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Albert T. Rich Scrapbook, 1897: Finding Aid

Published in March 2020

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 190
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Albert T. Rich Scrapbook
  • Dates: 1897
  • Size: 0.15 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 1 volume
  • Creator: Rich, Albert Thurston
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: 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.

Biography of Albert T. Rich

Albert Thurston Rich, of Malden, Massachusetts, was born on August 28, 1878. He was appointed to the Naval Academy from his home state, and, after attending R. L. Werntz's Naval Academy Preparatory School, was admitted on June 5, 1897 as a member of Class of 1901. Rich, however, resigned from the Naval Academy on January 15, 1898. After leaving the Academy, he joined the United States Army, first serving along the Mexican border, and later in the Philippines during the Philippine Insurrection. On October 9, 1903, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army, ultimately rising to the rank of Colonel on February 1, 1935. During his career, Rich was awarded the Philippine Campaign Medal, the World War I Victory Medal, and the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal. Rich was retired from the U.S. Army by his own request on March 31, 1935.

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Description of Contents

The Albert T. Rich Scrapbook, comprising 0.15 linear feet of documentation in a single volume, spans the summer of 1897. 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.

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Arrangement

The Albert T. Rich Scrapbook comprises a single volume.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Albert T. Rich Scrapbook is the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Gift of Albert Thurston Rich in 1923.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material in this repository pertaining to Rich's time as a midshipman can be found in his Midshipman Conduct Record. Correspondence from Rich, as well as a draft of an article entitled "The 'LCD' Preambulator," can be found in Rich's Alumni Jacket.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Albert T. Rich Scrapbook, MS 190

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

United States. Army. U.S. Army Register. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1966.

Rich, Albert T. Alumni Jacket, RG 405, Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in March 2020.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

  • Rich, Albert Thurston
  • Santee (Frigate)
  • United States Naval Academy -- Social life and customs
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students
  • United States Naval Academy. Class of 1901
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students

Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
  • Printed ephemera
  • Scrapbooks
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Albert T. Rich Scrapbook, 1897

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