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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: U.S.S. Olympia records
    Creator: Olympia (Cruiser)
    Identifier/Call Number: mssOlympia
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1892-1899
    Abstract: Records belonging to the U.S.S Olympia, the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron during the Spanish-American War.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. U.S.S. Olympia records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Stan V. Henkels, October 1922.

    Custodial History

    From the Spanish-American War collection of Captain Roswell Randall Hoes.

    Biographical / Historical

    The U.S.S Olympia was the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron during the Spanish-American War. The Olympia was commissioned on February 5, 1895 and sailed from Mare Island to take its position as flagship of the Asiatic Squadron on August 25, 1895, under the command of Captain John J. Read. From 1895 to 1897, the Olympia visited ports in China, Japan, and the Philippines, spending the winter of 1897 in Hong Kong Harbor. On January 3, 1898, George Dewey, the new Squadron commander arrived onboard of the Olympia. When war was declared on April 25, 1898, the Olympia and the rest of the Asiatic Squadron sailed to Mirs Bay and then to the Philippines. On May 1, 1898, it led the Squadron at the Battle of Manila Bay, and then took part in the blockade and capture of Manila. The Olympia remained in active service until 1922, it served in World War I and brought the remains of the American Unknown Soldier back to the United States. In 1957, the Olympia was transferred to the Cruiser Olympia Association, and in January 1996, to the Independence Seaport Museum.

    Scope and Contents

    Official records and documents of the ship from 1892 to 1899. Included are receipts for transfer of men from the Olympia to other ships and to hospitals; mess assignments; receipts for men returned on board from leaves; inspection and conduct reports; quarterly surveys; expenditure vouchers; captain's orders, and others.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2022, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Former call number: mssU.S.S. Olympia records.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Sailors -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Naval operations, American -- Sources
    United States -- History, Naval -- To 1900 -- Sources
    Military records -- United States -- 19th century
    Military records -- United States -- Spanish-American War, 1898
    Personnel records -- United States -- 19th century
    United States. Naval Force, Asiatic Station -- Personnel records
    United States. Navy -- History -- Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Sources
    United States. Navy -- Personnel records
    United States. Navy -- Sea life -- History -- 19th century -- Source
    Hoes, Roswell Randall, 1850-1921