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Office of the Superintendent/Administrative Records: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent Relating to the Proposed Rebuilding of the Academy, 1895-1904 (bulk 1895-1899): Finding Aid

Published in September 2016

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 405.2.3 Entry 116
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
  • Title: Office of the Superintendent/Administrative Records: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent Relating to the Proposed Rebuilding of the Academy
  • Dates: 1895-1904
  • Bulk Dates: 1895-1899
  • Size: 5 linear inches (2 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy. Superintendent
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: 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.

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

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.

The series, which includes correspondence between the Naval Academy and architect Ernest Flagg, also includes a copy of Flagg's specifications for the Naval Hospital.

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Arrangement

The Office of the Superintendent: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent Relating to the Proposed Rebuilding of the Academy are arranged chronologically.

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Access and Use

Access

Access to the correspondence is restricted to photocopies available in folders 1-3.

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 Material

Additional materials pertaining to the reconstruction of the Naval Academy by Ernest Flagg may be found in RG 405 Entry 117 and Entry 39b.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Office of the Superintendent/Administrative Records: Press Copies of Letters Sent by the Superintendent Relating to the Proposed Rebuilding of the Academy, RG 405.2.3 Entry 116

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

Inventory prepared by David D'Onofrio in September 2016. 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

  • Flagg, Ernest, 1857-1947
  • United States Naval Academy -- Buildings and grounds
  • United States Naval Academy. Superintendent

Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Letters sent by the Superintendent relating to proposed rebuilding of the Academy (1-96) (photocopy to be used by researchers), 1895 March-1898 June

Includes correspondence regarding topographic surveys, the physical state of all existing Naval Academy structures, contracting with Ernest Flagg, the demolition of existing structures, and the construction of the Armory, Boat House, Power House, and seawalls.

Box 1 Folder 2

Letters sent by the Superintendent relating to proposed rebuilding of the Academy (97-172) (photocopy to be used by researchers), 1898 June-October

Includes correspondence regarding Ernest Flagg's compensation, building materials (granite vs. brick), the awarding of subcontracts to C. R. Parlett, grading, cost estimates, and proposed building descriptions (Power House and seawall).

Box 1 Folder 3

Letters sent by the Superintendent relating to proposed rebuilding of the Academy (173-258) (photocopy to be used by researchers), 1898 October-1899 April

Includes correspondence regarding material delivery delays, cost estimates, substitution of Hurricane Isle granite for Waldoboro granite, and claims against C. R. Parlett. Includes a copy of "Notations and Description of the Rebuilding of the United States Naval Academy," the Report of the Matthews Board, and Flagg's description for the proposed Chapel.

Box 1 Folder 4

Letters sent by the Superintendent relating to proposed rebuilding of the Academy (1-96) (original copy not to be used by researchers), 1895 March-1898 June

Box 1 Folder 5

Letters sent by the Superintendent relating to proposed rebuilding of the Academy (97-172) (original copy not to be used by researchers), 1898 June-October

Box 1 Folder 6

Letters sent by the Superintendent relating to proposed rebuilding of the Academy (173-258) (original copy not to be used by researchers), 1898 October-1899 April

Box 2 Folder 1

Specification for the Construction of a Building for the Naval Hospital at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Ernest Flagg, Architect, 1904

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