What does WPAOG include in the Cullum Files?
1—Official USMA documents.
2—Official WPAOG documents such as a DGA citation
3—Documents of moderate length received from the individual graduate or from his or her heirs
4—Newsclippings, articles, and other documents of moderate length received from third parties.
Note: WPAOG will not place derogatory information into an individual’s Cullum File.
To whom will WPAOG release a Cullum File?
To the graduate. If the graduate is living, he or she is the release authority. Routine use of Cullum Files by WPAOG or USMA staff is permitted. If the graduate is deceased, WPAOG (VP for Alumni Support) may permit access to Cullum Files for research purposes. The files remain the property of West Point Association of Graduates.
- Free of charge: up to 30 minutes research time.
- Any additional time $25.00 per hour for research time, $0.25 per page copied
- $3.88 for Priority mail.
Organizations and non-WPAOG members:
- $25.00 per hour for research time, $0.25 per page copied.
- $3.88 for Priority mail.
There is no research fee for individuals we are unable to locate.
Please send your request and check to:
West Point Association of Graduates, USMA
ATTN: Marilee Meyer
698 Mills Rd
West Point, NY 10996
Please include as much information as possible about the individual(s) you wish researched to aid us in their identification. There is no research fee for individuals we are unable to locate. Please include your mailing address, email address and daytime telephone number if we need to ask you any further questions.
Graduates’ addresses and phone numbers cannot be released to non-graduates.
For those wishing to obtain information on a graduate for the preparation of a memorial article for Assembly/TAPS magazine, please contact the Memorial Articles Editor at 845.446.1620. There is no fee for this type of research.
Make checks payable to West Point Association of Graduates.
The History of Cullum Files
Each graduate of the United States Military Academy is assigned a Cullum Number. In 1850, Brevet Major General George W. Cullum, 1833, began the monumental work of chronicling the biographies of every graduate. He assigned Number 1 to the first West Point graduate, Joseph G. Swift, and then numbered all successive graduates in sequence. Before his death in 1892, General Cullum completed the first three volumes of a work that eventually comprised 10 volumes, covering USMA classes from 1802 through 1950. The current Register of Graduates is a direct descendant of General Cullum’s seminal work.
From 1802 through 1977, graduates were listed by General Order of Merit. Thus, the Register provided a quick reference for those looking for class rank. Beginning with the Class of 1978, graduates were listed alphabetically, and then by date of graduation.
Currently, nine graduates have an “A” suffix after their Cullum Number. For various reasons, these graduates were omitted from the original class roster, and a suffix letter was added to avoid renumbering the entire class and subsequent classes.
Send your updates to:
West Point Association of Graduates
698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996-1607
call 800.232.4723, ext. 1545 or e-mail Marilee.Meyer@wpaog.org