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Office of the Superintendent/Directives: Admission Regulations and Examinations, 1863-1965: Finding Aid

Published in February 2013

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 405.2.2 Entry 59b
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
  • Title: Office of the Superintendent/Directives: Admission Regulations and Examinations
  • Dates: 1863-1965
  • Size: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy. Superintendent
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Admission regulations, sample examination questions, and examination papers for candidates for admission to the United States Naval Academy.

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.

The term "directive" has been applied by the Navy Department to any communication that initiates or governs action, conduct, or procedure, such as orders, circulars, or notices. Directives included in Entries 45 through 59 were issued by the Office of the Superintendent, the Academic Board, the Navy Department, and the Bureau of Navigation.

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Description of Contents

Admission regulations, sample examination questions, and examination papers for candidates for admission to the United States Naval Academy.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type, thereunder chronologically by year.

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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

Related Archival Materials

Additional regulations and directives for the governing of midshipmen are available numerous series located in the records of the Office of the Superintendent RG 405.2.2, and in the records of the Office of the Commandant of Midshipmen RG 405.3.1.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Preferred Citation

Office of the Superintendent/Directives: Admission Regulations and Examinations, RG 405.2.2 Entry 59b

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

Collection inventory prepared by Alice Gilliland in 2013. Historical sketch and Scope and Content Note prepared by Geraldine N. Phillips and Aloha South in 1975.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • United States Naval Academy -- Admission
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students

Genre Terms

  • Examinations (documents)
  • Regulations (executive records)
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Admission Regulations, 1863, 1867

Box 1 Folder 2

Admission Regulations and Sample Examinations, 1875-1881

Box 1 Folder 3

Admission Regulations and Sample Examination Questions, 1891-1912

Box 1 Folder 4

Admission Regulations and Sample Examination Questions, 1913-1924

Box 1 Folder 5

Admission Regulations and Sample Examination Questions, 1925-1931

Box 1 Folder 6

Admission Regulations and Sample Examination Papers, 1932-1939

Box 1 Folder 7

Admission Regulations and Sample Examination Papers, 1940-1945

Box 1 Folder 8

Admission Regulations and Sample Examination Papers, 1946-1956

Box 1 Folder 9

Admission Regulations and Sample Examination Papers, 1957-1965

Box 2 Folder 1

Examination Papers, 1889-1896

Box 2 Folder 2

Examination Papers, 1901-1918

Box 2 Folder 3

Examination Papers, 1914-1931

Box 2 Folder 4

Examination Papers, 1922 (approximate)

Box 2 Folder 5

Examination Papers Extra Copies, 1901-1931

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