Albert family

Albert family papers, 1859–1956.
5 boxes, plus 3 oversize folders (1.75 linear feet).
About the Albert family

John Seaman Albert (1835-1880) began his career in the U.S. Navy in 1855, and achieved rank of Chief Engineer in 1861. He took a leave of absence from the Navy to serve as Chief of the Bureau of Machinery at the Philadelphia 1876 Centennial, where he was in charge of Machinery Hall. He died two months after his last voyage aboard USS Quinnebang, which sailed throughout the Mediterranean and North Africa, 1879-1880. His brother Sidney Albert (1840-1874), began his career in the U.S. Navy in 1859, and achieved rank of Chief Engineer in 1870. Sidney retired from the Navy in 1872, and moved to Minneapolis where he was Superintendent of Water Works.

About the collection

This is a collection of Albert family papers. Materials include correspondence, journals, scrapbooks of John Seaman Albert and his brother Sidney Albert during their naval careers. These papers give insight into life aboard a U.S. naval vessel during the period just prior to the Civil War, political comments on world events and particularly events in the Orient and events leading up to and during the Civil War. John Albert materials include: correspondence from John to his mother, his brother Sidney, and to his wife; appointments and orders; photographs, including a photograph of USS Quinnebang on the Delaware River; diary of a voyage (1878-1880); journal (1864-1880), including the period of the Philadelphia Centennial; scrapbook of newspaper clippings; invitations (1860s and 1876); and a report on the final trial trip of USS Wampanoag, 1868. Sidney Albert materials include orders, letters to his mother, his brother John, and several to his father and others. Additionally there are letters from Mary Albert to Sidney (1862-1866). John S. Albert, III, materials include: a photo album kept during his service aboard USS Naifeh and a log book from that time (1944-1945); scrapbook of clippings related to the attack on USS Kearny, 1941; personal papers related to his U.S. Navy service; and photos of Naifeh, its officers and crew, and photos of Kearney. The collection also includes photographs of Mary Albert, Sadie Albert (aunt), Sarah Albert (wife of John S.)

  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Wampanoag (Screw frigate)
  • Naifeh (Destroyer escort)
  • Kearny (Destroyer)
Types of material
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Correspondence
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Diaries
  • Military records
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Ships’ logs
  • Tintypes
Reference files
  • Centennial Exhibition
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