Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Manahan (Charles F.) Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1900-1951
Collection Number: Wyles Mss 45
Manahan, Charles F.
.2 linear feet
(1 half-size document box)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Manahan (Charles F.) Collection. Wyles Mss 45. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California,
Gift of Charles F. Manahan, 1961.
Charles F. Manahan joined the 34th Infantry United States Volunteers Company B as a young man in 1899 and served in the Philippines
during the conflict known as the Philippine Insurrection. He attained the rank of captain, and after being mustered out of
service with the company on April 17, 1901, he moved to Pasadena, California, where he became a successful jeweler. In 1928,
he helped found the 34th U.S.V. Infantry Veterans' Association, and began the long task of tracking down his former comrades-in-arms.
The following year, he began publishing a monthly
Bulletin, featuring reminiscences and updates relating to the regiment's members. He continued to publish the
Bulletin for the next 26 years, as well as organizing the group's periodic reunion weekends. Then, in 1961, he donated his collection
to the UCSB Libraries' Wyles Collection.
The Philippine Insurrection, also referred to as the Philippine-American War, began in 1899 when, at the conclusion of the
Spanish-American War, the United States took control of the Philippines, which had been a Spanish colony for centuries. An
army of Filipino nationalists led by Emilio Aguinaldo had started a revolution against the Spanish colonialist government
in 1896, and had allied themselves with the Americans during the Spanish-American War. However, when the United States decided
to set up its own colonialist government, rather than granting the island nation its independence, Aguinaldo's army continued
the revolution. After three years of savage guerilla warfare, Aguinaldo was captured by American forces under the command
of Brigadier General Frederick Funston. Deprived of its leader, the Filipino guerilla army collapsed, and U.S. President Theodore
Roosevelt declared the conflict to be ended. The Philippines remained a colony of the United States until being granted independence
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection contains correspondence, documents, reports, and clippings of Charles F. Manahan, an American soldier in the
34th U.S. Infantry, relating to military operations in the Philippines ca. 1899-1901. Many of the items date from a later
period and refer back to specific incidents in the Philippines during the Philippine Insurrection, as well as to surviving
United States, Army, 34th Infantry (Volunteer), Veterans' Association, Bulletin, volumes 1-26, 1929-1955, was published by Charles F. Manahan in Pasadena, California. Special Collections has a complete
run which has been cataloged separately and which can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.