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Guide to the Naval History Society Collection
1721-1995 (bulk 1781-1936)
  MS 439

New-York Historical Society
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Series 53. Naval History Society records (1907-1943; bulk 1909-1936)

Scope and Content

The series consists of the Naval History Society's organizational and financial records (including account books, checks, and receipts). They document the establishment and administration of the Society from its foundation until it ceased independent operations: its formation, officers and bylaws, membership, finances, library and manuscript collecting activities, and its editing and publication of volumes based on materials in its manuscript collections. It shows the context of naval and maritime collecting by the Society through its officers' correspondence with members and other collectors, authors, historical societies and repositories, and the Office of Naval Records, Washington, DC; as well as the organization's internal governance and workings.

Historical Note

According to the 1915 catalog of the library of Naval History Society founder John Sanford Barnes (see Series 3), "The Naval History Society has been established for the purpose of publishing and preserving manuscripts, documents, and writings relating to our naval history, naval art and science, and the surroundings and experiences of seamen in general and of American seamen in particular."

The Naval History Society Collection began with the donation to the Society in 1915 of Barnes's personal collections by his son, Col. James Barnes (see Series 4). The donation included library materials now cataloged in the XN classification in the New-York Historical Society Library, artifacts now included in the New-York Historical Society's museum collections, as well as the manuscript materials described in Series 1-52 of this Collection. The entire collection was donated to the New-York Historical Society, where the Naval History Society collections and office were then located, in 1925. Additional materials were donated by Naval History Society members and others or acquired by purchase after that date, some from the Naval History Fund established at the New-York Historical Society from the Naval History Society's monies.

A chronology of the Society's publishing activities is provided in Subseries VI. Manuscript collections and Society publication records.

Chronology of the Naval History Society

1909: Meeting convenes at the New York Yacht Club to discuss formation of a naval history society. Attendees include Admiral Caspar Goodrich (see Series 21), William Conant Church (biographer of John Ericsson [Series 16]), Col. James Barnes (see Series 4), and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who serves as the meeting's secretary. John Sanford Barnes is unanimously elected president and Robert Neeser secretary-treasurer. A committee is authorized to inquire if the New-York Historical Society would serve as the Naval History Society's home.

1911: John Sanford Barnes dies.

1912: Naval History Society incorporated. Its offices are located at 247 Fifth Avenue, although some early meetings are held in Washington, DC.

1915: James Barnes donates the collections of his father John Sanford Barnes to the Naval History Society in June. They include original manuscripts, letters, and logbooks as well as published books, pamphlets, and prints (approximately 3,570 volumes and separate items). The Society rents space in Aeolian Hall on West 42nd Street to house the collection.

1915: Secretary Robert Neeser corresponds with New-York Historical Society President John Abeel Weekes in May to ask if the Historical Society is interested in acquiring the Naval History Society collections and providing a room where it can be preserved for research and exhibition. Naval History Society, "being primarily a publication society...has...no habitat or place where these priceless and unique books could be preserved."

1915: New-York Historical Society Executive Committee responds to Neeser's request: "Owing to the crowded condition of the present building, the Captain Barnes collection was respectfully declined as a deposit."

1915: The John S. Barnes Memorial Library is transferred to the Naval History Society in September.

1916: John S. Barnes Memorial Library of the Naval History Society opens January 10 in Aeolian Hall. Marie Bayless serves as librarian.

1916: The Society holds an exhibition of the Library's books, prints, and manuscripts of John Paul Jones [see Series 28] in April, and in May of its Gustavus Conyngham memorabilia [see Series 10).

1917: The Society holds an exhibition of its Revolutionary War books, prints, and manuscripts in March, and in April on the War of 1812.

1918: Col. James Barnes elected President, a position he holds until his death in 1936.

1920: Alice M. Kyte becomes librarian.

1923: Franklin D. Roosevelt is deputized by the Building Committee to contact New-York Historical Society about collaborating on space and collections.

1925: Naval History Society relocates to New-York Historical Society, which was expanding its storage and exhibition spaces, and its members automatically become Associate members of New-York Historical Society. The $15,000 Naval History Fund is also transferred, to be used to purchase additional materials for the collection.

1930: Naval History Society participates in the restoration of gravestone for William Paul (brother of John Paul Jones; see Series 28), in St. George's Churchyard, Fredericksburg, VA.

1932: Naval History Society materials are represented in New-York Historical Society's "Ships and Steamboats" exhibition.

1936: Collection of dues and publication activities are suspended following the death of Col. James Barnes and insufficient Naval History Fund monies to purchase additional materials.

Arrangement

The records are arranged in seven subseries:

Subseries I. Administrative records

Subseries II. Correspondence

Subseries III. Membership records

Subseries IV. Library records

Subseries V. Financial records

Subseries VI. Manuscript collections and Society publication records

Subseries VII. Ephemera

Within each series materials are in chronological order unless otherwise noted; original order within folders has been retained.

Subseries I. Administrative Records (1909-1938)

Scope and Content

The subseries includes records of the founding and administration of the Society, its various locations, and officers. The President's reports (1928-1935, by Col. James Barnes) provide details of manuscript acquisitions and provenance, and the Society's publications for each year. The Secretary's reports (1926-1929, 1931-1935) focus on membership news: new members gained and those lost through death or resignation. The Treasurer's reports (1925-1936 by Robert Neeser) include information on the Naval History Fund, which was used to purchase additional library and manuscript materials.

The original certificate of incorporation is signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, before he became Assistant Secretary of the Navy, in his position at the Society's Secretary. The 1923-1924 Annual reports include James Barnes's own annotated copy. This edition includes a complete history of the Society to date: founders, minutes of annual meeting, resolutions, details on the collections and publications, and information on memorial activities in 1924 honoring Rear Admiral Thayer Mahan.

Arrangement

Printed letters sent to all members were moved to Subseries II. Correspondence, and arranged there chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bylaws, proposed bylaws, certificate of incorporation
1909-1910, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 History of the bill to incorporate the NHS
1912 May 1-Aug 1
Box: 1 Folder : 3 H.R. 24026: A Bill to Incorporate the Naval History Society
1912 May 7
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Lists of officers
1911, 1935-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Drawing and camera-ready art for Naval History Society seal
[1912]
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Annual reports
1911, 1913, 1914, 1917
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Annual reports
1919, 1922, 1923-1924
Box: 1 Folder : 8 President's reports
1928-1935
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Secretary's reports
1926-1929, 1931-1935
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Treasurer's reports
1917-1922
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Treasurer's reports
1925-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Meeting minutes
1909 May 8
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Meeting minutes and notices: Board of Managers, annual meetings
1912-1919
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Meeting minutes and Treasurer's reports
1920-1924
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Meeting minutes: annual meetings, Executive Committee
1926-1926, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Leaflets about the Society
undated
Box: 2 Embosser
undated
Box: 3 Seals
undated
Volume: 1 Minutes
1909-1916

Subseries II. Correspondence (1909-1943)

Scope and Content

The Society's correspondence includes incoming and carbon copies of outgoing letters, primarily to and from Secretary Robert Neeser and librarians Alice Kyte (Naval History Society) and Dorothy Barck (New-York Historical Society). Also represented are Col. James Barnes when he was active as President of the Society, Treasurer Grenville Kane, and attorney Herbert Satterlee. The correspondence documents all aspects of the Society's functions, including membership dues notices, publication of Naval History Society editions by The DeVinne Press and others, cataloging of Naval History Society publications by the Library of Congress, payment for or receipt of publications by members, research requests, and payment and other banking transactions. Contact with the New-York Historical Society begins in 1915 with formation of a Building Committee and discussion of a possible move of the collections from rented space in Aeolian Hall to the Historical Society's location, culminating in the move in 1925. Among that correspondence is a letter signed by Franklin Roosevelt. A November, 1936, letter to the membership announces the end of the publication program due to insufficient monies in the Naval History Fund.

Arrangement

Most of the correspondence was originally bundled in multiple envelopes for each year, usually organized alphabetically by last name of correspondent. Exceptions included envelopes for 1909, which were arranged chronologically in one envelope; 1917, which began as an alphabetical run but sometimes included correspondence dating to 1923; 1920, which was bundled together with 1924; and various years for which there was only one envelope containing all correspondence, especially later in the Society's history. Some large runs of correspondence to one recipient or on a particular subject were labeled as such and stored together. Those divisions have been retained, but folders have been arranged in chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1909 February - June
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1909 July - October
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1909 November - December
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence A
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence B
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Correspondence C
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Correspondence D
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Correspondence F
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence G
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Correspondence H
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Correspondence J-L
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Correspondence M
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Correspondence N
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Correspondence P-R
1910
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Correspondence S
1910
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Correspondence T-W
1910
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Correspondence A-C
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Correspondence D-G
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Correspondence H-M
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Correspondence N, O
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Correspondence P, Q
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Correspondence R, S
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Correspondence T-Z
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Correspondence Misc.
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Correspondence A,B
1912
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Correspondence C, D
1912
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Correspondence E-G
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Correspondence H-J
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Correspondence K-M
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Correspondence N, O
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Correspondence P-R
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Correspondence S
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Correspondence T-Z
1912
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Invitation to join Naval History Society
[1912]
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Correspondence A-D
1913
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Correspondence E-G
1913
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Correspondence H
1913
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Correspondence I-K
1913
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Correspondence L
1913
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Correspondence M
1913
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Correspondence N-O
1913
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Correspondence P-Q
1913
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Correspondence R
1913
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Correspondence S
1913
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Correspondence T-Z
1913
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Correspondence A, B
1914
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Correspondence C, D
1914
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Correspondence E, F
1914
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Correspondence G
1914
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Correspondence H
1914
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Correspondence I, J
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Correspondence K, L
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Correspondence M
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Correspondence N, O
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Correspondence P, Q
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Correspondence R
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Correspondence S
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Correspondence T-Z
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Correspondence A
1915
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Correspondence B
1915
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Correspondence C
1915
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Correspondence D, E 1
915
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Correspondence F
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Correspondence G
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Correspondence H
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Correspondence I, J
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Correspondence K
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Correspondence L
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Correspondence M
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Correspondence N-Q
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Correspondence R
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Correspondence S
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Correspondence T
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Correspondence U-Y
1915
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Correspondence A, B
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Correspondence C
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Correspondence D
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Correspondence E
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Correspondence F
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Correspondence G
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Correspondence H
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Correspondence I-K
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Correspondence L
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Correspondence M
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Correspondence N, O
1916
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Correspondence P
1916
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Correspondence Q, R
1916
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Correspondence S
1916
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Correspondence T-Z
1916
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Correspondence about John Paul Jones
1916-1931
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Correspondence A,B
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Correspondence C-G
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Correspondence H
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Correspondence I-K
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Correspondence Grenville Kane
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Correspondence L
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Correspondence Library Rent Fund, Library Fund
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Correspondence M
1917-1923
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Correspondence N
1917
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Correspondence O-Q
1917
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Correspondence R
1917
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Correspondence S
1917
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Correspondence T
1917
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Correspondence X-Z
1917
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Correspondence A, B
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Correspondence C, D
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Correspondence E, F
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Correspondence G
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Correspondence H
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Correspondence I-K
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Correspondence Grenville Kane
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Correspondence L, M
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Correspondence N, O
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 15 Correspondence P, Q
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 16 Correspondence R
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 17 Correspondence S
1918
Box: 12 Folder : 18 Correspondence T-Z
1918
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Correspondence A, B
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Correspondence C, D
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Correspondence E, F
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Correspondence G, H
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Correspondence I-K
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Correspondence Grenville Kane
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Correspondence L
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Correspondence M
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Correspondence N, O
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Correspondence P-R
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Correspondence S
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 12 Correspondence T
1919
Box: 13 Folder : 13 Correspondence U-Z
1919
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Correspondence A
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Correspondence B
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Correspondence C
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Correspondence D
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Correspondence E, F
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Correspondence G
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Correspondence H-J
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Correspondence K
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Correspondence L
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Library rent fund
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Correspondence N
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Correspondence O, P
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 13 Correspondence Q, R
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 14 Correspondence S
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 15 Correspondence T
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 16 Correspondence U, V
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 17 Correspondence W, Z
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 18 Orders for Vol I Fox papers
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 19 Acknowledgments Vol I Fox papers
1920
Box: 14 Folder : 20 Correspondence to Board of Directors
1920
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Acknowledgments Vol II Fox papers
1921
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Correspondence A-D
1921
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Correspondence E-H
1921
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Correspondence K-R
1921
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Correspondence S-T
1921
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Correspondence U-Y
1921
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Acknowledgments Garnerey's print of Constitution and  Guerriere
1921
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Resignations
1922-1923
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Correspondence A-D
1922
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Correspondence Barnes
1922, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Correspondence E-H
1922
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Correspondence K-R
1922
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Correspondence S-T
1922
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Correspondence U-Z
1922
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Correspondence A
1923
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Replies to annual meeting notice
1923
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Correspondence B
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Correspondence C
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Correspondence D
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Correspondence E, F
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Correspondence G
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Correspondence H-J
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Correspondence K
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 13 Correspondence L
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 14 Correspondence M
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 15 Correspondence N
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 16 Correspondence O, P
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 17 Correspondence Q, R
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 18 Correspondence S
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 19 Correspondence T
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 20 Correspondence U, V
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 21 Correspondence W-Z
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 22 Isaac Hull manuscript donation: Correspondence with executors of Charles Allen Munn
1924
Box: 16 Folder : 23 Correspondence, including to Col. Barnes
1925
Box: 16 Folder : 24 Letter to Barnes from New-York Historical Society
1925 May 20
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Letter to members about New-York Historical Society move
1925 June 25
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Letter to members about associate membership in New-York Historical Society
1925 October 21
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Letters from members accepting associate membership in New-York Historical Society
1925
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Resignations and deaths
1925
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Correspondence, including to and from Col. Barnes
1926
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1926
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1927
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Correspondence, Col. Barnes
1927
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1928
Box: 17 Folder : 10 Correspondence, Col. Barnes
1928
Box: 17 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1929
Box: 17 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1930
Box: 17 Folder : 13 Correspondence, Barnes-Barck
1930-1932
Box: 17 Folder : 14 Barnes-Andrews correspondence about frigate Constitution
1930-1934
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Correspondence Barnes
1930-1936
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Annual meeting notices; notification of Garnerey print
1930-1933, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1931
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Acknowledgments "Rope Yarns"
1931
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Orders: "Rope Yarns"
1931-1932
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1932
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Acknowledgments "Life of Wm. Bainbridge"
1932
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Acknowledgments Rodney books
1932 Oct-Dec
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Resignations
1932
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1933
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1933
Box: 18 Folder : 12 Barnes-Gurn correspondence about John Barry
1933-1934
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1934
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Acknowledgments: Gurn's "Life of John Barry"
1934
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1935
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1935
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1936
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1936
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Col. and Mrs. Barnes with Miss Barck
1936
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Office of Naval Records
1936
Box: 19 Folder : 9 Acknowledgments: "Quasi War with France"
1936
Box: 19 Folder : 10 Letter to members
1936 November 16
Box: 19 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1937
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1938
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1939-1943
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Blank stationery: cards, letterhead, envelopes, bookplates
Undated

Subseries III. Membership records (1910-1943)

Scope and Content

The membership records include lists of members in various categories (individual, life, honorary, resigned, died), signed cards noting acceptance or decline of membership, members' war service records, records of dues payments, and proxies for meetings; as well as newspaper clippings of members' obituaries. The mailing list for a proposed Marine Museum of the City of New York was probably used as a source of addresses for potential Naval History Society members. Also included is a guest book of signatures, perhaps kept at annual meetings. Additional information on membership can also be found in some of the Annual Reports (Subseries I. Administrative Records), which include lists of current members for the year; and in account books in Subseries V. Financial Records.

Arrangement

Correspondence sent to all members was moved to Subseries II. Correspondence, and arranged there chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Membership lists
1910, 1911, 1916, 1919-1923
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Membership acknowledgments
1910-1919
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Membership lists
1926-1936
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Biographical accounts of members of the Naval History Society: newspaper clippings, obituaries
1928-1937
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Biographical accounts of members of the Naval History Society: newspaper clippings, obituaries
1928-1937, 1958
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Mailing list: Marine Museum of the City of New York
1931 April 1
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Clippings: newspaper obituaries of members
1935-1943
Box: 21 Folder : 8 List of members to receive volume "Quasi War with France"
1936
Box: 21 Folder : 9 Printed notices of nomination to Society
undated
Box: 22 Stubs for dues; signed note on question of increasing dues; signed proxies for annual meetings; returned bills for dues paid; account of dues paid
1915-1931
Box: 23 Member cards; war service records, institutional members, life members
around 1917-1926
Box: 24 Returned and paid notices, annual dues
1929-1936
Volume: 2 Signatures [Guest book]
1916 June 10-1924 September 10

Subseries IV. Library records (1907-1943)

Scope and Content

The library records include acquisitions lists, library catalog cards, publishers' catalogs, clippings regarding books of interest for possible acquisition, photographs of the installation of items from the collection at an unspecified location, various unorganized research notes in different hands on subjects including the Lloyd family of Long Island, and the library accession book. The latter documents acquisitions of both published books and manuscript materials, by date and donor, prices paid for items bought, as well as the library's classification system.

Historical Note

The Library was formed originally from the collection of John Sanford Barnes, donated to the Naval History Society by his son, James Barnes, in 1915 and included in the New-York Historical Society's library's collections in 1925. These volumes are now cataloged under the XN call number. Materials were added to subsequently, by donation or purchase, with monies from the Naval History Fund.

Arrangement

Loose materials originally inserted in the Library Accession Book, including a 1933 rare book auction catalog, details of the Meade donation (see Series 30, Series 31), and a list of portraits of John Paul Jones, have been arranged here chronologically in separate folders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Notebook: "Desirable Books on Naval History"
1907
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Booksellers' advertisements (1 of 2)
1917-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Bookseller's advertisements (2 of 2)
1917-1938
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Booksellers' catalogs
1919-1930
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Materials separated from Library Accession Book: Miscellaneous notes and printed items
1920-1940, undated
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Clippings on naval literature
1921-1943
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Booksellers' catalogs
1931 (1 of 2)
Box: 25 Folder : 8 Booksellers' catalogs
1931 (1 of 2)
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Booksellers' catalogs
1932
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Materials separated from Library Accession Book: Rare Americana auction catalog, Charles Heartman
1933 January 28
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Booksellers' catalogs
1933-1935
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Materials separated from Library Accession Book: listing "Books and manuscripts from the library of Richard Worsam Meade (4th)"
1934
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Meade donation bookplates
1934
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Booksellers' catalogs
1936-1937
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Booksellers' catalog
1938-1943
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Materials separated from Library Accession Book: "Prints, Portraits and Memo. of John Paul Jones"
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Booksellers' catalogs
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Booksellers' catalogs
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Booksellers' catalogs
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Booksellers' catalogs
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Booksellers' catalogs
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Booksellers' catalogs
Undated
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Photographs of library collection installation
Undated
Box: 28 Research materials; library catalog cards
undated
Box: 29 Research materials; "Ships of US Navy Built in NY", "US Navy Officers Born in NY State", Lloyd family of Long Island, miscellaneous notes
undated
Volume: 3 Library Accession Book
1916-1941

Subseries V. Financial records (1910-1936)

Scope and Content

The Society's financial records include receipts, vouchers (deposit slips and receipted bills for office expenses and rent), returned checks, checkbooks, account books, information on holdings of securities, and deposits of membership payments. The checkbook stubs document the Society's expenses, while the account books include membership information such as annual dues paid and lists of members.

Arrangement

The folder titles are taken from the original envelope titles and are not consistent.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Bank book
1910
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Checkbooks
1910-1912, 1926
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Bank statements and returned checks
1920
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Bank statements and returned checks
1921
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Bank statements and returned checks
1922
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Bank statements and returned checks
1923
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Bank statements and returned checks
1924
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Bank statements and returned checks
1925
Box: 30 Folder : 9 Bank statements and returned checks
1926
Box: 30 Folder : 10 Vouchers
1909-1910 Nov 1
Box: 30 Folder : 11 Vouchers and receipts
1912
Box: 30 Folder : 12 Vouchers and receipts
1912, 1921
Box: 30 Folder : 13 Vouchers and receipts
1913
Box: 30 Folder : 14 Vouchers and receipts
1922
Box: 30 Folder : 15 [Bills for office expenses: rent, telephone]
1922
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Vouchers and receipts
1924-1925
Box: 31 Folder : 2 Receipted bills
1925
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Member donations to the Building Fund
1910-1925
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Leases for office in Aeolian Hall
1915-1925
Box: 31 Folder : 5 Rent receipts for Aeolian Hall office
1916, 1919-1925
Box: 31 Folder : 6 Sale of Barnes's securities
1921
Box: 31 Folder : 7 Securities holdings
1921
Volume: 4 Checkbook
1912-1916
Volume: 5 Checkbook
1916-1917
Volume: 6 Checkbook
1917-1918
Volume: 7 Checkbook
1918-1919
Volume: 8 Checkbook
1919-1921
Volume: 9 Checkbook
1921-1923
Volume: 10 Checkbook
1923-1925
Volume: 11 Account Book
1909-1912,1932-1936
Volume: 12 Account Book
1909-1916
Volume: 13 Account Book
1916-1924
Volume: 14 Account Book
1920-1924
Volume: 15 Account Book
1924-1926

Subseries VI. Manuscript collections and Naval History Society publication records (1909-1939)

Scope and Content

The Naval History Society's publications were based on its manuscript collections, which it acquired by donation and by purchase, beginning with the collections of John Sanford Barnes. The records consist of acquisitions lists, information on donations received, lists of volumes published by the Society, and a bound volume of Naval Records. Its inclusion here is unexplained. Additional information about manuscript acquisitions is included in the Library Accession Book in Subseries IV. Library records.

Chronology of Naval History Society Publications

1911: First volume of Naval History Society publications issued to the subscribers: "Logs of the Serapis,  Alliance,  Ariel Under the Command of John Paul Jones, 1778-1780," edited by John S. Barnes, and printed by DeVinne Press, New York (see Series 49).

1912: Second volume: "Fanning's narrative: being the memoirs of Nathaniel Fanning, an officer of the revolutionary navy, 1778-1783," edited and annotated by John S. Barnes, and printed by DeVinne Press, New York.

1913: Third volume: "The Dispatches of Molyneux Shuldham, Vice-Admiral of the Blue and Commander in Chief of his Britannic Majesty's Ships in North America, Jan-July 1776," edited by Robert W. Neeser and printed by DeVinne Press, New York (see Series 22).

1914: Fourth and fifth volumes: "The Out-Letters of the continental Marine Committee and Board of Admiralty, 1776-1780," Vols I and II, edited by Dr. Charles Oscar Paulin and printed by DeVinne Press, New York (see Series 22).

1915: Sixth volume: "Letters and Papers relating to the Cruises of Gustavus Conyngham, a captain of the Continental Navy, 1777-1779," edited by Robert W. Neeser and printed by DeVinne Press, New York (see Series 10).

1915: "Catalogue of the books, manuscripts and prints and other memorabilia in the John S. Barnes Memorial Library of the Naval History Society".

1916: Seventh volume: "The Despatches of Thomas Graves, R.N., 1781," edited by Rear Admiral French E. Chadwick, U.S.N. and printed by DeVinne Press, New York.

1917: Eighth volume: "The Papers of Francis Gregory Dallas, U.S. Navy. Correspondence and Journal, 1837-1859," edited by Gardner W. Allen and printed by DeVinne Press, New York (see Series 12).

1918: Because of the war and accompanying paper shortages, no publications are issued for the year.

1920: Ninth and tenth volumes: "The Fox Papers, being the confidential correspondence of Gustavus V. Fox, Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War," Vols. I and II, edited by Colonel Robert M. Thompson and Rear Admiral Richard Wainwright and printed by DeVinne Press, New York (see Series 17).

1922: Print based on Garneray's "USS Constitution captures HMS  Guerriere" is sent to members.

1931: Eleventh volume: "Rope yarns from the old navy," by Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, published by J.J. Little & Ives Co. (see Series 21).

1932: Twelfth and thirteenth volumes: "Letter-books and order-book of George, lord Rodney, admiral of the White squadron, 1780-1782." New York, printed for the New York Historical Society, 1932, edited by librarian Dorothy Barck (see Series 39).

1932: H.A.S. Dearborn's "Life of William Bainbridge Esq. of the United States Navy," edited by James Barnes and published by Princeton University Press, is sent to members as "a token of gratitude" (see Series 1)

1934: Joseph Gurn's "Commodore John Barry: Father of the American Navy" is distributed to members as volume 14 in lieu of a Society publication, "because the Society's large collection of Barry manuscripts was largely used in its compilation" (see Series 5).

1936: Fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth volumes: "Naval documents related to the quasi-war between the United States and France. Naval operations ... February 1797-December 1801," published under direction of the Honorable Claude A. Swanson, Secretary of the Navy. Prepared by the Office of Naval Records and Library, Navy Department, under the supervision of Captain Dudley W. Knox, U.S. Navy (ret.)

Arrangement

All materials were originally in mixed folders and boxes; they are arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 32 Folder : 1 "War of 1812: The original drawings": list and correspondence from bookseller A.S.M. Rosenbach
1909
Box: 32 Folder : 2 Library of Congress catalog cards for Naval History Society publications
1912-1920
Box: 32 Folder : 3 List of publications of the Naval History Society
1914-1936
Box: 32 Folder : 4 Clippings; lists of manuscript donations
1924, undated
Box: 32 Folder : 5 Documentation of provenance of various manuscript and object collections
1932-1936, undated
Box: 32 Folder : 6 Naval History Society publications: booksellers' catalog listings
1935-1938
Box: 32 Folder : 7 Catalogs, reprints
1936-1942, undated
Box: 32 Folder : 8 List of Naval History Society publications
1937, undated
Box: 32 Folder : 9 Items from Barnes and Goodrich collections
1938-1939, undated
Box: 32 Folder : 10 "Labels for Special Naval Manuscripts Exhibition in Naval History Gallery, March-April-May, 1939"
1939
Box: 32 Folder : 11 Exhibition labels for naval medals
Undated
Volume: 16 Index to Naval War Records
1861-1865

Subseries VII. Ephemera (1851-1947)

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of invitations, programs, clippings, visual and printed materials, postage stamps, and a scrapbook on naval topics. The provenance of these materials is unclear; some of the earlier items may have come from the collections of John Sanford Barnes (see Series 3). Materials separated from named collections include an 1851 invitation to Lieutenant Duer (see Series 14), various undated photographs labeled as from Admiral McCauley (see Series 21), and a 1906 invitation to a Naval Ball honoring Rear Admiral Goodrich (see Series 29).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 33 Folder : 1 Ephemera separated from named collections: Duer, Goodrich, McCauley
1851, 1906, undated
Box: 33 Folder : 2 Invitations and programs
1883-1936
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Various ephemera and clippings
1911, 1917, 1918, undated
Box: 33 Folder : 4 Naval-themed postage stamps
1936, 1945, 1947
Box: 33 Folder : 5 Bookplates and calling cards
Undated
Box: 33 Folder : 6 Reproduced images
Undated
Volume: 17 Scrapbook of clippings on naval topics
1913-1916

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