William L. Culbertson, Jr., Scrapbook, 1905-1918
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- Culbertson, William Linn, Jr., 1884-1958
- The William L. Culbertson, Jr., scrapbook consists of one volume containing numerous newspaper clippings, documents, photographs, hand-drawn maps and illustrations, correspondence, and various ephemeral items related to the career of US Navy officer CDR William Linn Culbertson, Jr., between 1905 and 1918.
- 1 volume
- Collection processed and finding aid created by Jakob Dopp, September 2022
- Scope and Content:
The William L. Culbertson, Jr., scrapbook consists of one volume containing numerous newspaper clippings, documents, photographs, hand-drawn maps and illustrations, correspondence, and various ephemeral items related to the career of US Navy officer CDR William Linn Culbertson, Jr., between 1905 and 1918.
The volume (25.5 x 19 cm) has 146 pages and is bound in red marbled paper covers. The covers and spine are in poor condition. Inside of the front cover there is a loose diplomatic passport for Culbertson, Jr., issued by the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, from August 1916 that contains personal descriptive information as well as a photographic ID portrait. The scrapbook begins with newspaper clippings from ca. 1905 and subsequent materials proceed in chronological order for the most part. Numerous items collected during Culbertson, Jr.’s time abroad contain text in foreign languages including French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, German, Arabic, and Greek.Items of particular interest include:
- Hand-drawn portrait of a man playing cards and smoking a pipe (between pgs. 2 & 3)
- Clipping related to court martial of Iowan midshipman Charles M. James for alleged involvement in hazing (pg. 5)
- Photomechanical image of the U.S.S. Missouri (pg.7)
- 1906 New York herald clipping with full page illustrated article titled "At Sea with the Naval Cadets Annual Cruise of the Boys to Learn Practical Seamanship" (pg. 9)
- An order from Lt. CDR Cleland Davis of the U.S.S. Missouri dated May 24, 1906 instructing Culbertson, Jr., to "take charge of the remains of J. J. Molloy, fireman 1st class" who died from asphyxiation while ashore in New York City (pg. 11)
- A letter received March 27, 1906 while the U.S.S. Missouri was in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, regarding Culbertson, Jr.'s request to be assigned to a torpedo boat that will "make the trip to the Asiatic Station" (pg. 17)
- Ca. 1906 clipping regarding Culbertson, Sr.'s real estate dealings (pg. 19)
- Typescript copies of the "Plan for the Occupation of St. Marc, Hayti" dated February 1916 (between pgs. 30 & 31)
- Program for the "Memorial Service in memory of the Culbertsons, of 'Culbertson's row' and their descendants who served in the War of the American Revolution" held at Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church, Franklin County, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1907 (pg. 37)
- Pamphlet detailing "Facilities for American Seamen on shore leave in Rio de Janeiro, January, 1908" which includes a map of Rio's commercial district (pg. 41)
- Clippings of an article regarding Surgeon General Presley M. Rixley's opinion that medical officers be placed in command of hospital ships (pg. 44) and a satirical cartoon titled "When the Navy puts doctors in command of the hospital ships" (pg. 45)
- A humorous mock notice issued to Culbertson, Jr., in September 1908 while aboard the U.S.S. South Dakota sent by "Neptune Rex" and undersigned by "Secretary to his Majesty Davy Jones" (pg. 52)
- A manuscript map detailing features of American Samoa (pg. 53)
- Clippings of three cartoons from a series titled "Trials of a First Baby" (pgs. 54-57)
- Letter from oiler J. J. Murphy dated May 23, 1907, requesting permission to purchase his discharge from the U.S. Navy in order to return home to Ireland following the deaths of two brothers; obituary clipping attached (between pgs. 68 & 69)
- Manuscript item in Japanese (pg. 73)
- New York herald clipping giving Culbertson, Jr.'s account of what he saw in the aftermath of the 1907 earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica (pg. 76)
- Manuscript map detailing the valley of the Artibonite River in Haiti, likely ca. 1915/1916 (between pgs. 86 & 87)
- Manuscript map detailing prospective plan of attack on St. Marc, Haiti, relative to the U.S.S. Des Moines, likely ca. 1916 (pg. 99)
- Passport for Culbertson, Jr., issued by the American Consulate in Alexandria, Egypt, on December 31, 1915 (pg. 115)
- Clipping of a humorous joke anecdote about a woman from San Francisco who contacted her deceased husband "John" with help from a spiritualist medium only to find he was much happier being dead than he ever was living with her (pg. 118)
- Memorandum dated October 13, 1915, regarding damages to the U.S.S. Brutus and U.S.S. Des Moines (pg. 129)
- Two French travel permits for Culbertson, Jr., issued by the Departement des Alpes-Maritimes in 1916 (pgs. 136 & 137)
- Numerous playbills, tickets, receipts, stamps, business cards (including cards for foreign naval officers), schedules, menus, advertisements, event invitations, social club notices, and other ephemeral items collected at various ports of call including Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Shanghai, Yokohama, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, New York City, Alexandria, Cyprus, Naples, etc. (passim)
- Numerous clippings related to World War I (passim)
- Biographical / Historical:
William Linn Culbertson, Jr., was born in Auburn, California, in 1884 to William Linn Culbertson, Sr. (1844-1908) and Ruth Olivia Johnson Culbertson (1852-1938). The family moved to Carroll, Iowa, during his youth. He was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1901 and was a classmate of future Admirals William "Bull" Halsey and Chester A. Nimitz. After graduating in 1905, he married Lisa Winchester Heighe (1885-1962); they divorced in 1911. He spent his early career aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, U.S.S. South Dakota, and U.S.S. Des Moines, and traveled extensively with the Great White Fleet. Culbertson, Jr., married his second wife Mary Haesler Dougherty (1896-1969) in 1924. He retired from the Navy in 1927 at the rank of Commander but was recalled in 1939. He passed away on October 3, 1958.
- Acquisition Information:
- Purchased from Stuart Lutz, 2008. P-2630 .
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- Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
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Diplomatic and consular service.
United States Naval Academy.
United States. Navy. Atlantic Fleet. Battleship Force.
United States. Navy. Pacific Fleet.
Missouri (Battleship : BB11)
New York herald.
United States. Navy.
San Francisco (Calif.)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Saint-Marc (Artibonite, Haiti)
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The collection is open for research.
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Copyright status is unknown.
- PREFERRED CITATION:
William L. Culbertson, Jr., scrapbook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.