Finding aid: 1947-1959 (PDF)
Finding aids for later collections are not available at this time.
Scope and Content Note
These records, accumulated within the immediate office of the Chief of Naval Operations, include official and personal correspondence, internal memoranda, dispatches (especially for the Vietnam period), official studies and reports, and some publications. Generally, only classified or otherwise sensitive materials are filed here. For records relating to Joint Chiefs of Staff matters of special interest to the Chief of Naval Operations, see the collection of records of the Secretary to the Chief of Naval Operations for JCS Matters. A general inventory showing the folder titles is available for some years. For the period since 1951 there is a card index that shows all classified documents routed through the immediate office of the Chief of Naval Operations and also indicating which documents were retained for these files.
This collection also contains some documentation that originated within the Immediate Office of the Vice-Chief of Naval Operations. There is a separate collection of VCNO papers also, as well as some separate personal paper collections for some of the CNOs. For a complete list of Chiefs of Naval Operations and the years they held office, please consult this page.
This collection should be cited as the Immediate Office Files of the Chief of Naval Operations, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.