Major, S. I. M. (Samuel Ira Monger) (1877-1952) Papers, 1826-1952

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: S. I. M. (Samuel Ira Monger) Major, 1877-1952 Papers, 1826-1952

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 7 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss./A/M234

Scope and Content Note

The Major Papers include correspondence and other material related to S. I. M. Major, III’s life and career in the United States Navy. Correspondence, primarily from friends and family to Major, reveals the everyday life of an American naval officer in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Notable correspondents include future admiral and Chief of Staff to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, William D. Leahy, and James Wheldon Johnson, the first African-American Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The collection also contains correspondence and other items related to other members of the Major family, including Major’s father, S. I. M. Major, Jr., who was Kentucky State Printer, as well as the mayor of Frankfort, Kentucky, circa 1878-1880. Other topics of interest include items related to the Beauchamp-Sharp tragedy of 1826, and Major’s involvement in the office of the U.S. Ambassador to France in 1914.

Any photographs have been transferred to the Scott-Major Family photo archives, and a number of miscellaneous postcards were transferred to the Filson’s postcard collection.

Biographical Note

Born in Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1877, S. I. M. Major, III, attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from 1895-1899. His stay at the college was temporarily interrupted in April 1898, when he and the rest of his class were ordered to active service to fight in the Spanish-American War. During the war, Major participated in the blockade of Santiago de Cuba, as well as the battle of Santiago on July 2, 1898. After a tour along the coast of South America, in 1901, Major participated in the Filipino-American War, off the coast of Cavite, Philippines. In 1912, Major commanded railroad operations during the U.S. occupation of Nicaragua, and in 1914, served as the Naval attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to France. Later, he also held a post as at the Naval Experiment Station in New London, Connecticut, where the U.S. submarine fleet was born. He retired from the navy in 1924, after reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and lived the rest of his life in Kentucky. He was married in 1932, and died in Versailles, Kentucky in 1952.

Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence, 1879-1891

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1895-1898

Folder 3: Correspondence, January-March, 1899

Folder 4: Correspondence, April-May, 1899

Folder 5: Correspondence, July-December, 1899

Folder 6: Correspondence, 1900

Folder 7: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1900)

Folder 8: Correspondence, 1901

Folder 9: Correspondence, 1902

Folder 10: Correspondence, 1903

Folder 11: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1903)

Folder 12: Correspondence, January-August, 1904

Folder 13: Correspondence, September-December, 1904

Folder 14: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1904)

Folder 15: Bundled Correspondence, 1904-1905

Folder 16: Bundled Correspondence, 1904-1906

Folder 17: Correspondence, January-February, 1905

Folder 18: Correspondence, March-April, 1905

Folder 19: Correspondence, May, 1905

Folder 20: Correspondence, June, 1905

Folder 21: Correspondence, July-August, 1905

Folder 22: Correspondence, September-October, 1905

Folder 23: Correspondence, November-December, 1905

Folder 24: Correspondence, January-March, 1906

Folder 25: Correspondence, April-June, 1906

Folder 26: Correspondence, July-August, 1906

Folder 27: Correspondence, September-December, 1906

Folder 28: Correspondence, 1907

Folder 29: Correspondence, March-June, 1908

Folder 30: Correspondence, July-December, 1908

Folder 31: Bundled Correspondence, 1908-1909

Folder 32: Correspondence, January-June, 1909

Folder 33: Correspondence, July-December, 1909

Folder 34: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1909)

Folder 35: Correspondence, January, 1910

Folder 36: Correspondence, February, 1910

Folder 37: Correspondence, March-April, 1910

Folder 38: Correspondence, May, 1910

Folder 39: Correspondence, June, 1910

Folder 40: Correspondence, July-August

Folder 41: Correspondence, September-October, 1910

Folder 42: Correspondence, November-December, 1910

Folder 43: Correspondence, January-February, 1911

Folder 44: Correspondence, March-August, 1911

Folder 45: Correspondence, September-December, 1911

Folder 46: Bundled Correspondence, 1911-1912

Folder 47: Bundled Correspondence, 1911-1912

Folder 48: Bundled Correspondence, 1911-1912

Folder 49: Bundled Correspondence (“Family Letters”), 1911-1913

Folder 50: Bundled Correspondence (“Family Letters”), 1911-1913 (cont.)

Folder 51: Bundled Correspondence, 1911-1913

Folder 52: Correspondence, January-June, 1912

Folder 53: Correspondence, July-September, 1912

Folder 54: Correspondence, October-December, 1912

Folder 55: Correspondence, January-February, 1913

Folder 56: Correspondence, March-April, 1913

Folder 57: Correspondence, May-June, 1913

Folder 58: Correspondence, July-August, 1913

Folder 59: Correspondence, September-December, 1913

Folder 60: Bundled Correspondence, 1913

Folder 61: Bundled Correspondence, 1913-1914

Folder 62: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1913)

Folder 63: Correspondence, January-May, 1914

Folder 64: Correspondence, June-July, 1914

Folder 65: Correspondence, August-December, 1914

Folder 66: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1914)

Folder 67: Correspondence, January-February, 1915

Folder 68: Correspondence, March-April, 1915

Folder 69: Correspondence, May-June, 1915

Folder 70: Correspondence, July-August, 1915

Folder 71: Correspondence, September-October, 1915

Folder 72: Correspondence, November-December, 1915

Folder 73: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1915)

Folder 74: Correspondence, January-February, 1916

Folder 75: Correspondence, March-April, 1916

Folder 76: Correspondence, May-June, 1916

Folder 77: Correspondence, July-August, 1916

Folder 78: Correspondence, September-October 1916

Folder 79: Correspondence, November, 1916

Folder 80: Correspondence, December, 1916

Folder 81: Bundled Correspondence, 1916-1921

Folder 82: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1916)

Folder 83: Correspondence, January-February, 1917

Folder 84: Correspondence, March-December, 1917

Folder 85: Correspondence, 1918

Folder 86: Correspondence, January-June, 1919

Folder 87: Correspondence, July-December, 1919

Folder 88: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1919)

Folder 89: Correspondence, 1920

Folder 90: Correspondence, January-June, 1921

Folder 91: Correspondence, July-December, 1921

Folder 92: Correspondence, 1922

Folder 93: Correspondence, 1923

Folder 94: Correspondence, Undated (circa 1923)

Folder 95: Bundled Correspondence, 1924-1927

Folder 96: Bundled Correspondence, January-March, 1925

Folder 97: Bundled Correspondence, April-June, 1925

Folder 98: Bundled Correspondence, 1927-29

Folder 99: Correspondence, 1928-29

Folder 100: Correspondence, 1930

Folder 101: Correspondence, 1931-1932

Folder 102: Bundled Correspondence, 1932

Folder 103: Correspondence, 1937-1945

Folder 104: Correspondence, 1952

Folder 105: Correspondence from family, Undated

Folder 106: Correspondence from others, Undated, A-R

Folder 107: Correspondence from others, Undated, S-Z, Unsigned

Folder 108: Wedding Invitations, 1911

Folder 109: Wedding Invitations, 1911

Folder 110: Wedding Invitations, 1912

Folder 111: Wedding Invitations, 1912-1913

Folder 112: Invitations, Cards, etc., Undated

Folder 113: Invitations, Cards, etc., Undated

Folder 114: Invitations, Cards, etc., Undated

Folder 115: Invitations, Cards, etc., Undated

Folder 116: Postcards, Undated

Folder 117: Genealogy

Folder 118: Beauchamp Poem, 1826

Folder 119: Obituaries

Folder 120: Miscellaneous, 1884-1952

Folder 121: Gradebook, 1891

Folder 122: Dance Cards, 1907-1910

Folder 123: Kentucky Historical Society, 1940-1949

Folder 124: Funeral Material, 1952

Folder 125: Assorted Calling Cards

Folder 126: Ephemera, Asia

Folder 127: Ephemera, France

Folder 128: Ephemera, Kentucky

Folder 129: Ephemera, Naval

Folder 130: Miscellaneous, Undated

Folder 131: S.I.M. Major, II, Correspondence, 1858-1877

Folder 132: S.I.M. Major, II, Business Papers, 1857-1881

Folder 133: S.I.M. Major, II, Report Cards, 1840-1841

Folder 134: S.I.M. Major, II, Report Cards, 1842-1844

Folder 135: S.I.M. Major, II, Latin Text, 1840

Folder 136: S.I.M. Major, II, Steamboat & Rail Tickets, 1858-1886

Folder 137: S.I.M. Major, II, Miscellaneous

Folder 138: Correspondence of Various Relatives, 1822-1939

Folder 139: P.U. Major, Miscellaneous

Oversize Folders

Folder 140: Map of Montevideo, Uruguay (oversize)

Folder 141: Japanese Posters (oversize)

Folder 142: S.I.M. Major, II, Documents (oversize)

Folder 143: S.I.M. Major, III, Diplomatic Papers, Russia & France, 1914 (oversize)

Folder 144: S.I.M. Major, III, Naval College Graduation Certificates, 1899

Subject Headings

Alcoholism

Beauchamp, Jereboam O., 1802-1826

China – History – Revolution, 1911-1912

Christian Science

Drug abuse

Education – Kentucky

Japan – Social life and customs

Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938

Leahy, William D., 1875-1959

Major, S.I.M. (Samuel Ira Monger), 1877-1952

Manila Bay (Philippines) — Description and travel

Pyramids – Egypt

Railroads – Kentucky

Sailors – Relations with women

Steamboats – Kentucky

Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930

Temperance

Tobacco

United States – Social life and customs

United States Naval Academy

United States. Navy – Military life

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