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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Harry R. Van Brunt Papers, 1919-1939



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Van Brunt, Harry R.
Title: Harry R. Van Brunt Papers
Dates: 1919-1939
Abstract: Correspondence, military documents, typescript narratives, newspaper clippings, and photographs comprise the Harry R. Van Brunt Papers, 1920-1939, and document the mining of the cargo ship S. S. Liberty Glo on December 5, 1919.
Accession No.: 2010-201
Extent: 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Harry Russell Van Brunt of Tallahassee, Florida, joined the Navy upon the United States’ entry into World War I IN 1917. At the close of the war, late in 1918, Van Brunt entered into the U.S. shipping service as supercargo of the S. S. Liberty Glo. Built originally as a troop carrier at Hogs Island in Philadelphia in 1918, the Liberty Glo served as a cargo ship carrying supplies to Germany in 1919 under the command of Captain John I. Stousland. On December 5, 1919, at 2:15 pm the Liberty Glo hit a German mine in the English Channel off of the Dutch coast. Though the ship broke in two, one half stayed afloat; both the crew and cargo were saved. The ship, after extensive repairs, served as a cargo ship until 1950.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, military documents, typescript narratives, newspaper clippings, and photographs comprise the Harry R. Van Brunt Papers, 1920-1939, and document the mining of the cargo ship S. S. Liberty Glo on December 5, 1919. The papers contain Van Brunt’s personal narratives and published reminiscences concerning the incident. The correspondence documents Van Brunt’s involvement with the U.S. shipping service and his dispute with the government over the payment of his expenses while ashore in England and Holland following the explosion. Additionally, the papers include Van Brunt’s official report of the incident and his Seaman’s Identification Certificate, issued in February 1920 from the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam. The photographs depict Harry R. Van Brunt and the damaged S.S. Liberty Glo.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Van Brunt, Harry Russell--Archives.
Sousland, John I.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Shipping Board.
Subjects
Liberty Glo (Steamship)
Shipwrecks--United States--History--20th century.
Places
Netherlands.
English Channel.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harry R. Van Brunt Papers, 1919-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Megan Mummey, August 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2.325/B12 Correspondence, report, and military id, 1919-1920
Various accounts of the S. S. Liberty Glo written by Van Brunt, ca. 1920
Van Brunt’s account of the S. S. Liberty Glo, newspaper clippings, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1919, 1932, 1939
Photographs:
Harry R. Van Brunt, undated
S. S. Liberty Glo, after mine damage, undated

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