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Guide to the Naval History Society Records
1907-1943(bulk 1909-1936)
  MS 439.53

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Collection processed by Celia Hartmann

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Administrative Records (1909-1938)

Scope and Contents note

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

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