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U.S.S. Adams logbook

Identifier: MS 235
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

This logbook relates a voyage of the U.S.S. Adams from San Francisco, California around the Pacific coasts of Central and South America from December 1, 1879 to February 23, 1881 kept by one of its officers, John H. Gibbons. Within the logbook are detailed sketches of the ship’s decks as well as detailed descriptions of the ship’s technical parts, equipment, supplies, and crew. The journal entries describe daily activities aboard ship, some routine and others observatory.


  • 1879-1881


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the U.S.S. Adams logbook, MS 235, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical / Historical

John H. Gibbons was one of four Cadet-Midshipmen aboard the U.S.S. Adams from 1879 to 1881.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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Logbook of a cruise of the U.S.S. Adams along the Pacific coast of Central and South America from December 1, 1879 to February 23, 1881, kept by Cadet-Midshipman John H. Gibbons.

Acquisition Information

This logbook was purchased from Cedric Robinsons in 1955 with the Friends of Fondren fund (Whittington gift).

General Note

Portions of this collection are available online at:
Guide to the U.S.S. Adams logbook, 1879-1881
Patricia Ladd
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA