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Proceedings of the U. S. Naval Institute
Vol. LXI, No. 10: October 1935


By Rear Admiral David Foote Sellers, U. S. Navy


The Founding of the Naval Academy by Bancroft and Buchanan

By Henry Francis Sturdy


The First Academic Staff


The Colonial Government House of Maryland

By P. H. Magruder, Former Secretary, U. S. Naval Academy


The Departments


Description of the United States Naval Academy

By Charles Lee Lewis


Entrance Requirements of U. S. Naval Academy

By Commander A. H. Rooks, U. S. Navy


Naval Academy Cheers and Songs


Drum and Bugle Corps

By Midshipman E. A. Grantham, U. S. Navy


Officers and Gentlemen in the Making

By Carroll S. Alden, Professor, U. S. Naval Academy


Annapolis, Mother of Navy Men

By Lieutenant Arthur A. Ageton, U. S. Navy


Navy Life Begins

By Lieutenant E. M. Eller, U. S. Navy


Plebe Summer Infantry


A Midshipman's Day

By Midshipman W. H. Keen, U. S. Navy


Extra-curricular Activities

By Midshipman E. A. Grantham, U. S. Navy


Midshipman Cruises

By Midshipman K. W. Patrick, U. S. Navy


Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies

By Lieutenant Arthur A. Ageton, U. S. Navy


Athletic Training at The Naval Academy

By Walter Aamold, Athletic Coaching Staff, U. S. Naval Academy


Secretary's Notes

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Technical Details

Printed Source

I'm transcribing my copy of the original print journal, "Copyright 1935, By U. S. Naval Institute". The copyright was not renewed in 1962 or 1963, however, as required by the law at the time, so the issue has been in the public domain since Jan. 1, 1964: details here on the copyright law involved. Unless otherwise indicated, any illustrations are those accompanying the original article in the journal.


As almost always, I retype texts by hand rather than scanning them — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with them, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if successful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

These transcriptions have been minutely proofread. In the table of contents above, the articles are shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree; red backgrounds would indicate they had not been proofread. As elsewhere onsite, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme.

The original articles in the Proceedings were well proofread. The inevitable typographical errors were not many, and all trivial: I marked them with a dotted underscore like this: as elsewhere on my site, glide your cursor over the underscored words to read the variant. Similarly, glide your cursor over bullets before measurements: they provide conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles. Where we read "miles" without qualification, I usually assumed them to be nautical miles if on the sea, and converted accordingly (10 miles).

A number of odd spellings, curious turns of phrase, etc. have been marked <!‑‑ sic  in the sourcecode, just to confirm that they were checked. They are also very few.

Any other mistakes, please drop me a line, of course: especially if you have a copy of the printed journal in front of you.

Pagination and Local Links

For citation and indexing purposes, the pagination is shown in the right margin of the text at the page turns (like at the end of this line); p57  these are also local anchors. Sticklers for total accuracy will of course find the anchor at its exact place in the sourcecode.

In addition, I've inserted a number of other local anchors: whatever links might be required to accommodate the author's own cross-references, as well as a few others for my own purposes. If in turn you have a website and would like to target a link to some specific passage of the text, please let me know: I'll be glad to insert a local anchor there as well.

[image ALT: A stylized graphic design of the heads of two men: the one in the background wearing something that looks like a top hat (but is in fact a cropped view of a 19c naval officer's dress hat) and a beard and looking somewhat like President Lincoln, and the one in the foreground is that of a 20c naval officer in a dress hat. In the lower left corner, the number 90. The design serves as my icon for Volume 61, No. 10 of the Proceedings of the U. S. Naval Institute, an issue entirely devoted to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the U. S. Naval Academy, which is transcribed on this site.]

The icon I use to indicate this subsite is based on the cover of the issue.

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