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Robert L. Grove Scrapbook, 1920-1923: Finding Aid

Published in August 2019

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 520
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Robert L. Grove Scrapbook
  • Dates: 1920-1923
  • Size: 0.21 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 1 half-manuscript box containing 1 volume
  • Creator: Grove, Robert L., 1901-1969
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Robert L. Grove was a supply officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1925. The Robert L. Grove Scrapbook spans from 1920 to 1923. The scrapbook, constructed from a 1923 edition of the Lucky Bag yearbook, focuses primarily on the 1923 midshipman summer practice cruise and 1923 June Week activities.

Biography of Robert L. Grove

Robert Lee Grove, originally of Hagerstown, Maryland, was born on December 28, 1901. Appointed to the United States Naval Academy in July 1921, Grove graduated on June 4, 1925 and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy's Supply Corps. Grove initially retired from the United States Navy in on July 1, 1941, but was reactivated on October 22, 1942 to serve as Paymaster with the rank of Lieutenant Commander at the United States Naval Academy. He returned to the Retired List on January 17, 1946. Robert Lee Grove died on October 16, 1969 in Oakland, California.

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Description of Contents

The Robert L. Grove Scrapbook, comprising 0.21 linear feet of documentation in a single volume, spans from 1920 to 1923. The scrapbook, constructed from a 1923 edition of the Lucky Bag yearbook, focuses primarily on the 1923 midshipman summer practice cruise and 1923 June Week activities.

The Robert L. Grove Scrapbook focuses on two primary topics: the 1923 Summer Practice Cruise and 1923 June Week. Documents pertaining to the 1923 summer practice cruise include: photographs of ports of call, including Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Cadiz, Gothenburg, and Gibraltar; photographs of the officers of and activities aboard U.S.S. Delaware and U.S.S. North Dakota, including coaling; a menu and schedule from U.S.S. North Dakota; and various European postage stamps and hotel stickers. Photographs pertaining to 1923 June Week include images of the Prizes and Awards ceremony, sham battles, the Class of 1923 jumping into the Severn after graduation, the Plebe Snake Dance, and a formal parade.

Towards the end of the scrapbook is a selection of documents pertaining to Robert Grove's application to the Academy and, presumably, his family. These documents include official correspondence regarding his application and nomination, as well as photographs, presumably of family and friends.

Other photographs in the scrapbook include portraits of Grove aboard a sub-chaser, aboard submarine U.S.S. S-10, and across the Naval Academy grounds; Naval Academy buildings and grounds, including Bancroft Hall, Santee Basin, and the band stand. The scrapbook also includes several newspaper clippings, pertaining to such topics as President Harding's transcontinental tour, Superintendent Wilson's attempts to alleviate midshipman debt, and the 1922 Army-Navy Game drinking scandal.

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The Robert L. Grove Scrapbook comprises a single volume.

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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Robert L. Grove Scrapbook is 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


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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material in this repository pertaining to the career of Robert L. Grove can be found in his Midshipman Personnel Jacket and Alumni Jacket.

Materials Cataloged Separately

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

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Robert L. Grove Scrapbook, MS 520

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

Grove, Robert Lee Alumni Jacket, RG 405, Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in August 2019. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in August 2019.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • Grove, Robert L., 1901-1969
  • Midshipmen -- United States -- Conduct of life
  • United States Naval Academy -- Commissioning Week
  • United States Naval Academy -- Midshipmen -- Cruises
  • United States Naval Academy -- Social life and customs
  • United States Naval Academy -- Students

Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Robert L. Grove Scrapbook, 1920-1923

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