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Government Documents - Military and Veterans Agencies: Department of the Navy

War Department, Navy Department, Army, Department of Defense, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Military Establishment, Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies

Covers of military publications

About the agency

The Department of the Navy was established in 1798. From 1789-1798, naval affairs fell under the Department of War. The Navy became part of the National Military Establishment in 1947. In 1949, it became an agency under the Department of Defense (DoD).

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Our holdings

Government Documents holds an extensive collection of Navy publications, including the following series:

Annual reports (N 1.1:, D 201.1:)

Hydrographic Office (HO) publications (N 6.8:, D 203.22:, D 5.317:)

Hydrographic Office nautical charts are available in the Map Collection.

Naval aviation news (D 202.9:)

All hands (D 207.17:)

Naval training courses (D 208.11:)

Register of the commissioned and warrant officers of the Navy of the United States, including officers of the Marine Corps (D 208.12:) Lists of active-duty and retired officers, including ranks, signal numbers, date of birth, and other data.

Nautical almanac (D 213.11:)

Navy medical bulletins (N 10.20:, D 206.3:) Published to inform members of the Navy medical corps, these bulletins contain descriptions of diseases and conditions encountered by the Navy worldwide.

Most pre-1900 Navy documents, including its Annual reports, are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM Login Required).

Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.

We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, and other Navy materials.

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