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Robert Orville Carver First World War Correspondence

 Collection — Carton: WWI 1, Folder: 28-29
Identifier: 2014-037-w-r
This collection consists of 7 pieces of personal correspondence, written by ENG 2 Robert Orville Carver, USN aboard the U.S.S. Mount Vernon.

ENG 2 Carver wrote letters and some postcards to his mother Ada and his sister Ruth, covering a period from July 1917 to February 1918. There is also one folder containing photocopies of a letter fragment and a newsclipping naming him among the dead aboard the U.S.S. Mount Vernon, as well as a handwritten story about the torpedo attack that hit the ship.

This collection also contains a small photograph and documents and material relating to ENG 2 Carver's death on September 5, 1945. This includes naval orders, newspaper clippings, and documents informing his family of his passing.

Dates

  • 1917 - 1919

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Extent

0.025 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection consists of letters written by Engineman Second Class Robert Orville Carver, United States Navy to his mother and sister during the First World War, from July 1917 to February 1918. The remaining miscellaneous ephemera include various naval orders, documents informing the family of his death, newspaper clippings, and one small photograph.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Orville Carter, Engineman, 2nd class, U.S.S. Mount Vernon, grew up in Poplarville, Mississippi. He was the eldest son of Randolph and Ada Carver, and was very close with his two brothers and two sisters. He frequently wrote to his mother as well as his younger sister Ruth. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Mount Vernon as part of the Engineer force for 1 1/2 years. Carver lost his life when the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine off the French coast on September 5, 1918.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type and date.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert O. Carver, Legacy Project.
Title
Finding Aid for the Robert Orville Carver First World War Correspondence
Status
completed
Author
Madeleine Bachtelle
Date
8/14/2014
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States