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Office of the Commandant/Records of the Office of Midshipmen Activities: Miscellaneous Midshipmen Publications, 1898-1981: 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 405.3.3 Entry 183d
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
  • Title: Office of the Commandant/Records of the Office of Midshipmen Activities: Miscellaneous Midshipmen Publications
  • Dates: 1898-1981
  • Size: 2 linear feet 5 inches (7 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy. Commandant of Midshipmen
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Miscellaneous publications produced by the Brigade of Midshipmen for the years 1898-1981.

History of the Office of the Commandant of Midshipmen

Although not specifically provided for in the original plan for the Naval School at Fort Severn, the Office of the Commandant actually dates from the opening days of the school when Lt. James H. Ward served as executive officer and instructor in gunnery and steam. Under the provisions of the reorganization plan of 1850, an experienced lieutenant or commander was to serve as executive officer to the Superintendent and instructor in naval tactics and practical seamanship, and was to be known as the Commandant of Midshipmen. Later, during the time in which students at the Academy were referred to as naval cadets, he was known as the Commandant of Cadets.

The Office of the Commandant also included responsibility for insuring the "preservation of discipline" and "general security" at the Academy. Line officers of the Navy were detailed as assistants to the Commandant as the responsibilities of the office increased with the growth of the school. Another of the duties of the Office of the Commandant was the command of the annual summer practice cruises and maintenance of its records, under the instructions of the Superintendent. For most years from 1861 to 1909, the Commandant served as commander of the cruise.

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Description of Contents

Miscellaneous publications produced by the Brigade of Midshipmen for the years 1898-1981. The publications include holiday greeting cards, hop cards, class dinner menus, event programs, invitations for various events, and dictionaries of naval slang.

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Arrangement

Arranged by document type.

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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 Archival Material

Location of Related Materials

Additional publications of the Brigade of Midshipmen, including the Lucky Bag, The Log, Trident, and Reef Points are available in RG 405.3.3 Entries 183 through 183g.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Preferred Citation

Office of the Commandant/Records of the Office of Midshipmen Activities: Miscellaneous Midshipmen Publications, RG 405.3.3 Entry 183d

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

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

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students
  • United States Naval Academy. Commandant of Midshipmen

Genre Terms

  • Dance cards
  • Greeting cards
  • Invitations
  • Menus
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Christmas Cards/Cadet Engineers New Year's Card, Class of 1883, 1878-1879,1885,1887-1888,1904

Box 1 Folder 2

Christmas Cards, 1911-1912, 1915-1916

Box 1 Folder 3

Christmas Cards, 1919-1922

Box 1 Folder 4

Christmas Cards, 1921-1925,1927-1929,1931-1932,1934

Box 1 Folder 5

Christmas Cards, 1930-1931, 1936-1940,1944-1946,1953,1954

Box 1 Folder 6

Christmas Cards, 1954,1958-1959,1961

Box 1 Folder 7

Christmas Cards, 1963-1964,1966

Box 1 Folder 8

Christmas Cards, 1970,1973,1982,1987, 1997, 1988

Box 1 Folder 9

Christmas Cards, Undated

Box 1a Folder 1

Christmas Cards/Duplicates, 1919-1920

Box 1a Folder 2

Christmas Cards/Duplicates, 1921-1922,1928,1930-1931

Box 1a Folder 3

Christmas Cards/Duplicates, 1919-1920, 1921-2,1928,1930-31

Box 2 Folder 1

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1917,1923-1927

Box 2 Folder 2

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1928-1931

Box 2 Folder 3

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1931,1932,1937-1939

Box 2 Folder 4

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1945-1948

Box 2 Folder 5

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1940,1942-44

Box 2 Folder 6

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1949-1952

Box 2 Folder 7

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1953-1956

Box 2 Folder 8

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1957-1960

Box 2 Folder 9

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1961-1964

Box 2 Folder 10

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1917-1938

Box 2 Folder 11

Christmas Dinner Menus/Duplicates, 1939-1952

Box 2 Folder 12

Thanksgiving Dinner Menus, 1898,1926-33,1935-1941

Box 3 Folder 1

Hop Cards/Farewell Ball, 1893, 1906, 1907, 1909

Box 3 Folder 2

Hop Cards/Farewell Ball, 1910, 1911, 1919-1921

Box 3 Folder 3

Hop Cards/Farewell Ball, 1923, 1925, 1944, 1964, 1956, 1959, 1964-1966

Box 3 Folder 4

Hop Cards/Farewell Ball, 1967, 1968, 1969-1972, 1974-1976

Box 3 Folder 5

Hop Cards/Ring Dance, 1958, 1939, 1961, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1975, 1979, 1980

Box 3 Folder 6

Hop Cards/General, 1893, 1899, 1905-1908, 1910-11, 1919-20

Box 3 Folder 7

Hop Cards/General, 1920-21

Box 3 Folder 8

Hop Cards/General, 1921-1923, 1933-1944

Box 3a Folder 9

Hop Cards/General, 1950,1968-1971,1955

Box 3a Folder 10

Hop Cards/General, 1972-1974, 1981

Box 3a Folder 11

Hop Cards/Duplicates, 1907-1973

Box 3a Folder 12

Hop Souvenirs, 1906, 1912, 1921, 1947, 1960, 1974, 1975, 1976

Box 4 Folder 1

Invitations/Complimentary Ball Given to Mrs. Porter, 1869

Box 4 Folder 2

Invitations/Minstrel Entertainment, 1874

Box 4 Folder 3

Invitations/Army-Navy Football Game, 1899

Box 4 Folder 4

Invitations/Annual Ball & Hops, 1871,1878, 1880, 1882, 1893, 1898-1900, 1910-1912, 1972, 1887

Box 4 Folder 5

Invitations/Farewell Ball, 1871, 1879-1884, 1886, 1889, 1899, 1878

Box 4 Folder 6

Invitations/Farewell Ball, 1906-1907, 1911, 1920-1922, 1932, 1909, 1914, 1944

Box 4 Folder 7

Invitations/First Class German, 1906, 1909-11, 1922

Box 4 Folder 8

Invitations/Ring Dance, 1969, 1979

Box 4 Folder 9

Invitations/Duplicates, 1886,

Box 5 Folder 1

Class Supper/Class of 1909 Souvenir (Menu & Program) Donated by Mrs. Bradford Barlett, 1909

Box 5 Folder 2

Class Supper/Class of 1911 Souvenir (Menu & Program), 1911

Box 5 Folder 3

Class Supper/Class of 1914 Souvenir (Menu & Program) Donated by CDR. P.W. Sterling, 1914

Box 5 Folder 4

Dictionaries of Naval Academy Slang, 1912, 1928, 1982

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