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Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, 1893-1899: Finding Aid

Published in December 2011

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 325
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks
  • Dates: 1893-1899
  • Size: 7.5 linear inches (45 items)
  • 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 and Willis McDowell

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.

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.

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Description of Contents

The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, comprising 7.5 linear inches 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.

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Arrangement

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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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks are 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

Unknown.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional student notebooks are available throughout Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, MS 325

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

"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-

Processing Information

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.

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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

  • Bancroft (Gunboat)
  • Hoopes, Edward, 1875-1969
  • McDowell, Willis, 1875-1944
  • United States Naval Academy -- Curricula
  • United States Naval Academy. Class of 1897

Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
  • Notebooks
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Edward Hoopes - Practice Cruise Notebook, 1895

Aboard U.S.S. Bancroft. Includes fire-, collision-, and station-bills; abandon ship procedures; sketches of the ship's decks and equipment; descriptions of the anchor and steering gear; and description of a visit to a shipyard.

Box 1 Folder 2

Edward Hoopes - Practice Cruise Notebook (Enclosure), 1895

Assignment sheet pertaining to the shipyard visit.

Box 1 Folder 3

Willis McDowell - Geometry and English Studies, History, and Law Notebook, 1893

Includes a thesaurus of geometric rules, writing instructions, and grammar rules.

Box 1 Folder 4

Willis McDowell - Geometry and English Studies, History, and Law Notebook (Enclosures), 1893

Includes lists of international law lessons and a memoranda concerning geography requirements.

Box 1 Folder 5

Willis McDowell - Lecture Notes and Problems in Physics and Chemistry, 1895

Box 1 Folder 6

Willis McDowell - Practice Cruise Notebook, 1895

Aboard U.S.S. Bancroft. Includes fire-, collision-, and station-bills; abandon ship procedures; sketches of the ship's decks and equipment; descriptions of the anchor and steering gear; and description of a visit to a shipyard.

Box 1 Folder 7

Willis McDowell - Practical Work in Physics, 1895-1899

Includes sections on topics such as the wheatstone bridge, deflections, and measurement of resistance. Also includes a section on practical work on photography from 1897 and personal finances from 1899.

Box 1 Folder 8

Willis McDowell - Practical Work in Physics (Enclosures), circa 1896

Two copies of a worksheet for use with a Kew Magnetometer, including handwritten calculations.

Box 1 Folder 9

Willis McDowell - Physiology, Hygiene and Anatomy Notebook, 1897

Also includes a brief section of practical work in logarithms.

Box 1 Folder 10

Willis McDowell - Practical Work, 1897

Practical work in logarithms.

Box 1 Folder 11

Willis McDowell - Practical Work (Enclosures), 1897

Written recitation assignment instructions for the Department of Ordnance. Additional enclosures are located in MSOS.

Box MSOS Folder 1

Willis McDowell - Practical Work (Enclosures), 1897

Work sheets and tables for navigation exercises.

Box 1 Folder 12

Willis McDowell - Record of Signal Practice and Station Bills, undated

Box 1 Folder 13

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.

Box 2 Folder 1

Unattributed - Fourth Class Exams, 1893-1894

Exam questions and recitation assignment sheets for Algebra, Geometry, French, and English.

Box 2 Folder 2

Unattributed - Youngster Exams, 1894-1895

Exam questions and recitation assignment sheets for English, Law, Trigonometry, Geometry, French, and Skinny (Physics and Chemistry).

Box 2 Folder 3

Unattributed - Youngster Exams (Enclosures), 1894

Work and calculations for the Spherical Trigonometry exam of November 22, 1894.

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