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ZO (Operations) Files in the Navy Department Library

Use and Reproduction Policy
Squadrons and Fleets
Minor Operations
Major Operations


This series of files is comprised of 4.5 linear feet of material, and contains documentation pertaining to operations of the US Navy throughout its history before World War II. A few files provide information on squadrons, peacetime cruises, and scientific expeditions. Examples of the types of records in this file are: (1) official Office of Naval Records and Library, and Naval History Division reports and correspondence; (2) manuscripts items; (3) copies of material found in other depositories; (4) newspaper and magazine articles; (5) cross-reference sheets to records in Record Groups 45 and 80 at the National Archives.

Use and Reproduction Policy

Z File materials are unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of manuscripts, as well as fragile items, is generally prohibited, though the use of digital cameras by researchers to reproduce non-copyrighted materials is permitted. Permission to photocopy a few pages may be granted by the reference staff, contingent upon the physical state of items. All photocopying of materials shall be done by the reference staff, or under their close supervision. The use of personal scanners by non-library staff personnel must be approved by the reference staff on a document-by-document basis (Reference: Naval History and Heritage Command Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.).

Squadrons and Fleets

Squadrons, Fleets, Cruises (General file)

African Squadron

Asiatic Fleet and Asiatic Squadron

Submarine Division Sixteen Smoker, Tsingtao, China - 1928.

Fleet Roster for the US Asiatic Fleet

Christmas Card, Asiatic Fleet Communication Officer

Combined Forces U.S. Navy Asiatic Fleet Memorial Reunion 1997 Program

Tales from the Asiatic Fleet 

Atlantic Fleet

Attack Squadron Thirty-Four - "Blue Blasters"

Attack Squadron Eighty-Six - "Sidewinders"

Azores Detachment, US Fleet

Brazil Squadron

Combat Support Squadron Eight (COMSUPPRON EIGHT) - Decommissioning brochure - 1994

Destroyer Squadron Six

Destroyer Squadron Thirteen

East India Squadron

Great White Fleet

Booklet: Souvenir illustrative of the celebrations in connection with the visit of the American Fleet to Sydney - 1908

Surgeon Eugene Potter Stone Diary, January 1907 - July 1911 (Great White Fleet)

Helicopter Combat Support Squadron One (HELSUPPRON ONE) - Decommissioning brochure - 1994

Home Squadron

Mediterranean Squadron

Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters, 1919-1924

Pacific Fleet and Pacific Squadron

Special Service Squadron

Squadron of Evolution

Squadron Sixteen - newsletter 11 September 1944

Squadron Forty (T) - Records and Reports (18 September 1936 - 26 October 1937)

Sub Group V - Green Cove Springs Florida

Thanksgiving and Christmas menus - 1947

Submarine Squadron Three

Submarine Squadron Four (COMSUBRON FOUR) - "Swamp Fox-81" brochure - 1981

West India Squadron

Yangtze River Patrol Squadron


Expeditions in general

Amazon Expedition

Antarctic Expeditions (General)

Arctic Expeditions (General)

Darien Expedition

Greely Relief Expedition

Grinnell Expedition

Jeanette Expedition

MacMillan Expedition

Paraguay Expedition

Perry Expedition to China and Japan - See also ZB files for Jonathan Goble diary

Polaris Expedition

Ringgold - Rodgers Expedition

West Indies Volcanic Relief Expedition, 1902

Wilkes Expedition

Wilkine Submarine Expedition to Arctic, 1931

Minor Operations

Australia/New Zealand - Visit by US Fleet, 1925

Brazil - Visit by American Squadron, 1894

Central America - Visits by US Navy

China/Japan - Perry expedition

New Orleans, Louisiana - Naval Operations

Qualla Battoo, Sumatra

Quebec - Siege of, 1759

Unitas VIII - Exercise (1968) in Latin American waters

Major Operations

US Navy as an Instrument of National Policy, 1815-1861

Indian Wars

Operations Against Pirates

Joint Anglo-American Attack on Peiho Forts, 1859

Bombardment of Alexandria, Egypt, 1882

Boxer Rebellion, 1900

Russo-Japanese War - General

Russo-Japanese War - Cost (Financial) to Japan and Russia

Russo-Japanese War- Naval Lessons of, by J.L. de Lanessan

Russ-Japanese War - Report by Lieutenant Commander Newton A. McCully

Mexican Border Disturbances, 1915-1919

Nicaragua - Intervention in


Wars of the US and Other Nations - General

Revolutionary War - General

Revolutionary War - Benedict Arnold's Fleet

Revolutionary War - Battle of Bunker Hill

Revolutionary War - West Manuscript (incomplete) on frigate Alliance

Privateers and Privateering (General) - See also ZV file

Wars with Barbary Powers

Quasi-War with France

War of 1812 - General

War of 1812 - Battle of Lake Erie

War of 1812 - Battle of Lake Champlain

War of 1812 - Fort McHenry and Bombardment of Baltimore

War of 1812 - Iron Grey Volunteers of New York City

Mexican War

Civil War - General Information

Civil War - Confederate States Navy

Civil War - Confederate States Navy Index to Shipping Articles

Civil War - Confederate Papers Concerning River Defense Fleet, Virginia Volunteer Navy Company, etc.

Civil War - Blockade Runners

Civil War - Instruction to Lieutenant Fairfax from Captain Wilkes

Civil War - Battle of Hampton Roads

Civil War - Evansville Steamboats

Civil War - The Journal of Joshua Warren, 1861-1865 (written in 1892)

Civil War - Engagement Between USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama

Civil War - Battle of Mobile Bay

Civil War- Capture of Plymouth, North Carolina

Civil War - Manuscript on Vermont Participants

Spanish-American War - General

Spanish-American War - Report on Items Captured From the Spanish

Philippine Insurrection

Vietnam War - Aviation Maps 

World War I - General Information

World War I - German Vivat Commemorative Ribbons

World War I - Statistical Data

World War I - List of Ships Serving in War Zone

World War I - Cruiser & Transport Force, Secret & Confidential Letters, 1917-1918 (See also Papers of Captain Charles C. Gill for history of force & misc. papers)

World War I - Summary of Activities of US Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

World War I -Turkey - "The Turk at Canakkale in 1915" by Turkish Ministry of Defense (1957)

World War I - Brief History of US Naval Forces in France

World War I - American Port at Talmont-sur-Giraonde, France

World War I - List of Ships Serving with the Army of Occupation in Germany, 1918-1923

World War I - Interned German Ships

World War I - Intervention in Russia

World War I - Balloon Fight

World War I - Mine Barrage

World War I - "History of Work Training Division, Bureau of Navigation, During World War I," Vol. I

World War II - Annual Reports of Admiral Ernest J. King



Published: Thu Dec 22 10:27:14 EST 2022