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The Naval Historical Collection

Grant Roedl
The archives facility that I choose for this assignment is Naval Historical Collection in Newport Rhode Island. The Naval Historical Collection, or the NHC for short, was established in 1969 and is a part of the U.S. Naval War College. The college was created in 1884 and has several notable graduates including Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. In fact the NHC has an entire exhibit dedicated to the admiral. The archive is home to 1,200 feet of records that document the history of the college since it began. In addition to the history of the facility, the archive also keeps records of past college presidents, professors, and naval officers who have taken part in the colleges history. Judging by the fact that most of materials collected are about the history of the school, it is fair to assume that the collections focus is the history of the college. However, this doesn’t mean that other subjects are not included. The archive also holds manuscripts, oral histories, books, and special collections that relate to the history of naval warfare.

the Naval Historical Collection facility

The way that the archive receives its collection is either by donors or it is self acquired due to the fact that it is created by the college itself. Most of the users of the archives are students from the school. Non college personnel however must write to the curator of the NHC for an appointment to view the collections. Due to the fact that anyone, who has permission, can view these materials is definitely a highlight because this allows everyone to learn the history of our nation’s navy.

College Personnel