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Collection Number: 03554

Collection Title: Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945).

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,000 items)
Abstract Osborne Bennett Hardison (1892-1959), native of Wadesboro, N.C., was a career United States naval officer, retiring as vice-admiral. The collection includes official and service-related personal letters and papers. The bulk of the material relates to World War II, when Hardison was commander of the aircraft carrier "Enterprise" in the Pacific, 1942-1943, and later chief of naval aviation training in the United States.
Creator Hardison, Osborne Bennett, 1892-1959.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, #3554, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from O. B. Hardison Junior, Department of English, University of North Carolina, October 1961.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Osborne Bennett Hardison (1892-1959), native of Wadesboro, N.C., was a career United States naval officer, retiring as vice-admiral. Hardison was the son of William Cameron Hardison and Harriett Eleanor Bennett Hardison. He was educated at the University of North Carolina and the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. During World War II he commanded the aircraft carrier "Enterprise" in the Pacific, 1942-1943, and received a presidential citation and the Navy Cross for his participation in the Battle of Santa Cruz in the Solomon Islands. In 1944 he returned to the United States to serve as chief of Naval Air Primary Training, based at Fairfax Airport, Kansas City, Kan., and at the Naval Air Station at Glenview, Ill. After the war, Hardison held various positions including Commander, Aircraft, Philippine Sea Frontier, 1945-1946; Commander, Carrier Division Five, 1946; Commander, Seventh Fleet, 1946-1947; Chief of Pan American Affairs and United States Naval Missions, Navy Department, Washington, D.C., 1947-1950; Commander, Naval Forces, Marianas, 1950-1951; and Commander, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla., 1951-1953.

Hardison was married to Ruth Morgan of Washington, D.C. They had two children, Osborne Bennett Junior and William Gerry Morgan Hardison.

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The collection includes official and service-related personal letters and papers of Osborne Bennett Hardison. The bulk of the material relates to World War II, when Hardison was commander of the aircraft carrier "Enterprise" in the Pacific, 1942-1943, and later chief of naval aviation training in the United States. The military correspondence and papers concern naval operations and navigational training, naval problems, fleet exercises and maneuvers, the naval air force, and accidents and mishaps involving naval aircraft. There are also reports and other items related to the bombing of the "Enterprise" at the Battle of Santa Cruz in the Solomon Islands. Topics discussed in Hardison's personal correspondence include his encounters with native populations while stationed in various locales, reactions to the administration of Harry S. Truman and its proposed reorganization of military air forces, Hardison's awards and achievements, and the educational aspirations and progress of his son, O. B. Hardison Junior.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1912-1914 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1920-1921 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1922-1925 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1926-1928 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1929-1931 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1932-1933 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1934-1937 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1938 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1939 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1941 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11-14

Folder 11

Folder 12

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Folder 14

1942 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 11-14

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Folder 24

1943 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 15-24

Folder 25-34

Folder 25

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Folder 31

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Folder 33

Folder 34

1944 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 25-34

Folder 35-43

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Folder 36

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Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

1945 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 35-43

Folder 44-49

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

1946 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 44-49

Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

1947 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 50-51

Folder 52-54

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

1948 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 52-54

Folder 55-56

Folder 55

Folder 56

1949 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 55-56

Folder 57-62

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

1950 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 57-62

Folder 63-64

Folder 63

Folder 64

1951 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 63-64

Folder 65

1952 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

1953-1954 #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67-68

Folder 67

Folder 68

Undated #03554, Series: "Osborne Bennett Hardison Papers, 1912-1954 (bulk 1941-1945) and undated." Folder 67-68

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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