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Benjamin J. Jefferson Diary, 1917-1920

Title
Benjamin J. Jefferson Diary, 1917-1920
ID
Mss. Acc. 2009.155
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
More Extent Information
1 vol.
Scope and Contents

Diary of Benjamin John Jefferson, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WW I on June 27, 1917. In December, 1917 he was transferred to the destroyer USS Kimberly  where he drilled and trained for duties aboard ship.  The USS Kimberly went in commission on April 29, 1918, and Benjamin Jefferson was among the crew of the first deployment.  His entries cover some of the stops in England and France, where the destroyer had the function of protecting other ships on the waters between France and England.

The last diary entry relating to Jefferson's World War I tour of duty is for January 4, 1919. After that there are conversion tables, recipes for 'fat liquor' making and other notes on procedures relating to the tanning of animal hides as well as poems. Most of the later entries are undated, the latest date recorded is November 12, 1920.

Excerpts from Diary were provided by the seller:  "Wed. May 29  At Sea - Hunting for enemy Subs.  They are operating in this locality but are keeping clear of us.  Everybody is a little anxious.  Thursday May 30  At Sea - 12:30 all hands were roused out of their slumber by general quarters.  Sub was sighted 50 yards off our Port Bow.  Opened fire, to our surprise the enemy did not return fire or submerge and we soon discovered that instead of an enemy submarine we were firing on an overturned schooner.  This was our first big scare.  No joke.  Oct.13  Spent evening at the club, wild rumors about peace.  Oct.14  Went on Patrol duty ashore, one arrest."

Subjects
Leatherwork--United States
Leather workers--United States
Tanning--20th century
USS Kimberly (Destroyer : DD-80)
World War, 1914-1918--England
World War, 1914-1918--France
Genres
Diaries
Poems
Languages
English

Administrative Information

Acquired
04/12/2009.
Restrictions
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.
Rights
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Access Notes
Fragile condition may limit handling.
Acquisition Note
Purchase.
Preferred Citation
Benjamin J. Jefferson Diary, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Collection Material Type:
Papers
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