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Charles Lee Lewis Papers, 1918-1962 (approximate)

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Charles Lee Lewis Papers, 1918-1962 (approximate): Finding Aid

United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
Phone: 410-293-6917
https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php

Published in November 2017



Profile Description

Creation: Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by David D'Onofrio in November 2017.
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Summary Information

Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
Creator: Lewis, Charles Lee, 1886-
Title: Charles Lee Lewis Papers
Dates: 1918-1962 (approximate)
Size: 1.1 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box>)
Abstract: Charles Lee Lewis was a professor of English and History at the United States Naval Academy. The Charles Lee Lewis Papers, comprising 1.1 linear feet of documentation, span from 1918 until approximately 1962. Focusing on topics such as literature of the sea, 19th century naval history, and naval biography and fiction, the papers consist of Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute articles written throughout Lewis's career, as well as unpublished manuscripts written largely after Lewis's retirement from the United States Naval Academy.
Call number: MS 456
Language(s) of material: English

Arrangement

The Charles Lee Lewis Papers are organized into the following two series:

Description of Contents

The Charles Lee Lewis Papers, comprising 1.1 linear feet of documentation, span from 1918 until approximately 1962. Focusing on topics such as literature of the sea, 19th century naval history, and naval biography and fiction, the papers consist of Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute articles written throughout Lewis's career, as well as unpublished manuscripts written largely after Lewis's retirement from the United States Naval Academy.

Included in the collection are manuscripts and articles, as well as scattered correspondence and illustrations.

The Lewis Papers are organized into two series by document type. Series 1: Articles consists solely of off-prints of Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute articles written by Lewis. Topical coverage of the articles includes the literature and art of the sea, Byzantine military campaigns in North Africa, a review of human flight in literature, the sinking of U.S.S. Helena (Light cruiser: CL-50), and the history of American naval involvement in the Mediterranean and Asia. Series 2: Manuscripts consists of typescripts of unpublished works by Lewis, including a biography of Thomas Macdonough, two novels, a treatise on religion, an anthology of sea poems, and an anthology of Lewis's own poems and short stories.


Biography of Charles Lee Lewis

Charles Lee Lewis was born in Doyle, Tennessee on March 7, 1886 to Mason Avery and Sarah Lou Lewis. After receiving a B.S. degree from Burritt College, he received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and an M.A. from Columbia University. Early in his career, he taught at Robert College in Constantinople, before joining the faculty of the United States Naval Academy Department of English, History, and Government in September 1916. Upon his retirement on June 30, 1951, Lewis received the title of Professor Emeritus.

Charles Lee Lewis was the author of multiple naval biographies and works on the history of literature, including: Famous American Naval Officers (1924), Four Centuries of Literature: English and American (1925), Matthew Fontaine Maury: Pathfinder of the Seas (1927), Famous Old-World Sea Fighters (1929), Admiral Franklin Buchanan: Fearless Man of Action (1930), The Romantic Decatur (1937), David Glasgow Farragut: Admiral in the Making (1941), David Glasgow Farragut: Our First Admiral, Books of the Sea: An Introduction to Nautical Literature (1943), Admiral de Grasse and American Independence (1945), Philander Priestly Claxton: Crusader for Public Education (1948), and Famous American Marines (1950).


Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Lewis, Charles Lee, 1886-
Macdonough, Thomas, 1783-1825
Sea in literature
Sea poetry
Sea stories
United States. Navy -- History -- 19th century
Articles
Faculty papers
Manuscripts
Poems

Restrictions

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Charles Lee Lewis Papers are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Lewis's The Hero of Lake Champlain: Commodore Thomas Macdonough was transferred from the Activities of Faculty and Staff, Personal Papers series of the Records of the United States Naval Academy in November 2017.

Preferred Citation

Charles Lee Lewis Papers, MS 456

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Provenance and Acquisition

Gifts of Charles Lee Lewis in September 1962 and Agnes Marks in March 1999 and June 1999. Accession Nos. 159325, 99-44, 99-55.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in November 2017. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in November 2017.


Related Material

The bulk of Lewis's personal papers, including his correspondence and manuscripts of his published works, can be found in the Charles Lee Lewis Papers, 1907-1951, at the Tennessee Historical Society.

Material pertaining to Lewis's activity as faculty member of the United States Naval Academy's Department of English, History, and Government can be found in RG405.4 Entry 201a: Records of the Department of English, History, and Government, 1907-1972, as well as in his Civilian Faculty Personnel Jacket.


Separated Material

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.


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