The Arizona Capitol Museum presents: The U.S.S. Arizona Artifact Collection

Arizona Capitol Museum

This exhibit, a showcase in the Arizona Capitol Museum for decades, features a portion of the ship’s hull recovered as part of a salvage operation, an Arizona flag recovered from the scene, and an U.S. flag belonging to Commanding Officer Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh. The American flag was salvaged from the sunken battleship after the attack and still bears oil stains from being in the water of Pearl Harbor. In addition, several artifacts that have never been displayed in public are included in this exhibit, such as rarely seen artifacts including: the State of Arizona flag flown from the ship’s starboard yardarm; a 1918 seaman’s diary; brass and silver Navy bugle; 1940 handmade USS Arizona baseball team pennant; and a never before displayed piece of the U.S.S. Arizona itself; among other unique items.

Piece of the U.S.S. Arizona, U.S. Navy, 1916, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

This smaller piece of the U.S.S. Arizona was recently unearthed in the Arizona Capitol Museum Collection, it has never been displayed in public prior to now. It was sent to the Museum by David Gibson of the AZ Memorial Museum Assn.

1916-1941 Electrical Relay Switch, USS Arizona, U.S. Navy, 1916, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

This rusted relay switch has a removable metal lid with cap. It's hollow inside, with hollow valves attached to each side. Inside, there lies a removable unknown part.

1916-1941 Electrical Relay Switch, USS Arizona, U.S. Navy, 1916, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
Desperate Resolve, William Hunter, 1991, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

"Desperate Resolve" is one of the newer pieces of our U.S.S. Arizona collection - it was sculpted in 1991 by William Hunter to commemorate the Arizona on Pearl Harbor Day - December 7th.

U.S.S. Arizona casualty, James Mattox, posthumous Presidential Citation, U.S. Government, 1941/1942, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
Sailor's Personal Items
Photo Album, U.S.S. Arizona, belonging to survivor Louis Conter, Louis A. Conter, 1940/1941, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Photo album kept by Louis Conter - Leather tie on left border. Stamped text reads: LOGALBUM. Image on cover of eagle, anchor & ship. Caption by ship reads: USS Arizona.

1940-1941 Handmade Picture Frame belonging to Donald Gordon, Donald Gordon, 1940/1941, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Handmade picture frame, belonging to Donald Gordon

A Sailor's Diary - Ernold I. Snesrud, Ernold I. Snesrud, 1917/1919, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Notations in this diary include periodic entries, tracking of pay, and spending in the back as well as notations on the calendar.

A Sailor’s Diary - Ernold I. Snesrud, Ernold Snesrud, 1918-02-03/1919-05-11, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
U.S.S. Arizona casualty, James Mattox, posthumous Presidential Citation, U.S. Government, 1941/1942, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

U.S.S. Arizona casualty, James Mattox, posthumous Presidential Citation - (signed) Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States

1918 Diary Notebook, USS Arizona belonging to George Leyme., Ernold I. Snesrud, 1918-02-03/1919-05-11, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

1918 Diary Notebook, USS Arizona - belonging to George Leyme. Vertical format, black cover - Bound on top, ruled pages, contains dated diary entries for 1918.

1919 Pictorial Log from USS AZ, belonging to Wm. Guy Winston, William Guy Winston, 1919, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
1919 Pictorial Log from USS AZ, belonging to Wm. Guy Winston, William Guy Winston, 1919, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

The cover is two pieces of black leather bound together by a black shoestring, with plastic tips on ends. The front cover is embossed gold: "Pictoral Log/U.S.S.ARIZONA"
This log was used for recording travel information.

1942/1943 USS Arizona caasualty, James Mattox, posthumous Purple Heart Medal, US Military, 1942/1943, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Purple Heart given to James Mattox, casualty on the U.S.S. Arizona

'Stamps and Countries Visited' page from U.S.S. Arizona survivor Louis Conter, Louis Conter, 1940, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
1932 Book "Simple Aerodynamics" used for training on USS Arizona., 1932, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
1924 USS Arizona Efficiency "E" Medal awarded to Patrick Keeshan, U.S. Navy, 1923/1924, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

1924 USS Arizona Efficiency "E" Medal, awarded to Patrick Keeshan

1940-41 U.S.S. Arizona photo and souvenir album belonging to James Mattox., James Durant Mattox, 1939/1940, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
U.S.S. Arizona/U.S.Navy Souvenir Silk Handkerchief bag from Hill Coll., Hill Coll, 1919/1926, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Mother/M is for the Million things she gave me/O means only that she's growing old/T is for the Tears she shed to save me/H is for her heart of purest gold/E is for her eyes with love light shining/R means Right and right she'll always be/Put them all together and they spell Mother/A word that means the world to me.

1940-1941 Membership Certificate, Neptunus Rex belonging to Donald Gordon, Neptunus Rex, 1940/1941, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

This certificate relates to the line-crossing ceremony, a long naval tradition to initiate 'pollywogs', sailors who have never crossed the Equator, into the Kingdom of Neptune upon their first crossing of the Equator.

1932 Book "Simple Aerodynamics" used for training on USS Arizona., U.S. Navy, 1932, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
Commemorative Pennant, U.S.S. Arizona belonging to Donald Gordon, Donald Gordon, 1940/1941, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
1918-1919 cloth Navy sewing kit belonging to U.S.S. Arizona crew member Guy Winston., William Guy Winston, 1915/1919, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
U.S.S. Arizona Rowing team sweater, Claude McKinney, 1934/1936, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
1916 Thimble, Edward Wroblski, 1916, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Thimble, hand; made of brown leather to fit over palm, has hole for thumb. Actual metal thimble part is 1/2" in diameter. Heavy off-white thread used to stitch leather together. Used to sew/repair anything made of canvas; also used for "whipping" line with a smaller line to keep line ends from fraying.

U.S.S. Arizona gunnery patch, Joseph Bernard Feil, 1916/1919, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

U.S.S. Arizona gunnery patch

Charm bracelet, Doris Thompson, 1944/1945, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
Plaque detailing return of U.S.S. Arizona Silver Service to the Arizona State Capitol, State of Arizona, 1975/1977, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
Items from the ship
napkin, USS Arizona Christmas Menu 1917, William Guy Winston, 1917, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Courses on the menu for the Christmas Dinner in 1917 include soups, relishes, entrees, roasts, and desserts.

May 26th, 1918 Memorial Day Service Program, U.S. Navy, 1918, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum
1918 Thanksgiving Menu, U.S.S. Arizona from Leyme Collection, U.S. Navy, 1918, From the collection of: Arizona Capitol Museum

Center, lettering reads: U.S.S. Arizona/November 28, 1918: AT SEA EN ROUTE "OVER THERE" Images of turkeys, pumpkins and fields along rightt and bottom borders.

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