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. U.S. Naval War College (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

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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.

Naval War College Museum

Located in historic Founders Hall, the historic Naval War College Museum serves to educate the Naval War College community, as the corporate memory of the Navy in the region, and as a clearinghouse for naval history information in New England.

Exhibits at NWC Museum

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Visiting Naval War College Museum

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Naval Historical Collection

The Naval Historical Collection (NHC) is the depository for College archives, manuscripts, oral histories, and special collections relating to the history of naval warfare and the history of the Navy in Narragansett Bay. 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.

College Archives

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Oral Histories

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Special Collections

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Rare Books

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Plan a Research Visit

Researchers from outside of the Naval War College are welcome to conduct research in the Naval Historical Collection. Researchers are encouraged to contact NHC staff to discuss their research in advance of their visit.

Visiting the Reading Room

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Reading Room Policies

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