Leonard F. Guttridge - William M.P. Dunne papers
Georgetown University Manuscripts
Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
Manuscripts Collection, Georgetown University Library, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
The Leonard F. Guttridge-William M.P. Dunne papers consist of the research files amassed by historian William M.P. Dunne for a book he intended to publish about Stephen Decatur. The collection includes an extensive amount of photocopied documents deriving from original sources at various archives. The documents provide details on the life of Stephen Decatur, his father, and the Decatur family. Some of Dunne's research correspondence is also retained. Of particular importance is a 692 page unpublished manuscript by Dunne providing a detailed chronology of Stephen Decatur's life from his family ties dating back to 1689 to his death in 1820. The manuscript was drawn from log entries and other documents. Historians will benefit from having this much resource material about Decatur in one collection. After Dunne's death in 1995, Leonard Guttridge used Dunne's materials to publish the book entitled, "Our Country, Right or Wrong: The Life of Stephen Decatur, the U.S. Navy's Most Illustrious Commander" in 2006.
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