John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research

The John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research serves as a central resource for naval history matters, from exploration and theory to strategy and operations. In addition to contributing to the curriculum and publishing original research, our faculty helps preserve our institutional history.

Director, Hattendorf Center

Enriching the Curriculum

Preparing for the future often means exploring where we’ve been; many of our core and foundation courses cover crucial aspects of military history. NWC also offers an array of electives, which change from term to term, many of which take a deeper dive into the past. For example, you may find classes that focus on the American Civil War or the life of George Washington.

Inspiring Research: The Edward S. Miller Fellowship

Each year, our department awards the Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship. This $1,000 grant is given to an applicant with financial need who demonstrates the best use of our naval history research materials.

To apply, submit a research proposal, statement of need, comprehensive research plan, CV, two letters of recommendation, and other relevant background information by August 1 to the Miller History Fellowship Committee, Naval War College Foundation, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI, 02841.

Naval War College and Regional History

Founded in 1884, Naval War College has a rich history. The Maritime History Department is pivotal in archiving and preserving the history of our institution, as well as all naval activity in the Narragansett Bay region. Exhibits at the NWC museum, as well as special collections in the college library, showcase our past.

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