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Collection of Mahan and Luce letters

Identifier: MSC-379
Content Description

This collection comprises of 5 letters from Stephen B. Luce. These letters were written while Luce was a Lieutenant assigned as an instructor to the Naval Academy during the Civil War, then located in Newport. In the letters, Luce writes to then Captain A.A. Harwood addressing the training of Midshipmen, the need for training ships, as well as Civil War engagements.

The collection also includes a letter from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894, while he was located in Southampton, England aboard the USS Chicago, Mahan’s last sea-going command. In the letter, he sends his regrets that he is unable to attend the opening of a new post-graduate school of political science.

The last item is a printed volume, On Naval Warfare with Steam by Howard Douglas, 1858. The title page is signed by Luce and dated 1860 February 21, denoting ownership.

This collection is unprocessed.

Dates: 1858-1894

Early records of the U.S. Naval War College

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-01

Correspondence, memoranda, lists, contracts, inventories, military and naval orders, and plans regarding the early administration and curriculum of the Naval War College, new building construction, and items relating to the establishment of a naval coaling station in Narraganset Bay. Also included are journals and letterpress copybooks kept by past NWC presidents Charles Stockton and French Chadwick.

Dates: 1883-1919; Majority of material found within 1895-1911

Stephen B. Luce papers

Identifier: MSC-010
Content Description Manuscript Collection 10, the papers of Stephen B. Luce, was created in 1970 from a Naval War College Library historical file. Information on provenance is unknown. This small collection consists of three series: correspondence, writings and miscellany. The correspondence series, letters received and copies of letters sent, 1876-1911, includes such prominent correspondents as Alfred T. Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Stockton and Henry C. Lodge. Topics at issue are Naval War College lectures, the publication of Luce's own articles, the continued existence of the College, A.T. Mahan's writings and war games.Series II, writings, contains several articles written by Luce for various publications, including the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and The North American Review, 1905-1911, along with reviews of several of Mahan's works. Finally, miscellany, series III, has tributes to Stephen B. Luce, articles by other writers, and publisher's notes.A collection of photocopies of the publications of Stephen B. Luce, 1862-1911, was a 1973 gift to the Naval War College Foundation for deposit in the Naval Historical Collection by John B. Hattendorf, co-editor of the first contribution to the Naval War College Historical Monograph Series, The Writings of Stephen B. Luce. These items comprise manuscript collection 23.The Captain Kay Russell collection of research source materials on Stephen B. Luce is the third major component of this register....
Dates: 1876 - 1919

Naval War College Presidents records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-28
Scope and Contents

Biographical sketches, career materials, publications and writings of NWC presidents.

Dates: 1884-2006

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Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914 3
Chadwick, French Ensor, 1844-1919 2
Goodrich, Caspar F. (Caspar Frederick), 1847-1925 2
Knight, Austin Melvin, 1854-1927 2
Merrell, John Porter, 1846-1916 2
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Rodgers, William Ledyard, 1860-1944 2
Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936 2
Sperry, Charles S. (Charles Stillman), 1847-1911 2
Taylor, H. C. (Henry Clay), 1845-1904 2
Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915 1
Austin, Bernard L. (Bernard Lige), 1902-1979 1
Beary, Donald B., 1888-1966 1
Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917 1
Colbert, Richard G., 1915-1973 1
Conolly, Richard L. (Richard Lansing), 1892-1962 1
Cooley, Thomas Ross, 1893-1959 1
Felt, Harry D. (Harry Donald), 1902-1992 1
Hardisty, Huntington, 1929-2003 1
Herbert, Hilary A. (Hilary Abner), 1834-1919 1
Ingersoll, Stuart H. (Stuart Howe), 1898-1983 1
Kalbfus, Edward C. (Edward Clifford), 1877-1954 1
Kurth, Ronald J. 1
Laning, Harris, 1873-1941 1
LeBourgeois, Julien J. 1
Marryott, Ronald F., 1934-2005 1
Mason, George C. (George Champlin), 1820-1894 1
McCormick, Lynde Dupuy, 1895-1956 1
McNamee, L. (Luke), 1871-1952 1
Melson, Charles L. 1
Naval War College (U.S.) 1
Nuessle, Francis E. 1
Perry, Raymond R., 1894-1925 1
Pratt, William Veazie, 1869-1957 1
Pringle, Joel Roberts Poinsett, 1873-1932 1
Pye, W. S. (William Satterlee), 1880-1959 1
Robbins, Thomas H. (Thomas Hinckley), 1900-1972 1
Rodgers, Raymond Perry, 1849-1925 1
Schley, Winfield Scott, 1839-1911 1
Semmes, Benedict J. (Benedict Joseph), 1913- 1
Service, James E. (James Edward), 1931- 1
Smith, A. E. (Allan Edward), 1892-1987 1
Snyder, Charles P. 1
Spruance, Raymond Ames, 1886-1969 1
Stockdale, James B. 1
Stockton, Charles H., 1845-1924 1
Turner, Stansfield, 1923-2018 1
United States Naval Torpedo Station (Newport, R.I.) 1
United States. Department of the Navy 1
Williams, Clarence S., 1863-1951 1
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