Guide to the U.S. Naval Training Programs, Records of

Collection Title: U.S. Naval Training Programs, Records of
Dates: 1934-1960
Identification: 0/20/8
Creator: U.S. Naval Training Programs
Extent: 4 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: During WWII, Northwestern offered its facilities for use by the War Department. All together eleven specific training programs were operated at Northwestern in addition to the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (Naval R.O.T.C.). This series consists of three and one half-size boxes of records of the University's Naval programs which span the period from 1934-1960. The bulk of the records deal with the Technological Institute's administration of the naval programs in general, but there are also records that deal specifically with their administration of the Naval R.O.T.C. program, the Naval V-12 program, and the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) program. The records are arranged into the following six categories: general records, class schedules, registration records, draft status records, student rosters, and U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) program records.
Acquisition Information: The Naval Training Programs Records, 1934-1960 were transferred from the records of the Technological Institute Administration Office on August 28, 1986 (Accession # 86-239).
Processing Information: Kathryn A. Mlsna; April 1991. Reformatted by Rachel C. Teuer; August 5, 2004.
Separated Materials: One folder of payroll change records for Technological Institute employees (1950-1951) was added to Series 22/3/1, Technological Institute Personnel Files. One folder of correspondence and bulletins of the ORSORT program (1957-1958) was transferred to the Technological Institute general files. One folder of Air Force R.O.T.C. correspondence (1951-1952) and one folder of descriptions of University war programs (1942-1943) were transferred to the University Archives general files on World War II. Approximately three inches of duplicate material were discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: These records may not be used without the permission of the University Archivist.
Related Materials: Naval V-12 Program Records, 1943-1946. (Series 0/20/1)Military Training Programs Records, 1941-1949. (Series 0/20/2)
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

During World War II, Northwestern University devoted resources to aid in winning the war. To this end, students who had completed three years of high school with high standing were allowed to enter the University thus enabling them to complete their degree requirements before reaching the minimum draft age of twenty. An accelerated program of study was also adopted that allowed students to graduate in three years by attending summer sessions. To facilitate the program, the semester system was changed to a quarter system.

Northwestern offered its facilities for use by the War Department. All together eleven specific training programs were operated at Northwestern in addition to the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (Naval R.O.T.C.), which had been operating on campus since its establishment in 1926. The Navy operated seven of these eleven programs. They were the Navy V-7 Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School (the “90-day wonders”), the Navy V-5 Naval Aviation Preparatory Program, the Navy V-1 Accredited College Program, the Naval H–V(P) Medical and Dental Program, the U.S. Naval Training School (Cooks & Bakers), the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio), and the Naval V-12 Unit.

The Technological Institute at Northwestern University played a significant role in administrating the Naval R.O.T.C. program, Naval V-12 program, and Naval Training School (Radio) during the WWII period.

The Naval R.O.T.C. program was established in the fall of 1926 at Northwestern. The premise of the program was to provide an additional flow of naval officers to supplement the limited supply turned out by the U.S. Naval Academy. Naval R.O.T.C. students took more specific naval courses and at the completion of their college course were commissioned ensigns without attendance at a midshipmen's school. The program was popular, with a great increase in enrollment spurred by the outbreak of WWII. The pre-war existence of the Naval R.O.T.C. Unit proved to be of great value to both the Navy and the University when, during WWII, Northwestern became the scene of extensive naval training activity. Between July 1943 and June 1946 the Naval R.O.T.C. program was incorporated into the V-12 program. At the termination of the V-12 program in June of 1946 those who desired to continue and met requisite qualifications were transferred on an inactive basis to the Naval R.O.T.C. unit to complete their training. The Naval R.O.T.C. program continues to this day at Northwestern.

The Nava1 V-12 Unit (Navy College Training Program) was established in July 1943. The students in this program were selected from enlisted reserve units in colleges and high schools or entered as freshmen under the V-12 program. The course for freshmen consisted of four terms of sixteen weeks each. The curriculum for the first year included: mathematics, English, physics, engineering, drawing, naval organization, physical training, and historical backgrounds of the war. After the first year students were assigned to special curriculum to prepare them for duty as engineering, deck, supply, medical, or dental officers. Students obtained the equivalent of two years of college work in one and one-half years. Graduates of the program were sent to midshipmen’s school for 120 days, after which they were commissioned ensigns in the Naval Reserve. The Naval R.O.T.C. was incorporated into the program and men who had received college training in the Naval R.O.T.C. or some other program previous to their enrollment in the V-12 program had their requirements shortened proportionately. The program existed at Northwestern for three years with the last trainees graduating in June 1946. Overall a total of 2,777 men completed Northwestern's V-12 program.

The Naval Training School (Radio) was established in June 1942. This was a 16-week program that was offered to Apprentice Seamen already enlisted in the Navy. Completion of the course led to a rating of Seaman Radioman or Radioman 3rd Class. Code, typing, and theory courses were conducted by the faculty of the Technological Institute and naval courses were taught by the Naval R.O.T.C. faculty. In the period 1942-1945 over 6000 radio operators were graduated from this program.

Scope and Content

This series consists of three and one half-size boxes of records of the University's Naval programs which span the period from 1934-1960. The bulk of the records deal with the Technological Institute's administration of the naval programs in general, but there are also records that deal specifically with their administration of the Naval R.O.T.C. program, the Naval V-12 program, and the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) program. The records are arranged into the following six categories: general records, class schedules, registration records, draft status records, student rosters, and U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) program records. The general records category is comprised mainly of booklets describing the curriculum and regulations of the V-12 and Naval R.O.T.C. programs. Also, there are files containing correspondence regarding the Navy grading system, lists of students with GPAs greater than 3.6, and student in good standing forms; lists of students compiled according to Navy programs and anticipated graduation dates along with related correspondence; and requests for transcripts and responses, all arranged chronologically. The last folder in the category contains withdrawal for military service forms, which includes the military address of a former student. This file is arranged alphabetically by student's surname. The class schedules are arranged chronologically by term and include both technical and non-technical classes with separate schedules for the Naval V-12 program. The registration records are arranged chronologically by academic year and include lists of students enrolled in non-engineering courses, summary registration figures by program, as well as related correspondence. The draft status records are arranged chronologically by academic year and include Selective Service College Qualifying Tests, lists of students by class with their GPA, and related correspondence. Within each folder the correspondence is arranged chronologically and the lists are arranged by class. The student roster files are comprised of four categories: Naval V-12 rosters of students who were enrolled in engineering; rosters of students listed according to Navy program: Naval R.O.T.C. program student rosters; and student rosters of enrolled veterans. Within the folders, the rosters are arranged chronologically by academic year. Many of the files also contain related correspondence. The enrolled veterans files contain news clippings as well. The bulk of the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) program records relate to personnel matters. The first folder consists of correspondence regarding the salaries and titles of the program's instructors and to the location of the program's student files. The remaining Radio Program files are personnel records of the program's staff, which are almost completely records of full-time program instructors. These files are arranged alphabetically by the instructor's surname. The last two folders contain the part-time program instructors' personnel files and the records of support staff who were paid on an hourly basis. Personnel files typically contain resumes, applications, oaths of loyalty, Bureau of Naval Personnel questionnaires, selective service information, W2 forms, salaries, vacation entitlements, teaching schedules, correspondence regarding hiring, promotions, terminations, and recommendations, and in some cases, photographs of the staff.


Container List / Contents

  • General
    • Curriculum and Regulations of Navy Training Programs, 1943, 1946Box 1, Folder 1
    • Description of Navy Term Courses, 1944Box 1, Folder 2
    • Navy Grading Procedures, 1943-1945Box 1, Folder 3
    • Navy Program Graduation Dates, 1943Box 1, Folder 4
    • Transcript Correspondence, 1945- 1960Box 1, Folder 5
    • Withdrawal for Service Forms, 1944-1945Box 1, Folder 6
  • Class Schedules
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Jul 1943-0ct 1943Box 1, Folder 7
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Nov 1943-Feb 1944Box 1, Folder 8
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Mar 1944-Jun 1944Box 1, Folder 9
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Jul 1944-0ct 1944Box 1, Folder 10
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Nov 1944-Feb 1945Box 1, Folder 11
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Mar 1945-Jun 1945Box 1, Folder 12
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Jul 1945-0ct 1945Box 1, Folder 13
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Nov 1945-Feb 1946Box 1, Folder 14
    • Navy Program Class Schedules, Mar 1946-Jun 1946Box 1, Folder 15
  • Registration
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1934-1935Box 1, Folder 16
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1935-1936Box 1, Folder 17
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1930-1939Box 1, Folder 18
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1939-1940Box 1, Folder 19
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1940-1941Box 1, Folder 20
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1941-1942Box 1, Folder 21
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1942-1943Box 1, Folder 22
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1943-1944Box 1, Folder 23
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1944-1945Box 1, Folder 24
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1945-1946Box 1, Folder 25
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1946-1947Box 1, Folder 26
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1947-1948Box 2, Folder 1
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1940-1949Box 2, Folder 2
    • Registration Figures by Courses, 1949-1950Box 2, Folder 3
  • Draft Status Records
    • Draft Status Correspondence and Listings, 1940-1943Box 2, Folder 4
    • Draft Status Correspondence and Listings, 1940-1949Box 2, Folder 5
    • Draft Status Correspondence and Listings, 1950-1951Box 2, Folder 6
    • Draft Status Correspondence and Listings, 1951-1952Box 2, Folder 7
    • Draft Status Correspondence and Listings, 1952-1953Box 2, Folder 8
    • Draft Status Correspondence and Listings, 1953-1954Box 2, Folder 9
    • Draft Status Correspondence and Listings, 1954-1955Box 2, Folder 10
  • Student Rosters
    • Navy V-12 Students in Engineering, 1943Box 2, Folder 11
    • Navy V-12 Students in Engineering, 1943-1944Box 2, Folder 12
    • Rosters of Students by Navy Program, 1942-1943Box 2, Folder 13
    • Rosters of Students by Navy Program, 1943Box 2, Folder 14
    • Navy R.O.T.C. Student Rosters, 1940Box 2, Folder 15
    • Navy R.O.T.C. Student Rosters, 1944, 1946-1947Box 2, Folder 16
    • Navy R.O.T.C. Student Rosters, 1947-1948Box 2, Folder 17
    • Navy R.O.T.C. Student Rosters, 1948-1949Box 2, Folder 18
    • Navy R.O.T.C. Student Rosters, 1949-1950Box 2, Folder 19
    • Navy R.O.T.C. Student Rosters, 1950-1953 1956- 1958Box 2, Folder 20
    • Rosters of Enrolled Veterans, 1944-1945Box 2, Folder 21
    • Rosters of Enrolled Veterans, 1945-1946Box 2, Folder 22
    • Rosters of Enrolled Veterans, 1946-1947Box 2, Folder 23
    • Rosters of Enrolled Veterans, 1947-1948Box 2, Folder 24
  • U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) Program
    • Correspondence, 1943, 1945Box 2, Folder 25
  • Instructor Personnel Files
    • Amack, Lester, 1942-1943Box 2, Folder 26
    • Andrews, Stuart H., 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 1
    • Archer, Ellis C., 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 2
    • Badger, John P, 1944Box 3, Folder 3
    • Baker, J. T., 1944-1949Box 3, Folder 4
    • Barnett, Forrest E., 1943-1944Box 3, Folder 5
    • Barrett, Richard, 1943Box 3, Folder 6
    • Barett, Robert A., 1943-1944Box 3, Folder 7
    • Bauernfeind, H. B, 1943-1959Box 3, Folder 8
    • Bennett, Francis, 1943-1944Box 3, Folder 9
    • Bigelow, E. R, 1943-1944Box 3, Folder 10
    • Bodoh, Albinus G., 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 11
    • Booth, Ann, 1943Box 3, Folder 12
    • Brown, Leonard J., 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 13
    • Burchfield, Leone M., 1943Box 3, Folder 14
    • Calvert, J. F., 1942Box 3, Folder 15
    • Carlson, Fritz, 1944Box 3, Folder 16
    • Clark, 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 17
    • Cook, Francis D., 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 18
    • Cox, Homer Lee, 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 19
    • Davidson, Thomas, 1943Box 3, Folder 20
    • Davis, Kathleen, 1944Box 3, Folder 21
    • DeLapp, Dorothy, 1943-1944Box 3, Folder 22
    • DeLapp, Gwendolyn, 1943Box 3, Folder 23
    • Duffy, Elbert Claude, 1942-1945Box 3, Folder 24
    • Eaman, George, 1943-1945Box 3, Folder 25
    • Elliot, Dean H., 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 26
    • Garino, Louis, 1943-1944Box 3, Folder 27
    • Georgia, Scudder W., 1942-1943Box 3, Folder 28
    • Harmon, Homer, 1944Box 3, Folder 29
    • Tessman, Marilyn, 1943Box 3, Folder 30
    • Tremayne, Mary, 1944Box 3, Folder 31
    • Trystad, Rubye, 1942-1943Box 3, Folder 32
    • Tully, Donald R., 1942-1944Box 3, Folder 33
    • Vachet, Llacide E., 1943-1944Box 4, Folder 1
    • VonPleonnies, Melvin, 1942Box 4, Folder 2
    • Wahl, George W., 1942-1945Box 4, Folder 3
    • Williams, R. 0., 1942-1943Box 4, Folder 4
    • Woods, Phyllis, 1942-1945Box 4, Folder 5
    • Yankow, Henry C., 1942-1945Box 4, Folder 6
    • Yates, Janice Mary, 1943-1944Box 4, Folder 7
    • Evening Instructors, 1942- 1943Box 4, Folder 8
  • Personnel Files - Miscellaneous
    • Hourly Employees, 1942-1943Box 4, Folder 9