General Order No. 292 (23 March 1882)


March 23, 1882.

An “Office of Intelligence” is hereby established in the Bureau of Navigation for the purpose of collecting and recording such naval information as may be useful to the Department in time of war, as well as in peace.

To facilitate this work, the Department Library will be combined with the “Office of Intelligence,” and placed under the direction of the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation.

Commanding and all other officers are directed to avail themselves of all opportunities which may arise to collect and to forward to the “Office of Intelligence” professional matters likely to serve the object in view.

William H. Hunt,
Secretary of the Navy

Source: General Orders and Circulars Issued by the Navy Department From 1863 to 1887, With an Alphabetical Index of Subjects; Also an Index of Bureau and Marine Corps Circulars, General Court-Martial Orders, and Special Death Notices. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1887): 208.

Note: The Navy Department Library maintained an administrative relationship with the Office of Naval Intelligence from 1882 to 1889 and from 1919 through World War II. During these years naval attachés sent many foreign publications to the library. The library is still interested in receiving donations of unclassified materials relating to the history of naval intelligence, as well as the study of intelligence in general.