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United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 Records, 1914-1999 (bulk 1922-1991): Finding Aid

Published in May 2016

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 435
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 Records
  • Dates: 1914-1999
  • Bulk Dates: 1914-1991
  • Size: 1.04 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 2 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box
  • Creator: United States Naval Academy. Class of 1922
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: The United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 Records span from 1914 to 1999, with most of the documentation commencing after the Class's graduation. The records focus on the biographies and obituaries of class members, the publication of class columns and directories, and reunion activities.

History of the Class of 1922

In the summer of 1918, the plebes of the Class of 1922 were admitted to the United States Naval Academy, marking the last incoming class to commence studies before the end of World War I. During their time on the Yard, the Class of 1922 was witness to the completion of Griffin Hall in 1918, Luce Hall in 1920 and the Zimmerman Bandstand in 1922. Studying under the leadership of Superintendents Edward W. Eberle, Archibald H. Scales, and Henry B. Wilson, the Class also saw the adoption of the Academy's first formal mission statement. On the athletics front, the Class of 1922's time on the Yard was marked by the resumption of the annual Army-Navy Football Game following a two-year hiatus, as well as the 1920 Navy Crew team's gold medal performance at the Antwerp Olympics. The Class of 1922 graduated 539 members on June 2, 1922.

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Description of Contents

The United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 Records, comprising 1.04 linear feet of documentation, span from 1914 to 1999, with most of the documentation commencing after the Class's graduation. The records focus on the biographies and obituaries of class members, the publication of class columns and directories, and reunion activities.

Included in the collection are obituaries, biographical sketches, letters, clippings, and directories.

The Records of the Class of 1922 are arranged into three records series by document type. Series 1: Biographical Files consists primarily of official U.S. Navy biographical sketches for thirty members of the Class of 1922. Biographical material on additional class members can be found in the obituaries available throughout Series 2: Administrative Files. This series is also home to documentation on the everyday operations of the Class, such as the Class's financials, by-laws, elections, reunion planning, and the creation of class publications. Samples of such publications, namely the class directory, are available in Series 3: Publications.

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The United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 Records are organized into the following three series:

  • Series 1: Biographical Files, 1914-1999
  • Series 2: Administrative Files, 1940-1997
  • Series 3: Publications, 1922-1981
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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 Records 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

Gift of Mrs. Stuart Grant Murray in June 1999. Accession No. 99-57.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional biographical material pertaining to the members of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 can be found in the individual members' Alumni Jackets, housed in the Academy Archives, Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

United States Naval Academy Class of 1922 Records, MS 435

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in May 2016. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in May 2016.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • Bauernschmidt, George William, 1899-
  • United States Naval Academy -- Alumni and alumnae -- Biography
  • United States Naval Academy -- Alumni and alumnae -- Directories
  • United States Naval Academy. Class of 1922

Genre Terms

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Directories
  • Manuscripts
  • Notes (documents)
  • Obituaries
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Contents List

Series 1: Biographical Files, 1914-1999 Box 1

Series Description

Biographical sketches for thirty members of the Class of 1922. The sketches, provided by individual members of the class, typically consist of copies of official biographies from the Biographies Branch of the U.S. Navy Department of Information with an attached photocopy of an official U.S. Navy portrait.

The file for class member George Bauernschmidt includes copies of correspondence, orders, and magazine articles related to Bauernschmidt's career.

Filed at the end of the series are guidelines for the submission of material to Shipmate magazine, as well as correspondence from Gerald Motl (USNA 1968) regarding the history of the perforated page in the 1922 Lucky Bag.

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by last name.

Box 1 Folder 1

Biographies - A, 1957-1978

Frank Akers and Clarence L. C. Atkeson.

Box 1 Folder 2

Biographies - B, 1957-1978

Harold D. Baker and Robert E. Blick.

Box 1 Folder 3

Biographies - B (Bauernschmidt), 1914-1999

George W. Bauernschmidt.

Box 1 Folder 4

Biographies - C, 1955-1975, undated

Sherman R. Clark, Deibert S. Cornwell, Edgar Allan Cruise, and George R. Cooper.

Box 1 Folder 5

Biographies - D-E, 1946-1986

Anthony Leo Danis, Herbert S. Duckworth, Edward R. Durgin, Ralph Earle, Henry E. Eccles, and Carl F. Espe.

Box 1 Folder 6

Biographies - G-H, 1955-1965

Hugh H. Goodwin, John Martin Higgins, Tom B. Hill, and Leon Joseph Huffman.

Box 1 Folder 7

Biographies - J-M, 1958-1978, undated

Harry Bean Jarrett, Ruthven E. Libby, Milton E. Miles, Marion Emerson Murphy, and Kenmore M. McManes.

Box 1 Folder 8

Biographies - O-W, 1957-1975

Howard E. Orem, William Sterling Parsons, Hyman George Rickover, Edward A. Solomons, Frank Thomas Watkins, and John P. Whitney.

Box 1 Folder 9

Perforated Page, 1989

Correspondence regarding the perforation of the page containing the entry of Leonard Kaplan in the 1922 Lucky Bag and the common misconception that Hyman Rickover's page was perforated.

Box 1 Folder 10

Shipmate Guidelines, 1985-1988

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Series 2: Administrative Files, 1940-1997 Boxes 1-2

Series Description

Documentation of the administration of the Class of 1922 and its activities. The materials pertain to such topics as reunion planning and attendance, the election of class officers, production of the class column in Shipmate, financial/treasurer reports, by-laws, class gifts and scholarship funds, the Eccles Papers Project, and class member obituaries. Included in the series are letters, notes, newspaper clippings, draft obituaries, and several photographs.

Filed at the end of the series are documents related to the Class of 1937's memorial to Naval Academy graduates lost in the line of duty whose bodies were never recovered for burial.

Series Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Box 1 Folder 11

Administrative Files, 1940-1975

Includes an obituary for Henri Smith-Hutton, and a photograph from a 1940 class party.

Box 1 Folder 12

Administrative Files, 1980

Includes obituaries for Frank T. Watkins.

Box 1 Folder 13

Administrative Files, 1981

Box 1 Folder 14

Administrative Files, 1982

Box 1 Folder 15

Administrative Files, 1983

Box 1 Folder 16

Administrative Files, 1984

Includes obituaries for Samuel Groseclose.

Box 1 Folder 17

Administrative Files, 1985

Includes obituaries for Earl Herkimer Eacker.

Box 1 Folder 18

Administrative Files, 1986

Includes obituaries for Henry E. Eccles, Whittaker F. Riggs, Ruthven Edwin Libby, Harry Pierce, and Hyman Rickover.

Box 1 Folder 19

Administrative Files, 1987

Includes obituaries for Eliza Clark, Streuby Lloyd Drumm, Robert McMurray, Worthington Smith Bitler, Marie Adele Kirksey Darron, and Henry Neill Paul.

Box 1 Folder 20

Administrative Files, 1988

Box 1 Folder 21

Administrative Files, 1989

Includes obituaries for Harry Kenneth Jones, Alfred C. Bruce, Alan Reed McCracken, Thomas M. Stokes, and John E. Parker.

Box 1 Folder 22

Administrative Files, 1990

Includes obituaries for Sue Alexander Butterfield, Oliver M. Walker, Theodore W. Miller, Thomas M. Stokes, John E. Parker, Edward Culligan Forsyth, Edgar A. Cruise, Harold Pullen, Michael James Malanaphy, and Charles John McWhinnie.

Box 2 Folder 1

Administrative Files, 1991

Includes obituaries for Maude Bauernschmidt, Arthur Walker Bryan, Ruth E. Pemberton, Margaret Peg Parker, Kenneth Oscar Ekelund, Gerald Abbey Stacey, Frederick Wagner Biehl, Francis James Mee, and George Leonard Neely.

Box 2 Folder 2

Administrative Files, 1997

Box 2 Folder 3

Class of 1937 Memorial, 1984-1987

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Series 3: Publications, 1922-1981 Boxes 2-3

Series Description

Annual directories published by the Class of 1922. Directories published through 1949 include additional material, such as messages from the class president, open letters to the class, summaries of events, treasurer's reports, and a limited amount of biographical information for each member.

Series Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Box 2 Folder 4

Annual Roll Call, 1922 November

Box 2 Folder 5

Annual Roll Call, 1926 November

Box 2 Folder 6

Annual Roll Call, 1927 November

Box 2 Folder 7

Annual Roll Call, 1928 November

Box 2 Folder 8

Annual Roll Call, 1929 November

Box 2 Folder 9

Annual Roll Call, 1930

Box 2 Folder 10

Annual Roll Call, 1931

Box 2 Folder 11

Annual Roll Call, 1932

Box 2 Folder 12

Annual Roll Call, 1933

Box 2 Folder 13

Annual Roll Call, 1934-1935

Box 2 Folder 14

Roll Call, 1937

Box 2 Folder 15

Roll Call, 1939

Box 2 Folder 16

Roll Call, 1949

Box 3 Folder 1

Directory, 1958 April

Box 3 Folder 2

Directory, 1962 August

Box 3 Folder 3

Directory, 1967 August

Box 3 Folder 4

Roll Call, 1972 May

Box 3 Folder 5

Roll Call, 1976 August

Box 3 Folder 6

Roll Call, 1981 April

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