John Clayton Taylor Papers, 1907-1921

Manuscript Collection #442

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: John Clayton Taylor Papers
    Creator: Taylor, John Clayton, 1888-1921
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1907-1921) including correspondence, post cards, photography, a diary, a newspaper, and miscellaneous.
    Extent: 0.65 Cubic feet, 170 items , consisting of correspondence, post cards, photographs, a diary, a newspaper, and miscellany.
  • Description
     

    The papers consist chiefly of correspondence from John C. Taylor to his sister, Alya Ray Taylor, and his parents. The correspondence, mainly personal, reveals the close relationship between Taylor and his sister. The letters include advice on family matters, colleges, books, and life in general. Correspondence from the secretary of the navy and other officials (1921) expresses concern about Taylor's death.

    The most important part of the collection- correspondence, photographs, post cards, and a diary- reflect Taylor's service aboard the PLATTSBURG and his sightseeing activities in Europe and America. Correspondence pertains to the Isle of Wight (Jan., 1918), Liverpool (July, 1918), London (July, 1918) and Chester (Aug., 1918), England; Brest (Oct., 1918), Morlaix (Oct., 1918), Paris (Dec., 1918), Château-Thierry (Dec., 1918), and Versailles (Dec., 1918), France; Dublin, Ireland (May., 1919); Glasgow, Scotland (May, 1919); Ostend, Dixmude, Brussels, and Antwerp, Belgium (Aug., 1919); Cologne and Coblenz, Germany (Aug., 1919); New York City (1918-1919); and Parris Island, S.C. (Oct., 1919).

    An album of photographs and post cards ([1918?]-1919) contains views of the PLATTSBURG, its medical officers and corps, and activities aboard ship, including "mass court," a boxing match, a Catholic worship service, and the loading of wounded men; USS IMPERATOR; USS LEVIATHAN; New York City, including USS RECRUIT, a wooden ship used for recruiting; Liverpool; Chester; Glasgow; HMS VICTORY; Edinburgh; Southampton; Cork, Ireland, including Blarney Castle; London; Ostend; Dixmude; Ypres; Brussels; Waterloo; Antwerp; German prisoners performing salvage work in Belgium; Cologne; Brest; Morlaix; Château-Thierry; German ships; and a U.S. Navy N.C. 4 Skydroplane.

    Loose photographs depict, in addition to some of the subjects listed above, the trenches at Argonne, Dead Man's Hill at Verdun, an early motorcycle, and members of the Taylor family. An oversized photograph shows the officer's court at an unidentified tent camp.

    Loose post cards in the collection show views of Camp Jackson, Columbia, S.C.; USS MONTPELIER; and sites in France, as well as other subjects already noted.

    Taylor's diary (1919) contains brief entries pertaining to the movements and activities of the PLATTSBURG and its crew.

    Miscellany in the collection includes an essay on why Pitt County, N.C., should have a hospital (1918) and a copy of the Buies Creek Academy Little River Record (January, 1908).

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    John Clayton Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Taylor of Greenville, N.C., was born on September 20, 1888. He attended Buies Creek Academy, Atlantic Christian College, and the Medical College of Virginia at Richmond. He completed internship at the Virginia Home for Incurables and in 1917 joined the U.S. Navy with the rank of assistant surgeon. During World War I, Taylor served aboard USS PLATTSBURG, a hospital ship that made eleven trips from Europe to the United States. Taylor remained in the Navy until January 30, 1921, when he was accidentally shot and killed by a sentry at the East Camp on the naval base at Norfolk, Virginia. He was buried at the family cemetery between Greenville and Bethel, N.C.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    March 22, 1982, 126 items; Papers (1907-1921) of U.S. Navy physician, including correspondence, photographs, a diary, and miscellaneous. Gift of Miss Alya Ray Taylor, Greenville, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Miss Alya Ray Taylor

    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

    John Clayton Taylor Papers (#442), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by K. Elmore, June 1982

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

  • Photographs, post cards, photocopies,1919
     
    P-442/40, 108-109, 111 P-442/186, 188-190, 192-195, 197 P-442/204, 206-210, 212-214, 219
    PC-442/42-68, 70, 74, 77-78, 81 PC-442/83-84, 93, 100-106
    P-442/69, 71-73, 75-76, 79-80, 82, 85-92 P-442/94-99, 107, 110, 113-114, 116-119, P-442/121, 123-125, 127-133, 135-137 P-442/139, 146, 150
    P-442/151-152, 154-164, 176-177, 181, 191 P-442/199-203, 205, 220-221, 227, P-442/232-234, 238
    PC-442/115, 120, 122, 126, 134, 138 PC-442/140-141, 143-145, 147-149, 153, PC-442/165-175, 178-180, 182-185 PC-442/196, 198, 255-258, 261, 264
    P-442/215-218, 229-230, 240-242, P-442/9-11, 15
    P-442/222-226, 228, 231, 235-237, 239 P-442/243-254, 259-260, 262-263
    Photocopies
Newspaper, oversize photograph

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Container List

  • Photographs, post cards, photocopies,1919
     
    P-442/40, 108-109, 111 P-442/186, 188-190, 192-195, 197 P-442/204, 206-210, 212-214, 219
    PC-442/42-68, 70, 74, 77-78, 81 PC-442/83-84, 93, 100-106
    P-442/69, 71-73, 75-76, 79-80, 82, 85-92 P-442/94-99, 107, 110, 113-114, 116-119, P-442/121, 123-125, 127-133, 135-137 P-442/139, 146, 150
    P-442/151-152, 154-164, 176-177, 181, 191 P-442/199-203, 205, 220-221, 227, P-442/232-234, 238
    PC-442/115, 120, 122, 126, 134, 138 PC-442/140-141, 143-145, 147-149, 153, PC-442/165-175, 178-180, 182-185 PC-442/196, 198, 255-258, 261, 264
    P-442/215-218, 229-230, 240-242, P-442/9-11, 15
    P-442/222-226, 228, 231, 235-237, 239 P-442/243-254, 259-260, 262-263
    Photocopies
Newspaper, oversize photograph


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