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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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Liberty War Scrapbook detailing Chauncey Lawrence's service during World War I aboard the U.S.S. Frederick, 1917-1919, featuring newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera.Scrapbook010101
(7) Photographs from World War I: Chauncey Lawrence, the U.S.S. Frederick, crew of the Frederick, the Panama Canal, 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
Telegram from the United States Navy to Chauncey Lawrence regarding his mobilization, April 7, 1917. Telegram010207
Postcard from Chauncey Lawrence to his wife on his way to being deployed, April 10, 1917.Postcard010208
Station Billet ticket issued to Chauncey Lawrence aboard the U.S.S. Bridgeport, 1918.Ticket010209
Orders releasing Chauncey Lawrence from active military service in the U.S. Navy, February 10, 1919.Orders010210
Memorandum from the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Little to the U.S. Navy Bureau of Supplies & Accounts regarding Chauncey Lawrence's rank and pay, March 6, 1919.Memorandum010211
Order issuing Chauncey Lawrence a World War I Victory Medal, ca. 1919. Document010212
Newspaper - Great Lakes Bulletin, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, July 25, 1918.Newspaper010213
Newspaper - New York Herald, December 14, 1918. Newspaper010214
Booklet - The World War: A Complete & Condensed History, 1921. Booklet010215
Newspaper clippings regarding World War I. Newspaper Clippings010216
(4) Letters and (1) postcard from Chauncey Lawrence to his children while on his way to Korea, October-December 1950. Letters010301
Letter from Chauncey Lawrence to his children from aboard the U.S.S. Lind sailing from Yokosuka, Japan for Korea, December 28, 1950. Letter010302
(2) Letters from Chauncey Lawrence to his children from aboard the U.S.S. Lind sailing in a blockade around South Korea, January 8 & 15, 1951. Letters010401
Letter from Chauncey Lawrence to the staff of the Star-Gazette from aboard the U.S.S. Lind describing action off the coast of South Korea, January 20, 1951, with cover letter addressed to his children.Letter010402
(11) Letters from Chauncey Lawrence to his children from aboard the U.S.S. Lind around South Korea, January 27-May 5, 1951.Letters010403
(5) Letters from Chauncey Lawrence to his children from aboard the U.S.S. Lind sailing back to the United States, May 10-June 21, 1951. Letters010404
Letter from Chauncey Lawrence to his children from the Naval base at Portsmouth, Virginia, July 1, 1951. Letter010405
Letter from Chauncey Lawrence to his children from aboard a ship sailing off the East Coast, August 1, 1951.Letter010406
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