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J. Paul Reason Papers, 1961-1999, MS 407
J. Paul Reason, United States Naval Academy Class of 1965, is a retired U.S. Navy officer, and the first African-American to attain four-star rank in the U.S. Navy. The Reason Papers span from 1961 to 1999, and are primarily the product of Reason's Navy career, especially his tours as Naval Aide to the President; Commander, Naval Base Seattle; Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group One; Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Plans, Policy, and Operations; and Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet. The papers pertain to various subjects and events, such as the 1991 Tailhook scandal, the 1992 Electrical Engineering cheating scandal at the Naval Academy, and minority relations in the Navy.
Access to the J. Paul Reason Papers is restricted to midshipmen, faculty, and staff of the United States Naval Academy. Additional files are further restricted, where indicated.
Regulations and Instructions relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea, circa 1734, MS 222
The Regulations and Instructions Relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea, written circa 1734, comprise a single, manuscript volume of Royal Navy regulations in six parts.
Edwin C. Reininger Diary, 1918-1919, MS 359
Edwin C. Reininger was a resident of Rochester, New York and a member of the United States Naval Reserve Force Company 256. The Reininger Diary spans the period of 6 June 1918 through 5 April 1919 and primarily consists of brief entries about the newly enlisted Reininger’s training, duties, liberties and naval movements.
Report on the Navies of Europe submitted by Captain M.C. Perry U.S. Navy, 1839, MS 224
Matthew Calbraith Perry, brother of Oliver Hazard Perry, was a Commodore in the U.S. Navy who was known for his advocacy of technological innovation, educational reform, and his leadership of the United States Naval Expedition to Japan. Perry's "Report on the Navies of Europe," was completed March 23, 1839 from data accumulated throughout 1838. The report consists of various tables detailing the numbers and armament of naval vessels of the various European navies, as well as those nations' ability to effectively man and deploy their fleets.
Jack H. Reynolds Scrapbook, 1898-1908 (bulk 1898), MS 458
The Jack H. Reynolds Scrapbook, comprising a single volume, spans from 1898 to 1908, with an overwhelming majority of the contents produced in 1898. The scrapbook, consisting entirely of newspaper and magazine clippings, focuses on the U.S. Navy and its role in the Spanish-American War.
Albert T. Rich Scrapbook, MS 190
Albert T. Rich was an officer in the U.S. Army and a non-graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1901. The scrapbook, which is composed of notes, drawings, and ephemera, is the product of Rich's Plebe Summer experiences aboard U.S.S. Santee. Included in the volume are lists of plebes and their nicknames, caricatures, Naval Academy slang, notes regarding punishments for the unlawful use of explosives, a wishbone, a sermon on naval life, dinner menus, and materials relating to football, signals, and seamanship.
Franklin Buchanan's Rigging Tables, 1834, (transferred to MS 1)
No description available.
Rigging Tables, MS 51
The volume consists of tables of information on rigging and rigging blocks for various classes of U.S. Navy vessels. Towards the end of the volume are sections on hearts and deadeyes, and masthead slings.
Maurice H. Rindskopf Papers, 1934-1996 (bulk 1938-1970), MS 413
Maurice H. Rindskopf is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1938 who served as a submariner and intelligence officer. The Rindskopf Papers pertain primarily to Rindskopf's career in the United States Navy, including his various duty stations and commands; his work in submarines, anti-submarine warfare, and Naval Intelligence; and education at the Naval War College.
Basil Norris Rittenhouse Scrapbook, 1921-1928, MS 450
Basil Norris Rittenhouse, Jr. was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1928. The Basil Norris Rittenhouse Scrapbook, comprising a single volume, spans from 1921 to 1928. The scrapbook focuses on events and activities at the United States Naval Academy during Rittenhouse's time as a midshipman, as well as Rittenhouse's efforts to secure a nomination to the Academy.
G[eorge] W. Robinson Diary, 1898, MS 344
George W. Robinson was a fireman aboard the battleship Oregon (BB-3) during the Spanish-American War. In addition to describing the firemen's work, Robinson's diary includes accounts of the bombardment of Santiago, Cuba and his assessment of Admirals William T. Sampson, Winfield Scott Schley, and Robley D. Evans
Francis W. Rockwell Papers, 1910-1980, MS 419
Francis W. Rockwell was an officer in the U.S. Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1908. The Rockwell Papers are primarily the product of Rockwell's career as an officer in the United States Navy (1910-1948). The papers touch upon all of Rockwell's tours of duty, with an emphasis on his role in amphibious warfare, including the Aleutian Islands Campaign and amphibious training, and his command of the Sixteenth Naval District in the Philippines.
F. A. Roe Scrapbook, MS 189
The scrapbook, which was compiled by Rear Admiral Francis A. Roe, United States Naval Academy Class of 1847, consists primarily of newspaper clippings, as well as several pieces of correspondence and ephemera pertaining to Roe's U.S. Navy career. The scrapbook opens with Roe's participation in the Civil War, including materials on U.S.S. Pensacola, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the capture of New Orleans, the Battle of Baton Rouge, and the battle between U.S.S. Sassacus and C.S.S. Albermarle. The scrapbook continues with materials pertaining to General Santa Anna, torpedo warfare, politics in the 1870's, the management and reorganization of the Navy, east coast Navy Yards, and the Philadelphia Naval Asylum.
Zaccheus Rogers Journals, 1816-1819, MS 11
Zaccheus Rogers, Jr. was a merchant mariner and ship's carpenter. The journals are the product of Rogers' service aboard the merchant vessels Columbia, Alexander, and True American.
Eugene Clark Rook Papers, 1913-1958, MS 442
Eugene Clark Rook was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1924. The Eugene Clark Rook Papers span from 1913 through 1958. The papers chronicle Rook's career in the U.S. Navy, as well has his studies at the Naval Academy and Naval War College, with a focus on his work in the field of naval ordnance and, to a much lesser degree, his command of LCI (L) Flotilla Twenty-One during World War II.
James Roosevelt Papers, 1941, MS 412
James Roosevelt, the eldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was an officer in the Marine Corps Reserve, an insurance executive, and later, a member of the House of Representative from California. The Roosevelt Papers, which span from April to August 1941, pertain to the Battle of Crete, and a report regarding military readiness and civilian attitudes towards World War II in Portugal, Egypt, India, China, and the Philippines.
Robert Ruark Manuscript of Uhuru, [1962], MS 214
Robert Chester Ruark was an author and newspaper correspondent who served as an Ensign in the United States Navy during World War II. The collection consists of a typescript of the penultimate draft of the novel, Uhuru, a Novel of Africa Today.
John P. J. and Philip J. Ryan Papers, 1874-1920, MS 459
John P. J. Ryan was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1893. Philip J. Ryan was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1883. The John P. J. and Philip J. Ryan Papers, comprising 2.63 linear feet of documentation, span from 1874 to 1920, documenting the brief United States Navy career Philip J. Ryan and the considerably longer Navy career of his younger brother, John P. J. Ryan. While only focusing on Philip J. Ryan's Naval Academy mandatory sea service, the collection covers John Ryan's service in the Spanish-American War, with the Asiatic Fleet, and as a recruiter.

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