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Raymond S. Gabler Papers, 1942-1968 (bulk 1942-1945): Finding Aid

Published in October 2017

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 455
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Raymond S. Gabler Papers
  • Dates: 1942-1968
  • Bulk Dates: 1942-1945
  • Size: 2.5 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize folder)
  • Creator: Gabler, Raymond S.
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Raymond Sheridan Gabler was an enlisted teaching specialist in the United States Navy during World War II. The Raymond S. Gabler Papers, comprising 0.9 linear feet of documentation, span from 1942 to 1968, with a bulk of the material ceasing in 1945. The papers are the product of Gabler's U.S. Navy service during World War II as an instructor at the Naval Academy Preparatory School and at Camp Peary, Virginia.

Biography of Raymond S. Gabler

Raymond Sheridan Gabler, originally of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, was an enlisted teaching specialist (SP(T)) in the United States Navy during World War II. Beginning in August 1943, Gabler was assigned to the Naval Academy Preparatory School at Bainbridge, Maryland where he taught English and History, and as of 1944, Geometry. He was also assigned to Camp Peary, Virginia where he taught basic literacy.

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Description of Contents

The Raymond S. Gabler Papers, comprising 0.9 linear feet of documentation, span from 1942 to 1968, with a bulk of the material ceasing in 1945. The papers are the product of Gabler's U.S. Navy service during World War II as an instructor at the Naval Academy Preparatory School and at Camp Peary, Virginia.

Included in the collection are notes, scrapbooks, syllabi, scrapbooks, photographs, periodicals, books, handbooks, and maps.

The Gabler Papers are arranged alphabetically by document type into a single record series with no subdivisions. The papers focus on Gabler's World War II teaching duties at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, Maryland where he taught English and History, as well as at Camp Peary, Virginia, where he taught basic literacy to sailors. Much of the collection is composed of class and teaching materials, including syllabi and tests for American and world history courses, Navy reading and mathematics manuals from the Bureau of Naval Personnel's Standards and Curriculum Division, world maps, and children's books that were likely used as instructional aids for basic literacy. The collection also includes a scrapbook for each of Gabler's two duty stations. Composed primarily of clippings, photographs, memos, and leave passes, the scrapbooks focus on the daily operations and atmosphere of Naval Training Station, Bainbridge and Naval Training and Distribution Center, Camp Peary. Aside from several group portraits of Preparatory School faculty and students, the remainder of the collection consists of Bureau of Naval Personnel periodicals.

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Arrangement

The Raymond S. Gabler Papers are arranged alphabetically by document type.

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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Raymond S. Gabler Papers 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 Raymond S. Gabler in November 1993. Accession No. 93-72.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Limited additional documentation pertaining to the Naval Academy Preparatory School may be found in the correspondence of the Records of the Office of the Superintendent, RG 405.2.1.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Raymond S. Gabler Papers, MS 455

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in October 2017. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in October 2017.

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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

  • Gabler, Raymond S.
  • Naval Academy Preparatory School (U.S.)
  • Naval education -- United States
  • United States. Naval Training Center (Bainbridge, Md.)
  • United States. Naval Training and Distribution Center (Williamsburg, Va.)
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Education and the war

Genre Terms

  • Handbooks
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps (documents)
  • Monographs
  • Notes
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Syllabi
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Notes and Syllabi - American History, 1945-1955

Assignments, readings, and tests for American History course at the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Box 1 Folder 2

Notes and Syllabi - World History, undated

Test notes for World History course at the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Box MSOS Folder 1

Maps, 1939, undated

Includes an Army world orientation map and a World War II era Hammond's Comprehensive Map of the World.

Box 3[OS] Folder 1

Photographs, 1944, undated

Group portraits, including the faculty and Class of 1944 of the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Box 1 Folder 3

Photographs, 1945

Group portrait of Naval Academy Preparatory School faculty, Camp Pear, Virginia.

Box 1 Folder 4

Postcards - Williamsburg, Virginia, undated

Box 1 Folder 5

Publications - Books, 1942-1943

Soldiers, Sailors, Fliers and Marines by Mary Elting and Robert T. Weaver; and U.S. Battleships at War! by Thomas Penfield. Possibly used as instructional aids.

Box 1 Folder 6-8

Publications - Navy Educational and Training Aids, 1944-1945, undated

Includes A Sailor's Reader, Lookout Manual, Navy Life readers, and Navy Arithmetic.

Box 1 Folder 9

Publications - Navy Manuals and Handbooks, 1942-1945, undated

Regulations of the Naval Academy Preparatory School, Bluejackets' Manual form Camp Peary, and a blank service record pamphlet.

Box 1 Folder 10

Publications - Pamphlets, 1968

Pamphlets entitled Nazi Germany and The New Deal from American Education Publications.

Box 1 Folder 11

Publications - Periodicals, 1944-1945

Issues of Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin and its successor All Hands, as well as one issue of Bureau of Naval Personnel Training Bulletin.

Box 2 Folder 1-2

Publications - Periodicals, 1944-1945

Issues of Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin and its successor All Hands, as well as one issue of Bureau of Naval Personnel Training Bulletin.

Box 2 Folder 3

Scrapbook - Naval Training and Distribution Center, Camp Peary, 1943-1945

Clippings, correspondence, orders, passes, and photographs regarding daily routine, Seabee training, NAPS operations at Camp Peary, base athletics, and nearby Colonial Williamsburg.

Box 3[OS] Folder 2

Scrapbook - Naval Training Station, Bainbridge, 1943-1945

Photographs and clippings regarding parades, physical training, class schedules, and daily routine, as well as ships of the fleet and Gabler's service as an instructor in general.

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