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Knox, Secretary of the Navy Frank Papers 


Dates: 1939-1944

Collection Number: AR/388 (Formerly COLL/572)

Finding aid (Word)


Scope and Content Note

This collection of personal papers of Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox consists of the speeches he delivered before and during his becoming Secretary of the Navy, the press conferences he gave while in office, photographs of some of his official trips, newspaper clippings, materials on different subjects, and correspondence.  The Knox Papers were obtained from various sources and were combined by the Archives to form a Knox Collection.

It is believed that the speeches and press conferences in this collection were obtained from the Navy’s Office of Public Relations during or shortly after World War II.  The Knox Correspondence Files, which contain valuable original manuscripts, were forwarded to the Director of Naval History from the Navy Management Office on December 23, 1958.

The collection is comprised of six series: Speeches, Press Conferences, Magazine and Newspaper Clippings, Photographs, Subject Files and Correspondence.

The official records of the Secretary of the Navy are held by the National Archives and Records Administration. Additional personal papers for Frank Knox can be found at the Library of Congress.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Papers of Frank Knox, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.

Subject Headings (LCSH)

United States. Navy Dept.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.
Savings Bonds--United States.
Warships--United States.
United States. Navy--History--Sources.


2.7 cubic feet


For associated photographic materials, please visit the photo archive donated collections related to Franklin W. Knox

Published: Tue Aug 10 14:50:59 EDT 2021