Janotta Family Papers, 1809-1972


Janotta Family Papers, 1809-1972


Jannotta Family


Papers, 1809-1972 [1878-1972]


21.08 linear feet (20 archival boxes and 5 oversize volumes, and 1 oversize folder)


Chicago, Illinois, family including particularly Stella Skiff Jannotta (1867-1954) – suffragist, eugenicist, humanist, genealogist, and writer; her husband Alfredo Antonio Jannotta (1843-1913) – Italian born composer and conductor who ran voice culture schools in several American cities; and their oldest son, A. Vernon (1894-1972) – World War I veteran who commanded amphibious forces in the South and Southwest Pacific during World War II, attained rank of Rear Admiral, and became an executive with Jewel Tea Company, Inc., the family business founded by Skiff uncles.


Collection contains correspondence, essays, diaries, musical scores, family histories, military records, and memorabilia documenting Stella Skiff’s political and family activities, genealogical research, and philosophical ideas; Alfredo Antonio’s musical career; and A. Vernon’s military and business careers. Topics include the Chicago Political Equality League, women’s clubs, eugenics, world peace, socialism, feminism, woman’s suffrage, LCI (L) s,U.S.amphibious operations in the South and Southwest pacific during World War II, Jewel Tea Company, and Coffin, Thompson, Skiff, Starbuck, and Finley families.


Approximately six cubic feet of photographs, four cubic feet of published material, and two cubic feet of artifacts were transferred out of the collection.


Access:            Open for Research


Acc. No.:         73-75


Processed by:  Nancy Hunt, April 1981


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Stella Skiff Jannotta, suffragist, eugenicist, “naturalistic humanist”, genealogist, writer, and a member of the founding family of Jewel Tea Company, Inc., was born on October 29, 1867, inNewton, Iowa. Her father, Vernon William Skiff (1841-1926), was a pioneer, Civil War soldier, and successful dry goods merchant. Her mother, Mary Frances Coffin Skiff (1842-1918), came from an abolitionist family whose Quaker ancestry led back to the Coffins of Nantucket, Massachusetts; she was educated atIowaWesleyanCollege and became involved in the Federation of Women’s Club. Stella’s brother, Frank Vernon, was born on July 3, 1869, and her sister, Blanche Alice, on January 24, 1873.


In 1889 the Skiff family moved to Chicagoseeking educational advantages for the children. Stella studied music at the Chicago Conservatory and “voice culture” with the Italian maestro, Alfredo Antonio Jannotta. By 1892 she was listed by the Chicago Music Agency as a lyric soprano and was considered “one of the most promising young singers before the public”. On July 25, 1893, Stella married Alfredo and they lived in the Plaza Hotel in downtown Chicago before settling inOak Park. By 1909 the rest of the Skiff family, including Blanche and her husband, Frank P. Ross, also lived inOak Park. Frank Vernon, who had previously worked in his father’s dry goods business inNewton, had meanwhile, in 1901, founded the Jewel Tea Company inChicago in association with Ross. This coffee and tea company grew into a national food and drug distribution firm comprising Jewel, Eisner, White Hen, Osco, and other grocery and drug chain stores.


Stella’s husband, Alfred Antonio Jannotta, an Italian composer, conductor, and voice instructor, was born in Capua, Italy, on December 20, 1843. Beginning his musical education at the royal conservatory in Naples, Saint Pietro Ammajella, Alfredo studied composition and orchestration under Severio Mercadante for seven years. In 1861 he graduated as a conductor and composer and, the following year, he commenced his professional career inLondon. By 1863 he had become musical director of the eighty-five-member Italian Orchestral Association inLondon.


In 1865 Alfredo immigrated to theUnited Statesand settled inBoston,Massachusetts, where he became a vocal master at the New England Conservatory of Music. He married Alice Prudy (later remarried as Mrs. W.L. Prictee), by whom he had a son, Edward, before he moved toCincinnati,Ohio, in 1868. Alfredo remained inCincinnatifor twelve years, teaching more than six hundred pupils, conducting all manners of musical entertainments from symphony concerts to masquerade balls, and organizing and directing the Cincinnati Choral Society. In 1877 he succeeded in uniting fifty musicians in Cincinnati’s first orchestra, an enterprise that proved financially unsuccessful. Alfredo returned to his wife and child in Boston in 1881 and resumed teaching voice in his Music Salon, located at his Hoffman House residence. He became the director of two prominent organizations, the South Boston Philharmonic Society and the Elmwood Club of Roxbury, before he moved again toSt. Paul,Minnesota, in 1882. The following year he was informed of the death of his son. In 1888, Alfredo moved to Chicago and attracted as students such prominent citizens as Mrs. Marshall Field, Jr. InChicago, as inSt. Paul, he established vocal schools and organized and conducted music festivals, concerts and operas. He advertised himself as a teacher in all branches of voice culture, especially the study of operas, oratorios, and church and concert music, and in Chicago he charged $60 an hour for tuition.


Alfredo composed and published several musical scores during his career. In 1869 he won a $1,000 prize for his “Peace Festival Grand March,” the only

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new original composition performed at Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore’s first Peace Jubilee inBoston. His opera, “Alidor,” received high praise and was performed throughout the country. It was first performed, under Signor Jannotta’s direction, inCincinnati in 1874 and again in St. Paul in 1887.


After marrying Alfredo, Stella continued to sing, joining in concerts given by the Jannotta Ladies’ Quartette. She also taught voice culture for a short period, receiving pupils at her Oak Park home or at her husband’s studio in the Fine Arts Building. Stella and Alfredo were the parents of three sons: Alfred Vernon was born on December 13, 1894; Frank Skiff on November 16, 1896; and Joseph Edwin on October 26, 1898. In 1902 Alfredo succeeded in opening the new Warrington Opera House in Oak Park but, three years later, his declining health forced him to move toLos Angeles,California. Shortly thereafter Stella became a “clubwoman,” involving herself in the woman’s suffrage movement and in rationalist religious organizations. She identified Herbert Spencer as the source of inspiration for her new interests in progressive causes, particularly suffrage and socialism. Stella inferred from Spencer, among other things, that “Tight waist lines are immoral,” and his system of thought may have played a role in her advocacy of eugenics and rationalism.


In 1907 Stella joined the Chicago Political Equality League (CPEL) and, in the same year, the Rationalist [Independent?] Religious Society, led by Mangaser Mugwiditch Mangasarian. She also became a member of Brotherhood of Man, led by Arthur Morrow Lewis, and in 1909 she organized a study class on Herbert Spencer with I.E.Ferguson as its leader. The CPEL, the predecessor organization to the Chicago League of Women Voters, seems to have demanded most of her energies during this period. She became involved in all three of its sections – Propaganda, Legislation, and Study – and held several leadership positions including the office of president in 1917 and 1918. She was also the delegate to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs inSan Francisco,California, in 1912 and combined this appointment with a visit to Alfredo inLos Angeles shortly before his death in 1913.


Stella’s special interests in the CPEL, as indicated by her writing and committee work, were eugenics and the control of the press. Between 1913 and 1915 she organized a Special Committee on Eugenics within the CPEL and wrote several essays on that topic and the related issues of birth control, overpopulation, prostitution, sex education, and spouse-choosing. This Special Committee eventually grew into the autonomous Eugenic Education Society, led by Dr. Anna Blount.


From 1915 to 1916, Stella chaired the Propaganda Section of the CPEL. It was at this time that she wrote “Public Opinion,” an essay decrying male ownership of and exclusive control over the policies and editing of the daily newspaper, thus denying women a part in the making of public opinion, “the real arbiter of our destinies.” This essay was published in the North Shore Weekly Sketch in 1916. Stella continued to return to, alter, and elaborate on this essay until 1948. The most significant changes occurred in 1927 when the original feminist premise was replaced by a stronger socialist rationale.


Stella maintained her interest in political and philosophical groups throughout her life and made at least two other efforts at organizing. From her second home in Lake Wales, Florida, she organized the Lake Wales Committee for World Disarmament in 1931 and in 1939 she made an appeal in Chicago for an organization of gentiles to defend justice for Jews. The list of her affiliations with ethical, rationalist, health, progressive, and civil rights organizations is a lengthy one and includes

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the American Civil Liberties Union (which she joined about 1924), Freethinkers of America (joined in 1928), League for Independent Political Action (1932), National Council for Prevention of War (1932), the American Humanist Association, led by Edwin H. Wilson (1940), Union for Democratic Action (1942), Chicago Ethical Society, led by Dr. A. Eustace Haydon (1945), Progressive Citizens of America (1947), and the League for Industrial Democracy (1948).


Stella spent a considerable amount of time researching her family history. Her ancestors in the Skiff lineage entitled her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Descendants Society. After her mother died in 1918, Stella also began to research the Coffin, Thompson, Skiff, Starbuck, and Finley lines of her ancestry. She corresponded with a wide range of relatives, many of whom were fellow genealogists, and she collected old family letters and memorabilia and wrote essays on various members of her family. Two of her more lengthy biographical sketches were privately printed. Alice Virginia Coffin, a biography of her mother’s sister, was first printed in 1929 and again in 1934 and 1939, each time with significant additions. Alice Virginia was one of the seven co-founders of the PEO Sisterhood, a women’s organization dedicated to educational opportunities for women. The second biographical sketch, William Robinson Skiff and his son Vernon William Skiff, was printed in 1938. This story of her grandfather, father, and frontier society culminated in a political polemic on youth entitled “Enter my Grandchildren.” Stella also had an offprint reproduction made of a group of letters written from 1840 to 1906 by her grandparents, Matthew Starbuck Coffin and Martha Ellen Thompson Coffin.


Stella’s other major literary effort was the construction of a twenty-four-“book” autobiography and family history, assembled in scrapbook style. She returned to many of her earlier writings, including the lectures and essays of her CPEL period and the biographical sketches, and incorporated parts of these, along with family letters, photographs, quotations from newspaper clippings, and new retrospective narrative material, into the story of her ancestry, life, “religion”, and offspring. Stella had several typed copies of most of the parts of her work made and may have intended to distribute the worked and re-worked-but never quite finished the history.


Dissemination of her ideas and writing was a large part of Stella’s style. She wrote bold, declamatory letters to friends, politicians, and family and posted her credo (“To Truth – By Way of Science, To Justice – By Way of Reason, Compromise and Law, To Liberty – By Granting to Others Equal Liberty, To Social Progress – By World Organization…”) on a guidepost at the entrance to her Lake Wales estate in 1927 and had it printed on her personal stationery.


Stella also distributed her biographical sketches to family and friends and expressed her “naturalistic humanism” with several projects that she circulated among them.


These projects included a detailed geologic chart, constructed between 1939 and 1945 for her grandchildren’s edification, that she had printed in the hundreds and was still distributing at the time of her death; a song, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” that she wrote about 1937 and had published by the National Music Company in 1944; and her deceased son Frank’s essay, Morality without God, that she arranged to have edited and published by Edwin H. Wilson of the American Humanist Association in 1951. She also worked on a series of quotations and aphorisms, “A Few of My Earnest Convictions, Dedicated to my Grandchildren,” that she evidently never completed.


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Stella held tenaciously to her convictions, particularly in regard to the didactic role she envisioned for herself as a mother. When World War I began Stella, then a pacifist, denied her son Frank, who was of minority age, consent to fight; and in 1943 she refused to attend her granddaughter Stella’s wedding because the young woman was being married by a Catholic priest.


As a member of the founding family of the Jewel Tea Company, Stella was financially secure and her life was devoted to raising her children and grandchildren. Shortly after her own three sons left home, she arranged to adopt three foster daughters. In August 1917 Margaret, age ten and of Italian descent, arrived from New York, and in June 1918 two sisters, Marion Ostrander, not quite four, and Betty (Elizabeth) Ostrander, two years old, were adopted. The Ostrander girls were the children of friends who had come to the United States from Holland. For years Stella raised the three girls and sent them to private schools, summer camps, and on visits toLakeWales,Florida. She also established a trust for her “non-smoking grandchildren” that she distributed, a year before she died, upon receiving testimony of their abstinence from tobacco. Stella lived to the age of 87, dying in 1954.


Stella’s oldest son, A. Vernon, had disappointed his mother with his decision to fight in World War I, but he later became a source of pride as he commanded in World War II and received high honors for his service. Vernon, who rose to the rank of Rear Admiral and was also a successful management consultant and business executive, received his preliminary education in the public schools of Oak Park, Illinois. He entered Cornell Universityin September 1912, where he served for two years in the Cornell Cadet Corps and joined the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Savage Club of Ithaca, New York. He graduated with a B.A. degree in business administration.


Vernon enlisted in the Naval reserves as an apprentice seaman in April 1917. After a period of training at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he was commissioned as an Ensign and assigned to convoy duty in the Atlantic Ocean. He served on the USS San Diego, the only U.S. Navy cruiser to be sunk during World War I. Vernon survived the July 1918 sinking after eight hours in the water, and the incident allowed him leave time to marry Mary (May) Broderick Lamm on August 20, 1918. Thereafter he served as a liaison officer with the British Navy. He was released to inactive duty in February 1919 as a Lieutenant (j.g.) but remained in the Naval Reserve Force until September 1921.


Vernonreentered the Navy in September 1942 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander and served on active duty until February 1946. He served two tours of duty with the amphibious forces in the South and Southwest Pacific, in each commanding LCI (L)s (Landing Craft Infantry, large). On his first tour of duty outside theUnited States from January 1943 to April 1944, he commanded LCI (L) Group 14 (12 ships) of Flotilla 5, and on his second tour of duty from July 1944 to August 1945, he commanded LCI (L) Flotilla 24 (36-45 ships).


From December 27, 1944 to February 11, 1945, 23 LCI (L)s of LCI (L) Flotilla 24 operated as a part of Task Group 77.11. This Task Group was formed as a special attack force to conduct deceptive diversionary operations in connection with the Luzon campaigns and was based at Mindanao in the Philippine Islands. On December 30, 1944, at the outset of the Task Group’s operations, a Japanese suicide plane struck the USS Orestes and set the ship on fire. Under Jannotta’s command, the fire was brought under control and the ship was saved from destruction,

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thus preserving the only supply of aviation gas in the area available at the time for the Motor Torpedo Boats of the Task Group. Commander Jannotta’s actions during the operation, which included personally boarding the USS Orestes and fighting the fire, earned him the Navy Cross. In addition to this highest award, he received two Bronze Stars for meritorious service, the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry, the Purple Heart, and several other citations and commendations for his World War II service.


In 1946 Jannotta served in Washington, D.C., on the Special Board appointed by the President to determine a post-war Navy program. He was promoted to Captain in the Naval Reserve in 1953 and to Rear Admiral at the time of his retirement in 1954. He also kept in close contact with the officers of his flotilla after the war. They held several reunions, the first being in Evanston, Illinois, in 1948, and in 1965 they were incorporated as the LCI (L) Flotilla 24, Inc. In October 1961, at the same time that he was awarded an honorary D.Sc., an academic chair was endowed in Jannotta’s name by his flotilla at the Detroit Institute of Technology’sCollege ofBusiness Administration.


Jannotta began his business career in 1919 as a salesman in the family’s firm, the Jewel Tea Company ofChicago. He was associated with the company for fifty years in various capacities including recording secretary, director, and assistant to the president. He was a business executive and management consultant in several other firms, and his interests were spread among furniture stores, self-service laundries, construction businesses, and food chain stores.


Jannotta held executive positions in or owned the following companies: the investment and banking firm of Lehman Brothers (New York City), 1926-1927; Motor Institute of America (Chicago), 1927-1932; Tapp Inc. (furniture manufactures in Chicago), 1932-1942; Consolidated Trading Corporation (Chicago), 1947-1949; as well as Mayfair, Inc. (Albany, New York) and Porter Furniture Company (Racine, Wisconsin) after 1949; Fox River Stone Company (Elgin, Illinois); and J.D. Jewell, Inc., and Standard Packaging Corporation (New York) after 1955. He was also a director of the National Retail Tea and Coffee Merchants’ Association and of the Furniture Manufacturers’ Association and a vice-president and director of the Order ofLafayette.


Additional affiliations included the Navy League, Legion of Valor, Reserve Officers’ Association, Society of Mayflower Descendants, War Society of the Cruiser and Transport Force, Chicago Athletic Association, Cornell Alumni Club, Military Affairs Committee of the Florida State Chamber of Commerce, Order souverain et militaire du temple de Jerusalem, Peter Tare, Inc., and Sons of the Revolution. Jannotta also conducted a successful campaign for councilman in Lantana,Florida, in 1966 and served for three years.


A native of Oak Park, Illinois, Jannotta had residences in Kenilworth, Illinois, in Short Hills, New Jersey, and in Lantana, Florida. When he died on May 31, 1972, he was survived by his wife, May, two of his three daughters, Diane Broderick (Mrs. Wallace B. Mallu) and Shirley (Mrs. Henry C. Nickel) – (Mary Francis died of diabetes in 1970), six grandchildren, and a great grandchild, as well as his brother Joseph.










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The Jannotta Family Papers, 1809-1972, consist of 20 cubic feet and 5 oversize volumes, and 1 oversize folder of correspondence, essays, diaries, musical scores, family histories, military records, and memorabilia. Most of the material dates after 1878.


This is a diverse collection of material documenting the activities of six generations and, in depth, three generations of an Italian-American Family. These generations typify mid-nineteenth century rural society, Victorian culture and social reform inChicagoduring the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and national military distinction and corporate advancement during and following the World Wars.


The Jannotta Family Papers chiefly consist of the political, philosophical, and genealogical letters, writings, and research of Stella Skiff Jannotta as well as her collection of family letters, autograph albums, diaries, calling cards, certificates, and news clippings; the musical scores, programs, and prospectuses of her teacher and composer husband, Alfredo Antonio Jannotta; and the military records, war diaries and souvenirs, business papers, personal letters, short stories, and certificates of their son, Alfred Vernon Jannotta. As a result of the civic and political activities of Stella Skiff Jannotta as well as her research into her heritage of literate, educated, socially-active ancestors, it is a collection rich not only in music and military history but in women’s and family history as well.


The collection arrived in a highly disorganized fashion with the papers of the three Jannotta’s often mixed together. Stella, who was a collector par excellence, saved and probably solicited family papers as she reconstructed her personal and family history. Thus the lines between what constituted her papers, her husband’s, and her son’s were often obscure. For this reason all family letters, except those that Stella clearly collected or generated in the process of her genealogical research, have been brought together. (Since the family letters rarely date past the year of her death, 1954, the likelihood that she collected and reviewed most of them is strong.) Because Stella tried to save the papers of and about her husband and son as well as other members of her family, small amounts of material concerning Alfredo andVernon can be found in her own papers. However, material in the collection was generally processed so as to separate the papers of Stella Skiff, Alfredo Antonio, and Alfred Vernon.


The collection has been divided into four series: Family Correspondence, 1878-1953 and 1962-1967; Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954; Alfredo Antonio Jannotta Papers, 1866-1913; and Alfred Vernon Jannotta Papers, 1911-1972


Series I: The Family Correspondence, 1878-1953 and 1962-1967(Boxes 1-4), consists of family letters saved by Stella Skiff Jannotta and her sonVernon. It is arranged according to the family member writing or receiving the letters. Included is the correspondence of Alfredo, Stella,Vernon and his wife Mary, Frank and his wife Helen, Joseph and wife Mona, and other relatives. The letters of other relatives include the following correspondents: Stella’s sister and sister’s husband, Frank and Blanche Ross; Stella’s Cousin, the poet and literary critic Frances Coffin Boaz; Alfredo’s brothers Giuseppe and Peppino and sister Filomena (letters written in Italian); Alfredo’s ex-wife Alice; and Lillie B. Marcks, Stella’s Aunt. There is also legal correspondence concerning the settlement of Giuseppe Jannotta’s estate. Additional family correspondence can be found in Stella Skiff Jannotta’s genealogical research correspondence (Boxes 7-8).


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Series II: The Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954 (Boxes 4-10), consist of Correspondence, 1892-1954; Philosophical and Political Writings, 1909-1953; Personal Memorabilia, 1879-1952; Collected Family Papers and Memorabilia, 1835-1950s; Genealogical Research and Writings, 1809-1931; “Autobiography and Family History, 1841-1953”; and Financial Papers, 1924-1935. Most of this material dates from 1879 to 1954 and was used in or generated by Stella’s work on her twenty-four-“book” autobiography and family history. The autobiography and family history combines, in scrapbook style, primary source material (Copies of photographs, selected essays, letters, news clippings, journal entries, etc.) culled by Stella from her own papers and her collected family papers along with explanatory and retrospective narrative. Most of the narrative appears to have been written with the autobiography and family history in mind, but Stella did return to her genealogical research and writings of the 1920s and 1930s to incorporate part of this material into the project. The Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers have been arranged to reflect the distinction between primary source material collected for potential use in the autobiography and family history and material written or copied in the course of constructing the history.


            The Correspondence File, 1892-1954 (Boxes 4-5), contains letters with friends, politicians,           humanists, and representatives of political, ethical, and genealogical organizations. Of             particular note are the letters from Herbert D. Campbell, a friend romantically inclined toward Stella before her marriage and after the death of her husband, when they resumed an         exchange of intellectual ideas; and her correspondence with Edwin H. Wilson of the   American Humanist Association regarding the publication of her son’s essay, Morality      without God. Additional correspondents include Anna Blount and A. Eustace Haydon. Additional correspondence from representatives of organizations can be found among            Stella’s collected organizational literature (Box 6, Folders 15-19).


            The Philosophical and Political Writing, 1909-1953 (Boxes 5-6), consist of notes, essays,   poems, “lectures”, speeches, clippings, petitions, brochures, charts, printed material, and          various ephemera that document Stella’s participation in the Chicago Political Equality           League in 1907 and trace her involvement in and reaction to social reform activities and current events. This material, with the numerous notes written on backs of receipts and other    scraps of paper, is the richest source for Stella’s philosophical ideas and illustrates her knack         for aphorism. Essay topics include eugenics, over-population, immigration, prostitution,          dress reform, sex education, birth control, democracy, communism, Americanism, and           Herbert Spencer. Of particular interest are the Chicago Political Equality League papers,           which include handbills, meeting notices and extracts, yearbooks, news clippings such as      Stella’s letter to the editor regarding dress reform, Stella’s report to the General Federation       of Women’s Clubs in San Francisco (1912), and letters and meeting minutes of a conference         of Chicago club women concerning marriage (“a biological institution”) and divorce laws of Illinois (1913). Also noteworthy are the handbill Stella distributed in Chicago in 1939 in an effort to form an organization to fight anti-Semitism (only     gentiles would be eligible to   join), the geologic chart she complied and arranged in 1937, the words and music for the song “Pilgrim’s Progress” that she composed in 1937, and her collected organizationalliterature, 1928-1954.




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Series II: The Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954


            The Personal Memorabilia, 1879-1952(Box 6), includes Stella’s autograph album (1879-    1880) and diary (March-December 1917), a small amount of Jewel Tea Company material, and news clippings, calling cards, invitations, musical programs, greeting cards, brochures,       certificates, and other ephemera.


            The Collected Family Papers and Memorabilia, 1835-1950s (Box 7), consist of papers and             memorabilia of and about various family members, arranged by family member. Of particular note are the essays written by Stella’s mother, Mary Frances Coffin Skiff,    concerning the Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Chicago Woman’s Club, including    one entitled “The Progress of Woman in the Nineteenth Century,” 1897; her mother’s trip diaries and journals; personal and collected books of quotations (eventually published by Blanche Skiff Ross, Stella’s sister); and genealogical papers. Also noteworthy are the papers of Stella’s father, Vernon William Skiff, which include his Civil War certificates, Charlie       Gilman’s A Soldier’s Journal (which discusses Charlie’s and Vernon’s Civil War   experiences together), and the architectural plan for the hospital Vernon had built in Newton, Iowa, in memory of his wife. Concert programs, prospectuses, press notices, financial and legal papers, and clippings and notes of and about Alfredo Antonio and papers of and about Stella’s cousin, Francis Coffin Boaz, and Frances’ career as a poet and literary critic are also included here.


            The Genealogical Research and Writings, 1809-1931 (Boxes 7-8), contain lineage charts,   research correspondence with fellow relatives and genealogists, collected ancestors’ letters and notes, and biographical essays reflecting Stella’s research into the Skiff, Thompson, Finley, Coffin, and Starbuck lines of her ancestry. Generally arranged by family line, this material includes several drafts (no originals) of the letters written by Stella’s maternal grandparents, Matthew Starbuck Coffin and Martha Ellen Thompson Coffin, from 1840 to 1906, which Stella had reproduced in an offprint edition. Copies of her published biographical sketches, Alice Virginia Coffin (1929, 1939, and 1940) and William Robinson           Skiff and his son Vernon William Skiff (1938), are also included. Most of this material dates            from 1919 to 1931.


            The “Autobiography and Family History, 1841-1953” (Boxes 8-9), consists of partial tables  of contents, the twenty-four “books” of this scrapbook-type assembled project, and several      folders of additional manuscript material and notes. The first fifteen books follow the most   complete tables of contents, and the last nine books are arranged in a general chronological    order. The “Autobiography and Family History” contains primary and retrospective material on Stella’s ancestry, family, “religion,” woman’s suffrage activities, travels, children, adopted daughters, and grandchildren. When she began this massive effort is unclear; however, her notations in large black crayon are an indication that most, if not all of it, was done after her cataract operation in 1943. Of particular note are copies of the highly detailed World War II letters written by Stella’s son, Vernon, to his wife May. Copies of these letters, as edited by Vernon for his mother, can be found in the Family Correspondence (Box             2, Folder 4-5).


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Series II: The Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954


            The Financial Papers, 1924-1935 (Box 10), include Stella’s monthly cash accounts in         addition to a few Jewel Tea Company asset records and other financial documents.


Series III: The Alfredo Antonio Jannotta Papers, 1866-1913 (Boxes 10-11), consist of non-family letters (from friends, students, and others), financial and legal documents, prospectuses and other publicity material, musical program, pupil appointment books, collected published musical scores and songbooks as well as his own published musical scores, and the original musical score books and loose score material for his opera “Alidor”.


Series IV: The Alfred Vernon Jannotta Papers, 1911-1972 (Boxes 12-20, oversize Manuscript 1-13), have been divided into Military Records and Papers, 1917-1972; Business Records and Papers, 1920-1968; and Personal Papers, 1911-1972


            The Military Records and Papers, 1917-1972 (Boxes 12-18, and oversize Manuscripts 1-2), consist of application and appointment papers, memoranda, directives, muster rolls, progress charts, training reports, information bulletins, U.S. Pacific Fleet Notices, tactical bulletins, letters, operation plans, navigation charts, photomaps, dispatches, administrative orders, operational rehearsal and attack orders, maps, action reports, visual and voice communications, guide and leave information regarding various leave posts in the South             Pacific, war diaries, signal logs, personnel records, narratives of operations, and handbooks,          manuals, and other semi-print and printed material reflecting A. Vernon Jannotta’s official   roles in World War I and World War II. The World War II official papers are arranged in a   rough chronology according to Jannotta’s changing positions of command, i.e., Lieutenant           Commander, LCI (L) Group 4, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, September-December 1942; Commander, LCI (L) Group 14 of Flotilla 5, Amphibious Force, South Pacific Fleet,             January 1943-April 1944; Commander, LCI (L) Flotilla 24, Amphibious Force, South        Pacific Fleet, July 1944-August 1945. Included are Jannotta’s World War II citations and      awards, personal letters, souvenirs, and historical material from each war (those for World    War I are interspersed with the official papers; those for World War II follow the official). Jannotta’s career during World War II is thoroughly documented. His Post-World War II  Naval activities are also documented, including his membership on the Board to recommend a Post-war Program for Promotion and Retirement (report: March 15, 1946), his RearAdmiral appointment, and the Flotilla 24 reunions.

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Series IV: The Alfred Vernon Jannotta Papers, 1911-1972        


            The Business Records and Papers, 1920-1968 (Box 18, and oversize Manuscript 3), chiefly consist of correspondence, bulletins, price lists, address lists, notices, and reports illustrating Jannotta’s work as a Jewel Tea Company salesman and executive. A historical perspective   on the company is provided by the operating facts, company histories, news clippings, and          other printed material. Also included are a registration statement and reports of the Standard           Packaging Corporation, a Fox River Stone Company finance statement, minutes and reports   of J.D. Jewell, Inc. (1962-1966), and a few Stella Skiff Jannotta trust fund statements.


            The Personal Papers, 1911-1972 (Boxes 19-20, and oversize Manuscripts 4-13), consist of             Jannotta’s correspondence with friends and business associates; papers concerning his civic,   genealogical, and post-World War II quasi-military organizational affiliations; memorabilia       from his college years at Cornell University; certificates, letters, and speeches regarding the     endowment of an academic chair in his name at Detroit Institute of Technology in 1961; and assorted certificates, clippings, and other memorabilia. Of particular note is a group of six short stories that Jannotta wrote from 1930 to 1931 concerning marital life, fiction writing, and his World War I experience on the torpedoed USS San Diego.


About 3.75 linear feet of photographs, 17 albums, and 44 oversize pictures were transferred out of the collection. They document six generations of the Jannotta family, Alfredo’s musical career, Vernon’s Naval career, and Victorian American costumery.

























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Series I: Family Correspondence, 1878-1953 and 1962-1967


Box     Folder


1          1          Letters of Alfredo Antonio Jannotta (AAJ) to his Wife, Stella Skiff Jannotta                                    (SSJ), 1893-1913

            2          Letters of SSJ to her Husband AAJ, 1893-1913

            3          Letters of Family to AAJ, 1878-1909 [includes one letter of AAJ to his Ex-                                      wife Alice, October 10, 1908]



            4          Letters of Mary Frances Skiff to her Daughter SSJ, 1887-1912

            5          Letters ofVernon W. Skiff to his Daughter SSJ, 1887-1925

            6          Letters of SSJ to her Father Vernon W. Skiff, 1922-1925

            7-8       Letters of A. Vernon Jannotta (AVJ) to his Mother SSJ, 1913-1920

            9          Letters of AVJ to his Mother SSJ, 1921-1952

            10-13   Letters of SSJ to her Son AVJ, 1908-1953, n.d.

            14        Letters of Mrs. AVJ (May) to her Mother-in-Law SSJ, 1920-1940

            15        Letters of SSJ to her Daughter-in-Law May, 1920-1931



            16        Letters of AAJ to his Son AVJ, 1903-1912

            17        Letters of May Lamm to her Fiancé AVJ, April-May 1917

            18-21   Letters of May Lamm Jannotta to her Husband AVJ, January-July 1945


2          1          Letters of AVJ to his Wife May, n.d. and [1917-1935?]

            2          Letters of AVJ to his Wife May, 1919-1923

            3          Letters of AVJ to his Wife May, 1928-1931

            4-5       Letters of AVJ to his Wife May, October 1942-July 1945

            6-11     Letters of his Daughters (and their Families) to AVJ, April 1943-December 1945

            12        Letters of AVJ to his Daughters, 1929, 1942-1944

            13        Letters of his Daughters to AVJ and his Wife, May-December 1944, 1967



            14        Letters of her Daughters to May Jannotta, 1928, 1943-1944

            15        Letters of May Jannotta to her Daughters, 1928

            16        Letters between Daughters of AVJ and May, n.d.

            17        Letters of Other Relatives to AVJ, 1912-1926

            18-21   Letters of Other Relatives to AVJ, February 1942-May 1945

            22        Letters of Other Relatives to May Jannotta, 1924-1931

            23        Letters between AVJ and Other Relatives, 1962-1964



3          1-3       Letters of Frank S. Jannotta to his Mother SSJ, 1914-1942

            4          Letters of Mrs. Frank S. Jannotta (Helen) to her Mother-in-Law SSJ, 1924-1932

            5          Letters of Other Relatives to Frank S. Jannotta, 1928-1936

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Series I: Family Correspondence, 1878-1953 and 1962-1967


Box     Folder

                        Joseph and Mona:

3          6          Letters of Joseph E. Jannotta to his Mother SSJ, 1918-1949

            7          Letters of SSJ to her Son Joseph E. Jannotta and his Wife Mona, 1927-1945

            8          Letters of Mona Jannotta to her Mother-in-Law SSJ, 1937-1953

            9          Letters of Other Relatives to Joseph E. Jannotta, 1909-1932, 1953

            10        Letters of Other Relatives to Mona Jannotta, 1929


                        Other Relatives:

            11-14   Letters of Marion Jannotta to her “Mother” SSJ, 1923-1936

            15-17   Letters of Marion (Jannotta) Comer (and Husband Fred) to “Mother” SSJ, 1937-                              1953


4          1          Letters of Elizabeth (Betty) Jannotta Keller to her “Mother” SSJ, 1922-1946

            2          Letters of Margaret Ruth Jannotta Coffer to her “Mother” SSJ, 1925-1953

            3          Letters of SSJ to her “Daughters” n.d., 1946

            4          Letters between Marion, Betty and Margaret, and to them from Other Relatives,                              1923-1947

            5          Letters of her Grandchildren to SSJ, 1930-1953

            6          Letters of SSJ to her Grandchildren, 1929-1953

            7-9       Letters of Other Relatives to SSJ, n.d., 1877-1923

            10-16   Letters of Other Relatives to SSJ, 1927-1942

            17        Letters of Other Relatives to SSJ, 1945-1953

            18        Letters of SSJ to her Other Relatives, n.d., 1917-1932

            19        Additional Family Letters (probably collected by SSJ), n.d., 1908-1946 [includes                             Ross Family correspondence]


Series II: Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954


                        Correspondence, 1892-1954

            20        Letters of Friend (Herbert D. Campbell) to SSJ, 1892, 1915-1917

            21-23   Letters of Friends, Organizations, etc., to SSJ, n.d., 1885-1922


5          1-15     Letters of Friends, Organizations, etc., to SSJ, 1923-1954 [Folder 14 includes letter                          from Albert Einstein, October 14, 1948]

            16        Correspondence with Marshall Solberg and his Frances Beck Hall Funeral Address,                          1941-1945

            17        Correspondence concerning Florida Home (Casa Jannotta) and Disposition of                                   Furniture, 1948-1949

            18        Correspondence with Edwin H. Wilson (American Humanist Association)                                         concerning Publication of Frank S. Jannotta’s Morality without God,  1950-1951

            19-20   Letters (drafts or copies) of SSJ to Friends, Politicians, Organizations, etc., n.d.,                               1917-1950

            21        “Letter to an Educator” and “Telephone to Dr. John Dewey”, October 18, 1949

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Box     Folder

                        Philosophical and Political Writings, 1909-1953

5          22        Paper Read on Herbert Spencer [“Resolved: That the study of Spencer’s philosophy                         is better suited to the needs of the members of this class than the study of                                 Shakespeare’s dramas” ca. 1909]

            23        Notes, Essays, and Lectures, ca. 1912-1913 [includes “Suffrage in Relation to the                                        Child’s Welfare;” “It is no longer relevant to ask if you are a suffragist…”; “The                            Social Evil;” “Overpopulation;” “Conservation of the Human Race;” “Suffrage;”                 “What is the Eugenic Conscience;” etc.]

            24        “Lectures” [includes “Conservation of the Human Race,” 1913; “The Eugenic                                   Significance of War,” ca. 1917; “Moral Point of View,” ca. 1930]

            25        “Lectures”: “A Few of my Earnest Convictions. Dedicated to my Grandchildren.”                           [portions of two drafts], n.d.

            26        “Lectures” Notes (primarily philosophical, some biographical), ca. 1916-1933 [1928-                         1933?]


6          1          Notes and Essays, 1915-1944 [includes “Individualism;” “Americanism;” “Ethics of                         Communism;” “Democracy and Authority;” “Salient Points in Merriam’s Book;”                  “On the morning of June 3, 1897…” (narrative sent to Vaughn’s on 50th wedding                      anniversary)]

            2          Notes and Essays: “The Making of Public Opinion” [various drafts and revisions,                             including SSJ letter to Albert Einstein], 1916-1948; “What does American                                        Democracy Mean to Me?”, n.d.

            3          Public Opinion Essay Comments and Clippings, 1936-1948

            4          Notes and Essays, n.d. [includes “The Ten Commandments of the Bible are obsolete.                       A Suggested Substitute;” “The children of our American frontier society…;”                                        “Eugenics and Euthenics;” “My Creed”]

            5          Philosophical Notes

            6          Biographical Notes, Collected Poems, and Miscellany

            7          “Old Age – Is it Desirable?, 1951; Dr. and Mrs. Carl Beck, 1920-1937

            8          “It is now apparent…”: Letters to Youth and Grandchildren, 1932-1939

            9          Lecture Notes, “Cosmology,” 1940

            10        Chicago Political Equality League: Speeches, Clippings, Petitions, Printed Material,                          1912-1918 [includes SSJ’s report as delegate to the National Conference of                                      Women’s Clubs San Francisco, 1912; excerpts from October 3, 1917, CPEL                                        meeting; 1912 SSJ published letter to editor]

            11        LakeWales Committee for World Disarmament, 1931

            12        SSJ’s An Organization of Gentiles, “Defend Justice for Jews,” 1939

            13        Geologic Chart (compiled and arranged by SSJ), 1937

            14        “Pilgrim’s Progress” (words and music by SSJ), written ca. 1937, copyright National                        Music Company, 1944

            15-19   “For the Record of Historic Interests”: Collected Political Pamphlets, Organizational                        Literature and Letters, and Clippings, 1928-1954


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Box     Folder

                        Philosophical and Political Writings, 1909-1953 (cont)

6          20-22   Newspapers (clipped and annotated by SSJ for her son AVJ), 1943-1945

OS BV A       Scottsboro Boy Case: Scrapbook of Clippings, 1950-1951


                        Personal Memorabilia, 1879-1952

            23        News clippings (primarily regarding familial events)

            24        Calling Cards, Invitations, Musical Programs

            25        Cards, Brochures, and Other Ephemera

            26        Scrapbook Pages regarding the Misckitaro Ongawas’ Japanese Plays, 1940?

            27        Autograph Album, 1879-1880; Diary, March-December 1917

            28        General Society of Mayflower Descendants – Certificate, 1952; Nantucket Historical                       Association – Life Membership Ticket; Newton Cemetery [Iowa] Improvement                                Association – Literature, 1921

            29        Jewel Tea Company – Memorabilia, 1908-1927


                        Collected Family Papers and Memorabilia, 1835-1950s


                        Mary Frances (Coffin) Skiff (SSJ’s mother):

7          1          Essays and Financial and Will Notes [includes; “The Progress of Woman in the                                 Nineteenth Century,” 1897; “Clubs as an Incentive to Study,: 1897; “The                              Federation of Women’s Clubs,” 1897; and an incomplete essay re: the Chicago                                    Women’s Club, [1898]

            2          Trip Diaries and Journals, 1883-1918

            3          Personal and Collected Books of Quotations, n.d.

            4          “Fragments of Thought from Great Author,” collected and compiled by Mary Coffin                       Skiff – manuscript (published by Blanche Skiff Ross, Newton, Iowa, News                                      Printing Company, 1959)

OS BV B        Scrapbooks

            5          Letters of Lillie B. (Marcks) Coffin to her Sister-in-Law Mary F. Skiff, n.d.

            6          Postcards, 1908-1911; 50th Wedding Anniversary Letters, 1917                                           7-9            Genealogical Papers: Coffin, Skiff, and Thompson Lines

            10        Funeral Address for Mary F. Skiff


                        Vernon W. Skiff (SSJ’s father):

            11        Certificate of Discharge from Band, 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 15th Army Corps                                 Volunteers, June 2, 1865; Certificate of Service (from October 1, 1861-February                   26, 1862) in Band, 10th Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, June 15, 1897;                             Oriental Commandery, No. 22, Knights Templar – Certificate, 1905

            12        “Poems Father had copied and he committed to memory;” 1867 Des Moines                                     Statesman Extract (copy) re: Marriage; Cards and Letters (some re: Civil War                                    Dodges’ Band service); H. Percy Ward Remarks at Vernon W. Skiff’s Funeral,                                 1919; The Story of Sam Davis; Charlie Gilman’s A Soldier’s Journal


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Series II: Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954


Box     Folder

                        Collected Family Papers and Memorabilia, 1835-1950s (cont)


                        Vernon W. Skiff (SSJ’s father)

7          13        Mary Frances Skiff Memorial Hospital, Newton, Iowa (architectural plan by Gervin                         and Horn)

            14        Financial and Legal Documents re:Wichita,Kansas, Real Estate, 1887-1894

            15        Financial Papers and Bank Books, 1909-1925


                        Alice Virginia Coffin (sister of Mary F. Skiff):

            16        “Thoughts for the New Year,” n.d.

            17        P.E.O. Sisterhood and Alice V. Coffin Biographical Information


                        Betsy M. Skiff (sister of Vernon W. Skiff):

            18        Autograph Album (with engravings and woven hair), ca. 1835


                        Frank Vernon Skiff (SSJ’s brother):

            19        Autograph Album, 1880-1881


                        Alfredo Antonio Jannotta (SSJ’s husband):

            20        Concert Programs, Advertisements, and Reference, 1876-1908

            21        Press Notices and Concert Programs, 1884-1913

            22        Financial and Legal Papers, Clippings and Notes, 1881-1913


                        A. Vernon Jannotta and family (SSJ’s son):

            23        Clippings and Memorabilia, 1914-1948


                        Frank Vernon Jannotta (SSJ’s son):

            24        Frank V. Jannotta’s Funeral Service and an Ideal Marriage Service, 1941; Morality                           without God (by FSJ), published by SSJ, 1950


                        Frances Coffin Boaz (Tucker) (SSJ’s cousin):

            25        Photos, Clippings, Poems, Prayer, Letters (re: career as poet and literary critic),                                 1926-1932


                        SSJ’s Grandchildren:

            26        Copies of Letters, Clippings, SSJ’s Smoking Trust, Ned’s Princeton Essays, 1950s



            27        Betty (SSJ’s daughter)’s Expense Sheets, School Programs, (and Poems?); Mr. and                          Mrs. F.P. Ross Hawaii Itinerary, n.d.




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Series II: Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954


Box     Folder

                        Collected Family Papers and Memorabilia, 1835-1950s (cont)


                        Genealogical Research and Writings, 1809-1931

7          28-29   Genealogical research correspondence and notes, collected letter-Various lines,                                 1846-1931

30-32   Skiff Line:  research and manuscript material (including original lineage chart,                       copies of collected letters, and other primary material), 1809-1887

OS BV C        Genealogical scrapbook (tracing Skiff line from 1806 to V. W. Skiff’s death in 1926                        [annotated photos and clippings]

33-35   Thompson and Finley Lines:  Correspondence, Notes, Essays,1925-1930 [includes                copies of collected letters, 1864-1888]


8          1          Thompson and Finley Lines:  Correspondence, Notes, Essays, 1928 [includes copies                         of collected letters, 1818, 1896]

            2          Thompson Records

            3-6       Coffin and Starbuck Lines:  Research correspondence, Notes, Lines, and Essays, ca.                        1919-1925

            7          Coffin and Starbuck Lines:  Research materials and Essays, [including SSJ essay on                         Priscilla Coffin Hunt Cadwallader (Quaker Preacher, 1786-1859)], 1920-1925

            8          Coffin Line:  Genealogical notes and Lillie B. Marcks Coffin’s 1929 essay (tracing                           her Hittell and Marcks family history)

            9-10     Letters written by Matthew Starbuck Coffin and Martha Ellen Thompson Coffin,                             1840-1906 [several typed drafts (no originals); and as reproduced in semi-print                                 edition by SSJ ca. 1927]

            11        SSJ’s published biographical sketches:  Alice Virginia Coffin [privately printed,                                1929, 1939, 1940]; William Robinson Skiff and his son Vernon William Skiff                                   [privately printed, 1938]


                        “Autobiography and Family History, 1841-1953”

            12        Partial tables of contents

            13-14   Book 1:  “My Family” (grandparents; my father, 1841; my mother, 1842; At the May                       Dance, 1860; At the Golden Wedding, 1917)

            15        Book:  “Jewel Tea Company – 1899 – Up”

            16        Book 3:  “My religion” (Part 1] – early doubts, 1888; an exchange of letters with a                            Christian minister concerning the historicity of  Jesus, 1908; The Universe 1910;                   The God Idea; prayer, 1930; Catholicism in American, 1937; What is Humanism?;                            Evolution-Determinism; World History, 1932, John Dewey, American                                                    Philosopher; The League for Industrial Democracy)

            17        Book 3:  “My Religion ([Part 2] – early Greek literature (Northwestern University                 class notes, 1941); transcriptions of  favorite authors:  1. The Philosophy of John                           Dewey, 2. The New Democracy, by Charles E. Merriam)

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Series II: Stella Skiff Jannotta Papers, 1809-1954


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                        “Autobiography and Family History, 1841-1953”

8          18        Book 4 “Suffrage for Women” (my interest in woman suffrage; Eugenics Committee,                      Chicago Political Equality League, 1914; The Making of Public Opinion;                               Developing Economic Interests)

            19        Book 5:  “Death of My Husband,” 1913

            20-21   Book 6:  “The Golden Wedding, 1917, through World War I” [in 2 overlapping                                parts] – (The Golden Wedding, 1917; Acceptance of Presidency of Chicago                                     Political Equality League; World War I and Sons; Daughters in My Home;                                Vernon’s Marriage; Death of My Mother)

            22        Book 7:  “Frank Skiff Jannotta,” [1910-1940] (Early letters to his Mother; Morality                          without God, 1922; Wheaton Farm, 1921)

            23        Book 8:  “Moving toWheaton, 1921”


9          1          Book 9:  “Dedication of theMaryFrancesSkiffHospital, 1921”

            2          Book 10:  “My Trip toEurope with Frank, 1922”

            3          Book 11:  “Trailer Trips, 1924-1925”

            4          Book 12:  “Death of my Father, 1926”

            5          Book 13:  “My Trip toEurope with Joe and Mona, 1926-1927”

            6          Book 14:  “Casa Jannotta, Lake Wales, Florida” ([Part 1]) –“Development of my                              Florida Home, 1928-1931”)

            7          Book 14:  “Casa Jannotta, Lake Wales, Florida” ([Part 2]) - “Margaret and Tommy                           inFlorida (Margaret supervising nurse for all children, 1931-1933”)

            8          Book 15:  “three old girls fromNewton, 1933, and Frank’s family inFlorida, 1934”

            9          [Book 16:] “1936, 1937, 1938” (trips, guests, Marian’s marriage, enter my grand-                              children, Pilgrim’s Progress)

            10        [Book 17]:  “Trip East with Granddaughters, 1938”

            11        [Book 18]:  “Political – 1940”

            12        [Book 19]:  “The Passing of My Precious Son, Frank Skiff Jannotta,” [1942]

            13        [Book 20]:  “Vernon’s War Record”

            14        [Book 21]:  “Vernon’s Letters” during World War II to wife,1942-1945

            15        [Book 22]:  “Shirley and Stella’s Marriage, 1942-1943;” “County

            16        [Book 23]:  “Health Tobacco,” [1941-1953]

            17        [Book 24]:  “Letters in Response to Geological Chart, 1945]”

            18-37   Autobiography and family history manuscript material


                        Financial Papers, 1924-1935

10        1-5       Cash accounts and other financial records, 1924-1929

            6          Cash accounts, Jewel Tea asset records, 1913, 1931-1935


Series III:  Alfredo Antonio Jannotta Papers, 1866-1913


            7          Letters of friends, students, etc. to AAJ, 1883-1913

            8          Financial and legal documents, 1895-1905

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10        9          Publicity material, references, and memorabilia, 1881-1913

            10-11BV Pupil appointment books, 1895-1896, ca. 1905, n.d.

            12-47BV Musical Score book for AAJ’s Opera “Alidor”


11        1-6BV Musical score books for AAJ’s Opera “Alidor”

            7-9BV Loose musical score material and libretto manuscript for “Alidor”

            10        Loose musical score material and libretto manuscript for “Alidor”

            11        Loose musical score material (“Alidor”)

            12        Published musical scores, 1866-1887 [includes chorus – and libretto by Edward L.                           Anderson – for “Alidor,” composed by AAJ; “Barcarolle,” New York, 1866;                                    “Queen of the Sea,” Boston, 1867; “Lo Spaccalegna (The Woodman),” Boston,                                1867; “Peace Festival Grand March,”Boston, 1869; “Aspirazione (Aspiration),”

                           Cincinnati, 1879; “Canzone Alpina (Alpine Song),”Cincinnati, 1881]

            13        Collected published material scores and songbooks

            14BV  Collected published material scores and songbooks [10 volumes]


Series IV:  Alfred Vernon Jannotta Papers, 1911-1972


                         Military Records and Papers, 1917-1972-World War I:

12        1-6       World War I personal and official papers, 1917-1921, 1926 [includes U. S. Naval                             Academy and Naval Reserve papers; AVJ’s “Synopsis of Duty during War,” and                 AVJ diary, April 2-May 5, 1917


                        World War II, Group 4:

            7          Naval Reserve:  application and appointment papers, 1942

            8-10     Change of duty orders received (memoranda and letters), 1917, 1942-1946

            11        Office of the Chief of Naval Operations:  circular letter, February  14, 1942

            12        Bureau of Supplies and Accounts:  directive, March 1942

            13        Bureau of Naval Personnel:  directives, June-October 1942

            14        LCI (L) Organizations and Regulations, September 1942

            15        Landing Operations Doctrine, 1938; Supply and Logistics:  Instructions for Vessels                          of the Landing Craft Group, 1943; Ship to Shore Tactical Manual

            16        U.S. Navy Sound Powered Telephones; Damage Control and Chemical Warfare                               Instructions, 1942

            17        All ships:  LCI (L) instructions and information, October 1942-March 1943

            18        All ships:  formation operations for LCI (L)s and AVJ Notes, n.d.

            19        USS LCI (L) Flotilla Two (Staff): muster roll of crew, December 31, 1942

            20        LCI (L) Group Four, Amphibious Force, Atlantic fleet; orders, October-December                           1942

            21        LCI (L) Group Four:  orders (extra copies), November 1942-January 1943

            22        LCI (L) Group Four:  training reports, November-December 1942


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                        World War II, Group 4:

12        23        LCI (L) Flotilla 5, Group 4, Amphibious Force, Atlantic fleet:  progress charts – ship                        outfitting and training, January-February 1943

            24        LCI (L) Flotilla 5 (and Flotilla 2):  correspondence (copies of), November 1942-                               January 1943

            25        Notes, ca. 1942

            26        Repairs, changes, alterations, conversion of ships, October-December 1942

            27        Group 4, (Flotillas 2 and 5):  fitting and equipment changes-recommendations,                                  October-December 1942

            28        Group 4, Flotilla:  damage reports, November-December 1942

            29        Group 4, Flotilla:  mechanical breakdown reports, November-December 1942

            30        LCI (L) stowage, December 1942

            31        Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet; shortage lists, December 1942-January 1943

            32        LCI (L) troop billeting, storage, troop heads instructions, n.d.

            33        LCI (L) station bills, n.d.

            34        Arma gyro compass instructions

            35        Extra blank forms


                        World War II, Group 14:

            36        Organization and Regulation for LCI (L), 1943; Doctrine, Commander Landing Craft                      Flotillas, South Pacific Force, 1943


13        1          Ship to Shore Movement, 1943; Ordnance and Gunnery Instructions, 1941;                                      Technical Aviation Intelligence, 1943

            2          Prisoner Sense, 1943; Notes on Amphibious Warfare, NO. 1, 1943; Anti-aircraft                               Action Summary, December 1941-July 1942; Submarine Sanctuaries Bombing and                           Attack Restrictions, 1943

            3          Movement, operation, and temporary orders received by AVJ, November 1942-May                        1943

            4          “File copies of miscellaneous orders received by AVJ,” November 1942-May 1943

            5          “Orders and information for ships stopping at Coco Solo, Canal Zone,” “Prevention                         of malaria in military and naval forces in the South Pacific;” Operation of depth                                    charges; silhouettes of British and U.S. aircraft; information bulletins, Pacific fleet                  maintenance letters, and other instructions, December 1942-April 1943

            6          U.S. Fleet memorandum:  Awards in recognition of successful anti-submarine                                   warfare, January 1943

            7          LCI (L) General:  orders and directives to LCI (L)s and LCI (L) Flotilla 5, January-                         November 1943

            8          U.S. Pacific Fleet:  notices, tactical bulletins, and letters, January-November 1943

            9          LCI (L) Group 14:  operation plans, orders, navigation charts and photomaps,                                   February 1943-February 1944

            10        “Naval advanced base, Noumea, New Caledonia:  index and outline of base activities                      as of February 1943”

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                        World War II, Group 14:

13        11        South Pacific Force:  secret memoranda, February-November 1943

            12        Group 14 reports received on movement, operations, and training, March-

                           November 1943

            13        Group 14 reports received, May-October 194?

            14        Third Amphibious Force, South Pacific:  secret memoranda, April-November 1943

            15        Orders and communicationsNoumea toGuadalcanal, Rendova Operation, June-

                           July 1943

            16        Group 14 orders received on hull and engineering damage and repairs, June-October                        1943

            17        Group 14 orders received, June-December 1943

            18        Group 14 orders received on hull and engineering damage and repairs, June-                                     September 1943

            19        Flotilla memoranda and orders; seniority of LCI (L) officers; “Solomon Island                                  Sketches;” Prisoner of war information including instructions to natives; New                                   Zealand Military Forces, July 1943-April 1944

            20        Bougainville operation:  operation plan and orders, October 1943

            21        Administrative and operation orders (includes maps), October 1943

            22        Group 14:  movement charts, orders, and maps –TreasuryIslands, October 1943

            23        “Information for U.S. and Allied Naval Vessels,” February 1943; “Tulagi                                          Information Bulletin,” December 1943; Emergency Food Plants and Poisonous                                 Plants of the Islands of the Pacific, April 1943

            24        LCI (L) Flotilla 5 memorandum, November 1943

            25        Commander landing craft flotillas, South Pacific Force:  confidential serials, action                        report forms, and roster of officers, November-December 1943


14        1          LCI (L) Flotilla 5:  orders, reports, cables, bills, visual and voice radio                                                communications, and Sydney (Australia) guide and leave information, December                  1943-February 1944

            2-3       Navigation and harbor charts:  Treasury Island, Choiseul Bay, Purvis, Guadalcanal,                          Munda

            4          Bougainville Island and area:  index of place names, maps, and photomaps

            5          Navigation and harbor charts:  RussellsIsland,RendovaIsland, Vella haVellaIsland

            6-8       “Routine:” Pacific Fleet confidential notices, orders, memoranda, reports, and                                   Japanese barges information bulletin, November 1943-December 1944

            9          Group 14 Communications:  publications allowances, January-May 1943

            10        Group 14 Communications:  publications changes, n.d.

            11        Group 14 Communications:  sent and received by AVJ; samples of radio news,                                 January-June 1943

            12        Group 14 Communications:  incoming radio messages, March and November 1943

            13        Group 14 Communications:  orders and information, April-August 1943

            14        Group 14 Communications:  visual messages (Sent and Received), May-June 1943

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14        15        Group 14 Communications:  outgoing radio messages, June 1943

            16        Group 14 Communications:  special signals and codes, June-December 1943

            17        Group 14 Communications:  radio news, June-November 1943

            18        AVJ personal correspondence and Group 14 correspondence, records, etc.,                                        December 1942-December 1943

            19        War diaries, signal logs, and orders, June-November 1943

            20        War diaries, anti-aircraft action reports, and letters, July-August 1943

            21        War diaries, action reports, memoranda, and map, July-September 1943

            22        War diaries and action reports, July-November 1943

            23        War diaries with ship logs, narratives of operations, memoranda and notes, July                                1943, November 1943-March 1944

            24        War diary, September 1943

            25        War diaries, action report, Pacific Fleet confidential notice, signal logs, orders, and                           memoranda, October 1943-February 1944

            26        Group 14 inspection reports, December 1942-January 1943

            27        “LCI (L) – Spares” [spare parts], January-March 1943

            28        Group 14 ship casualty and repair reports, January-May 1943


15        1          Group 14 USS (LCI (L) 328:  orders issued by AVJ, January-June1943

            2          Orders, memoranda, and letters, February-August 1943

            3          Training progress reports and daily schedule – Nuomea andIsle of Pines, April-

                           June 1943

            4          Group 14 reports:  inspections, April-November 1943

            5          Group 14 reports issues, June-December 1943

            6          Group 14 orders issued:  operation movement and training, August-September 1943

            7          Group 14 reports issued:  movement, operations, and training, September 1943

            8          Group 14 orders issued, December 1943

            9          Memoranda and notes, December 1943

            10        “Conference notes and talks,” December 1943

            11        “Commander’s Personal File:” letters and memoranda, January 1944-June 1945

            12        Memoranda and report issued, March 1944

            13        Orders, memoranda, notes for talk to trainees, and AVJ’s “Indoctrination Course                             Flotilla and Group Commanders,” April-June 1944

            14        Group 14 Personnel:  ratings (Reports of Form N. Nav. 524), July 1942-January                                1943

            15        Group 14 Personnel:  muster rolls and rosters of ships under AVJ’s command,                                   November 1942-May 1943

            16        Group 14 Personnel:  enlisted men – orders, transfers and advancements, November                         1942-December 1943

            17        Group 14 Personnel:  officers – orders, transfers, promotions, and dates of                                        commission, December 1942-December 1943


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15        18        Group 14 Personnel:  leave of absence requests, etc., December 1942-September                               1943

            19        Group 14 Personnel:  court martial’s, January-November 1943

            20        Group 14 Personnel:  commendations issued and received, June-December 1943

            21        D. W. Osten’s navigation department lesson sheets, May-October 1944


                        World War II, Flotilla 24:

            22        Orders and memoranda, July-November 1944

            23        Orders and memoranda, January-May 1945

            24        Rosters ofU.S. Seventh Fleet, March 1945, and LCI (L) Flotilla 24, 1945

            25        Letters, orders, and memoranda, March-June 1945

            26        Task Group 77.11 operation orders, December 1944-January 1945

            27        Victor-Four Operation:  Report of Amphibious Attack on  Zamboanga, Mindanao,                           March 1945

            28        Victor-Four Operation:  “Commander Task Group 78.1, Victor Four, Commander                            Amphibious Group 6, Attack Order No. A 602-45,” March 1945

            29        Victor-Four Operation:  operation orders, memoranda, loading schedules,                                          intelligence plan, and notes, December 1944, February-March 1945

            30-31   Oboe-One Operation:  “Commander Task Group 78.1, Oboe-One, Commander                                 Amphibious Group Six, Attack Order No. A 604-45,” April 1945


16        1          Oboe-One Operation:  action report and operation plan, April-May 1945

            2          Oboe-One Operation:  plan, targets, communications, directives, and notes, April-                            May 1945

            3          Oboe-Two Operation:  Operation Plan No. 12-45, May 1945

            4-6       Oboe-Two Operation:  Operation Plan No. 6-45, June 1945

            7          Oboe-Two Operation:  rehearsal order, plan, communications, and memo, June 1945

            8          Terrain handbook:  Tarakan; terrain evaluation:  Balikpapan and vicinity, Southeast                           Borneo

            9          Terrain study:  Southeast Borneo

            10        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  dispatches, June-August 1944

            11        Dispatches and memoranda, July-August 1944

            12        Dispatches, December 1944-January 1945

            13        Dispatches, January 1945

            14        “Commander’s File:” mailgrams and orders, October 1944-May 1945

            15        War diaries, June-December 1944

            16        War diaries, January-July 1945

            17        Action reports of task group 77.11 (includes final report of task group activities),                              December 1944-January 1945

            18        Action reports, January-July 1945


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17        1          Action reports, January-December 1945

            2          Memoranda, press reports, and Solomon Island campaign; combat narratives, August                       1943-January 1945


                        Post War:

            3          Report of board to recommend a postwar program for promotion and retirement,                              March 15, 1946 [AVJ, member of board]

            4          Navy Cross award:  letters and clippings, October-November 1946

            5          Citations, awards, and recommendations, 1943-1946                       

            6          Rear Admiral appointment, letters, forms, questionnaires, cables, and AVJ Notes on                         his Naval record, November 1951-March 1956

            7          Retirement (and 1953 reunion), 1954

            8          Navy correspondence, 1958-1964

            9          “Navy – publicity materials,” 1960-1961

            10        War souvenirs:  records of letters sent to wife, mess hall tickets, identification cards,                        and invitations, 1943-1946

            11        SSJ’s introduction to AVJ’s letters written to wife during the war, n.d., and the first                        of these letters, October 1942

            12        War Publicity:” newsclippings, articles, and Pacific War Atlas, 1943-1946

            13        World War II historical material:  assorted notes, letters, memoranda, and letter (June                       5, 1947) to AVJ from naval historian requesting historical information, 1945-1947

            14        World War II historical material, 1943-1956

            15        “Participation of AVJ in World War II;” map and file card narrative

            16        Pueblo inquiry and Navy image:  letters, clippings, inquiry statements, and Speech as                        sent to AVJ by George Heineman, Director of Public Affairs, NBC News, January                           1968, February1969

            17        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  history, photos, records, and LCI (L) Organization Manual,                               1945, 1953-1966

            18        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  correspondence, 1960-1966

            19        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  address lists, 1957-1964

            20        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1953

            21        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1957

            22        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1959

            23        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1961

            24        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  member certificates, 1963-1966

            25        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1963

            26        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  General Douglas MacArthur award, 1963-1966

            27        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  Admiral Kinkaid award, 1963-1964

            28        LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1965



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18        1          LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1966

            2          LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion and incorporation papers, 1968

            3          LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1968

            4          LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1970

            5          LCI (L) Flotilla 24:  reunion, 1972


                        Business Records and Papers, 1920-1932

            6          Jewel Tea Company:  general correspondence 1920-1932


                        Oversize Military Records and Papers, 1922-1953


            OS MS 1         Naval Reserve Force – honorable discharge as Lieutenant (j.g.), March 17,                             1922

            OS MS 2         LCI (L) Flotilla 24 – certificate of appreciation from officers and Men,

                                       July 4, 1953

            7          Jewel Tea Company:  Branch Operating Department – general, 1920-1922

            8          Jewel Tea Company:  Branch Operating Department – routing and changes in                                   equipment, 1920-1922

            9          Jewel Tea Company:  price lists, profit margins, 1920-1923


                        Oversize Military Records and Papers, 1917-1972

            10        Jewel Tea Company:  branch operating department – clean-up, 1921-1922

            11        Jewel Tea Company:  convention, 1922

            12        Jewel Tea Company:  reduction of horse board rates, 1922

            13        Jewel Tea Company:  branch bulletins (permanent instructions), 1922-1923

            14        Jewel Tea Company:  AVJ’s personal file of correspondence, memoranda, bills,                                1924-1925

            15        Jewel Tea Company:  AVJ’s new employment (Lamm and Company), 1924-1925

            16        Jewel Tea Company:  notices of annual meetings of stockholders, 1923-1948, 1964

            17        Jewel Tea Company:  salaries and profit sharing, 1959

            18        Jewel Tea Company:  address lists, 1960-1967

            19        Jewel Tea Company:  expansion plans, 1967

            20        Jewel Tea Company:  first draft financial report, 1968

            21BV  Jewel Tea Company:  AVJ’s fifty year book [1919-1969] and correspondence, 1968-                        1971

            22        Jewel Tea Company:   bulletins, 1923-1924

            23        Jewel Tea Company:   annual reports, 1918-1923, 1943-1954

            24        Jewel Tea Company:   annual reports, 1955-1956, 1958-1965, 1967-1968

            25        Jewel Tea Company:   operating facts, company histories, newsclippings, The Jewel,                         and Other Printed Material, 1923-1958

            26        J. D. Jewel, Inc.:  minutes, presidents’ and annual report, 1962-1966


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18        27        Standard Packaging Corporation:  Form S-1 registration statement under 1933                                  securities act, 1958, and annual report, 1957

            28        Standard Packaging Corporation:  reports, memos, letters, 1964-1966

            29        Personal financial notes, receipts, Fox River Stone Company finance statement, and                         SSJ trust fund statements, 1928-1967


                        Oversize Business Records and Papers, 1966

OS MS 3         Standard Packaging Corporation – certificate of appreciation, April 28, 1966


                        Personal Papers, 1911-1972

19        1          Letters of friends, business, associates, etc. to AVJ, n.d., 1911-1929

            2          Letters of friends, business, associates, etc. to AVJ, November 1942-December 1943

            3          Letters of friends, business associates, etc. to AVJ, January-July 1944

            4          Letters of friends, business associates, etc. to AVJ, August-December 1944

            5          Letters of friends, business associates, etc. to AVJ, January 1945-June 1947

            6-7       AVJ correspondence, 1949-1971

            8          American Legion, 1966

            9          Breath of Life ball, 1966-1970

OS BV D        Disease charity ball scrapbook, 1966-1967

            10        Brown and Bigelow AVJ honorary dinner, 1965

            11        CornellUniversity – Class of 1917, 1957-1971

            12        Cornell – fundraising, 1960-1966

            13        Cornell Club of New York, 1961-1972

            14        Cornell Club ofEastern Florida, 1966

            15        Detroit Institute of Technology:  academic chair – certificates, 1961

            16        Detroit Institute of Technology:  academic chair-programs and speeches, 1961-1963

            17        Detroit Institute of Technology:  academic chair –inauguration guests, 1960-1964

            18        Detroit Institute of Technology:  academic chair – contributions (endowment),


            19        Detroit Institute of Technology:  correspondence and literature, 1962-1966

            20        FloridaState Chamber of Commerce – Military Affairs Committee, 1964-1966

            21        International Platform Association (May Jannotta), 1964-1966

            22        Lantana,Florida – Friends of the Library, 1961-1964

            23        Lantana,Florida – AVJ’s councilman election papers, 1966


20        1          Lantana town council, 1966-1967

            2          Legion of Valor of the USA, Inc. 1959, 1967

            3          Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, 1964-1967

            4          Navy League Council ofDelray Beach,Florida 1972

            5          Navy League of the United States, 1958-1971 [includes oversize certificate]

            6          National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1964

            7-8       The Order of Lafayette, AVJ freedom award, 1960-1971

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20        9          Order of Loyal Legion, n.d.

            10        Ordre souverain et militaire du temple de Jerusalem, 1965-1966

            11        Peter Tare, Inc., [AVJ, honorary member], 1965-1970

            12        Royal Fund of Saint Andrew, Royal Yugoslav

            13        Savage Club, 1964

            14        Sigma Nu, 1966

            15        Society of Mayflower Descendants – literature and certificate, 1947-1952

            16        Society of Medalists

            17        Sons of the Revolution, 1965-1966

            18        Who’s Who inAmerica, 1963-1971

            19        Wisdom Hall of Fame, 1970

OS BV E         Cornelliana Scrapbook, 1913-1915

            20        Cornell memorabilia [includes Savage Club of Ithaca, N.Y. - membership                                          certificate], 1915-1923

            21        AVJ’s Short Stories:  “Commander,” September 1930; “Carry On,” October 1930;                           “The Sinking of the San D,” October 1930; “When Lester’s Wife Was Wrong,”                                November 1930; “Terrible O’Reily,” Dec. 1930; “Murder, Blackmail or                                                 Robbery?,” August 1931

            22-23   Certificates, clippings, and other memorabilia, 1945-1969

            24        Family history material [includes SSJ eulogy], ca. 1954-1964

            25-26   Personal publicity, biographical information, clippings, 1954-1972


                        Oversize Personal Papers, 1908-1970

OS MS 4         Cook County Common School – diploma, June 12, 1908

OS MS 5         Oak Park and River Forest Township High School – Modern Language diploma,                              June 13, 1912

OS MS 6         Cornell University, Ithaca, New York – Bachelor of Arts Degree, September 29,                              1923

OS MS 7         U.S. Army and Navy Legion of Valor – membership certificate, March 19, 1955

OS MS 8         The Order ofLafayette – membership certificate, October 24, 1963

OS MS 9         “Admiral – It’s been Good having you Aboard” appreciation card, [June 28, 1965]

OS MS 10       Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association of Southeast Florida, Inc. –                                   certificate of appreciation (for service as general Chairman of first Breath of Life                  Ball), April 12, 1967

OS MS 11       The Wisdom Society (for the advancement of knowledge, learning and research in                           education) – Wisdom Award of Honor, 1970

OS MS 12       Buster Keaton Circus Saints and Sinners Club, Boynton Beach, [Florida?]                                     membership certificate, no date

OS MS 13       Autographed Song Poster – “Jannotta, Jannotta, Jannotta” [to the tune of “Granada”],                     no date


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