Oliver Wendell Holmes Pavey (1885-1972) enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1900 and was discharged in 1906. He served aboard the cruiser Olympia as a First Class Apprentice and later as Coxswain. He met and married his wife Minnie in 1912. After he left the Navy, he was a farmer for a brief period and then an engineer for the Central Vermont Railroad until his retirement. Minnie Pavey died in 1977.
This is a collection of images and papers documenting Oliver W.H. Pavey’s time aboard USS Olympia. Materials include approximately 200 negatives of Pavey and his fellow crew members; approximately 20 photographs, including images of Pavey, his wife Minnie, and other subjects; transcripts of Pavey’s diaries from 1900-1902; a certificate of appointment as Coxswain on Olympia, 1906; passes and requests for leave; a letter to Pavey from his father; a handwritten will by Pavey; a copy of a “Circular Relating to the Enlistment of Men for the United States Navy,” 1908; schedules of ports visited by the Olympia, 1902-1904; postcards of the Olympia; guidebooks, postcards, and ephemera from London; and newspaper and magazine clippings, including letters from sailors aboard the Olympia to local papers, a newspaper report about an injury Pavey received in 1903, and a magazine illustration from Scientific American, 1901.
- Olympia (Cruiser)
- Negatives (Photographic)
- Olympia, Officers and Crew
- Olympia Images