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Collection Number: 00686

Collection Title: Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936.

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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 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4,400 items)
Abstract Adolphus Staton (died 1964) was a native of Tarboro, N.C., and United States Navy officer, who graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1902 and retired as rear admiral in 1937. Papers of Adolphus Staton, primarily relating to Staton's naval career, including personal and official correspondence, some with prominent military, naval, and political figures, including Calvin Coolidge, H. G. Rickover, and Josephus Daniels; and reports, clippings, newsletters, and other official publications of the United States Navy. Topics of interest include Staton's command of various destroyers; Navy bureaucracy, relations with other branches of the United States Armed Forces, and internal politics; Staton's experiences in the Asiatic fleet, especially in China during the civil unrest of the 1920s; and his shore duty at the United States Navy's Bureau of Navigation, where he handled naval discipline and legal affairs. There is also personal correspondence with friends and family discussing family matters, financial matters, and social news; scattered bills and receipts; and three volumes of scrapbooks containing clippings, photographs, and other memorabilia pertaining to Staton's naval career, 1918-1936.
Creator Staton, Adolphus.
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 Adolphus Staton Papers, #686, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by Adolphus Stanton, 1936.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1aa.
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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Adolphus Staton born Tarboro, N.C.
1902 Graduated United States Naval Academy
1908 U.S.S. Yorktown
1910-1914 U.S.S. North Carolina and U.S.S. South Carolina
1915-1917 Judge Advocate General's office
1917 Married to Edith Blair of Washington, D.C.
1917-1918 U.S.S. Oklahoma and U.S.S. Dubuke
1918 Appointed executive officer of U.S.S. Mount Vernon
1919 Received Distinguished Service Cross
1919 Executive officer of U.S.S. Leviathan
1921-1923 U.S.S. Tennessee and U.S.S. Nevada
1924 Commanded South China Patrol, U.S.S. Asheville
1927-1928 Bureau of Navigation
1929-1930 Commanded Destroyer Squadron Eleven, U.S.S. Decatur and Destroyer Squadron Four, U.S.S. Melville
1931-1932 Army War College
1933-1935 Commanded U.S.S. Nevada
1934-1935 Army Command and Staff School
July 1937 Retired with rank of rear admiral
1964 Died
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The collection includes the papers of Adolphus Staton, primarily relating to Staton's naval career, including personal and official correspondence, some with prominent military, naval, and political figures; and reports, clippings, newsletters, and other official publications of the United States Navy. Topics of interest include Staton's command of various destroyers; Navy bureaucracy, relations with other branches of the United States Armed Forces, and internal politics; Staton's experiences in the Asiatic fleet, especially in China during the civil unrest of the 1920s; and his shore duty at the United States Navy's Bureau of Navigation, where he handled naval discipline and legal affairs. mong the correspondents are Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Tingey Craven, David W. Bagley, Thomas Washington, Josephus Daniels, H. G. Rickover, and Albert Gleaves. There is also personal correspondence with friends and family discussing family matters, financial matters, and social news; scattered bills and receipts; and three volumes of scrapbooks containing clippings, photographs, and other memorabilia pertaining to Staton's naval career, 1918-1936.

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Contents list

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Folder 1aa

Original finding aid #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a

1907-1912 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

1916 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 2

1917 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

1918 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 2-3

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

1919 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 4-5

Folder 6-7

Folder 6

Folder 7

1920 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 6-7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1921 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 8-9

Folder 10

1922 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1923 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12-14A

Folder 12

1924 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 12-14A

Folder 14B-16B

1925 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 14B-16B

Folder 17-22

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Folder 22

1926 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 17-22

Folder 23-30

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Folder 29

Folder 30

1927 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 23-30

Folder 31-37

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Folder 37

1928 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 31-37

Folder 38-49

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Folder 39

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Folder 49

1929 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 38-49

Folder 50-53

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Folder 53

1930 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 50-53

Folder 54-58

Folder 54

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Folder 58

1931 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 54-58

Folder 59

1932 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 59-60

Folder 59

Folder 60

1933 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 59-60

Folder 61-73

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Folder 73

1934 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 61-73

Folder 74-78

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Folder 77

Folder 78

1935 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 74-78

Folder 79-83C

Folder 79

Undated #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 79-83C

Folder 84

U.S.S. Tennessee Poster #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 84

Folder 85-89

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Folder 89

Volume 1: Scrapbook, 1918-1919 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 85-89

Folder 90

Volume 2: Scrapbook, 1919-1920 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 90

Folder 91

Volume 3: Personal Detachment Folder U.S.S. Nevada, 1934-1936 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 91

Folder 92-93

Folder 92

Folder 93

Printed material #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." Folder 92-93

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-686/1

Naval commission #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." OPF-686/1

Extra Oversize Image Folder X-OP-PF-686/1

Photographs of U.S.S. Mount Vernon, officers and crew, 1918; and U.S.S. Tennessee, 1921 #00686, Series: "Adolphus Staton Papers, 1907-1936 and undated." X-OP-PF-686/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 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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