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The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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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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This folder contains the following photographs: Lawrence family & home, 374 1/2 Thurston Street, Elmira, ca. 1888; students at Elmira Public School No. 10 including Chauncey Lawrence, 1896; Chauncey Lawrence in his Navy uniform, ca. 1905; Memorial Day parade float, 1925. Photographs010901
Great White Fleet postcard album, 1907-1909, consisting of picture postcards collected by sailor Chauncey Lawrence of locations visited by the Great White Fleet. Locations include: Bahia, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Acapulco, Mexico; Honolulu, Hawaii; Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Yokohama, Japan; Beijing, China; Manila, Philippines; Alger, Algeria; Gibraltar, Spain.Postcard Album020101
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