Guide to the John H. Walsh Papers 1897-1962
Cage 130

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Walsh, John H.
John H. Walsh Papers
Cage 130
Date [inclusive]
8.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
5 linear feet of shelf space. 
Manuscripts of novels, short stories, essays, poems, and the autobiography of J.H. Walsh; correspondence and miscellaneous items pertaining to business and personal affairs of J.H. Walsh; commissions, diplomas, and certificates of membership; scrapbooks, pamphlets and books. Items are handwritten, typed or printed.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 130, John H. Walsh Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

U.S. Naval Commander and author John H. Walsh (1879-1962) was born in Wisconsin. When he was a child, his family moved to Oakesdale, Washington, where he lived until 1896 when he left home to attend the new state college in Pullman, Washington (now Washington State University). He spent one year at the college, and then accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1901. He later earned an M.S. degree in Naval Construction at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1907). Walsh married Jessie McBride in 1906; they had been married for 56 years when he died in 1962.

In addition to his naval career, Walsh was the author of two published novels, Cam Clarke, set in Eastern Washington, and  Glenwood of Ship Bay, along with many articles and a syndicated newspaper column.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes several substantial manuscripts in various stages of completion, correspondence, scrapbooks, printed material, and miscellaneous personal papers.

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Arrangement note

Series 1: Manuscripts and Publications by John Walsh

Manuscripts of novels written by John H. Walsh. Included are unpublished manuscripts of McDonald Brise, Port Gangway and Starboard, The Admiral's Son, and Letters from the Seas. Also includes unpublished short stories, essays, poems, and Walsh's unpublished autobiographies, along with published articles and stories. The original arrangement of this material has generally been retained.

Series 2: Correspondence and Reports

Correspondence, reports, and related items pertaining to business and personal affairs of J.H. Walsh. The original arrangement of this material, mainly by correspondent or subject, has generally been retained.

Series 3: Miscellaneous

This series includes miscellaneous Walsh writings, personal papers, commissions, diplomas, and ephemeral items. The commissions and various other official documents include autographs of U. S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Lyndon Johnson. This series also includes scripts of KWSC radio programs describing and discussing the John H. Walsh Collection, written and narrated by Mary Avery. Where it was possible to determine a meaningful original order for materials in this series, that order has been retained; for the rest of the series, the arrangement was established during processing.

Series 4: Scrapbooks and Oversize

Scrapbooks documenting Walsh's career and accomplishments, including Walsh's published novels and syndicated newspaper column, "The Best of All Possible World's" [sic], as well as his work in naval construction and shipping. This series also includes oversize printed material.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2005
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of John H. Walsh were donated to the WSU Libraries by Mrs. John Walsh in 1961.

Processing Information note

The collection was partially processed shortly after being accessioned, and was reprocessed in 2005 by Cheryl Gunselman, manuscripts librarian.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

A collection of books, including Walsh's novels, has been separated for individual cataloging.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Walsh, John H., Mrs. WaPS
  • Walsh, John H.--Archives


  • Literature

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Manuscripts and Publications by John Walsh 

Box Folder

Letters from the Seas typescript, undated 

1 1-2

The Admiral's Son, manuscript and typescript, undated 

1 3-8

Port Gangway and Starboard, typescript, undated 

1 9-12

McDonald Brise, typescript, part one undated 

1 13-14

McDonald Brise, typescript, part two undated 

2 15-16

Stories (typescripts): Young Love,  Crow,  Three Generations,  The Elder O'Rourke undated 

2 17

Stories (typescripts): An Escape,  Between a Military Gent and the Dockmaster,  Bingle's Finish,  Double Accident,  Kittenger's Unvictorious Victory undated 

2 18

Stories (typescripts): A Dull Night,  The Youngest Red,  The Snake's Toe-Hold,  Hunters All,  Taking the Sea Mary North ca 1915 

2 19

Stories (typescripts): Two Dock-Men,  Down with the Black Gang,  Vacation in the Bolivar,  McNaught,  The Irony of It,  As Told by the Little Marine undated 

2 20

Stories (typescripts): Schlatter,  The Toe of a Boatswain's Mate,  The Loss of the Cruiser Yellowstone,  A 'Square-Head' and a King,  The Sheriff's Advice,  Clemens and Tinney,  Nature-Fakin' on Wood Mice undated 

2 21

Stories (typescripts): Crapsey the Sky-Worker (1915),  Blame-Peet and the Allowance Man (1909),  That Dog Corn-Cake,  Into a Grand Army Coat,  The Lady and the Skunk,  A Palace in Cuba (1932) 1909-1932 

2 22

Poems (manuscripts) undated 

2 23

Essays and notes (manuscripts and typescripts) ca 1900-1920 

2 24-26

Autobiography "A" undated 

2 27

Autobiography "B" Ch. I-XIX, undated 

2 28

Autobiography "B" Ch. XX-XXXV, undated 

3 29

Autobiography "B" Ch. XXXVI-LIV, undated 

3 30

Autobiography "B" Ch. LV-LXVIII, undated 

3 31

The Great Outward Thrust, (typescript) 1934 

3 32

Printed articles and stories, and review of Cam Clarke (clippings) 1909-1924 

3 33

The Pacific Monthly with Walsh's story The Helmsman November 1907 

3 34

The Pacific Monthly April 1908 

3 35

The Pacific Monthly with Walsh's story The Marriage May 1908 

3 36

Alaska-Yukon Magazine with Walsh's story Manette August 1908 

3 37

Alaska-Yukon Magazine with Walsh's story An Escape December 1908 

3 38

The Bellman with Walsh's story McNaught March 12 1910 

3 39

The Ark (2 issues) with Walsh's story Two Dock-Men, and announcement of publication of Cam Clarke June 1915 June 1916 

3 40

The Ditty Box (3 issues) with Walsh editorials and announcements 1919 

3 41

Addresses Delivered at the Dedication Exercises of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, New Orleans, Louisiana (pamphlet) May 5 1923 

3 42

Facts of Interest about the Port of New Orleans (pamphlet) 1922 

3 43

Report of the Special Navigation Committee (Port of New Orleans) 1922 

4 44

Article (reprint) by Walsh, Probable Effects on Ports of the Future Growth of Ships 1923 

4 45

New Orleans: The Nation's Second Port, the South's Greatest City (pamphlet) 1925 

4 46

Addresses about the Port of New Orleans by Walsh and R.S. Hecht (pamphlets) 1925 

4 47

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Series 2: Correspondence and Reports 

Box Folder

Walsh's obituary from Shipmate with attached note to the editor from Jessie Walsh; other obituaries; 1962 

4 48

Miscellaneous Walsh family correspondence, including M.M. Walsh (John Walsh's father) and others 1884-1897 

4 49

Miscellaneous Walsh correspondence 1897-1971 

4 50

Correspondence about Cam Clarke, Glenwood of Ship Bay, and  Port Gangway and Starboard, and accompanying material including partial drafts 1913-1925 

4 51-52

Correspondence and reports, Car Ferries, (related to proposed car ferry service to Gulf of Mexico ports); 1929-1932 undated 

4 53-57

Correspondence and related documentation, Dauphine Island etc. (mainly about proposed Dauphin Island Bridge near Mobile, AL) 1952-1954 

4 58

Correspondence, Hazelett & Erdal (about proposed Causeway Project) 1954 

4 59

Correspondence and contract information, Louisiana Shipyards (C.A.D. Bayley) 1937-1941 

5 60-61

Correspondence and supporting documentation, Louisiana Shipyards 1940-1941 

5 62-64

Correspondence about old manuscripts (includes acceptance and rejection notices) 1909-1919 

5 65-66

Correspondence, Rationing 1943-1945 

5 67

Correspondence, Admiral Sims 1919 

5 68

Correspondence, White House 1926-1928 

5 69

Correspondence, Standard Fruit and Steamship Company 1926-1928 

5 70

Correspondence, Syndicates (newspapers) 1931-1932 

5 71-72

Correspondence and supporting documentation, Tropical Oil Products Co. and M.H. Casey 1930-1936 

5 73-74

Correspondence and supporting documentation, United States Shipping Board 1925-1926 

6 75-76

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Series 3: Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Miscellaneous: Walsh's Corollary (a theory of the stock market) 1940 

6 77

Miscellaneous: Naval orders and other documents related to Walsh's Naval career 1901-1950 

6 78

Miscellaneous: KWSC radio program scripts about the Walsh papers, written by Mary Avery 1960 

6 79

Miscellaneous: The Snow-Fay's Gift (a legend of Lapwai, ID), typescript undated 

6 80

Walsh's report card, WSU 1897 

6 81

Photographs: United States Naval Academy Class of 1901; portrait of Walsh; Brigham Young's residence; 1901 1920 undated 

6 82

Miscellaneous items: poll tax receipts and Prohibition flyer; 1926-1959 undated 

6 83

Miscellaneous: Notes on Plotting undated 

6 84

Miscellaneous: The Scabbard and Blade (vol. 5, nos. 3 and 4) May 1921 

6 85

Diplomas, commissions, certificates of membership 1901-1925 

6 86

Miscellaneous: U.S. Naval Academy reunion; miscellaneous WSU items 1961 

6 87

Songs of the Sulu Sea by David Potter (typescript, inscribed by author) 1918 

6 88

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Series 4: Scrapbooks and Oversize 

Box Folder

Scrapbook containing clippings of Walsh's syndicated newspaper column, The Best of All Possible World's [sic] 1931 

7 89

Scrapbook of clippings and articles about Walsh's life and literary career, including his novel Cam Clarke 1916-1955 

7 90

Scrapbook of clippings about Walsh's career in naval construction and shipping 1921-1926 

8 91

Printed articles and stories 1910-1924 

8 92

Dauphin Island items, including The Dixie Guide, with article The Causeway to Treasure Island 1954 

8 93

Newspapers 1897-1939 


Oakesdale Sun 16 July 1897 


Oakesdale Sun 3 August 1900 


Oakesdale Tidings 3 October 1901 


Spokesman-Review 14 May 1897 


The Oakesdale Tribune 16 June 1939 


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