Lord, Mount Cloud

Mount Cloud Lord papers, 1892–1944.
1 box, 1 volume, plus 1 oversize folder (0.5 linear feet).

Correspondence, photographs, certificates and publications relating to Mount Cloud Lord’s service in the U. S. Navy, especially as a Fireman, First Class aboard USS Olympia from 1895-7.

About Mount Cloud Lord

Mount Cloud Lord was born in Illinois on December 8, 1872. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for over ten years, including several years as a Fireman First Class on board USS Olympia from 1895 to 1897. Lord apprenticed as a machinist, and was promoted to the rank of Chief Machinist in the U.S. Navy in 1902. He later worked as an engineer and a chemical assayer. In 1935 and 1936, Lord was awarded two U.S. Patents, one for submarine operating devices, and one for hydraulic material elevators. He died in 1944.

About the collection

This collection consists largely of letters, photographs, booklets/pamphlets, and certificates. Also included are four business cards, two newspaper clippings, one drawing, one sheet of letterhead stationery, one application, one ration card, one ID card, and one appointment card.
The letters are primarily business correspondences received by Mount Cloud Lord. Most are letters of reference from former employers or from Naval commanders. Also included are letters from the managing editor at the Journal of Electricity, Power, and Gas thanking Lord for several articles that he had written for that publication.
The photographs mostly date from the time when Lord served on Olympia. Many are photos of shipmates and officers, and about half were taken while Olympia was stationed in Hong Kong.
The booklets/pamphlets include “The Handbook of the USS Olympia” (1897), a list of names of men serving on Olympia (circa 1897), a program from the 1898 Thanksgiving Day Olympian Games, a pamphlet from the Asiatic Station (1897), “Naval Flashes” publication (August 1901 and January 1902), “Aguila del Mundo” (Manila), “The Battle of Manila” by Edward Armstrong Platt U.S.M.C. (1923), “Submerged Millions: Tomorrow’s Bonanzas and the U.S. Submarine Motor Ship Dredge” (n.d.) and a program from the Seventh Annual Encampment, Dept. of California, U.S.W.V. (Sacramento, CA, August 1910).
The certificates consist of two U.S. patents, certificates declaring Lord’s appointment to various positions in the U.S. Navy, a Declaration for Navy Invalid Pension, a United States Inspector’s License to Chief Engineers, a Dewey Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Associates certificate, and a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Invention from the National Inventor’s Congress.

  • Sailors — United States — Photographs
  • Olympia (Cruiser)
Types of material
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Pamphlets
Reference files
  • Olympia
  • Olympia, Officers and Crew
  • Olympia Images
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