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

— A special issue devoted to the
United States Naval Academy
in celebration of its 90th anniversary —

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Secretary of the Navy
Founder of the Naval Academy



The Naval Academy is unique as an educational institution. It was created and exists for the sole purpose of training officers to fight the United States Fleet. Every midshipman who enters and graduates is educated and trained for this definite and specific purpose. How well the Naval Academy fulfills its purpose is to be found in the measure of efficiency which it contributes to the Fleet.

There are many factors that combine to make the graduate a first-class fighting man at sea. The spirit of enthusiasm, the love for the Service, the respect for Navy traditions, all are essential, and without them naval officers can never be success­ful in the ships and fleets in which they serve. High personal character is of utmost importance. The building of this character must have its beginnings in the Naval Academy. Here must be infused the spirit of the Navy and those high ideals of honor, truthfulness, and devotion to duty, which characterize the Naval Service. With these qualities is naturally associated the spirit of co‑operation with all it involves of initiative and subordination; and they should lead to professional knowledge and attainment of a high order.

First, last, and all the time, the Naval Academy has before it one objective — the development, training, and education of officers to fight the Fleet.

[The bold signature of David Foote Sellers]

[David Foote Sellers]

Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy

Superintendent, United States Naval Academy

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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


Photograph groups:

Midshipman Uniforms


Historical Views of the Naval Academy

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Technical Details

Printed Source and Copyright

I transcribed 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.


The 221 pages of this special issue of the Proceedings include 137 illustrations, not counting the musical scores on pp1486‑1491, the signatures of Secretary Bancroft and Admiral Sellers, above; nor decorative delimiters, which I have usually omitted. Most of these images do illustrate and accompany the various articles, and I've placed them accordingly, only moving a few to locations that seemed to me slightly more suitable. Of special interest to many, naturally, will be the 40 photographs of the grounds of the Academy found on pp1443‑1467.

A baker's dozen of these illustrations, however, are placed separately, not accompanying an article: three of them showing us an assortment of midshipman uniforms on pp1353‑1355, preceding the frontispiece and foreword; eight historical plans and views of the Academy and the city of Annapolis on pp1358‑1365; and the nighttime view of a bit of Bancroft Hall on p1441 and the photograph of a dress parade on Worden Field on p1536, each of which falls between two articles but does not illustrate either of them. I've found places for these two; for the uniforms and historical views I made special pages.


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 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 what was actually printed. 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 over­looked 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 in full on this site.]

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

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