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United States Navy Archives Historical Records and Documents Collection

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The Story of You in Navy Blue

One of larger 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 are those covering the WAVES, and our United States Naval Training Center graduation / Yearbooks books collection.

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has a excellent collection of materials on the United States Navy. Below are links to our collections within this subject category.

United States Navy Archive Sections

United States Navy Books Available

United States Navy Books

Our library of books by or about the United States Navy include pictorials, training manuals, topical subject matter books, history, ships and submarines, published from the early 1900s though current releases.

United States Navy Brochures

United States Navy Brochures, Booklets, Pamphlets, Leaflets, etc.

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.

United States Navy Carrier Cruise Deployment Books

United States Navy Carrier Cruise Deployment Books

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has a number of 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).

United States Navy Cross Recipients - Reported January 1945

US Navy Decorations and Citations

For reasons of security, the deed for which a man receives a decoration often cannot be fully described either in this section or in the actual citation which he receives. There may accordingly be reports here which do not tell the whole story.

Magazines and Periodicals about or by the US Navy

Magazines and Periodicals on or about the US Navy

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.

Newsletters Prepared by Units of the United States Navy

Newsletters Prepared by Units of the United States Navy

Some of the newsletters in our collection include the Norfolk Seabag (US Naval Training Center); The Naval Reservist, and the WAVES News Letter.

USNTC at Bainbridge Maryland

Recruit Boot Camp Yearbooks - US Naval Training Centers

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

Wounded combat veterans train for return to duty

Reducing the Human Cost of War - 1944

Navy Rehabilitation Program Refits Disabled Men For Further Military Duty or Return to Private Life as Strong, Useful, Self-Sustaining Citizens.

Anchors Aweigh - Tall Tales and Other Interesting Stories

Johnsville Mutiny (The Rest of the Story)

Anchors Aweigh - A New section of the Navy Archives which will feature stories and tales about life in the Service. Submit your stories and photographs to Navy [at]

US Navy Crash/Rescue Boats - Their Purpose and Function

US Navy Crash/Rescue Boats - Their Purpose and Function

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.


Navy. It's Not Just A Job, It's An Adventure (1975)

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 special project pertaining to the two WWII ships that would be ideally suited to a retired Navy Veteran.


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