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Records of Boards/Records of Other Boards: Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry Convened at the Academy into Alleged Frauds Committed by Midshipmen in the Annual Examinations of 1915, 1915: Finding Aid

Published in July 2014

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 405.6.4 Entry 217
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
  • Title: Records of Boards/Records of Other Boards: Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry Convened at the Academy into Alleged Frauds Committed by Midshipmen in the Annual Examinations of 1915
  • Dates: 1915 June 7-July 24
  • Size: 1.7 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Court of inquiry proceeds, including witness testimonies, concerning the 1915 Annual Examination cheating scandal.

History of the Boards of Investigation, Courts of Inquiry, and Courts Martial

Boards of investigation, courts of inquiry, and courts-martial were convened at the Academy by authority of the Superintendent. In his letters of authorization to the senior member of the board of investigation, the Superintendent usually described the scope and purpose of the inquiry to be made. The procedure followed by boards of investigation, courts of inquiry, and courts-martial was that prescribed by the Navy Department. The proceedings, findings, and recommendations of the courts and boards were submitted to the Superintendent, who, in turn, submitted them to the Secretary of the Navy.

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Description of Contents

Carbon copy of the proceedings of the 40-day session at the Academy, during which various midshipmen and members of the staff were called as witnesses in connection with the alleged frauds.

At the end of the last volume of this series are endorsements made by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, the Acting Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Superintendent of the Academy on the record of the proceedings.

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Arranged chronologically. A name index to witnesses and a chronological list of the order of procedure for the court's sessions are at the beginning of the series.

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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 Materials

Related Archival Material

Correspondence relating to this court of inquiry can be found in RG 405.2.1 Entries 36 and 41.

Additional proceedings of Boards of Investigation, Courts-martial, and Courts of Inquiry are available in RG 405.6.4 Entries 210 through and 222.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Records of Boards/Records of Other Boards: Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry Convened at the Academy into Alleged Frauds Committed by Midshipmen in the Annual Examinations of 1915, RG 405.6.4 Entry 217

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

Collection inventory prepared by David D'Onofrio in July 2014. 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

  • Cheating (Education) -- Maryland -- Annapolis
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  • Naval education -- United States
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students

Genre Terms

  • Proceedings
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Alphabetical Index to Witnesses, 1915

Box 1 Folder 2

Index to Procedure, 1915

Box 1 Folder 3

Volume I: Pages 1-12, 1915

Box 1 Folder 4

Volume II: Pages 13-135, 1915

Box 1 Folder 5

Volume III: Pages 139-297, 1915

Box 1 Folder 6

Volume IV: Pages 298-431, 1915

Box 1 Folder 7

Volume V: Pages 432-530, 1915

Box 1 Folder 8

Volume VI: Pages 531-674, 1915

Box 1 Folder 9

Volume VII: Pages 675-780, 1915

Box 1 Folder 10

Volume VIII: Pages 781-898, 1915

Box 1 Folder 11

Volume IX: Pages 899-1046, 1915

Box 2 Folder 1

Volume X: Pages 1047-1193, 1915

Box 2 Folder 2

Volume XI: Pages 1194-1343, 1915

Box 2 Folder 3

Volume XII: Pages 1344-1501, 1915

Box 2 Folder 4

Volume XIII: Pages 1502-1637, 1915

Box 2 Folder 5

Volume XIV: Pages 1638-1790, 1915

Box 2 Folder 6

Volume XV: Pages 1791-1942, 1915

Box 2 Folder 7

Volume XVI: Pages 1943-2067, 1915

Box 2 Folder 8

Volume XVII: Pages 2068-2202, 1915

Box 2 Folder 9

Volume XVIII: Pages 2203-2275, 1915

Box 2 Folder 10

Volume XIX: Pages 2276-2394, 1915

Box 3 Folder 1

Volume XX: Pages 2395-2562, 1915

Box 3 Folder 2

Volume XXI: Pages 2563-2713, 1915

Box 3 Folder 3

Volume XXII: Pages 2714-2858, 1915

Box 3 Folder 4

Volume XXIII: Pages 2859-3006, 1915

Box 3 Folder 5

Volume XXIV: Pages 3007-3140, 1915

Box 3 Folder 6

Volume XXV: Pages 3141-3257, 1915

Box 3 Folder 7

Volume XXVI: Pages 3258-3401, 1915

Box 3 Folder 8

Volume XXVII: Pages 3402-3524, 1915

Box 3 Folder 9

Volume XXVIII: Pages 3525-3678, 1915

Box 4 Folder 1

Volume XXIX: Pages 3679-3840, 1915

Box 4 Folder 2

Volume XXX: Pages 3841-3917, 1915

Box 4 Folder 3

Volume XXXI: Pages 3918-4054, 1915

Box 4 Folder 4

Volume XXXII: Pages 4055-4233, 1915

Box 4 Folder 5

Volume XXXIII: Pages 4234-4272, 1915

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