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Navy. This page is intended to highlight the vast resources in our collection and to engage with our fans. Please visit our official homepage at https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library.html which is part of the Naval History and Heritage Command website: https://www.history.navy.mil/ While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and posts clean

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#OTD in 1945, Ruth C. Issacs, Katherine Horton, and Inez Patterson became the first African American WAVES to enter the ...
03/02/2022

#OTD in 1945, Ruth C. Issacs, Katherine Horton, and Inez Patterson became the first African American WAVES to enter the Hospital Corps School at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Their facial expressions are more than words can describe.

Hospital Apprentices (Left to Right: Ruth C. Isaacs, Katherine Horton, and Inez Patterson) are the first African American Women Accepted for Voluntary Service (WAVES) to enter the Hospital Corps School at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (NHHC 80-G-126507).

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/diversity/african-americans/chronology.html

Today we look at Lighthouses and those who guarded them.  In this fascinating book, Guardians of the lights : the men an...
02/24/2022

Today we look at Lighthouses and those who guarded them. In this fascinating book, Guardians of the lights : the men and women of the U.S. Lighthouse Service / Elinor DeWire, the author opens up a view of the history using archival materials. The Navy, and other ships depended on the services of the Lighthouse service to guide their ships to safety.

If you are not near the Navy Department Library, then you can look for titles at your local library using Worldcat:
https://www.worldcat.org/

Research Time!  Are you interested in learning more about Navy bases, yards, or docks?  Then check out our ZE files in t...
02/23/2022
WorldCat.org: The World's Largest Library Catalog

Research Time! Are you interested in learning more about Navy bases, yards, or docks? Then check out our ZE files in the Rare Book Room:

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/research-guides/z-files/ze-places-files-in-the-navy-department-library.html

We also have these items in our collections:

Public works of the Navy, data book : general information.
Author: United States. Bureau of Yards and Docks.
Call Number: VA69.A6 P7 V.2

Navy-yard, Washington. history from organization, 1799 to present date, by Henry B. Hibben.
Call Number: VA70.W3 A7
Collection: Special collection
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/n/navy-yard-washington-history-hibben.html

Building the Navy's bases in World War II; history of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps, 1940-1946.
Call Number: D795.U6 A48 V.1
Collection: General
http://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/b/building-the-navys-bases.html

If you are not near the Navy Department Library, then you can look for titles at your local library using Worldcat:
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#OTD in 1974, Lt. j.g. Barbara Ann (Allen) Rainey becomes the first Navy designated female aviator.
02/22/2022

#OTD in 1974, Lt. j.g. Barbara Ann (Allen) Rainey becomes the first Navy designated female aviator.

#OTD in 1913 The Naval Radio Station, Arlington Va., begins operations. The station is a pioneer in communications, most...
02/13/2022

#OTD in 1913 The Naval Radio Station, Arlington Va., begins operations. The station is a pioneer in communications, most notably with ether wave experiments with the Eiffel Tower in France.
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-122000/NH-122654.html
In our print collection we have
U. S. Naval Radio Station (T), Arlington, Virginia 13 February 1913 to December 1938
If you are not near the Navy Department Library, then you can look for titles at your local library using Worldcat:
https://www.worldcat.org/

#OTD in 1862 Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles directs the formation of an organization to evaluate new inventions and...
02/11/2022

#OTD in 1862 Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles directs the formation of an organization to evaluate new inventions and technical development that eventually leads to National Academy of Science.
A couple of items in our print collection regarding the history:
A history of the first half-century of the National Academy of Sciences, 1863-1913
The National Academy of Sciences : the first hundred years, 1863-1963 / by Rexmond C. Cochrane.

Our contractor, Scott Harkless, recently updated our New Book Display.  He highlighted our periodical holdings and featu...
02/09/2022

Our contractor, Scott Harkless, recently updated our New Book Display. He highlighted our periodical holdings and featured items in support of Black History Month. Thank you, Scott!

Have you stumbled upon our Z-Grams in our Digital Library?  Curious as to what they are?  One of the Chief of Naval Oper...
02/08/2022
List of Z-grams

Have you stumbled upon our Z-Grams in our Digital Library? Curious as to what they are? One of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr.’s goals was to improve the retention of Navy sailors. Therefore, he started Z-NavOps, naval messages sent directly to the fleet, also known as "Z-grams." The first one was released on 14 July 1970. Zumwalt wrote 121 Z-grams personally. You can read them here:

Upon assuming duties as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. was determined to improve the retention of Navy sailors. To assist in this effort he implemented a series of Z-NavOps, naval messages sent direct to the fleet, affectionately known as

We recently updated our online catalog.  You can check it out here!https://n94032.eos-intl.net/N94032/OPAC/Index.aspxSom...
02/06/2022

We recently updated our online catalog. You can check it out here!

https://n94032.eos-intl.net/N94032/OPAC/Index.aspx

Some neat additions are a listing of Free Digital Resources and links to other Federal Libraries and Databases. If we do not have something in our print or digital collections, then we can certainly point you in the right direction for your research needs.

Today we feature a piece written by Emily Abdow, a writer-editor in our Communication and Outreach Division.  Her in-dep...
02/04/2022

Today we feature a piece written by Emily Abdow, a writer-editor in our Communication and Outreach Division. Her in-depth and well-researched publication on the Boxer Rebellion is a welcome addition to documenting early 20th-Century conflicts. You can read it here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/early-20th-century-conflicts/boxer-rebellion.html
We also have an extensive bibliography, which can be found here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/bibliographies/the-boxer-rebellion-bibliography.html

Congratulations, Emily!

Our catalogers have been hard at work adding new materials to our collection.  Here are a few samples:Developing the nav...
02/01/2022

Our catalogers have been hard at work adding new materials to our collection. Here are a few samples:

Developing the naval mind / Benjamin F. Armstrong, and John Freymann.

Fighting the fleet : operational art and modern fleet combat / Jeffrey R. Cares and Anthony Cowden ; foreword by ADM Scott Swift, USN (Ret.).

The Huey in Vietnam : Bell's UH-1 at war / David Doyle.

If you are not near the Navy Department Library, then you can look for titles at your local library using Worldcat:
https://www.worldcat.org/

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HELLO ALL,,JUST A REQUEST TO VIEW ANY PHOTOS OF CARLSEN FIELD OR CARLSEN NAVY AIR STATION TRINIDAD,BRITISH WEST INDIES, 1943 TO 1950, [BUILT BYTHE 80TH SEABEES,, THANK YOU,
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This is such a neat collection, Navy Department Library!
Happy #NationalLibraryWeek! #DYK that most commissioned U.S. Navy ships have a library onboard? The volume of each library is dependent on the size of the vessel but can range up to 2,000 titles! Read more about U.S. Navy libraries here: https://go.usa.gov/xHYjk and check out the post below from the Navy Department Library to see the some of the new material they've made available online.
#OTD in 1800, the Navy Department Library was established. The library, now home to approximately 114,000 book titles, 374,000 manuscripts, and 189,000 issues of periodicals, including 5,644 Rare and 11,011 Special Collections has more than 13.5% of the cataloged items that are unique - and located nowhere else. Happy 221st birthday!
Sweet and lovely collection from the Navy Department Library !
In honor of this loving Holiday weekend, the Navy Department Library has put together a collection of Naval literature that has themes of love sprinkled throughout. Take a look at their post below and then leave a comment on a Navy book that you love. ❤️
Michael G. Shiner was an African American man living in Washington D.C. during the early to mid 1800s. He kept a collection of thoughts and experiences during that time which included the War of 1812, and his time at the Washington Navy Yard. Read more of his entries by clicking the post from Navy Department Library below!
Check out this amazing collection of ship holiday menus from the Navy Department Library collections. Which one is your favorite? #usnavy #navyhistory #holidaymenu
We’ve Got Mail.... The Navy Department Library shared these the other day and it is a interesting piece of Navy history - here are two from USS Enterprise. To learn more about the collection and ship mail visit Naval History & Heritage Command: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/research-guides/postal-service-papers.html
As we move closer to Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), we bring you a social distancing book recommendation from the Navy Department Library, "Eyewitness to World War II: Unforgettable Stories and Photographs from History's Greatest Conflict" by Stephen G. Hyslop. Dive into the personal writings and recollections of Roosevelt, Hi**er, and Patton, as well as letters composed by soldiers at battle and diaries of women serving in the military at home. This absorbing narrative tells the entire history of the war from several perspectives. Learn more about #VEDay75: https://go.usa.gov/xvwYS Learn more about the book and where to read it: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/13531813-eyewitness-to-world-war-ii
I've been trying to figure out when Rear Admiral William Mack Angas met Rear Admiral Logan C. Ramsey, the original owner of the navigation watch.In the navigation booklet from 1932 Motor boating magazine W.M. Angas lists L.C. Ramsey as his friend and thanks him for his help.There are 3 year books that have information and pictures of W.M. Angas from 1917 to 1919 of his time at MIT.One of the books is MIT,s contributions to the WW1 war effort.William Mack Angas was commissioned Lt.Jg. C.E.C. U.S.N. 27 Dec. 1917 and assigned to the United States Naval Academy as a navigation instructor the 1st of July 1918.Midshipman Logan C. Ramsey was still in the Academy at this time but graduated that year.I'm still trying to figure out if Cmdr P.V.H. Weems, the inventor of the watch was also an instructor at the Academy at this timehttp://web.mit.edu/technique/www/scans/1919_War_Record.pdf I'm also missing a lot of Cmdr.P.V.H. Weems Naval record from 1912 to 1919.