U.S.S. ARIZONA ARCHIVE
Extensive collection of approximately eighty photographs, documents and articles of ephemera, all related to the construction, service, destruction, and memory of the battleship U.S.S. ARIZONA. Included are: Two souvenir booklets, one chronicling the attack on Pearl Harbor and the loss of the ship, and the other a very rare booklet prepared for the dedication of the memorial at the wreck site, which features diagrams of the memorial and the wreck site, a narrative of the planning and construction of the memorial, the text of the law authorizing the memorial, a chronology of significant events related to the ship, and the names of those responsible for designing and constructing the memorial; thirteen official b/w U.S. Navy photographs of the Arizona, including: two views of the ship soon after completion, fitted with the cage-style masts unique to the U.S.Navy; six views of the ship post-modernization, including one bearing the facsimile signature of Admiral CHESTER NIMITZ; a view of Battleship Row taken during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, with the Arizona burning furiously in the foreground; two views of the ship wrecked and submerged following the attack; an aerial view of the wreck site prior to the construction of the modern memorial, showing the small flag platform originally built over her bridge; and a view of the modern memorial. All images bear stamps and ink notations on the verso. Also: Thirty-one newspaper clippings, press releases, and other news publications related to the loss of the Arizona and the efforts to build a memorial over her wreck site, many attached to paper backings by the U.S. Navy's Public Information Office. Twenty-two of these pieces deal with the campaign to build a memorial at the wreck site, its construction, and its opening, while the remainder include pre-war press items and articles pertaining to the loss of the ship, with two articles which repeat the popular myth that the Arizona was destroyed by a bomb dropped down her smokestack; twenty period documents and other articles of ephemera, including a timeline of her service history, a list of her commanding officers, copies of the bills establishing a memorial at her wreck site, a ship-printed newsletter, dated March 28, 1931, with an image of the ship on the masthead; and a report on inter-ship refueling experiments in which the ship participated. These items were accumulated by Rear Admiral SAMUEL E. MORISON, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Navy. A great archive documenting the life, death, and afterlife of one of the U.S. Navy's most notable ships.