Guide to the George Frederick Jewett Naval History Collection 1900-1956
Cage 61

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Jewett, George Frederick, 1896-1956.
Title
George Frederick Jewett Naval History Collection
ID
Cage 61
Date [inclusive]
1900-1956
Extent
17.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
10 Linear Feet of Shelf Space Approximately 8000 items
Language
English
Abstract
George Frederick Jewett, a Spokane lumber executive and former naval officer, spent approximately 35 years amassing this collection of naval literature, photographs and models. This collection contains photographs and models of ships dated from approximately 1900-1945. The vessels and other naval subjects depicted date from the 1870s to the 1940s (roughly, the battleship period).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] George Frederick Jewett Naval History Collection, 1900-1956 (Cage 61)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

George Frederick Jewett (1896-1956), Spokane lumber executive and former naval officer, spent approximately 35 years amassing this collection of naval literature, photographs and models. While a student at Harvard University, Jewett began acquiring photographs, mostly from commercial sources, of the ships of the world's navies. He also began collecting waterline models, primarily of German ships. When he ended his collecting effort around 1950, he had accumulated approximately 7500 photographs and 200 models. Jewett collected photographs or models of about four-fifths of the major naval craft constructed during this era.

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Scope and Contents note

George Frederick Jewett (1896-1956), Spokane lumber executive and former naval officer, spent approximately 35 years amassing this collection of naval literature, photographs and models. While these photographs and models date from approximately 1900-1945, the vessels and other naval subjects depicted date from the 1870s to the 1940s (roughly, the battleship period). Jewett collected photographs or models of about four-fifths of the major naval craft constructed during this era. He also collected many pictures of crews, shore installations, machinery and naval maneuvers. The definitions used for types of ship are roughly those used in the individual navies and vary somewhat from nation to nation.

This collection is described in "The George F. Jewett Naval Collection," The Record (newsletter of the Friends of the Washington State University Libraries), vol. 19 (1958), pages 6-10.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Photographs; 2. Correspondence; 3. Models; and 4. Printed Materials.

Series 1, Photographs, consists mainly of images of ships. These include postcards and photographic prints. Subseries 1.1 consists of postcards and small format photographs. These are arranged alphabetically by the nationality of the ship, with the "minor naval powers" grouped together in a separate sequence at the beginning of the subseries. For each of the major naval powers the materials are further categorized by ship type and/or ship name. Subseries 1.2 consists of larger photographs, arranged alphabetically by nationality. Subseries 1.3 includes scrapbooks, maps, and other images.

Series 2, Correspondence, is in Jewett's original arrangement.

Series 3, Models, is arranged by nationality.

Series 4, Printed Material, retains its original arrangement.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for on-site research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

The items in this collection vary widely in physical condition. Reproduction is available for items in good condition on a case-by-case basis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries by Mrs. George Jewett after her husband's death in 1956.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in 1973 by Lawrence Stark; additional processing and preservation of the collection were done in 2005 by Mark Gottschalk as a graduate fellowship project funded by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

George Frederick Jewett also donated approximately 360 books on naval history and naval affairs including partial sets of Brassy's Naval Annual (1886-1949) and Jane's Fighting Ships (1904-1955). These materials are housed in MASC, and have been designated for separate cataloging.

Separated Materials note

In addition to the materials included in this collection, the Jewetts also donated to the WSU Libraries approximately 360 books on naval history and naval affairs. These books have been removed for separate cataloging.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Air University (U.S.)
  • France. Marine -- Photographs.
  • Germany. Kriegsmarine -- Photographs.
  • Germany. Reichsmarine -- Photographs.
  • Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Photographs.
  • Italy. Marina -- Photographs.
  • United States. Navy -- History.

Subject(s)

  • Military
  • Naval history, Modern -- 20th century -- Archives.
  • Naval history, Modern -- 20th century -- Photographs.
  • Ship models -- Specimens.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Photographs 

Subseries 1.1: Postcards and Small Photographic Prints 

Minor Naval Powers 

Box Folder

Argentina 

1 1

Brazil 

1 2

Chile 

1 3

China 

1 4

Denmark 

1 5

Egypt 

1 6

Greece 

1 7

Mexico 

1 8

Monaco 

1 9

Netherlands 

1 10

Norway 

1 11

Portugal 

1 12

Spain 

1 13

Sweden 

1 14

Turkey 

1 15

Yugoslavia 

1 16

Major Naval Powers 

Box Folder

Austria-Hungary 

1 17-19

France 

Battleships 

Box Folder

A-B 

1 18

1 19

D-F 

1 20

G-I 

1 21

J-L 

1 22

1 23

P-R 

1 24

S-V 

1 25

Cruisers 

Box Folder

A-B 

1 26

D-E 

1 27

F-I 

1 28

J-K 

1 29

L-M 

1 30

P-W 

1 31
Box Folder

Avisos 

1 32

Destroyers 

Box Folder

A-B 

1 33

C-D 

1 34

E-F 

1 35

G-L 

1 36

M-R 

1 37

S-Y 

1 38
Box Folder

Torpedo Boats 

1 39

Submarines 

Box Folder

A-B 

1 40

C-F 

1 41

G-M 

1 42

N-S 

1 43

T-Z 

1 44
Box Folder

Aircraft Carriers 

2 45

Miscellaneous Ships (Minelayers, tugs, gunboats, etc.) 

Box Folder

A-B 

2 46

C-E 

2 47

F-L 

2 48

M-R 

2 49

T-Y 

2 50
Box Folder

Sailing Ships, Steam-sail ships 

2 51

Action, composite images, crews, shores, etc. 

2 52-53

Germany 

Battleships, Battle Cruisers and other heavy Cruisers 

Box Folder

A-B 

2 54

D-F 

2 55

G-H 

2 56

K-L 

2 57

M-O 

2 58

P-R 

2 59

S-T 

2 60

W-Y 

2 61

Cruisers (medium and small) 

Box Folder

A-C 

2 62

D-F 

2 63

G-K 

2 64

L-N 

2 65

P-S 

2 66

T-Z 

2 67
Box Folder

Torpedo Boats and Destroyers 

2 68-75

Submarines 

2 76-78

Miscellaneous Ships 

3 79

Action, shore installations etc. 

3 80-85

Sailing Ships, Steam-sail 

3 86

Liners, merchantmen [Note: more German images are included in Box 13] 

3 87

Italy 

Armored Ships 

Box Folder

A-C 

3 88

D-E 

3 89

F-I 

3 90

N-R 

3 91

S-V 

3 92

Cruisers 

3 93

Torpedo Boats and Destroyers 

Box Folder

A-B 

3 94

C-D 

3 95

F-I 

3 96

L-N 

3 97

O-R 

3 98

S-Z 

3 99
Box Folder

Submarines 

3 100

Miscellaneous Ships, including Sailing 

3 101

Action, composite images 

3 102

Japan 

Box Folder

A-I 

3 103

K-Y 

3 104

Russia 

Box Folder

3 105

B-C 

3 106

D-E 

3 107

3 108

I-L 

3 109

N-O 

3 110

3 111

R-S 

3 112

T-Y 

3 113

Miscellaneous, unidentified, composite images 

3 114

United Kingdom 

Battleships, Battle Cruisers 

Box Folder

A-B 

4 115

4 116

E-H 

4 117

I-L 

4 118

M-N 

4 119

O-Q 

4 120

4 121

S-T 

4 122

V-Z 

4 123

Cruisers 

Box Folder

4 124

4 125

4 126

4 127

E-F 

4 128

G-H 

4 129

J-K 

4 130

L-M 

4 131

N-P 

4 132

Q-S 

4 133

T-Z 

4 134

Miscellaneous 

4 135

Destroyer-type craft 

Box Folder

4 136

4 137

4 138

D-E 

4 139

4 140

4 141

4 142

I-K 

5 143

5 144

5 145

5 146

5 147

5 148

5 149

5 150

5 151

5 152

5 153

5 154

Y-Z 

5 155

Composite images 

5 156
Box Folder

Torpedo Boats 

5 157-159

Monitors 

Box Folder

A-Z 

5 160

Numbered Monitors 

5 161

Aircraft Carriers and Seaplane Tenders 

Box Folder

Aircraft Carriers 

5 162

Seaplane Tenders 

5 163

Submarines 

Box Folder

A and B class 

5 164

C class 

5 165

D and E class 

5 166

H class 

5 167

J and K class 

5 168

L class 

5 169

M, R, and U class 

6 170

Miscellaneous (including Australian) 

6 171
Box Folder

Liners, Merchant Craft 

6 172

Sloops and Yachts 

6 173

Oilers, Tankers, Colliers 

6 174

Troop Ships 

6 175

Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

A-C 

6 176

D-G 

6 177

H-K 

6 178

L-O 

6 179

P-R 

6 180

S-T 

6 181

U-Z 

6 182

Unnamed Sailing Ships, Steam-sail 

Box
6
Folder
183
Box Folder

A-C 

6 184

D-F 

6 185

H-L 

6 186

M-O 

6 187

P-S 

6 188

T-Z 

6 189

Composite images 

6 190

Action, composite images, crews, shore 

6 191-196

United States 

Battleships, Battle Cruisers 

Box Folder

6 197

6 198

6 199

G-I 

6 200

K-L 

6 201

6 202

6 203

6 204

P-S 

6 205

T-V 

7 206

7 207

Cruisers 

Box Folder

A-B 

7 208

C-D 

7 209

F-H 

7 210

I-M 

7 211

N-O 

7 212

P-R 

7 213

7 214

T-W 

7 215

Destroyers 

Box Folder

A-B 

7 216

7 217

D-E 

7 218

F-G 

7 219

H-I 

7 220

J-K 

7 221

7 222

M-O 

7 223

7 224

7 225

7 226

T-Z 

7 227
Box Folder

Miscellaneous 

7 228

Torpedo Boats 

7 229

Monitors 

7 230

Carriers and Seaplane Tenders 

7 231

Submarines 

Box Folder

A-Z 

7 232

Miscellaneous 

7 233

Submarines 

7 234
Box Folder

Sloops and Yachts 

7 235

Miscellaneous and unidentified Supply Ships, Colliers, etc. 

7 236

Transports 

7 237

Miscellaneous Mineships, Land Craft, Gunboats 

8 238

Sailing Ships, Steam-sail 

8 239

Action, Composite images 

8 240

Rams 

8 241

Subseries 1.2: Large Photographs 

Box Folder

China 

9 1

Spain 

9 2

Turkey 

9 3

Austria-Hungary 

9 4

France, Cruisers 

9 5

France, Torpedo Boats 

9 6

France, Submarines 

9 7

France, Miscellaneous Ships 

9 8

France, Action (I) 

9 9-10

France, Action, crews 

9 11

France, Battleships 

9 12

France, Cruisers 

9 13

France, Avisos and related craft, torpedo Avisos 

9 14

Germany, Linienschiffen, Top Battleships 

10 15

Germany, Panzerkreuter "Armed Cruisers" (smaller battleships) 

10 16

Germany, Cruisers 

10 17

Germany, Torpedo Boats and Destroyers 

10 18

Germany, Miscellaneous 

10 19

Italy 

11 20

Japan 

11 21

Russia 

11 22

United Kingdom, Older craft 

12 23

United Kingdom, Composites 

12 24

United States, Battleships and Battle Cruisers 

12 25

United States, Cruisers 

12 26

United States, Destroyers (I) 

12 27-28

United States, Carriers and Seaplane Tenders 

12 29

United States, Submarines 

12 30

United States, Merchant Craft 

12 31

United States, Sloops, Yachts, Gunboats 

12 32

United States, Supply Ships 

12 33

United States, Transports 

12 34

United States, Miscellaneous Mineships, Land Craft, Gunboats 

12 35

United States, Action, Composite images 

12 36-37

United States, Unidentified 

12 38

Subseries 1.3: Maps, Scrapbooks, Other Images 

Box Folder

Scrapbook: Erinneungenaus Deutschlands grosser Zeit (Reminiscences of Germany's greater days); scrapbook of photographs of German Navy during the First World War, undated 

13 1

Maps 

Box Folder

World Map, 1943 

13 2-3

Germany and its approaches, 1944 

13 2-3

The Philippines, 1945 

13 2-3

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1944 

13 2-3

Japan and Adjacent Regions of Asia and the Pacific Ocean, 1944 

13 2-3

Philippine Islands Pocket Map, undated 

13 2-3
Box Folder

U.S. Army-Navy Journal of Recognition; includes photographs of Naval and air craft, military vehicles and similar subjects. 10 issues, September 1943-August 1944 [Note: duplicate issues removed for separate cataloging in 2005] 

13 4-6

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Series 2: Correspondence 

Box Folder

Correspondence and accompanying material, 1916-1925 

13 7

Correspondence with Washington State University (George and Mary Jewett, Joel Ferris), 1944-1959 

13 8

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Series 3: Models 

Box

Germany, heavier ship models 

14

Germany, heavier ship models 

15

Germany, lighter ship models 

15

United Kingdom, models 

16

France, United States, and unidentified ship models 

16

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Series 4: Printed Material and Related Documentation 

Box Folder

Correspondence and related documentation, Maxwell Air University, Alabama, 1956 

17 1-2

Maxwell Air University Pamphlets 

17 3

Guide to Air University 1955-1956 

17 3

Air War College Manual, Eleventh Edition, 1955 

17 3

Air University Tenth Anniversary, 1956 

17 3

Air War College Study on the Size and Composition of the AWC Class, 1956 

17 4

Outline of Organization and Mission of Air University, undated 

17 5

Air University, Quarterly Program Summary, 1956 

17 5

United States Air Force Basic Doctrine, 1955 

17 6

Information for the Board of Visitors, Twelfth meeting, 1956 

17 6

Twelfth Report of the Board of Visitors, 1956 

17 6

Air War College Instructional Circulars 

17 7

Study 56-1, Fundamentals, 1955 

17 7

Study 56-2, Elements of Power, 1955 

17 7

Study 56-3, Current World Conflict, 1955 

17 8

Study 56-4, Military Tasks and Management of Resources, 1955 

17 9

Study 56-5, Home Defense, 1956 

17 9

Study 56-6, The National Weapons System in the Attack, 1956 

17 10

Study 56-7, The Weapons System in Defense, 1956 

17 10

Study 56-8, The Continuing Conflict, 1956 

17 11

Study 56-9, Major Factors Affecting Future National Security 

17 11

Study 56-10, Thesis Program 

17 11

The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, Fahey's Second War Edition, 1944 

17 12

Pamphlets 

Box Folder

Students of Liberty, Leonard E. Read, 1950 

17 12

Some Facts About The Foundation for Economic Education, 1950 

17 12

Theology of Freedom, Edward A. Opitz, undated 

17 12

Christianity and Free Enterprise, Dr. J.D. Bales, undated 

17 12
Box Folder

Navy Song Book, 1919 

17 13

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