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Robert W. Daly Lectures, 1959-1975 (approximate): 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
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 436
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Robert W. Daly Lectures
  • Dates: 1959-1975 (approximate)
  • Size: 5 linear inches (1 manuscript box)
  • Creator: Daly, Robert Welter, 1916-
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Robert W. Daly was a historian and faculty member at the United States Naval Academy. The Robert W. Daly Lectures were produced for the United States Naval Academy History Department's class on Russian Military and Naval Doctrine, taught between 1959 and 1975.

Biography of Robert W. Daly

Robert Welter Daly was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1916. Daly attended Loyola University Chicago where he received both his Master's degree (thesis: Diplomatic Relations of the United States with the Barbary Coast, 1790-1801, 1940) and PhD (dissertation: Manuel Ugarte and Hispanoamericanismo, 1949). During World War II, Daly served in the United States Coast Guard both at sea and as an instructor at the Coast Guard Academy.

Following his discharge from active duty with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Daly joined the faculty of the Department of English, History, and Government at the United States Naval Academy in June 1946. Ultimately rising to the rank of full professor, Daly specialized initially in naval history and, later, Russian military and naval history. Recognized as an authority on the subject, Daly was asked by Secretary of the Navy John Warner to provide background briefings on the historical role of the Russian Navy in preparation for negotiations of the "Agreement Between the Government of The United States of America and the Government of The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas," signed by Warner and Soviet Admiral Sergei Gorshkov in 1972. At the time of his death on September 28, 1975, Daly was working to compile his notes from his "Russian Military and Naval Doctrine" class at the Naval Academy into a manuscript for publication.

Daly's other works include The United States and World Sea Power (contributor, 1955), How the Merrimac Won; the Strategic Story of the C.S.S. Virginia (author, 1957), The Soviet Navy (contributor, 1958), Aboard the USS Monitor: 1862; the Letters of Acting Paymaster William Frederick Keeler, U.S. Navy, to his Wife, Anna (editor, 1964), and Aboard the USS Florida, 1863-65; the Letters of Paymaster William Frederick Keeler, U.S. Navy, to his Wife, Anna (editor, 1968).

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Description of Contents

The Robert W. Daly Lectures, comprising 5 linear inches of documentation, were produced for the United States Naval Academy History Department's class on Russian Military and Naval Doctrine, taught between 1959 and 1975.

Included with the lecture notes are several indexes and aids for Daly's students.

The Daly Lectures are arranged into two records series representing two separate compilations of Daly's lecture notes; one compiled by Daly and one compiled by the Naval Academy History Department following his death, the latter of which duplicates four lectures from the former. The lectures, which span from the time of the Scythians through World War I, deal with such topics as the reigns of Ivan IV, Peter the Great, Alexander I, Nicholas I, and Nicholas II; conflicts such as the Mongol raids on Russia, the Russo-Turkish Wars, the Russo-Swedish War, the Crimean War, and the Russo-Japanese War; and the structure and doctrines of Russian military forces throughout history.

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Arrangement

The Robert W. Daly Lectures are organized into the following two series:

  • Series 1: Russian Military and Naval Doctrine 700 B.C. - 1917, undated
  • Subseries 1a: Volume I (700 BC-1801), undated
  • Subseries 1b: Volume II, undated
  • Series 2: Russian Military and Naval Forces Under Nicholas II (1894-1917), undated
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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Robert W. Daly Lectures 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

Accession No. 363075 and unknown.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material pertaining to Daly's writings may be found in the records of Activities of Faculty and Staff/Publications in the Naval Academy Archives, Nimitz Library.

Materials Cataloged Separately

Bound copies of Daly's lectures have been cataloged separately in the Nimitz Library general collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Robert W. Daly Lectures, MS 436

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

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

  • Daly, Robert Welter, 1916-
  • Russia -- History, Military
  • Russia -- History, Naval
  • United States Naval Academy -- Curricula
  • United States Naval Academy. Department of History

Genre Terms

  • Faculty papers
  • Lectures
  • Manuscripts
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Contents List

Series 1: Russian Military and Naval Doctrine 700 B.C. - 1917, undated

Series Description

Lecture notes, compiled by Daly and formerly bound in two binders, for use in his Russian Military and Naval Doctrine class.

Series Arrangement

Organized into two series by volume number.

Subseries 1a: Volume I (700 BC-1801), undated

Subseries Description

Lecture notes on Russian military and naval doctrine, focusing on such topics as the Mongol raids, Ivan IV, Peter the Great, and conflicts with Sweden and the Ottoman Empire. The subseries also includes an index, a checklist of Russian wars, and a guide to transliteration of the Russian alphabet.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by historical epoch.

Box 1 Folder 1
Index, Checklist of Russian Wars, and Transliteration of the Russian Alphabet, undated
Box 1 Folder 2
Lecture 1 - Introduction: The Evolution of Russian Military and Naval Doctrines, undated
Box 1 Folder 3
Lecture 2 - The Mongol Horror, undated
Box 1 Folder 4
Lecture 3 - The Rise of Muscovy, undated
Box 1 Folder 5
Lecture 4 - Ivan IV "The Dread" ("Terrible") -- 1530-1584, undated
Box 1 Folder 6
Lecture 5 - The Time of Troubles -- 1584-1613, undated
Box 1 Folder 7
Lecture 6 - The First Romanov: Mikhail to Peter the Great 1613-1689, undated
Box 1 Folder 8
Lecture 7 - Peter the Great (1689-1725), undated
Box 1 Folder 9
Lecture 8 - The Wars of Peter the Great, undated
Box 1 Folder 10
Lecture 9 - From Peter to Elizabeth Petrovna, 1728-1741, undated
Box 1 Folder 11
Lecture 10 - Elizabeth Petrovna, 1741-1762, undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Lecture 11 - Russian Forces, 1762-1774, undated
Box 1 Folder 13
Lecture 12 - Russian Forces, 1775-1796, undated
Box 1 Folder 14
Lecture 13 - Chronology of the Russo-Turkish War, 1787-1791, undated
Box 1 Folder 15
Lecture 14 - Chronology of the Russo-Swedish War, 1788-1790, undated
Box 1 Folder 16
Lecture 15 - Czar Paul, 1796-1801, undated
Box 1 Folder 17
Lecture 16 - Russian Forces, 1796-1801, undated

Subseries 1b: Volume II (1801-1917), undated

Subseries Description

Lecture notes on Russian military and naval doctrine, focusing on such topics as the reigns of Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander III, and Nicholas II, as well as the Crimean War, World War I, and conflicts with the Ottoman Empire and Japan. Included among the lectures is a summary for the entire course on Russian Military and Naval Doctrine.

Subseries Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by historical epoch.

Box 1 Folder 18
Index, undated
Box 1 Folder 19
Lecture 17 - Alexander I, 1801-1825, undated
Box 1 Folder 20
Lecture 18 - The Wars of Alexander I, undated
Box 1 Folder 21
Lecture 19 - Nicholas I, 1825-1855, undated
Box 1 Folder 22
Lecture 20 - The Lesser Wars of Nicholas I, undated
Box 1 Folder 23
Lecture 21 - The Crimean War, undated
Box 1 Folder 24
Lecture 22 - Russian Forces, 1856-1881, undated
Box 1 Folder 25
Lecture 23 - The Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878, undated
Box 1 Folder 26
Lecture 24 - Alexander III, 1881-1894, undated
Box 1 Folder 27
Lecture 25 - Russian Forces Under Nicholas II: 1894-1903, undated
Box 1 Folder 28
Lecture 26 - The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1906, undated
Box 1 Folder 29
Lecture 27 - Russian Forces, 1905-1914, undated
Box 1 Folder 30
Lecture 28 - World War I, undated
Box 1 Folder 31
Lecture 29 - Summation of the Course in Russian Military and Naval Doctrines, undated
Box 1 Folder 32
Table of Soviet Army Forces, January 1945, undated

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Series 2: Russian Military and Naval Forces Under Nicholas II (1894-1917), 1976, undated

Series Description

Lecture notes used by Daly in his Russian Military and Naval Doctrine class, compiled by the Naval Academy's History Department. All four lectures in the series duplicate lectures found in Series 1.

Series Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by historical epoch.

Box 1 Folder 33

Cover Memo, 1976

Box 1 Folder 34

Lecture 1 - Russian Forces Under Nicholas II: 1894-1903, undated

Box 1 Folder 35

Lecture 2 - The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1906, undated

Box 1 Folder 36

Lecture 3 - Russian Forces, 1905-1914, undated

Box 1 Folder 37

Lecture 4 - World War I, undated

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