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Operational Archives Branch
Naval Historical Center
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060

Post 1946 Command File

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a large body of miscellaneous printed and manuscript materials relating to the Post World War II period through 1973. Starting in 1959, commands were required to submit annual histories, which are filed in the collection along with publications and other serial type materials and miscellaneous documents and manuscripts originated by or pertaining to the command. Examples of the types of materials include:

Although most of the collection is U.S. Navy originated, some documentation was prepared by other services, by foreign navies, by research organizations under government contract, or by private individuals. While this collection contains a quantity of material concerning the Vietnam War, there is an additional collection of Vietnam materials that was established while Naval Historical Center historians were writing an official history of the conflict. This collection is known as the Vietnam Command File and is organized similarly to the Post 1946 Command File. There is some duplication of documents of documents between the two.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Post 1946 Command File, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.


711 cubic feet

3 July 2003