The collection is comprised of a small amount of correspondence, memorabilia, printed materials, photographs, and a map. Two particularly interesting war-time letters include a request by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and President Roosevelt's secretary, General Edwin Watson, to provide lodgings for Walker and his wife at the White House when they visit to speak to the President about activities in the Mediterranean Sea (August 27, 1943). Numerous communiqus concern the details of the crash of seaplane George I during "Operation High Jump" including the rescue and treatment of survivors and burial of the dead (December 30-31, January 11-12, 1947). Other correspondence (March 6, 1948) describes the sinking of the
MAYRANT after the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests, attached to a letter by Roosevelt, Jr., to Walker (July 16, 1948).
Memorabilia pertains to numerous U.S. naval vessels including programs for "Mess Night" on board USS
FLORIDA (July-September 1926) and an issue of the ship's newsletter
The Gator (July 31, 1926); launching and commissioning programs for the battleship USS
MISSOURI (BB-63, January and June 1944); and a program and book forthe christening of the attack aircraft carrier USS
FORRESTAL (CVA-59) that details the ship's construction and includes historical background on aircraft carriers (December 11, 1954). Miscellaneous programs concern various Navy functions and dinners.
Printed materials include
Regulations of the U.S. Naval Academy (1923); two issues of
Pearl Harbor Weekly containing articles on the history of Hawaii and Pearl Harbor, agricultural products such as pineapple and sugar cane, and sites around Honolulu, (March 31, 1928 and June 7, 1929);
The Base Newspaper of the U.S. Submarine Base in New London, CT (August 22, 1931); an air raid manual (December 1941) and emergency preparedness materials; and newspaper clippings concerning the rescue of a sailor by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. (1943).
Numerous photographs are included, mostly pertaining to "Operation High Jump" and include images of the Antarctic landscape and icebergs; the destroyer USS
BROWNSON (DD-808), the oiler USS
CANISTEO (AO-99); and seaplane tender USS
PINE ISLAND (AV-12); Navy seaplanes and early helicopters operating in the unusual conditions of the Antarctic; and the crash site of seaplane George I. Also included is a photograph of the officers and crew of the
Oversized materials are World War II-related items and include a newspaper page concerning the Battle of the Atlantic (June 11, 1943); an issue of
The Key, the newspaper of the naval training school at Indiana University (August 10, 1943); and the
Times of Malta (August 20, 1943). Other oversized publications include
Production for Victory (December 2, 1943) and the
Ford Reporter (August 1, 1944) that contain articles on Walker; and a Pan American Airways System map that depicts flight routes, proposed routes, and routes that are suspended because of the war (1940).