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USS Vulcan (AR-5) Papers, 1898-1984

By Michael A. Southwood, revised by Janice Halecki and Kathleen V. Smith, 2002

Collection Overview

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

ID: 00/MG 57

Creator: USS Vulcan (Ship) (1941-1991)

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

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.

Date Acquired: 12/10/1984

Languages: English [eng]


Navy repair vessel. Served in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. Participated in the Occupation of Japan (1945-1946) and the Dominican Republic intervention (1965). Contains historical material, memorabilia, crew member recollections, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: The collection is 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: Michael Southwood

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession # A84-6

Preferred Citation: [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.

Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Previous USS Vulcans
Box 1
Folder 1: USS Vulcan I, 1898-1899
Folder 2: USS Vulcan II, 1909-1921
Series II: Historical Material
Box 1
Folder 3: Annual Command History, 1941-1949
Folder 4: Annual Command History, 1950-1959
Folder 5: Annual Command History, 1960-1969
Folder 6: Annual Command History, 1970-1979
Folder 7: Annual Command History, 1980-1983
Folder 8: Command History: Ship's Histories (General)
Folder 9: List of Ports Visited, 1941-1966
Folder 10: Plankowners
Folder 11: Repair of USS Kearny, October-December, 1941
Folder 12: Iceland Tours, 1941-1942, 1942-1943
Folder 13: North Africa Tour, 1943-1944
Folder 14: First "Shellback" Ceremony, January, 1945
Folder 15: Pacific Tour, 1945-1946
Folder 16: Pacific Area Maps (Gift of Joseph Murphy)
Folder 17: Errors Concerning Vulcan's World War II History
Folder 18: Rescue of Northern Light, November 1963
Folder 19: USS Antares Fire (of), March 1964
Folder 20: Colombian Navy Assistant Visit, 1975
Folder 21: Initation of Women at Sea (WINS) Program, 1978-1979
Folder 22: U.S. Navy's First Mediterranean Cruise with a Mixed Crew
Folder 23: 2nd Anniversary, 16 June 1943
Folder 24: 40th Anniversary, 16 June 1981
Folder 25: Boston Overhaul, 1982-1983
Folder 26: "Rose Carida" Incident, 14 May 1983
Box 2
Folder 1: Establishment of Ship's Historian, September 1983
Folder 2: Ship's Historian: Correspondence I, 1983
Folder 3: Ship's Historian: Correspondence II, 1983
Folder 4: Ship's History Project: Rough Draft of: "Craftsman, Forger, and Healer"
Folder 5: Ship's History Project: "Craftsman, Forger, and Healer: The USS Vulcan (AR-5) Story"
Series III: Crewmember Recollections and Memorabilia
Box 2
Folder 6: Robert Kenneth Amstutz, 1942-1944
Folder 7: G.W. Brooks (served on Vulcan 1942-45), October 12, 1983
Folder 8: Clement DaVinci (served on Vulcan 1946-48), 1983
Folder 9: Scrapbook of D.J. Dusenbery, 1941-1942
Folder 10: Wayne Huddleston, 1941-1944
Folder 11: Rear Admiral T.J. Hughes, USN (served on Vulcan 1947), 1983
Folder 12: Lindsey G. Jones(includes tape recording)(served on Vulcan 1941-45), 1983
Folder 13: Lucius (Ken) Kennedy (served on Vulcan 1941-43), 1983
Folder 14: Joesph L. Murphy (served on Vulcan 1943-45), 1982
Folder 15: Michael A. Southwood, 1982-1983
Folder 16: R. Werling (served on Vulcan 1954-56), 1983
Folder 17: Crewmember Recollections: Miscellaneous
Folder 18: Memorabilia I
Folder 19: Memorabilia II
Series IV: Shipboard Publications
Box 3
Folder 1: "Welcome Aboard" Pamplets
Folder 2: Change of Command, 27 January 1978
Folder 3: Change of Command, 26 April 1982
Folder 4: Change of Command, 25 January 1984
Folder 5: Ship's Calendar
Folder 6: The Anvil (ship's newspaper), 1982
Folder 7: The Anvil (ship's newspaper), 1983
Folder 8: The Anvil (ship's newspaper), 1984
Folder 9: Ship's Yearbook I (Never Published), 1972-1973
Folder 10: Ship's Yearbook II (Never Published), 1972-1973
Folder 11: Deployment Supplement (for cruise book of that year), 1975
Folder 12: Sample Plan of the Day (POD)
Folder 13: Thanksgiving Day Program and Menu, November 25, 1943
Folder 14: Christmas Day Program and Menu, December 25, 1943
Series V: Shipboard Offices
Box 3
Folder 15: Chaplain's Office: 1940s material
Folder 16: Chaplain's Office: LT Phillip S. Spain, CHC, USN, 1982-1983
Folder 17: Chaplain's Office: Divine Worship Bulletins
Folder 18: Public Affairs Office: Memorandums, 1982
Folder 19: Public Affairs Office: Memorandums, 1983
Folder 20: Press Releases, 1960-1969
Folder 21: Press Releases, 1970-1979
Folder 22: Press Releases, 1980-1982
Folder 23: Press Releases I, 1983
Folder 24: Press Releases II, 1983
Folder 25: "Vulcan in the News" I, 1983
Folder 26: "Vulcan in the News" II, 1983
Series VI: Newspaper Clippings
Box 4
Folder 1: Virginian-Pilot/Ledger-Star Index
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1940s
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1950-1954
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1955-1959
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, 1960
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1970
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings, 1971
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1972
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings, January-June 1973
Folder 10: Newspaper Clippings, July-December, 1973
Folder 11: Newspaper Clippings, 1974
Folder 12: Newspaper Clippings, January-June, 1978
Folder 13: Newspaper Clippings, July-December, 1978
Folder 14: Newspaper Clippings, January-March, 1979
Folder 15: Newspaper Clippings, April-June, 1979
Folder 16: Newspaper Clippings, July-September, 1979
Folder 17: Newspaper Clippings, October-December, 1979
Folder 18: Mediterranean Cruise (foreign), 1979-1980
Folder 19: Newspaper Clippings, January-June, 1980
Folder 20: Newspaper Clippings, July-December, 1980
Folder 21: Newspaper Clippings, January-March, 1981
Folder 22: Newspaper Clippings, April-June, 1981
Folder 23: Newspaper Clippings, July-September, 1981
Folder 24: Newspaper Clippings, October-December, 1981
Folder 25: Newspaper Clippings, 1982
Folder 26: Newspaper Clippings, January-March, 1983
Folder 27: Newspaper Clippings, April, 1983
Folder 28: Newspaper Clippings, May, 1983
Folder 29: Newspaper Clippings, June, 1983
Folder 30: Newspaper Clippings, July, 1983
Folder 31: Newspaper Clippings, August, 1983
Folder 32: Newspaper Clippings, September, 1983
Folder 33: Newspaper Clippings, October, 1983
Folder 34: Newspaper Clippings, November, 1983
Folder 35: Newspaper Clippings, December, 1983
Folder 36: Newspaper Clippings: Miscellaneous, 1983
Folder 37: Newspaper Clippings, January-March, 1984
Folder 38: Newspaper Clippings, April-June, 1984
Folder 39: Newspaper Clippings, July-December, 1984
Series VII: Athletics and Recreation
Box 5
Folder 1: Boxing: Rusty Fickling
Folder 2: Chess:MM3 Jack Suggs
Folder 3: Football: ET3 Scott Barton
Folder 4: Football: BT3 Guy "Deek" Butler
Folder 5: Football/Softball: QMSN James Burton
Folder 6: Football Records
Folder 7: Team Rosters
Folder 8: Miscellaneous
Series VIII: Photographs
Box 5
Folder 9: Official Ship's Photographs
Folder 10: Photographs (copies) from E.K. Roth Collection, 1945
Folder 11: Various Photographs, 1972
Folder 12: Captain J.E. McConville, 1982-1984
Folder 13: Boston Overhaul, 1982-1983
Folder 14: Various Photographs, 1983
Folder 15: Photographs from: "Craftsman, Forger, and Healer" I
Folder 16: Photographs from: "Craftsman, Forger, and Healer" II
Folder 17: Photographs, 1984
Folder 18: Photograph of Wayne Huddleston
Folder 19: Miscellaneous
Series IX: Miscellaneous
Box 5
Folder 20: Command Ombudsman
Folder 21: Ship's Characteristics
Folder 22: Battle "El" Departmental Awards, 1980
Folder 23: Correspondence: USS Vulcan Collection, ODU Archives