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Chief of Information Biography Collection

Date: 1939 - Present

Scope and Content Note

Prior to its disestablishment in 1974, the Biographies Branch prepared accounts of the careers of senior naval officers. Normally these files document individuals with the rank of Captain or above, but in some cases officers of lower rank are included. The biographies were based upon data sheets submitted by the officers themselves, transcripts of service prepared from an officer's jacket, press clippings, and other sources. The Archives continues to add information on both officers and enlisted personnel to these files from biographies submitted with command histories, news clippings, and donated material. Please note many of these files are privacy-restricted.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Biography Collection, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.


345 cubic feet


Published: Tue Feb 02 12:38:53 EST 2021