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Collection TitleCL 158 Chauncey Lawrence PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Fred Lawrence in 2016. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Korean War, 1950-1953; United States. Navy; World War, 1914-1918 
Historical:Chauncey Lawrence (1888-1951) was born in Elmira, New York.  He joined the Navy in 1905 and sailed around the world with the Great White Fleet before being discharged in 1909.  He reenlisted to serve during World War I.  He attempted to serve during World War II, but was rejected due to his age.  He joined the Naval Reserves in 1947 and was called up to serve in the Korean War.  He died of a heart attack while on active duty. 
Scope:The Chauncey Lawrence Papers contain Lawrence's postcard album of the voyage of the Great White Fleet, 1907-9; papers and photo album from World War I, 1917-1919; Korean War correspondence, 1950-1951; and miscellaneous papers and photographs from his life, 1888-1952.
Notes:Box 02 is shared with CL 159 - Lillian Bystrom Scrapbook Collection. 
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1888-1953
AbstractThis collection contains Chauncey Lawrence's scrapbooks, correspondence and photographs related to his service in the Navy from 1905 to 1951.

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Manuscript - Detailed History of the U.S.S. Wallace L. Lind (DD-703), 1949-1951. (2 volumes)Manuscript010518
Plan of the Day aboard the U.S.S. Lind (DD-703): February 27; April 8; May 4, 5, 12, 13, 21, 28 & 29, 1951. Documents010518
This folder contains the following photographs from the Korean War, 1950-1951: Chauncey Lawrence; crew of the U.S.S. Lind (DD-703); unidentified U.S. Navy vessels in a blockade around North Korea; PO Club at the U.S. Naval base at Yoksuka; Takeshima Hotel in Gamagori, Japan; Korean refugees; unidentified Asian street scenes.Photographs010601
This folder contains the following newspaper clippings regarding the Korean War, 1950-1951: Chauncey Lawrence re-joining the service; Chauncey Lawrence's death; use of helicopters; progress of the fighting. Newspaper Clippings010701
Great White Fleet commemorative medal issued to Chauncey Lawrence, 1908. Medal010801
Certificate and Record of Birth issued to Chauncey Wynkoop Lawrence, November 20, 1888.Birth Certificate010802
Line-crossing ceremony certificate issued to Chauncey Lawrence, June 7, 1907. Certificate010803
Certificate of Service on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad issued to Chauncey Lawrence, July 24, 1911. Certificate010804
Letter of recommendation concerning Chauncey Lawrence written by his supervisor on the Atchinson Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, 1913.Letter010805
Postcard from the U.S. Naval Reserve to Chauncey Lawrence with his identification number, September 1919.Postcard010806
Letter from the Navy Department Bureau of Navigation to Chauncey Lawrence regarding his application for adjusted compensation, January 19, 1925.Letter010807
Letter from the 12th Naval District notifying Chauncey Lawrence of his honorable discharge from the Naval Reserve, March 6, 1925.Letter010808
Letter of recommendation for Chauncey Lawrence from U.S. Representative Gale Stalker, no date.Letter010809
Letter describing Chauncey Lawrence's Post Office employment history from the Postmaster of Pueblo Colorado, August 16, 1932. Letter010810
Letter from the U.S. Civil Service Commission to U.S. Representative Gale Stalker regarding Chauncey Lawrence's reinstatement to the Post Office, September 14, 1932. Letter010811
Receipt for 2 rifles received from by Chauncey Lawrence from the U.S. Marshals for use in guarding seized property, May 26, 1933.Receipt010812
Receipt for a pump flywheel and pressure hose received from the U.S. Marshal's guard at the Briggs Brewery, October 2, 1934.Receipt010813
(2) Receipts for 46 drums of alcohol received from Chauncey Lawrence, U.S. Marshal guard in charge of Briggs Brewery, February 19-20, 1935. Receipts010814
Greeting card sent to Chauncey Lawrence, ca. 1950.Greeting Card010815
Chauncey Lawrence's New York State Income Tax Return documents, 1950.Documents010816
Envelope for storing personal documents compliments of Arthur Frank Insurance Co., ca. 1950.Envelope010817
Mourning card for Chauncey Lawrence, 1951.Mouring Card010818
Chauncey Lawrence's Naval service record with cover letter, March 28, 1952.Documet010819
Petitions in the Chemung County Surrogate's Court regarding the Estate of Chauncey Lawrence, May-June 1952.Documents010820
Newspaper clippings about Hallet T. Lawrence in World War II; local U.S. Naval Reserve unit, 1947 & 1948; Chauncey W. Lawrence award for outstanding Naval Reservists, 1957; misc. articles about Chauncey Lawrence.Newspaper Clippings010821
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