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The NHHC Archives is currently closed to all researchers as we undergo a move to our new facility. We regret that we will be unable to provide any reference services during this time.  A reopening date is still to be determined; please check back here for updates.


A selection of electronic finding aids are posted here to help researchers better understand the composition of a particular collection.  The finding aids are organized by collection type: Operational Records; Personal Papers & Donated Collections; and Transferred Collections.  For more information on each collection type, please visit their respective pages.


Keep in mind that the finding aids for many collections are not available on this website. The staff at the Navy Archives can provide more information on collections related to your search that aren't described here. In addition, the Navy Department Library also has a number of research guides for their special collections.


Research guides, which have information on where to find Navy records in other repositories, can be found on our Resources for Researchers page.


Contact the Navy Archives via phone at (202) 433-3224 or email us at to request more information on our collections.


Note about classified records:


While the electronic finding aids are unclassified, records within a collection may still be classified. In accordance with Executive Order 13526 and an amendment to the 1999 and 2000 Defense Authorization Act, commonly known as the Kyl-Lott Amendment, classified records will require the completion of a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) and Kyl-Lott Review by the Department of Navy Assistant for Administration, Directives and Records Management Division (DON/AA DRMD) before they are made available to researchers.


If there is a particular record in a collection that a researcher is interested in reviewing but is still classified, then a Mandatory Declassification Review request should be submitted for the record/collection. Requests must include the name(s) of the document(s), date(s), collection name, and box/folder number. For assistance on submitting a request to DON/AA DRMD, please contact us by phone or email.