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Sep 3

Some New Titles from the the Navy Department Library

Friday, September 3, 2010 12:01 AM

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Interested in reading any of these books? Come visit the Navy Department Library at the Washington Navy Yard.  America in Vietnam : the war that couldn’t be won / by Herbert Y. Schandler America’s captives : treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror / by Paul J. Springer The blocking of Zeebrugge : Operation Z.O. 1918 / by Stephen Prince Blood on the snow : the Carpathian winter war of 1915 / by Graydon A. Tunstall British aircraft carriers 1939-45 / by Angus Konstam ; illustrated by Tony Bryan The Cambridge companion to the Roman historians… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jul 28

Researching an Event in Naval History

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 2:45 PM

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Researching particular events in Naval History can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. The Navy Department Library has a multitude of resources available to help in your research, and if we don’t have something we are always available to consult on other possible resources. A great place to start as always is the Frequently Asked Questions on the Naval History and Heritage Command website. Our Online Reading Room under the Navy Department Library webpage is also a valuable resource. Here in the library we have many books, journals, and primary source material available to aide in your… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jul 14

ZC Files- Researching Ships in the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:44 AM

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Last week we talked about getting started on researching a family member who served in the US Navy. This week we would like to take a minute to talk about researching ships. A great starting point is the Naval History and Heritage Command Frequently Asked Questions on Ship’s History and Record Logs. This will provide you with very informative links on Deck Logs and the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships among other resources. Here in the Navy Department Library we have numerous books on ships, plus a unique collection available on individual ships called the ZC Files.  Our ZC files  are an… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jul 7

A Piece of Family History

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 9:32 AM

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Many of the questions we receive in the Navy Department Library involve a family member’s service in the US Navy. If you are looking to research a relative’s time in the Navy we can offer you a few helpful hints. If the relative is still living have them request their personnel records from the National Personnel Record Center, if the relative is deceased you may request the records as next of kin. If you are looking for information on relatives who served prior to 1912 you will need to contact the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. The process is… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 9

Historical Manuscripts at the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:04 AM

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In previous posts we’ve highlighted many of the incredible books we have in our collections here at the Navy Department Library, but did you know that we have a very nice historical manuscripts collection as well? This collection is composed of US Navy-related original letters, documents and manuscripts from the 18th to the 20th century. Highlights include John Paul Jones’ calling card collection from French and Russian acquaintances; a log from the frigate HMS Lizard during the Revolutionary War; documents relating to the service of Naval hero Asa Curtis during the War of 1812; and a scrapbook of Seaman 1st… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 2

New Additions to the Navy Department Library

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:04 AM

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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

Yearbooks

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:10 AM

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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

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 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 »

 
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