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Raymond A. Spruance collection

 Collection — Folder: S1231
Identifier: S1231

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises three letters and a small note from Raymond A. Spruance in Del Monte, California to Ashley T. Cole in New York, New York ranging from 1949 to 1961, concerning Cole obtaining autographs from Spruance and other members of the U.S. military administration from World War II in Cole's copies of the books Tarawa and Carrier War.


  • 1949 and 1961


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance (July 3, 1886-December 13, 1969) commanded U.S. naval forces in the Pacific during World War II. He fought in the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. After the war, he served as president of the Naval War College and ambassador to the Philippines. Two ships have been named in his honor. The auditorium at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island is Spruance Hall, and has a bust of him in the lobby. His wife Margaret Dean (1888-1985) is buried with him in the Golden Gate National Cemetery.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Raymond A. Spruance on 1968/06/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/19 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2017/01/19 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/27 by Brittany Kropf.
Raymond A. Spruance collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.