Stickney family

Stickney family papers, 1825–1992.
9 boxes, multiple volumes, plus 2 oversize folder (3.5 linear feet).
Abstract

Materials related to Stickney’s news coverage of the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 and the 2nd Boer War in South Africa in 1899. Stickney’s typewritten notes, as well as telegraphs, letters, newsclippings, and photographs make up the bulk of the collection.

About the Stickney family

Joseph Stickney grew up in Illinois and as a young man, entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He graduated from the Academy in 1862 as a midshipman, and rose to the rank of lieutenant before being leaving the Navy to pursue a career as a newspaper reporter. Stickney served a number of years as the London correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. In 1898, he reported for the Chicago Tribune from the bridge of Admiral George Dewey’s flagship Olympia during the Battle of Manila Bay. The Chicago Tribune was the first newspaper to break the news of the American victory at Manila Bay, securing Stickney a place in history. Stickney went on to publish a book in 1899, Life and Glorious Deeds of Admiral Dewey, a biography of Dewey and an account of the Battle of Manila Bay. He continued to work as a newsman until his death on May 25, 1907 at the age of 58.
Joseph Stickney married Edith Cooley, and the couple had at least two children, sons Clifford and Brewster Stickney.

About the collection

This collection includes materials related to Stickney’s news coverage of the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 and the 2nd Boer War in South Africa in 1899. Stickney’s typewritten notes, as well as telegraphs, letters, newsclippings, and photographs make up the bulk of the collection. Noteworthy among these are a set of glass lantern slides made from the original photos taken by Stickney while onboard the Olympia during the Battle of Manila Bay. These are the same photographs that appear in Stickney’s book Life and Glorious Deeds of Admiral Dewey. Also of interest is an original script from from the radio program Historical Flashback – The Battle of Manila Bay broadcast on June 15, 1930 from REIS WLW Studio. In the set of documents pertaining to the 2nd Boer War, there is series of love letters written by Stickney to an unnamed woman while Stickney was working as a news correspondent during the war. These romantic letters offer a glimpse into the personal life of Stickney, revealing his thoughts and feelings while traveling under dangerous conditions in South Africa.
The remainder of the collection consists of snapshots, postcards, and diaries from the Stickney family and the Cooley family (Joseph Stickney’s wife’s family).
The collection also includes two cap ribbons, one from USS Kearsarge and one from the Saale of the Norddeutscher Llyod line, and two linen napkins embroidered with “Erasporte Manila Comandante.” A Dewey Medal with original case, engraved “Joseph L. Stickney, Voluntary Aide to Commodore,” is housed in the Curatorial Department.

Subjects
  • Manila Bay, Battle of, Philippines, 1898
  • Spanish-American War, 1898 — Campaigns — Philippines
  • South African War, 1899-1902
  • Reporters and Reporting
  • War Correspondents
  • Dewey, George, 1837-1917
  • Olympia (Cruiser)
Types of material
  • Research notes
  • Correpondence
  • Clippings
  • Photographs
Reference files
  • Olympia
  • Olympia, Officers and Crew
  • Olympia Images
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