Charles D. Sigsbee, son of Nicholas and Agnes Sigsbee, born in Albany, N.Y., was in command of the battleship Maine when she was blown up and destroyed in Havana harbor, February 15, 1898. During the Spanish-American War he was advanced three numbers in rank and cited for "extraordinary heroism". The Charles D. Sigsbee Papers include letters between him and his wife, engagement books and diaries, as well as materials related to the investigation of the explosion.
Shown here are reports of the crew after the explosion.
United Spanish War Veterans of New York State Records
The United Spanish War Veterans was founded in 1904. All military personnel who were enlisted during the Spanish-American War and had been honorably discharged or continued to serve were eligible for membership. The collection consists of organizational material, meeting minutes, financial records and a membership card file. The cards contain standard directory information as well as information about an individual's military service.
The Pan American Exposition, the 1901 exhibition at which President William McKinley was shot, is represented in the State Library's Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit by souvenirs from the exposition (Pan American Exposition ephemera (QC16514).
Related collections also include Postcards (QC16510) and Pan American Exposition ephemera (QC16514), as well as the collections of individuals' papers such as the Dorr Viele letters.
The Dorr Viele letters (21574), consists of letters written by a family living in Buffalo at the time of the exposition to their son and brother, who was attending college at Yale.