James Sever Collection
The James Sever Collection is a rare assemblage of materials related to the construction, launch, original outfitting, and initial manning of the United States Navy’s first frigates (specifically USS Congress and USS Constitution), as well as the conduct of the U.S. Navy during the Quasi-War with France from 1798 to 1801.
Included is correspondence to and from the Secretary of the Navy, other navy captains including Silas Talbot and Edward Preble, and U.S. consul regarding naval operations during the Quasi-War with France in the Caribbean Sea and surrounding islands. There are documents related to courts martial of crew, and Sever’s standing orders to the crew when he was in command. The collection is particularly strong in two naval topics: 1) 0utfitting and initial manning of first U.S. naval frigates; 2) conduct of the early U.S. Navy in the Quasi-War with France.
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