This collection contains a couple of letters from Harold Stacey Burdick and his father Daniel P. Burdick as well as news articles, a log journal, invitation cards, booklets and a photo album that contains pictures and letters between Daniel Burdick and various associations and societies. This collection is organized into two boxes by date and material.
The letters from Harold Burdick to his father contain thoughts about the news on the Border War and the occupation of Tampico. With the collection of letters, there are news articles titled
The Mexican News and Tampico Tamale Vol. 1, no. 1 -17. These news articles discuss the progress of the occupation of Tampico and the Border War, and list the dead and wounded. These reports date between April 27, 1914 and May 20, 1914. There is also one piece of naval humor news dated May 13, 1914. This piece of news gives directions on how to recover a lost torpedo.
In addition to the letters and news articles, there are pictures, a booklet and cards related to the Navy and Harold S. Burdick. The booklet is titled
Annapolis… and the Naval Academy, written by The Albertype Company from Brooklyn, NY in 1909 and published by Geo. W. Jones from Annapolis, MD. This booklet contains pictures of Annapolis and the Naval Academy with captions underneath each photo. Two of the pictures in the collection are portraits of Harold S. Burdick in his naval uniform taken in 1905. The other two pictures are from an article. The first picture is titled “The Royal Visitor Taking the Salute at his Review with Secretary Daniels, of the Midshipmen at Annapolis.” The royal visitor was Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, and is dated November 1919. The second picture can be found on the back of the previous picture and is titled “The Sultan of Turkey takes Part in a Demonstration in Constantinople against the Partition of the Ottoman Empire by the Allies.” The Sultan of Turkey at the time was Mehmed VI. The cards in the collection are Christmas cards. One of the Christmas cards dates to 1917 from the U.S. Receiving ship in New Orleans, Louisiana. Inside the card is a menu. The other Christmas card is a greeting from the Class of 1909 United States Naval Academy.
Along with the pictures, letters, and news articles, there is a log journal that was Harold’s which he wrote in while on the
Jouett. Harold describes his account of the Border War and the occupation of Tampico and the comings and goings of ships and refugees. The log starts in Pensacola, Florida, on April 20, 1914, and ends on June 12, 1914, in Norfolk, Virginia. The only other areas visited beside Pensacola and Norfolk are Tampico, Vera Cruz, and Lobos Island.
The photo album in the collection has various types of documents from pictures to letters. The pictures that can be identified or have captions are of Harold S. Burdick. These pictures date between 1892 and 1918. The other pictures that have captions are of U.S. naval boats, a naval station, and the U.S. Naval Academy. The U.S. Naval boats that are photographed are the USS
Rhode Island (1910), the USS
Holland, and the USS
Chesapeake. The Naval station depicted is the Naval Station in New Orleans dated 1918. The Naval Academy photograph is dated 1922 and the Academy graduating class is from 1920. There are other pictures with no identifying markers of Navy men, Brown University’s Memorial Gate, Harold S. Burdick’s grave, Hope High School’s track team, Beta Theta Pi, and family. The letters attached in the photo album are correspondence between Daniel P. Burdick and various associations and societies about the death of his son and the memorialization of him and the other men who died in WWI. The associations and societies that he corresponded with are Columbia Alumni Louvain Committee, Brown University, Columbia University, the International Committee of Young Men’s Christian Associations, George Washington Memorial Association, the Navy and the Army and Navy Club of America.
In addition to the pictures and letters, there are also cards, pamphlets, news clippings, and architectural drawings in the album. The cards are of USS
Rhode Island, La Porte Foy, and a Christmas greeting card from the Class of 1909 United States Naval Academy. The pamphlets collected in the photo album are from services attended by the family. The services attended were Brown University’s memorial service and the Farewell Ball held at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. The news clippings detail Brown University’s World War I memorial service, Harold’s achievement in being chosen from among eleven candidates from the First Congressional District of Rhode Island for appointment to the Naval Academy in 1905, and his graduation in 1909. The first architectural drawing is drawn to scale by Harold S. Burdick of Room 429 in Bancroft Hall on the Naval Academy campus in December of 1905. The other drawing is of the 2nd floor of a building on 56 West Avenue and was drawn by Burdick in September 1905.