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Functional Specialties

Archives Branch

Operational records, personal papers and donated collections, and other materials related to naval operations, policy, and strategy, including ships’ deck logs dating back thirty years and annual command operations reports of active U.S. Navy ships, aviation units, and shore commands.

Conservation Branch

Actively preserves NHHC cultural property through preventative conservation, examination, documentation, scientific analysis, and treatment; develops guidelines for care of artifacts; recommends environmental conditions for storage and exhibit; and provides advice for handling and packing. 

Curator Branch

Ensures the proper care and preservation of the Navy’s historical artifacts, such as ships’ bells and equipment, arms and ordnance, uniforms and personal equipment, and plaques, and makes these artifacts available to the Navy and to the public. 

Histories Branch

Researches and writes naval history from the American Revolution to the present; conducts oral histories; maintains and updates the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS), which provides histories of individual Navy ships, 1775 to the present.

Navy Art Collection

Paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture depicting the history of the Navy and the activities of men and women in naval service. Prepares and displays exhibits  of Navy artwork, and administers the Navy combat art program.

Navy Department Library

Extensive collections  include materials such as books, manuscripts, and other textual sources that enrich the understanding of naval and maritime history, customs, and traditions. 

Navy Museums

Nine official Navy museums  educate a national audience about the history, customs, and traditions of the U.S. Navy through curriculum-based education programs, docent-led tours, and special programs that are open to the public and free of charge.

NHHC Detachment Boston

Plans and performs all maintenance, repair, and restoration  of USS Constitution as close to its 1812 configuration as possible.

Navy Combat Documentation Unit

Reserve unit personnel provide a vital link between the NHHC and the fleet. Since 1991, Reserve historians have deployed to U.S. Navy, joint, and combatant commands worldwide to conduct oral history interviews, collect historically significant artifacts and documents, and produce combat art. 

Photographic Collection

Extensive pictorial reference files  on all aspects of naval history, which are the principal source of photographs and other illustrations of U.S. Navy subjects made prior to 1920, and contain a wide selection of unique photography from later years. 

Public Engagement

Provides the central point of contact  for public requests for information or support, including but not limited to Sailor, veteran, researcher, educator, and media inquiries; coordination and support for commemorative events; and headquarters and museums' activities, services and products.

Underwater Archaeology

Advises on underwater archaeology  issues; conducts and oversees research on the Navy's historic ship and aircraft wreck sites; establishes policy and ensures compliance with regulations and laws pertaining to the protection of wreck sites.



Published: Wed Mar 23 12:54:23 EDT 2022