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Cage 61

George Frederick Jewett

Naval History Collection, 1900-1956


 

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Mrs. George Jewett after her husband's death in 1956. It was initially processed in 1973 by Lawrence Stark; additional processing and preservation of the collection were done in 2005 by Mark Gottschalk as a graduate fellowship project funded by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation.

 

Number of Containers: 17

Linear Feet of Shelf Space: 10

Approximate Number of Items: 8000

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

 

George Frederick Jewett (1896-1956), Spokane lumber executive and former naval officer, spent approximately 35 years amassing this collection of naval literature, photographs and models. While a student at Harvard University, Jewett began acquiring photographs, mostly from commercial sources, of the ships of the world's navies. He also began collecting waterline models, primarily of German ships. When he ended his collecting effort around 1950, he had accumulated approximately 7500 photographs and 200 models. While these photographs and models date from approximately 1900-1945, the vessels and other naval subjects depicted date from the 1870s to the 1940s (roughly, the battleship period). Jewett collected photographs or models of about four-fifths of the major naval craft constructed during this era. He also collected many pictures of crews, shore installations, machinery and naval maneuvers. In addition to the materials included in this collection, the Jewetts also donated to the WSU Libraries approximately 360 books on naval history and naval affairs. These books have been removed for separate cataloging.

 

ACCESS

 

The items in this collection vary widely in physical condition, and are available for on-site research use. Reproduction is available for items in good condition on a case-by-case basis.

 

The suggested citation for the collection is:

 

[Item Description]

George Frederick Jewett Naval History Collection

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Washington State University Libraries

Pullman, WA

 

RELATED MATERIALS

 

George Frederick Jewett also donated approximately 360 books on naval history and naval affairs including partial sets of Brassy's Naval Annual (1886-1949) and Jane's Fighting Ships (1904-1955). These materials are housed in MASC, and have been designated for separate cataloging.

 

ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION

 

This collection is described in "The George F. Jewett Naval Collection," The Record (newsletter of the Friends of the Washington State University Libraries), vol. 19 (1958), pages 6-10.

 

The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Photographs; 2. Correspondence; 3. Models; and 4. Printed Materials.

 

Series 1, Photographs, consists mainly of images of ships. These include postcards and photographic prints. Subseries 1.1 consists of postcards and small format photographs. These are arranged alphabetically by the nationality of the ship, with the "minor naval powers" grouped together in a separate sequence at the beginning of the subseries. For each of the major naval powers the materials are further categorized by ship type and/or ship name. Subseries 1.2 consists of larger photographs, arranged alphabetically by nationality. Subseries 1.3 includes scrapbooks, maps, and other images.

 

Series 2, Correspondence, is in Jewett's original arrangement.

 

Series 3, Models, is arranged by nationality.

 

Series 4, Printed Material, retains its original arrangement.

 

The definitions used for types of ship are roughly those used in the individual navies and vary somewhat from nation to nation.

 

CONTAINER LIST

Box Folder  Description

Series 1: Photographs

Subseries 1.1: Postcards and Small Photographic Prints

Minor Naval Powers
1
1  
Argentina
2 Brazil
3  Chile
4  China
5  Denmark
6  Egypt
7  Greece
8  Mexico
9 Monaco
10  Netherlands
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Spain
14 Sweden
15 Turkey
16 Yugoslavia
Major Naval Powers
17-19  Austria-Hungary
France
Battleships
18 A-B
19 C
20  D-F
21 G-I
22 J-L
23 M
24 P-R
25 S-V
Cruisers
26 A-B
27 D-E
28 F-I
29 J-K
30 L-M
31 P-W
32  Avisos
Destroyers
33 A-B
34 C-D
35 E-F
36  G-L
37 M-R
38 S-Y
39  Torpedo Boats
Submarines
40 A-B
41 C-F
42 G-M
43 N-S
44 T-Z
2 45   Aircraft Carriers
Miscellaneous Ships (Minelayers, tugs, gunboats, etc.)
46 A-B
47 C-E
48 F-L
49  M-R
50  T-Y
51  Sailing Ships, Steam-sail ships
52-53  Action, composite images, crews, shores, etc.
Germany
Battleships, Battle Cruisers and other heavy Cruisers
54 A-B
55 D-F
56 G-H
57 K-L
58 M-O
59 P-R
60 S-T
61 W-Y
Cruisers (medium and small)
62  A-C
63 D-F
64  G-K
65  L-N
66 P-S
67 T-Z
68-75 Torpedo Boats and Destroyers
76-78  Submarines
3 79 Miscellaneous Ships
80-85 Action, shore installations etc.
86 Sailing Ships, Steam-sail
87 Liners, merchantmen[Note: more German images are included in Box 13]
Italy
Armored Ships
88  A-C
89  D-E
90 F-I
91 N-R
92 S-V
93  Cruisers
Torpedo Boats and Destroyers
94 A-B
95  C-D
96  F-I
97 L-N
98 O-R
99 S-Z
100 Submarines
101  Miscellaneous Ships, including Sailing
102  Action, composite images
Japan
103 A-I
104  K-Y
Russia
105  A
106 B-C
107 D-E
108 G
109 I-L
110  N-O
111 P
112 R-S
113 T-Y
114  Miscellaneous, unidentified, composite images
United Kingdom
Battleships, Battle Cruisers
4 115 A-B
116 D
117 E-H
118 I-L
119 M-N
120 O-Q
121 R
122  S-T
123 V-Z
Cruisers
124 A
125 B
126 C
127 D
128 E-F
129 G-H
130 J-K
131 L-M
132 N-P
133  Q-S
134 T-Z
135 Miscellaneous
Destroyer-type craft
136 A
137 B
138 C
139 D-E
140 F
141 G
142 H
5 143 I-K
144 L
145 M
146 N
147 O
148 P
149 R
150 S
151 T
152 U
153 V
154 W
155 Y-Z
156 Composite images
157-159 Torpedo Boats
Monitors
160 A-Z
161   Numbered Monitors
Aircraft Carriers and Seaplane Tenders
162 Aircraft Carriers
163 Seaplane Tenders
Submarines
164  A and B class
165 C class
166 D and E class
167 H class
168 J and K class
169 L class
6 170 M, R, and U class
171 Miscellaneous (including Australian)
172   Liners, Merchant Craft
173 Sloops and Yachts
174  Oilers, Tankers, Colliers
175  Troop Ships
Miscellaneous
176  A-C
177  D-G
178 H-K
179 L-O
180 P-R
181 S-T
182  U-Z
183 Unnamed Sailing Ships, Steam-sail
184  A-C
185 D-F
186 H-L
187 M-O
188 P-S
189  T-Z
190 Composite images
191-196 Action, composite images, crews, shore
United States Battleships, Battle Cruisers
197 A
198 B
199 C
200  G-I
201 K-L
202 M
203 N
204 O
205 P-S
7 206 T-V
207 W
Cruisers
208  A-B
209 C-D
210 F-H
211 I-M
212 N-O
213 P-R
214 S
215 T-W
Destroyers
216  A-B
217 C
218 D-E
219 F-G
220 H-I
221 J-K
222 L
223 M-O
224 P
225 R
226 S
227 T-Z
228 Miscellaneous
229  Torpedo Boats
230  Monitors
231 Carriers and Seaplane Tenders
Submarines
232 A-Z
233 Miscellaneous
234 Submarines
235 Sloops and Yachts
236  Miscellaneous and unidentified Supply Ships, Colliers, etc.
237 Transports
8 238 Miscellaneous Mineships, Land Craft, Gunboats
239  Sailing Ships, Steam-sail
240  Action, Composite images
241  Rams

Subseries 1.2: Large Photographs

9  1 China
2 Spain
3 Turkey
4 Austria-Hungary
5 France, Cruisers
6 France, Torpedo Boats
7 France, Submarines
8 France, Miscellaneous Ships
9-10  France, Action (I)
11 France, Action, crews
12 France, Battleships
13 France, Cruisers
14  France, Avisos and related craft, torpedo Avisos
10 15 Germany, Linienschiffen, Top Battleships
16 Germany, Panzerkreuter "Armed Cruisers" (smaller battleships)
17  Germany, Cruisers
18  Germany, Torpedo Boats and Destroyers
19 Germany, Miscellaneous
11 20 Italy
21 Japan
22  Russia
12 23 United Kingdom, Older craft
24 United Kingdom, Composites
25 United States, Battleships and Battle Cruisers
26 United States, Cruisers
27-28 United States, Destroyers (I)
29 United States, Carriers and Seaplane Tenders
30 United States, Submarines
31 United States, Merchant Craft
32 United States, Sloops, Yachts, Gunboats
33 United States, Supply Ships
34 United States, Transports
35 United States, Miscellaneous Mineships, Land Craft, Gunboats
36-37 United States, Action, Composite images
38  United States, Unidentified
Box  Folder Description

Subseries 1.3: Maps, Scrapbooks, Other Images

13 1 Scrapbook: Erinneungenaus Deutschlands grosser Zeit (Reminiscences of Germany's greater days); scrapbook of photographs of German Navy during the First World War, undated
2-3 Maps
World Map, 1943
Germany and its approaches, 1944
The Philippines, 1945
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1944
Japan and Adjacent Regions of Asia and the Pacific Ocean, 1944
Philippine Islands Pocket Map, undated
4-6  U.S. Army-Navy Journal of Recognition; includes photographs of Naval and air craft, military vehicles and similar subjects. 10 issues, September 1943-August 1944 [Note: duplicate issues removed for separate cataloging in 2005]

Series 2: Correspondence

7 Correspondence and accompanying material, 1916-1925
8 Correspondence with Washington State University (George and Mary Jewett, Joel Ferris), 1944-1959
Box Description
Series 3: Models
14 Germany, heavier ship models
15 Germany, heavier ship models
Germany, lighter ship models
16 United Kingdom, models
France, United States, and unidentified ship models
Box Folder Description

Series 4: Printed Material and Related Documentation

17 1-2  Correspondence and related documentation, Maxwell Air University, Alabama, 1956
3 Maxwell Air University Pamphlets
Guide to Air University 1955-1956
Air War College Manual, Eleventh Edition, 1955
Air University Tenth Anniversary, 1956
4 Air War College Study on the Size and Composition of the AWC Class, 1956
5 Outline of Organization and Mission of Air University, undated
Air University, Quarterly Program Summary, 1956
6 United States Air Force Basic Doctrine, 1955
Information for the Board of Visitors, Twelfth meeting, 1956
Twelfth Report of the Board of Visitors, 1956
7 Air War College Instructional Circulars
Study 56-1, Fundamentals, 1955
Study 56-2, Elements of Power, 1955
8 Study 56-3, Current World Conflict, 1955
9 Study 56-4, Military Tasks and Management of Resources, 1955
Study 56-5, Home Defense, 1956
10 Study 56-6, The National Weapons System in the Attack, 1956
Study 56-7, The Weapons System in Defense, 1956
11 Study 56-8, The Continuing Conflict, 1956
Study 56-9, Major Factors Affecting Future National Security
Study 56-10, Thesis Program
12 The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, Fahey's Second War Edition, 1944
Pamphlets
Students of Liberty, Leonard E. Read, 1950
Some Facts About The Foundation for Economic Education, 1950
Theology of Freedom, Edward A. Opitz, undated
Christianity and Free Enterprise, Dr. J.D. Bales, undated
13 Navy Song Book, 1919