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(Manuscript Collection #359)

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Title: Jack Maginnis Papers
Creator: Maginnis, Jack, 1904-1977
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1801-1803, 1927-1959, 1977) consisting of correspondence, diary, logbooks, citations, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks and miscellaneous.
Extent: 1.99 Cubic feet, 622 items, 4 volumes, consisting of correspondence, diary, logbooks, citations, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

April 3, 1978, ca. 300 items; Papers (1927-1956) of U.S. Navy officer, including correspondence, reports, orders, citations, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, and miscellaneous

September 28, 1982, ca. 250 items; Papers (1800-1803, 1931, 1941-1955), including correspondence, a diary, reports, photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. Jack Maginnis, Alexandria, Virginia

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Jack Maginnis Papers (#359), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Jack Maginnis

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lawson; Jack Holland, February 1990

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Capt. Jack Maginnis (1904-1977) was a 1927 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a meteorologist. During his thirty-one-year naval career Maginnis served aboard the USS CONSTITUTION, USS PARROTT, USS BLACK, USS IRWIN, and commanded the USS MINNEAPOLIS and USS SALEM. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict, during which he was the ranking U.S. naval officer wounded.

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Correspondence (1932-1955) reflects events spanning much of Maginnis's career as a naval officer.

Two early letters (1932) from American Consulate General Willys R. Peck evaluate Japanese military activity in the Chinese cities of Pukow, Hsiakuan, and Nanking. Two letters (1941) concern the transmission, reproduction, and related matters of codes and ciphers between the U.S. and Britain. A related report in the miscellaneous file consists of notes of a secret meeting held at Victory House (July 1941) concerning meteorological work with British authorities with whom Maginnis worked, the need for enciphering wireless weather transmissions to England, and other issues related to the development of a code. The bulk of the remaining correspondence deals with the bombardment of the USS IRWIN and subsequent wounding of Maginnis by North Korean forces near Songjin, Korea (1953). A final letter (1955) pertains to the visit of the USS SALEM to Dubrovik and comments on the character of the communist press.

Of particular interest are two diaries. A diary maintained by Maginnis (Jan.-July, 1941) describes his trip to London and the day-to-day progress of the war in London while he was stationed at the U.S. Embassy there. The other diary (Jan.-Feb., 1955) pertains to his command of the cruiser USS SALEM and reflects routine ship exercise and training drills in the Mediterranean. A flight log maintained by Maginnis documents his brief career as an aerological officer. The log lists his flights, flight hours, type of aircraft, and reason for missions.

Also included are items from London (1941) including a passenger list from the SS SIBONEY, a driver's license, ration book, and various British military club invitations. Notes on China (1945) describe the USS MINNEAPOLIS' s diplomatic efforts at Chefoo, Weihawei, Liukung Tao Island, Chinwangtao, and Peitaiho. These Chinese areas were occupied by the Japanese until U.S. forces helped to liberate them. Clippings (1953) from two issues of the "The Mighty Eye," newsletter of the USS IRWIN, describe the North Korean attack on the IRWIN during which Maginnis received wounds.

Photographs pertain primarily to the USS MINNEAPOLIS (1942-1944, undated) and the USS SALEM (1955). Included in the MINNEAPOLIS folder are prints of soldiers injured at Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, being transferred to the USS MINNEAPOLIS (1942), members of a ship party inspecting the ruins of Kwajalein Island (1944), and a series of prints concerning the naval bombardment of Satawan Island (1944). A second folder of MINNEAPOLIS prints concerns war damage sustained by the ship (1943). The SALEM photographs reflect the flagship's wardroom festivities as well as documenting the crew's activities. Other MINNEAPOLIS material consists of a scrapbook (undated) outlining the pictorial history of the ship. Also of interest are a series of photographs (1951, undated) reflecting the logging of mahogany trees in Liberia, Africa.

Miscellaneous items include a muster roll of the USS BLACK (1943), news releases relating the wartime histories of the USS MINNESOTA (1945) and USS SALEM, and a history of the USS WINSTON.

Items totally unrelated to Captain Maginnis include an allotment form (1801) and a commissary list (1802-1803) for the USS CONSTITUTION ("Old Ironsides").

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The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

    • Burke, Arleigh [Albert] 1955
    • Gates, Thomas S., Jr. 1957
    • Lodge, John [Davis] (2) 1955-1957
    • Peck, Willys R[uggles] (2) 1932

Subject Entries :

    • AFRICA— LIBERIA— Lumber Trade— 1951
    • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade— Liberia— 1951
    • CHINA— 1932
    • INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS— Communism— Yugoslavia— 1955
    • JAPAN— 1932
    • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Aviation— 1927-1929
    • U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS BLACK U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS CONSTITUTION U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS IRWIN U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS MINNEAPOLIS U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS SALEM U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS WINSTON WAR— KOREAN— Battles— 1953
    • WAR— WORLD WAR II— Battles— Guadalcanal, 1942
    • WAR— WORLD WAR II— Battles— Kwajalein Island, 1944
    • WAR— WORLD WAR II— Battles— Satawan Island, 1944
    • WAR— WORLD WAR II— China— 1945
    • WAR— WORLD WAR II— Cryptography
    • WAR— WORLD WAR II— Great Britain— 1941

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURE— Churches
Description: Oriental temple
Call Number: p-359/480(118)
Date: 1940s

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Skidding logs to landing, Liberia Mining Co.
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/257(1225)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Small tug moving logs
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/261(1223)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Checking mature trees
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/263(1226), 420(103)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Port scene, preparing to load ship
Location: Liberia— Monrovia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/264(1227), 265(1228), 418(102)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Sawmill worker
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/266(1229)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Cutting tree lengths into logs
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/267(1230)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Setting, loading logs
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/404(95), 405(96), 406(97), 407(98), 509(99), 410(100), 411(101)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Piling for seasoning
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/426(106)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Putting logs into river
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/428(108)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Cutting trees with axes
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/431(110)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Mill production techniques
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/422(104)

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Lumber Trade
Description: Surveying for road
Location: Liberia
Date: 1951
Call Number: p-359/423(105)

CALIFORNIA— Coastline
Description: Aerial view of bay
Location: California
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/96(59), 97(60)

COMMUNICATION— Languages and Language
Description: Oriental man brush painting
Location: Japan
Date: 1945
Call Number: p-359/479(117)

ENGLAND— Navy— Ships and Shipping
Description: British frigate pulls away after refueling
Location: At sea
Date: 1950s
Call Number: p-359/216(119)

MAGINNIS, JACK— Navy— Personnel
Description: Portrait
Call Number: p-359/477(115), 470(113)

MINNESOTA— Dams
Description: Dams and locks
Location: Minnesota— Fort Bridge
Call Number: p-359/45(8)

MINNESOTA— MINNEAPOLIS
Description: Aerial views including University of Minnesota
Location: Minnesota— Minneapolis
Call Number: p-359/40(3), 41(4), 44(7)

PANAMA
Description: Gatun locks
Location: Panama Canal Zone— Gatun
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/84(47), 85(48)

PANAMA— Navy— Ships
Description: Gatun locks
Location: Panama Canal Zone— Gatun
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/279(1216)

PUERTO RICO— Coastline- -Gardens- -Public Utilities- -Building and Architecture
Description: Aerial view of harbor- -Palm Garden- -Power lines near ship- -Governor's mansion
Location: Puerto Rico
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/98(61), 99(62), 102(65), 103(66), 104(67)

ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO
Location: At sea
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/71(34)

SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS— Entertainment
Description: Costume party
Call Number: p-359/197(123)
Date: 1950s

SPORTS— Sailing
Description: Regatta of boats from the ship
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/86(49), 87(50), 92(55), 93(56)

U.S.— MILITARY— California— Coastline
Description: Aerial view of bay and ships
Location: California— San Clemente
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/94(57), 95(58)

U.S.— MILITARY— Commercial District
Description: Naval crewmembers and street scenes
Location: Puerto Rico
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/112(75), 113(76), 114(77)

U.S.— MILITARY— Lighthouses
Description: Off the coast, sailboats in view
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/58(21)

U.S.— MILITARY— Naval yards and Navy Stations
Description: Aerial view
Location: Pennsylvania— Philadelphia
Date: 1933
Call Number: p-359/47(10)

U.S.— MILITARY— Naval Yards and Navy Stations
Description: Dry dock
Call Number: p-359/80(43)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Admirals
Description: Sadler, Rear Admiral Robert J.
Call Number: p-359/56(19), 77(40), 82(45), 109(72)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Admirals
Description: Taylor, Rear Admiral Robert J.
Call Number: p-359/79(42)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Aviation
Description: Planes aboard USS MINNEAPOLIS
Location: Aboard ship
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/83(46)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Crafts— Ropework
Description: Aboard USS SALEM
Call Number: p-359/303(1213), 304(1211), 305(1212)
Date: 1950s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Diplomacy
Description: Officers aboard ship with diplomatic visitors
Location: Aboard ship
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/105(68)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Entertainment
Description: USS MINNEAPOLIS ship picnic; USS PARROTT ship party at Casanova Caberet
Location: China— Chefoo
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/72(35), 73(36), 74(37); 355(127)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Entertainment
Description: Ship's party, USS PARROTT
Location: China— Chefoo
Date: 1933
Call Number: p-359/355(127)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Inspection
Location: Aboard ship
Call Number: p-359/17(83)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Naval Bases
Description: Landing force base
Location: California— San Clemente
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/61(24), 62(25)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Naval Bases— Chamberlain Field
Location: Minnesota— Minneapolis
Call Number: p-359/42(5), 43(6)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Naval Operations
Description: Sun sight, compass check
Location: At sea
Call Number: p-359/75(38), 76(39)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Personnel
Description: Maginnis portrait
Call Number: p-359/16(82)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Personnel
Description: first CO(Commanding Officer) of USS MINNEAPOLIS Haines, Captain Gordon W.
Call Number: p-359/51(14)
Date: 1934

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Personnel
Description: CO of USS MINNEAPOLIS 12/35-6/37 Keppler, Captain C. H. J.
Call Number: p-359/53(16)
Date: 1937

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Personnel
Description: Landing force officers
Location: California— San Clemente
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/63(26)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Personnel
Description: Officers on dock; USS MINNEAPOLIS crew at mess
Call Number: p-359/89(52), 90(53)
Date: 1930s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Personnel
Description: Gunner's Mate firing salute
Call Number: p-359/312(1214)
Date: 1955

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships
Description: Landing force
Location: California— San Clemente
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/60(23)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships
Description: Aerial view of fleet
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/101(64)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships
Description: Port view of moored ship
Call Number: p-359/107(70)
Date: 1930s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships
Description: Highline between ships
Call Number: p-359/277(1218)
Date: 1950s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships
Description: Filming aboard small military skiff, GrafSpee
Call Number: p-359/330(1215)
Date: 1960s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— Presidential Review
Location: California— San Francisco
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/69(32), 70(33)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS IRWIN
Location: At sea
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/198(1210)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS MINNEAPOLIS
Description: Laying the keel; sponsor party; launching; commissioning; crew; at sea, firing guns
Location: At sea
Date: 1940s, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938
Call Number: p-359/36(84), 38(1), 39(2), 46(9), 48(11), 49(12), 54(17), 52(15), 55(18), 78(41), 100(63), 117(80), 118(81)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS MINNEAPOLIS
Description: Sailboat from
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/57(20)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS MINNEAPOLIS
Description: Change of command
Call Number: p-359/81(44)
Date: 1938

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS MINNEAPOLIS
Description: Bow view from bridge
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/91(54)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS PARROT
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/214(124)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS PARROT
Description: Crew
Location: China— Shanghai
Date: 1933
Call Number: p-359/275(1217)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS RHIN?
Description: Not the correct ship name
Location: At sea
Date: 1953
Call Number: p-359/354(126)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS SALEM
Location: At sea
Date: 1960s
Call Number: p-359/356(1206)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS SARATOGA USS CONSTITUTION
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/353(125)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— WINSTON
Location: At sea
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/215(1207)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Sports
Description: Boxing team
Location: At sea
Call Number: p-359/59(22)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Training
Description: Target practice on land
Call Number: p-359/88(51)
Date: 1930s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Training
Description: Lifeboats in water
Location: At sea
Call Number: p-359/106(69)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Training— Artillery
Description: Landing force training
Location: California— San Clemente
Date: 1938
Call Number: p-359/64(27), 65(28), 66(29), 67(30), 68(31)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Transportation
Description: Water taxies to battleships
Location: Puerto Rico
Date: 1930s
Call Number: p-359/1154(78), 116(79)

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Trophies
Description: Silver trophy with British and American flags and naval ships engraved on side
Call Number: p-359/108(71)
Date: 1930s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Sports— Boxing
Description: Boxer
Call Number: p-359/110(72)
Date: 1930s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Sports— Football
Description: USS SARATOGA team
Call Number: p-359/206(122)
Date: 1930s

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Sports— Wrestling
Description: Wrestler
Call Number: p-359/111(74)
Date: 1930s

WAR— KOREAN— Homefront
Description: Refugees
Location: Korea Number
Date: 1950s
Call Number: p-359/229(1208)

WAR— KOREAN— Navy— Diplomacy
Description: Naval officers and Korean businessman at restaurant
Location: Korea
Date: 1950s
Call Number: p-359/ 233(121)

WAR— KOREAN— Navy— Personnel
Description: Maginnis reading report
Call Number: p-359/227(120)
Date: 1950s

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Aftermath
Description: Occupation of Liberia
Location: Liberia— Monrovia
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-359/268(1232), 1269(1233)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Aftermath
Description: Occupation of Liberia
Location: Liberia— Monrovia
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-359/271(1234)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Battles— Kwajalein
Description: Ruins of Kwajalein
Location: Marshall Islands— Kwajelein Island Date: 1944
Call Number: p-359/256(1219)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Personnel
Description: Mess room
Location: New Guinea— Sasapi
Date: 1942
Call Number: p-359/357(87)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Seaplanes
Location: At sea
Call Number: p-359/472(114)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Ships
Description: Damage of bow of ship
Location: Pearl Harbor— Hawaii
Date: 1943
Call Number: p-359/258(1221), 259(1220)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Ships
Description: Skiff lowered from ship, cameras aft
Call Number: p-359/260(1222)
Date: 1943

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Ships
Description: Helicopter lifting off ship
Call Number: p-359/272(1235)
Date: 1940s

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Ships
Description: CA-36
Location: Washington— Puget Sound
Date: 1945
Call Number: p-359/273(1236)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Ships— USS MINEAPOLIS
Description: Moored at beach, cutting away damaged bow.
Location: New Guinea— Sasapi
Date: 1942
Call Number: p-359/355(85); 356(86); 358(88); /359(89); 360(90); 365(91); /366(92); 368(93)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Ships— USS MINEAPOLIS
Description: En route to Pearl Harbor
Location: At sea
Date: 1943
Call Number: p-359/373(94)

WAR— WORLD WAR II— Navy— Transportation
Description: Troop transport to carrier
Location: New Guinea?
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-359/478(116)

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