Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, 1893-1899: Finding Aid
Published in December 2011
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 325
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks
- Dates: 1893-1899
- Size: 0.63 linear feet
- Container Summary: 1 manuscript box, 1 half-manuscript box, 1 oversize folder
- Creator: McDowell, Willis, 1875-1944
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: Willis McDowell and Edward Hoopes were officers in the United States Navy. McDowell was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1897 and Hoopes was a non-graduate of the Class of 1897. The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks are the product of Hoopes' and McDowell's time as students at the United States Naval Academy, and include notes and examinations for courses in geometry, Trigonometry, English, French, International Law, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene, as well as the Class of 1897's practice cruise aboard U.S.S. Bancroft (Gunboat) in 1895.
Biographical Sketch of Edward Trimble Hoopes
Edward Trimble Hoopes, of Eden Township, Pennsylvania, was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Hoopes was admitted to the United States Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 6, 1893, but resigned from the Academy on February 26, 1897. After leaving the Academy, Hoopes served during the Spanish American War aboard the collier U.S.S. Scindia and the yacht U.S.S. Eagle.
In 1901, Hoopes was commissioned an Ensign in the Supply Corps as a paymaster. Throughout his career, Hoopes served at the Navy Yards in Charleston, Norfolk, Boston, and Puget Sound, as well as paymaster for the Sixth Naval District and supply officer on the staff of the Commander, Pacific Fleet. After attending the Naval War College and serving on the staff of the President of the War College, Hoopes rose to the position of Fleet Paymaster. Hoopes retired from the Navy in January 1940, but was returned to active duty later that year, serving until 1942.
Edward T. Hoopes died on September 2, 1969 in Monterey, California.
Biographical Sketch of Willis McDowell
Willis McDowell was an officer in the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1897. McDowell was born on February 6, 1875 to Alexander and Clara McDowell. McDowell was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy on May 19, 1893, and graduated thirty-first in his class at the completion of his two years of mandatory sea service, during which he saw action in the Spanish-American War.
Prior to the end of the First World War, McDowell was assigned to the Bureau of Navigation. In 1920, having attained the rank of Captain one year prior, McDowell received command of the Destroyer Squadron of the Asiatic Fleet. Two years later, he was assigned to the Naval War College for instruction, and subsequently joined the College's staff. In 1926, McDowell assumed command of U.S.S. Oklahoma (Battleship: BB-37).
On September 1, 1930, McDowell was transferred to the retired list. Following retirement, he moved to South River, Maryland. Willis McDowell died on May 6, 1944 at the Naval Hospital in Annapolis, Maryland.
Description of Contents
The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, comprising 0.63 linear feet of documentation, span the period from 1893 to 1899, and are the product of Hoopes' and McDowell's time as students at the United States Naval Academy.
The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks are arranged alphabetically by creator into a single record series with no subdivisions. McDowell's notebooks are further arranged chronologically by year. The notebooks are composed primarily of lecture notes and practical work pertaining to Naval Academy courses in Geometry, Trigonometry, English, French, International Law, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene, as well as the Class of 1897's Practice Cruise aboard U.S.S. Bancroft (Gunboat) in 1895. In addition to class notes, many of the notebooks also include recitation assignment sheets. Two of the notebooks, both of which are unattributed, consist entirely of examination questions from the Class of 1897's Fourth (freshman/plebe) and Third (sophomore) years.
Research interests served by the Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks include studies of the Naval Academy's curriculum and practice cruises of the late 19th Century.
Arranged alphabetically by creator into a single record series with no subdivisions. McDowell's notebooks are further arranged chronologically by year.
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Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Related Archival Material
Additional student notebooks are available throughout Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.
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Processing and Other Information
Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, MS 325
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
"Capt. McDowell Died Saturday," The Evening Capital. Annapolis, MD: Capital Pub., May 8, 1944
United States Naval Academy. Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1866-
United States. Bureau of Naval Personnel. Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1814-
This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in December 2011. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in December 2011. Original guide by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1997.
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
- Bancroft (Gunboat)
- Hoopes, Edward, 1875-1969
- McDowell, Willis, 1875-1944
- United States Naval Academy -- Curricula
- United States Naval Academy. Class of 1897
Willis McDowell - Record of Signal Practice and Station Bills (Enclosures), 1899, undated
Final Examination questions and instructions for French, International Law, Seamanship, Naval Construction, Ordnance and Gunnery, Navigation, and Steam Engineering. Also included is a business card for Bert Wales.