Office of the Superintendent/Administrative Records: Reports of Academic and Medical Examination of Candidates for Admission and Related Correspondence, 1846-1899 (bulk 1846-1876): Finding Aid
Published in February 2013
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: RG 405.2.3 Entry 60
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
- Title: Office of the Superintendent/Administrative Records: Reports of Academic and Medical Examination of Candidates for Admission and Related Correspondence
- Dates: 1846-1899
- Bulk Dates: 1846-1876
- Size: 4 linear feet (11 manuscript boxes)
- Creator: United States Naval Academy. Superintendent
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: This series contains reports of academic and medical examinations of candidates for admission and related correspondence from 1846-1899.
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.
Description of Contents
This series contains reports of academic and medical examinations of candidates for admission and related correspondence. For the period 1846-1852, it consists of reports of academic and medical examinations of candidates and letters of reference. For the general period 1853-1899, the series contains mostly permits issued by the Navy Department to the candidates to admit them to the academic and medical examinations for admission. Examination reports are generally filed with the permits.
Correspondence or reports relating to engineering candidates, 1870-1876 are usually filed after records relating to midshipmen candidates. No correspondence or reports remain for the years 1872 and 1874.
Arranged chronologically, with many gaps, and thereunder alphabetically by initial letter of surname of candidate. The series apparently received its present arrangement sometime after the records were first accumulated.
Access and Use
Access is unrestricted.
Use of the materials is unrestricted.
Acquisition and Appraisal
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.
Related Archival Material
Reports of academic and medical examinations of candidates that are not included in this series for 1848-1850 and 1853 are found in the series, "Reports of Academic and Medical Examination of Candidates for Admission, 1848-1850" RG 405.2.3 entry 61 (ARC Identifier 3000050).
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.
Office of the Superintendent/Administrative Records: Reports of Academic and Medical Examination of Candidates for Admission and Related Correspondence, RG 405.2.3 Entry 60
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
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.
Name and Subject Terms
- Naval education -- United States.
- United States Naval Academy -- Admission
- United States Naval Academy -- Students