Philadelphia City Archives
3101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Department of Domestic Participation and Special Events
232-4-5.2 Federal Participation
U. S. Department of the Navy (Folder D/3.1.21), concerns plans for naval activities, March 1925-April 1926. Items of interest include a carbon of Collier's March 7, 1925, letter to the Secretary of the Navy Curtis D. Wilbur, regarding the use of naval units stationed at U. S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, and the detailing of naval and marine aides to assist in various activities including "monster athletic contests between the various foreign naval units and those of our navy"; the letter from Wilbur approving these requests on March 14, 1925; and another from Wilbur on June 13, 1925, regarding the use of USS Constitution which was undergoing restoration. The file also contains a letter dated March 25, 1926, in which Kendrick wrote Wilbur inviting the warships of the U.S. Navy to visit Philadelphia during the Sesquicentennial. Wilbur sent back a schedule of when various battleships would be at the Navy Yard during those months. Also included is information about Marine Corps Day and Coast Guard Day.
U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia (Folder D/3.1.21A) includes correspondence from Rear Admiral A. H. Scales, commandant, and other officers of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and from the Philadelphia Department of Wharves, Docks, and Ferries concerning plans for a naval display of foreign men-of-war in the Delaware River. Additionally, the file contains correspondence from Navy Yard officials concerning the need to assure access of civil and military workers to the Navy Yard up to and during the Sesquicentennial.