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RG 405.2 Office of the Superintendent 

RG 405.2.1 Correspondence


Entry 1: Letters Sent by the Superintendent, 1845-1865
This entry contains fair copies of letters sent by the Superintendent to public and private individuals and businesses, including the Secretary of the Navy, applicants to the Academy, midshipmen, instructors, and merchants. Included also are letters to the Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography.
Entry 2: Registers to Parts of Press Copies of Letters Sent and Letters Received by the Superintendent (Entries 3, 9, 12, 16, 22, and 23, and Entry 29), 1888-1906
Each volume registers both letters sent and received, with the exception of the volumes for 1901 and 1903-1906, in which only letters received are registered. The information given for letters sent includes name or title of addressee, subject, a summary of the letter’s contents, location or book and page numbers of the letter sent, date of the letter, and file and record number assigned to any letter received on the same subject.
Entry 3: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent, 1865-1911
This series contains letters sent by the Superintendent to the Secretary of the Navy; the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; the Bureau of Navigation and other bureaus of the Navy Department; Members of Congress; Academy personnel; naval officers not at the Academy; Federal, State, and local officials, private citizens, and a few foreigners. Major topics include disciplinary, medical, and material problems of the Academy, and occasionally the religious, racial, and ethnic composition of the body of midshipmen.
Entry 4: Letters Sent by Superintendent George S. Blake, 1857-1865
This series contains letters sent by Superintendent George S. Blake to the Secretary of the Navy, Navy Bureau chiefs, midshipmen, instructors and personnel of the Academy, merchants, and others relating to personnel and administration of the Academy. Volumes 13 and 14 contain lists of letters to and from the Navy Department, the Commandant of Midshipmen, and others. These volumes also contain fair copies of some letters received by Blake and a few copies of orders issued by him.
Entry 5: Telegrams Sent by the Superintendent, 1865-1888
This series contains telegrams sent to families of midshipmen, Navy Bureaus and personnel not at the Academy, academic institutions, and distinguished public and private individuals, which relate mainly to personnel and training plans.
Entry 6: Letters Sent by the Superintendent, 1881-1885
This series contains letters sent by the Superintendent to the Secretary of the Navy; the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; the Bureau of Navigation and other bureaus of the Navy Department; Members of Congress; Academy personnel; naval officers not at the Academy; Federal, State, and local officials, private citizens, including families of midshipmen; and private organizations including academic institutions. Major topics include disciplinary, medical, and material problems of the Academy.
Entry 7: Letters Sent by the Assistant to the Superintendent, 1895-1898
This series contains letters sent by the Assistant to the Superintendent. The letters are addressed to various naval personnel and to private individuals. The letters relate to posting about vacancies at the Academy, regulations for admission, lists of statuses of cadets (the contemporary title of midshipmen), lists of cadets representing the Academy in athletic competitions, and letters relating to competitions and to other subjects. There are no letters between June 21, 1896 and January 12, 1897.
Entry 8: Letters Sent by the Superintendent to the Secretary of the Navy and to Navy Department Bureaus, 1864-1865
This series contains letters sent by the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to the Secretary of the Navy and Navy Department Bureaus. The letters relate to midshipmen, personnel, academics, supplies, and budgets.
Entry 9: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to the Secretary of the Navy, 1865-1888
This series contains press copies of letters sent by the Superintendent to the Secretary of the Navy relating to personnel and the administration of the Academy.
Entry 10: Letters Sent by the Superintendent to the Secretary of the Navy, 1874-1887
This series contains letters sent by the Superintendent to the Secretary of the Navy relating to personnel and the administration of the Academy.
Entry 11: Press Copies of Letters and Endorsements Sent by the Superintendent to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1903-1905
This series contains press copies of letters sent by the Superintendent to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy relating to contracts for construction and other work on the Academy buildings and grounds, requisitions for materials, rates of wages for workmen, and other subjects.
Entry 12: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to Bureaus of the Navy Department, 1865-1908
This series contains press copies of letters sent by the Superintendent to bureaus of the Navy Department. The letters, 1865-1874 were addressed to the Bureaus of Navigation and Detail, Construction and Repair, Equipment and Recruiting, Medicine, Ordnance, Provisions and Clothing, Steam Engineering, and Yards and Docks. Later letters were addressed primarily to the Bureau of Navigation, but also to the Bureaus of Supplies and Accounts, Construction and Repair, and Ordnance and Equipment; and to the Superintendent of the Naval Observatory and to the Paymaster General of the Navy. Beginning in 1894 these volumes also contain letters addressed to the Secretary of the Navy.
Entry 13: Letters Sent by the Superintendent to Bureaus of the Navy Department, 1874-1885
This series contains letters sent by the Superintendent to all Navy Department bureaus and the Hydrographer of the Navy.
Entry 14: Press Copies of Letters Sent to the Bureaus of Construction and Repair, Medicine and Surgery, Ordnance, Provisions and Clothing, Steam Engineering, and Yards and Docks, 1884-1888
This series contains press copies of letters sent to the various bureaus including those of Construction and Repair, Medicine and Surgery, Ordnance, Provisions and Clothing, Steam Engineering, and Yards and Docks. The series also contains a few letters to the Secretary of the Interior and to Treasury officials. One letter is dated October 10, 1888.
Entry 15: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, 1862-1895
This series contains press copies of letters sent to the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting. The letters generally relate to equipment and supplies for school ships, recruitment and discharge of enlisted personnel of school ships, provisions of crews, and other subjects.
Entry 16: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to the Bureau of Navigation, 1883-1888
This series contains press copies of letters sent to the Bureau of Navigation. The letters are generally acknowledgements of receipt of communications and orders, announcements of naval-cadets (the contemporary title of midshipmen) completing courses and granted leaves of absence, requisitions for various supplies and equipment, and requests for the services of certain civilian and military personnel for duty at the Academy. Some letters marked "personal" that appear in these volumes have not been numbered.
Entry 17: Press Copies of Letters, Endorsements, and Memorandums Sent by the Superintendent to the Bureau of Navigation Relating to Academy Buildings and Grounds, 1905-1907
This series contains press copies of letters, endorsements, and memorandums sent to the Bureau of Navigation. The outgoing correspondence relates to the purchase of materials and labor, and the construction and repair of Academy buildings and grounds.
Entry 18: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing and to the Paymaster General, 1888
This series contains press copies of letters sent to the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing and to the Paymaster General. During this period the offices of Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing and Paymaster General were filled by the same person.
Entry 19: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to the Bureau of Steam Engineering, 1888-1900
This series contains copies of two letters sent, dated September 26 and December 20, 1888. It also contains a letter sent October 26, 1900, relating to the purchase of building materials, and part of an undated memorandum relating to cadet instruction on general service ships and proposed changes in the course of instruction for cadets.
Entry 20: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to Congress, 1888-1901
This series contains press copies of letters sent to Congress. The letters relate mainly to the appointment and success or failure of naval-cadets (the contemporary title of midshipmen), vacancies to be filled, and rules for admission. The volume contains letters sent to private individuals and includes two letters dated April, 1901.
Entry 21: Letters and Memorandums Sent by the Superintendent to Academy Officers, Instructors, and Cadets, 1881-1885
This series contains fair copies of letters and memorandums relating generally to instruction, discipline, and pay of naval cadets (the contemporary title of midshipmen) and to the administration of the Academy.
Entry 22: Press Copies of Letters and Memorandums Sent by the Superintendent to Academy Officers, Instructors, and Cadets, 1884-1908
This series contains press copies of letters and memorandums sent by the Superintendent to Academy officers, instructors and cadets. The correspondence relates to the instruction, discipline, and pay of the cadets and to the general administration of the Academy. The communications were sent not only to personnel located at the Academy but also to commanders of Academy ships, the Academy Paymaster, commandants of navy yards where Academy ships were located, and others. These volumes also contain copies of orders issued the Superintendent.
Entry 23: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent to Various Public and Private Individuals, 1885-1888
This series contains press copies of letters sent to various persons, including the Secretary of the Interior, Chief Clerk of the Navy Department, commandants of navy yards, other Navy officers, the Commissary of Subsistence of the Navy Department, Members of Congress, and to other public and private individuals. Also included are some personal letters of the Superintendent.
Entry 25: Letters Received by the Superintendent, 1845-1887
Entry 25 of the Records of the Office of the Superintendent, comprising 12 linear feet of documentation, spans from 1845 to 1887. The documents pertain to numerous aspects of the administration of the Naval Academy, including practice cruises, school ships, equipment, buildings and grounds, and faculty.
Entry 26: Copies of Letters Received by the Superintendent and other Academy Officers from the Bureau of Navigation, 1862-1883
This series contains fair copies of letters relating to various subjects, including requests for estimates of expenditures, courses of study, academy staff, library books, and buildings and grounds. During the Civil War letters were addressed to the Superintendent of the Academy at Newport R.I., and to the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at Annapolis when the Army was using the Academy facilities. Some of the letters for this period relate to the adoption of and instruction in the Army signal system.
Entry 27: Letters Received by the Superintendent from Officers, 1875-1881
This series contains letters received by Superintendents Rear Admiral George B. Balch (1879-1881), and Rear Admiral Christopher R. P. Rodgers (1874-1878) relating to many subjects, including requests for assignment to duty at the Academy and leave requests.
Entry 28: Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Superintendent, 1875-1879
This series contains letters received by Superintendents Rear Admiral Christopher R. P. Rodgers (1874-1878), and Commodore Foxhall A. Parker (1878-1879) from public and private individuals outside the Navy Department on various subjects, including equipment and supplies and admission requirements. Included are many letters relating to naval-cadets (the contemporary title of midshipmen).
Entry 29: Letters Received by the Superintendent, 1888-1906
This series contains handwritten, typed, or duplicated letters received from the Navy Department and its bureaus; other Government officials, including Senators and Congressmen; Navy officers, civilian personnel, and students at the Academy; and private individuals and organizations. The letters related to various subjects including discipline, buildings and grounds, uniforms and equipment, summer practice cruises, instructors, entrance requirements, examinations, gifts and memorials for the Academy, and congressional appropriations and fiscal matters.
Entry 30: Letters Received by Superintendent Frederick V. McNair, 1898-1900
This series contains letters received by the Superintendent chiefly from Navy Department officials, private individuals (including parents and sponsors of cadets), and businesses. The letters are mostly requests for personal intervention or assistance by the Superintendent in matters connected with the Academy. Some letters are marked "personal," or "confidential."
Entry 33: General Correspondence, 1907-1913
Correspondence files from the Office of the Superintendent from 1907-1913. The correspondence pertains to all aspects of the administration of the Naval Academy, including the academic program; issues related to faculty; academic performance, conduct, and health of the midshipmen; ships assigned to the Academy; orders and directives; athletics; the Naval Academy Band; maintenance of buildings and grounds; Naval aviation and aviation instruction at the Academy; and various other topics.
Entry 36: General Correspondence, 1913-1922
Correspondence files from the Office of the Superintendent for the period 1913-1922. The correspondence pertains to all aspects of the administration of the Naval Academy, including the academic program; issues related to faculty; academic performance, conduct, and health of the midshipmen; ships assigned to the Academy; orders and directives; athletics; the Naval Academy Band; maintenance of buildings and grounds; Naval aviation and aviation instruction at the Academy; and various other topics.
Entry 39: General Correspondence, 1922-1927
Correspondence files from the Office of the Superintendent from 1922-1927.
Entry 39b: General Correspondence, 1845-1989
Entry 39B of the General Correspondence of the Superintendent, comprising 101 linear feet of documentation, spans from 1854 to 1989, with the bulk of the material falling between 1910 and 1959. The documents pertain to numerous aspects of the administration of the Naval Academy, including academics, athletics, and facilities management.
Office Files, 1941-2008 (bulk 1967-2008)
The Superintendent's Office Files, comprising 71.25 linear feet of documentation, span from 1941 to 2008, with a bulk of the material falling between 1967 and 2008. The materials pertain to the administration of the Naval Academy, and touch upon topics such as the curriculum, admissions, athletics, and buildings and grounds.

RG 405.2.2 Directives


Entry 59b: Admission Regulations and Examinations, 1863-1965
Admission regulations, sample examination questions, and examination papers for candidates for admission to the United States Naval Academy.

RG 405.2.3 Administrative Records


Entry 60: Reports of Academic and Medical Examination of Candidates for Admission and Related Correspondence, 1946-1899 (bulk 1846-1876)
This series contains reports of academic and medical examinations of candidates for admission and related correspondence from 1846-1899.
Entry 74: Reports of Candidates for Admission Found Physically Disqualified, 1899-1910
This series contains reports of candidates for admission found physically disqualified. Accompanying most reports are letters received by the Bureau of Navigation indicating reasons for disqualification.
Entry 75: Letters and Reports Received by the Superintendent Relating to Individual Midshipmen, 1846-1888
This series contains letters and reports addressed or forwarded to the Superintendent from the Secretary of the Navy, Navy officers serving at the Academy, parents of midshipmen, and midshipmen. The content primarily relates to the conduct, academic standing, and health of midshipmen at the Academy. The series also includes a few certificates of appointment.
Entry 83: Records Relating to the Board Investigating the Hazing of Cadet George J. Meyers, 1898
Contains questionnaires submitted to third and fourth classmen asking whether they had been hazed or "run" since entering the Academy, and the names of the individuals who did the hazing or "running." Also contains the medical report of the surgeon, Cadet Meyers' testimony, the report of the Board, and a Board report connected with the hazing cases of Cadets Harry T. Morton and Lindsay H. Lacy, November 1898.
Entry 84: Proceedings and Reports of Boards of Medical Examiners for Naval Cadets Eligible for Promotion and Miscellaneous Medical Reports, 1895-1916
Proceedings of boards convened aboard various naval ships or at naval stations. At the end of the series are reports relating to cadets found physically unqualified for the period 1899-1916.
Entry 104: Correspondence Relating to Individual Professors and Instructors, 1845-1903
This series includes copies of letters sent to the Secretary of the Navy requesting appointment, letters of appointment, and oaths of office.
Entry 116: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent Relating to the Proposed Rebuilding of the Academy, 1895-1904 (bulk) 1895-1899)
Letters relating to the proposal to erect new buildings at the Academy. A commission to study the condition of Academy buildings was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy in conformity with a resolution adopted by the Board of Visitors in 1895. A copy of the report of the Board, January 1896, citing the poor condition of the existing buildings is included.

RG 405.2.4 Records of Reserve Training Groups


Entry 118: Correspondence of the Director of Training, 1917-1919
This series contains letters, reports, and issuances of the director of training relating to the overall organization and administration of the five reserve officers' training classes.
Entry 120: Correspondence of the Assistant for Training for Quarters "A", 1917-1919
This series contains correspondence of the assistant for training for quarters "A." It includes letters, reports, and issuances affecting the reserve officers in Quarters "A." Most of the correspondence is for the last three Reserve Officers' Classes.
Entry 121: Correspondence of the Assistant for Training for Quarters "B", 1917-1919
This series contains correspondence of the assistant for training for quarters "B." It includes letters, reports, and issuances affecting the reserve officers in Quarters "B." Most of the correspondence is for the last three Reserve Officers' Classes.
Entry 133: General Correspondence, 1941-1945
This series contains general correspondence that relates to the organization and general functioning of the Reserve Officers' School.
Entry 134: Appointment and Health Records, 1940-1949 (1940-1945)
Spanning from 1941 to 1945, Entry 134 consists of appointment and health records for all 12 reserve midshipman classes held at the United States Naval Academy during World War II.
Entry 135: Appointment and Health Records of Naval Reserve Officers Assigned to the Second Naval Reserve Officers' Training School, 1941
Copies of orders directing officers to report to the Academy for temporary active duty, reports of physical examinations, and requests for quarters.

RG 405.2.5 Miscellaneous Records


Entry 59i: Publications Relating to Faculty and Staff, 1916-1978
Various Academy publications and directories, including academic staff assignment, the faculty catalog, faculty handbook, policy for promotion and tenure, and the Academy social directory.
Entry 59j: Telephone Directories, 1923-1994
Naval Academy station and office telephone directories.
Entry 146a: Miscellaneous Letters and Other Records, 1845-1920
Correspondence files and other miscellaneous records from the Office of the Superintendent from 1845-1920.

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