Officers and Key Personnel Attached to the Office of Naval Records and Library 1882-1946

Part 12, Appendix D of "History of the Office of Naval Intelligence in World War II," 1946.

1882-1941 · 1942 · 1943 · 1944 · 1945 · 1946

 
Officers Attached to Office of Naval Records and Library
June 1882 -- December 1941
Officers in Charge
 
Name Rank Attached Detached
Soley, J. [James] R.1 Professor, USN June 1882 Oct. 1889
Wise, F.M. Lt. Comdr. USN Oct. 18893 May 1893
Rush, Richard Lt. Comdr. USN May 1893 Mar. 1897
Rawson, E.K. Professor, USN Mar. 1897 1902
Stewart, Charles2 Chief Clerk 1902 1917
Kimball, W.W. Rear Admiral, USN, (Ret.) Aug. 1918 1919
Marsh, C.C. Captain, USN, (Ret.) 1919 May 1920
MacDougal, W.D. Captain, USN May 1920 Aug. 1921
Knox, D. [Dudley] W. Commodore, USN, (Ret.) Aug. 1921 ---
 
Superintendents of the Library
 
White, H.K. Colonel, USMC, (Ret.) July 1921 Dec. 1922
Sypher, J.H. Commander, USN, (Ret.) Mar. 1923 Nov. 1925
Wainwright, Richard, Jr. Lt. Comdr. USN, (Ret.) Nov. 1925 Jan. 1929
Cocke, H.C. Captain, USN Feb. 1929 June 1931
 
World War, Pictorial, and Publications Sections
 
Knut, S.P. Ensign, USNRF Nov. 1918 June 1922
Breck, Edward Lt. Comdr., USNRF Feb. 1919 June 1922
Clephane, Lewis P. Lt. Comdr., USNRF Feb. 1919 Nov. 1920
Whelpley, P.B. Lt. (jg), USNRF Feb. 1919 June 1922
Payne, Samuel S. Lt. Comdr., USN Jan. 1923 Dec. 1924
Robertson, R.S., Jr. Lieutenant, USN, (Ret.) Dec. 1924 Aug. 1928
Doughty, Leonard, Jr. Lt. Comdr., USN Aug. 1928 Feb. 1930
Moore, C.G. Lieutenant, USN Feb. 1930 Apr. 1931
McVay, Charles B., 3rd. Lieutenant, USN Apr. 1931 May 1933
Lawton, Andrew P. Lieutenant, USN June 1933 May 1935
Dunn, Lucius C. Commander, USN Aug. 1934 May 1935
Lademan, Joseph U. Lieutenant, USN May 1935 Dec, 1936
Taylor, C.E. Lt. Comdr., USN July 1936 Jan. 1938
Bartman, Russel C. Lt. Comdr., USN June 1937 Sept. 1937
Vensel, Frank E. Lt. Comdr., USN Sept. 1937 May 1939
Robertson, R.S. Jr. Lt. Comdr., USN, (Ret.) Oct. 1939 Dec. 1940
Dibrell, S.T. Lieutenant, USNRF Feb. 1941 ---

1. Appointed Assistant Secretary of Navy. Oct. 1889.
2. Appointed Acting Superintendent, Naval War Records, by Secretary of Navy Moody. 1902.
3. Officer in Charge of Naval War Records office; also designated Superintendent, Naval War Records. B.F. Tracy. Oct. 31, 1889.

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Sectional Roster
1 January 1942

Op-No. Duty Location Name Rank
Op-16-E Officer-in-Charge Arlington Annex D. [Dudley] W. Knox Captain, USN, (Ret.)
  Chief Clerk Arlington Annex Edward Stewart (Mr.) Civil Service
    Arlington Annex Florence Sharswood (Miss) Civil Service
    Arlington Annex Virginia Tapp (Miss) Civil Service
  Messenger Arlington Annex Lamar E. Baily (Mr.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-1 Library The Navy Building Constance Lathrop (Mrs.) Civil Service
  Library The Navy Building Judy Maxwell (Miss) Civil Service
  Library (Messenger) The Navy Building Lathan H. Jones (Mr.) Civil Service
  Library The Navy Building Frederick Meigs (Mr.) Civil Service
  Library The Navy Building Clarence Gardiner (Mr.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-2 Manuscript Section Arlington Annex Alma [R.] Lawrence (Mrs.) Civil Service
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex Faye King (Mrs.) Civil Service
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex Clara R. Collins (Mrs.) Civil Service
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex Mary E. Jones (Mrs.) Civil Service
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex Mary M. McHale (Miss) Civil Service
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex Georgia Munroe (Miss) Civil Service
Op-16-E-3 Graphics Section4 The Navy Building S.T. Dibrell Lieutenant, USNR
Op-16-E-4 Publications Section Arlington Annex Loretta I. MacCrindle (Miss) Civil Service
  Publications Section Arlington Annex Catherine M. MacDonnell (Miss) Civil Service
  Publications Section Arlington Annex Georgia Freese (Miss) Civil Service

4. Lieut. S.T. Dibrell, USNR, supervised the work of three enlisted and two civilian workers assigned by Office of Naval Intelligence. Later this branch became the ONI's Strategic Photographs Section.

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Sectional Roster
1 January 1943

Op-No. Duty Location Name Rank Date Attached
Op-16-E Officer-in-Charge Arlington Annex D. [Dudley] W. Knox Capt., USN, (Ret.) Aug. 1921
  Chief Clerk Arlington Annex Edward Stewart (Mr.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-1 Library The Navy Building C. [Constance] D. Lathrop (Mrs.) Civil Serv. ---
Op-16-E-2 Manuscript Section Arlington Annex P. [Percy] T. Wright Comdr., USN, (Ret.) July 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex J. [John] H. Kemble Lieut., USNR Feb. 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex M. [Marion] V. Brewington Lieut., USNR Sept. 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex W. [Walter] M. Whitehill Lieut., USNR Nov. 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex N. [Nelson] M. Blake Lieut., USNR Nov. 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex G.B. Porter Lieut., USNR Dec. 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex R.C. Haskett Ensign, USNR Dec. 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex R. [Richard] W. Leopold Ensign, USNR Dec. 1942
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex R.C. Newbold Boatswain, USNR Dec. 1942
  Manuscript Section National Archives A. [Alma] R. Lawrence (Mrs.) Civ. Serv. ---
Op-16-E-3 Graphic Section5 Navy "L" Building S.T. Dibrell Lt. Comdr., USNR Feb. 1941
  Graphic Section Navy "L" Building F.R. Breen Ensign, USNR ---
  Graphic Section Navy "L" Building D.H. Patton Ensign, USNR ---
  Graphic Section Navy "L" Building J.M. Gallagher Lt. (jg), USN ---
  Graphic Section Navy "L" Building H.D. Johnson Ensign, USNR ---
Op-16-E-4 Publications Section National Archives L.I. MacCrindle (Miss) Civ. Serv. ---

5. Formerly Pictorial Section. At recommendation of Office of Naval Records and Library (in memo of 7 May 1942) name changed to Strategic Photograph Section. Personnel supervised by ONI.

Note: Roster does not show enlisted and includes only key civil service personnel. Civilian Staff listed on Page 5 (1 Jan. 1942) has remained practically unchanged to date.

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Sectional Roster
1 January 1944

Op-No. Duty Location Name Rank
Op-16-E Officer-in-Charge Arlington Annex D. [Dudley] W. Knox Captain, USN, (Ret.)
  Chief Clerk Arlington Annex Edward Stewart (Mr.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-1 Library Arlington Annex Constance Lathrop (Mrs.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-2 Manuscript Section Arlington Annex P. [Percy] T. Wright Commander, USN, (Ret.)
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex M. [Marion] V. Brewington Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex W. [Walter] M. Whitehill Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex N. [Nelson] M. Blake Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex G.B. Porter Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex D.B. Tyler Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex E.W. Small Lt. (jg), USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex R. [Richard] W. Leopold Ensign, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex Alma R. Lawrence (Mrs.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-4 Publications Section National Archives Loretta I. MacCrindle (Miss) Civil Service

Note: Roster does not show enlisted and includes only key civil service personnel. Other changes from previous roster: Kemble, Haskett, and Newbold detached; five officers of Graphic Section now directly under ONI in Strategic Photographs Sections.

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Sectional Roster
1 January 1945

Op-No. Duty Location Name Rank
Op-16-E Officer-in-Charge Arlington Annex D. [Dudley] W. Knox Captain, USN, (Ret.)
    Arlington Annex W. [Walter] M. Whitehill Lieutenant, USNR
  Chief Clerk Arlington Annex Edward Stewart (Mr.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-1 Library Arlington Annex Constance Lathrop (Mrs.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-2 Manuscript Section Arlington Annex P. [Percy] T. Wright Captain, USN (Ret.)
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex N. [Nelson] M. Blake Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex G.B. Porter Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex E.W. Small Lieutenant, USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex R. [Richard] W. Leopold Lt. (jg), USNR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex R. [Rosemary]. M. Grime Lt. (jg), W-NR
  Manuscript Section Arlington Annex R. [Ruth]. E. Delano Lt. (jg), W-NR
  Manuscript Section National Archives Alma R. Lawrence (Mrs.) Civil Service
Op-16-E-4 Publications Arlington Annex M. [Marion] V. Brewington Lieutenant, USNR
  Publications National Archives Loretta I. MacCrindle (Miss) Civil Service

Note: Roster does not show enlisted and includes only key civil service personnel. Other changes from previous roster: none detached; Grime and Delano attached.

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Sectional Roster
1 January 1946

Op-No. Duty Location Name Rank
Op-23-E Officer-in-Charge The Navy Building D. [Dudley] W. Knox Commodore, USN, (Ret.)
  Chief Clerk The Navy Building Edward Stewart (Mr.) Civil Service
Op-23-E-1 Library Division The Navy Building M. [Marion] V. Brewington Lt. Comdr., USNR
  Book Issue The Navy Building Constance Lathrop (Mrs.) Civil Service
Op-23-E-2 Records Division The Navy Building W. [Walter] M. Whitehill Commander, USNR
  Assistant The Navy Building R. [Richard] W. Leopold Lieutenant, USNR
    The Navy Building R.[Ruth] E. Delano Lt. (jg), W-NR
    The Navy Building B. [Barbara] A. Gilmore Ensign, W-NR
    The Navy Building H.F. Kuhns Ensign, W-NR
    The Navy Building Loretta I. MacCrindle (Miss) Civil Service
    National Archives N. [Nelson] M. Blake Lt. Comdr., USNR
    National Archives Alma R. Lawrence (Mrs.) Civil Service
Op-23-E-2a Microfilm Library The Navy Building Cleveland McCauley Captain, USN, (Ret.)
Op-23-E-3 Sound Records Division The Navy Building J.S. Phillips Captain, USN
    The Navy Building G.B. Porter Lt. Comdr., USNR

Note: Roster does not show enlisted and includes only key civil service personnel. Other changes from previous roster: Tyler, Small and Grime detached; Kuhns, Gilmore, McCauley, and Phillips attached. Latter two Captains in charge of Microfilm Library and Sound Recordings respectively.

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Abbreviations:

Lieut. = Lieutenant.
Lieut. (jg) = Lieutenant (junior grade)
Lieut. Comdr. = Lieutenant Commander
Op-23 = Naval Intelligence
Op-23-E = Historical Branch
Op-23-E-1 = Library and Archives
Op-23-E-2 = War Records
Op-23-E-3 = Graphic
(Ret.) = Retired
USN = United States Navy
USNR = United States Naval Reserve
USNRF = United States Naval Reserve Force
W-NR = Women's Naval Reserve (WAVES)


Source: Office of Naval Intelligence. "History of the Office of Naval Intelligence in World War II," Appendix D. (Washington, DC: 1946): 1-8. [This document is contained in a manuscript volume identified as United States Naval Administrative History of World War II #26-D, and is located in the Navy Department Library's Rare Book Room.].


Related Resources:

Office of Naval Records and Library 1882-1946

History of the Navy Department Library

Navy Records and [Navy Department] Library (E Branch)

Scope, Facilities and Size of the Library of the U.S. Navy Department, In the Office of Naval Records and Library