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Finding Aid for the Daniel Ammen Papers, 1836-1898
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Daniel Ammen Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1836-1898
    Collection number: 811
    Creator: Ammen, Daniel, 1820-1898
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.) 1 oversize folder
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Daniel Ammen (1819-1896) served in the U.S. Navy (1836-1868), was in charge of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Bureau of Navigation (1868-78), and served as Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-76). He was also an advocate of a Nicaraguan canal route, a representative of the U.S. at the Interoceanic Canal Congress in Paris (1879), and designer the Ammen ram. The collection contains correspondence, papers, documents, photographs, dueling pistols, and blueprints concerning Admiral Ammen's career in the U.S. Navy, his activities as Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-1876), as representative from the U.S. to the Interoceanic Canal Congress at Paris in 1879, and his various efforts in support of the Nicaraguan canal route. The collection also contains papers relating to the design and construction of the Ammen ram.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Francis Dupont Ammen, 1963, purchase.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Daniel Ammen Papers (Collection 811). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230318 

    Biography

    Ammen was born on May 16, 1819; was boyhood friend of Ulysses S. Grant; became a midshipman in 1836; undertook long voyages to China and Japan (1845-47), went on expedition up the Paraguay River (1853-54), sailed on Pacific cruise (1857-60); in Civil War, took part in the attack upon Port Royal in the gunboat Seneca and participated in the bombardment of Fort McAllister in the monitor Patapsco; was called from sea duty through President Grant's influence; in charge of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, and the Bureau of Navigation, 1868-78; was named Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-76), where he became an advocate of a Nicaraguan canal route; represented the U.S. at the Interoceanic Canal Congress in Paris, 1879; designed the Ammen ram, a small coast-defense vessel, one of which, the Katahdin, was built and accepted for service; wrote several books, including The Old Navy and the New (1891); died at Ammendale, near Washington, D.C., on July 11, 1898.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains correspondence, papers, documents, photographs, dueling pistols, and blueprints concerning Admiral Ammen's career in the U.S. Navy and his activities as Secretary of the Isthmian Canal Commission (1872-1876), as representative from the U.S. to the Interoceanic Canal Congress at Paris in 1879, and his various efforts in support of the Nicaraguan canal route. Correspondents include Frederick Douglass, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, William Tecumseh Sherman, Zachary Taylor, and John Tyler, and the Nicaraguan Canal Association. Also contains papers relating to the design and construction of the Ammen ram, a small coast-defense vessel; a prototype, the Katahdin, was completed and accepted for service on January 4, 1896.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence and memorabilia (Box 1).
    2. Papers concerning the Ammen ram (Box 1).
    3. Papers relating to the Nicaraguan canal route (Box 2-3).
    4. Admiral Daniel Ammen's dueling pistols (Box 4).
    5. Plans (blueprints) of Balsa, Portsmouth, NH Naval Yard (Oversize Box 5).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Ammen, Daniel, 1820-1898--Archives.
    United States--Navy--Officers
    Nicaragua Canal (Nicaragua).

    Index

    Note

    A Selected List of Authors and Recipients of Letters, Documents, etc. Whose Names Appear in the Numbered Collections Catalog with a Reference to their Location in the Papers
    Alcock, Sir Rutherford, 1809-1897. Box 1, folder 1
    Bayard, Thomas Francis, 1828-1898. Box 2, folder 18
    Beale, Edward Fitzgerald, 1822-1893. Box 2, folder 18
    Biddle, James Stokes, 1818-1900. Box 2, folder 17
    Billings, Frederick, 1823-1890. Box 3, folder 1
    Brooke, James Rutter, 1838-1926. Box 1, folder 3
    Buckler, Thomas Hepburn, 1812-1901. Box 3, folder 3
    Carzaro, Evaristo (president of Nicaragua). Box 3, folder 8
    Cárdenas, Adán, 1836-1916. Box 3, folders 4-6
    Childs, George William, 1829-1894. Box 1, folder 6
    Conness, John, 1821-1909. Box 3, folder 9
    Crowninshield, Arent Schuyler, 1843-1908. Box 2, folder 17
    Dickerson, Mahlon, 1770-1853, document signed. Box 6
    Douglass, Frederick, 1817-1895. Box 2, folder 18
    DuPont, Henry Algernon, 1838-1926. Box 1, folder 7
    Edmunds, George Franklin, 1828-1919. Box 2, folder 17
    Evarts, Willaim Maxwell, 1818-1901. Box 2, folder 16
    Farenholt, Oscar Walter, 1845-1920. Box 1, folder 10
    Fillmore, Millard (president of the U.S.), 1800-1874, document signed. Box 6
    Gibbons, James (Cardinal), 1834-1921. Box 1, folder 11
    Grant, Ulysses Simpson (president of the U.S.), 1822-1885, box 1, folder 11 A and documents signed. Box 6
    Griscom, Clement Acton, 1841-1912, document signed. Box 6
    Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (president of the U.S.), 1822-1893. Box 1, folder 2 and box 2, folder 1 and Box 6
    Hotchkiss, Horace Leslie, 1842-1929. Box 2, folder 2
    Hurlbert, William Henry, 1827-1895. Box 2, folder 18
    Johnson, Andrew (president of the U.S.), 1808-1875, document signed. Box 6
    Jones, John Percival, 1829-1912. Box 1, folder 12
    Le Gendre, Charles William, 1830-1899. Box 1, folder 13
    Lincoln, Abraham (president of the U.S.), 1809-1865, document signed. Box 6
    McAlpine, William Jarvis, 1812-1890. Box 2, folder 17
    Mahan, Alfred Thayer, 1840-1914. Box 1, folder 16
    Maritime Canal Company of Nicaragua, New York. Box 2, folder 18
    Merry, William Lawrence. Box 1, folder 18
    Morgan, John Tyler, 1824-1907. Box 2, folder 7
    Newton, John, 1823-1895. Box 2, folder 18
    Nicaraguan Canal Association, New York. Box 2, folder 8
    Paine, Charles Jackson, 1833-1916. Box 1, folder 20
    Ramsay, Francis Munroe, 1835-1914. Box 1, folder 21
    Robeson, George Maxwell, 1829-1897. Box 1, folder 21 and documents signed. Box 6
    Sacasa, Roberto, 1840-1896. Box 2, folder 11
    Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891. Box 1, folder 23
    Strother, David Hunter, 1816-1888. Box 1, folder 24
    Taylor, Henry Clay, 1845-1904. Box 2, folder 13
    Taylor Zachary (president of the U.S.), 1784-1850, document signed. Box 6
    Ten Broeck, Richard, 1812-1892. Box 1, folder 25
    Tyler, John (president of the U.S.), 1790-1862, document signed. Box 6
    Ward, Aaron, 1851-1918. Box 2, folder 18
    Watson, James Craig, 1838-1880. Box 1, folder 28
    Zelaya, José Santos, 1853-1930. Box 2, folder 15