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mssHM 72946-72969  
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Floyd Dessery Papers
    Dates (inclusive): Approximately 1860-1917
    Collection Number: mssHM 72946-72969
    Creator: Dessery, Floyd
    Extent: 40 items in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists primarily of letters written by Floyd Dessery (1879-1927) of Los Angeles, California, to his family, during his deployment to the Philippines in the Spanish-American War, as well as a diary from his time in the Philippines (1898-1899). His letters and diary reflect the daily experiences of a foot soldier.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Floyd Dessery Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Marilyn Ehlig, August 14, 2006.

    Biographical Note

    The Desserys were a Los Angeles family who lived in the city at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. Their son, Floyd Dessery, joined the United States Army just after the destruction of the USS Maine in the Havana harbor, which launched the Spanish-American War in 1898. He was deployed from Los Angeles and left to fight in the Philippines in June of 1898. He was stationed there until 1899.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of letters written by Floyd Dessery (1879-1927) to his family, during his deployment in the Philippines, including his mother, Mrs. A. B. Dessery, and his sisters, Hazel and Theodosia Dessery. The collection also includes Floyd's diary from his time in the Philippines. His letters and diary reflect the daily experiences of a foot soldier during the Spanish-American War. Also included are a few family photos, and some ephemera, including clippings, notes, and trade cards.


    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Dessery, Floyd.
    Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Personal narratives, American.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)


    Diaries Philippines -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) Philippines -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.
    Photographs -- United States.