Omar Christian Keller Papers

1935–1983
Manuscript Collection #534
Creator(s)
Keller, Omar Christian
Physical description
0.495 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Omar Christian Keller Papers (#534), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers (1935-1983) of members of USNA class of 1941, including copies of The Log, certificates, itineraries, pamphlets, a pass book, photographs, and other materials.


Biographical/historical information

Omar Christian Keller was born in Arlington, NE (9 October 1917), enlisted in the Navy as a non-commissioned officer (January 1935), went to the Navy Prep School (1936), and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA, 1937). Keller resigned from the Academy (1939), re-enlisted in the Navy (1941), was transferred to the Navy Fleet Reserve (1956), and retired in 1973. Keller also served on Boy Scout committees and alumni association boards.


Scope and arrangement

A small amount of correspondence concerns Keller's appointment to the Academy (22 December 1937). Other records include a continuous service booklet (1935–1948) that chronicles Keller's movements within the Navy, a battalion financial passbook (1937–1939), official documents, and military and civilian certificates.

The collection is primarily comprised of memorabilia pertaining to a USNA midshipman's cruise to Europe (1938), including pamphlets, publications, and post cards related to sights in Denmark, England, and France. Also included are issues of the USNA publications, The Log (Vol. 28, nos. 1–26; 14 October 1938–26 May 1939) and the Plebe Log (30 September 1938), and three photographs of the Blue and Gold class reunion in 1983.

For more information see Omar Christian Keller Oral History Interview (#OH0114), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


Administrative information
Custodial History

July 16, 1987, 66 items; Papers (1935-1983) of member of USNA Class of 1941, including copies of The Log, certificates, itineraries, pamphlets, a pass book, photographs, and other materials. Donor: Mr. Omar C. Keller, Fairfield Bay, AK.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Omar C. Keller, Fairfield Bay, AK.

Processing information

Processed by S. Gibbons, November 1992. Edited by Ann Merriman, November 1999.

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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


Related material

Omar Christian Keller Oral History Interview (#OH0114), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


Key terms
Personal Names
Keller, Omar Christian, 1917-2000
Corporate Names
United States Naval Academy--Alumni and alumnae
Topical
Midshipmen--Periodicals

Container list
Box 1 Correspondence; Service Records; Cruise Information; Memorabilia; Photographs; A Few Impressions of France (Published by "L'ATLANTIQUE," Journal of the French Line)
Box 2 The Log (Vol. 28, nos. 1–26; 14 October 1938–26 May 1939)