Skip to main content

Augustus Alexander Warren papers, 1849-1886Rauner Manuscript MS-868

Full Finding Aid


Augustus Alexander Warren papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-868

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

.5 linear ft., 1 box


Augustus Alexander Warren, sailmaker in the U. S. Navy. The collection contains holographs and typescripts of his recollections of voyages made on the USS Decator and other vessels. A logbook, correspondence, sketches, drawings and photographs are also included.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Augustus A. Warren contain a private logbook detailing his 1849 voyage from Boston to Batavia and an 1854-1856 voyage on the USS Decatur in defense of Seattle, Washington. Holograph memoirs include "Three voyages, 1854-1856" "In Defense of Seattle, Washington, 1871," "In Support of the Charles Francis Hall Arctic expedition," and "1880 along the coast of South America." Also included are letters to his family, his commission as a sailmaker, sketches and drawings, and photographs of Warren, his wife, and child.


Augustus Alexander Warren was a warrant officer with the United States Navy in the mid-1800s. He was born to a French mother and an English father in Havre, France, in February of either 1826 or 1827. When a young man, Warren emigrated to Kittery, Maine, where he became a U.S. citizen in 1853 and received his commission as a sail-maker with the Navy the same year. Soon after, he set to sea on the USS Decatur to defend Seattle against "all the Indians occupying the Northern portion of the United States." Warren also sailed in support of the Charles Francis Hall Arctic expedition in 1871 and along the coast of South America in the 1880s.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1849-1886


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Logbook, 1849-1857
  • Folder: 2, History of events at Seattle, 1855-1856, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 3, Cruise, 1865-1868, holograph, undated
  • Folder: 4, Cruise, 1865-1868, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 5, Second Cruise, 1871-1873, holograph, undated
  • Folder: 6, Second Cruise, 1871-1873, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 7, Third Cruise, 1880-1884, holograph, undated
  • Folder: 8, Third Cruise, 1880-1884, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence, 1851-1886
  • Folder: 10, Citizenship papers, 1853
  • Folder: 11, Naval appointment, 1853
  • Folder: 12, Masonic certificate, 1866
  • Folder: 13, Genealogical notes, undated
  • Folder: 14, Sketches and Drawings, undated
  • Folder: 15, Sketches and Drawings, undated
  • Folder: 16, Photograph: Daguerreotype of Warren, undated
  • Folder: 17, Photograph: Daguerreotype of Delia Jones and Edith Marie Warren, undated
  • Folder: 18, Plan of Fredericksburg, Virginia, undated

Finding Aids