Guide to the Collection on George Dewey, 1898-1999
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Title Collection on George Dewey Dates 1898-1999 Extent 1 Box (1 linear foot) About the Collection The collection, which remains open to new materials, contains papers, correspondence, photographs and bound manuscripts as well as publications pertaining to the life and career of George Dewey. This includes 1898 clippings about the Battle of Manila Bay, 1899 articles about Dewey in The Vermonter, correspondence between Dewey and the author of The History of Norwich University, 1819-1911, William Arba Ellis, and a scrapbook of images from the Spanish-American War Era, 1898-1901. There are two letters, 1902, containing Dewey’s support of the appointment of Stephen Decatur, Jr., to the U.S. Naval Academy. Included with these letters are copies of newspaper accounts of the hazing scandal that followed a few years later involving Decatur. There is also a photograph album presented to Dewey at Christmas, 1899. Some correspondence as well as a journal and account book of Dewey’s wife, Mildred McLean Hazen, is also included in the collection. A detailed content listing contains additional information. About George Dewey The life of Admiral George Dewey has been extensively covered in published journals and monographs. He was born in Montpelier, VT, on 26 December 1837, the youngest son of Julius
Yemans Dewey (1801-1877) and Mary Perrin Dewey (1799-1843). He attended Norwich University from 1851 to 1854 but did not graduate, instead transferring to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1858. Dewey’s part in the Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898, is also well-known and well-documented in more authoritative sources. Following this spectacular naval triumph, George Dewey became the first admiral of the U.S. Navy on 3 March 1899. He married Mildred McLean Hazen (1850-1931). The control file included with the collection, as well as the collection itself, contains much additional information on the life and career of George Dewey.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
· Dewey, George, -- 1837-1917.
· Dewey, Mildred McLean Hazen, -- 1850-1931.
· Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Naval operations.
· Manila Bay, Battle of, Philippines, 1898.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection on George Dewey, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from George Dewey to General Benjamin K. Roberts, 13 April 1910. Collection on George Dewey, Benjamin K. Roberts letter file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (1 linear foot) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English, Spanish Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Also see the papers of Allan D. Brown, president of Norwich University, for a letter from George Dewey dated 3 October 1898.
Papers Pertaining to George Dewey, 1898-1999 · Clippings on the Battle of Manila Bay, 1898 · Typescript translation of a Spanish account of the naval combat at Cavite, 1898 · Dewey signature clipped from a letter dated November 1898, Manila and certificates (two items) belonging to Rear Admiral Albert Smith Barker signed by George Dewey, 1901 and 1904 · Broadsides, Dewey Day in Northfield, VT, 1 May 1899 · Materials, including clippings, pertaining to Dewey Day in Northfield, VT, and at Norwich University, 1 May 1899 · Souvenir booklet on the Dewey Triumphal Arch in New York, 30 September 1899 · Clippings on Dewey Day in Montpelier, VT, 12 October 1899 · Photograph album presented to George Dewey at Christmas 1899. The album depicts Dewey and crews, including interior shots of men dining, doing chores, exterior shots of New York Harbor and Grant's tomb, ca. 50 pages. · Articles on George Dewey from the Vermonter, 1899 (bulk) · Clippings on other Dewey parades and celebrations, 1899 · Army and Navy calendar, 1899 · Miscellaneous articles on George Dewey, 1899-1999; includes: “George Dewey in the Civil War,” paper by Norwich student, Jayson M. Tiger, for HI300, 26 April 1996 · Clippings on Dewey parade in St. Louis, MO, 5 may 1900 · Broadside, anniversary celebration of Dewey’s victory in Northfield, VT, ca.1900 · Dewey photographic souvenirs, includes a lavishly illustrated advertisement for Henderson’s Admiral Collection of Ever-Blooming Garden Roses, featuring a photograph of Admiral Dewey, 1900 · Letter (typed and signed) from George Dewey, Navy Department, to Myles Myers, Brooklyn, NY, 15 January 1904, regarding the unmarked grave of Captain Samuel C. Reid · Miscellaneous clippings on George Dewey, 1899-1940 · Letter from George Dewey to General Benjamin K. Roberts, 13 April 1910 · William Arba Ellis’s correspondence and notes file on George Dewey as he prepared biographical sketched of Norwich University alumni for his published history of the school, ca. 1911 · Obituary clippings for George Dewey, 16 January 1917 · Letter from Mildred M. Dewey to Norwich president Ira L. Reeves, 27 February 1917 · Norwich University Record (alumni publication) with article on “The Life of Admiral Dewey,” November 1937
· Materials used to write the above Record article, 1937 · Vermont Historical Society pamphlet on Admiral George Dewey’s victory, 1948 · Sigma Alpha Epsilon membership card presented posthumously to Admiral Dewey, 12 April 1958 · “Admiral Dewey: Advertising Cards and some Related Pieces,” article by William S. Dewey in the March 1986 issue of The Numismatist · Speech on the Battle of Manila Bay, no author and no date · Scrapbook pertaining to the Battle of Manila Bay and the Spanish-American War (1 volume), 1898-1901 · “U.S.S. Olympia: Dewey’s Flag Ship” photograph, ca. 1900-1910 (OSDB7.7) Papers, Journal and Account Book of Mildred McLean Dewey, 1901-1924 · Correspondence of Mrs. George Dewey, 1901-1916 · Daily Reminder (journal), infrequently kept, 1909-1912 · American Security and Trust Company bank account book, 1909-1917 · Correspondence of Mrs. Dewey, primarily letters of condolence, January-February 1917 (10 files) · Correspondence of Mrs. George Dewey, 1920-1924 (3 files)
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