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U.S. Naval Training Programs, Records of

Identifier: 0/20/8

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Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1934-1960


Conditions Governing Access

These records may contain sensitive materials; consultation with University Archivist is required prior to use.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


4.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



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.


General records, class schedules, registration records, draft status records and rosters are arranged chronologically. The personnel records of the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) program are arranged aphabetically by the instructor's surname.

Method of Acquisition

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).

Related Materials

Naval V-12 Program Records, 1943-1946. (Series 0/20/1)

Military Training Programs Records, 1941-1949. (Series 0/20/2)

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.

Processing Information

Kathryn A. Mlsna; April 1991. Reformatted by Rachel C. Teuer; August 5, 2004.

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

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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