Naval Historical Collection Archives

The Naval Historical Collection (NHC) supports the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) teaching, teaching, and research requirements through the collection and preservation of archival material documenting the administrative and curricular activities of the college, and the history of naval activity in Narragansett Bay.

NWC Archives/Naval Historical Collection

Highlighting the Past

Established in 1969 and located in Mahan Hall, the NHC's primary source material are of interest to naval historians, scholars, and students of American military and diplomatic history, Naval War College students, faculty and staff, and the general public.

Mahan Hall, home to NHC at the Naval War College, is temporarily closed from spring 2021 through 2023 to undergo a comprehensive renovation. To accommodate the extensive work involved, all archival collections have been relocated to an off-site storage facility and will remain off-site for the duration of the project which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

During this time, the NHC Archives is unavailable for research, digitization services are suspended, and there is no access to the building.

Although the physical collections are inaccessible during renovation, we encourage researchers to continue to use our online collections website to discover digital versions of documents and images from the collection.

Naval Historical Collection Archives Strategic Plan

U.S. Naval Historical Collection Archives Strategic Plan FY 21-23

The Naval Historical Collection Archives seeks to preserve the information and personal stories that address the critical issues of past and future naval warfare, joint planning at the strategic, operational, and tactical level, and the role of the U.S. Navy in the local, national, and global community.

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College Archives

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Oral Histories

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Special Collections

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Rare Books

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