Franklin Hanford Papers

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Franklin Hanford papers
Creator: Hanford, Franklin, 1844-
Call Number: D.143
Dates: 1864-1936
Physical Description: 24 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Personal papers
Series III: Published works
Series IV: Ephemera
Series V: Calling cards
Series VI: Photographs
Series VII: Military materials
Collection Overview
Title: Franklin Hanford papers
Creator: Hanford, Franklin, 1844-
Call Number: D.143
Dates: 1864-1936
Physical Description: 24 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Franklin Hanford was born at Chili, New York, on November 8, 1844, the son of William Haynes Hanford and Abbey Pixley Hanford. He received his early education at the Union School at Scottsville, New York, and at the Rochester High School at Rochester, New York. At an early age, Hanford decided on a military career, and in 1862 he entered the United States Naval Academy. After just two weeks at the Academy, however, Hanford was abruptly dismissed when records revealed that he was eighteen years old; the upper age limit for admission to the Academy had recently been lowered from eighteen to seventeen. Hanford protested that he had never been informed of the change, and Academy officials advised him to seek reinstatement through his Congressman, Alfred Ely. After the Secretary of the Navy refused to intervene on his behalf, Congressman Ely took Hanford to the White House, where they met with President Lincoln, who agreed to order Hanford reinstated. The meeting with Lincoln was counted by Hanford among his most memorable experiences.

During his years at the Naval Academy, Hanford saw duty in the Civil War. He was graduated in 1866 and received his first assignment aboard the U.S.S. Saco. In 1868, he was assigned to the ship Kearsage, aboard which he was promoted, first to ensign, then to master, and finally to lieutenant. In 1871, he was assigned to the flagship Wabash, on which he served in the European Station. After three years in Europe, Hanford held several assignments in the Asiatic Station, followed by three years on ordnance duty at the New York Navy Yard. From 1881 to 1884, Hanford served as navigator aboard the U.S.S. Pensacola. In 1885, he was promoted to lieutenant commander. While serving as senior aid to the commandant of the New York Navy Yard from 1892 to 1895, he was promoted to commander. His next assignment was to serve as commandant of the U.S.S. Alert on the Pacific Station from 1895 to 1897. Afterwards, he held the post of lighthouse inspector on the Great Lakes until 1900, when he assumed the office of commandant of the U.S. Naval Station at Cavite, Philippine Islands. He was ordered home in 1902, and he retired with the rank of rear admiral in 1903.

In his retirement years, Admiral Hanford resided at his home, "The Farm," at Scottsville. He continued to pursue the collection of rare books, a hobby he had begun as a young man, and he took an avid interest in history, particularly the history of the Genesee Valley. He published several papers for the Scottsville Literary Society, of which he was a member. He gave speeches on historical topics before a variety of organizations, and many of these talks drew on his own experiences. A stroke suffered in 1912 left him impaired to some extent, but he was able to continue with many of his activities until his eyesight failed. Admiral Hanford died on February 8, 1928, and was buried in Oatka Cemetery at Scottsville.

Admiral Hanford was married on November 6, 1878, to Sarah Adelia Crosby (1851-1915) of Scottsville. They had three children, Mary Crosby Hanford (1880-1881), John Munn Hanford (1882-1973), who graduated from Williams College and New York University Medical School and became a prominent New York City physician, and Ruth Crosby Hanford (1887-1976), later Mrs. James Buell Munn, who was graduated from Wellesley College.

Single contents list for both original collection and 1983 addition.

Hanford, Franklin, 1844-
United States. Navy
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[Item title, item date], Franklin Hanford papers, D.143, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Other collections in the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections that are related to the Franklin Hanford Papers are the Munn-Pixley Family Papers, 1817-1935 (D.101), the Hanford-Munn Family Papers (D.102), and the Mors Ostrander Slocum Papers (D.42). The former collection centers around John Pixley Munn (1846-1931), a first cousin of Franklin Hanford, and includes correspondence by Hanford to Munn. The latter collection centers around Ruth Crosby (Hanford) Munn, daughter of Franklin Hanford, who married James Buell Munn, the son of John Pixley Munn.

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1-10Correspondence, January 1864-December 1872
Box 2, Folder 1-10Correspondence, January 1873-September 1881
Box 3, Folder 1-8Correspondence, October 1881-March 1883
Box 4, Folder 1-11Correspondence, April 1883-June 1895
Box 5, Folder 1-8Correspondence, July 1895-June 1896
Box 6, Folder 1-10Correspondence, July 1896-December 1899, undated circa 1896-1897
Box 7, Folder 1-10Correspondence, January 1900-August 1901
Box 8, Folder 1-9Correspondence, September 1901-April 1902
Box 9, Folder 1-9Correspondence, May 1902-December 1902, undated circa 1902
Box 10, Folder 1-9Correspondence, circa 1901 (undated)-January 1928
Box 11, Folder 1-8Letters of condolence at the death of Franklin Hanford, February 8, 1928-December 31, 1928
Box 11, Folder 9-12Correspondence, January 1929-December 1936, including undated and fragments
Box 25, Folder 1-7Personal correspondence, 1862-1928
Box 25, Folder 8Official correspondence, copies of letters, 1891-1892
Box 25, Folder 9-12;
Box 26, Folder 1-10
Official correspondence, 1886-1928
Series II: Personal papers
Box 12, Folder 1Historical writings and speeches of Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 2Original draft and printed copies of "Did Betsey Ross Design the Flag of the United States?" by Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 3"Old Navy Stories," #1: naval anecdotes compiled by Hanford
Box 12, Folder 4"Old Navy Stories," #2
Box 12, Folder 5"The Genesee Valley and the Navy," a speech by Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 6Original draft and copies of "On the origin of the names of places in Monroe County, New York," by Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 7"Some account of the Ladrone or Mariana Islands and a visit of eight days to Guam," prepared for the Scottsville Literary Society by Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 8Material prepared for the Scottsville Literary Society
Box 12, Folder 9Material relating to the Scottsville Literary Society
Box 12, Folder 10Material on the history of the Genesee Valley prepared by Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 11Miscellaneous speeches by Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 12Notes, speeches, and poems by Franklin Hanford
Box 12, Folder 13Rough notes on Naval Operations on Lake Ontario
Box 13, Folder 1Franklin Hanford's writings on the history of Scottsville
Box 13, Folder 2"Notes on the English," sent to Sarah Adelia Crosby in the early 1870's
Box 13, Folder 3Hanford's account of events in Nicaragua, 1896
Box 13, Folder 4"How I entered the Navy," a personal history of Franklin Hanford's entrance into the Naval Academy, including an account of his celebrated meeting with Abraham Lincoln
Box 13, Folder 5Miscellaneous notes made by Franklin Hanford on historical topics
Box 13, Folder 6Dictation of Franklin Hanford to Ruth Crosby Hanford about his life, 1844-1874
Box 13, Folder 7Admiral Hanford's personal notebook and contents
Box 13, Folder 8An account of the final days of Franklin Hanford, by Ruth Crosby Hanford, along with lists of those expressing condolences at his death
Box 13, Folder 9Bookplates and stationery of Franklin Hanford
Box 13, Folder 10-11Receipts, 1871-1873
Box 26, Folder 11-13;
Box 27, Folder 1-11
Journals and ephemera from journals, 1861-1864, 1866-1869, 1871-1873
Box 28, Folder 1-10;
Box 29, Folder 1-7
Journals and ephemera from journals, 1874-1877, 1888-1889, 1891, 1895-1896, 1900-1901
Box 29, Folder 8Line-a-day diaries, 1906-1915
Box 32, Folder 1-2Personal ledgers, 1862-1866
Box 32, Folder 3-5Family ledgers, 1911-1926
Box 32, Folder 6Catalog of periodicals, 1887
Box 32, Folder 7-8;
Box 33, Folder 1-3
Catalog of books, 1888, undated
Box 35, Folder 3Scrapbook, 1858
Box 35, Folder 4Composition notebook, 1857-1858
Box 35, Folder 5-6Composition/translations, circa 1858-1862
Box 35, Folder 7Compositions, 1861
Series III: Published works
Box 14, Folder 2"Proceedings of the 24th Annual meeting of the Lake Mohonk Conference," containing commentary on the Philippines by Franklin Hanford
Box 14, Folder 3"Notes on the visits of American and British Naval Vessels to the Genesee River, 1809 - 1814," by Franklin Hanford, published by the Genesee Press, Rochester, New York, November 1911
6 copies

Box 14, Folder 4The Technical World, volume 2, number 4, containing the article "Beacons of the Sea," by Franklin Hanford, December 1904
3 copies

Box 14, Folder 5Beta Theta Pi, volume 29, number 2, contains a photograph of and a brief article about Admiral Hanford, November 1901
Box 14, Folder 6Beta Theta Pi, volume 55, number 5, contains references to and a picture of Admiral Hanford in an article entitled "Our Naval Academy Chapter," by Karl W. Fischer, April 1928
Box 14, Folder 7Year Book, Society of the Genesee, contains an address by Franklin Hanford, 1905
Box 35, Folder 1The Scottsville Weekly News, 1856-1858
Box 35, Folder 2The American Monthly Magazine, 1858
Series IV: Ephemera
Box 15, Folder 1Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings
Box 15, Folder 2Clippings regarding Franklin Hanford
Box 15, Folder 3Clippings gathered by Franklin Hanford while on active duty
Box 15, Folder 4Clippings concerning the Hanford children
Box 15, Folder 5Clippings relating to Hanford's historical interests
Box 15, Folder 6Miscellaneous clippings
Box 15, Folder 7Assorted certificates
Box 15, Folder 8Ephemera pertaining to the flag of the United States
Box 15, Folder 9-10Miscellaneous ephemera
Box 15, Folder 11-12;
Box 33, Folder 4-8;
Box 34, Folder 1-9
Printed ephemera, 1862-1928, undated
Includes eye problems (Box 33, Folder 8); Wellesley College (Box 34, Folder 3); and the Navy (Box 34, Folder 9)

Box 16, Folder 1Ephemera collected, circa 1895-1896
Box 16, Folder 2Documents from Nicaragua, circa 1896
Box 16, Folder 3-4Printed ephemera from San Francisco, 1896
Box 16, Folder 5-7Printed ephemera from Honolulu, 1896-1897
Box 16, Folder 8Printed ephemera from Port Angeles, Washington, 1897
Box 16, Folder 9-15Printed ephemera from the Philippines, 1901-1903
Box 24Newspapers, newspaper fragments, and oversize printed ephemera related to a wide variety of subjects
Box 34, Folder 10-11Miscellaneous notebooks and ephemera from notebooks, undated
Box 34, Folder 12-16Newspaper clippings on current events, the Genesee region, the Navy, and the Panama Canal, 1896-1910, undated
Series V: Calling cards
Box 17, Folder 1-3Calling cards from Peru, circa 1895-1896
Box 17, Folder 4-6Calling cards from San Francisco, 1896
Box 17, Folder 7-12Calling cards from Honolulu, 1896-1897
Box 17, Folder 13Calling cards from Port Angeles, Washington, 1897
Box 18, Folder 1-6Calling cards from the Philippines, 1900-1903
Box 18, Folder 7-8Miscellaneous calling cards
Series VI: Photographs
Box 19, Folder 1Photographs from Chile: The Delano family
Box 19, Folder 2Photographs from Peru
Box 19, Folder 3Miscellaneous photographs from South America
Box 19, Folder 4-9;
Box 20, Folder 1
Photographs from the Philippines
Box 20, Folder 2Photographs taken while on lighthouse duty
Box 20, Folder 3-4Photographs of naval vessels
Box 20, Folder 5-6Portraits
Box 20, Folder 7Photographs from China
Box 20, Folder 8Photographs from Siam
Box 21, Folder 1-2Photographs from Japan
Box 21, Folder 3Miscellaneous photographs from the Orient
Box 21, Folder 4Photographs from Europe
Box 21, Folder 5Photographs of the residence of Rear Admiral Very, Newton Center, Massachusetts
Box 21, Folder 6Photograph calendars
Box 21, Folder 7Miscellaneous photographs
Box 21, Folder 8Postcards and prints
Box 23Oversize photographs of various subjects
Series VII: Military materials
Box 14, Folder 1Notebook belonging to Admiral Hanford
Box 14, Folder 8The United States Naval Academy Graduate Association, Register of Graduates, January 1921
This book contains data on all those who had graduated from the United States Naval Academy as of January, 1921

Box 22, Folder 1Photographic record of the voyage of the U.S.S. Pensacola to West Africa
Box 22, Folder 2Book of Memoranda, used by Franklin Hanford while in Honolulu
Box 22, Folder 3-5Book of Memoranda, used by Franklin Hanford while serving as commandant of the U.S. Naval Station at Cavite, Philippine Islands
Box 29, Folder 9-10;
Box 30, Folder 1
Academic notebook, U.S. Naval Academy, 1863-1866, undated
Box 30, Folder 2, 4Official log, summer cruise, 1863, 1865
Box 30, Folder 3Notebooks, summer cruise, 1863, 1865
Box 30, Folder 5Navigation log, 1866-1867
Box 30, Folder 6Official notebook, circa 1868
Box 31, Folder 1Official log, 1868, 1871-1874
Box 31, Folder 2-4Official notebook, U.S.S. Pensacola, 1881-1884, 1888-1889
Box 31, Folder 5Official notebook, U.S.S. Alert, 1895-1897
Box 31, Folder 6Ephemera from official notebook, 1895-1897
Box 31, Folder 7Official notebooks, no date
Volume 1Navy ordnance: Orders and official correspondence, 1864-1897
Volume 2Watch, quarter, fire, boat, battalion, and station bills, U.S.S. Pensacola, (2nd Rate), 1885-1888
Volume 3Steam engineering diagrams, done by Franklin Hanford, undated

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