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Records of Boards/Records of Other Boards: Proceedings of Boards Investigating Hazing at the Academy and on Summer Practice Cruise Ships and Related Reports, 1915 June-August: 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 405.6.4 Entry 218
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Archives
  • Title: Records of Boards/Records of Other Boards: Proceedings of Boards Investigating Hazing at the Academy and on Summer Practice Cruise Ships and Related Reports
  • Dates: 1915 June-August
  • Size: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Investigative board proceedings originally published as enclosures to a report on hazing to the Secretary of the Navy in 1915.

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

Board of Investigation proceedings sent as enclosures to a report on hazing to the Secretary of the Navy by the Acting Superintendent of the Academy on August 30, 1915, following the close of academic year 1914-1915. Enclosure "D" is a transcript of the proceedings of the Board of Investigation held aboard the summer practice cruise ship Missouri, and enclosures "E" and "F" are, respectively, the proceedings of Boards held aboard the practice cruise ships Wisconsin and Ohio. Enclosure "G" contains the proceedings of the Board of Investigation held at the Academy. Enclosures "A" through "C" and "H" through "O" consist of copies of reports relating to hazing and to the Boards of Investigation.

A copy of the Acting Superintendent's report of August 30, 1915, to the Secretary of the Navy is filed with enclosure "A."

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Arrangement

Arranged by record type. Name and subject indexes to findings and conclusions and witnesses for the proceedings of the board held at the Academy are in enclosure "G."

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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 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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Preferred Citation

Records of Boards/Records of Other Boards: Proceedings of Boards Investigating Hazing at the Academy and on Summer Practice Cruise Ships and Related Reports, RG 405.6.4 Entry 218

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

Collection inventory was prepared by Alice Gilliland in 2013. 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

  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  • Naval education -- United States
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Naval Academy -- Hazing
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students

Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Proceedings
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Volume I, 1-254, 1915 June-August

Box 1 Folder 2

Volume II, 255-530, 1915 June-August

Box 1 Folder 3

Volume III, 531-781, 1915 June-August

Box 1 Folder 4

Volume IV, 782-1025, 1915 June-August

Box 1 Folder 5

Volume V, 1026-1160, 1915 June-August

Box 1 Folder 6

Volume VI, 1161-1243, 1915 June-August

Box 2 Folder 1

Related Correspondence, Undated

Box 2 Folder 2

U.S.S. Missouri, 1915 June 30

Box 2 Folder 3

U.S.S. Ohio, 1915 June 30

Box 2 Folder 4

U.S.S. Wisconsin, 1915 June 30

Box 2 Folder 5

Enclosure with letter to Navy Department from Acting Superintendent of Naval Academy, 1915 August 10

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