USS Vulcan (AR-5) Papers, 1898-1984
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Brief Description:

The bulk of the collection consists of material gathered by Michael A. Southwood, while a crewmember of USS Vulcan, 1982-1983. In October 1982, at the request of Commander Donald J. Farber (executive officer), and Captain J. E. McConville (commanding officer), Petty Officer Southwood began writing a history of USS Vulcan, one of only a few World War II-era vessels still in commission at this time. A completed manuscript was given to Captain McConville in early 1984, and a copy may be found in Series II, Box 2, Folder 5. Prior to his transfer in mid-1984, Captain McConville suggested the establishment of a USS Vulcan archival collection, with the purpose of preserving and making accessible, the historical record of one of the Navy's most noted ships. Captain McConville felt that nearby Old Dominion University would be appropriate for a site since Norfolk has served as Vulcan's homeport for over three decades. Even with the Vulcan out to sea, Captain McConville recognized that men and women who had traveled many miles to see their old ship would not be disappointed, because the collection would only be a brief drive from the Naval Base.

The collection has been digitized and can be found in the Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections.

Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: pbruce [at]
Record Series Number: 00/MG 57
Created by: USS Vulcan (Ship) (1941-1991)
Volume: 2.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 12/10/1984.
Arrangement: The papers are divided into nine series: Series I: Previous USS Vulcans; Series II: Historical Material; Series III: Crewmember Recollections and Memorabilia; Series IV: Shipboard Publications; Series V: Shipboard Offices; Series VI: Newspaper Clippings; Series VII: Athletics Recreation; Series VIII: Photographs; Series IX: Miscellaneous.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open to researchers without restrictions.
Subject Index
Political refugees--Haiti
Rose Carida incident, May 14 1983
United States. Navy
United States. Navy. History
United States. Navy. Repair ships
USS Vulcan (AR-5)
Women in Navy Ships (WINS)
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.
Acquisition Notes: Michael Southwood  Gift. Accession # A84-6
PreferredCitation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], USS Vulcan (AR-5) Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.