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Warren Spencer Collection, 1864-1988, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mona Farrow

Collection Overview

Title: Warren Spencer Collection, 1864-1988, undated

ID: 00/MG 121

Primary Creator: Spencer, Warren

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/21/2014

Subjects: Old Dominion University--Faculty, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations, Whittle family

Forms of Material: Letters (correspondence)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains a draft and an original manuscript of the Whittle Papers, original letters, and photocopies of original documents (with transcriptions), notes, books, and a copy of a photograph of Lt. William Conway Whittle.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Warren F. Spencer taught in the Department of History at Old Dominion College from 1956-67 and served as Department Chair from1961-1967.  Dr. Warren Spencer is the author of four books, including The Confederate Navy in Europe,   Raphael Semmes: The Philosophical Mariner, and co-authored the United States and France: Civil War Diplomacy.  While researching information for his book, Dr. Spencer was able to speak to the daughter of Lieutenant William C. Whittle, Ms.  Edmonia Lee Whittle, who was living in the family home located on Freemason Street in Norfolk, Virginia.   This collection contains some original letters and photocopies of original letters gathered by Dr. Spencer as researched the United Confederate Navy.   Miss Whittle (and Ms. Dabney) opened their family collections of documents and letters of Commodore Whittle, Sr., and Lt. Whittle, Jr.

Subject/Index Terms

Old Dominion University--Faculty
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations
Whittle family

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

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 Source: C.B. "Buddy" Spencer

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2014-39

Related Materials: Elizabeth Calvert Page Dabney Papers (MG 95) contains information about the Whittle family.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Warren Spencer Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Mona Farrow in October 2015.


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1
Folder 1: Address given by William Whittle Jr in Norfolk and Petersburg VA, 1903-1904
Folder 2: Cruises of the Confederate Steamers Shenandoah and Nashville, 1940
Folder 3: The Taylor Whittle House of Freemason Street, 1972
Folder 4: Correspondence, Referencing the Rappahannock, 1864
Folder 5: Correspondence pertaining to the Publication of the Original Manuscript of Whittle paper, 1966 February 7
Folder 6: Correspondence Commodore Baron from George Sinclair, 1864
Folder 7: Correspondence from Thomas Bold to Commander, 1864
Folder 8: Correspondence from First Lt. Chapman, 1864
Folder 9: Correspondence of Lt. W.E Evans, 1864
Folder 10: Correspondence from Charles M. Fauntleroy, 1864
Folder 11: Correspondence from B.W Green, 1864
Folder 12: Correspondence from J.R Hamilton, 1864
Folder 13: Correspondence to Madam LeBlank, 1869
Folder 14: Correspondence of Thomas G. Page, 1865
Folder 15: Correspondence of E.G. Read, 1864
Folder 16: Correspondence of W.H. Murdaugh, 1865
Folder 17: Correspondence of M.P. Robertson, 1864
Folder 18: Correspondence of George L. Sinclair, 1864
Folder 19: Correspondence of Captain R. Semmes, 1864
Folder 20: Correspondence of A.G. Soutter, 1864
Folder 21: Correspondence to Spencer from Edmonia Whittle and Betty Dabney, 1968
Includes handwritten Narrative by Captain William C. Whittle
Folder 22: Correspondence of William C. Whittle, 1865-1867
Folder 23: Correspondence of Edmonia Whittle, 1932
Folder 24: Correspondence to and from Spencer and Virginia Beach Maritime Historical Museum Inc., 1987-1988
Folder 25: CSS Alabama Ship Log Missing and Killed and Page Entitled "Survival after Alabama", 1864
Folder 26: Index and Identification of Persons Mentioned in Whittle Papers by Spencer, 1864
Folder 27: Investigation of U.S Navy Department with Captain Whittle, undated
Folder 28: Note Cards, by Spencer, undated
Folder 29: Notes and Footnotes by Spencer, 1963-1965
Folder 30: One of 12 Captains Notes Handwritten, 1820
Folder 31: Partial Itemize Listing of Documents, 1890-1900
Folder 32: Partial Newspaper Article on William Whittle Jr., undated
Folder 33: Payroll of Men in Naval Hospital at Cherbourg, 1864
Folder 34: Photograph of William C. Whittle Jr., undated
Folder 35: Presentation to Norfolk Historical Society by Spencer With Notes, 1965 May 23
Folder 36: Rum Punch Recipe from Whittle Family, undated
Folder 37: Synopsis of the Whittle Family and the Confederate Navy, undated
Father and son  and draft with handwritten corrections and notes
Folder 38: Whittle Papers Drafted Manuscripts, undated
Folder 39: Whittle Papers, Preface Handwritten Corrections, undated

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