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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

Curator Branch

Availability of Photographs of U.S. Navy subjects

There are several institutions that hold large collections of photography of U.S. Navy Subjects. Four major ones are briefly discussed here. Three are agencies of the U.S. Government, and one is a private organization.

The three government agencies' collections can be roughly differentiated chronologically:

The Naval Historical Center's Photographic Section has a very large collection that is the best source of Navy photography predating the 1920s. In addition, its collections include supplemental coverage for later dates.

The National Archives' Still Picture Branch holds the Official U.S. Navy photo collection predating 1982, and is generally the most complete source of Navy photographs from the 1920s through 1982.

The Department of Defense Still Media Records Center holds the official U.S. Navy photo collection from 1982 to the present.

The privately-operated U.S. Naval Institute has an extensive collection of Navy photographs from all eras.

In contacting these institutions, you should keep in mind than none of them can support general requests or requests for more than three or four specific subjects at a time.


10 April 2001