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Richard H. Jackson Papers, 1802-1988 (bulk 1883-1971), MS 432
Richard H. Jackson was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1887. The Jackson Papers document various naval career experiences and personal interests of Jackson, including his role during the Apia Cyclone of 1889, his service on the Asiatic Station and with the Battle Fleet, his work with torpedoes, the Great White Fleet, and his service in France during World War I, as well as his associations with various other military leaders.
Rules and Regulations of the U.S.S. Java, [1829], (transferred to MS 5)
This volume presumably belonged to Thomas W. Wyman (d. 1854), first lieutenant aboard the U. S. S. Java (frigate). Wyman was a career naval officer, attaining the rank of captain in 1842. He died in Florence, Italy. In 1829, the Java, under the command of Captain John Downes, formed part of the Mediterranean Squadron. The volume includes the crew list and watch-bill of the ship.
William N. Jeffers Rough Notes & Memoranda[:] Ordnance, MS 167
William Nicholson Jeffers was an officer in the United States Navy and Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. The notes and memoranda, compiled by Jeffers, include sections on the velocities of various types of shells; diagrams of cannons and their firing positions; converging fire; 1841 and 1842 naval exercises; guns and gun carriages for U.S.S. Susquehanna; fuses; rules for the inspection of timber; shrapnel sizes; Buckner's tables; effects of casting methods on the strength of guns; 4.2 inch siege guns; and target results for Parrott, Hotchkiss, Absterdam, and grooved projectiles.
John R. Johannesen Papers, 1912-1995 (bulk 1944-1995), MS 431
John R. Johannesen was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1923. The Johannesen Papers focus primarily on Johannesen's command of LST Flotilla Eleven leading up to and during the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, and on D-Day in general.
Journal kept on board the U.S. Ship John Adams, 1843-1845, MS 90
The journal, kept during a cruise of the John Adams from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo, spans from December 15, 1843 to May 28, 1844. The journal notes the ship's course, speed, and sailing conditions, as well as personnel issues, drills, and vessels encountered. The final page of the journal, dated July 7, 1845, is the product of a cruise aboard U.S.S. Portsmouth.
Journal of a Cruise on board the U.S. Practice Ship John Adams, 1862, MS 92
The journal, spanning from May 27 to August 23, 1862, was kept by an unnamed Naval Academy midshipman during a practice cruise aboard U.S.S. John Adams, under the command of Stephen B. Luce and Edward Simpson. The journal notes the sailing conditions, ship's location, provisions, ship's visitors, and personnel issues.
Journal of the U.S.S. John Adams and the U.S.S. Columbus, 1840, 1845-1846, (transferred to MS 5)
No description available.
Remarks & Occurrences on board the U.S. Sloop of War John Adams, 1837-1840, (transferred to MS 5)
No description available.
Rules and Regulations to be Observed on board the U.S. Ship John Adams, [1838?], (transferred to MS 5)
No description available.
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. John Adams and the U.S.S. Congress, 1818-1819, MS 73
The volume, compiled by Captain John D. Henley, includes general orders issued by Henley; the dimensions, watch bill and station bill for U.S.S. John Adams; tables for outfitting various classes of U.S. Navy vessels; rigging tables; instructions for the making of gunpowder and rockets; dimensions of U.S.S. President; and the dimensions, quarter bill, and station bill of U.S.S. Congress.
Johnston Family Papers, 1865-1992 (bulk 1865-1972), MS 452
The Johnston Family Papers span three generations of the Johnston and Merrell families from 1867 to 1992, with a majority of the documentation ceasing by 1972. The papers record, in varying levels of detail, the lives and careers of John Porter Merrell, Richard Howard Johnston, John Porter Merrell Johnston, and Frederick Halsey Tyler.
John Porter Merrell Johnston Letters, 1932-1937, MS 358
John Porter Merrell Johnston was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1937. The Johnston Letters, which span from 1932 to 1937, pertain to Johnston's time as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, including his grades, studies, courses, infractions, Academy routine, social activities, personal finances and purchases.
This collection is also available electronically in the USNA Digital Collections.
Daniel Jones Letters, 1860-1863, MS 317
The Daniel Jones Letters span from 1860 to 1863. Jones was a carpenter in the U.S. Navy. The letters, written during Jones' service aboard U.S.S. Brooklyn (sloop-of-war) and U.S.S. St. Louis (sloop-of-war), focus primarily on domestic and personal matters, especially pertaining to Jones' family.
Donald Edward Jones Letters, 1945-1949, MS 316
Donald Edward Jones was a non-graduate member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1951. The Jones Letters consist of letters written by Jones to his family while he was a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, pertaining to academics, professional development, midshipman social activities, and Naval Academy traditions.
Horace Walker Jones Papers, 1884-1919, MS 300
Horace Walker Jones was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1884 and a Naval Engineer, serving in the fleet, at the Washington Navy Yard, and at the Naval Academy as an instructor in steam engineering. Jones' papers pertain to various aspects of his naval career, including his service aboard U.S.S. Concord (Patrol gunboat: PG-3), his participation in the Battle of Manila Bay, and his extensive involvement in naval ordnance. Included with the papers are three patents for weapons systems components.
Richard B. Jones Letterbook, MS 40
The letterbook, spanning the period of April 16, 1914-October 14, 1819, consists of copies of correspondence sent by U.S. Consul at Tripoli Richard B. Jones to correspondents including John Quincy Adams, Isaac Chauncey, Charles D. Coxe, William H. Crawford, Stephen Decatur, Richard S. Hackley, James Monroe, John Rosoni, William Shaler, James Sommerville, and Charles Stewart. Primary topics of the correspondence include: financial difficulties of maintaining a diplomatic post at Tripoli; negotiations and agreements between the U.S. and the Bashaw of Tripoli; the issue of Britain's claim to two ships, U.S. war prizes, anchored in Tripoli harbor; domestic and political incidents and rivalries of the Bashaw's family; Consul Jones' aid to Denmark in its negotiations with Tripoli; assault on Jones by slaves of "English renegade" Murat Rais; diplomatic issue of British consular protection for Murat Rais; Tripolitan quarantine measures against plague; objections to British merchant vessels entering Tripoli harbor while flying the U.S. flag; and requests by Jones to be relieved of his consulship. Included with the letterbook are four separate letters by Jones, dated 1812 to 1820.
Victor W. Jones Papers, 1857-1902, MS 366
Victor W. Jones was an officer in the United States Navy during and shortly after the Civil War. The Victor W. Jones Papers cover the period 1857 through 1902 and consist primarily of formal papers regarding Jones' career in the United States Navy and the post-retirement attempts by Jones and family members to collect a disability pension and monies.

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