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Alfred G. Lawson Log and Scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1, Volume: 1
Identifier: Mss. 2009.565

Scope and Contents

Log and scrapbook of Alfred G. Lawson, which he titled "The Word War : The Log and My Experience Aboard U.S.S. Paulding, Destroyer No. 22, Operating in Foreign Waters, Base No. 6 and Base No. 7, Queenstown Ireland, Brest France. Alfred G. Lawson, Seaman, United States."

The first part of the volume is a log of events from June 1917 to Jan 1919. Lawson recorded weather conditions, a collision with another destroyer, illnesses on board, a man lost overboard, German Sub Attacks, and attacks on German subs and so on.

The pages following the log have been used as a scrapbook and include photographs of other war ships and of members of the ship's crew, admission tickets, a program to a show, news clippings, and greeting cards.

There is also an entry titled "USS Navel Class, Harvard College at Harvard, Mass." that lists classes, school marks and points received.

The last pages contain photographs of family and friends.


  • Creation: 1917-1919

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box) : 1 volume

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 2009.

Related Materials

A draft of this Log and Scrapbook is held by Special Collections at the University of Tulsa.

Guide to Alfred G. Lawson Log and Scrapbook, 1917-1919
SCRC Staff
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository