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Record Group (RG) 71, Records of the Bureau of Yards and Docks

71.1. Architectural Drawings: Approximately 100,000 plans of buildings and structures constructed at navy yards, naval bases, airbases, training camps, fuel stations, ordnance plants, radio stations, and hospitals in the United States and abroad from the 1870’s to the 1950’s are among the records of the central office of the Bureau of Yards and Docks. Of these, about 30,000 were made during or immediately following the World War II period. In addition to drawings of buildings at almost every naval facility in the United States (including Washington, DC, naval facilities, the Lakehurst (New Jersey) Naval Air Station, and the navy yards at Norfolk, Pensacola, Portsmouth, and San Diego), there are plans relating to bases in Newfoundland, the West Indies, Colombia, the Panama Canal Zone, the Aleutian Islands, Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, and other Pacific islands. These records include drawings of dry docks, wharves, magazines, airplane and airship hangars, dispensaries, prisons, barracks, officers’ quarters, oil storage tanks, workshops, and nearly every other type of naval building or structure, as well as water, heating, electrical, and radio systems. Standard plans are included, although most drawings relate to specific sites. Other architectural drawings relating to naval sites are on microfilm. Some plans dating from the World War II period remain in the custody of the Department of the Navy.

71.2. Maps and Charts: Filed among the architectural plans are numerous maps of navy yards, naval bases, airbases, training camps, fuel stations, ordnance plants, radio stations, and hospitals in the United States and abroad, (including sites in the West Indies, the Aleutian Islands, Hawaii, the Philippine Islands, and Guam), many of which were prepared during World War II. Other maps of naval bases, including site plans of naval air stations in the United States dating from 1940 to 1942, are on microfilm.


Source: Bottoms, Daryl. World War II Records in the Cartographic and Architectural Branch of the National Archives. Reference Information Paper 79. (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992): 11.


Related Resource: Department of the Navy Documents in Record Groups (RG) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

02 October 2007