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Thomas B. Buell collection on Raymond A. Spruance

Identifier: MSC-037.1

This collection consists of research materials collected by Thomas B. Buell, author and retired naval officer, for his biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, The Quiet Warrior, published by Little, Brown and Company in 1974.

Dates: 1866-2002 and undated; Majority of material found within 1971-1974

Donald J. Ramsey papers

Identifier: MSC-376
Content Description

Papers related to the career of Rear Admiral Donald J. Ramsey, including: - 4 Captain's Night Orders Books of the USS Hughes, 1941 June 23- 1942 Dec 21
- Captain’s Night Order Book, possibly of the USS Raleigh, 1930 Jan-1931 April
- 1 Conning Book, Eagle Boat No. 35, 1930 March-1931 Feb
- 1 USS Hughes Organization and Ship’s Orders Book, 1940 March 15
- 1 Case Notes, a notebook, circa 1939
- A map with a course charted, possibly a flight path
- Brief on German Submarines, by ADM Doenitz
- 13 books and assorted printed material, including USNA Class of 1924 reunion publications, pamphlets on Leadership (1931), Eagle Boats (1924), and books Survival on Land and Sea, 1944, Naval Terms and Definitions, 1922

This collection is unprocessed.

Dates: 1939-1941

Frank M. Snyder papers

Identifier: MSC-137

Frank M. Snyder (1926-2017 ) is a career naval officer who worked as a Professor and Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval War College. His papers include articles, research materials, speeches and lectures, audio and video cassette tapes, photographs, and scrapbooks relating to Snyder’s naval and professional academic career.

Dates: 1941-2010; Majority of material found within 1969-1994

Raymond A. Spruance papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSC-012
Scope and Contents The personal papers of Raymond A. Spruance, was donated to the Naval War College by Mrs. Spruance in 1970, only a year after the admiral's death. The collection contains eleven boxes of manuscript materials, along with memorabilia, including uniform items, medals, and Japanese Samurai swords. The papers focus, in the main, on the admiral's distinguished naval career, aspects of his ambassadorial appoinbnent, and his retirement years.Series I, Correspondence, consists of letters relating to his position as Commander of the Central Pacific Force, 1943-1944; the Battle of Midway, 1943; official orders and copies of messages sent relating to duty assignments, 1906-1950; and letters received and drafts of letters sent regarding naval matters. Other correspondence focuses on the Naval History Division Spruance biography by V ADM Emmet P. Forrestel. Spruance was not a particularly loquacious person and was reluctant to commit his thoughts to paper, hence the correspondence series is limited in both scope and quantity.Writings and speeches comprise Series II and Series III. Speeches consist of holograph drafts and typescripts given when Spruance was Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, President of the Naval War College, and in a retired status. His Naval War College thesis on Command, Naval War College lecture on Naval Tactics, notes made by Spruance for a book by E.B. Potter and the typescript of a 1965 Paris Match interview complete the writings...
Dates: 1898-1969 and undated

World War II Battle Evaluation Group records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-23

Administrative records; collected documents, chiefly copies, relating to the Battle of Leyte Gulf, 1944; and miscellaneous materials relating to Battle Evaluation Group Studies produced on battles of Savo Island, Midway, and Coral Sea.

Dates: 1946-1956

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Forrestel, Emmet Peter, 1898- 2
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Spruance, Raymond Ames, 1886-1969 2
Andrea Doria (Steamship) 1
Barber, Charles F., 1917-2012 1