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George Mifflin Bache Papers, 1821-1917, 1952, 1968, MS 212
The George Mifflin Bache Papers consist primarily of correspondence to Bache’s mother Eliza, the daughter of Commodore Daniel Todd Patterson (1786-1839), and other documents relating to Bache’s career. George Mifflin Bache graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1861. He was the great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Bache served in the Navy until his retirement as a commander in 1875.
F.A. Bacon Seamanship Notebook, circa 1820, MS 162
Seamanship notes maintained by F. A. Bacon. The notes pertain to such topics as the rigging and loosing of sails, manning of guns, preparations for getting underway, procedures for sailing in dangerous conditions and narrow channels, veering, taking in the sails, clearing the ship for action, operations in gales, mooring, and scudding. An index appears at the front of the volume.
Charles H. Ball Diaries, 1861-1865, MS 147
The Charles H. Ball Diaries span Ball's Civil War service in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron of the Union Navy. The diaries are composed of first-hand accounts of various battles and blockading duties in the Gulf of Mexico, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Galveston, Texas, as well as personal duties, such as keeping watch and participation in foraging parties.
Journal of the Baltimore, the Ruth and the U.S.S. Natchez, 1826-1828, (transferred to MS 1)
This journal covers three voyages of Lieutenant Franklin Buchanan, USN. On a leave of absence from the Navy, he commanded the Baltimore (frigate), delivering the ship to the Brazilian Navy in early 1827. He returned to the United States via the Ruth (brig). He was a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Natchez (sloop-of-war), which cruised (2 July 1827-24 November 1828) in the West Indies. Buchanan was a career naval officer and the first Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. He resigned his commission in April 1861 and subsequently joined the Confederate States Navy.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Baltimore, 1889-1891, (transferred to MS 3)
No description available.
Letterbook of the U.S.S. Baltimore, 1891-1892, (transferred to MS 3)
No description available.
George D. Bancroft Papers, 1917-1919 and 1974-1975, MS 397
The George D. Bancroft Papers, consisting mostly of diaries and photograph albums, span Bancroft's brief U.S. Navy service, covering the years 1917 to 1919. The papers focus on Bancroft's three transatlantic cruises aboard the transport ship U.S.S. Powhatan as a Hospital Apprentice and Pharmacist's Mate.
Robert Edward Bassler Papers, 1856-1972 (bulk 1920-1953), MS 201
Robert Edward Bassler was a Public Works Officer in the United States Navy and a native of Brooklyn, New York. The papers pertain to Bassler's career as a Public Works Officer, the development of airplane arresting gear, and Bassler's personal interests.
Oliver Ambrose Batcheller Letters, 1859-1898, MS 264
The Oliver Ambrose Batcheller Letters span two time periods of Batcheller's naval career, from 1859 to 1866 and from 1891 to 1892. The letters focus on his time as a student at the U.S. Naval Academy, his service in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War, and his service as Commander of the U.S.S. Concord (Gunboat: PG-3).
Edward L. Beach Papers, 1883-2000 (bulk 1951-1999), MS 422
Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1939. The papers are the product of Beach's careers as a United States Navy submarine officer, novelist, historian, lecturer, and political aide.
Josiah G. Beckwith Letters, 1853-1855, MS 425
Josiah G. Beckwith, Jr. was a non-graduate member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1858. Produced during his two years as a midshipman in Annapolis, the Beckwith Letters discuss various aspects of student life at the Naval Academy, including academics, conduct and discipline, summer cruises, and the activities of classmates.
This collection is also available electronically in the USNA Digital Collections.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Benicia, 1869-1872, (transferred to MS 3)
No description available.
Lester E. Bick Letters, 1918-1919, MS 278
The Lester E. Bick Letters were written by Bick to his sister, Mrs. Marie Hemminger, while he was serving aboard the troop transport U.S.S. Mount Vernon during the closing days of World War I. The letters include descriptions of everyday shipboard life, as well as specific events, such as the torpedoing of Mount Vernon by German ships, and second-hand accounts of U.S. soldiers being ordered to bayonet German prisoners-of-war.
Blimp Training Diary, 1946, MS 400
The author of the Blimp Training Diary was a seventeen-year-old enlistee, most likely in the United States Naval Reserve. The diary, which alternates between handwritten and typewritten, is a first-hand, daily account of the author's lighter-than-air training and social life at Lakehurst Naval Air Station between April and July 1946.
Claude C. Bloch Orders, 1904-1940 (bulk 1916-1940), MS 365
Claude C. Bloch was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. The Claude C. Bloch Orders span the period of 1904 through 1940 and consist of official U.S. Navy orders and notifications to Bloch spanning most of his career.
George M. Blodgett Papers, 1851-1984 (bulk 1856-1862), MS 267
George M. Blodgett was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1856. The George M. Blodgett Papers focus primarily on Blodgett's service aboard the steam frigate U.S.S. Wabash and the frigate U.S.S. John Adams, and include descriptions of the John Adams' cruise to Rio de Janeiro and China.
Ted Bogacz Papers, 1958-1991 (bulk 1965-1991), MS 461
Ted Bogacz was a historian and professor of history at the United States Naval Academy. The Ted Bogacz Papers span from 1958 until 1991, with a majority of the documentation created between 1965 and 1991. Spanning the entirety of Bogacz's career as a historian and history professor, the papers focus on Bogacz's research and writings on the cultural and psychological impact of World War I on Great Britain, as well as his teaching at the United States Naval Academy.
Francis Boughter Notebook, 1883-1927 (bulk 1883-1887), MS 328
Francis Boughter was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1887. The Francis Boughter Notebook consists of handwritten poems and associated artwork pertaining to life at the Naval Academy and in the United States Navy.
Samuel Livingston Breese Papers, 1855-1870, MS 318
Samuel Livingston Breese was an officer in the United States Navy from 1810 through the Civil War. The papers focus on the later years of Breese's career as an officer in the United States Navy, most notably his time as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard during the early days of the Civil War.
British Air Attaché Reports on U.S. Naval Aviation, 1928-1929, MS 331
The unnamed British Air Attaché likely responsible for the production of the Reports on U.S. Naval Aviation served at the British Embassy in Washington, DC under Ambassador Esme Howard. The reports, which were produced between 1928 and 1929, consist of intelligence reports on the state of American Naval Aviation.
Journal of the U.S.S. Brooklyn, 1875, MS 291
Henry F. Reich was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1874. The Log of the U.S. Screw Sloop of War Brooklyn was kept by Reich while he was serving as a midshipman aboard the Brooklyn, which was then serving as flagship of the South Atlantic Squadron. The log records the voyage of the Brooklyn from Norfolk to Rio de Janeiro, from Cape Frio to Montevideo, to Rio de Janeiro a second time, and on towards Barbados.
Charles R. Brown Papers, 1922-1997 (bulk 1956-1962), MS 438
Charles R. "Cat" Brown was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1921. The Charles R. Brown Papers span from 1922 to 1997, with the bulk of the documents spanning from 1956 to 1962. While spanning much of Brown's career in the United States Navy, the papers are overwhelmingly the product of Brown's tours as Commander, Sixth Fleet (COMSIXTHFLT) and NATO's Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH). In addition to focusing on Brown's many diplomatic and ceremonial functions, the papers touch upon such topics as the role of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, the role of NATO in opposing the spread of communism in the Mediterranean, Brown's thoughts on the threat posed by communism, efforts to reorganize the Department of Defense, and turmoil in the Suez, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon in the late 1950's and early 1960's, as well as Brown's retirement plans and family life.
Wilson Brown Papers, 1902-1956, MS 228
Wilson Brown was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1902. The Wilson Brown Papers pertain to Brown's United States Navy career, including his service on destroyers during World War I, as Naval Aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as a task force commander in the Pacific in World War II, and as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. The papers consist of correspondence, speeches, war diaries, notebooks, news articles, photographs, maps, and ephemera.
Samuel W. Bryant Scrapbook, 1893-1896, MS 181
Samuel Wood Bryant was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1900 (originally Class of 1897). The notebook, kept by Bryant during his time as a member of the Class of 1897, opens with a log of the midshipman summer cruise aboard U.S.S. Constellation. The notebook also includes pages of seamanship notes on rigging, as well as mathematical and navigational notes and equations. The volume also includes invitations to Naval Academy winter hops and a clipping on the loss of U.S.S. Kearsarge.
Franklin Buchanan Letterbook, 1845-1847, (transferred to MS 1)
No description available.
Franklin Buchanan Naval Papers, 1796-1847 (bulk 1817-1847), MS 1
Franklin Buchanan was an officer in the United States Navy, first Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, and an admiral in the Confederate Navy. The Buchanan Papers cover the first half of his naval career, from his time as a U.S. Navy midshipman through his superintendency of the United States Naval Academy.
Thomas B. Buell Papers, 1862-2002 (bulk 1953-2002), MS 423
Thomas Buell was a United States Navy officer, historian, and member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1958. The papers record various aspects of Buell's life and career, including his studies at the United States Naval Academy and Naval War College, his tour of duty as a commanding officer of a frigate, his role as an educator in the United States Navy, and his research and writings as a naval biographer and military historian.
Roscoe C. Bulmer Journal, 1894-1896, MS 95
The journal was kept by Midshipman Roscoe C. Bulmer while on a cruise aboard the cruiser U.S.S. San Francisco. The journal, which spans from May 26, 1895 to April 16, 1896, includes detailed descriptions of the various European ports and warships encountered along the cruise.
This collection is also available electronically in the USNA Digital Collections.
William Burney's "System of Mathematical Education...," ca. 1809, MS 168
A manuscript textbook or teacher's manual, the volume contains the following sections: Arithmetic (71 pages); On Exchanges (32 pages); Geometry (84 pages); Trigonometry (15 pages); Geography (23 pages); Chronology (11 pages); Navigation (120 pages); Days Works (63 pages); problems and examples for finding latitude (28 pages); problems and examples for finding longitude (72 pages); variation of the compass (16 pages); surveying of seacoasts, islands, bays, harbors, etc. (24 pages); Fortification (52 pages); Gunnery (23 pages), and Mechanics (18 pages).
William M. Butler Notebook, 1936-1939, MS 288
William M. Butler was an officer and submariner in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1940. The William M. Butler Notebook, kept by Butler while a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, is composed of class notes for courses in English, History, and Government. Several documents are included with the notebook, including Instructions for midshipmen in the Department of English, History, and Government, a syllabus for the course Modern Thought, and a request by Butler to work on a boat in the Academy's pattern shop in Isherwood Hall.
W.R. Butt Notebook on Seamanship and Naval Tactics, 1859-1863, MS 186
The notebook was compiled by Walter Raleigh Butt, member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1859. The notebook includes sections on rigging, chasing, trimming, routine of evolutions, docks, signals, boarding, naval tactics, setting and taking in sails, wearing ship, and scudding. Following Butt's notes is a title page for seamanship notes kept by midshipman Henry W. Lyon, United States Naval Academy Class of 1866. At the end of the volume are several pages of mathematical and navigational calculations.

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