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Rough Log Book of the U.S.S. Kearsarge, 1901, MS 314
The Rough Log Book of the U.S.S. Kearsarge is the product of a cruise from Woods Hole, Massachusetts to the Virginia Southern Drill Grounds off Hampton Roads in September 1901. The battleship's log consists of brief entries and enclosures noting course and speed, weather conditions, personnel status, communications, and duty performance.
William Patrick Keeshan Papers, 1921-1935, MS 383
William Patrick Keeshan served as a printer in the U.S. Navy. The collection consists of ephemera related to Keeshan's service, including discharge certificates, identity cards, and papers relating to the crossing the line ceremony. The U.S.S. Black Hawk (AD-9) and the U.S.S. Pittsburgh (Armored Cruiser No. 4) were among the vessels on which Keeshan served.
George W. Kenyon Photograph Album, 1903-1905, MS 434
George W. Kenyon was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1907. The Kenyon Photograph Album primarily depicts scenes of life at the Naval Academy during Kenyon's plebe year, as well as the 1904 summer practice cruise.
Henry Mylin Kieffer Scrapbook, 1907-1911, MS 351
Henry Mylin Kieffer was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1912 and an officer in the U.S. Navy. The scrapbook, which spans from 1907 to 1911, focuses primarily on Kieffer's athletic, social, and religious activities while a midshipman at the Naval Academy.
This collection is also available electronically in the USNA Digital Collections.
Ernest J. King Papers, 1897-1981 (bulk 1897-1953), MS 437
Ernest J. King was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1901. The Ernest J. King Papers focus on King's time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy and the publication of Fleet Admiral King: A Naval Record following his retirement, while also offering a sample of his World War II era personal correspondence.
Neville T. Kirk Papers, 1828-1988 (bulk 1870-1985), MS 457
Neville T. Kirk was a professor in the Department of English, History, and Government at the United States Naval Academy. The Neville T. Kirk Papers, comprising 14.9 linear feet of documentation, span from 1828 to 1988, with a bulk of the material commencing after 1870 and ceasing in 1985. The papers are largely the product of Kirk's tenure as a professor in the Naval Academy's Department of English, History, and Government, and are composed of visual materials used by Kirk in the classroom, as well as other teaching aids and documentation of the operations of the Department of English, History, and Government and Kirk's activities therein.
Amin Kiwas Diary, 1928-1929, MS 297
Amin Kiwas was an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy. The Kiwas Diary is the product of Kiwas' service aboard U.S.S. Lexington (Aircraft carrier : CV-2), noting ship activities, drills, exercises, ports visited, weather, shore leaves, and aviation operations.
Fred T. Klemm Memoirs, 1950-1951, MS 355
Fred T. Klemm was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who served in World War II and the Korean War. Klemm's memoirs, entitled "My Great Adventure," offer a detailed account of the life of an enlisted United States Marine Corps machinist serving during the Korean War.
Harry Shepard Knapp Papers, 1877-1924, MS 225
Harry Shepard Knapp was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1878. The Knapp Papers focus primarily on Knapp's time at the Naval Academy, mandatory sea service following graduation, and diplomatic mission to Haiti following his retirement.
John H. Knowles Papers, 1864-1914, MS 382
The collection consists mostly of Knowles's discharge papers and documents relating to a widow's pension for Mary A.E. Knowles. Knowles, a quartermaster aboard U.S.S. Hartford (sloop-of-war) during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, is reputedly the man who lashed Admiral David G. Farragut to the ship's rigging at the request of Captain Percival Drayton, who feared Farragut might lose his balance or be wounded and fall. After the Civil War, Knowles served aboard training vessels at the U.S. Naval Academy.
William de Koven Seamanship Notes, 1845, MS 42
Seamanship notes kept by U.S. Navy Midshipman William de Koven between March and August 1845, while de Koven was serving aboard U.S.S. Brandywine. The notes pertain to such naval and seamanship topics as rigging of the sails, knot making, gunnery, anchor keeping, launching and recovery of boats, and readying the ship for action. The volume is illustrated with detailed drawings of ships' yards, knots, rigging, cannon, and sails. Several loose drawings are located at the back of the volume.

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