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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Chester W. Nimitz Papers, 1902-1972 (bulk 1962-1968)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nimitz, Chester W.
Creator: Nimitz, Catherine F. (Catherine Freeman), 1892-1979
Title: Nimitz, Chester W., Papers
Dates: 1902-1972 (bulk 1962-1968)
Abstract: The Chester W. Nimitz Papers, 1902-1972 (bulk 1962-1968), contains correspondence from Admiral Chester Nimitz and his wife to cousins, photocopies relating to the Nimitz family, and photographs of Nimitz and the Japanese Surrender.
Accession No.: 90-078; 94-214
Extent: 1/4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Chester William Nimitz (1885-1966) was a U.S. Navy Admiral, who served in World War I and World War II. Nimitz graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, seventh in his class, in 1905. He soon became an expert at undersea operations and commanded the Pearl Harbor Submarine Division. In 1926, he went to the University of California at Berkeley to design a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Afterwards he progressed through the ranks of the Navy, becoming chief of the Bureau of Navigation in 1939. When Adm. Husband E. Kimmel was relieved from command of the Pacific Fleet, Nimitz replaced him as commander-in-chief on December 25, 1941. The next year he was appointed to command the Pacific Oceans Areas in the Pacific Theater. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the temporary rank of Fleet Admiral of the U.S. Navy and appointed Nimitz to the rank. Finally he coordinated the offensive that brought on Japan's surrender and represented the U.S. in the peace treaty signed on the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Two years later, he unofficially retired to life as a roving ambassador for the United Nations and chairman of the Presidential Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights by President Harry S. Truman’s appointment.

A native of Fredericksburg, Texas, Chester W. Nimitz was the grandson of Charles H. Nimitz, who served as father figure after his father's death before his birth. He married Catherine Vance Freeman in 1913, and the couple had four children. He was the cousin of Herman W. Toepperwein and Mrs. Bertha Riley. Toepperwein was the brother of Mrs. W. H. Morrow.

Source:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Nimitz, Chester William,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/NN/fni5.html (accessed June 23, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

The Chester W. Nimitz Papers, 1902-1972 (bulk 1962-1968), contains correspondence from Admiral Chester Nimitz and his wife to cousins, photocopies relating to the Nimitz family, and photographs of Nimitz and the Japanese Surrender.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966 -- Archives
Nimitz, Charles Henry, 1826–1911
Nimitz, Catherine F. (Catherine Freeman), 1892-1979
Toepperwein, Herman, 1907-
Riley, Bertha.
Nimitz family.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Navy.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean.
Admirals -- United States.
Places
Fredericksburg (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the Nimitz Hotel Records.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chester W. Nimitz Papers, 1902-1972 (bulk 1962-1968), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2.325/A150 Twelve letters from Chester W. Nimitz to cousin Herman W. Toepperwein, 1962-1964
Two notes with attached photocopies, undated
Photocopy of Frank Sullivan's poem "A Visit to an Ancestor of Uncle Sam's" from Chester W. Nimitz to cousin Bertha Riley, July 6, 1942
Two letters from Catherine Nimitz to Herman W. Toepperwein, 1963, [ca. 1966]
Letter from Catherine Nimitz to Mrs. W. H. Morrow, September 1968
Photocopy of letter from Charles H. Nimitz, February 19, 1902
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3S52 Photograph of Chester W. Nimitz at Annapolis, [ca. 1904]
Photograph of the Japanese Surrender on U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay with Chester Nimitz, inscribed from Nimitz to Herman W. Toepperwein, September 2, 1945

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