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Bronson P. Vosbury Papers, 1917-1920

Manuscript Collection #698

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Title: Bronson P. Vosbury Papers
Creator: Vosbury, Bronson P.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1917-1920) including correspondence, letters, contracts, comments on activities of war, etc.
Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 16 items , consisting of correspondence.

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Accessions Information

May 22, 1995, 16 items; Letters (1917-1919) from U.S. Naval Academy midshipman and officer aboard USS CRAVEN. Gift courtesy of Friends of the ECU Library.

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

Bronson P. Vosbury Papers (#698), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Friends of ECU Library

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Bronson P. Vosbury (1895-1963) was born in New York, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1918, served aboard the USS CRAVEN, and retired with the rank of commander in 1939.

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Correspondence in this collection consists of letters (1917-1920) from Vosbury to his girlfriend who later became his wife. While at the Naval Academy, routines, procedures, and liberty are discussed, as are general and signal drills (1918). Commentaries concern shot-range ("spotting") practice, a destructive gale at sea, refueling problems due to ship damage, and training and equipment aboard ship. Mention is also made of ship movement censorship, the Navy's adoption of standardized time for ships, government contracts for steam-powered turbines on destroyers, fleet transport of President Woodrow Wilson and comments on his activities during the war, and the renaming of a German ship to the POCAHANTAS.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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