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RG 405.2 Office of the Superintendent 

RG 405.2.1 Correspondence


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 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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RG 405.3 Office of the Commandant 

RG 405.3.1 General Records

RG 405.3.2 Records of the Office of Professional Development Relating to Annual Summer Practice Cruises


Entry 165: General Correspondence of the Summer Practice Cruise, 1910
This series contains general correspondence of the summer practice cruise in 1910.
Entry 166: General Correspondence of the Summer Practice Cruise, 1911
This series contains general correspondence of the summer practice cruise in 1911.
Entry 167: General Correspondence of the Summer Practice Cruise, 1914
This series contains general correspondence of the summer practice cruise of 1914 and includes correspondence of Practice Squadron Commander Captain William F. Fullam.

RG 405.3.3 Records of the Office of Midshipmen Activities


Entry 181a: Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference General File, 1959-1987
General files pertaining to the annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference for the years 1959-1987.
Entry 182a: Records Relating to the Masqueraders, 1867-2001
Records relating to the midshipman theater group, the Masqueraders, dating through 2001.
Entry 183d: Miscellaneous Midshipmen Publications, 1898-1981
Miscellaneous publications produced by the Brigade of Midshipmen for the years 1898-1981.

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RG 405.4 Office of the Academic Dean  


Entry 201a: Records of the Department of English, History, and Government, 1907-1972
The records of the Department of English, History, and Government, Entry 201a of the Records of the Office of the Academic Dean, comprising 26.5 linear feet of documentation, span from 1907 to 1972. The documents pertain to the department's course materials and course offerings; the development of the curriculum; examinations and grades of midshipmen; pay, promotion, organization, and course assignments of the department's faculty members; debate; midshipman scholarships and prizes; the foreign relations club; computer usage and television at the Academy; and the general administration of the department.

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RG 405.5 Subordinate Offices

RG 405.5.1 Records of the Senior Medical Officer 


RG 405.5.2 Records of the Officer in Charge of Buildings and Grounds


Other Offices


Naval Academy Athletic Association Records, 1901-2015
The Naval Academy Athletic Association is a private non-profit association, whose object is to promote and assist in financing the Naval Academy's intercollegiate athletic program. The records of the Association are composed primarily of football game programs, press releases, schedules, and individual sports' media guides and handbooks.
Public Affairs Office: General Records, 1887-2007
The General Records of the Public Affairs Office span from 1887 to 2007. The documents, consisting primarily of news clippings, press releases, and subject files, chronicle the activities of the Public Affairs Office and the public face of the Academy.

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RG 405.6 Boards 

RG 405.6.1 Records of the Board for the Examination of Midshipmen


RG 405.6.2 Records of the Academic Board


Entry 205a: Records of the Academic Board, 1868-1975
Records relating to the activities of the Academic Board for the period 1868-1975.

RG 405.6.3 Records of the Board of Visitors


Entry 209: Reports, Minutes of Proceedings, and Other Records, 1908-2004
This series contains reports, minutes of proceedings, and other records of the Board of Visitors. It includes reports on conditions at the Academy, minutes of meetings, and other records, including printed programs of exercises for the Board, lists of Board members, and reports of committees appointed by the Board.
Entry 209a: Reports of the Board of Visitors, 1851-2007
This series contains reports of the Board of Visitors, as well as occasional reports of special committees of the Board and meeting materials.

RG 405.6.4 Records of Other Boards


Entry 217: Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry Convened at the Academy into Alleged Frauds Committed by Midshipmen in the Annual Examinations of 1915, 1915
Court of inquiry proceeds, including witness testimonies, concerning the 1915 Annual Examination cheating scandal.
Entry 218: Proceedings of Boards Investigating Hazing at the Academy and on Summer Practice Cruise Ships and Related Reports, 1915
Investigative board proceedings originally published as enclosures to a report on hazing to the Secretary of the Navy in 1915.
Entry 220: Proceedings of Boards Appointed to Investigate Incidents at the Academy Involving the Academy Staff, 1921-1923
Proceedings, and supporting documents, pertaining to investigations of incidents involving Naval Academy staff and departments.

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RG 405.7 Video Recordings 


Entry 146k: Videocassette Recording Collection, 1935-1991
Video recordings of graduation exercises, interviews, parades, ceremonies, telecasts, and documentaries about the USNA.

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RG 405.8 Sound Recordings 


Entry 146i: Tape Recording Collection, 1950-1991
Audio recordings of graduation exercises, addresses, lectures, meetings, and conferences.

RG405.10 Still Pictures 

General


Entry 146g: Naval Academy Photograph Collection, 1845-1983
The mounted photographs, numbering 8,519 items, are primarily 8"x10", black-and-white prints taken by Naval Academy and commercial photographers. The collection consists of prints of superintendents, advisory groups, faculty and staff, midshipman activities, buildings and grounds, instructional equipment, support activities, prominent alumni, events and activities, and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Midshipmen


Classes, 1846-2000
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Midshipmen: Classes span from the Class of 1846 through the Class of 2000. The series consists of portraits of Naval Academy midshipmen, both individually and in groups, in the form of carte-de-visite, cabinet cards, negatives, and photographic prints.

Faculty and Staff


Athletic Faculty and Staff, 1906-1984
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Athletic Faculty and Staff span and 1906 to 1984. The series, consisting of black-and-white photographic prints as well as negatives, depicts Naval Academy athletic coaches, physical education instructors, and Naval Academy Athletic Association officials.
Civilian Faculty, 1908-1984 (bulk 1970-1984)
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Civilian Faculty span from 1908 to 1984, with a bulk of the photographs spanning from 1970 to 1984. The series, consisting primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, depicts Naval Academy civilian faculty members.
Civilian and Military Faculty, 1845-1990 (bulk 1973-1983)
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Civilian and Military Faculty span from 1845 to 1990, with a bulk of the photographs spanning from 1973 to 1983. The series, consisting primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, depicts Naval Academy faculty members, both civilian and military.
Deans and Registrars, 1966-2002
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Deans and Registrars span from 1966 to 2002. The series, consisting primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, depicts the Naval Academy's Academic Deans, Associate Deans, Deans of Admissions, and Registrars.
Faculty and Staff Photos and Negatives, 1970-2003
The photographs and negatives held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Faculty and Staff Photos and Negatives span from 1970 to 2003. The series consists of official portraits of Naval Academy faculty and staff, primarily in the form of black-and-white and color 4"x5" prints and their associated negatives. The photographs depict both civilian and military faculty and staff, although a large proportion of the images are of Navy and Marine Corps officers attached to the Professional Development Division and the Office of the Commandant.
Faculty Awards and Groups, 1845-1980
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Faculty Awards and Groups span from 1845 to 1980. The series, consisting primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, contains group portraits of the Naval Academy's academic departments, as well as images of various awards ceremonies.
Military Faculty, 1968-1986
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Military Faculty span from 1968 to 1986. The series, consisting primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, depicts Naval Academy military faculty members.
Staff, 1894-2002 (bulk 1970-1985)
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Faculty and Staff: Staff span from 1894 to 2002, with a bulk of the photographs spanning from 1970 to 1985. The series, consisting primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, depicts Naval Academy staff members, both civilian and military.

Support Activities


Radio Station, 1938-1985
The photographs held within Still Pictures/Support Activities: Radio Station span from 1938 to 1985. The series, consisting predominantly of black-and-white photographic prints, primarily depicts the facilities of Naval Radio Transmitting Facility Annapolis, including its transmission towers, buildings, and transmitters.

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Other Finding Aids 


Naval Academy Archives Reference Files, 1845-2014 
The Naval Academy Archives Reference Files, comprising 27 linear feet of documentation, spans from the Academy's founding in 1845 to the present. The files, which are composed primarily of newspaper and journal clippings, and photocopies of documents from RG-405 and elsewhere in the Naval Academy Archives, pertain to various subjects such as Academy athletics, curriculum, faculty and staff, midshipmen, and buildings and grounds.

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