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Office of the Superintendent/Correspondence: Letters Received by the Superintendent, 1845-1887: Finding Aid

Published in December 2014

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6922
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: RG 405.2.1 Entry 25
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
  • Title: Office of the Superintendent/Correspondence: Letters Received by the Superintendent
  • Dates: 1845-1887
  • Size: 12 linear feet (27 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy. Superintendent
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: 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.

History of the Office of the Superintendent

The plan of the Naval School at Fort Severn, Annapolis, Maryland, approved by the Navy Department August 28, 1846, provided that a Superintendent of the school be appointed by the Secretary of the Navy from a list of officers of a rank not higher than commander. The Superintendent was to have responsibility for the general management of the institution, including overseeing the course of study, professors, and other personnel connected with the Academy. He could appoint and remove all persons employed at the Academy except those for whose appointment or discharge special provision was made by the laws or regulations of the Navy or the Academy. He had general charge of the buildings, grounds, and ships belonging to the Academy. The Superintendent also formulated the code of rules and regulations for the internal government of the school to be submitted to the Secretary of the Navy for approval. After 1867, officers were assigned by the Navy Department to the Academy to serve as assistants or aides to the Superintendent.

The Office of the Superintendent as described in the 1846 plan remained relatively unchanged throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Officers of ranks higher than commander, however, have served in the position.

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Description of Contents

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.

Subject files into which the letters have been arranged usually cover intervals of 3 to 8 years, with the exception of the files for the period 1845-61, and this is probably not the original method of arrangement of these letters.

The "miscellaneous," "miscellaneous correspondence," and "letter received" files mostly contain letters and lists that do not fit into a convenient subject classification, but they also contain some letters on subjects for which files have been created. The "miscellaneous" subject files for 1876-80 contains mostly letters received from Navy Department bureaus and offices.

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Arrangement

Arranged by time period into six series and thereunder by subject in alphabetical order.

  • Series 1: Letters Received, 1843-1874 (bulk 1843-1861)
  • Series 2: Letters Received, 1860-1866 (bulk 1861-1865)
  • Series 3: Letters Received, 1865-1871
  • Series 4: Letters Received, 1871-1879 (bulk 1871-1875)
  • Series 5: Letters Received, 1875-1880
  • Series 6: Letters Received, 1879-1889
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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Use

Use of the materials is unrestricted.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Custodial History

RG 405 Records of the United States Naval Academy is the property of the National Archives and Records Administration. The materials are housed at the United States Naval Academy, William W. Jeffries Memorial Archives, an affiliated archive, as per a Memorandum of Agreement between the National Archives and Records Administration and the United States Naval Academy.

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Related Materials

Location of Copies or Alternate Formats

The letters in this entry are reproduced as NARS Microfilm Publication M949, Letters Received by the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, 1845-87.

Location of Related Materials

A register of the letters received from the Secretary of the Navy from 1845 to 1853 is in entry 24.

For miscellaneous letters received from public and private individuals outside the Navy Department for this period, see entry 28. For letters received from the Bureau of Navigation for September 1862 and the period December 1863-1883, see entry 26

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Preferred Citation

Office of the Superintendent/Correspondence: Letters Received by the Superintendent, RG 405.2.1 Entry 25

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

Collection inventory adapted from the National Archives and Records Administration inventory of Record Group 405, prepared by Geraldine N. Phillips and Aloha South in 1975.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • Naval education -- United States.
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Naval Academy -- Administration
  • United States Naval Academy -- Alumni and alumnae
  • United States Naval Academy -- Buildings and grounds
  • United States Naval Academy -- Curricula.
  • United States Naval Academy -- Faculty
  • United States Naval Academy -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • United States Naval Academy -- School ships
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students
  • United States Naval Academy. Band.
  • United States Naval Academy. Superintendent

Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
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Contents List

Series 1: Letters Received, 1843-1874 (bulk 1843-1861) Boxes 1-5

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 1 Folder 1

Applications for Old Watchmen, 1855-1874

Box 1 Folder 2

Appropriations and Estimates, 1847-1860

Box 1 Folder 3

Band, Naval Academy, 1846-1860

Box 1 Folder 4

Boards, Miscellaneous, 1848-1860

Box 1 Folder 5

Boats, 1851-1861

Box 1 Folder 6

Buildings, Naval Academy, 1846-1861

Box 1 Folder 7

Candidates, 1846-1861

Box 1 Folder 8

Civilians, 1845-1860

Box 1 Folder 9

Course of Study, 1845-1861

Box 1 Folder 10

Deaths of Notables, 1849-1859

Box 1 Folder 11

Diplomas, 1854-1855

Box 2 Folder 1

Enlisted Men, 1847-1861

Box 2 Folder 2

Equipment, Instruction of Midshipmen, 1845-1861

Box 2 Folder 3

Equipment, Miscellaneous, 1843-1860

Box 2 Folder 4

Examinations, Miscellaneous, 1846-1861

Box 2 Folder 5

Fire Protection, 1848-1860

Box 2 Folder 6

Furniture for Quarters, 1845-1854

Box 2 Folder 7

Gas and Heating Plants, 1851-1861

Box 2 Folder 8

Land, Naval Academy, 1844-1859

Box 2 Folder 9-10

Letters Received, 1846-1860

Box 2 Folder 11

Marine Corps, 1851-1859

Box 2 Folder 12

Midshipmen, 1845-1847

Box 3 Folder 1-2

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1845-1861

Box 3 Folder 3

Monument at Naval Academy, 1845-1860

Box 3 Folder 4

Naval Academy Library and Books, 1845-1861

Box 3 Folder 5

Naval Lyceum, 1847-1860

Box 3 Folder 6-9

Officers, 1845-1861

Box 3 Folder 10

Officers, Naval Academy, 1845-1869

Box 3 Folder 11

Ordnance Equipment, 1847-1861

Box 4 Folder 1

U.S.S. Plymouth, 1856-1860

Box 4 Folder 2

Practice Cruises, 1851

Box 4 Folder 3

Practice Cruise, 1852

Box 4 Folder 4

Practice Cruises, 1853

Box 4 Folder 5

Practice Cruise, 1854

Box 4 Folder 6

Practice Cruise, 1858

Box 4 Folder 7

Practice Cruise, 1859

Box 4 Folder 8

Practice Cruise, 1860

Box 4 Folder 9

U.S.S. Preble, 1851-1858

Box 4 Folder 10

Professors, 1846-1861

Box 4 Folder 11

Registers, Navy and Naval Academy, 1848-1861

Box 4 Folder 12

Regulations, 1850-1861

Box 4 Folder 13

Slaves, 1845-1857

Box 4 Folder 14

Stewards, 1850-1860

Box 4 Folder 15

Storekeeper, Naval Academy, 1850-1860

Box 4 Folder 16

Summer Practice on Schoolship Constitution, 1861

Box 4 Folder 17

Textbooks, 1845-1861

Box 5 Folder 1

Uniforms, Midshipmen, 1845-1861

Box 5 Folder 2

Uniforms, Professors, 1852-1853

Box 5 Folder 3

Visitors, 1852-1860

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Series 2: Letters Received, 1860-1866 (bulk 1861-1865) Boxes 5-8

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 5 Folder 4

Accounts, Estimates, etc., 1861-1865

Box 5 Folder 5

The Atlantic House, 1861-1866

Box 5 Folder 6-7

Candidates, 1861-1865

Box 5 Folder 8

Civil War, 1861

Box 5 Folder 9

Civil War Activities, 1861-1865

Box 5 Folder 10

Contracts for Buildings, etc., 1861-1865

Box 5 Folder 11

Course of Instruction, 1861-1865

Box 6 Folder 1-2

Enlisted Men, 1861-1865

Box 6 Folder 3

Equipment, Miscellaneous, 1861-1865

Box 6 Folder 4

Examinations, Midshipmen, 1861-1865

Box 6 Folder 5

Fairs and Expositions, 1864

Box 6 Folder 6

Fort Adams, 1861, 1863

Box 6 Folder 7-8

Letters Received, 1860-1864

Box 7 Folder 1-2

Midshipmen, 1861-1865

Box 7 Folder 3

Midshipmen and Officers Uniforms, 1861-1865

Box 7 Folder 4

Miscellaneous Disciplinary Matters, 1862-1865

Box 7 Folder 5

Miscellaneous Unclassifiable Correspondence, 1861-1865

Box 7 Folder 6

Naval Academy Library, 1862-1865

Box 7 Folder 7-8

Officers, 1861-1865

Box 7 Folder 9

Ordnance Equipment, 1861-1865

Box 8 Folder 1

Practice Cruise, 1862

Box 8 Folder 2

Practice Cruise, 1863

Box 8 Folder 3

Practice Cruise, 1864

Box 8 Folder 4

Professors, 1862-1865

Box 8 Folder 5

Registers and Navy Regulations, 1861-1865

Box 8 Folder 6

Resolutions, etc., 1861

Box 8 Folder 7

Ships, 1861-1865

Box 8 Folder 8

Statements of Officers, Loyalty to Union, 1861-1865

Box 8 Folder 9

Textbooks, 1861-1865

Box 8 Folder 10

Transfer of Naval Academy, 1861-1865

Box 8 Folder 11

Uniforms for Professors, 1862-1864

Box 8 Folder 12

Watchmen, Band, etc., 1861-1865

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Series 3: Letters Received, 1865-1871 Boxes 9-15

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 9 Folder 1

U.S.S. America, 1866

Box 9 Folder 2

Appropriations, Bills, etc., 1865-1870

Box 9 Folder 3

Boards, Courts-Martial, etc., 1865-1870

Box 9 Folder 4

Boat Detaching Apparatus, 1868-1870

Box 9 Folder 5

Buildings, 1865-1869

Box 9 Folder 6

Cadet Engineers, 1866-1868

Box 9 Folder 7-8

Candidates, Miscellaneous, 1865-1870

Box 9 Folder 9

Civilians, 1865-1870

Box 9 Folder 10

U.S.S. Constitution, 1866-1870

Box 9 Folder 11

Course of Instruction, 1865-1867

Box 9 Folder 12

U.S.S. Dale, 1867-1869

Box 10 Folder 1-3

Enlisted Men, Miscellaneous, 1865-1868

Box 10 Folder 4-5

Enlisted Men, Miscellaneous, 1868-1870

Box 10 Folder 6

Equipment for Instruction, 1865-1870

Box 10 Folder 7-8

Equipment Miscellaneous, 1865-1870

Box 10 Folder 9

Examinations, 1866-1870

Box 10 Folder 10

Forms and Blanks, 1865-1870

Box 11 Folder 1

Graduating Classes, Diplomas, 1865-1870

Box 11 Folder 2

Historical Matters, 1865-1870

Box 11 Folder 3

Land, Naval Academy, 1866-1870

Box 11 Folder 4-5

Letters Received, 1865-1869

Box 11 Folder 6

Library, 1865-1870

Box 11 Folder 7

U.S.S. Macedonian, 1865-1870

Box 11 Folder 8

U.S.S. Marblehead, 1866

Box 11 Folder 9

Marine Corps, 1865-1866, 1870

Box 11 Folder 10

U.S.S. Marion, 1865-1869

Box 11 Folder 11

U.S.S. Mercury, 1866-1869

Box 11 Folder 12-13

Midshipmen, 1865-1867

Box 12 Folder 1-2

Midshipmen, 1867-1870

Box 12 Folder 3-4

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1865-1870

Box 12 Folder 5

Naval Academy Band, 1865-1866

Box 12 Folder 6-8

Officers, Miscellaneous, 1865-1870

Box 13 Folder 1-2

Ordnance Equipment, 1865-1870

Box 13 Folder 3

U.S.S. Phlox, 1866-1870

Box 13 Folder 4

Practice Cruises, 1866-1871

Box 13 Folder 5

Practice Cruise, 1865

Box 13 Folder 6

Practice Cruise, 1866

Box 13 Folder 7-8

Practice Cruise, 1867

Box 13 Folder 9

Practice Cruise, 1868

Box 14 Folder 1

Practice Cruise, 1868

Box 14 Folder 2

Practice Cruise, 1869

Box 14 Folder 3

Practice Cruises, 1870-1871

Box 14 Folder 4

Professors, 1965-1870

Box 14 Folder 5

Register, Navy and Naval Academy, 1865-1870

Box 14 Folder 6

Regulations, Naval Academy, 1865-1870

Box 14 Folder 7

U.S.S. Santee, 1866-1870

Box 14 Folder 8

U.S.S. Savannah, 1866-1870

Box 14 Folder 9

Ships, Miscellaneous, 1865-1870

Box 14 Folder 10

Textbooks, 1865-1870

Box 14 Folder 11

U.S.S. Tonawanda, 1865-1867

Box 15 Folder 1

Water System, Naval Academy, 1866-1868

Box 15 Folder 2

U.S.S. Wyandank, 1866-1870

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Series 4: Letters Received, 1871-1879 (bulk 1871-1875) Boxes 15-19

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 15 Folder 3

U.S.S. America, 1871

Box 15 Folder 4

Band, 1871-1872

Box 15 Folder 5

Boards, Miscellaneous, 1871-1875

Box 15 Folder 6

Buildings, 1873-1874

Box 15 Folder 7

Cadet Engineers, 1871-1875

Box 15 Folder 8

Candidates, 1871-1875

Box 15 Folder 9

Civilians, 1871-1876

Box 15 Folder 10

U.S.S. Constellation, 1871-1875

Box 15 Folder 11

U.S.S. Constitution, 1871

Box 15 Folder 12

Course of Instruction, 1871-1875

Box 15 Folder 13-14

Enlisted Men, 1871-1872

Box 16 Folder 1-2

Enlisted Men, 1873-1875

Box 16 Folder 3

Equipment for Instruction, 1871-1875

Box 16 Folder 4

Equipment, Miscellaneous, 1871-1875

Box 16 Folder 5-6

Examinations, 1871-1874

Box 16 Folder 7

Financial Matters, 1871-1875

Box 16 Folder 8

U.S.S. Fortune, 1873

Box 16 Folder 9

Graduating Class, 1871-1875

Box 16 Folder 10

Historical Matters, 1871-1875

Box 16 Folder 11

Land, 1871-1875

Box 16 Folder 12-14

Letters Received, 1870-1879

Box 17 Folder 1

Library, 1871-1875

Box 17 Folder 2

Marine Corps, 1871-1875

Box 17 Folder 3-4

Midshipmen, 1871-1875

Box 17 Folder 5

Miscellaneous, 1871-1875

Box 17 Folder 6

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1871-1875

Box 17 Folder 7

Miscellaneous Ships, 1871-1875

Box 17 Folder 8-9

Officers, 1871-1876

Box 17 Folder 10

Ordnance, 1871-1875

Box 18 Folder 1

U.S.S. Phlox, 1875

Box 18 Folder 2

Practice Cruises, 1874-1876

Box 18 Folder 3

Practice Cruise, 1871

Box 18 Folder 4

Practice Cruise, 1872

Box 18 Folder 5

Practice Cruise, 1873

Box 18 Folder 6-7

Practice Cruise, 1874

Box 18 Folder 8-9

Practice Cruise, 1875

Box 18 Folder 10

Professors, 1871-1875

Box 18 Folder 11

Registers, 1871-1875

Box 18 Folder 12

Regulations, Navy and Naval Academy, 1871-1874

Box 18 Folder 13

U.S.S. Santee, 1871-1875

Box 18 Folder 14

Textbooks, 1871-1875

Box 19 Folder 1

Visitors, 1871-1874

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Series 5: Letters Received, 1875-1880 Boxes 19-22

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 19 Folder 2

Band, 1876, 1880

Box 19 Folder 3

Boards, Miscellaneous, 1876-1880

Box 19 Folder 4

Buildings, 1880

Box 19 Folder 5

Cadet Engineers, 1877-1880

Box 19 Folder 6-7

Candidates, 1876-1880

Box 19 Folder 8

Civilians, 1876-1880

Box 19 Folder 9

U.S.S. Constellation, 1876-1880

Box 19 Folder 10

Course of Instruction, 1876-1879

Box 19 Folder 11

U.S.S. Dale, 1878-1880

Box 19 Folder 12

U.S.S. Despatch, 1880

Box 19 Folder 13-14

Enlisted Men, 1876-1880

Box 19 Folder 15

Equipment for Instruction, 1876-1880

Box 19 Folder 16

Equipment, Miscellaneous, 1876-1880

Box 20 Folder 1

Examinations, 1877-1879

Box 20 Folder 2

Financial Matters, 1876-1880

Box 20 Folder 3

Graduating Classes, 1877-1880

Box 20 Folder 4

Historical Matters, 1876-1880

Box 20 Folder 5

Land, 1877

Box 20 Folder 6

Library, 1876-1878

Box 20 Folder 7

Marine Corps, 1876, 1879-1880

Box 20 Folder 8

U.S.S. Mayflower, 1876-1880

Box 20 Folder 9-11

Midshipmen, 1875-1880

Box 20 Folder 12

Miscellaneous, 1876-1880

Box 20 Folder 13

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1877-1880

Box 20 Folder 14

Miscellaneous Ships, 1876-1880

Box 20 Folder 15

U.S.S. Nantucket, 1876-1879

Box 20 Folder 16

Officers, 1876-1880

Box 21 Folder 1

Ordnance Equipment, 1876-1880

Box 21 Folder 2

U.S.S. Phlox, 1876-1880

Box 21 Folder 3

Practice Cruises, 1876-1880

Box 21 Folder 4

Practice Cruise, 1876

Box 21 Folder 5

Practice Cruise, 1877

Box 21 Folder 6

Practice Cruise, 1878

Box 21 Folder 7-8

Practice Cruise, 1879

Box 21 Folder 9-10

Practice Cruise, 1880

Box 22 Folder 1

Professors, 1876-1880

Box 22 Folder 2

Registers, 1876-1880

Box 22 Folder 3

Regulations, 1877-1880

Box 22 Folder 4

U.S.S. Santee, 1876-1879

Box 22 Folder 5

U.S.S. Standish, 1879-1880

Box 22 Folder 6

Textbooks, 1876-1880

Box 22 Folder 7

U.S.S. Wyandank, 1879-1880

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Series 6: Letters Received, 1879-1889 Boxes 22-27

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 22 Folder 8

Band, 1885-1888

Box 22 Folder 9

Boards, Miscellaneous, 1881-1887

Box 22 Folder 10

Buildings, 1880-1888

Box 22 Folder 11

Cadet Engineers, 1881-1886

Box 22 Folder 12-13

Candidates, 1881-1888

Box 22 Folder 14

Civilians, 1881-1888

Box 22 Folder 15

U.S.S. Constellation, 1881-1887

Box 23 Folder 1

Course of Instruction, 1881-1888

Box 23 Folder 2

U.S.S. Dale, 1881-1885

Box 23 Folder 3-5

Enlisted Men, 1881-1888

Box 23 Folder 6

Equipment for Instruction, 1881-1888

Box 23 Folder 7

Equipment, Miscellaneous, 1881-1886

Box 23 Folder 8

Examinations, 1881-1886

Box 23 Folder 9-10

Financial Matters, 1881-1886

Box 24 Folder 1

Graduating Classes, 1881-1886

Box 24 Folder 2

Greeley Relief Expedition, 1884

Box 24 Folder 3

Historical Matters, 1881-1888

Box 24 Folder 4

Land, 1881-1886

Box 24 Folder 5-6

Letters Received, 1880-1886

Box 24 Folder 7

Library, 1881-1886

Box 24 Folder 8

Marine Corps, 1881-1886

Box 24 Folder 9

U.S.S. Mayflower, 1881-1882

Box 24 Folder 10-11

Midshipmen, 1881-1883>

Box 25 Folder 1-5

Midshipmen, 1883-1888

Box 25 Folder 6

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1881-1885

Box 25 Folder 7

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1881-1886

Box 25 Folder 8

U.S.S. Nantucket, 1882

Box 25 Folder 9-10

Officers, 1881-1888

Box 26 Folder 1-2

Ordnance Equipment, 1881-1888

Box 26 Folder 3

U.S.S. Passaic, 1881-1888

Box 26 Folder 4

U.S.S. Phlox, 1881-1884

Box 26 Folder 5-6

Practice Cruises, 1873-1886

Box 26 Folder 7

Practice Cruise, 1881

Box 26 Folder 8

Practice Cruise, 1882

Box 26 Folder 9-10

Practice Cruise, 1883

Box 26 Folder 11

Practice Cruise, 1884

Box 26 Folder 12

Practice Cruise, 1885

Box 27 Folder 1

Practice Cruise, 1886

Box 27 Folder 2

Practice Cruise, 1888

Box 27 Folder 3

Professors, 1881-1888

Box 27 Folder 4

Registers, 1881-1888

Box 27 Folder 5

Regulations, 1881-1885

Box 27 Folder 6

U.S.S. Santee, 1881-1883

Box 27 Folder 7

U.S.S. Saratoga, 1883

Box 27 Folder 8

Ships, Miscellaneous, 1881-1888

Box 27 Folder 9-10

Textbooks, 1881-1888

Box 27 Folder 11

Visitors, 1881-1886

Box 27 Folder 12

U.S.S. Winnepec, 1883, 1885

Box 27 Folder 13

U.S.S. Wyoming, 1881-1885

Box 27 Folder 14-16

Letters Received, 1887-1889

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