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Office of the Superintendent/Miscellaneous Records: Miscellaneous Letters and Other Records, 1845-1920: 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
  • Call number: RG 405.2.5 Entry 146a
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
  • Title: Office of the Superintendent/Miscellaneous Records: Miscellaneous Letters and Other Records
  • Dates: 1845-1920
  • Size: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy. Superintendent
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Correspondence files and other miscellaneous records from the Office of the Superintendent from 1845-1920.

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

Correspondence files and other miscellaneous records from the Office of the Superintendent for the period of 1845-1920. The records pertain to issues of hazing, alcohol and tobacco use among midshipmen, physical examinations, practice cruises, and midshipman academic performance.

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Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.


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 Archival Material

Location of Related Materials

Similar materials are located throughout the records of the Office of the Superintendent RG 405.2, notably in the various Correspondence entries of RG 405.2.1.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Preferred Citation

Office of the Superintendent/Miscellaneous Records: Miscellaneous Letters and Other Records, RG 405.2.5 Entry 146a

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

Collection inventory prepared by Alice Gilliland in 2012. Historical sketch 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 -- Students
  • United States Naval Academy. Superintendent

Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Reports
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Admissions/Letters to Superintendent Regarding Midshipmen Passing Entrance Examinations, 1845-1850

Box 1 Folder 2

Admissions/Letters to Superintendent Regarding Midshipmen Passing Entrance Examinations, 1848, 1850

Box 1 Folder 3

Appointment/of Woodhull Smith Schenck to grade of Midshipmen, 1863 September 21

Box 1 Folder 4

Appointments/Authorization for Candidate to take Examination, 1850-1899

Box 1 Folder 5

Appointments/Correspondence, 1849-1899

Box 1 Folder 6

Appointments/Regulations for, 1847

Box 1 Folder 7

Bugler, Request for Position at USNA, 1846

Box 1 Folder 8

Class Sizes/Number Cadets Admitted Annually, 1845-1885

Box 1 Folder 9

Complaint Against Professor H.H. Lockwood and Professor W.R. Hopkins by Midshipmen E.C. Stockton, 1855-1856

Box 1 Folder 10

Conduct & Discipline/Board to Investigate Charge Against Cadet Midshipmen Bremby for Stealing, 1874 October

Box 1 Folder 11

Conduct & Discipline/Board to Investigate Charge Against Cadet Midshipmen Gillmore and Tappan for Offending Marine Guard, 1873 December

Box 1 Folder 12

Conduct & Discipline/Board to Investigate Charged with Intoxication, 1872 November

Box 1 Folder 13

Conduct & Discipline/Board to Investigate Charges of Intoxication and Absence Without Leave of 6 Cadet Midshipmen, 1871 October

Box 1 Folder 14

Conduct & Discipline/Naval Cadet H.H. Ward on Report for Intoxication, 1891 February

Box 1 Folder 15

Conduct & Discipline/ Board to Investigate Hazing, 1872 October

Box 1 Folder 16

Conduct & Discipline/Board to Investigate Hazing, 1874 June

Box 1 Folder 17

Conduct & Discipline/Correspondence Regarding Discipline, 1846-1885

Box 1 Folder 18

Conduct & Discipline/Hazing, Correspondence, 1877-1885

Box 1 Folder 19

Conduct & Discipline/Hazing, Third Class Pledge Against, 1871 October

Box 1 Folder 20

Conduct & Discipline/Liquor, Correspondence Regarding, 1860-1877

Box 1 Folder 21

Conduct & Discipline/On Report, Cadet Abernathy for Breaking a Pitcher, 1896 December

Box 1 Folder 22

Conduct & Discipline/Statement of Naval Cadet Hartrath to Academic Board Regarding Charges Against Him, 1890 May

Box 1 Folder 23

Cost of Educating Midshipmen, Correspondence, 1874-1876

Box 1 Folder 24

List of Deficient Midshipmen to be Reported to Board of Examiners, 1846 June

Box 1 Folder 25

Exhibitions for Panama Pacific Exposition, Correspondence, 1914-1917

Box 1 Folder 26

General Correspondence/Incoming, 1890-1899

Box 1 Folder 27

General Correspondence Regarding Midshipmen, 1846-1897

Box 1 Folder 28

General Correspondence/Appointment as Paymaster's Yeoman in Cadets' Store, 1890

Box 1 Folder 29

Grades/Correspondence Concerning, 1852-1877

Box 1 Folder 30

Grades/Protests Against, Correspondence, 1857-1879

Box 1 Folder 31

Grades/Early, 1846, 1864

Box 1 Folder 32

Grades/Report Cards, 1854, 1869, 1888

Box 1 Folder 33

Hospital Specifications, 1854 May 11

Box 1 Folder 34

President Grover Cleveland's Commutation of sentence for hazing by certain midshipmen, 1888

Box 2 Folder 1

Leave and Liberty/Correspondence, 1846-1866

Box 2 Folder 2

Leave and Liberty/Correspondence, 1867-1887

Box 2 Folder 3

Lyceum/Circular Letter of Chaplain George Jones, Superintendent of Lyceum, Soliciting Contributions for Lyceum; Letter of Chaplain Jones to LSCR Foote, 1849 November 23

Box 2 Folder 4

Medical Board Appointed to Study Use of Tobacco by Cadets, 1875 December

Box 2 Folder 5

Medical Department/Correspondence State of Health, 1854-1888

Box 2 Folder 6

Medical Department/Correspondence Physical Disability, 1865-1886

Box 2 Folder 7

Medical Department/Correspondence Classes and Individuals, 1899-1900

Box 2 Folder 8

Medical Department/Physical Examinations--Class of 1905 (old records), 1904-1905

Box 2 Folder 9

Medical Department/Requisitions & Supplies, 1907-1920

Box 2 Folder 10

Midshipmen Funds/Correspondence, 1850-1885

Box 2 Folder 11

Minority Midshipmen/Japanese, Sadanori, Correspondence, 1878-1881

Box 2 Folder 12

Orders, Requests for After Graduation (Includes R.P. Hobson) Class of 1889, 1889

Box 2 Folder 13

Practice Cruise/Correspondence, 1855-1857

Box 2 Folder 14

Practice Cruise/Ships at USNA, Correspondence, 1890-1891

Box 2 Folder 15

Purser (First), Correspondence, 1845 September

Box 2 Folder 16

Purser for Practice Ship Preble and USNA, Assignment to, Correspondence, 1851

Box 2 Folder 17

Reexaminations/Correspondence, 1860-1890

Box 2 Folder 18

Road Through Government Property, Condition of, 1914-1915

Box 2 Folder 19

Separations/Correspondence, 1849-1865

Box 2 Folder 20

Separations/Correspondence, 1866-1876

Box 2 Folder 21

Sergeant's Letter to General at Fort Severn (Naval School), 1846

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