The William W. Jeffries Memorial Archives houses the noncurrent records of the Naval Academy. These documents, Record Group 405, Records of the United States Naval Academy, are part of the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration. Under the terms of a special agreement with the National Archives, the Naval Academy Archives maintains and provides access to historical records generated at the Academy. Within the Archives are stored the noncurrent records of the Superintendent, the Commandant of Midshipmen, the Academic Dean, the various Academy boards and standing committees, the academic departments, Public Works, the Public Affairs Office, and the Registrar, among others.
Non-textual records include approximately 25,000 photographs depicting life at the Naval Academy from the 19th century to the present. Other non-textual records include film, videotape, and audio recordings of athletic and other special events; maps illustrating the growth of the Academy; and architectural drawings, including original sketches of architect Ernest Flagg who reconstructed the Academy in the early 1900s. The Archives also houses a collection of documents containing information on the postgraduate careers of alumni.