Cover from Willis McDowell's Physiology, Hygiene, and Anatomy notebook, 1897.
Cover from Willis McDowell's Physiology, Hygiene, and Anatomy notebook, 1897.

Guide to the Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, 1893-1899

MS 325

A collection in the
Special Collections & Archives Department,
Nimitz Library

Naval Academy Seal

United States Naval Academy
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5029

Prepared by: David D'Onofrio
(Original Guide by Mary R. Catalfamo, 1997)

December 2011

Descriptive Summary

Provenance:
Unknown.
Size:
7.5 linear inches.
Access:
Access to the Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks is unrestricted.
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Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, MS 325
Special Collections & Archives Department
Nimitz Library
United States Naval Academy

Biographical Sketch

Edward Trimble Hoopes

Edward Trimble Hoopes, of Eden Township, Pennsylvania, was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Hoopes was admitted to the United States Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 6, 1893, but resigned from the Academy on February 26, 1897. After leaving the Academy, Hoopes served during the Spanish American War aboard the collier U.S.S. Scindia and the yacht U.S.S. Eagle.

In 1901, Hoopes was commissioned an Ensign in the Supply Corps as a paymaster. Throughout his career, Hoopes served at the Navy Yards in Charleston, Norfolk, Boston, and Puget Sound, as well as paymaster for the Sixth Naval District and supply officer on the staff of the Commander, Pacific Fleet. After attending the Naval War College and serving on the staff of the President of the War College, Hoopes rose to the position of Fleet Paymaster. Hoopes retired from the Navy in January 1940, but was returned to active duty later that year, serving until 1942.

Edward T. Hoopes died on September 2, 1969 in Monterey, California.

Willis McDowell

Willis McDowell was an officer in the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1897. McDowell was born on February 6, 1875 to Alexander and Clara McDowell. McDowell was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy on May 19, 1893, and graduated thirty-first in his class at the completion of his two years of mandatory sea service, during which he saw action in the Spanish-American War.

Prior to the end of the First World War, McDowell was assigned to the Bureau of Navigation. In 1920, having attained the rank of Captain one year prior, McDowell received command of the Destroyer Squadron of the Asiatic Fleet. Two years later, he was assigned to the Naval War College for instruction, and subsequently joined the College's staff. In 1926, McDowell assumed command of U.S.S. Oklahoma (Battleship: BB-37).

On September 1, 1930, McDowell was transferred to the retired list. Following retirement, he moved to South River, Maryland. Willis McDowell died on May 6, 1944 at the Naval Hospital in Annapolis, Maryland.

Scope and Content Note

The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks, comprising 7.5 linear inches of documentation, span the period from 1893 to 1899, and are the product of Hoopes' and McDowell's time as students at the United States Naval Academy.

The Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks are arranged alphabetically by creator into a single record series with no subdivisions. McDowell's notebooks are further arranged chronologically by year. The notebooks are composed primarily of lecture notes and practical work pertaining to Naval Academy courses in Geometry, Trigonometry, English, French, International Law, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene, as well as the Class of 1897's Practice Cruise aboard U.S.S. Bancroft (Gunboat) in 1895. In addition to class notes, many of the notebooks also include recitation assignment sheets. Two of the notebooks, both of which are unattributed, consist entirely of examination questions from the Class of 1897's Fourth (freshman/plebe) and Third (sophomore) years.

Research interests served by the Edward Hoopes and Willis McDowell Notebooks include studies of the Naval Academy's curriculum and practice cruises of the late 19th Century.

Container List

Box Folder  
1 1 Edward Hoopes - Practice Cruise Notebook, 1895

Aboard U.S.S. Bancroft. Includes fire-, collision-, and station-bills; abandon ship procedures; sketches of the ship's decks and equipment; descriptions of the anchor and steering gear; and description of a visit to a shipyard.

2 Edward Hoopes - Practice Cruise Notebook (Enclosure), 1895

Assignment sheet pertaining to the shipyard visit.

3 Willis McDowell - Geometry and English Studies, History, and Law Notebook, 1893

Includes a thesaurus of geometric rules, writing instructions, and grammar rules.

4 Willis McDowell - Geometry and English Studies, History, and Law Notebook (Enclosures), 1893

Includes lists of international law lessons and a memoranda concerning geography requirements.

5 Willis McDowell - Lecture Notes and Problems in Physics and Chemistry, 1895
6 Willis McDowell - Practice Cruise Notebook, 1895

Aboard U.S.S. Bancroft. Includes fire-, collision-, and station-bills; abandon ship procedures; sketches of the ship's decks and equipment; descriptions of the anchor and steering gear; and description of a visit to a shipyard.

7 Willis McDowell - Practical Work in Physics, 1895-1899

Includes sections on topics such as the wheatstone bridge, deflections, and measurement of resistance. Also includes a section on practical work on photography from 1897 and personal finances from 1899.

8 Willis McDowell - Practical Work in Physics (Enclosures), circa 1896

Two copies of of a worksheet for use with a Kew Magnetometer, including handwritten calculations.

9 Willis McDowell - Physiology, Hygiene and Anatomy Notebook, 1897

Also includes a brief section of practical work in logarithms.

10 Willis McDowell - Practical Work, 1897

Practical work in logarithms.

11 Willis McDowell - Practical Work (Enclosures), 1897

Written recitation assignment instructions for the Department of Ordnance. Additional enclosures are located in MSOS.

12 Willis McDowell - Record of Signal Practice and Station Bills, undated
13 Willis McDowell - Record of Signal Practice and Station Bills (Enclosures), 1899, undated

Final Examination questions and instructions for French, International Law, Seamanship, Naval Construction, Ordnance and Gunnery, Navigation, and Steam Engineering. Also included is a business card for Bert Wales.

Box Folder
2 1 Unattributed - Fourth Class Exams, 1893-1894

Exam questions and recitation assignment sheets for Algebra, Geometry, French, and English.

2 Unattributed - Youngster Exams, 1894-1895

Exam questions and recitation assignment sheets for English, Law, Trigonometry, Geometry, French, and Skinny (Physics and Chemistry).

3 Unattributed - Youngster Exams (Enclosures), 1894

Work and calculations for the Spherical Trigonometry exam of November 22, 1894.

Box Folder
MSOS 1 Willis McDowell - Practical Work (Enclosures), 1897

Work sheets and tables for navigation exercises.