Works of Alfred T. Mahan

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Works of Alfred T. Mahan

Help the NWC Archives transcribe the works of Alfred T. Mahan, considered to be the theortical founder of the 20th century Navy, held in their collections.

Mahan had a significant impact on the U.S. Naval War College and naval strategy globally. His theories on the importance of sea power and its influence on global politics reshaped maritime strategy and naval education. Mahan, who served as a lecturer and later as the president of the Naval War College, emphasized the strategic dimensions of naval power and its crucial role in achieving national objectives. His teachings and writings, particularly "The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783," became seminal texts for naval officers and strategists worldwide.

The archives at the Naval War College include Alfred Thayer Mahan papers, which document his contributions and enduring influence on naval doctrine and education, as well as his personal and family life. In addition to his lectures, reserach notes, NWC holds many family letter between Mahan and his children and wife. These papers serve as a valuable resource for understanding the development of naval warfare strategy as taught and studied at the College, as well as the the man behind them.

These transcriptions helps scholars, strategists, and enthusiasts around the world access Mahan's professional and personal character, providing insight into the man and his work.

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Sep 28

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Sep 28

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan addressed to his daughter, Henny (Helen E. Mahan). Mahan wrote this letter while stationed in Lisbon and talks about Helen living in her grandmother's New York residence for awhile and his impressions of Lisbon.

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Oct 28

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Oct 28

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan addressed to his daughter, Hennie (Helen E. Mahan) while stationed in Barcelona. In this letter, Mahan remarked that he hadn't received letters for two weeks at this time he had quite a few letters to get through. Also included is a newspaper clipping from the...

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Dec 25

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Dec 25

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan addressed to his daughter, Helen E. Mahan wishing her a Merry Christmas from his station in Villefranche, France.

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Feb 18

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Feb 18

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan addressed to his daughter, Helen E. Mahan while in Naples. In this letter, Mahan asks Helen to let her mother know that he is sending his manuscript on Nelson to New York.

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Apr 19

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Apr 19

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan to his daughter, Helen E. Mahan in which he remarks upon the death of Helen's grannie.

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Nov 26

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1893 Nov 26

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan addressed to his daughter, Hennie (Helen E. Mahan) while in Genoa. In this letter, Mahan remarked how much he enjoys the letters that Helen sends him and his ideas for the family's home in Quogue, New York.

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Jan 30

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Jan 30

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan addressed to his daughter, Helen E. Mahan while in Villefranche, France. In this letter, Mahan detailed where his ship will be traveling to next and writes about some of the acquaintances he met.

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Mar 16

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Mar 16

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan addressed to his daughter, Henny (Helen E. Mahan). Mahan wrote this letter while in Alexandretta, Syria and explains the ships travels to their current post and how a sailor woke him to view the morning star one day. Enclosed in this letter is a copy of a black...

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 May 11

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 May 11

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan to his daughter, Helen E. Mahan in which he remarks upon his one year anniversary aboard the Chicago.

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Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Jun 5

Letter to Helen E. Mahan from Alfred T. Mahan, 1894 Jun 5

Letter written by Alfred T. Mahan to his daughter, Helen E. Mahan while in Gravesend. In this letter Mahan remarked upon the amount of writing he needs to do and his most recent experiences abroad.

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