Register of the Alexander H. Van Keuren, 1899-1962

Processed by ; machine-readable finding aid created by Michael C. Conkin
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Phone: (650) 723-3563
Fax: (650) 725-3445
© 1998
Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Register of the Alexander H. Van Keuren, 1899-1962

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email:
Processed by:
Hoover Institution Archives staff
Encoded by:
Michael C. Conkin
© 1998 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander H. Van Keuren,
Date (inclusive): 1899-1962
Collection number: 74011
Creator: Van Keuren, Alexander H., 1881-1966.
Collection Size: 8 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 8 envelopes 5.05 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, notes, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to the Naval Research Laboratory, Anacostia Station, Washington, D.C., and to the London Naval Conference and the Geneva Disarmament Conference
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection open for research.
The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander H. Van Keuren, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1974.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Access Points

United States. Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.)
United States. Navy--Officers.
Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments (1932-1934 : Geneva)
London Naval Conference (1930)
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations.
United States--Foreign relations.
United States--Armed Forces.

Biographical Note

1881, March 9 Born, Howell, Michigan
1903 Graduated from the Naval Academy
1908 Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1912-1916 Served at the Mare Island Navy Yard and Superintending Constructor for Submarines at the Union Iron Works in San Francisco
1916-1920 Served in the Design Division of the Bureau of Construction and Repair, Department of the Navy
1927 Secretary, Naval War College
1930 Technical advisor, London Naval Conference
1932 Technical advisor, General Disarmament Conference, Geneva
1936 Assisted in exploratory tests on fireproof construction of ships
1936-1937 Superintending Constructor for the Navy at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation
1937-1939 Industrial manager, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1939-1940 Chief, Bureau of Construction and Repair, Department of the Navy
1940-1942 Assistant Chief, Bureau of Ships
1942 Chief, Bureau of Ships Coordinator of Shipbuilding for the Naval Establishment
1942 Received Legion of Merit Award
1942-1944 Director, Naval Research Laboratory, Anacostia Station
1946 Retired

Series Description



Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and memoranda, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent


Scope and Content Note


SUBJECT FILE, ca. 1900-1960

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, lists, notes, printed matter, etc., arranged alphabetically by subject

MISCELLANY, ca. 1900-1960.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, notes, printed matter, memorabilia, and oversize items

Container List



Box 1.

Abbott, John S., 1952, 1957-1958


Ancrum, W., 1948, 1953, 1956, 1958


Anderson, W. S., 1949-1950, 1952-1953, 1955, 1958, 1964


Barber, Margaret, 1958


Battles, D. R., 1904


Belknap, Charles, 1949


Brockett, W. A., 1966


Burrows, J. C., 1904


Cleary, J. F., 1951-1954, 1956-1958, 1960-1961


Cooke, Henry D., 1946-1947, 1951-1952, 1955, 1957-1958


Court, A. B., 1925-1926


Davis, Milton, 1949, 1954


Department of the Navy


Bureau of Construction and Repair, 1926-1927


Bureau of Navigation, 1930, 1932


Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, 1952


Naval History Division


Office of the Chief of Naval Operations


Fisher, C. W., 1925-1926


Fisher, Joseph O., 1926


Fretz, Paul H., Mrs., 1957


Friedrick, E., 1953, 1956-1959


Giles, Emma, 1949


Grant, Richard S., 1946


Hayes, John D., 1956


Hill, Andrew, Mrs., 1958


Hipp, Thomas E., 1946


Holmes, Ralston S., 1949-1950, 1952, 1954, 1956-1959


Hovgaard, William, 1926


Howard, Herbert S., 1926-1927


Jalbert, H. H., 1956


Jefferis, Jay H., 1926


Johnson, Mrs., 1904


Joyce, Charles S., 1926-1927


Kibbee, Austin, 1947-1948, 1658




Lawrence, Ernest O., 1941


Leahy, L. R., 1947-1949, 1957-1958


Letter of recommendation, 1904


Lofquist, Emanuel A., 1926


Loggins, J. E., 1950


Loomis, Samuel, 1949, 1953-1954


MacDonell, Ella G., 1927


McGuigan, J. L., 1925


McNair, Frederick V., 1952, 1956, 1958, 1962


Metcalf, Louise M., 1949, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1962


Milne, MacGilivary, 1951-1956, 1958


Musser, Neil B., 1925-1927




Naval Academy Athletic Association, 1957-1958


Naval Attache at the American Embassy, London, 1932


Neill, John W., 1926


Parsons, B. F., 1899


Perry, Frederick A., 1927

Box 2.

Radford, George S., Mrs., 1950, 1956, 1958


Reichmuth, F. L., 1926


Robinson, S. M., 1949, 1958


Rock, George H., 1926-1927


Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1936, 1943


Rowan, Steven, 1949, 1952, 1957-1958


Sadler, Frank H., 1951-1952, 1958


Schlabach, Ross P. and Mrs., 1951, 1957, 1960


Seamen's Church Institute of Newport, 1959


Shipmate (U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Monthly), 1956-1957


Smith, C. E.


Smith, Samuel W., 1899, 1903


Smyth, C. L., 1926


Social Security Agency, 1952


Stark, Admiral Harold, 1955


State of New Jersey. Executive Department, 1942


Taylor, F. H., 1951, 1958


U.S. Naval Academy. Preparatory School, 1899-1900


U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, 1944, 1946-1947, 1949, 1951, 1956


Van Keuren, James and family, 1899-1900, 1903-1906


Veterans Administration, 1946


Walder, R., Mrs., 1962


Ward, Richard


Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, 1946

Box 3.

Willson, J. D., 1927


Willson, Jean B., 1946





Box 3.

Akers, Frank, 1944


American Foundrymen's Association, 1944


American Ice Company, 1943


American Magazine, 1943


American Mercury, 1943


American Red Cross, 1943


Ashbrook, A. W., 1943


Autograph requests, 1943


B.F. Goodrich Company, 1943


Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, 1944


Belknap, Charles, 1943


Binaural Sons of the "C", 1942-1944


Buckley, O. E., 1943


Burnett, H. A., 1943


Cargocaire Engineering Corporation, 1944


Cellers, M. Q., 1943


Chief of Bureau of Personnel, 1944


Clark, W. E., 1943


Combs, L. B., 1944


Commandant, Navy Yard, Mare Island, 1944


Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, 1943


Cutler, E. O., 1943


Department of the Navy. Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1944


Department of the Navy. Bureau of Ships, 1943


Dooley, John J., 1943


Duffield, Eugene S., 1944


Edison, Charles, 1943


Erthal, John F., 1943


Fairbank-Morse and Company, 1944


Foley, Paul, 1943-1944


Gibbs Gas Engine Company, 1944


Gifford, Roy W., 1943


Gleason, Hank M., 1943


Goulett, W. B., 1944


Hammond, Philip H., 1943-1944


Hanson, Ralph R., 1943


Hay, Marley R., 1943


Holmes, Ralston S., 1944


Hooper, J. C., 1943


Howell Lodge No. 38, Free and Accepted Masons, 1943


Hullick, C. V., 1943-1944


Internal Revenue Service


International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, 1943


Isaacs, Morton, 1943


Jacobs, Randall, 1943


Kearfott Engineering Company, 1943


Leckie and Sherier, 1943


Link Belt Company, 1944


Little, Arthur D., 1943


Marquart, E. J., 1943-1944


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alumni


Association, 1942-1943


Merchant Marine Council, 1944


Morgan, Frnak Allen, 1943


National Academy of Sciences, 1944


National Franklin Committee, 1943


National Inventor's Council, 1944


Naval Academy Alumni Association, 1943


Navy League of the United States, 1943


Navy Mutual Aid Association, 1943-1944


Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, 1943


New York Shipbuilding Corporation, 1943-1944


Norge Division, Borg-Warner Corporation, 1943


Office of Inspector of Naval Material, 1944


Office of War Information. Bureau of Intelligence, 1943


Overs, Williams C., 1943


Page, Stanley H., 1944


Paulding and Mears General Insurance, 1943


Procurement Officer, Naval Officer Procurement Program,




Pullman Company, 1944


Radio Material Officer, Navy Yard, Mare Island, 1944


Richards, J. K., 1943


Rowland, Bertram Marshall, 1944


Schwab, Frances, 1943


Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, 1944


Sharp, George, 1943


Shield, Marc, 1943


Shields, Edmund C., 1943


Shuttleworth, Samuel, 1943


Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 1943-1944

Box 4.

Stark, H. R., 1943


Stone, T. H., Mrs., 1944


Strauss, Lewis L, 1943


Sweeney, John L., 1943


Theleen, D. E., 1943-1944


Thoman, F. H., 1943


Thomson, Pembroke, 1943


Todd, David W., 1944


Toole, Brice, 1944


Turner, Thomas C., Mrs., 1944


U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, 1943


U.S. Naval Dry Docks, Hunter's Point, San Francisco, 1944


U.S. Navy Radio and Sound Laboratory, San Diego, 1944


United States Rubber Company, 1943-1944


Vanderford, H. L., 1943


Van Keuren, Catherine, 1943


Van Keuren, Charles, 1943


Van Keuren, Francis C., 1943


Van Keuren, Marie, 1943


West, R. K., 1943


Wolcott, Robert W., 1943


Wood, Britton B., 1943


Yacaoubian, Vaughn, 1943


Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, 1943


Miscellaneous correspondence, memoranda, etc.

Box Box No 4.



SUBJECT FILE, ca. 1900-1960

Box 5.

Address before joint meeting of Howell and Lansing Rotary clubs by Admiral A. H. Van Keuren, October 15, 1930


Bell Bulletin Tech (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.) 1943 - Vol. II, No. 17 (October)


Calling cards


Curriculum vitae


Geneva General Disarmament Conference, 1932




List of delegates and number of delegations




Journal - U.S.S. Wisconsin Cruise, April 1903


Legion of Merit Award, signed by U.S. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal


London Naval Conference, 1930



Box 6.

Correspondence and memoranda


Invitations to social events


Navy Mutual Aid Society


The Newport Recruit1926 (Navy Day issue)


Philadelphia Navy Yard News, 1936-1937, Vol. 1-2, March-June


The Pilot (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.) 1945 September


Progress reports on Admiral A. H. Van Keuren from U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 1899-1900


Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, 1 July 1942


"The Sloop 'Providence'" by George L. Miner


The Stability of Ships and Damage Control (Department of the Navy)

Box 7.

Supplement to confidential bulletin No. 6, Public Works of the Navy: U.S. Naval Dry Docks, September 1911


"Tecumseh Annual" 1946


U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association


"The Writings of Stephen B. Luce" by John D. Hayes (reprint from Military Affairs, Vol. XIX, No. 4, 1955)


MISCELLANEOUS, ca. 1900-1960

Box 7.




Box 8.

Miscellaneous notes, printed matter, and memorabilia


Certificate of membership (50 years), The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers


Oversize items (at end of collection):(24) certificates, diplomas, marriage license, membership certificates, etc.