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U.S.S. Iowa Navy Band Photograph Album, 1917-1919 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Steven Bookman, University Archivist

Collection Overview

Title: U.S.S. Iowa Navy Band Photograph Album, 1917-1919

ID: 00/MG 131

Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 03/27/2017

Subjects: Iowa (Battleship), Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century, Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932, United States. Navy--Officers, United States. Navy. History, World War, 1914-1918

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

One photograph album of approximately 120 photographs kept by a Navy band member aboard the battleship U.S.S. Iowa and in France during World War I. Some of the photographs in the album include John Philip Sousa as a Navy officer, daily life on board the ship, recreation activities of the officers, the Navy band, and the Navy's NC-4 seaplane that was the first aircraft to fly nonstop across the Atlantic in the spring of 1919. The captions in the photograph album were supplied by the creator. Three loose items, two poems about life on board the ship and a church program, were found at the end of the album and are kept in a folder with the album.

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

Collection Historical Note

USS Iowa (BB-4) was a United States Navy battleship. It was the first ship commissioned in honor of Iowa and was America's first seagoing battleship. Iowa saw substantial action in the Spanish–American War.

The U.S.S. Iowa was recommissioned in 1917 when the United States entered World War I and initially berthed in Philadelphia as a receiving ship. By November 1917, the ship relocated to Norfolk, Virginia and patrolled the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay and served as a training ship for the Atlantic Fleet.

John Phillip Sousa, served as a Navy bandmaster from 1917 to 1919.  Known for his work as head of the United States Marine Band in the late 19th century and his own band in the early 20th century, Sousa was brought back into Naval service during World War I at age 62. Throughout Sousa's career in the Marines, he served in the enlisted ranks and attained Warrant Officer status by the time of his resignation.

Subject/Index Terms

Iowa (Battleship)
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932
United States. Navy--Officers
United States. Navy. History
World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 28.75 cm x 18 cm

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.

Physical Access Note: The fragile nature of the material may limit handling.

Acquisition Source: Purchase--Abe Books

Acquisition Method: Acc. 2017.018 was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives and was received in March 2017.

Related Materials: Samuel Leyens Switizer Papers (MG 37) also contains material related to World War I.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder or Item [insert number and title], U.S.S. Iowa Navy Band Photograph Album, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The collection was accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archivist, in September 2017.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],

Box 1
Folder 1: Loose Items, 1917-1919
Item 1: Photo Album, 1917-1919

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