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BOX 10-12 Speeches and Writings, 1932-1974
The Speeches and Writings series primarily consists of writings by Custer: book reviews, speeches, and articles, both published and unpublished. Naval themes provide the most common subject matter. Also in the series is a collection of speeches by others, a file of story ideas, lecture notes, and a file of unidentified writings that may be Custer's.
Material types include published and unpublished articles and book reviews, speeches, lecture notes, story idea notes, and unidentified writings.
Arranged alphabetically by type of writing.
BOX 10 Book reviews
BOX 10 1949-1953
(2 folders)
BOX 11 1955-1957, undated
BOX 11 Miscellaneous and unidentified writings, 1933, 1957, undated
BOX 11 Naval Academy speeches, lectures, and notes, 1940, circa 1940
BOX 11 Published articles, 1938-1949
(2 folders)
BOX 11 Speeches and speaking engagements, 1943-1958, 1974, undated For additional material see Jefferson Davis Memorial Lecture
(4 folders)
BOX 11 Speeches by others, 1949-1958, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 11 Story ideas and notes, 1948-1953, undated
BOX 12 Unidentified writings, perhaps by Custer, 1954, undated
BOX 12 Unpublished writings
BOX 12 Chronological file, 1932-1958, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 12 "An Emancipated Southerner Looks at Segregation," 1954
BOX 12 "Joint Operations in California 1846, Army, Navy, and Fremont," 1948
BOX 12 "When Morning Comes, or Heroes Don't All Get Medals," undated
BOX 12-18 Subject File, 1920-1986
The Subject File gathers together topical material that falls outside the purview of the other series. Family papers and material from Custer's student days and youth form an important part of the subject file as do Custer's financial records. After leaving the navy, Custer ventured into the business world, taking a management job at the Drackett Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. He only stayed one year, apparently discovering he preferred academia to a career in business. In 1958, he took an administrative job at Columbia University. He had previously worked at Princeton University during his final years in the navy. Files for his teaching at Princeton and his graduate studies at Georgetown University are in the Subject File.Very little in the collection dates from after 1958 when he began working at Columbia. The series also includes topical material about naval aviation, including an unpublished memoir written by naval aviator E. F. Johnson covering the very beginnings of naval aviation.
Material types include correspondence, writings, financial records, clippings, scrapbooks, reports, and printed matter.
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
BOX 12 Admiral George Dewey Memorial, dedication ceremony, New York, N.Y., 1972-1974
(2 folders)
BOX 12 B-36 investigation, 1949
BOX 12 Bellah, James W., 1957-1965
BOX 13 Biographical material, circa 1943-circa 1958
BOX 13 Brockington, Leonard W., 1948-1957 See also Container OV 1, same heading
BOX 13 Calvin Bullock Forum, 1955
BOX 13 Canada, 1955-1957, undated
BOX 13 Clubs, 1957-1958, undated
BOX 13 Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 1945, 1953-1958
BOX 13 "A Confederate Catechism: The War of 1861-1865," 1930
BOX 13 Contact lists, 1950-1957, undated
BOX 13 Drackett Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
BOX 13 Correspondence, 1955-1958
(3 folders)
BOX 13 Expense account, 1958
BOX 13 Miscellany, 1957-1958, undated
BOX 13 Organizational charts, 1954-1956, undated
BOX 13 Education, 1947-1958, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 14 Family papers, circa 1930-circa 1975
(2 folders)
BOX 14 Financial records
BOX 14 Insurance, 1933-1957
BOX 14 Investments, 1953-1955
BOX 14 Miscellaneous, 1933, 1949-1957
BOX 14 Stocks, 1947-1958
(2 folders)
BOX 14 Taxes, 1933-1938, 1951-1957
(3 folders)
BOX 15 Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., graduate studies, 1947-1948, undated
BOX 15 Indian Hill Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1956-1957
BOX 15 Jefferson Davis Memorial Lecture, 1960-1961, 1970-1974
BOX 15 Miscellany, circa 1928-circa 1955 See also Container OV 2, Map of new U.S. bases
BOX 15 Naval aviation, circa 1940-circa 1955
BOX 15 Poetry collection, circa 1926-1933, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 15 Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
BOX 15 Correspondence, 1953-1956, undated
BOX 15 Miscellany, 1941, 1952-1960, undated
BOX 16 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC), 1953-1956
BOX 16 Printed matter, miscellaneous, 1929-1958, undated
BOX 16 Royalston Academy, Royalston, Mass., 1966-1971
(2 folders)
BOX 16 Scrapbook A, circa 1920-circa 1926
BOX 17 Scrapbook A, circa 1920-circa 1926
(3 folders)
BOX 17 Scrapbook B, circa 1920-circa 1929
(2 folders)
BOX 17 Stevenson, Adlai E., 1952-1956
BOX 18 Student notes and papers, undated
BOX 18 Unpublished memoir of naval aviator E. F. Johnson, "Some Navy Years, 1903-1919," 1963, 1985-1986
(3 folders)
BOX 18 Writings by others, 1943-1954, undated
BOX 18-26 United States Navy, 1920-2000
The United States Navy series includes official navy correspondence and documents from Custer's time as a midshipman to his retirement as a rear admiral in 1957. Many of the files are organized by duty station, be it on ships (Croatan, Houston, Lexington, Norton Sound) or shore duty (Tenth Naval District Headquarters, San Juan, Puerto Rico; U.S. Naval Air Station, Floyd Bennett Field; naval attaché, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Printed and mimeographed training manuals are organized by title. Material from Custer's work with the Strauss Commission on Incentive, Hazardous Duty, and Special Pays is in this series.
Material types include correspondence and memoranda, official navy orders, navy training material, regulations, manuals, United States Navy publications, aviator flight log books, scrapbooks, reports, navy awards, citations, medical records, and reprimands.
Arranged alphabetically by duty station, topic, or material type.
BOX 18 Albion, Robert, Makers of Naval Policy, Custer manuscript review, 1951
BOX 18 Aviator flight log books, 1927-1956
(2 folders)
BOX 18 Awards, citations, commendations, 1945-1957, 1985, undated
BOX 19 Correspondence, 1924-1958, 2000, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 19 Croatan (escort carrier)
BOX 19 "History of the Croatan," unpublished manuscript with photographs, 1943-1945, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 19 Miscellany, 1953, undated
BOX 19 Operational orders and memoranda, 1943-1945
BOX 19 Scrapbook, 1943-1944
(4 folders)
BOX 20 USS Croatan: The Story of a Week's Cruise Aboard the U.S. Navy Aircraft-Carrier, by G. Y. Loveridge, 1945
BOX 20 "Elementary Seamanship for Family Instruction," circa 1940
BOX 20 "Essay by Gross Admiral Doenitz on the War at Sea," 1947
BOX 20 Houston (cruiser), 1930-1932, undated See also Container OV 2, same heading
BOX 20 Instruction and Training of Junior Officers, 1943
BOX 20 Lexington (aircraft carrier)
BOX 20 Board investigation of forced water landing of two airplanes, 1936
BOX 20 Bombing Squadron Three, 1935
BOX 20 Miscellany, 1936, undated
BOX 20 Location, Construction, and Passive Defense of Advanced Bases with Special Reference to Advanced Base Airfields, 1942
BOX 20 Manual of Bureau of Aeronautics, 1940
BOX 20 Medical records, 1934-1958
BOX 21 Midshipman student notebooks
BOX 21 Engineering and navigation, 1924
BOX 21 French, 1922-1923
BOX 21 Midshipmen's practice cruise notebooks, 1923-1924
(2 folders)
BOX 21 Miscellaneous training material, 1932-1933, 1943-1944, undated See also Container OV 2, Poster
BOX 21 Miscellany, 1929-1958, undated
BOX 21 Naval attaché, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
BOX 21 List of embassy personnel, 1949
BOX 21 Lost for twelve days in the Saskatchewan wilderness
BOX OV 3 Annotated map, See Container OV 3, same heading
BOX 21 General file, 1948-1949
BOX 22 General file, 1948-1949
(2 folders)
BOX 22 Miscellany, 1948-1952
BOX 22 Naval Aviation in Review, 1958
BOX 22 Naval War College, Newport, R.I., correspondence course materials, 1932-1937 See also Container OV 4, Maps
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