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Guide to the B. P. Vosbury Papers MSS.1598

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-19T13:44-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

B. P. Vosbury papers

Unit ID:

MSS.1598

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (4 letters,3 photo clippings)

Dates:

1930-1932

Abstract:

Letters written by B.P. Vosbury to his mother, Katie Vosbury of Washington, DC, while he was serving aboard the U.S.S Tracy (214) in 1930 and 1931 and aboard the U.S.S. Avocet (AM19) in 1932. The letters describe his tours on the U.S. Asiatic Station and life in the Philippines and the South Seas in the years prior to World War II.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of four typewritten letters written by B.P. Vosbury to his mother, Katie Vosbury of Washington, DC, while he was serving aboard the U.S.S Tracy (214) in 1930 and 1931 and aboard the U.S.S. Avocet (AM19) in 1932. The letters describe his tours on the U.S. Asiatic Station and life in the Philippines and the South Seas in the years prior to World War II. There is a newspaper clipping about a tiger and python fight in Jahore with the first letter (dated 1930 October 21) as well as three photographs (mentioned in the letter dated 1931 June 26) taken during a week’s leave showing the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Peiping (Beijing). There is also a clipping from the Malayan Saturday Post (1930 October 18) showing the U.S. 15th Destroyer Squadron with an arrow pointing to the Tracy. In the 1930 letter he mentions the Depression and that the “slump” is a main topic of conversation in Singapore.

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Martha Bace, 2008

Preferred Citation:

B. P. Vosbury papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2005

Biographical/Historical note

B.P. Vosbury was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1917 and served in the U.S. Asiatic Fleet as a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Tracy (214) in 1930 and 1931 and then as lieutenant commander of the U.S.S. Avocet (AM19) in 1932

Source(s)

Vosbury, B. P. (local)

Papers Box SC0010 Folder 1598.01