United States Navy Archives Historical Records and Documents Collection
The Story of You in Navy Blue
One of the more extensive collections at the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives, The United States Navy, focuses on the Enlisted Men and Women who served in the Navy during the Twentieth Century. One of the more popular sections of the GG Archives covers the WAVES and our United States Naval Training Center Boot Camp Yearbooks collection.
The GG Archives has an excellent collection of materials on the United States Navy. Below are links to our groupings within this subject category.
United States Navy Archive Sections
Our library of books by or about the United States Navy includes pictorials, training manuals, topical subject matter books, history, ships, and submarines, published from the early 1900s through current releases.
Topics covered include Aviation, Navy Careers, Naval Facilities, Naval Reserves, Navy Women, Recruits and Training, Ships and Submarines, Special Programs, US Naval Training Centers, War Time, and WAVES / SPARS.
The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has several Cruise Books from deployments of Aircraft Carriers of the U.S. Navy, including the Coral Sea (CVA-43), Enterprise (CVN-65), Nimitz (CVN-68), Ranger (CVA-61), Saratoga (CVA-60), and the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
For reasons of security, the deed for which a man receives a decoration often cannot be adequately described either in this section or in the actual citation, which he accepts. There may accordingly be reports here that do not tell the whole story.
Magazines in our Navy Collection include All Hands Magazine; Approach: Naval Aviation Safety Review Magazine; Naval Aviation News; Naval History Magazine; Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine; Our Navy; The Hook: Journal of Carrier Aviation; and Others.
Some of the newsletters in our collection include the Norfolk Seabag (US Naval Training Center), The Naval Reservist, and the WAVES News Letter.
Recruit boot camp graduation books for the United States Naval Training Centers at Bainbridge, Maryland (The Compass); Great Lakes (The Keel); Orlando, Florida (The Rudder); and San Diego, California (The Anchor).
U.S. Navy Articles
Navy Rehabilitation Program Refits Disabled Men For Further Military Duty or Return to Private Life as Strong, Useful, Self-Sustaining Citizens.
Anchors Aweigh - A New section of the Navy Archives that will feature stories and tales about life in the Service. Submit your stories and photographs to Navy [at] gjenvick.com
On this particular day, I'm aboard Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station's solitary crash/rescue boat, putting together a story about the vessel's purpose and function.
Women Accepted for Vounteer Emergency Service or WAVES was part of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. Established by Congress in July 1942, it authorized the US Navy to accept women into the Naval Reserve as commissioned officers or enlisted personnel.
The GG Archives has collected a number of books, brochures, and other ephemera on or about the WAVES and women serving in the United States Navy from World War II onwards.
Other Collections (Not Digitized)
- Historical Documents from Sailors
- Navy Training Courses
- United States Navy Floating Museums
World War 2 Ship's Archives and Repository
- USS Carina (AK-74)
- USS Matar (AK-119)
- USS Pentheus (ARL-20)
Note: We have a unique project about the three WWII ships that would be ideally suited to a retired Navy Veteran.