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Port Chicago Naval Magazine Explosion, 1944: Bibliography of Published and Archival Sources

Published Sources:

Akers, Regina. "The Port Chicago Mutiny, 1944." In Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century, An International Perspective, edited by Christopher M. Bell and Bruce A. Elleman, 193-211. Portland, OR: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003.

Allen, Robert L. The Port Chicago Mutiny. New York: Warner Book, 1989. [see Appendix I, pp. 153-158, "List of the 320 Victims Killed in Port Chicago Explosion, July 17, 1944." Also contains a useful note on sources and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.].

Guttridge, Leonard F. Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1992. [see chapter 15, pp. 204-216; and chapter 16, pp. 217-222.].

Hutchinson, Earl Ofari. "Explosion at Port Chicago." American Legacy (Fall 1999): 59-68.

MacGregor, Morris J., Jr. The Integration of the Armed Forces 1940-1965. Washington D.C.: U.S. Army Center for Military History, 1985.

Murray, Florence, Ed. The Negro Handbook 1946-1947. New York: Current Books, A. A. Wun, publisher, 1947. [pp. 347-349]

Nalty, Bernard C. Strength For the Fight, A History of Black Americans in the Military. New Yorkl: Free Press, 1986.

Nelson, Dennis D. The Integration of the Negro Into the U.S. Navy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951. [For a brief description of the explosion, trial, and general context of events, see pp. 77-82].

Rowland, Buford and WIlliam B. Boyd. U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance in World War II. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1953. [pp.210-215]

Terkel, Studs. The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984. [Includes an eyewitness account of the explosion and trial, by African American sailor Joseph Small, pp. 392-401.].

US Navy. Bureau of Yards and Docks. Building the Navy's Bases in World War II: History of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps 1940-1946. vol. I. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1947. [See the index on page 436 for references to "Port Chicago (Calif.) naval magazine."]

Unpublished Archival Sources:

12th Naval District. Record of the Board of Investigation into the damage inflicted by the Port Chicago explosion, Exhibit Port Chicago Explosion, Document C to EDDD, Exhibits 2482 and 2483, Volumes I and II, log number 9533. National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Sierra Region, 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno CA., 94066-2350.

12th Naval District. Record of Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry into the Port Chicago Explosion, volumes 1 through 8, log number 9788 (file A17-25). National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Sierra Region, 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno CA., 94066-2350. [Finding of Facts, Opinion and Recommendation available online]

Courts martials records relating to the Port Chicago mutiny consist of 1700 pages of documents. The first 100 pages are free and the remaining 1600 pages cost 15 cents each. To purchase a copy of these records, send a check or money order for $240.00, payable to "Treasurer of the United States," to:
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02 June 2005