University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the U. S. Navy Collection, [circa 1920s], 1950-1951

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United States. Navy.
Title U. S. Navy Collection
Identification: 2008-242; 2009-085
Extent 3 inches
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The identity of photographer and creator of the photo album is unknown. He was a sailor and served on the USS Milwaukee in the 1920s. The Milwaukee was an Omaha-class cruiser in the US Navy, which was commissioned in 1923. This ship explored the South Pacific between the world wars, gathering oceanographic data about the Pacific Ocean. During World War II, the Milwaukee served on the South Atlantic Patrol Force and later was transferred to the Soviet Navy.

Corporal Dewey T. Reno served in the U. S. Navy. During 1950 and 1951, he was recovering from skin graft surgery at a variety of medical centers. He was brother to Mrs. Ethel Oakley of Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Scope and Contents Note

With photographs and postcards, this U.S. Navy Collection documents the travels of the USS Milwaukee in the 1920s in Central America, the South Pacific and Far East, and the life of Cpl. Dewey T. Reno from 1950 to 1951 in Lone Wolf, OK, San Francisco, CA, and El Paso, TX. It records the daily activities of US Navy sailors, primarily off duty, but both at sea and in port. Some individual sailors are identified. Printed materials include a newspaper clipping, programs, tickets, and two typescript poems: "Aintcha Ever Gonna Write?" and "The Prayer of a Sailor."


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Reno, Dewey T. -- Archives.
Reno family.
Oakley, Ethel, Mrs.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Navy.
Milwaukee (Cruiser)—pictorial works.
Navy-yards and naval stations—pictorial works.
Omaha (Cruiser: CL-4)—pictorial works.
Panama Canal (Panama)—pictorial works.
Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)—pictorial works.
Trenton (Light cruiser)—pictorial works.
Cuba—pictorial works.
El Paso (Tex.)
Guam—pictorial works.
Honolulu (Hawaii)—pictorial works.
Japan—pictorial works.
Nicaragua—pictorial works.
Panama—pictorial works.
Shanghai (China)—pictorial works.
San Francisco (Calif.)
Sulphur (Okla.)
Yantai (Shandong Sheng, China)—pictorial works.
Yokohama (Japan)—pictorial works.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

U. S. Navy Collection, [ca. 1920s], 1950-1951, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection processed by Nicole Davis, September 2008. Addition of Cpl. Dewey T. Reno Papers processed by Laurel Rozema, April 2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Photo album

3So85.2 Album
Loose Photos
Printed Materials


Corporal Dewey T. Reno Papers

3D104 Correspondence:
Letters to Mrs. Ethel Oakley from Reno, July 8, 1950-March 6, 1951
Empty envelope for Mr. J. H. Reno from Reno, August 11, 1950
Postcard to Mrs. Bill Oakley from "Gladys," October 12, 1950
News clipping of T. Donald Robinson
Photograph of "Robinson & I"