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Wallace G. Nyweide Notes (Records of the NU NROTC)

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As part of his naval training, Nyweide participated in two educational summer cruises sponsored by the federal Navy Department and took copious field notes on both excursions. His duties aboard the ship required that he assist in making navigational calculations, like those seen in his ledger on page 59 (a June 27, 1929 entry partially titled “Bermuda”), which correspond to his ship’s return voyage from Bermuda to Boston.

The Records of the NROTC, Notes of Wallace G. Nyweide consist of one ledger of lecture notes from 1928-1929 that documents Nyweide’s classes and observations from two NROTC summer cruises on the USS Wyoming, one in June 1928, the other in June of 1929.  The ledger also contains many hand-drawn illustrations and diagrams of various ship components like anchors, guns, and compartments. Every entry has an annotation like “Very Good,” “Excellent,” or a number in a different hand, pencil, or color at the end, which are presumably the grades or evaluations given to each assignment by the professor of the course, probably Commander E.M. Woodson. The page numbers of the ledger are stamped in top right corner, and only the first 69 pages contain any writing or diagrams. Either pages 35-38 are missing or the original author mislabeled the page numbers after page 35. A detailed list of the notes and diagrams can be found in the inventory folder in the University Archives. The two cruises are described in greater detail below.

Nyweide was one of about fifty Northwestern NROTC students who undertook the 1928 cruise (June 21-July 4), which was orchestrated by the Navy Department and also included NROTC students from Harvard, Yale, and Georgia Tech. The USS Wyoming had been specially “reconditioned and modernized the previous year—as noted on the first page of Nyweide’s notebook. The Northwestern students, led by Commander E.M. Woodson (Naval Sciences), left Evanston on June 19, 1928 by Pullman car and stopped over in Montreal on their way to Boston. Once in Boston, they sailed from the Boston Navy Yard to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 22. The second leg of the trip took them from Halifax to Portland, Maine on June 29, and the last leg of the trip took them back to Boston from Portland on July 3. The students were allowed shore leave at every port and were formally disbanded for the summer on July 4. The Daily Northwestern proudly noted in many articles that the Northwestern cohort had made the highest average grades of all the cohorts on the cruise.

The second cruise, June 21- July 11, 1929, took a different path. Due to an increase in the number of student participants, the four university cohorts were divided between two ships, the USS Wyoming and the USS New York, both of which were recently modernized by the Navy. The Northwestern and Harvard cohorts sailed on the Wyoming while the Georgia Tech and Yale cohorts sailed on the New York. The ninety Northwestern students left Evanston on June 19, visited Montreal en route to Boston, and arrived in Boston on June 21. Once again, they were led by Commander E. M. Woodson, but were also accompanied by two NU faculty members as well—Baker Brownwell (Medill) and Norman Bradish (Philosophy). Both ships left Boston on June 22, arrived at St. Georges, Bermuda on June 25, and sailed from Bermuda to Havana, Cuba. They arrived in Havana on July 2, after which they sailed back to Boston on July 11, 1929.


  • 1928-1929
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/02/2012


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Wallace Nyweide was a student at Northwestern from 1926 to 1930 who graduated from the School of Commerce in 1930. While at Northwestern, he was in the "Navy Club," now known as the NROTC-- one of the first NROTCs in the country. This collection consists of a single ledger of notes and calculations from two summer cruises he took on the USS Wyoming with the US Navy during the summers of 1928 and 1929.

Source of Acquisition

Zaletel, Hank

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the University Archives as Accession # 12-37.

Other Descriptive Information

Index of Ledger Notes

Pages 1-2, “Lecture, AM, June 22, 1928”—subheading “Subject: The Organization of The Wyoming by Commander Woodson”

Pages 3-8, “Tour Engine Room, PM, June 22, 1928”

Pages 3-6 and 8 are notes of a tour through the engine room of a ship, presumably USS Wyoming; Page 7 titled “Diagram of Engine Room” and dominated by hand drawn diagram

Pages 9-11, “Aviation, Lecture, June 25 [1928]” –subheading “Lieut. Thweet” corrected by second person to “Thweatt”

Pages 12-13, “Lecture, Gun. Organization, June 26, 1928” –subheading “Lieut. Commander Davis”

Pages 14-17, “Tour 8, Engineering, June 26, 1928”

Page 17  titled “Diagram of Machine Room”

Page 18, blank

Pages 19-22, “No. 1. Seamanship, June 26, 1928”—subtitled “Anchor Gear”

Notes and diagrams of anchors, gears, cables, etc.

Pages 23-24, “Lecture, The Engineering Org., June 27, 1928”

Pages 25-27, “Tour #2, Construction and Repair, June 27, 1928”

Pages 28-29, “Lecture, The Medical Department, June 28, 1928”—subheading “Commander Victory” corrected by second person to “Vickery”

Pages 30-34? 39?, “Tour 3, Ordnance and Gunnery, June 28, 1928”

Pages 30-33 are mostly notes with some small diagrams peppered throughout; Page 34, diagram of ship with guns; Pages 35-38 may be missing or pages 39-69 may be mislabeled

Pages 40-41, “Lecture, Naval Construction, June 29, 1928”—subheading “Capt. Royden”

Pages 42-46, “Tour 4, Fire Control, June 29, 1928” –Pages 43 & 45 contain many small diagrams

Pages 47-48, “Lecture, Duties of Lieutenant Commander, June 30, 1928” –subheading “Lieut. Com. O’Brien”

Pages 49-51, “Tour 5, Communication System, July 2, 1928”

Page 49 has large diagram of naval officer hierarchy and communication duties

Page 52, “Navigation, June 23, 1929” –page of mathematical calculations

Pages 53, “Navigation, June 24, 1929” –page of mathematical calculations

Pages 54-55, “Communication Lecture” n.d.

Pages 56-57, “Navigation” and “Lecture, The Gyro Compass” n.d.

Page 58, “Navigation, June 28, 1929” –page of mathematical calculations

Page 59, “[Deep?] at Bermuda, June 27-0035” [1929]” –page of mathematical calculations

Pages 60-62, “June 29, 1929”—pages of mathematical calculations

Page 63, “Navigation—The N Division”

Pages 64-65, “Tour 4, The Boiler Division”

Page 65 dominated by a large diagram titled “Starboard Engine Room”

Pages 66-67, “Tour 8, Machinery Division”

Pages 68-69, “Lesson I, Tunnel Divisions”

Page 69 dominated by a large diagram titled “Sketch of Tunnel”

Rest of pages completely blank.

Guide to the Wallace G. Nyweide Notes (Records of the NU NROTC)
Emily Davidson
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