Archive for the 'Library' Category

Jun 2

New Additions to the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:04 AM


Last week 230 volumes of nautical accident investigation reports from the National Transportation Safety Board were donated to the Navy Department Library. These reports detail the incidents and investigations into marine accidents for the period 1979-2006. Several of the reports focus on accidents involving US Navy vessels and other vessels. These reports detail such incidents as the sinking of small passenger vessels to groundings of large transport ships, to include the May 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez. The in-depth reports cover crew information, meteorological information, rescue efforts, and the testing and research done to investigate the incidents. These reports… Read the rest of this entry »

May 26


Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:10 AM


This week marks graduation for the Class of 2010 across the nation. High school students may be graduating and heading off to enlist in the Navy, and Naval Academy Midshipmen and NROTC students are soon ready to begin their careers as Navy officers. As part of our incredible collection the Navy Department Library contains some of the books that mark these momentous occasions.   Lucky Bags are an incredible resource from the Naval Academy and our collection dates from 1849 to 2001. We also have NROTC year books from universities and colleges such as Notre Dame, Marquette University, and the University… Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Stories of the Past

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:59 AM


 Last week the Naval History and Heritage Command was host to the 2010 National Historical Conference and Naval History Workshop. This conference brought together those working to preserve and share naval history, allowing talk about how historians, museums, and libraries and archives are getting the job done and to learn from each other. One of the sessions focused on libraries and archives, highlighting the amazing naval history collections that are available.  Staff members from the Library of the Marine Corps, Archives and Special Collections; the library at the National Naval Aviation Museum; and the Operational Archives of NHHC shared with… Read the rest of this entry »

May 5

This is Ann

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 1:00 PM


There is no doubt that we have some very unusual and unique items in our 150,000 item collection. Some are on display in our Rare Book Room, but others like this little book are tucked away safely on shelves waiting to be found. This particular item was found on a completely unrelated search last week.  We had a question regarding whether or not a particular anchor could have come from a “Mosquito Boat” from the World War II era. After exhausting our anchor resources, including line drawings of anchors we decided to try searching for mosquito boats in our catalog…. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

New Cruise Books in the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:00 AM


Last Friday, April 16th the Navy Department Library was the recipient of a very generous donation. Mrs. Mary Lou Mawdsley, her son Alan Mawdsley, and her grandson Jimmy presented us with 59 cruise books collected by her late husband, Dr. Dean L. Mawdsley. The collection ranges from World War I to the Cold War, with a majority of them coming from the World War II era.  Cruise books are often compared to yearbooks, in that they tell the informal story of a ship and the people who have served onboard. Our collection contains nearly 3,000 cruise books and continues to… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 14

Army of the Indus

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:21 AM


Representing a major accomplishment for the Navy Department Library we present to you, A Narrative of the March and Operations of the Army of the Indus. This digitized version of the book is now in our Online Reading Room. This very detailed work describes the march into Afghanistan in 1839 by the British Army combined with the Bengal and Bombay Forces. It is a fascinating look at military operations in Afghanistan in the past, and gives a context for much of today’s fighting. Compiled and largely written by the Judge Advocate General of the “Bengal Column and the Army of… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 7

A Culture of Literacy and Scholarly Pursuits

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 11:52 AM


The US Navy has a deep rooted culture of literary and scholarly pursuits born out of the need for self-sufficiency. While at sea for months at a time with very little communication from home, naval officers had a need for a well rounded education to help make necessary decisions. World War II helped to further this tradition as many academics were pressed into military service. The tradition stretches from shipboard libraries in the early US Navy to those who have served in the Navy and went on to become authors and historians.  Writings range from tales of the sea and… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Navy Department Library Celebrates 210th Anniversary

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 9:05 AM


Today we are celebrating the Navy Department Library’s 210th Anniversary. Though the library has been relocated several times within Washington D.C., and undergone a few organizational changes we are proud to trace our roots to a letter dated 31 March 1800 from President John Adams to Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert. This letter directed him to establish a library that would contain “the best writing…on the theory and practice of naval architecture, navigation, gunnery….” From that beginning, the Library’s collections have grown to 156,000 books and tens of thousands of manuscripts, periodicals and government documents, with an emphasis on naval, military,… Read the rest of this entry »

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