Histories Branch

Public access to ship and aviation histories and the Photo Archives' naval subject collection is available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 202-433-3224 at least two weeks in advance. Requests for information from the archives staff are also being accepted by mail or fax.

The Histories Branch is responsible for researching and writing naval history from the American Revolution through the present.

The Ships History section collects and maintains information on U.S. Navy ships; provides reference assistance to the Navy and the public; researches and writes ship histories and maintains the the multi-volume Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS), available online.

The Naval Aviation History section, was established in January 1942 and deals with subject matter on Naval Aviation from its beginnings in 1911 to the present time. It provides research assistance, maintains record collections and publishes articles, monographs and books on Naval Aviation.


Naval History and Heritage Command
 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE.
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, D.C. 20374-5060


History Branch
Monday through Friday: 0900 - 1600 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Closed: Weekends and Federal Holidays

Phone: (202) 433-9677, DSN 288-9677

Reference assistance policy:

Extensive personal research requests are beyond the scope of the office. The general public should submit their requests in writing. Processing time for reference requests is 4 to 8 weeks.

Due to staff limitations, the office only responds to:

Official government phone and email requests:

SHIPS: SHIPHISTORY@NAVY.MIL  COM 202-433-9677; DSN 94-433-9677


ALL OTHERS: ARCHIVES@NAVY.MIL  COM 202-433-3224; DSN 94-433-3224


More Information:


Early History

Naval Aviation Topics and Information


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