Austin, Benjamin

Benjamin Austin collection of naval officer correspondence and portraits, 1801–1893.
1 folder, plus 1 oversize folder (0.08 linear feet).
About Benjamin Austin

Benjamin W. Austin was secretary of the North Western Literary and Historical Society, Sioux City, Iowa, in 1886; and secretary of the Trinity Historical Society, Dallas, Texas, in 1890.

About the collection

This is a collection of miscellaneous correspondence primarily from various officers of the U.S. Navy. Includes an 1804 letter from Edward Preble of USS Constitution, to Richard O’Brien, Esq., authorizing O’Brien to pay ransom for American officers held prisoner in Tripoli. Other letters include orders of goods and purchase authorizations, and letters of recommendation for employment. A number of the letters are in response to Austin’s requests for signatures and photographs. The collection also includes several engravings of noted U.S. Naval officers.

Subjects
  • United States. Navy –Officers
Types of material
  • Correspondence
  • Engravings (prints)
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