DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
|Storage area for cannon, mortars, and other ordnance at the Washington Navy Yard, 1866.|
Primary manufacturing and acquisition records are the best documentary resource to consult. Manufacturers hold documents on design, production, and delivery. U.S. Navy records of Bureaus, system commands, and other offices have correspondence, contracts, manuals, inventory lists and other documentation that can enrich the value of materials.The National Archives and Record Administration holds records on older Navy plant equipment and minor property, such as vehicles, engines, optical equipment, navigation equipment, ordnance, and communications equipment. Each Navy Bureau and major office has its documents organized by Record Group. Examples of records to check are:
Museums and institutions have collections of items. The Naval Historical Center's Curator Branch has a broad holding of many types of material. The Branch will respond to research inquiries as time and resources allow. The volume of inquiries usually far exceeds the available staff resources, and this limits a timely response.
3 August 2004