History and Mission
The Navy Archives traces its roots back to 1882, when the Naval War Records Office was established in an effort to create a centralized repository for records relating to naval operations in the Civil War.
Over time, the mission of the Navy Archives has evolved to meet the needs of the modern Navy and the general public. Our current mission is to collect, organize, preserve, protect, and make available select permanent official records and other historically significant documents of the Navy.
The Navy Archives promotes accountability and transparency through strict adherence to both professional archival practices and Federal laws and regulations.
The collections maintained by the Navy Archives contain vital historical data. Archives staff makes this data available through expert reference/research services to Navy decision-makers, so they may effectively plan program resources and support the day-to-day operations of the Fleet.
The Archives is open to official researchers working for U.S. Government offices and agencies, veterans, scholars undertaking personal research projects, and the general public.
Scope of Collections
The majority of our holdings date from the post-World War II period to the present. Our collecting focus is on official records that document the operational history of the U.S. Navy, such as unit histories, ships’ deck logs, and deployment records. The Navy Archives also maintains a large number of personal papers, organizational papers, and other manuscript collections which all enrich the documentary history of the U.S. Navy.
Command Operations Reports (CORs)
Personal Papers and Donated Collections
The Navy Photo Archives operates as a separate section within the Navy Archives. They maintain information on their collections in the Photo Collections section of the NHHC website. Visit their page for more information: Navy Archives Photo Collections.
How to Conduct Research at the Navy Archives
The Navy Archives has a number of requirements in place for those who wish to conduct research at the Navy Archives. Please visit our How to Conduct Research at the Navy Archives page for more information.
Navy Archives Policies
The Navy Archives has a number of policies in place regarding reference, donations, and collection access. Please visit our Policies page for more information.
Navy Archives Reference FAQs
In order to assist your research efforts, the Navy Archives Reference Staff has provided the answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive. Before contacting the Reference Staff, please read through these questions and answers first.
General Reference and Inquiries: Email is the quickest and best way to reach us. Please send all general reference requests and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we recommend contacting us via email, you can also reach us at (202) 433-3224.
Before contacting us, we highly recommend reading through our Reference FAQs.
If you are looking for more information on HOW TO SUBMIT a command operations reports, please visit our How To Submit A COR page.