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

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Series VI: Manuscript collections and Naval History Society publication records (1909-1939)

Scope and Contents note

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.)


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
Box: 32 Folder : 2 Library of Congress catalog cards for Naval History Society publications
Box: 32 Folder : 3 List of publications of the Naval History Society
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
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"
Box: 32 Folder : 11 Exhibition labels for naval medals
Volume: 16 Index to Naval War Records

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