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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

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.

The Manuscript Index is arranged alphabetically by collection name.  To access a finding aid, please click on its name.

To search the Manuscript Index for a specific research topic, please enter the term into the Search Library Box below. 

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Collection Title:CL 158 Chauncey Lawrence PapersCreator:Booth Library
Processed By:Rachel 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 Span:1888-1953
Abstract:This collection contains Chauncey Lawrence's scrapbooks, correspondence and photographs related to his service in the Navy from 1905 to 1951.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Manuscript - A Complete Story of the Cruise of the U.S.S. St. Louis from New York to San Francisco by Chauncey Lawrence, 1907. Manuscript010101
Book - Glimpses of Australia: Souvenir for the United States Navy, August-September 1908. Book010102
(7) Souvenir postcards from Australia, New Zealand, and unidentified Asian countries, 1907-1909. Postcards010103
Newspaper account of the cruise of the U.S.S. St. Louis through the Straight of Magellan, New York Herald, September 29, 1907. Newspaper010104
(7) Photographs from World War I: Chauncey Lawrence; the U.S.S. Frederick; crew of the Frederick; the Panama Canal; dry docks at Baloba Harbor, Panama; and the U.S.S. Tennessee. Photographs010201
Booklet - Friend or Enemy? To the Men of the Army and Navy, 1916. Book on the perils of sex compliments of the Young Men's Christian Association. Booklet010202
Booklet - The Soldiers' French Phrase Book, 1918.Booklet010203
Chauncey Lawrence's World War I diary, volume 1, May 1917-January 1918. Diary010204
Chauncey Lawrence's World War I diary, volume 2, January-September 1918.Diary010205
Letter from the United States Navy to Chauncey Lawrence regarding mobilization of the Fleet Reserve, February 4, 1917. Letter010206
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