Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

U.S. Navy [Wrecks of USS Downes & Cassin, 7 December 1941]

Order a pdf of this item here.

Log in
to see this thumbnail image

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09547.02 Author/Creator: U.S. Navy Place Written: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Type: Photograph Date: 07 December 1941 [1942] Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 25.2 x 20.5 cm.

A high-resolution version of this object is available for registered users. LOG IN

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09547.02 Author/Creator: U.S. Navy Place Written: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Type: Photograph Date: 07 December 1941 [1942] Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 25.2 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Naval History & Heritage Command attributes image to Navy Photographer's Mate Harold Fawcett. Taken during attack in 1941 and printed and released in 1942 for the one-year anniversary. From Naval History and Hertiage's online catalog: "The wrecked destroyers USS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372) in Drydock One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, soon after the end of the Japanese air attack. Cassin has capsized against Downes. USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) is astern, occupying the rest of the drydock. The torpedo-damaged cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) is in the right distance, beyond the crane. Visible in the center distance is the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37), with USS Maryland (BB-46) alongside. Smoke is from the sunken and burning USS Arizona (BB-39), out of view behind Pennsylvania. USS California (BB-44) is partially visible at the extreme left. This image has been attributed to Navy Photographer's Mate Harold Fawcett. "

People:

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IINavyAsiaMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyPatriotismPearl Harbor

Sub Era: World War II

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources