canton, China, June 1800 to May 1801. Includes list of sundries for Jean dated 24 May 1800 and a hand written Description of a Lead for Deep Sea Sounding, signed by Pass. Midshipman J. M. Brooke, USN.
Attu, Alaska, Naval Air Station
Photographic album and menus dated 1944.
Auge, Clarence Patrick, Jr., Fire Controlman 3rd Class, USN
Letter home to his son dated 13 March 1944, while on board USS LST 55.
Two examples of V-Mail, dated 11 August 1944 and 11 December 1944.
Typed article from The Stars and Stripes, "13 LSTs End Last Operation," dated 11 June 1945.
TLS dated 18 October 1945, to Auge from James Forrestal in recognition of his seperation from the US Navy.
Aylwin, William C.
DS dated 14 March 1822. Summoning Purser Thomas J. Chew to give testimony at Boston on 20 March 1822 at general court martial of Captain John Shaw, USN.
Babb, Benjamin, Jr.
Manuscript letter, undated, but prior to 26 November 1813, Nassau (Prison Ship), Chatham, England. Written for and in behalf of Babb who was a prisoner on board Nassau. To his brother (or cousin) in Barrington, New Hampshire. Requests assistance in obtaining proof of Babb's United States citizenship. See document signed by James Monroe, Secretary of State, on 26 November 1813 requesting similar documentation of Babb's citizenship.
Bache, George Mifflin, Commander, USN
The bulk of the collection consist of official correspondence and orders relating to Bache's service in the Civil War and shortly thereafter. The collection also includes an 1838 survey of lighthouses that may have been prepared by his father. A contemporary journal on rigging that appears to have been kept by his uncle, Alexander Dallas Bache, who was made Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey, is included in the collection as well.
Backus, John, 2d Lieutenant
Contemporary journal kept on board the U.S. privateer Saratoga, 16 November 1812-2 March 1813. Includes first person accounts of taking the British brig Rachel on 12 December 1812, the British ship Nelson on 31 January 1813, and a "King's Cutter" after a bloody battle on 9 February 1813. See Maclay's American Privateers, pp. 436- 37, for an account and a picture of Saratoga's action with Rachel. Journal was kept in a ledger book printed by Edmund Blunt.
Badger, George E., Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 31 May 1841. Accepting Commodore Charles Morris's resignation as member of the Board of Navy Commissioners.
2) DS dated 17 August 1841. Signs as testimony that the Chief Clerk's signature is valid. Circular forwards a certified copy of a medal presented to Stephen Decatur for his gallantry in the action with the British frigate Macedonian. (Medal not present.)
Bainbridge, William, Captain, USN
See also Chauncey, Isaac; Hull, Isaac; Morris, Charles; Porter, David
1) ALS dated 26 February 1794, Scarborough, Tobago. To Messrs. Jones and Clark in Charleston, South Carolina. Describing market and naval dispositions in the West Indies.
2) DS dated 30 June 1818. To Lieutenant Josiah Tattnall. Orders to report for duty on board the U.S. frigate Macedonian.
3) ALS dated 21 December 1820. Order convening a General Court Martial aboard USS Columbus, signed by Commo. Bainbridge.
4) LS dated 29 September 1825, Washington City. Thanking Thomas Chew, Purser, USN, for his assistance.
5) LS dated 26 May 1827, Washington City. Vis-a-vis plans for British dock yards.
Baldwin, Oliver Perry, Midshipman, USN
Book - Poems by William Cowper dated 1803. Inscribed and believed to be the property of Isaac Baldwin, Surgeon's Mate, who died aboard the frigate Java in the Mediterranean in 1816. Inscribed by his son Oliver Perry Baldwin, Midshipman, USN, to his son Oliver Perry Baldwin, Jr. in 1864. Also, a journal containing Watch, Quarter and Station Bill, a daily entry in March 1834 entitled Journal of a Cruise in the U.S. Sloop of War Falmouth, and a station bill "Boarders, Pikesmen," broken down by names.
Balfour, Robert L., Lt., USNR
See Japanese Surrender on USS Missouri
Bancroft, George, Secretary of the Navy
ALS dated 9 May 1845, to Major A. Nicholson, Quarter Master of Marine Corps, authorizing payment of $3 a week for housing of the Marine Band.
ALS dated 21 July 1846, thanking Caleb Stark, Esq., for sending a copy of Life of Gen. Stark.
Banister, Samuel S., Sailmaker, USN
Document written by Banister titled Dimensions of Masts and Spars of the Preble, Marion, Decatur, Dale, and Yorktown, 3rd Class Sloops.
See also Schaick, S. V.
Original Arabic letters and papers found on board a Barbary vessel taken by a U.S. ship of war. Not translated.
Barney, Joshua, Captain, USN
1) DS dated 14 December 1782. Shipping document signed by Barney as Master of the ship General Washington.
2) ADS dated 26 April 1814. Receipt for 3 signal broad pendants made by Mrs. Sarah Stiles of Baltimore for "United States Flotilla, Commodore Barney. Approved. Joshua Barney."
Barr, Paul S., Metalsmith, First Class, USN
Scrapbooks and ephemera collected during Barr's service as a Seabee in the Pacific during World War II. The material documents Barr's travels to Australia, Noumea, and New Caledonia as well as his cruise aboard the USS Prometheus. The two scrapbooks and loose pages contain photographs of himself and fellow sailors, along with various activities conducted ashore and on ship. Included is memorabilia such as stamps, bank notes and post cards collected during Barr's travels. A prominent feature of the scrapbooks are the large number of risqué photographs of women. These, and the suggestive cartoons that are scattered throughout, are indicative of Barr's frame of mind with respect to the long period he and his fellow servicemen spent away from home, and the lack of female companionship while deployed overseas. The collection also includes The G. I. Cartoon Book Number 1 Issue, which contains numerous cartoons of a sexual nature.
Barron, James, Captain, USN
See also Kennedy, Edmund P.
LS dated 4 June 1834, Philadelphia Navy Yard. To Congressman Levi Lincoln. Thanking Lincoln for his efforts to improve naval officer pay and provide for support of widows and orphans of officers.
Barry, John, Captain, USN
See also Truxtun, Thomas
See also United States, US Frigate
ALS dated 26 May 1797, Strawberry Hill, PA. To Doctor John Bullus. Regarding Bullus's unsuccessful efforts to gain a commission as Surgeon's Mate.
Bartlett, Frank W., Captain, USN
TD. "Naval Yarns." Bartlett's naval adventures including a detailed account of USS Vesuvius, the "dynamite gun" ship and her participation in the Spanish-American War.
Bates, Alexander B., Captain, USN
Captain Bates was chief engineer on the battleship Texas during the Battle of Santiago. The collection consists mainly of his personal correspondence during the 1890s.
Journal kept during Greely Expedition rescue with USS Thetis, dated 27 April 1884 to 15 July 1884. Handwritten in pencil, no name.
Bemis, Harold M., Rear Admiral, USN
Certificate of appointment from Navy Department as Midshipman dated 16 December 1903.
Certificate of appointment from US Naval Academy as Petty Officer Second Class dated 18 May 1906.
Certificate, passed exams US Naval Academy dated 12 September 1906.
Crossing the Line certificate dated 6 January 1908 on USS Maine.
Crossing the Line certificate dated 6 January 1908 on USS Maine.
Certificate of graduation from US Naval Academy dated 15 December 1908.
Certificate of commissioning as Ensign dated 13 January 1909, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Certificate of commissioning as Leiutenant Jr. Grade dated 24 October 1911, signed by President Taft.
Certificate of commissioning as Lieutenant dated 19 August 1915, signed by President Wilson.
Certificate of commissioning as Lieutenant dated 4 April 1916, signed by President Wilson.
Certificate of commissioning as Lieutenant dated 27 May 1916, signed by President Wilson.
Certificate of commissioning as Leiutenant Commander dated 25 February 1920, signed by President Wilson.
Certificate of commissioning as Commander dated 27 September 1922, signed by President Harding.
Crossing the Line certificate dated 6 July 1925 on USS New Mexico.
Certificate from Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, awarding "Medal of Honor upon Navy Department for Collective exhibit of Flags, illustrating the evolution of the American Flag," dated 1926.
Certificate of commissioning as Captain dated 12 February 1934, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Bennett, Ernest L., Captain
This collection of historical materials relates to the naval service of Captain Ernest L. Bennett. The two bound volumes in the collection contain a variety of documentation. Captain Bennett used the first bound volume as a journal, log, and scrapbook. The first 117 pages of this volume relate to USS New York. The second bound volume in the collection is a scrapbook of memorabilia, 1901-1939, including official correspondence; invitations; greeting cards; printed material; photographs; and miscellany.
See also Boers
Biddle, James, Captain, USN
See also Columbus, U.S. Ship of the Line
LS dated 12 April 1828, from USS Boston at Montevideo. To William Tudor, Chargé d'Affaires of the United States at Rio de Janeiro. Transmits a list of vessels that have entered and left that country "in spite of the blockade." (List not present.)
Billings, Luther G., RADM, USN
Signed typed account of experience aboard "Water Witch" during blockade of Ossabaw Sound, Georgia in 1864. Relates the boarding of rebels, capture and imprisonment in Oglethorpe, and eventual escape.
Bingham, Donald C., Captain, USN
Notebook on naval strategy dated 1928 with articles by: Admirals Pratt, Pringle and Rodgers; Captain Bingham; Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur.
Memoranda and notes re: PG Instruction for Captain Bingham, 1929; Hearings to Establish a Department of National Defense, 1932; On Naval Expenditures FY 1933; Notes on Naval Expenditures FY 1933.
Tactical School binder, USS Maryland, 1933 (2 vols.).
Binoculars, rental by the US Navy during World War I
Typed memo from Bureau of Supplies and Accounts on Navy's call for binoculars, spy-glasses, telescopes, sextants and chronometers, undated.
Bixler, Clifford A., Chief Warrant Carpenter, USN
Crossing the Line certificate from USS Richmond dated 4 December 1941, "Domain of the Golden Dragon" certificate from USS Los Angeles dated 26 February 1955, and launching ceremony booklet, S.S. Stanvac South Africa.
Blair, James, Lieutenant, USN
Letter book relating to the US Navy's survey expedition of the Columbia River, the involvement of Captain Wilkes, the loss of USS Peacock and other related matters.
Blake, George S., Commodore, USN
Personal correspondence. Approximately 200 documents and letters, 1817-1868. LS dated 20 February 1846 - shown here.
Blake, Homer Crane, Commodore, USN
Transcript of 77 pages of letters made from the letter book of Commodore Blake, dating from 1869 to 1872.
ALS dated 10 February 1815, from USS Madison at Sackett's Harbor. To Thomas Chew, Purser, USN. Describes life on the lakes and refers to the crews of the ships Madison, Pike, and Mohawk.
Block, Larry, Seaman, USN
World War II personal journal from June to October 1945.
Blow, George P., Lieutenant, USN
This collection consists of letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, and typewritten notes made by Lieutenant Blow between 1889 and 1917. Lieutenant Blow survived the explosion of Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 and the collection contains a letter written to his wife shortly thereafter describing his escape and assuring her of his safety. The collection also contains reports of work done on Spanish cruisers wrecked during the Battle of Santiago and a transcript of the court of inquiry into the abandonment of the ex-Spanish cruiser Infanta Maria Teresa.
Boers, Edward W., Seaman, USN
Three diaries kept while on USS Bennington from 29 June 1903 to 16 September 1906.
Bonaparte, Charles, Secretary of the Navy
TLS dated 14 July 1905, Navy Department. Directs Lieutenant Commander Kaemmerby, USN, to examine machinery on vessels at Bath Iron Works.
Booker, H. H., Sergeant
Collection of rating badge and insignia information, set of 48 Federal Safety Matches (Australian), 1943 calendar, and 18 postcards of US Navy ships.
Boone, Alfred D., Ensign, USN
Certificate of commissioning as Ensign dated 30 September 1920, signed by President Woodrow Wilson.
Honorable discharge certificate dated 9 November 1921 as an Ensign from the reserves.
Certificate of Fellowship in Fraternity of Omega Sigma Sigma dated 23 May 1925.
Honorable discharge certificate dated 29 June 1929 as an Ensign from the reserves.
Certificate of appointment as Government Appeal Agent dated 21 October 1940.
Certificates of Appreciation of service in Selective Service System for one, four and five years.
ALS dated 19 June 1827 to Sir Francis Whiston, calling a meeting of the Mechanics' Institution.
Two woodcut engravings from Bowen's Naval Monument:
"The Constitution bearring down for the Guerrierre"
"The Constitution in close action with the Guerrierre."
Bowles, Francis T., Chief Constructor, USN
TLS dated 8 July 1902. To the Secretary of the Navy. Regarding auxiliary vessels similar to the British torpedo vessel Vulcan.
Bradford, R. H.
ALS dated 4 August 1830, Navy Department. Regarding surgeons.
Branch, John, Secretary of the Navy
LS dated 12 September 1829, Navy Department. To Commodore Charles Morris. Endorses an appointment of Morris's son as Acting Midshipman.
Brandt, Bruell N., Cmdr. USN
Collection of materials relating to the sinking and salvage of the USS Panay (PR 5), sunk by Japanese dive bombers on 12 December 1937. The following items are included in the collection: notebook kept by Brandt during the salvage operation, a typewritten copy of the log prepared by Brandt, Auditing Board report of the funds used for salvage, several handwritten notes recording the contents of the safe and other items salvaged from the Panay, officer in charge’s report of important events of salvage, Brandt’s typewritten diary covering the period from 14 December 1937 through 8 January 1938, a Radio Bulletin from the Office of the Secretary of the Navy containing copies of the report received from the Panay’s commanding officer, Lt. Cdr. J. J. Hughes and the Report of the Naval Board of Inquiry, and a copy of the front page of The Shanghai Morning Post of 18 December 1937 containing an article titled “Japanese Bombs Score Hits On the Panay; Sailors Cool, Courageous.” Orders for Foreigners in Shanghai from the Japanese Expeditionary Force; Chiangpei anecdote from USS Luzon; personal letters from Brandt to his wife describing events in China from December 1937 in Shanghai to May 1940 in Tsingtao. The collection also includes six small B&W photographs taken on the Wushan River, a medium sized B&W photograph showing Lt. Brandt on board the tug boat Saucy, a small B&W photograph of Lt. Brandt at a bar in Hankow; two small B&W photos of the USS Tutuila (PR 4), and one small and one regular size B&W photo of the Panay.
Breese, Kidder Randolph, Captain, USN
Miscellaneous family letters dating from 26 September 1777 through 3 April 1893.
Note with "hair ribbon" from USS Plymouth, dated 19 March 1872.
Certificate of commissioning as Midshipman dated 15 March 1848, signed by President Polk.
Examination journal (cover embossed Torpedoes. Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I.) kept by Breese, no date.
Breese, Samuel L., Captain, USN
Telegram dated 12 August 1860 to John W. Cameron, Acting Chief of Bureau of Provisions & Clothing, about sending Powhattan’s provisions by the daily steamer to Philadelphia.
Bridge, Horatio, Paymaster General
This collection consists of letters gathered by Paymaster General Horatio Bridge. The letters are chiefly correspondence to and from several Secretaries of the Navy, including Paul Hamilton, William Jones, Benjamin W. Crowninshield, Smith Thompson, John Branch, Levi Woodbury, Mahlon Dickerson, and George Bancroft. Correspondents include such prominent Navy officers as Isaac Chauncy, Oliver Hazard Perry, Hugh L. Campbell, David Porter, Thomas Macdonough, Thomas ap Catesby Jones, and Matthew Calbraith Perry.
The collection is organized in two series. Series I contains the bulk of the letters in a chronological arrangement. Series II holds several oversize items. In this series are an 1823 certificate of guardianship of Stephen Borders signed by the Governor of Georgia; an 1814 letter to President James Madison concerning Lieutenant William S. Cox, signed by Richard Dale and several Navy officers; letters from the Mayor and City Council of Savannah and petitions from the District of Maine seeking protection during the War of 1812.
See also Sabottke
British Letter of Marque
Dated 22 October 1813, London. To John Banner, Commander of Swiftsure. To "seize and take the ships, vessels and goods belonging to the United States of America." (Folio document with the seal of George the Third attached.)
British Navy (Royal Navy)
1) Letter dated 25 May 1763, from Commissioners of the Navy. To Barrington. Soliciting 50,000 pounds sterling to pay off ships. Signed by C. Mason and R. Temple. (Temple was Commissioner of Revenue at New York in 1764.)
2) Broadside dated 30 June 1779. Order to the Chief Magistrate of the town of Timmouth to "take up" seafaring men for duty with His Majesty's Fleet. Constables to receive 20 shillings for each seaman delivered.
3) Document dated 4 December 1779. Commission appointing Lieutenant Goodwin Keats to the position of Fourth Lieutenant on HMS Prince George, by command of Their Lordships. Several signatures with seal and tax stamp.
4) Broadside. An authentic return of the killed and wounded on board His Majesty's ships in the actions with the French fleet on 28 and 29 May and 1 June 1794. Six small ship woodcuts at the head of the broadside.
5) Four-paged document of orders to Commander in Chief of HMS's ships in the Mediterranean, dated 15 September 1785, signed by Lord Howe and other high commissioners.
Brooke, John F., Surgeon, USN
ALS dated 4 June 1842, USS Ohio, in the Mediterranean. Personal letter lamenting the lack of Congressional support for the Navy.
Brown, David Springer, Aviator, USN
Four typed newsletters, Antietam Gazette (on USS Antietam (CV-36) stationery) dated September 1945, and a letter to his wife dated 16 September 1945.
Brown, Edward, Seaman, USN
Honorable Discharge and Continuous Service Certificate, listing the ships served by Brown from 1884 to 1889. Also included is his enlistment and health records.
Brown, Fred L., Fireman 2nd Class, USN
Fireman 2nd Class Brown was the sole survivor of the USS Asheville (PG-21). Memorabilia from a scrapbook collected by his sister containing letters received by her after the Japanese broadcast a message about her brother who was then a Japanese prisoner of war. Included are family photographs, two letters, news clips, and Brown’s Certificate of Allegiance.
Brown, Thomas, Captain, USN
10 ALS dated 1819-1837. To and from members of his family. One letter includes contemporary account of Decatur-Barron duel.
Buchanan, Franklin, Captain, USN
ALS dated 11 September 1861, Washington Navy Yard. To Captain A. H. Foote. Concerning reports requested by Foote, and with Buchanan's laudatory comments on Foote's words regarding the Navy in that report.
Buchanan, Franklin, Admiral, CSN
“Quarterly or Half Yearly Pay, Receipt, and Muster Roll of Battery Buchannan. ” This Confederate States Navy document covers the period 1 January to 31 March 1865, and includes payroll information on Admiral Buchanan in the first entry. The document was captured by crewmen from stern-wheel casemate gunboat USS Cincinnati at Battery Buchanan during the surrender of Mobile, Alabama, on 12 April 1865. The document was acquired by Acting Assistant Paymaster, J. R. Carmody, US Navy, who was then serving as an officer on Cincinnati.
Buchanan, James, The Honorable (as Senator)
ALS dated 15 January 1841, Washington. To James K. Paulding, Secretary of the Navy. Recommending William Talbot Truxtun for a Midshipman's warrant.
Buchanan, Thomas McKean, Lieutenant Commander, USN
ALS dated 28 November 1862, U.S. gunboat Calhoun, off "Brashir" City. To Major General B. F. Butler, Commanding, Department of the Gulf. Reporting recent action against the Rebels.
Bureau of Construction and Repair (Yards and Docks)
Handwritten Scale of Wages to be paid to mechanics and others employed in the Navy Yard at Philadelphia, dated 21 May 1853.
Regulations for the Government of Naval Constructors and Master Workmen in Regard to Duties Connected With the Bureau of Construction, etc., dated 24 December 1856.
Three pages typed, a memorandum for Secretary of the Navy, dated 8 July 1902 and signed by the Bureau Chief, regarding auxiliary vessels like the British Torpedo Depot vessel Vulcan.
Bureaus of the US Navy
Log Recording Appointments as Chief of Bureau, January 1897 – February 1945.
Burke, Arleigh A., Admiral, USN
Documents relating to Admiral Burke's naval career.
Burns, Hugh, Orderly Sgt.,USMC
Photocopy and typescript of memorandum book Incidents of the Cruise of the US Frigate St Lawrence on the Blockade of the Years 1861, 1862, 1863.
Copies of 1855-59 enlistment papers.
Copies of muster roles of USS St. Lawrence.
See Stoddert, Benjamin
Butcher, George W.
Journal of the cruise of USS Ranger (3rd Rate), 27 November 1876- 24 February 1880, Philadelphia to San Francisco via China and Japan. Also some miscellaneous letters including a House of Representatives bill increasing Butcher's pension.
Butler, Henry Varnum, Rear Admiral, USN
The bulk of the collection consists of official correspondence from 1891 to 1919 and was either addressed to Butler or related to the ships or commands in which he was serving. A significant portion of the collection consists of a 54-page scrapbook assembled by Butler from 1897 to 1906. Additional material includes a booklet and a menu from the Order of the Carabao, to which Butler belonged, various items of ephemera, and a letter written by Butler to his mother following the Battle of Manila Bay.
Byrd, Richard, Rear Admiral, USN
3 TLS dated 6 April 1928, 19 April 1928, and 5 September 1933, Boston. Regarding first and second Antarctic expeditions.
Cairo, U.S. Gunboat
See Yost, George R.
Cambreleng, Churchill C., U.S. Congressman and U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
AD, "Commercial Reciprocity and the American System."
Carney, Robert E., Admiral, USN
Cruise journal kept by Naval Cadet Carney from 1889 - 1891 covering the "remarkable cruise of the USS Iroquois" and duty in the USS Charleston with officers rosters.
Carpenter, Charles C., Admiral, USN
"The Letters of Charles Carroll Carpenter," manuscript written by his great grandson and the original letters written by Lt CMDR Carpenter during the siege of Charleston, South Carolina in 1863.
Carpenter, Francis, Seaman First Class, USNR
Typewritten copy of report dated 14 July 1943 by Seaman First Class Carpenter, USNR concerning his participation in a pre-invasion reconaissance on 9 July 1943 on the Island of Sicily during Operation Huskey. He was supporting the subsequent landing of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 180th Regimental Combat Team on Red Beach at Scoglitti on 10 July 1943. He was later awarded the Silver Star for his actions that day.
100 Foot Escape certificate awarded to LTJG M. Davidian, USNR, dated 20 August 1949, Submarine base, New London, Connecticut.
Chaffee, John Hubbard, Secretary of the Navy
Two Meritorious Unit Commendation certificates, signed by Secretary of the Navy Chaffee.
Four Navy Unit Commendation certificates, signed by Secretary of the Navy Chaffee.
Chandler, Ralph, Lt. Cmdr., USN
LS dated 25 July 1863. To Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, explaining the steps taken to repair the propeller shaft aboard the US screw frigate San Jacinto.
Chandler, William E., Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 4 August 1882. To Congressman Samuel Cox. Regarding the trial of a constituent on the Asiatic Station.
2) TLS dated 23 June 1884. To Chief Engineer Montgomery Fletcher, USN. Ordering Fletcher to serve on a Board of Inspection.
Passport letter issued to ship Chatham 18 September 1804, signed by three presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Chatham, William Pitt, Lord
DS (Parchment) dated 18 September 1791. Appointing Lieutenant James Walker Second Lieutenant on HMS Winchilsea. Signed by Chatham, and Admirals Hood and Gardner.
Chauncey, Isaac, Captain, USN
1) ALS dated 9 February 1814, New York. To Commodore Bainbridge. Requesting assignment of an officer to Boston to recruit seamen for service on "the Lakes." War of 1812 content.
2) Four ALS. Three as Commander of the Navy Yard, New York (1826, 1827 and 1833). The fourth to Commodore Stewart at the Philadelphia Navy Yard dated 4 June 1839 regarding the Secretary of the Navy's direction to build a steamship.
3) ADS dated 5 May 1838, Navy Commissioner's Office. Outlines procedures for the requisition of rigging from the Rope Walk at the Charleston Navy Yard.
See Donahue, Benedict; Morrison, John G.
Civil War (Atlantic Squadron Ordnance Schooners)
Three ALS from commanding officers (Gunner Fletcher of Henderson and S. Hunt of Daniel Williams) of ordnance schooners in the Atlantic Squadron. All to Lieutenant Commander Adams on the flagship Malvern.
Civil War Charts
1) Illustrating the capture of the Confederate vessel Cornubia by USS James Adger, 7 November 1863. 3 charts.
2) Illustrating the capture of the Confederate vessel Robert E. Lee by USS James Adger, 9 November 1863. 3 charts.
Civil War Correspondence
See also Craven, Thomas T.; Dahlgren, John A.; Green, Joseph F.;
Lee, S. Phillips; Patterson, Thomas H.; Scott, Gustavus H.; Turner, Thomas
4 ALS, Civil War period. All private correspondence. One from the flagship Hartford, Mobile Bay, 20 August 1864. Much naval content.
Civil War Document
AD dated 20 June 1865. Notarized order to pay William B. Allen shares for prizes taken at sea by USS Quaker City.
Civil War Naval Agent
Form letter dated 30 January 1865 from Joseph E. Devitt Co., Philadelphia. To Commanding Officer, USS Portland. Inquiring as to the whereabouts of William Buckley.
Civil War Naval Correspondence
3 ALS of Elisha Harsen, 2 ALS of Gunner John Fletcher, 1 ALS of John Harsen, dated 1862-1864, from the US steamer Mahaska and the frigate Wabash. Much naval content.
Civil War Navy
See also Officers.
18 cacheted hand-painted envelopes commemorating naval events and leaders of the Civil War. One printed advertisement for a military and naval claim agency.
Clemens, James C., Seaman Second Class, USN
The collection consists of one photographic album compiled during Seaman Second Class Clemens's service with the Asiatic Fleet, miscellaneous ephemera related to his naval service, materials on the Yangtze River Patrol Association, and an incomplete run of the association's newsletter Yangtze River Patroller.
Clinton, Sir Henry, General
ALS dated 16 March 1781, New York. To Lord George Germain. Discussing Spanish designs on E. Florida, Cornwallis's defense of Pensacola against Spanish, General Frederick Haldimand, conditions in Canada and Halifax, and General McLean's state of health.
Cole, U.S.S. (DDG-67)
Senate resolution concerning the terrorist attack in Aden, Yemen, on 12 October 2000 against USS Cole.
6 letters dated 1711-1775. Pre-Revolutionary War correspondence. Includes letters from Thomas Gage and Governor Hutchinson.
Columbus, U.S. Ship of the Line
1) Partially printed document dated 12 June 1844, on board USS Columbus. Discharging Charles M. Tripp.
2) Folio manuscript abstract of cruise around the world in Columbus bearing the broad pennant of Commodore Biddle, 1845-1848.
Cone, Hutch I., Commander, USN (later RADM)
The title of the bound journal, Diary of Rear Admiral Hutch I. Cone, First World War is inaccurate. Cone attained the rank of Rear Admiral in 1924, however his service during World War One was actually as a Commander. He served as a Navy attache involved with the coordination of aviation resources. His diary reveals he traveled to Paris, London, and throughout Europe to meet with Admiral Sims, Winston Churchill, Admiral Jellicoe, and the Aircraft Production Board.
Printed Document dated 26 July 1864, Headquarters Military District, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia. Confederate Army Special Order 215. Ordering blockade running off Fort Anderson.
Partially Printed Document dated 28 July 1864. Allotting a portion of Harper Poe's pay to Elizabeth Poe while serving as a landsman on the Confederate ship Drewry under Lieutenant Wall.
Conlan, Dwight C., Lieutenant (junior grade)
Oral history of Lt (jg) Dwight C. Conlan a US Navy aviator who was assigned to aircraft carriers Cape Esperance (CVE-88) and Yorktown (CV-16), and participated in the battles of Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and airstrikes against the Japanese home islands during World War II.
Congress, U.S. Frigate
Watch, quarter, and station bill dated 16 November 1816. "Sailed from Boston for Mexico." Kept by Lieutenant John Gallagher.
Constellation, U.S. Frigate
See also Thompson, Alexander
1) AD dated 5 June 1799, Norfolk. Power of Attorney authorizing Thomas Dunn to collect the prize money of several Marine shipmates accruing to them while they were on board. Notarized by J. Nivison.
2) AD dated 29 June 1799. Power of Attorney for John Light, Quartermaster, to collect prize money due while serving under Thomas Truxtun.
Constellation, U.S. Sloop of War
Journal of a cruise to and from Annapolis, 13 June 1874 - September 1874 while under the command of Commander K. R. Breese. Kept by G. F. Ormsby. Probably a Midshipman cruise journal as corrections are freely offered throughout journal.
Constitution, U.S. Frigate
See also Curtis, Asa
1) Partially printed plumbing bill receipt for work done on Constitution dated 14 August 1798, Boston. For payment received of Henry Jackson, Naval Agent.
2) Memo book of John M. Funck (Midshipman), Masters Mate, Fall 1809-Spring 1810. Details all enlisted personnel on board alphabetically and by watch, quarter, and station bill. Refers to John Rodgers (Commanding Officer) and Midshipman L. Kearney.
3) Sheet of reenlistment advance pay receipts preprinted for Constitution (c.1826)
Crane, William M., Captain, USN
ALS dated 23 October 1823, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. To Purser Thomas Chew, USN. Regarding purchase of razors.
Craven, Thomas T., Rear Admiral, USN
1) 63 LS dated 1861-1863 in Letterbook. Civil War correspondence including letters written on board Brooklyn to Admiral Farragut, in which Craven justifies his actions at the Battle of Vicksburg.
2) 11 LS dated 1862-1900. Civil War correspondence, including letters to his wife and addition letters on Brooklyn's course of action during the Battle of Vicksburg.
Crittenden, USS (APA-77)
Large format scrapbook assembled by donor, Captain Paul C. Crosley, USN, Commanding Officer, Crittenden. The volume chronicles through high quality photographs, her launching, builder’s trials, commissioning, and her service at the end of World War II into the Cold War. Includes signatures of those in attendance at launching and commissioning. Includes photographs of crew (many persons and events are identified), shipboard life, and special events such as boxing on deck as the ship crossed the 180 degree meridian. Notable is the documentation and photographs (including one color photo) of Operation Crossroads, the A-bomb test, at Bikini. News articles, official orders, and dispatches provide detailed accounts of the tests and the precautions taken for safety of the personnel involved. The ship’s decommissioning orders and shipboard-published history round out a complete look at the short existence of the ship. Included is colorful occupation currency from post-WWII Japan.
Crawford, John W., Lieutenant, USN
Invitations to the White House for Admiral Dewey and Lt. Crawford (Admiral Dewey's aide) from Presidents McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, and program for memoriam service for President McKinley.
Crowninshield, Benjamin W., Secretary of the Navy
1) DS dated 5 September 1817, Navy Department. Orders for Surgeon Heap.
2) LS dated 29 December 1817. Directs payment of Navy bills in New Orleans.
3) ALS dated 2 September 1822, Salem. Regarding the privateer America.
Cunningham, Richard W., Gunnery Sergeant, USMC
The collection consists of sketches and art work created by Sergeant Cunningham during his World War II service in the United States Marine Corps; photographs relating to his activities at the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD), San Diego; memorabilia, mementos and ephemera relating to his service with the Marine Corps Detachment on board USS California (BB-44) during World War II; plus drawings and photographs of various ships in the US Navy that were named California, including AC-6, BB-44, SP-249, and SP-647.
Two examples of Colonial currency.
Curtis, Asa, Gunner, USN
See also Monroe, James
This collection of 25 items dates approximately 1806 through 1850. Handwritten books, ledgers, accounts of ships' daily supply needs, recipes, clothing, seamanship, rigging instructions, "Plan of a Life Buoy", of January 1842, carbine exercises, awards for bravery and good conduct signed by Secretaries of the Navy J.Y. Mason and Samuel Southard, and C.O.'s of USS Delaware, Independence, etc., to Asa Curtis, who served on board USS Constitution during the capture of HMS Java.
1) DS dated 2 October 1822. Proof of citizenship document signed by Hohn Steele, Collector of the District of Philadelphia.
2) DS dated 2 March 1825. Warrant appointing Asa Curtis as a Gunner, signed by Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard.
3) LS dated 26 December 1829. Letter from Charles Mayo, asking Asa Curtis to recommend him for the berth of Gunners Yeoman.
4) DS dated 6 January 1830. Leave of absence signed by John Branch, Secretary of the Navy.
5) DS dated 21 May 1831. Warrant for payment issued by the Treasury of the United States.
6) LS dated 3 June 1833. Letter of reference signed by James Barron at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, addressed to the Secretary of the Navy.
7) LS dated 9 March 1836. Letter of reference signed by Daniel Patturow from aboard US Ship Delaware.
8) ALS dated 24 October 1836. Asa Curtis' account of his service record to date.
9) ALS dated 1 April 1837. Letter written aboard USS Independence requesting a survey of three gun breechings deemed unfit for service, followed by a written order by Captain William Jamesson for the survey. The second page confirms that the order had been carried out and is signed by the officers of the ship.
10) LS dated 14 August 1838. Order for Curtis to report to U.S. Naval Asylum, Philadelphia. Signed by M. Paulding.
11) LS dated 28 November 1838. Request from L.B. Banister and John Blight to accompany William Shuttleworth to Washington, D.C. to support the passage of a bill through Congress.
12) LS dated 18 December 1838. An update on the "Masters Bill," from William Shuttleworth.
13) LS dated 15 February 1839. Request for Curtis to be appointed Midshipman in the U.S. Navy.
14) LS dated 5 May 1839. From William Shuttleworth with an update on the progress of the "Warrant Officers Bill" through Congress.
15) LS dated 17 January 1840. From M. Paulding to James Biddle, acknowledging the request to appoint Curtis as Midshipman in the U.S. Navy.
16) LS dated 23 September 1841. From Robert Kirk regarding a dispute over a payment for repairs.
17) LS dated 21 June 1844. Letter of reference signed by James Armstrong aboard US Frigate Savannah.
18) LS dated 12 November 1844. Letter of reference from W.M. Crane to Secretary of the Navy J.Y. Mason.
19) LS dated 25 November 1845. To Asa Curtis from Michael Clear, attesting to his presence aboard the US Frigate Constitution during the capture of the British Frigates Guerriere and Java.
20) LS dated 13 September 1858, from Captain F. Forrest aboard Flag Ship St. Lawrence, addressed to the Secretary of the Navy, announcing the death of Asa Curtis.
21) Two page record giving the dimensions of the decks, masts, etc. of U.S. Frigate United States, written in early 1800s.
22) Miniature portrait of Asa Curtis. Watercolor on ivory by Doyle, early 1800s.
23) Small personal log, 6"x8". Small pocket notebook type with fascinating recipes and required articles for fitting out ships in the early 1800s.
24) Personal log, 8"x10". Thick log book of characteristics, rules, regulations, seamanship, and handling of men-o-war in the early 1800s.
Cutter, Slade D., Captain, USN
This collection of letters to his mother and family covers the period 1914-1963. The early letters were written from Pearl Harbor (July-November 1941) and provide insight into the tension and secrecy surrounding naval operations prior to the Japanese attack. The post-attack letters, having cleared the censor, portray Cutter's outrage at the events of 7 December 1941. His wartime letters reveal the family side of the naval hero. As time passed, he included information about the non-operational side of life aboard the submarines (Pompano, Seahorse, Requin, Sperry) on which he served. Included is a commendation for his service in the sinking of several enemy vessels. Several snapshots of Cutter and family members are attached to letters, including one of him having caught a fish. Letter to his mother, dated 11 December 1941, on board the USS Pompano, assuring her that he and his family are well following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and to keep her spirits up. Postwar letters follow his career to retirement.
Dabymple, William H, Seaman, USN
Small handwritten journal, pressboard-covered, unlined paper.
The pages in the beginning contain several poems on the theme of naval service and the sea. Dabymple's journal entries chronicle his service as an enlisted man on USS Colorado (1865-1867), USS Vermont (1867) and on USS Sabine (1868). The entries describe his daily duties and ports visited. For unknown reasons, many of the entries pertaining to his service on the Sabine have been stricken, though they are still legible.
Dahlgren, John A., Rear Admiral, USN
See Comissioning Certificates
1) AD. Autobiography. 290 pp.
2) LS dated 30 May 1863, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. To Lazell Perkins & Co. Dahlgren, Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, requests a quote from Perkins on two styles of a wrought iron 150-pound gun to weigh 16,000 pounds. Letter includes sketches of what styles Perkins may choose from.
3) 7 LS, 1864-1865. Civil War correspondence as Commander, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
4) Printed orders (more than 150). As Commander, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-1865.
Details of Carriage for U.S. Naval IX Inch Shell-gun for the Main Deck of Steam Frigates Merrimack &c - The basic plans for gun carriages used for mounting Dahlgren guns on board wooden U.S. Navy ships during the Civil War era.
Dale, Richard, Captain, USN
ALS dated 20 December 1801. To Honorable Robert Livingston, American Minister at Paris. Reports Dale has entered the inner port at Toulon where he intends to heave down ship.
Daniels, Josephus, Secretary of the Navy
LS dated 1914-1920. File of correspondence as Secretary of the Navy.
TSL, dated 12 December 1917 to B. R. Tillman.
Darling, Charles H., Assistant Secretary of the Navy
TLS, dated 13 April 1903. Discusses Marine and Navy involvement in the 1903 New York Military Tournament.
Davidson, Robin I., Captain, USN
The bulk of this collection consists of personal letters and miscellaneous documents from the War of Independence through the American Civil War. The collection also includes a number or prints and autographs of famous naval personalities of the Civil War. The post-Civil War material contains an interesting letter from Alfred Thayer Mahan concerning the review of his book The War of 1812, several ships' newspapers published in the early years of the 20th century, and a small collection of ships' menus from the same era. One of the most notable items (No. 103) is the menu from the US Flagship Kearsarge, at Kiel, Germany, for 27 June 1903 signed by Kaiser Wilhelm. The post 1927 material consists of postal covers, ephemera and souvenirs.
LS dated 29 January 1841, Washington. To George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy. Recommends a Midshipman warrant for Robert Parker Richardson. Also signed by Steven Adams and R. W. Roberts.
Dawes, Robert A., Rear Admiral, USN
Journal, 1914, kept on board USS Elcano, Yangtze River.
Day, Dorrance Kenyon, Ensign
Handwritten diary while onboard USS Percival during convoy duty in the Atlantic during World War I, dated 4 June 1918 to 28 August 1919.
Decatur, Stephen, Jr., Captain, USN
ALS dated 31 July 1815 on board USS Guerriere in the Bay of Tunis. To Albert Gallatin, Envoy Extraordinaire. Reporting action Decatur has taken to obtain payment for two vessels taken possession of by a British vessel.
1) 2 ALS, 7 March 1826 and 16 March 1826, Washington. To Peter Force, Esq., editor of the National Journal. Both letters request insertion of a paragraph prepared by Mrs. Decatur requesting public support of claims on the capture of the frigate Philadelphia by her late husband.
2) ALS dated 24 February 1830, Union Hotel, Georgetown. To Congressman Tristam Burgess. Seeking his congressional assistance as an advocate for her claims for compensation regarding the recapture of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia.
3) Memorial of Susan Decatur (widow of Stephen Decatur) dated 13 February 1849, Georgetown. Regarding provisions for certain "ladies."
Decres, Denis, French Admiral
LS 18 Frimaire Year XI, Minister of Marine under the Consulate and the Empire.
Denby, Edwin, Secretary of the Navy
1) TLS dated 5 May 1922. To Congresswoman Alice Robertson. Concerning her vote for the Navy Appropriation Bill.
2) TLS dated 25 January 1924. Regarding alleged efforts by the Office of Naval Intelligence to obtain secret access to the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ of America.
DeValin, Charles E., 3rd Assistant Engineer, USN
Diary begun on board screw sloop-of-war USS Lancaster on 6 July 1861, the date of her commissioning at Philadelphia. DeValin remained on the ship, visiting South American ports, until 4 November 1861. He was then assigned to screw gunboat USS Sciota on 15 December 1861, the day of that vessel’s commissioning. Sciota was part of the blockading squadron off the coast of Florida during the first year of the Civil War, and also saw action in the bombardment of Fort Jackson on the Mississippi River. DeValin was subsequently assigned to side wheel gunboat USS Wateree in 1864.
Dewey, George, Admiral, USN
See also Pendleton, Charles H.
1) ALS dated 8 January 1876, Boston. To Commander Walker regarding cost of towing the schooner Van Duren.
2) Carbon of telegram received on the Hong Kong Station on "16-5-1898" (May 16). Quoting joint resolution of thanks from U.S. Congress following the Battle of Manila Bay. Signed "Long" (Secretary of the Navy). 4 pages.
3) TLS dated 3 March 1899, on flagship Olympia at Manila, P.I. To G. H. Pitts. Thanking him for a Manila guide book.
4) Signed receipt dated 22 May 1899. For a contribution to the Dewey Home Fund.
5) TLS dated 16 October 1903. To Rear Admiral Sigsbee. Concerning speaking engagement.
6) ALS dated 27 August 1906, Richfield Springs, New York. To J. W. Crawford.
7) LS dated 22 October 1906. To Rear Admiral Casper F. Goodrich. Concerning Goodrich's desire to be reassigned as Commandant of the Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
8) LS dated 21 July 1913. To Dr. Bullard. Thanking the doctor for a copy of an article entitled "The Philippine Question."
9) TLS dated 27 December 1911. To Rear Admiral Sigsbee. Thanking him for birthday wishes.
10) ALS dated 26 July 1912, Woodstock Inn. Regarding employment of a boy at his estate.
Sheet music: Welcome Song to Admiral Dewey.
Bound journal. The pocket-size journal contains daily notes penciled by Dewey from 1 January to 31 December 1898, inclusive. Most entries begin with a brief remark about the weather. Of particular interest is the fact that the diary covers the period during which the Battle of Manila Bay was fought on 1 May 1898. Dewey’s only remark concerning the battle was that Spanish ships had been engaged. References to the Flagship Olympia appear in the book. Notes from other dates make reference to meetings with diplomats, and Olympia firing a salute to foreign vessels at Nagasaki, Japan.
Dickerson, Charles R., Storekeeper Third Class, USN
Album containing 250-300 captioned, black and white photographs taken in the late 1930s. The bulk of the photgraphs consist of snapshots taken in Hawaii. The majority are images showing friends, shipmates and the standard array of tourist sights photographed by visitors to Hawaii. There are also a few shots of naval vessels and activities.
Dickerson, Mahlon, Secretary of the Navy
See also Pendleton, Charles H.
1) DS dated 1 November 1834. Concerning death of Thomas Johnson and pension for his widow.
2) LS dated 3 March 1835. To A. S. Clayton. Responding to an unspecified communication.
3) LS dated 31 October 1835. To James Canston. Regarding ships sunk in Baltimore.
4) LS dated 18 January 1836. To Commodore Crane at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire. Reporting the ordering of personnel to man Concord.
5) LS dated 13 May 1836. To Samuel Southard. Seeking support for building a storeship in Philadelphia.
6) LS dated 6 September 1837, Navy Department. To Mr. Etheridge, Esq., Navy Yard, Washington. Concerning the appointment of Mr. Spieden, a Purser in the Navy.
7) LS date 21 February 1838. To the President of the Commonwealth Bank of Boston. Regarding a duplicate pension certificate for Mrs. Abigail Bailey.
8) LS dated 26 March 1838. Directing Lieutenant Alberto Griffith to report to Commodore Ridgely on board the U.S. brig Washington.
Dobbin, James C., Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 20 February 1854, Navy Department. To Caleb Cushing, Attorney General. Regarding the purchase, care, preservation and transportation of provisions, and expenses for clothing.
2) LS dated 29 April 1856, Navy Department. To Brigadier General A. Henderson, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps. Directing him to provide a band at the President's house every Saturday afternoon.
3) LS dated 24 February 1857, Navy Department. To Assistant Surgeon Schrever. To convene a medical board in Philadelphia on 16 March 1857 to examine candidates for promotion in the Medical Corps.
7 LS, 2 December 1862-18 April 1864, while attached to the U.S. gunboat Mound City. Covering action from Yazoo to Vicksburg.
Dornin, Thomas A., Commodore, USN
LS dated 27 December 1862, Naval Station, Baltimore. To Commander Patterson, USS James Adger. Directing him to report to Dornin when Adger is ready to leave port for her station.
Downing, Shirley, Quartermaster, USN
Ledger containing entries written by Downing during his naval service, 13 July 1899 to 6 July 1904. The most interesting of these entries concern his observations of, and materials relating to, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. While serving on USS Vicksburg, he was an eyewitness to a naval battle between Russian and Japanese warships in Chemulpo Harbor, Korea, on 9 February 1904. A more detailed analysis of the journal is housed in the box containing the journal.
Drayton, Percival, Captain, USN
Orders dated 23 August 1864, on board the flagship Hartford, Mobile Bay. To Lieutenant Howison. To take Fort Morgan prisoners to New Orleans.
Dulany, Bladen, Captain, USN
2 LS dated 17 May 1852, Callao, and 19 April 1855, Norfolk. Each addressed to Midshipman Francis M. Ramsay. Laudatory of his performance on board the U.S. frigate St. Lawrence.
Du Pont, Samuel F., Rear Admiral, USN
LS dated 1 April 1863, Flagship Wabash, Port Royal Harbor, South Carolina. To Commander T. H. Patterson, Commanding Officer, USS James Adger. To discharge a minor on board James Adger.
Dutreaux, Charles Jean, Assistant Paymaster, USN
Certificate of appointment to Assistant Paymaster, rank of Lieutenant, dated 1 January 1924.
Scrapbook, which was the possession of Chas. J. Dutreaux, National Commander of the Dewey Congressional Medal Men’s Association, Survivors of the Battle of Manila Bay, having served on Olympia during the Battle of Manila Bay, May 1, 1898. Within this bound volume are extensive magazine and newspaper articles from magazines and newspapers from the late 1800s and early 1900s, which portray the Battle of Manila Bay in pictures and words. Most notable are those which include group and individual photographs of officers and men of Olympia, including Admiral Dewey, and vessels, which took part in the battle. Clippings include Raleigh, Oregon, and the cruise of the training ship Hartford, formerly Farragut’s flagship. Color ephemera from the Hartford during her cruises include menus, bills of sporting events, and programs of concerts. Several editions of The Idaho Yarn (1920), published on board Idaho describe Navy life at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii while still a US possession. Included are newspaper accounts of the assassination of President McKinley.
Duvall, Elmer E., Jr., Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
"Sea Cruise 1934-1937: USS Hovey (DD-208)." Scrapbook containing over 70 captioned photographs showing Hovey and shipboard activities. The album is ornately decorated with numerous hand-painted illustrations. Included is a 25-page typewritten narrative of the cruise along with a few official documents, the most notable being a copy of a dispatch from the Senior Shellback of the Navy (issued by the Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet, Admiral J.M. Reeves) announcing the arrival of his Imperial Highness Neptune Rex inaugurating the Crossing the Line Ceremonies for the entire Battle Force, U.S. Fleet of 1936; the largest ceremony of its type to that date (see p.81 of album).
Easter Sunday Program aboard USS Maryland, 1935
Edwards, William S., Commander, USN
The collection contains all of the research materials used by Edwards to prepare the four-volume manuscript "The History of United States Uniforms for the Sea Services." The bulk of the collection consists of official regulations, resolutions, general orders, circular letters, official memoranda, and other materials pertaining to uniforms and insignia in regulations of the US Navy between 1776 and 1959. This material consists of original documents, photocopies and notes compiled by Edwards during the course of his research. The collection also includes a significant number of extracts taken from books and articles relating to the wearing of uniforms, rank, civilian costume, as well as the general topic of naval history and administration. There is also a small number (5) of historical studies subjects related to US Navy uniforms. Additional materials includes: sketches, photographs, transparencies, and reference documents, plus files containing Edwards's personal correspondence relating to the subject of uniforms.
Eisenhower, Dwight D., President of the United States
TLS dated 31 July 1959, the White House. Responding to Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke's recommendation for naming three SSBNs (nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines).
Elliott, Jesse D., Captain, USN
See Kennedy, Edmund P.
Emmons, George F., Rear Admiral, USN
See Lackawanna, U.S. Steam Sloop
Endicott, Mordecai T., Rear Admiral, USN
The collection holds Rear Admiral Endicott’s Civil Engineer Appointment Letter; his Commissioning Letter; photographs; letters from well-wishers upon his illness in September 1924; a phonograph recording of the Council for Inter-American Security Anti-Panama Canal Treaty Radio Announcements; a pamphlet from a Celebration of an Event in Engineering, reprinting addresses delivered at dinner to Endicott, 21 May 1898; and an Awards Log he kept for his officers. The library holds the Awards Log for last names beginning with A–O. The whereabouts of the remainder of the alphabet is unknown.
English, Thomas Dunn (New York Courier)
ALS dated 26 June 1869, New York City. To George Robeson, Secretary of the Navy. Regarding the naming of Navy vessels. Also congratulates Robeson on his appointment.
1) ALS dated 22 October 1859. To "My Dear Sir." Regarding a "Mr. Riggs."
2) ALS dated 24 October 1864, New York. To Commodore John Rodgers. Encloses a paper and plans for a 13-inch naval gun.
Essex , U.S. Frigate
See Porter, David
Evans, James. Captain, USN
1) ALS dated 9 March 1822, U.S. Navy Yard, New York. Regarding bread samples to be furnished to the yard.
2) ALS dated 15 September 1823, U.S. Navy Yard, New York. Regarding an order for the monthly return of warrant officers.
"Eyes of the Navy" Program - World War I
A $1 voucher made out to John W. Gray with typed letters of thanks.
Falmouth, U.S. Sloop of War
Journal, March 1834. From Meridian to Norfolk.
Farragut, David G., Admiral, USN
See Tennessee, Rebel Ram
1) LS dated 30 October (no year), Brooklyn Navy Yard. In response to autograph and photograph request. On personal stationery signed as Vice Admiral.
2) ALS dated 29 July 1859, USS Brooklyn at Pensacola. To his wife.
3) LS dated 17 January 1864, on board USS Hartford at Pensacola. To Rear Admiral Porter (Commander Mississippi Squadron). Reports that Buchanan says he can raise the blockade at Mobile with only the ironclad ram Tennessee. Anxiously wants to know the status of completion of U.S. rams as he needs "at least" two in order to become the "assailant."
4) LS dated 12 July 1864, from his flagship, USS Tennessee, off Mobile Bay. To Fleet Surgeon Palmer at Pensacola.
5) LS date 4 August 1864, on board USS Hartford at Mobile to his wife before the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Fendall, P. R., Jr.
4 ALS, 1851-1854. To his father. Each with details of his life in San Francisco. Apparently appointed by Farragut as a Superintendent of the Navy Yard there in 1854. Much on California life in the early 1850s.
File, Donald T., Signalman, USN
The collection contains letters numbered 1 through 154 written by Signalman Donald T. File to his parents and occasional other recipients during World War II. File served aboard the USS LCI (G) #568 and wrote his letters between 7 September 1943 and 25 February 1946.
Fish, Hamilton, Secretary of State
DS dated 25 June 1869. To George Robeson. Forwarding earlier commission (not enclosed) as Secretary of the Navy.
Foote, Andrew H., Rear Admiral, USN
See also Welles, Gideon
1) ALS dated 26 November 1856, on board USS Portsmouth. To Dr. William Wood. Asks Dr. Wood to provide him a list of those killed and wounded belonging to the flagship as a result of attacks on Chinese forts.
2) 3 ALS, September 1861-June 1862. To Admiral C. H. Davis. Discusses contemporary Civil War naval matters and personal issues.
3) ALS dated 5 February 1862. To Commodore Walke of Carondelet. Giving Walke his ship's code pendant as "No. Two (2)."
4) ALS dated 24 December 1862 (while Foote is Chief of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting). To Commodore Walke on Carondelet. Requesting him to provide information on an individual.
5) DS dated 20 March 1863, Washington. Regarding a contract at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
6) ADS dated 7 May 1863, Washington. To Boston naval agent. Regarding payment for charter parties.
7) Civil War General Orders (7) issued by Foote as "Flag Officer Commanding U.S. Naval Forces in Western Waters," 1861.
Forrest, French C.
ALS dated 17 June 1862 (as Chief of Bureau of Confederate States Navy Department, Office of Orders and Detail). To Flag Officer Randolph, Commander at Mobile, Alabama. Regarding the arrest of Lieutenant Mills for alleged beating of John Collins.
Forrestal, James Vincent, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy.
1) ALS (undated). To Mrs. Halsey. Expressing sympathy at Admiral Halsey's death.
2) 2 TDS. Awards to Commander Hiram Cassidy for submarine gallantry during World War II.
Program from Navy Industrial Association’s Second Annual Dinner in honor of James Forrestal, the Secretary of the Navy, Waldorf Astoria, New York, December 17, 1945. The front of the program has been signed by Fleet Admiral Halsey, Forrestal, Fleet Admiral Nimitz, H. Struve Hensel, Rear Admiral Radford, J.W. Hayes, Charles F. Detmar, and J.J. Russell.
Francis, William J.
Diary of a seaman William J. Francis while on board USS Vanderbilt during the Civil War.
Galbraith, William J., Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
The bulk of these papers consist of approximately 100 letters written by Galbraith, then a lieutenant commander, while he was being held by the Japanese in the Zentsuji POW camp on the Japanese island of Shikoku. The letters, most of which are addressed to his son "Billy", were written in Gregg shorthand to conceal their contents. The collection consists of the transcripts, which were done by his sister and later by a member of the Naval Historical Foundation, along with a significant number of originals in short hand. The latter were frequently written on the backs of letters that Galbraith had received while a POW--presumably due to a shortage of paper in the camp--and provide a unique picture of the messages he was receiving from home. The letters from his son, who was just seven years old, are especially poignant. The collection also contains material on the Japanese mistreatment of American POWs, a few first hand accounts relating to the performance of USS Houston's main armament and the crew's morale during the Battle of the Java Sea, a list of citations prepared by Galbraith for members of Houston's crew, various photographs of Galbraith, biographical information, a recording of a radio interview conducted in Galbraith's later years, and a few pieces of prison camp ephemera.
Galt, William W., Paymaster, USN
1) Chief of Bureau of Navigation to W. W. Galt commending him for his action in repaiting the USS Raleigh, which enabled that ship to participate in the Battle of Manila Bay;
2) Lettering from Chief of Bureau of Navigation to W. W. Galt noting an advancement of one number in rank on the list of paymasters.
George III, King
From 1803 to 1807 the British seized 528 American flag ships for failing to comply with British regulations. This license, signed by King George III, was intended to protect the United States merchant ship Fame from being added to that number.
Gibson, William C., Rear Admiral, USN
Extracts from the diary (typed document) of Rear Admiral Gibson on board USS Yantic, a wooden-hulled screw gunboat, during voyage in 1883 from New York to Greenland in an unsuccessful search for the International Polar Expedition (Lady Franklin Bay Expedition) led by Lieutenant Adolphus Greely, US Army. During her return voyage she carried back with her the men of the relief party and the crew of the screw steamer Proteus, which had been crushed in heavy ice. Gibson was a lieutenant on the active list at the time.
Giffen, Robert C., Vice Admiral, USN
The bulk of this collection consists of material documenting Admiral Giffen's thirty-nine year career in the United States Navy. Included are documents relating to his service in the Queenstown Patrol during World War I, his activities while serving with the Asiatic Fleet on the China Station in the inter war years, and his command of the Neutrality Patrol in 1941. The remainder of the collection contains a battle plan used to prepare for Operation TORCH.
Giles, Harry M., Seaman, USN
Log kept during Spanish-American War on board USS Oregon, dated 24 May - 31 August 1898.
Gilliss, John P., Commodore, USN
LS dated 9 May 1861, on board the U.S. steamer Pocahontas.
Appointing Henry Howroon a Lieutenant.
Glisson, Oliver S., Rear Admiral, USN
Fleet Captain's Journal, 10 August 1870-24 June 1871. Proceedings of the U.S. European Fleet under Glisson and later C. S. Boggs.
Goldsborough, Louis M., Rear Admiral, USN
1) LS dated 17 June 1856, as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. To Acting Midshipman J. L. Howison. Concerning leave of absence.
2) LS dated 2 April 1862, on board flagship Minnesota, Hampton Roads, Virginia. To Lieutenant Commander Patterson. With respect to the damaged gunboat Chowrie.
3) ALS dated 2 May 1862, on board flagship Minnesota. To Major General George McClellan. Responding to a request on preparing ten vessels to carry 13-inch mortars.
4) ALS dated 30 May 1865, at Washington, D.C. To Rear Admiral Charles Davis. Regarding charts for the European Squadron.
Graham, William A., Secretary of the Navy
2 PDS dated September and October 1850. Directs Midshipman Candidate Francis M. Ramsay to proceed to the Naval Academy and appoints Ramsay an Acting Midshipman.
Grant, Ulysses S., President of the United States
1) PDS dated 26 March 1869. Appointing William A. Kirkland a Commander. Signed also by Adolph Borie, Secretary of the Navy.
2) DS dated 17 March 1873. Appointing George Robeson Secretary of the Navy. Also signed by Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State.
Green, Joseph F., Captain, USN
26 LS, 1864, off Charleston. Civil War correspondence as Senior Officer, Charleston Blockade.
Greene, Charles H., Lieutenant Commander, USN
ALS dated 5 September 1861, USS Cumberland off Hatteras Inlet. To his niece. Reporting on the battle of Fort Hatteras. Includes a photograph of Greene and a piece of the Confederate flag that reportedly flew over Fort Hatteras.
Grimes, H. F., Jr.
Two scrapbooks covering the period June 1931 to December 1932, documenting his service on board USS Guam (PR-3) and USS Rochester (CA-2) as part of the Yangtze River Patrol.
Guam , USS
Certificate of Appreciation from the American Ambassador for USS Guam's efforts in evacuating the embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia, dated 9 April 1991.
Haggart, Robert S. Commodore, USN
The collection consists of two photographic albums compiled by Robert S. Haggart while a midshipman at the US Naval Academy (1908-1912) and while commanding officer of the US Naval Training Station, San Diego, California (1944-1948).
ADS dated 24 October 1776, Halifax. Abstract of accounts for Revolutionary War repairs at Halifax, Fort Cumberland, and Fort Edward. Signed by William Spay, Commandant, Engineers.
Halsey, William Frederick, Jr., “Bull”, Admiral, USN
Fleet Admiral Halsey’s Victory Speech (typed) as broadcast to the Third Fleet 15 August 1945. Original draft in Adm. Halsey’s handwriting.
Hansen, John, Chief Machinist’s Mate, USN
Diary dated June-November 1919, on USS Pretoria.
Haswell, Charles Haynes, Chief Engineer
LS dated 12 January 1835 to the Honorable Campbell P. White, offering his services as a steam engineer and craftsman for naval purposes.
Newspaper clippings – biographical.
Engineers’ and Mechanics’ Pocket Book by Haswell, published by Harper and Brothers, NY, 1850.
Handwritten pocket notebook on marine engineering and other subjects, circa 1830-1839, New York Navy Yard.
Hawkins, William Metcalf
Civil War Diary (1862–1865). The diary is in two volumes. The Navy Department Library holds Volume 2, which details Hawkins’ life between his periods of service and his time aboard USS Pontoosuc, and transcriptions of both volumes. Volume 1 of the diary is held by the US Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA.
Heap, L., Midshipman, USN
See Patterson, Daniel T.
Hellweg, J. F., Lt, USN
"Private Log Sag Harbor." Daily diary kept by J. F. Hellweg, Inspector of Ordnance, USN, from 15 July 1908 to 9 August 1909. The diary contains information and description of torpedoes and the technical problems observed by Lt. Hellweg during the acceptance trials of the Bliss-Levitt torpedoes, Marks II, IV, VI and VII fired at Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York. The collection also includes two pieces of correspondence as well as some technical notes on torpedoes kept by Lt. Hellweg.
Hemphill, Joseph N., Rear Admiral, USN
The collection consists of various logs kept by Rear Admiral Hemphill between 1868-1876, a scrapbook with photographs kept during his command of Buffalo and Detroit, and a series of articles and reports on various subjects including "The Wreck of the Monogahela," "Hurricanes and Earthquakes in the Islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas on Board the U.S.S. Monogahela," and "West Indian Cruising '66-'68." There are also personal letters written between 1870-1873 while Ensign Hemphill was assigned to the screw sloop-of-war Plymouth.
A second scrapbook of miscellaneous letters, papers, and newspaper clippings. Most of the items in the scrapbook date to the early 1900s. The items relating to Rear Admiral Hemphill include handwritten letters, business cards, invitations, menus, newspaper clippings, a fan, etc.
Henshaw, David, Secretary of the Navy
LS dated 2 October 1843. Grants General Henderson, USMC, authority to procure a library for Marine Corps Headquarters.
Herbert, Hilary A., Secretary of the Navy
1) TLS dated 29 January 1895. To Daughters of the American Revolution. Regarding their efforts to raise funds to purchase a loving cup for the U.S. battleship Indiana.
2) TDS dated 25 March 1895, Navy Department, Washington. Orders Pay Director Cosby to take examinations preliminary to promotion.
Hill, Sam Antonia, Lt. Cmdr, USN
The bulk of the collection consists of two very large scrapbooks assembled by Sam Hill while he served as an enlisted seaman aboard USS West Virginia (BB-48) and USS Maryland (BB-46) during the mid 1930s. They are filled with newspaper and magazine clippings and photographs, cartoons, poems, ephemera and ships' newspapers relating to events and cultural activities in these ships and in the United States Navy in general. Additional items includes ephemera relating to his graduation from El Paso High School in 1930 and a collection of personal notes and poems.
Hinckley, Nathaniel Bent, Master's Mate, Family Collection
The Hinckley Family Collection consists mainly of documents relating to Nathaniel B. Hinckley and his service on commercial and Navy ships during the 1800s. It also contains items relating to Hinckley’s grandfather and son, both named Robert Hinckley.
Hobbs, J. Goodwin, Assistant Paymaster, USN
Three letters from the Bureau of Navigation addressed to Hobbs concerning routine orders circa 1868-70.
Hobson, Richmond Pearson, Naval Constructor, USN
ALS dated 12 July 1898, USFS New York, off Santiago de Cuba. Mentions efforts to raise and save the Cristobal Colon.
Holcomb, Alice, Yeoman
Collection of items from service at Puget Sound Navy Yard during WWI: enrollment record dated 15 May 1918, two liberty passes, green “pass” card issued 19 August 1919, Thanksgiving Day Programme and menu from USS Camp, invitation to the “Soldiers and Sailors Club” dance 30 November 1918, and a memorandum from the commandant’s office dated 29 December 1919 in recognition of service.
Holland, John P.
12 blueprints and one original engineers' drawing (on linen) of the submarine Plunger and two submerging torpedo boats (1892-1897).
Hooker, Edward, Commander, USN
The bulk of the collection consists of four bound journals containing Lieutenant Hooker's official correspondence (letters and orders) while he was serving as a volunteer naval officer during the Civil War.
Journal kept by Lieutenant John Gwinn, USN, of a cruise on board 18 gun brig USS Hornet to Cape Henry (Haiti), Port Au Prince, St. Thomas’ Margarita thence to Copenhagen, Denmark, England and Boston, Massachusetts. Dated March to November 1818.
Horwood, William W., enlisted sailor, USN
"Story of My Cruise in the USN, 1907-1911." Diary and scrapbook combined, covering his training on board USS Cumberland and cruises on USS Buffalo, US Army Transport Buford, USS Chattanooga, USS Philadelphia and USS Sotoyomo.
Hovey , USS (DD-208)
See Duvall, Elmer, RADM
Howe, Lord (Richard), Admiral, RN [Royal Navy]
See also Piloting Directions, Revolutionary War
1) ALS dated 10 November 1776. To Captain Andrew S. Hammond, Commanding HMS Roebuck in the North River. Regarding Hammond's encounters with the rebels. Several mild rebukes.
2) DS dated 15 September 1785. Orders to Commander in Chief of His Majesty's ships in the Mediterranean. Signed by Howe et al.
Howell, John C., Rear Admiral, USN
Journal, 1879-1881. Dispatches from Howell while commanding U.S. Naval Forces on European Station.
The collection contains official correspondence, orders, and documents relating to Admiral Howell's naval career. The bulk of this material relates to his service during the Civil War. Included in the material is the Log Book of the Gunboat USS Tahoma and a nearly complete collection of General Orders and Circulars issued by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, as well as those issued by RADM S. P. Lee, commanding the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, and RADM David D. Porter, Commanding the North Atlantic Squadron.
The collection also contains a three folders of material relating to the explosion of the large gun on board USS Princeton as well as a collection of reports from the US House of Representatives concerning the French Spoliations.
Hull, Isaac, Captain, USN
See also United States, U.S. Frigate
1) ALS dated 12 May 1819, Boston. To Samuel Dana, Esq., Middletown, Connecticut. Concerning Hull's finances.
2) ALS dated 4 June 1819, at the "Navy Yard." To Commodore Bainbridge. Regarding a "74 now building in the yard."
3) 6 ALS while on the frigate United States. All to William Tudor, U.S. Consul to Peru.
a) 4 June 1824. Requests Tudor's opinion on papers relative to the "blockade."
b) 18 June 1824. Tells Tudor that situation for U.S. citizens is getting tense. He recommends they come aboard United States.
c) 12 October 1824. Requests Tudor to come aboard.
d) 10 July 1826, Callao Bay. Reports he has read Tudor's letter about armed seizure of American merchantman Herald and proposes to provide American merchants with assistance for their defense.
e) 19 July 1826, Callao Bay. More on the subject of Herald.
f) 19 November 1826, Callao Bay. Tells Tudor that reports that Jefferson and Adams are dead are true; that a salute shall be fired and flags lowered to half mast "this day at 12 o'clock."
4) ALS dated "Tuesday, 23rd" (no month, no year), Boston.
To Thomas Chew, Esq., USN. Congratulates Chew on obtaining a Washington assignment and thanks him for inquiring about Hull's health.
Humphreys, Joshua, Naval Constructor, USN
See United States, U.S. Frigate
Hungerford, Ralph Waldo, Captain, USN
Navigation work book with Cruiser Division SEVEN, 1939.
Hunley, Horace L.
Autographed signed letter dated 15 August 1863 from Horace Lawson Hunley to James R. McClintock, the inventor of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.
Hunter, William D., Commander, USN
ALS dated 8 June 1855, Norfolk. To Midshipman Francis M. Ramsay, USN. Regarding his fine performance while serving in USS St. Lawrence.
Hutchins, Charles T., Commander, USN
28 Documents. To Hutchins. Most associated with the period when he was Commanding Officer of the Hydrographic Survey Ship Thetis. Includes report of Thetis's operations during a 1894-1895 survey of the west coast of Lower California.
Ledger showing stores received and money paid out on the following ships: Independence, Constitution, Java, Guerriere, and Macedonian for 1817-18.
Jackson, Andrew, President of the United States
1) DS dated 18 June 1831. To Robert L. Browning. Appointing him a Passed Midshipman in the Navy of the United States. Also signed by Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy.
2) DS dated 16 February 1832. Midshipman's appointment for John A. Jarvis. Also signed by Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy.
See Skinner, Charles William
Japan, Opening of
Collection of documents including:
1) 17 page draft from Captain Henry A. Adams to Commodore Matthew C. Perry.
2) 23 pages of "Notes of conferences at Simoda [Shimoda]," dated 1 February 1855.
3) Memo dated 20 February 1855.
4) List of presents for the Emperor.
5) 2 Chinese "cards" of August 1873.
6) Map of Kama Koura.
7) ALS dated 7 April 1852 from Commodore Perry to Captain Adams.
8) LS dated 12 July 1856 from Baynard Taylor to Captain Henry A. Adams.
9) LS dated 9 January 1855 from Joel Abbot to Captain Adams.
10) Japanese "letter with presents."
11) Small sheet with various notes.
12) Diamond Sutra - Japanese text of Buddhist Sacred Works or Sacred Teachings - inscribed with signature of John Rodgers, USN, USS Vincennes, Simona, Japan, May 20, 1855.
Japanese Surrender on USS Missouri
Certificate - certifying the presence of Lieut. Robert L. Balfour, USNR at the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces to the Allied Powers aboard USS Missouri.
Java, U.S. Frigate
See Perry, Oliver Hazard
See Ariadne, Ship
Jefferson, Thomas, President of the United States
Autographed, signed document dated 24 September 1807. Mediterranean Passport for merchant ship Sarah of New York providing safe passage from Algerine [Barbary corsair] warships.
ALS dated 26 September 1782, Boston. To Joshua Wentworth. "I heard yesterday that Gen. Washington writes that 12 Sail of Brittish Line and some transports were to sail as on last Tuesday - I also heard that the Refugees and Tories were going to Nova Scotia. . . ."
Jellicoe, Admiral Lord of the Fleet, Royal Navy
ALS dated 18 December 1921, Government House, Wellington, New Zealand. To Mr. Close. Regarding Jutland and actions of the British and German fleets.
Johnson, Andrew, President of the United States
1) DS dated 26 July 1866. Appointment of John W. Phillip as a Lieutenant Commander. Also signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
2) DS dated 26 July 1866. Appointment of Francis M. Ramsay as a Commander. Also signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
3) DS dated 2 March 1867. Appointment of Albert G. Clary as a Captain. Also signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
Johnson, Philip C., Lieutenant, USN
Collection of ship logs and letter books including:
(1) Captain's Log kept while on the USS Richmond, 21 June 1875 to 10 May 1876 with list of men onboard and form of returns not published in the Navy Regulations
(2) Miscellaneous letters and telegrams written by Captain P. C. Johnson, USN, 1871-1874
(3) Bound journal containing abstract logs on USS Ohio, 4 February 1847 to 27 January 1849, USS Dale 14 March 1849 to 21 August 1849, USS Congress 8 June 1850 to 8 April 1851, USS St Louis 24 May 1851 to 9 July 1851, USS Fredonia 21 November 1852 to 12 September 1853
(4) Four letter books 1846 to 1886
(5) Navy Department orders 13 October 1846 to 21 August 1886
(6) USS Ohio General Watch and Station Bill, 1846.
(7) ALS dated 1 May 1862, on board USS Portsmouth. Describes the action at New Orleans and the passing of the forts.
Jones, Carlton B., Rear Admiral, USN
Six official messages sent to Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet in December 1941. Jones collected these "flimsies" while serving as a lieutenant on the staff of the Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven. The following communications are included:
"Air Raid On Pear[l] Harbor X This Is Not Drill" (7 Dec.).
"Executive WPL Forty Six Against Japan" (7 Dec.).
"Place Naval Censorship In Effect" (8 Dec.).
"Germany Has Declared War On the United States" (11 Dec.).
"Italy Has Declared War On the United States" (11 Dec.).
"Executive WPL 46 Against Germany and Italy in Addition to Japan Naval Attaches Advise Naval Authorities" (11 Dec.).
[Additional messages collected by Jones are located in the USS Owen (DD-536) ZC File.].
Jones, John Paul, Captain, Continental Navy
1) Fragment of ledger for "Account current with the Chevalier Paul Jones" (entries for 1 November 1777 and 3 February 1778).
2) Eighty-nine Calling cards of various members of the Russian Court, European ministries, and partisans. Includes an invitation to Jones to dinner in 1790.
3) Note dated 22 June  to M. St. Leger, that due to time and health, Jones will have to seek another physician.
4) True copy of a letter signed by A. Lee, dated 13 June 1780 to Captain Paul Jones. Gives Lee’s opinion as to the claims of Captains Jones and Landais relative to the command of the US Frigate Alliance. Also four-page statement outlining circumstances under which Captain Jones was finally in command and authorized to outfit Alliance and Ariel for service under his command.
Jones, Mary G., Lt(jg) USNR
Scrapbook and collection of personal papers. The scrapbook contains an extensive collection of photographs and memorabilia relating to Lieutenant Jones' service during World War II in the WAVES. The photographs include pictures of the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, Northampton, Massachusetts (at Smith College), and her service in Washington, DC. All of the photographs are captioned and contain images taken at the midshipmen's school and in Washington, DC showing both official and off duty activities. Interspersed with the photographs are letters, notices, post cards, newspaper clippings and other miscellaneous ephemera. Her personal papers consist of official and personal correspondence, various pieces of memorabilia, and a ledger of household expenses for March 1944 and January 1946.
Jones, Thomas ap Catesby, Captain, USN
See also Mason, John Y.
ALS dated 8 April 1826, from USS Peacock in Callao Roads. To William Tudor, Esq. Describes differences in expenses and cash outlays in Peru between United States and more lightly manned British vessels.
Kauffman, John Henry, Chief Gunner's Mate, USN
The collection consists of several file folders and loose material containing a small collection of official documents relating to Chief Gunner's Mate John Henry Kauffman's naval service, as well as programs, Christmas cards, ship newspapers and other ephemera relating to the ships on which he served.
Kearny, George Hammeken, Captain, USN
The bulk of this collection consists of log books and diaries kept by Assisstant Engineer Kearny during the various cruises he made between 1868 and 1876. Additional material includes a notebook containing a comprehensive summary of the payments and allowances received by Kearny over his entire career and two narratives related to the United States Expedition to Korea in 1871 in which Kearny took part.
Kearney, Lawrence, Commodore, USN
ALS dated 22 June 1841, on board U.S. frigate Constellation at Saldanha Bay. Directs a medical survey of two sailors. On the same letter are:
a) A response from the Fleet Surgeon, Stephen Rapalje. Countersigned by Commodore Kearney.
b) A further note on the same subject. To Commodore Long commanding USS Boston. Signed by Surgeon Robert J. Dodd and Assistant Surgeon J.W.B. Greenhow.
Kellogg, Edward Stanley, Captain, USN
The collection consists of two scrapbooks and associated material collected by Kellogg during his travels to Europe and the Far East while serving in the Engineer Corps. The bulk of the material consists of photographs, many of which appear to be commercial reproductions, interspersed with invitations to weddings, tickets to enter sights, invitations, programs and other similar souvenirs. The photographs generally are of poor quality.
Kelly, William G., Seaman First Class, USN
The collection consists of one scrapbook compiled during Kelly's service with the Asiatic Fleet and a photographic album containing pictures of various places and sights in Peking, as well as pictures of the Great Wall of China.
Kennedy, Edmund P., Captain, USN
ALS dated 18 December 1828, Norfolk. To Captain Jesse Elliott. Laments Commodore Barron's refusal to take command of the Pacific Squadron.
Kennedy, Stewart, Surgeon
ALS dated 29 April 1862, USS Hartford, New Orleans. To his brother-in-law, Mr. Edward Lesley, immediately after the capture of that city by Admiral Farargut and his fleet.
Kimmel, Husband Edward, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
ALS dated 25 January 1962 to Mr. Lloyd Tatum, regarding Kimmel's book (Admiral Kimmel's Story) and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover ignoring a request from Kimmel to identify a witness who claimed that Kimmel and Lieutenant General Walter Campbell Short were not on speaking terms.
Kincaid, Earle H., Commander, USN
Correspondence and ephemera, 1926-1961. Including material relating to LCDR Kincaid’s duty on the China Station in the mid 1930s while he served as aide and flag secretary to the commander of the Yangtze Patrol, Rear Admiral John D. Wainwright. Certificate from “Break Water Naval Club Torokina” - Oversized, highly colorful, hand-painted certificate from Torokina Point, Bougainville, British Solomon Island, appointing Capt. Earl H. Kincaid of the US Navy to the rank of 4 Rose Admiral.
Weekly Newspapers Issued by the US Naval Training Center Station, Newport, RI 1938-39
Newport Recruit, Vol. XV, No. 12, 29 October 1938
Newport Recruit, Vol. 39, No. 6, 11 February 1939
Newport Recruit, Vol. 39, No. 20, 20 May 1939
Knies, Michael, Lieutenant, Continental Navy
22 letters and documents dated 1782 and 1783. Revolutionary War naval manuscripts. Many relate to Knies' court martial by Captain Samuel Nicholson while attached to the Continental frigate Deane.
Lackawanna, U.S. Steam Sloop
Journal, 18 January 1863-29 April 1865. During this period J. B. Marchand was the Commanding Officer until 27 November 1864, followed by G. F. Emmons. Journal appears not to have been kept by either commanding officer, but by others. Some signatures. Account of blockading off Mobile Bay and Galveston including captures of prizes. Detailed account of ship preparations for Battle of Mobile Bay. Description of battle itself (5 August 1864), including addresses of Farragut and Buchanan. Account of the run of the rebel ram Webb down the Mississippi. Reverse of journal contains:
1) Handwritten General Order Number 10 from Farragut for preparations of ships for Mobile Bay.
2) Description of Rebel ram Tennessee and her surrender.
Lajoie, Barbara S., Y3C, USNR
Personal collection of a World War II WAVE. The bulk of the collection contains personal correspondence and ephemera including a number of holiday cards related to the WAVES as well as a limited amount of information on their uniforms. The collection also contains official records and a number of documents pertaining to Yeoman Lajoie's job duties during the period of her enlistment.
Lake Dymer, USS
Log book, dated 16 September 1918 to 23 June 1919.
Landreth, John, Surveyor
This journal documents the expedition in search of suitable live wood for the construction of ships for the United States Navy.
Under the authority of President James Monroe, an expedition was conducted in Louisiana for the purpose of locating trees, which would provide suitable lumber for the Navy. The entries began in New Orleans, Louisiana on 27 December 1818 and the volume was concluded in Baltimore, Maryland, on 19 May 1819. The schooner Nonsuch commanded by Captain Alexander Claxton was used to transport the survey party along the Mississippi River where the search for oak and red cedar took place along the shore.
Included in the hand-penned journal are surveyors' notes, diagrams and tables which document the cost of provisions for the expedition. An extensive narrative documents the daily events. Participants in the party were James Leander Cathcart, Esq., James Hutton, and John Landreth, Surveyor.
Lee, S. Phillips, Rear Admiral, USN
Civil War correspondence (9 pieces).
Letters of Marque (Revolutionary War)
Manuscript document dated, "In Congress, Nov 10th 1780." Signed by Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress. Sets forth rules to deal with the abuse the British make of Letters of Marque they capture in American prizes.
Letter of Marque (War of 1812)
Dated 22 December 1814. Commissioning the private armed schooner Lucy of 25 tons and commanded by Perez Drinkwater to seize and take British vessels. Unsigned by either the President or Secretary of State.
Lincoln, Abraham, President of the United States
1) DS dated 1 June 1861. Appoints John Woodward Philip a Midshipman. Also signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
2) DS dated 2 December 1864, Executive Mansion, Washington. To Major General Banks directing him to get on with advancing the new state government of Louisiana.
DS dated 19 March 1800, Boston. Certifies Samuel Phipps an American seaman and citizen.
Long, John D., Secretary of the Navy
1) TLS dated 18 November 1898, Navy Department, Office of the Secretary. Regarding a burial ground fence proposed for the men of the Maine.
2) ALS dated 6 September 1899, Bucksfield, Maine. Regarding the future assignment of Commodore Winslow.
Louisbourg Expedition, 1745
See Saunders, Thomas
Luce, Stephen B., Rear Admiral, USN
1) ALS dated 19 August 1879, USS Minnesota. To "Sul. Townsend." Inviting him to visit the ship.
2) 2 ALS dated 28 August and 2 September 1881, U.S. school ship New Hampshire, Newport, Rhode Island. To Rear Admiral Howison. Regarding the gunnery ship Minnesota, command opportunity, and referring to Admiral Porter.
3) ALS dated 6 June 1887, flagship Richmond, North Atlantic Squadron. Inquiring as to a location near Portland where Navy men could land for a week of instruction.
4) ALS dated 7 January 1914, 15 Francis Street, Newport, Rhode Island. To Mrs. Ferris. Regarding Luce's earlier published collection of sea songs.
Lund, Nicholas, Seaman, USN
LS dated 2 April 1893 from Liverpool, England, to the US Pension Commissioners, petitioning his pension for service during the Civil War.
Macedonian, U.S. Frigate
See MacRae, A.
Mack, Eugene, Gunner, USN
31 letters and documents dated 1849-1882. Consist of papers related to his naval career. Numerous orders, his commission signed by President Millard Fillmore, etc.
ALS dated 15 July 1823, Middletown. To unknown correspondent. Making payment on a bill. (Ann Macdonough was the wife of Captain Thomas Macdonough.)
Macdonough, Thomas, Captain, USN
See also Tingey, Thomas
ALS dated 16 October 1803. To Commodore Edward Preble. Explaining the "escape" of one John Tuck while ashore for fresh provisions.
ADS dated 30 May 1812, Middletown [Connecticut]. Receipt of $79.20 for half pay as a Lieutenant in the Navy from 26 January to 25 May 1812.
3) ALS dated 26 August 1818, USS Guerriere, ordering Lt. Joseph Smith to inspect the larboard bower cable, with Lt. Smith’s reply.
ALS dated 21 June 1824, Navy Yard, New York. To Samuel Southard, Secretary of the Navy. Regarding Moses Wilson who seeks an appointment as a Midshipman.
McBlair, William, Commander
This collection contains correspondence (1827-1857) of Commander William McBlair. Both outgoing and incoming letters are present in the collection, much of it from the period 1847-1849 during Erie's cruise to Africa and the Mediterranean. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
McHenry, James, Secretary of War
See United States, U.S. Frigate
McKeever, Isaac, Captain, USN
ALS dated 27 July 1829, Baltimore. To John Branch, Secretary of the Navy. Presenting his nephew Edwin DeHaven as a candidate for a Midshipman's warrant.
MacRae, Archibald, Midshipman, USN
Journal (c. 1842) kept on board Macedonian while with the West India Squadron.
Mahan, Alfred Thayer, Rear Admiral, USN
Personal correspondence (8 ALS, 1 TLS and 2 ANS). Spanning the period 1860-1914.
Mahan, Dennis, Lieutenant, USN
Report of observations during cruise to Bering Sea to Commander R. D. Hitchcock, USN, dated 19 November 1891, aboard USS Alert off Canton, China.
Mallory, Stephen R., Secretary of the Confederate Navy
2 LS dated 10 January 1862 and 23 January 1865, Richmond. Regarding a bounty for recruiting enlisted sailors.
Marchand, John B., Commodore, USN
See Lackawanna, U.S. Steam Sloop
Marine Corps, U.S.
See Dobbin, James C.
Mason, John Y.
Preston, William Ballard
Internal regulations of the U.S. Ship Marion, William Belt, Commander, c.1839-1840. Attached to Lieutenant William Pearson's copy. NEEDS VERIFICATION.
Mason, John Y., Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 27 February 1845, Navy Department. To Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones. Regarding Jones's interest in the Territorial Government of Oregon.
2) LS dated 19 May 1847, Navy Department. To Commodore Charles Morris. Accepting his resignation as Chief of the Bureau of Construction, Equipment and Repair.
3) LS dated 20 January 1848, Navy Department. To James H. Cansten, Washington, D.C. Regarding the claim of Master John Quinn.
4) ADS dated 30 September 1848. Disability pension for John McCargow, Quartermaster, USN.
5) LS dated 11 December 1848, Navy Department. To Brigadier General A. Henderson, Commandant. Authorizes repairs to the Marine Barracks at the Washington Navy Yard.
Maury, Matthew Fontaine, Commander, USN
1) ALS dated 13 February 1835, Fredericksburg, Virginia. To Messrs. Cary, Lea & Co., Philadelphia. Regarding publishing his manuscript, "A New Theoretical and Practical Treatise on Navigation."
2) ALS dated 10 May 1849, Washington Observatory. Acceptance of a social invitation.
3) 44 letters and documents dated between 18 December 1862 and 13 August 1873. From or relating to Maury during and immediately after the Civil War.
Mayo, Isaac, Captain, USN
1) 2 journals.
a) Private journal at sea, 1826-1830.
b) Private journal while commanding U.S. Forces, West Coast of Africa, 1853.
2) Letter Book Number 1. Private letters from 1809 to 1830 (incomplete).
See Thompson, Alexander
Merchant Marine, American
Document dated 18 December 1810. Affidavit issued by the Special Justice of the Peace, New York. Signed by 3 British seamen recounting their "crimping" from British merchant vessels.
Minnesota , U.S. Steam Frigate
Journal of a cruise, 1 March 1859 (at sea) to 3 June 1859 (Boston), via Cape of Good Hope. "Log of the USS Minnesota, vol. III." Kept by Charles I. Graves, Georgia. Last page notes, "put out of commission. S. F. Du Pont, Capt."
Mississippi, Steam frigate USS
Two DS dated 5 May 1851 and 10 May 1851. Bill-of-health documents signed by the Captain of the Port at Gibraltar and issued to steam frigate USS Mississippi, commanded by Captain John C. Long. The documents state “These presents certify, that Good Health is enjoyed in the City and Garrison of Gibraltar, and that there does not exist therein any suspicion of Plague or any other infectious Disease or Distemper.” The document dated 5 May 1851 has a rubber stamp from Cadiz. A second stamp is in Arabic (from Tangier?).
Mitchell, L.D., USN
Photographic album: "Pictures Taken During the War With Germany Before and After." Well-captioned photographic album containing post carts, photographs, and memorabilia taken while Mitchell served on board USS Wadsworth, Torpedo Boat No. 60. The scrapbook contains a small number of photographs of World War I US Navy ships including Wadsworth, Jacob Jones, Mt. Vernon, George Washington, Pueblo, and Agamendon. The collection includes several interesting photographs of post war recreational activities.
Mitscher, Marc A., Vice Admiral, USN
Report of Operations of Task Force Fifty Eight in Support of Landings at Okinawa, 14 March through 28 May (East Longitude Dates), including Actions Against Kyushu, Nansei Shoto, Japanese Fleet at Kure, the Yamato, and Operations in Direct Support of Landings at Okinawa. Includes air attack on USS Franklin and the Yamato sinking.
Letter book dated 25 November 1882 to 23 December 1886.
Monaghan, James M., Pharmacist Mate, USN
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.
Monongahela , USS
Journal, 1877-1878, New York to Shanghai, China. Author unknown.
Monroe, James, Secretary of State
See also Babb, Benjamin, Jr.
1) LS dated 26 June 1812, Department of State. To the collector of the Port of Savannah. Encloses blank commissions #131-140 (not present) for Letters of Marque. With manuscript instructions for executing commissions.
2) DS dated 26 November 1813. Requests confirmation of United States citizenship in the case of Benjamin Babb of Barrington, New Hampshire. Babb was impressed into the British Navy and is then a prisoner at Chatham, England.
3) DS dated 21 January 1814. Directs Customs Collector at Marblehead to revoke commissions for private armed vessels with complements less than 20 men and issue no more to vessels so manned.
4) DS dated 4 March 1823. To Robert L. Browning. Appointing him a Midshipman in the Navy. Also signed by Samuel Southard, Secretary of the Navy.
5) DS dated 1 March 1825. Appointing Asa Curtis a Gunner in the United States Navy. Also signed by Samuel Southard, Secretary of the Navy.
Moore, Robert W., Lieutenant Commander USNR
The collection consists of a small number of personal papers and one photograph (as an enlisted man taken in 1917) relating to Lieutenant Commander Moore's naval service including a rarely seen example of a "Subpoena and Summons Extraordinary" for the Crossing-the-Line Ceremony held onboard the USS Indiana (BB-58) on 17 November 1942. The collection also includes a large number of nautical poems accumulated by Lieutenant Commander Moore during his career.
Moran, John J., Lieutenant, USNR
Lieutenant Moran’s logbook is in two volumes. The first volume begins with a record of Moran’s service as Armed Guard Commander on board S.S. Albert G. Brown from 11 March 1944 through 4 June 1944. The remainder of Volume I and the entirety of Volume II detail Moran’s service as Armed Guard Commander on board S.S. John Holmes from 6 July 1944 through 8 February 1945. Both Albert G. Brown and John Holmes were Liberty Ships, American merchant ships that were protected by US Navy Armed Guard detachments.
Morgan, Charles W., Captain, USN
LS dated 3 November 1849, on board USS Independence at the Bay of Spezia. To Captain John Long of USS Mississippi. Regarding the demands of a Purser.
Morgan, George E., Midshipman, USN
ALS dated 1 March 1846, on board the U.S. schooner Shark at Mazatlan, Mexico. To Moses P. Hatch. Much about the current cruise around South America and to the Sandwich Islands. Emphasis on political climate in Peru and Mexico.
Morris, Charles, Captain, USN
See also Badger, George E.
Mason, John Y.
1) ANS (undated). To the Secretary of the Navy. Regarding his son's request of an appointment as a Midshipman.
2) ALS dated 28 October 1822, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. To Purser T. Chew, Brooklyn. Personal issues.
3) LS dated 1 September 1828, Navy Yard, Charlestown. To Commodore Bainbridge, Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard. Regarding the slow improvements made at the yard and the lack of funding for them.
4) DS dated 25 July 1840, Navy Commissioner's Office. To Commodore Charles Stewart. Circular regarding the classification of various skills required at Navy Yards.
Morris, Edward Ross, Lieutenant Commander, USN (Ret.)
The collection consists of memorabilia saved by Edward Morris who served on USS Macon and contains Christmas cards, programs and menus, his statement on the USS Macon disaster, along with a few newspaper clippings and articles on airships.
Morrison, John G.
1) Diary, 1861-1862. Kept while on board the U.S. gunboat Carondelet, Mississippi Squadron.
2) Journal, September 1862-June 1863. Kept while on board U.S. riverboats on the Mississippi River. Begins in U.S. gunboat Carondelet.
Morse, John W., LCDR USN
Asiatic Fleet memorabilia collected by J. W. Morse, Paymaster, USS Wisconsin, 1903-1905. Items of interest: Band Program USS Wisconsin; Asiatic Fleet Baseball League Schedule of Home Games, 1903; Roster of Officers No. 3, August 17, 1903; price list of commissary stores, USS Wisconsin; various menus and programs for USS Wisconsin including "Minstrel Entertainment Given by the Crew, Chefoo China, Asiatic Station, July 28, 1903; various issues of ship's newspaper The Badger; Fleet Roster No. 1, U. S. Asiatic Fleet, May 5, 1904.
Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons, Seventh Fleet
Material collected for a history of this unit including: Regulations CTG70.1, Roster of Officers, List of Floating Equipment, Attack Order No. A604-45, patrols and missions data, official correspondence January - August 1945, maps, and a memoir written by an unidentified author titled Monroe's Story or How to Be Happy Through Tending PT's.
Much, George, Captain, USN
This collection is composed of 39 letters relating to the 19th century career of Naval Constructor Captain George W. Much, USN. The collection also includes a photograph of Captain Much, his 1839 apprentice agreement, and a pair of Navy documents from 1930 summarizing his Navy service.
Murdy, William Fletcher, Captain, Dental Corps, USN
Collection of personal papers with ephemera relating to his service on the China Station during the 1920s and to the cultural activities of the Asiatic Fleet. The most notable being two program cards that describe the activities, attendees and menus for the picnics held by the Masons of the Asiatic Fleet at Cat’s Eye Beach, Chefoo, China in 1927 and 1928.
Murray, Alexander,Captain, USN
2 ALS dated 15 May and 17 June 1862, USS Sebago. To T. H. Patterson, Commander of Currituck. The first regards repositioning of Patterson's ship; the second is a letter of instruction as Murray prepares for a "relaxation from duty."
2) ALS dated 17 June 1862
Musgrave, William Lebanon
27 LS. To Miss Anne Virginia David. Primarily from the Civil War period while Musgrave was attached to the U.S. gunboat Chippewa.
Mustin, Henry C., Captain, USN
The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence from Captain Mark L. Bristol in the Office of Naval Operations to Lt Cmdr Henry C. Mustin, US Naval Aeronautical Station, Pensacola, concerning the operations conducted at that station, Mustin's official responses to the poor fitness report written by Captain Bristol, and a series of personal letters received by Lt Cmdr and Mrs. Mustin regarding his being passed over for promotion to commander at the beginning of 1917. In addition to the correspondence, the collection contains correspondence, drawings, and patents to Mustin for various inventions concerning naval gun sights and hyrdoaeroplanes. The collection also contains Mustin's Flight Log Book during the period between 1919-1922 when Mustin was commander of the Air Detachment, Pacific Fleet and a diary of the long range flight to Balboa, which Mustin commanded between 18 December 1920 and 18 January 1821. Also included is Mustin's log book for the cruise of the USS Samar from 13 October 1899 - 3 March 1900, a small group of water color sketches, and miscellaneous ephemera. Among the later is a certificate (with photograph) from the Aero Club of America dated 10 December 1913 designating Mustin as Hydraeroplane Pilot No. 14 and a court martial pardon signed by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Naile, Frederick I., Midshipman, USN
Log of a cruise in the U.S. frigate St. Lawrence, 21 June 1861-17 December 1861, .
Dated 8 February 1862.
Navajo Code Talkers
Two autographed photos of Navajo Code Talker veterans of World War II signed in 2005. The first photo was signed on 13 August 2005 at the 2005 National Powwow held at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. Signatures include Samuel Tso, Arthur Hubbard Sr., and Pater MacDonald Sr. It includes the hand-written dedication "To Navy Dept. Library - Ya'a'teeh." The second photo, taken at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2005, is signed by Samuel Tsosie Sr., Merril Sandoval, Peter MacDonald Sr., Samuel Tso, George Willie, Bill Toledo, Arthur Hubbard Sr., Samuel Smith, Jack Jones, and Alfred Peaches.
Naval Building Project Letters 1814-1854
This collection, donated by Rear Admiral Joseph R. Redman, consists of letters written by significant persons relating to Navy building projects from 1814–1854 and two sets of plans for the building of a saw mill and an engine at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The collection also includes a set of original signatures from 1828–1890.
Columbian Centinel, Boston, Massachusetts, - dated 20 June 1798, which includes "An Act to Establish an Executive Department to be Denominated, The Department of the Navy."
Nelson, Horatio, Admiral
An account ledger entitled An Account of Naval Stores Supplied His Majesty's Ships under the Command of Horatio Lord Nelson from the Arsenal of His Sicilian Majesty at Messina. In addition to the interesting listing of supplies taken on board the various ships and the costs thereof, the document features Nelson's signature, in a form he used only briefly: 'Bronté Nelson of the Nile.' This style, which reflects his two titles, the Sicilian Duke of Bronté and the English Lord Nelson of the Nile, was criticized by his countrymen for its favoring of the foreign title over the English title. Nelson, while he clearly desired to present himself first as a Duke first rather than as a Lord, acquiesced after a short time to the pressure and began to render the Sicilian title last in his signatures. Note the shaky handwriting of his signature, the result of having to use his non-dexterous left hand after losing most of his right arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1797.
New London, U.S. Steamer
See Read, Abner, Captain, USN
New York Navy Yard
A list of maps of the New York Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.
Columbian Centinel, Boston, Massachusetts, 20 June 1798 - which includes "An Act to Establish an Executive Department to be Denominated, The Department of the Navy."
The Monitor, Litchfield Connecticut, 10 December 1793
Ulster County Gazatte, Kingston, New York, 4 January 1800 - death notice of President George Washington
Nicholson, Samuel, Captain, USN
See Knies, Michael
Nicholson, Somerville, Captain, USN
See also Reynolds, William
1) LS dated 28 May 1865, USS Galatea, Cape Haytien. To Commander T. Patterson. Reporting results of visit to Haiti pursuant to the request of the American Consul.
2) DS dated 5 August 1862. Appointment to Lieutenant Commander. Signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
3) DS dated 1 July 1870. Appointment to Captain. Signed by John Rodgers.
Nimitz, Chester, Fleet Admiral, USN
Documents relating to Admiral Nimitz's naval career.
Nimitz, Mrs. Chester
1) Letter from Captain Angus Dacres Nicholl, DSO, RN, Captain of HMS Duke of York, to Mrs. Chester Nimitz upon the occasion of FADM Nimitz receiving the Grand Cross of the Bath, August, 1943.
2) Letter from Captain Julian Wheeler, USN to Mrs. Chester Nimitz upon the occasion of FADM Nimitz receiving the Grand Cross of the Bath, August, 1945.
Nixon, Richard Milhous, President
Six Presidential Unit Citations (Navy), signed by President Nixon.
Noble, Addison Grant, Lieutenant, Chaplain, USNR
This collection contains the scrapbooks and other material collected by Lieutenant Addison Grant Noble, Chaplain USNR from July 1944 through November 1945. The bulk of this material covers Lieutenant Noble's service on USS Eastland (APA-163), October 1944 through November 1945, and contains papers (notes, correspondence, dispatches, official documents, issues of the ship's newspaper, etc.), photographs and various forms of ephemera relating to his service aboard that ship. The collection contains numerous newspaper clippings and articles relating to the ports called upon and/or the battles conducted nearby.
North, Henry H., Captain USN
Letters, expenditures and Navy Orders, 1865-1881.
North Atlantic Convoys Operational Documents
Commander Destroyer Division (COMDESDIV) 63; Commander Task Force (CTF) 4; Commander Task Unit (CTU) 4.1.8; CTF 24; CTU 24.1.5; CTU 24.1.8; and CTU 27.1.4. These documents are from Spring 1941 through Spring 1942. The collection is comprised of message traffic, some diagrams, officer rosters, lists of US and Royal Navy warships in Icelandic ports, standard operating procedure material, and memoranda.
Nurse Corps, Music
Sheet music and Copyright certificate for “An Ode to the Navy Nurse Corps,” written by Fe E. Rodriquez and Walter F. Philipp.
Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps who tendered their resignations during the early part of the Civil War and were dropped from the rolls.
Five sheets (folio). Identifying US naval officers who resigned in 1861 and 1862, many of whom joined the Confederate Navy; e.g., Franklin Buchanan and Matthew Maury.
See Brooke, John.
O'Neil, Charles, Rear Admiral, USN
Charles O'Neil was born in England, 15 March 1842. He served in the United States Navy initially as an enlisted man. O'Neil received his appointment on 1 April 1862. While serving in the volunteer navy, he was advanced for distinguished service in the engagement with Merrimac in the Civil War. He retired at age 62 on 15 March 1904.
1) Journal of Charles O'Neil on his first voyage at sea in ship Oliver Putnam from 31 July 1858 to 8 October 1859.
2) The personal diary (dated 1914) of Rear Admiral Charles O'Neil, U.S.N., Retired, written in Washington, DC, in his tenth year of retirement. The volume chronicles his daily activities, including social events in which he participated. O'Neil noted the passing of his naval contemporaries in his notes and through their obituaries, which he attached to several pages. Rear Admiral O'Neil closely followed the events of the outset of the Great War as evidenced by the dozens of attached newspaper clippings. These news articles are perhaps the most notable features of the diary as they depict the details of the progress of the war. Also included are news articles about the war with Mexico at Vera Cruz.
Oreto, Confederate Navy cruiser
Original report and typewritten copy titled "The Escape of the Oreto (Florida) from Mobile Bay, January 15, 1863.
Journal of a cruise dated 27 October 1866 to 13 March 1868, kept by Midshipman Charles Judd, USN. Recommissioned 27 October 1866, Captain George F. Emmons in command, Ossipee served in the north Pacific protecting American interests along the coasts of Mexico and Central America.
O'Toole, Edward J.
Collection of personal documents including a diary and six photos relating to his postal service duties with US Naval Group China during World War II.
Palmer Station, Antarctica: First Satellite Faximile Transmission
First official experimental satellite/telecopier transmission from Navy Sea Systems Command Headquarters to Antarctica and returned.
Panek, Donald W.
Donald D. Panek served aboard USS Revenge (AM-110), a minesweeper that participated in the invasion of Okinawa and related events from March through June 1945. Panek’s diary runs from mid-March through early September 1945. He provides a detailed record of events, including an account of the sinking of USS Skylark (AM-63) on 28 March 1945, which, thanks to the efficient rescue work of Revenge and USS Sage (AM-111), suffered only five deaths.
Decommissioning letter signed by President George W. Bush, dated 4 October 2004.
Parker, John Clark, Lieutenant, USN
“Rough Log” [Personal journal] dated 12 February 1902 to August 1919. Lt. Parker saw duty on numerous ships including troopship USS Leviathan (SP-1326) on which he served from 2 August 1917 to 15 October 1919.
Parrish, Joseph, Midshipman, USN
Journal dated 21 January - 20 November 1842, while on a cruise serving aboard US Steamer Mississippi.
Improvements in Marine Torpedoes, Patent and Correspondence 1891
Improvements in Submerged Boats for Carrying and Discharging Torpedoes, Patent 1892
Patterson, Daniel T., Captain, USN
Personal correspondence dated 1831-1833, USS John Adams. To Patterson while commanding the US Mediterranean Squadron.
1) ALS. From L. Heap, Midshipman, USN.
2) ALS. From George W. Randolph, Midshipman, USN.
3) ALS. From P. F. Voorhees, Captain, USN.
4) ALS. From John Weems, Midshipman, USN.
5) Manuscript document, 1833, Port Mahon. List of quarantined food on board USS John Adams.
Patterson, Robert J., USN
Diary kept on board USS Jamestown while on the East India, China and Japan Stations, 1862-1865.
Patterson, Thomas H., Captain, USN
60 Civil War letters and documents received while serving with the US Blockading Force off South Carolina.
Paulding, Hiram, Captain, USN
1) ADS dated 31 August 1834, off "Beyrout." Monthly return of officers and crew of the schooner Shark, H. Paulding, Commander.
2) Journal, 3 September 1850-12 November 1850, on board the frigate St. Lawrence
3) ALS dated 26 July 1853, Navy Yard, Washington. To The Honorable C. C. Cambreleng. Offering condolences upon the death of a friend.
4) Letter book, 26 July 1855-26 March 1857, frigate Potomac.
5) Muster roll, 15 August 1855, frigate Potomac.
6) Journal, 31 August 1855-22 February 1858, frigate Potomac.
7) LS dated 27 May 1869, U.S. Naval Academy, as President of the Board of Visitors. To General J. R. Hawley. Regarding examining the various departments at the Naval Academy.
Paulding, James K., Secretary of the Navy (1838-1841)
ALS dated 7 July 1827, from James K. Paulding, Navy Agents Office, New York to Commander Thomas Tingey, Washington, DC.
LS dated 13 August 1838, Navy Department. To John Rolfe, Brooklyn. Regarding interference of the draining of the City of Brooklyn caused by projected Public Works projects at Wallabout Bay.
A fragment of wall paper containing what appears to be Navy or Merchant Marine pay records (or possibly a bill incurred by an American vessel in a Spanish port for services).
Peary, Robert E., Rear Admiral, USN
10 ALS dated 1897-1912 (personal correspondence, including a letter dated 28 August 1899 from Ebath, Greenland).
Pendergrast, Garrett J., Captain, USN
ALS dated 7 March 1846. To Lieutenant George Blake. Referring to his conduct in "B. Syran"(?) Blockade.
Pendleton, Charles H., Master, USN
ALS dated 28 November 1866, on board flagship Colorado. To Rear Admiral L. M. Goldsborough. Requesting an investigation be made of his relief as Officer of the Deck on that ship by Lieutenant Commander George Dewey. With forwarding signature of Dewey.
Perkins, George H., Commodore, USN
The collection consists of a photo album, circa 1865, with photos of Commodore Perkins and his family, Admiral and Mrs. David G. Farragut, Loyall Farragut (their son), USS Hartford, and other USN and USA officers; a photo badge with a photograph of Commodore Perkins from August 1907; and letter books containing letters from naval officers to Perkins, 1862–1896, and letters from Perkins to his family, 1856–1879. Additional items from the Perkins collection are held in the Naval History and Heritage Command Art Gallery and the Naval History and Heritage Command Photo Archives.
Perry, Matthew Calbraith, Captain, USN
See also Japan, Opening of
1) ALS dated 9 January 1835, Navy Yard. To Congressman Charles G. Ferris. Regarding the Navy Bill, his three year cruise, etc. Denounces Congress for not allowing reimbursement of money he spent.
2) ALS dated 4 April 1839, Washington, D.C. To Captain Thomas Stephens, USN, Philadelphia. Regarding Perry's efforts to establish a naval school of gunnery.
3) ALS dated 8 July 1847, USS Mississippi. To his daughter, J. B. ("Belle") Perry.
Perry, Mrs. Oliver Hazard
ALS dated 29 August 1819 (and continued on 2 September 1819), Newport. To her husband on board the U.S. frigate John Adams. Lots of family news and much concern for Perry's health.
Perry, Oliver Hazard, Captain, USN
1) ADS dated 30 July 1815. Requisition for coal for the U.S. frigate Java.
2) ALS dated 3 September 1815, USS Java, Hampton Roads. To L. Tazewell. Congratulating him on the successful termination of the Algerine War.
3) ADS (undated). For $500.00, recruiting funds for the U.S. frigate Java.
Phelon, Henry A., Master, USN
Bound letter book containing holographic copies of official correspondence 1863-64. Other items of note bound within the book include: a chart of Night and Fog Signals From Vessels Blockading Wilmington, various rules of thumb for navigation, names of officers and men attached to the gunboat Shawsheen, and the deposition of A. W. Parmelee concerning his naval service during the Civil War. Other ships mentioned: Daylight, Kansas, Malvern, Mendota, Monticello, Onondaga, and Santiago da Cuba.
Philip, John W., Rear Admiral, USN
1) Journal, monthly department reports for classes, 1857-1861, US Naval Academy .
2) Private journal as a Lieutenant aboard USS Wachosett, March 1865-November 1865.
Picking, Sherwood, Lieutenant, USN
Diary dated May - June 1918, while observing English and French submarine operations in the war zone.
Pierce, Franklin, President of the United States
DS dated 20 June 1856. Appointing William A. Kirkland a Passed Midshipman in the United States Navy. Signed also by J. C. Dobbin, Secretary of the Navy.
Piloting Directions, Revolutionary War.
ADS dated "Eagle 1776." Directions for Nantucket Shoals. With the annotation: "Delivered out by Lord Howe-- from the late surveys."
Pinkney, Ninian, Surgeon, USN
ALS dated 18 November 1852, Naval Academy, Annapolis. To Thomas Harris, Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington. Regarding a memorial in support of Navy medicine he intends to send to Congress.
Polk, James, President of the United States
DS dated 15 July 1845. Appointment of Somerville Nicholson to Passed Midshipman. Also signed by George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy.
Poor, Charles H., Lieutenant, USN
ALS dated 19 April 1855, Norfolk. To Midshipman Francis M. Ramsay. Laudatory of Ramsay's performance on board the U.S. frigate St. Lawrence.
Porter, David, Captain, USN
See also Sicard, Stephen
1) ALS (undated), on board USS John Adams. To the Secretary of the Navy. Reporting money drawn on account.
2) ALS dated 26 July 1812, USS Essex at sea, to Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton, concerning the capture of the British Brig Leander and sending her to port as a prize.
3) ALS dated 8 September 1812, "US Frigate Essex mouth of the Delaware Bay." To Commodore Bainbridge in Boston. This may be the earliest account of Porter's Atlantic Cruise during which he became the first American captain to capture a British ship of war, HMS Alert, during the War of 1812. He also reports capturing 8 merchant vessels and burning 2 others, and taking 220 prisoners. The letter estimates prizes at "$300,000."
4) Letter dated 17 September 1817, Philadelphia. To Porter from "S. Caillade" (Taillade?).
5) LS dated 26 March 1825. Certifying that John Weems served for "upwards of a year" as Midshipman under Porter and was deserving of a "Warrant."
Porter, David D., Rear Admiral, USN
See also Welles, Gideon
1) Personal correspondence. 32 letters and documents dated 1846-1890.
2) 9 manuscript General Orders, signed while commanding the Mississippi Squadron during the Civil War
a) General Order 1 dated 16 October 1862. Directs all ships to provide a listing of officers on board.
b) General Order 17 dated 10 November 1862. Requires Paymasters to identify personnel transferred from their ships to the hospital.
c) General Order 23 dated 22 December 1862. "Commanders of vessels will not forward any resignations until I notify them."
d) General Order 24 dated 29 December 1862. Officers shall not go further from the boat than the bank or next ships.
e) General Order 31 dated 17 January 1863. Requires Commanding Officers to forward on the 1st of each month a list of contraband on board their vessels.
f) General Order 32 dated 21 January 1863. Directs the retention of all arms, munitions, or other prizes of war until further orders; if the Army wants them, "Commanders will take full receipts."
g) General Order 34 dated 8 February 1863. Tells Commanding Officers how to handle Army personnel who are being assigned to fill vacancies.
h) General Order 37 dated 6 March 1863. Directs that the tonnage of vessels be reported.
i) General Order 38 (undated). Commanding Officers will order white covers (for the tops of crew caps) to be made ready for summer.
3) DS (undated). Night orders for the Yazoo River. Porter's Civil War orders to the Squadron of Gunboats stationed on the Yazoo respecting guard duty, lookouts, signals, etc. during the night and during conditions of low visibility.
4) DS dated 8 March 1863. Orders "to the officers commanding the Vessels above" (further up the Yazoo). Tells Commanding Officers that due to strengthening currents to fasten all ships well to the shore.
5) DS dated 5 July 1863. Charges and specifications preferred by Lieutenant J. A. Greer, Commanding, USS Benton, against J. R. Burgoyne.
Porter, Henry O., Midshipman, USN
Journal of a cruise to the Mediterranean, 28 June 1841-5 January 1845 (in two parts).
1) Part I on the U.S. frigate Brandywine, 44 guns, Captain David Geisenger.
2) Part II on USS Fairfield, 24 guns, first under W. C. Nicholson; then, on 23 September 1843, "to the inexpressible delight of H. O. Porter," Samuel W. Downing assumed command.
Potomac , U.S. Frigate
See Paulding, Hiram.
Preble, Edward, Captain, USN
1) ALS dated 31 March 1803, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. To James Deering. Regarding business and financial matters.
2) LS dated 15 December 1804, Naples. To James Cathcart, Leghorn. Recapping situation as Preble prepares to return to the United States following operations against Tripoli.
Preston, William Ballard, Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 18 June 1849. To Commandant of the Marine Corps Preston. Authorizing the purchase of instruments for the Marine Band.
2) LS dated 26 June 1849. To Commander William M. Glendy, on board Ontario. Ordering him to transfer all his recruits to New York.
3) DS dated 24 June 1850, Navy Department. To Commodore William Bradford Shubrick. Ordering him to assume command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
4) DS dated 24 June 1850. Certifying Montgomery Fletcher a Third Assistant Engineer in the U.S. Navy.
Princeton , USS
See Woodbury, Levi, United States Senator
1) manuscript list of vessels taken or detained by HMS Indefatigable between 9 November 1807 and 11 December 1808. Signed by Captain Redd.
2) Manuscript list of prizes taken by the British Channel Fleet under Lord Gambier between 10 May 1808 and 6 February 1809.
Pyle, Ernie, War Correspondent
Typed newsletter, dated 27 April 1944, while aboard USAHS Seminole.
Typed letter from Ernie Pyle to Captain Strauss dated 31 March 1945.
Radford, William, Rear Admiral, USN
Journal, January 1869-July 1870. Proceedings of the U.S. European Squadron under Radford's command.
Ramsay, Francis M., Rear Admiral, USN
See Dulany, Bladen
Graham, William A.
Hunter, William D.
Poor, Charles H.
Randolph, George W., Midshipman, USN
See Patterson, Daniel T.
Ranger , Continental Navy Ship
Report of the Committee of Claims (House) dated 26 December 1796. regarding the petition of William Parsons for wages due while serving on board Ranger.
Ranger , USS (3rd Rate)
See Belcher, George W.
Read, Abner, Captain, USN
See also Welles, Gideon
1) Orders dated 18 October 1861. To command of the U.S. steamer New London. Signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
2) Diary (appears to have been written as a compilation on or after 12 April 1862). Includes part of a one-page letter to his wife discussing prize money. Diary lists prizes taken by Read between 21 November 1861 and 12 April 1862, and relates conflicts with rebel gunboats.
3) Manuscript Joint resolution by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio thanking Captain Abner Read, Commanding Officer of New London, for his "patriotism, his gallantry, and his distinguished services against the enemies of his country." Signed by Governor Todd of Ohio forwarding the Joint Resolution and adding his highest regard and best wishes.
4) Document dated 18 April 1863. Promotion to Lieutenant Commander. Read was then Commander of New London.
Read, George (Signer of Declaration of Independence)
ADS. Regarding a complaint against Captain Whipple by Robert Cainmuis, Lieutenant of Marines in Columbus. Heard in the Marine Committee, 10 July 1776.
Read, George C., Captain, USN
1) ALS dated 17 February 1817, Philadelphia Navy Yard. To Benjamin Crowninshield, Secretary of the Navy. Explains the hardships of several midshipmen lately under his command in Chippewa, and asking permission to publish his letter to the Navy Department on the subject of the loss of that ship.
2) ALS dated 18 April 1844, Philadelphia Navy Yard. To Lieutenant A. H. Foote, U.S. frigate Cumberland. Regarding the delivery of $300.00 to the mother of one of his former Navy clerks who lives in Mahon.
3) ALS dated 13 May 1844, Philadelphia. To John Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy. Regarding military assistance provided to the Mayor and Sheriff "to aid the civil authorities in the late troubles in this city."
Two certificates certifying the participation of AB2 Claude F. Anderson in Operation Redwing. Redwing consisted of 17 nuclear detonations conducted by Joint Task Force (JTF) 7 during May-July 1956, at Bikini and Enewetak atolls in the Pacific.
Reeves, Joseph Mason, Admiral, USN
A series of typescript letters written to his family between 1893 and 1898 covering his experiences at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (1893); as a passed naval cadet on USS San Francisco, flagship of the European Squadron (1895); and while serving as assistant engineer on USS Oregon (1898). The Oregon material contains his eyewittness description of the Battle of Santiago. Note: The letters were transcribed by his brother Hiram and included a Reeves family genealogy prepared in 1924. The original letters are not known to exist. Certificate - "Commemorating the cruise 'Problem 16' of the United States Navy to the Land of the Midnight Sun - 1935. Cruising afar in Northern Seas, old memories - good and true, bring happiness that's more complete, because they speak of you! Cartograph by I.R. Lloyd."
Regan, Robert Henry, Ordinary Seaman, USN
Photo album with captioned images taken during the early twentieth century cruise of the Great White Fleet. Includes detailed views aboard USS Kansas (Battleship No. 21), her crew performing various duties, the ship’s mascots, and of the many countries visited. Two small medallions commemorate the visits to Australia and Japan. Several photos captured the rituals of an equatorial crossing. A pocket notebook contains some significant events recorded by seaman Regan during his four-year enlistment. A color broadside contains a list of the officers, men, and Marine Guard assigned to Kansas, dated 1911, and another contains Regan’s record of service. Included is a commemorative photo book, Under the Southern Cross, presented to the crew by the people of Sydney, Australia.
Reid, Samuel C.
ALS dated 30 April 1845. Regarding his application for a Purser's post on board Vandalia. Accompanied by 4 supporting letters. Most refer to Reid's courageous performance while in command of the privateer General Armstrong during the War of 1812.
Sample pages of Quartermaster Second Class Joseph A. Beatty's diary during World War II. Original located in USS Remey ZC file.
1) Document dated 29 December 1777. Power of attorney to collect prize money for John Pratt, Yeoman, late of the privateer Phoenix, now belonging to the privateer General Arnold.
2) Document dated 1783. Military warrant number 1200, Virginia Land Office. Awarding Lewis Jones, former Lieutenant, Virginia State Navy, land in consideration of his services during the Revolutionary War.
Reynolds, William, Captain, USN
ALS (undated--"late Saturday night"), Allegheny. To Somerville Nicholson. Long, newsy letter.
Robeson, George, Secretary of the Navy
See also Fish, Hamilton
1) LS dated 29 August 1871, Navy Department. To William Hackett, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Regarding service in the volunteer Navy.
2) LS dated 11 November 1875, Navy Department, Washington. To Commander R. W. Meade. Directing him to report as a member of a board.
Rodgers, John, Captain, USN
See also Constitution, U.S. Frigate
1) LS dated 5 October 1820. To Captain Charles Morris, Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Navy Yard. Regarding the fitting of bridle ports and ballast to a schooner.
2) LS dated 16 October 1820. To Captain Charles Morris, Portsmouth Navy Yard. Regarding the acceptance testing of anchors.
3) LS dated 8 June 1831. To Captain John D. Henley, Commandant, Portsmouth Navy Yard. Granting permission to acquire two additional oxen.
4) LS dated 5 July 1833. To Commodore W. M. Crane, Commandant, Portsmouth Navy Yard. Forwarding July 1833 copy of "Military and Naval Magazine."
Rodgers, John, Commander, USN
PN-9 pacific Flight of 1925. An account of the experiences of the crew of the PN-9 under the command of Commander John Rodgers during their attempt to fly to Hawaii. Published in a special issue of Kauai’s newspaper The Garden Island.
Typed signed letter dated 8 April 1936 on White House stationary to Mr. Martin with thanks for his book.
Roosevelt, Franklin D., Assistant Secretary of the Navy
1) TLS dated 22 October 1913. Granting leave without pay to three Washington Navy Yard employees to accompany the Fleet to Europe.
2) TLS dated 11 November 1913. Requesting sample of manganese bought from the Gun Factory.
3) TLS dated 13 November 1913. To Edward Ford. Offering $400.00 for a group of naval manuscripts.
4) TLS dated 5 December 1913. To C. M. Howard. Concerning a trip, and support for more battleships.
5) TLS dated 13 July 1914. Directing the Commandant, Washington Navy Yard to assist in testing a batch of zinc.
6) TLS dated 21 April 1915. Approval of pay for two days for a Mr. Lantz.
7) TLS dated 16 October 1917. To Commandant, Navy Yard. Requesting his assistance in a project for the Department of Labor.
8) TLS dated 11 January 1918. To Commandant, Navy Yard. Regarding restrictions on apprentices from one family who may be certified.
9) TLS dated 28 February 1920. To Frank Foxcroft. Regarding his concern for a newspaper story headlined "Vicious practices in the U.S. Navy."
10) TLS dated 3 June 1920. To Mrs. Reynold D. Hall, President, Society of Sponsors of the USN, thanking her for her offer to help secure photographs of officers whom Navy destroyers had been named.
11) DS (undated). To Alfred Malcomson. Thanking him for the contribution of binoculars for the "Eyes of the Navy."
Rose, Frank O., Chief Special Mechanic, USN
The bulk of this collection consists of approximately 120 typewritten pages in the form of two manuscripts documenting Chief Special Mechanic Frank O. Rose's career as a torpedo specialist with the United States Navy between 1914 and 1923. Additional material in the collection contains information and ephemera related to Rose's service with the United States Navy and his activities at the United States Navy's Torpedo Repair Station located on Haulbowline Island, Northern Ireland.
Rowan, Stephen C., Vice Admiral, USN
LS dated 21 October 1871. From General McDowell to Admiral Rowan on the flagship USS Congress. Questioning details of saluting the Russian Grand Duke when the Russian Fleet arrives in New York.
Rozett, Gerald, Electrician's Mate Chief, USN
Diary in two volumes. It begins with a brief note on 7 December 1941, and ends in November 1945. Rozett describes in vivid detail his experiences on board the USS Moreno in the Mediterranean arena. Three sample pages for viewing.
Sabottke, Arthur, Chief Commissary Steward, USN
Christmas cards from USS Wyoming and USS Bridge; YMCA leaflets from Shanghai; map of Shanghai; envelope with itinerary of USS Bridge's Asiatic cruise; and newspaper articles from 1937 written by Sabottke describing the war in China.
Saint Helena (Gosport/Norfolk Navy Yard)
Plan of part of St. Helena, opposite Gosport Navy Yard, showing location of proposed quay wall, wet dock and other improvements, dated 3 August 1857, and signed by Calvin Brown, Civil Engineer, and Captain Thomas A. Dornin, Commandant, on linen.
St. Lawrence , U.S. Frigate
See Naile, F. I.
Sands, Benjamin F., Rear Admiral, USN
LS dated 28 May 1873, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington. To Dr. B. A. Gould, Director, Argentine Observatory. Regarding forthcoming astronomical observation.
Santiago, Battle of
A nineteen paged eyewitness account by W.J Murphy on USS Iowa, dated 4 July 1898.
Sandwich, Earl of (1718-1792)
ADS dated 26 July 1749. Sealed commission of Captain John Vaughan to command HMS sloop Baltimore. Also signed by George Anson, Thomas Villiers, and Thomas Corbett.
Saratoga , U.S. Privateer (War of 1812)
See Backus, John
Sargent, Nathan, Captain USN
This collection contains a report written by then Commander Sargent addressed to the Secretary of the Navy describing the Battle of Tsushima between the Russian and Japanese Fleets in May 27-28, 1905. There is also a booklet of Squadron Regulations Asiatic Station with a schedule of the squadron routine. The collection also contains newspaper clippings and invitations surrounding the joint visit to Bar Harbor Maine of the American and British Squadrons that took place in 1900. Other material in the collection includes a personal letter from Admiral Aaron Ward, ship's menus--including two illustrated menus from the French cruiser Suchat, and several pieces of miscellaneous ephemera related to Captain Sargent's navel career.
Saunders (Sanders), Thomas, Captain
Letters to Captain Thomas Saunders, and other documents, related to the conduct of the Lewisburg (Louisbourg) Campaign of 1745. Includes:
1) DS dated 29 October 1730, Boston. To Thomas Saunders, Jr. Jonathan Belcher, "Captain General and Governour in Chief in and over His Magisties Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New- England, etc." Appoints Saunders Captain of the sloop Endeavor.
2) Transcription of notes of a conference between Governor William Shirley and the Chiefs of the Penobscot Indians, 3 and 8 December 1741 (3 small, folio sheets).
3) ALS dated 1 May 1745, Chapeaurouge Bay. From William Pepperrell to Captain Saunders. Directing Saunders to take command of all the transports in the bay.
4) ALS dated 2 May 1745, in Camp, on Cape Breton Island. From B. Green to Captain Saunders. Ordering a vessel to come to the island, and directing Saunders to land cannon ashore.
5) ALS dated 22 May 1745, Royall Battery. From S. Waldo to Captain Saunders. Requesting brown sugar and materials for cartridges.
6) LS dated 31 May 1745, Camp, Louisbourg. From William Pepperrell to Captain Saunders. Instructions as to guarding the prisoners.
7) LS dated 1 June 1745, Chapeaurouge Bay. From James Douglas to Captain Saunders. Requesting 50 barrels of powder and a cask of water.
8) ALS dated 2 June 1745, Camp. From B. Green to Captain Saunders. Directing a sloop be sent to carry messages to Boston.
9) ALS dated 2 June 1745, on board HMS Superb, off Louisbourg. From Captain Richard Tiddeman to Captain Saunders. Relaying Commodore Warren's request for water and wood.
10) ALS dated 8 June 1745, on board Superb, off Louisbourg. From Captain Tiddeman to Captain Saunders. Requesting oakum for barricades.
11) ALS dated 11 June 1745, Camp. From B. Green to Captain Saunders. Asking Saunders to comply with enclosed orders (not present) from Commodore Warren.
12) ALS dated 12 June 1745, Camp. From William Pepperrell to Captain Saunders. Regarding ship operations in support of Louisbourg campaign.
13) LS dated 14 June 1745, on board HMS Superb. From Commodore Peter Warren, Commanding His Majesty's Ships in the North Atlantic to Captain Saunders. Directing Saunders to take charge of the ships and attack Louisbourg.
14) ALS dated 16 July 1745, Boston. From William Shirley to Captain Saunders. Instructing him to sail in the sloop Massachusetts for the St. George River.
15) ALS dated 20 July 1745, Boston. From William Shirley to Captain Saunders. Urging him to hasten to St. George's where 70 Indians have been attacked.
16) ALS dated October 1780, Salem. From Elias H. Derby to Saunders. Concerning sailing out of Salem, and danger from British frigates.
17) DS (undated). Instructions for the "betterkeeping company with each other." Signals to be used by the vessels sailing against Louisbourg. Signed by William Pepperrell.
18) Saunders's accounts for the Louisbourg campaign; provisions, etc.
19) Draft of a letter by Ensign William Scoots to William Allen of St. George's. About accounts.
20) ADS (undated). Signals delivered in Canso Harbour. Signed by Saunders.
21) ALS (undated). From Captain Clark Gayton to Captain Saunders. Regarding the shipment of powder and prisoners.
Schaick, S. V.
Journal kept on board U.S. brig Argus, Stephen Decatur and Isaac Hull, Commanding from 5 September 1803 to 20 May 1804. Fine contemporary account of U.S. naval operations in the Mediterranean against the Barbary pirates.
Schley, Frederick 1814-1875
Journals and other materials recorded by Schley while apparently acting as a commodore's secretary during two cruises made between 1841 and 1850. The first journal covers the cruise of USS Fairfield from 26 July 1841 to 9 November 1841. The second set of journals documents an extensive cruise to the Far East, as secretary to Commodore David Geisinger, between 3 November 1847 and 13 June 1850. Included in the latter are descriptions of the sea voyage on board USS Cumberland, stops in Macao and other ports in the Far East, and the return voyage on USS Plymouth. The collection also contains a number of personal letters and other materials relating to Schley's interests in the 1850s.
Scott, Gustavus H., Captain, USN
5 LS dated 1864-1865. Civil War correspondence. Signed as Senior Officer of Charleston Blockading force.
Scott, John, Captain, USN
Collection of personal papers dating from 1861 to 1933. Most of the 50-plus letters date from 1861 – 1891. Some of the letters are orders from Admiral Porter and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Miscellaneous items include a silk memorial, certificates and a biography of Scott’s family. A list of individual letters is included in the file.
Shark, U.S. Schooner
See Paulding, Hiram
Shepard, Edwin M., Admiral, USN
Letter bookfrom USS Enterprise from 11 January 1882 to 8 December 1882.
Shoemaker, William R., Rear Admiral, USN
ALS dated 29 December 1928, Bohemian Club, San Francisco. To Leonard Matthews.
Shubrick, William B., Rear Admiral, USN
Philatelic cover addressed to Rear Admiral Shubrick by Admiral Farragut from the US Flagship Hartford, 1864.
Shunk, William F., Midshipman, USN
Correspondence in two sewn volumes.
1) Volume I: Letters sent by Shunk to his family from U.S. sloop Preble while on a Pacific voyage in 1849.
2) Volume II: Letters received by Shunk from his family. Also an envelope containing two fitness reports as a Midshipman.
ALS dated 24 February 1827, Vera Cruz. To Commodore Porter. Regarding events in Mexico associated with Porter's employment as senior officer in the Mexican Navy.
Manuscript document dated 1 May 1898, on board USS Olympia. To the Fleet. Signals to be used during the Battle of Manila Bay. Recorded by Paymaster W. W. Galt.
Sigsbee, Charles D., Rear Admiral, USN
ALS dated 24 April 1909, Washington, D.C. To Mr. Guthridge. Regarding attendance at a ceremony in Paris for the recovery of the remains of John Paul Jones. Invitation card included.
Sims, William S., Rear Admiral, USN
1) Certificate of membership to United States Naval Institute, dated 25 July 1903.
2) TLS dated 1 July 1920. Regarding a fictitious letter reported by biographer Augustus Buell to have been written by John Paul Jones.
3) TLS dated 4 January 1922. Regarding recognition of the "Navy's work during the war."
4) TLS dated 6 October 1922, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. To S. Gunn, Curator, United States Naval Academy. Expressing thanks and explaining why Sims received no recognition for his work during World War I.
5) TLS dated 27 October 1922, Newport, Rhode Island. To Commodore Eaton. Explaining why politicians would give Sims no recognition for his war work.
6) TLS dated 14 January 1927. Referring to a response he has written to Josephus Daniels' preposterous claims to the authorship of a master strategy during World War I.
Sinclair, Arthur, Captain, USN
ALS dated 24 July 1807, Norfolk. To Charles W. Goldsborough. Reporting on sailors demanded of him by the British Consul. A result of the Chesapeake-Leopard affair.
Skinner, Charles William, Commodore, USN
Journal kept on board USS Jamestown, 1 March-14 August 1846. Skinner commanded U.S. Naval Forces in the West Coast of Africa. Daily entries reflecting weather, new particulars, ships boarded, etc. include:
1) Period in port at Porto Praya, Porto Grande, and stops at St. Pierre and St. Thomas on return voyage to Boston.
2) Exchange of command of Africa Squadron to Commodore Read at Porto Praya (26 June 1846).
3) Entire transatlantic voyage (27 June-7 August 1846) from Porto Praya to Boston.
4) Reference to U.S. vessels Dolphin, Marion, Southhampton, Boxer, United States, and Independence.
Smith, Joseph, Rear Admiral, USN
1) 98 LS, 1847-1860. To Captain (later Rear Admiral) A. H. Foote. Smith was Chief of the Bureau of Yards & Docks.
2) LS dated 3 April 1850, Bureau of Yards & Docks. To Commodore D. Conner, Philadelphia Navy Yard. Regarding costs associated with running the yard.
3) ALS dated 4 May 1859. To James Ames. Concerning tests of rifled guns.
Smith, Roy C., Lt., USN
French travel pass dated 3 July1917, for Lt. Roy C. Smith to travel from St. Nazaire to Paris on leave between convoys.
Smith, Thomas E., Acting Volunteer Lieutenant, USN
Civil War diary (1864) while commanding the side-wheel wooden gunboat Peosta of the Mississippi Squadron.
Soley , James R., Secretary of the Navy
LS dated 17 October 1890, Navy Department. To Lieutenant (junior grade) A. Culver. Directing him to report for examination preliminary to appointment.
USS Ticonderoga (screw sloop-of-war) Diary – 1878. The diary consists of one volume, handwritten. Southard describes the voyage of the USS Ticonderoga through Africa and Asia. He also records song lyrics, draws US and international signal flags (in color), and records distances traveled and dates of port calls.
Southard, Samuel, Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 8 January 1820, Navy Department. To Senator L. M. Tazewell. Regarding placing the names of two young men on the list of applicants for appointment as Midshipman.
2) LS dated 14 June 1824, Navy Department. To Charles Catlett, Alexandria, Virginia. Concerning nonpayment of a bill of exchange.
3) LS dated 15 February 1825, Navy Department. To Senator James Lloyd. Concerning an increase in Marine Corps strength.
4) LS dated 1 September 1825, Navy Department. To Captain Charles Morris. Accepting his resignation from the Board of Navy Commissioners.
5) LS dated 1 June 1827, Navy Department. To Captain Charles Morris. Concerning the President's acceptance of his resignation from the Board of Navy Commissioners.
6) DS dated 31 October 1828. To Robert L. Browning. Directing him to take the "Examination of Midshipmen" on 24 November.
7) LS dated 23 December 1828, Navy Department. To Senator Robert Haynes. Regarding Navy pension allowances and the case of Mrs. Louisa Booth.
See Also: Adams, John Quincy, President of the United States
Space Flight Recovery Operations Collection: US Navy
The collection contains mission briefings, operational orders, maps, dispatches and other information relating to the manned space flight recovery operations conducted by the US Navy during the Apollo 10, 13, 14, 15, and 17 Missions. Also included is a small amount of material on the MR-4 recovery, the Sigma Seven Mission, and the Skylab II Mission.
Spalding, L. G., Midshipman, USN
3 ALS (1862 and 1863), Naval Academy (while at Newport, Rhode Island). To his mother. Describing life on the training frigate Constitution and at the school.
Spencer, Je. O., Major General
ALS dated 19 August 1777, at Providence. To Colonel Ebenezer Hancock, Boston. Requesting money to pay for troops of the State of Rhode Island.
Spruance, Raymond, Admiral, USN
TDS (undated), as Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet. Commending Commander Hiram Cassedy for meritorious service as senior member of an Air-Sea Rescue Group, 1 August-2 September 1945.
Stanton, Curtis, Acting Second Assistant Engineer, USN
This is the diary of a young naval officer written while he served as a Second Assistant Engineer aboard the US Steamer Canadigua. It contains handwritten notations in ink with several diagrams and one cartoon-like caricature of him inside the front cover. A formal photograph of Stanton in uniform is attached to the front leaf. Also included is a list of the officers who were assigned to Canadigua at that time.
The diary provides a glimpse into the daily life of a naval engineering officer in the 1860s. Details of his duties and personal life are found within the pages of this volume. On two of the pages are examples of his calculations of the capacity of the oil tank and for the coal bunker on board the ship. Stanton compiled a complete listing of the locations that were visited between December 1865 and February 1869.
Among the details of his service in the Navy are his accounts of his shore leave at various ports. Most notable were his entries concerning his visit to the Holy Land late in October 1866. Stanton provided a very descriptive series of passages about the people that he encountered and the Biblical sites which he toured on horseback.
Steedman, Charles, Rear Admiral, USN.
Twenty eight letters from 1841-1869 relating to his career in the US Navy. Most of the letters are Civil War-related and date to 1862-63.
Steichen, Edward J.,Captain, USN
Letter of appreciation, signed by Edward Steichen, Director of Navy Photographic Institute and Combat Photography, dated 6 December 1945, to Margaret G. Weeks for her work in the photographic Unit during World war II.
Stewart, Charles, Captain, USN
ALS dated 26 May 1824, USS Franklin, Valparaiso Bay. To U.S. Consul in Peru, William Tudor in Lima. Reports that the new British Consul General to Peru is on the way to Lima and that Stewart is leaving for Rio to determine the new terms with respect to South America, which were to have been negotiated at a meeting of Holy Alliance members in Paris on 15 February 1824.
Stoddert, Benjamin, Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 6 June 1799, Navy Department. Ordering Midshipman John Trippe of Easton, Maryland to duty on the frigate United States commanded by Captain Barry.
2) ALS dated 7 June 1800, Navy Department. To Stephan Mayhew, Commissioner of Loans, Philadelphia. Regarding regulations for payment of pensions to persons disabled in the Navy Service.
3) ALS dated 3 February 1802, Georgetown. To Colonel Burr. Detailing information on land he has available for sale (particularly in square 882 adjoining the Washington Navy Yard).
Street, Edward P.
The collection consists of a diary describing Street’s service on board USS Gregory (DD-82) from 1 June 1918 through 15 July 1919, a letter written to Street by a shipmate on 29 December 1918, and a portrait of Street. Street describes the activities of Gregory as it escorts convoys, patrols the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, carries passengers and supplies to the Adriatic, and aids in the execution of the terms of the Austrian armistice.
Stringham, Silas H., Rear Admiral, USN
ALS dated 29 July 1863, Brooklyn. To William Faxon, Navy Department. Regarding Faxon's request for information about the steamer Fulton. With steel engraving of Stringham.
Strong, Augustus R., Midshipman, USN
5 manuscript notebooks maintained by Strong as a Midshipman.
1) A student's navigation notebook, c.1825.
2) Examination question and answers notebook covering seamanship, gunnery, etc., 1821.
3) Notes on deck seamanship, c.1825.
4) Rigging, miscellany, c.1825.
5) Notes passed between Strong and Midshipman Bushrod Turner, 1828. Regarding a proposed duel (probably a work of literary fiction).
Strong, Arthur, I.
The collection consists of more than one hundred letters written by Arthur Strong, a civilian construction contractor, to his wife Vera during World War II. The bulk of the material covers Strong's experiences on Midway Island from June through November 1941 and while he was in Oahu during 1945. The collection also contains three letters written by Strong in the early part of 1941 to his son, Arthur Jr., who was serving in the U.S. Army. An important aspect of the collection are the highly unusual postal covers and cachets mailed from Midway that are of philatelic interest.
Talbot, Robert Salmond, Passed Engineer, USN
Correspondence and papers of Talbot during the Civil and Spanish American Wars. Talbot was the grandfather of Admiral Frank Talbot. Includes numerous orders, letters, an engineering notebook dated 7 June 1859, 3 important Spanish American War letters, etc.
Taussig, Edward D., Commander, USN
ANS dated 13 June 1902, Boston. Regarding Wake Island, which Taussig took possession of on 14 January 1899 in the name of the United States.
Taussig, Joseph K.
Notes and a manuscript on the Queensland Patrol of World War I.
Taylor, Albert Hoyt
American physicist and radio engineer, whose pioneering work in radio research laid the foundation for the development of radar in the United States Navy.
1) Unabridged history of the Naval Research Laboratory covering the years 1915 through 1947. Two hundred ten page typewritten manuscript written by Dr. Taylor.
2) "Notes on Russia," also written by Dr. Taylor.
Tennessee, Rebel Ram
Chart: "Passage of Forts Morgan and Gaines by the fleet under the command of Rear Admiral D.G. Farragut, capture of Rebel Ram Tennessee, surrender of Rebel Admiral Buchanan, commanding, Confederate Naval Forces, Mobile Bay, Aug. 5th, 1864 A.D."
Thatcher, Henry K., Rear Admiral, USN
LS dated 10 August 1867, on board the flagship Saranac, North Pacific Squadron. To Commander J. M. Bradford, Commanding Officer, USS Resaca. Directing him to proceed to "Russian America" (Alaska) and "cause your ship to be broken out and frosted to eradicate . . . every vestige of the disease with which she is now infected."
Thomas, Charles M., Rear Admiral, USN
Rear Admiral Thomas’s diary runs from 16 December 1907 through 22 March 1908, while Thomas was on board the Second Squadron flagship USS Minnesota. It includes an account of part of the time period when Thomas was Commander-in-Chief of the US Atlantic Fleet (February–May 1908). The first 92 and ½ pages are typewritten, while pages 94–173 are handwritten.
Thomas, Chauncey, Jr., Midshipman, USN
Personal correspondence. 28 ALS, 1868-1878. To his family from a variety of naval vessels and locations.
Thompson, Alexander, Midshipman, USN
ALS dated 28 December 1817, on the U.S. frigate Constellation, Norfolk. To Colonel Aaron Burr. Describes United States Fleet and, in postscript, the Tunisian and Algerian Fleets.
Thompson, Richard W., Secretary of the Navy
LS dated 2 April 1877, Navy Department. To the Attorney General. Acknowledging receipt of several petitions for claims.
Thompson, Smith, Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 10 February 1820. To Lieutenant Mayo, USN. Presenting him with a silver medal for gallantry during the capture of the British sloop of war Penguin.
2) LS dated 24 August 1821, Navy Department. To Samuel Hodges, Boston. Concerning supplies for vessels cruising upon the coast of Africa.
3) LS dated 7 March 1823, Navy Department. To Captain Charles Morris. Informing him of the President's approval of his membership on the Board of Navy Commissioners.
4) DS dated 15 August 1823, Washington. To Midshipman William W. McLean, Commanding Officer, U.S. schooner Terrier. Orders to join Commodore D. Porter, Commander U.S. Naval Forces in the West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico.
Tiley, James C., Captain, USN
The material in the collection was acquired by Captain James C. Tiley, CEC, USN, ret., while conducting research for his article on the uniforms and insignia of the Construction Corps.
The bulk of the collection consist of textual material and photographs relating to the Engineering Corps and the Seabees with particular emphasis on the history of both organizations, their uniforms, and insignia. Also included is material on the Bureau of Yards and Docks, the Medical Corps, and various musical activities within the US Navy and the Marine Corps. There is also a moderate size collection of illustrations and photographs documenting the history of US Navy and Marine Corps uniforms and insignia.
Tingey, Thomas, Captain, USN
1) DS dated 2 May 1795. "Proof of ownership of a ship or vessel." Certifying ownership of the ship Ganges. Signed twice by Tingey.
2) DS dated 21 November 1801. Acknowledging receipt of $4,000 from the Navy Department.
3) LS dated 1 April 1814, Navy Yard, Washington. To the Honorable William Jones (Secretary of the Navy). Regarding the procurement of bricks to repair the furnaces in the frigate Columbia.
4) LS dated 27 May 1814, Navy Yard, Washington. To James Beatty, Esq. Regarding replacement parts for Java and Guerriere.
5) LS dated 10 December 1817, Navy Yard, Washington. To John Rose. Regarding grape shot.
ALS dated 11 December 1821, Navy Yard, Washington. To his friend Commodore Bainbridge.
6) ALS dated 20 June 1822, Navy Yard, Washington. To Purser Thomas Chew. Reporting the shipment of a barrel of "Old Columbia" to his friend Captain MacDonough. With integral address sheet.
7) DS dated 9 January 1823, Navy Yard, Washington. Receipt for 100 lbs. of cut nails.
8) LS dated 15 January 1827, Navy Yard, Washington. Regarding difficulties with a shipment of powder to James Beatty, Navy Agent, Baltimore.
Tisdale, Mahlon S., Vice Admiral, USN
The collection consists of a large, cumbersome scrapbook along with a folder the contains copies of loose newspaper clippings and memorabilia collected while Tisdale was a member of the Corps of Cadets at the United States Naval Academy, including materials from the summer cruise of 1910. The collection also contains a tract chart of the Battle of Tassaforonga along with an explanatory note prepared by VADM Tisdale in 1965.
Todd, John N., Purser, USN
US Treasury Department auditor A. Dayton's compilation of Purser John N. Todd's account for April 1840, owing a balance to the US of $3,196.35.
Toucey, Isaac, Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 22 April 1857, Washington. To Toucey from the Army Ordnance Office. Regarding the Army Ordnance Department's ability to rifle muskets belonging to the Marine Corps.
2) LS dated 23 April 1857. To Major G. Lindsay, USMC. Responding to Army request of 22 April 1857.
3) DS dated 17 August 1857, Navy Department. To Passed Assistant Surgeon Albert Schriver. Orders to report to Commodore Stringham on the U.S. steam frigate Merrimack.
4) LS dated 10 June 1858. Regarding the difference in pay between seamen and coxswains on board vessels of war.
Towers, John Henry, Admiral, USN
Certificate dated 20 June 1942, signed by Admiral Towers. The Scale Model Aircraft certificate recognizes Anthony Bagnuolo's wartime service for Bureau of Aeronautics of the United States Navy.
Townsend, Allan Randolph
Signed letter, dated 11 July 1919, to his mother describing mine clearing operations in the North Sea aboard USS Swallow.
Tracy, Benjamin, Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 7 July 1892, Navy Department. To the Secretary of the Interior. Regarding passage of a Doctor Sheldon Jackson on naval vessels operating in the Alaska area.
2) TDS (Affidavit) dated 31 October 1907. Describing his involvement with contracts for the battleships Indiana, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
Trumbull, Continental Navy Frigate
14 manuscript documents dated 1778-1780. Referring to the building of Trumbull in Norwich, Connecticut.
Truxtun, Thomas, Captain, USN
1) LS dated 25 October 1796, Baltimore. To Tench Francis, Purveyor. Regarding contracting for timber to build the "the frigate [Constellation]."
2) ALS 10 February 1800, Kingston. To Doctor Henry, frigate Constellation. Regarding care of the wounded following Truxtun's victory over the French frigate La Vengeance on 1 February 1800.
3) ALS dated 4 June 1802. To the Honorable James Wilson. Personal matters.
4) LS dated 10 March 1819. To Senator Benjamin Morgan. Regarding a charter to the Bank of the United States and the annexation of Florida and Louisiana.
5) LS (undated). To John Barry in US frigate United States.
ALS dated 22 December 1812, Boston. To Samuel L. Mitchell. Encloses a pamphlet, "Some Memorandums . . . (on) the construction of ships. . . ."
Turner, Daniel, Captain, USN
ALS dated 21 March 1847, on board US frigate Raritan. To Commodore Joshua R. Sands. Reflecting on the superb performance of the Home Squadron, 1843-1847, as he relinquishes command.
Turner, Thomas, Captain, USN
9 LS dated in 1863. Civil War correspondence dealing primarily with blockading South Carolina.
Turner, Richmond Kelly, Rear Admiral, USN
TLS dated 26 September 1943 as Commander Fifth Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet. To Captain Rufus F. Zogbaum. Discussing aspects of amphibious warfare in the Southwest Pacific during World War II.
Tyler, John, President of the United States
DS dated 14 March 1842. Appointing Samuel Miller a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps. Also signed by Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy.
Tyler, Raymond F., Captain, Naval Aviator (LTA), USN
The bulk of the collection consists of a variety of materials on airships and airship operations including technical manuals, reports, and memoranda documenting the activities at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey in the 1930s and during the early part of World War II. There is also a small amount of material concerning the events surrounding the crash of the German airship Hindenburg in 1937 (Tyler was mooring officer at the time). Included in the collection is a complete set of Captain Tyler's flight logs covering the years 1919 to 1946.
U-boat Operations in the Western Atlantic During 1918
Unpublished manuscript containing detailed information on the cruises of German submarines U-151, U-156, U-140, U-117, U-115, and U-152. Includes selected source material, charts, and approximately 66 photographs.
Uniform Regulation, US Navy - 1797
Broadside Uniform for the Navy of the United States of America.
United States, U.S. Frigate
See also Hull, Isaac
1) Letter dated 20 March 1798, from James McHenry. To Joshua Humphreys. Concerning repairs requested by Captain John Barry for the frigate United States. Contains Humphreys' autograph agreement to "examine the defects complained of."
2) Document dated 6 July 1798, signed by Joseph Tatlow, Justice of the Peace at Newcastle, Delaware. Enlistment oath for eight seamen sworn in on board United States under the command of John Barry.
3) Watch, quarter, and station bill (c. 1825). Isaac Hull, Commanding.
United States Navy Recovery Task Groups
Certificate – "Group Achievement Award" from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, dated 15 April 1974.
Upshur, Abel, Secretary of the Navy
1) LS dated 25 November 1841. To Secretary of War Spencer. Noting that no more appointments to Midshipman are available.
2) LS dated 18 January 1842, Navy Department. To Congressman R. Hunter. Regarding the appointment of John T. Smith to the rank of Midshipman.
See Francis, William J.
ALS dated 14 July 1843, Navy Yard, New York. To Secretary of the Navy David Henshaw. Soliciting an appointment as Masters Mate. Endorsed by George DeKay, Joshua Sands, et al.
Viet Cong [People's Liberation Armed Forces] Commendation Certificate
Certificate dated 31 August 1972.
Voorhees, Philip F., Captain, USN
See Patterson, Daniel T.
Wadsworth, Alexander, Captain, USN
ALS dated 16 May 1835, on board Brandywine, Callao Bay. To Samuel Larned, Charge D'Affairs, Lima. Regarding the blockade then in effect on that coast.
Wainwright, Lawrence, Captain, USN (Ret.)
AD. "A Brief History of the U.S. Naval Forces in France from 11 November 1918 to 1 October 1919."
Walke, Henry, Captain, USN
1) Morning reports of prisoners on board Carondelet and Lafayette while in command of these vessels in Mississippi Squadron, 1862-1863.
2) Medical reports, etc. during period of his command of Carondelet and Lafayette with Mississippi Squadron, 1862-1863.
3) Correspondence, 1862-1863. Relating to his command of Carondelet and Lafayette with the Mississippi Squadron.
Walker, John, Assistant Engineer, USN
Quarterly returns of receipts and expenditures of engineering stores of the side wheel steamer USS Fort Henry, quarter ending 30 June 1862, submitted by Walker.
Acceptance letter of Walker’s resignation from naval service, dated 30 July 1862, signed by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles.
Log kept by Walker aboard USS Fort Henry, 29 Aug 1861 through 19 September 1862.
Sample page of steam log of USS Fort Henry.
Walker, Samuel P, Seaman, USN
Poem "Off to War, " not dated, initailed S.W., U.S.N.
Blank "Receipt For Mails.," for steamboats form.
ALS dated 22 May 1833 to President Jackson, inquiring into a postion with the Marine Corps.
ALS dated 12 June 1834 to Secretary of the Navy Woodbury recommending Walker for vacancy.
Handwritten chronology of Civil War, 1861-62.
Service certification for Walker to Yeoman, dated 22 May 1863.
Service certification for Walker to Seaman, dated 21 October 1863.
ALS dated 19 December 1874 to William Hobbs, describing various fellow seaman from USS Kineo.
ALS dated 4 January 1875, on Treasury Department stationery re: prize money application.
Ware, William L., Captain, USN
The collection consists of three scrapbooks along with personal data, service record, and miscellaneous diplomas and certificates.
Warner, John William, Secretary of the Navy
Navy Unit Commendation certificate, signed by Secretary of the Navy Warner
Three Meritorious Unit Commendation certificates, signed by Secretary of the Navy Warner.
1) DS dated 14 July 1775. Empowering Enos Buggs of Pembroke, Massachusetts, to enlist a company of 47 men for the defense of the sea coast of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
2) ALS dated 9 August 1777, Boston. To Elbridge Gerry. Regarding the progress of the war. Refers to Continental ship Ranger building at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the loss of Continental frigate Hancock, and the disagreeable position of the Army.
3) LS dated 17 March 1778, Navy Board, Eastern Department, Boston. To Captain George Whippy. Directing him to proceed to Bedford and assume command of the schooner Loyalty.
Warrington, Lewis, Captain, USN
1) ALS dated 22 May 1832, Gosport Navy Yard. To Master Commandant John Percival; congratulating him on his promotion.
2) ALS dated 15 September 1832, Gosport Navy Yard. To Commodore Bainbridge. Regarding an afternoon muster policy at the Navy Yard.
3) ALS dated 24 June 1834, Gosport Navy Yard. Concerning a contract for clothing.
Washington Navy Yard
2 Journals dated 27 June 1833-February 1835 and 26 April 1837-25 July 1839. Molding loft work records. Kept by J. Owner, Shipbuilder.
Watson, James Muir, Purser, USN
ALS dated 9 October 1823, on board the U.S. schooner Dolphin at Callao. To Purser Thomas Chew. Regarding the situation in Peru, and his concern for being retained in the Navy.
Congratulatory letter, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to the US Navy on the one year anniversary of the Waves.
Weather Encoding Instructions
World War I instructions in connection with the radiotelegraphing of vessel weather reports.
Collection of letters (with translations) dating from 1893-1908. Many of the letters have drawings showing scenes from Shanghai, China and Yokohama, Japan.
Weems, John, Midshipman, USN
See Patterson, Daniel T.
Welles, Gideon, Secretary of the Navy
1) ALS dated 3 May 1861. To General Winfield Scott, USA. Stating that he is sending Keystone State downstream to pick up ordnance for Forts Washington and Monroe.
2) ALS dated 30 August 1861. Ordering Captain Andrew Foote to assume command of naval operations upon the "Western waters."
3) LS dated 27 September 1861. To E. L. Norton, Navy Agent, Boston. Concerning transmission of weekly statements of receipts and payments.
4) LS dated 31 January 1862. To Senator John Hale. Forwarding a request from John A. Dahlgren to fund an ordnance foundry.
5) LS dated 19 March 1862, Navy Department. To E. L. Norton, Navy Agent, Boston. Concerning issuing certificates of indebtedness to creditors of the government.
6) ALS dated 28 April 1862. To E. L. Norton, Navy Agent, Boston. Authorizing expenditure of funds.
7) DS dated 29 November 1862. Appointment of S. B. Harriman to Assistant Surgeon to report to Rear Admiral Porter.
8) LS dated 21 January 1863, Navy Department. To Senator S. Foot. Concerning introduction of a bill to authorize an additional class at the Naval Academy to start in February 1864.
9) LS dated 5 February 1863, Navy Department. To Senator John Hale. Regarding a proposal for placing officers on the retired list.
10) LS dated 10 April 1863. To Commander Abner Read. Forwarding a letter from Ohio Governor Todd enclosing a Joint Resolution of the Ohio Legislature thanking Read for his patriotic and gallant services.
11) LS dated 13 April 1863, Navy Department. To Major Slack, USMC. Regarding repairs to the Marine Barracks at Philadelphia.
12) LS dated 5 May 1863. To Mrs. Abner Read. Reporting Captain Read's wound at Sabine Pass, 18 April 1863.
13) DS dated 19 May 1863. To Acting Master's Mate F. G. Adams. Directing him to report to Rear Admiral Paulding for duty in the steamer Granite City.
14) DS dated 17 June 1863. Directing Chief Engineer William Dungan to report as a member of a board of examining engineers.
15) ALS dated 23 March 1864. To E. L. Norton, Navy Agent, Boston. Authorizing him to pay Midshipman Saltonstall's travel expenses to Baltimore.
16) LS dated 23 May 1864, Navy Department. To Senator John Hale. Concerning the possibility that certain bids had been tampered with and that a subsequent Senate investigation might be necessary.
17) ALS dated 16 July 1864. To Surgeon General Greene. Regarding medical surveys.
18) LS dated 12 August 1864, Washington. To Lieutenant Colonel Bourman at Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Regarding duty on a commission to select a site for a naval station on the Mississippi.
19) ALS dated 3 September 1864. To Rear Admiral Paulding. Regarding the suppression of an insurrection at New York.
20) LS dated 9 January 1865, Navy Department. To Captain A. H. Kitty, Commanding USS Roanoke. Warning him of reported plan to destroy Roanoke by torpedoes.
21) ALS dated 3 May 1865. To Rear Admiral Porter. Ordering him to Newport, Rhode Island, to join Vice Admiral Farragut as members of the Board of Visitors to intern examinations of several claims of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy.
22) DS dated 11 May 1865. Appointing N. Beach Clark an Assistant Engineer in the Navy.
23) LS dated 19 June 1865. To Rear Admiral Porter. Directing him to assume command of the U.S. Naval Academy.
24) LS dated 19 June 1865. Ordering Commodore George Blake to duty as Superintendent of the Naval Academy.
25) ALS dated 23 June 1865. To Rear Admiral Dahlgren. Ordering him to haul down his flag since hostilities have ended and the South Atlantic Squadron is reduced.
26) DS dated 19 August 1865. Discharge certificate for Daniel Stark, Acting Engineer, USN, from Edgartown, Massachusetts.
27) ALS dated 9 August 1866. To President Andrew Johnson.
Presenting names for commissions.
Welsh, George S., Cadet Midshipman, USN
(1) On board USS Constellation, 13 October - 12 December 1879 and on board USS Trenton 12 December 1879 - 31 August 1889
(2) On board USS Jamestown 1 February - 15 August 1882
Wheat, Jack L., Enlisted Sailor, USN
Photographic album (ornate black leather cover illustrated with raised dragons, battleship and an anchor) inscribed "U.S.S. Canopus 39-41." Album contains several photographs of USS Canopus (AS-9), as well as various submarines assigned to Submarine Squadron Five. The album holds numerous photographs of sailors engaged in a variety of activities on and off the ship. Loose items include ships' menus (USS Canopus, Christmas 1940, Manila, PI; USS President Hayes, Thanksgiving Day 1942; USS President Hayes, Memorial Day 1943); The Iswas (USS Canopus ship's newspaper) enroute Jolo, PI, 9 November 1940; a poem "The Submarine" illustrated with a photograph of USS S-38; plus a number of color-tinted photographs of Chinese historical sites.
Whelan, Paul S., Machinist Mate 1st Class, USN
Log of the USFS Connecticut dated 12 February 1906 - 12 February 1910.
Whipple, Abraham, Commodore, USN
ALS dated 8 December 1775, signed by President of the Continental Congress John Hancock commissioning Abraham Whipple as Captain of the armed ship Columbus.
Whitney, William C., Secretary of the Navy
LS dated 9 May 1887. To Lieutenant W. H. Jacques. Accepting his resignation.
Wiley, Henry A., Rear Admiral, USN
A collection of seventeen certificates spanning the Admiral's career from his completion of study at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, in 1888, to his retirement as Admiral on the retired list in 1942.
Wilkes, Charles, Rear Admiral, USN
1) 8 ALS dated 1830-1868. Personal correspondence.
2) AD. Draft of possible autobiography.
3) ALS (written in 1874). To the Editor, New York Herald. Concerning the Exploring Expedition.
4) DS (bank notes).
Wilson, Charles "Charlie" Nesbitt, Congressman
(June 1, 1933 - February 10, 2010). Wilson was a United States naval officer and Democratic U.S. Representative from the 2nd Congressional District of Texas. Best known for convincing Congress to fund Operation Cyclone, a Central Intelligence Agency covert operation which supplied military equipment, including most notably Stinger antiaircraft missiles, and paramilitary officers from their Special Activities Division to the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His role in arranging this support was documented in the non-fiction book, Charlie Wilson's War, by George Crile and cinematically depicted in a film adaptation of the book starring Tom Hanks as Wilson.
Shellback certificate for crossing the equator, 15 June 1953
United States Naval Academy diploma, 1 June 1956
Commission as an Ensign, U.S. Navy, 1 June 1956
Operation Strikeback, Realm of the Arctic Circle certificate, 16 June 1957
Honorable discharge certificate, 28 February 1968
Telegram to Wilson from Robert F. Kennedy, thanking him for his support, 30 April 1968
Autographed photo from James E. "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., no date
Autographed photo from Ronald and Nancy Reagan, no date
Two photos of Wilson with members of the Afghan Mujahideen, not dated
Winder, William, Auditor of the Navy
LS dated 19 December 1798, Navy Department Accountant's Office. To Nehemiah Hubbard, Navy Agent, Middletown, Connecticut. Directing additional information on weekly account statements.
Journal written by Montgomery P. Griffis, who served on Winona as it patrolled the Mississippi River, dated 1862-1863. The journal was copied into this notebook by Griffis in 1894 as a present to his old shipmate William Nichols, as indicated on the flyleaf. The journal describes day to day life on the ship such as coaling, going aground, naval engagements, casualties, patrolling the river, visiting New Orleans and dressing the ship for various occasions.
Wood, William W.W., Chief Engineer, USN
Commissioning certificate as Chief Engineer, dated 12 April 1845 and signed by President Polk.
Two encapsulated drawings of "Submarine Shells and Apparatus for Operating the Same," dated December 1864, drawing nos. 1 and 2.
Certificate from the New York State Chamber of Commerce in appreciation of the destruction of the rebel ram Albermarle, dated 1 December 1864.
Commissioning certificate as Chief of Bureau of Steam Engineering, dated 27 March 1873 and signed by President Grant.
Woodbury, Levi, Secretary of the Navy
1) 9 LS, 1831-1834. Official correspondence to the Commander of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Regarding administration of the Navy Yard.
2) 11 LS, 1832 to 1834. To Commodore M. T. Woolsey, Commanding the U.S. Naval Squadron, Coast of Brazil. Regarding the various operations of the squadron.
3) LS dated 27 May 1834. To Commodore W. M. Crane, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire. Requesting him to go to Boston to inspect the frigate Potomac.
4) ALS dated 1 March 1844. Written while a U.S. Senator. In the postscript he adds that he was on board the ill-fated Princeton with the President when a cannon exploded, killing several political leaders.
Worden, John, Rear Admiral, USN
DS dated 6 August 1866. Orders to Lieutenant Commander Henry Howison to report to the U.S. steamer Pensacola.
World War I British and German naval messages (1918)
A collection of radio messages between Royal Navy Admiral Sir David Beatty and Vice Admiral Franz Ritter von Hipper, Commander-in-Chief German High Seas Fleet, and associated Armistice-related communications, 11-24 November 1918.
Yonker, Francis H., Lieutenant, USNR
The collection contains notebooks, lecture notes, circuit diagrams, brochures, schedules and other training materials used by Ensign Francis H. Yonker during his indoctrination and training as a radar officer in the United States Naval Reserve. There is a small amount of memorabilia related to the schools attended by Ensign Yonker. The collection also contains brochures on the staff of the Naval Training School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Corpus Christi, Texas as well as a small amount of material on the ATMI radar project.
Yost, George R.
AD dated 12 February 1896. "A brief history of the US Gunboat Cairo of the Mississippi Squadron, Jan-Dec 1862." (Cairo was sunk by a torpedo (mine) at Haines Bluff on the Yazoo on 12 December 1862.)
Young, Leo C., Radar Pioneer
The collection consists of articles and biographical data on Leo C. Young, three photographs of Young taken at various times during his career, notes prepared by Young on the early development of radar, information of the awards received by Young during his career, and a commemorative booklet on the twentieth anniversary of the Naval Research Laboratory.
Young, Thomas, Lieutenant, USN
4 ALS, 1843-1846. Accounts of travels while attached to USS Princeton and USS Brandywine.
Zumwalt, Elmo "Bud" Russell, Jr., Admiral
Seven Meritorious Unit Commendation certificates, signed by Admiral Zumwalt.