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New Naval Historical Collection Reading Room Hours 

March 24, 2017

Beginning April 2017, the Naval Historical Collection Reading Room will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1000-1600

 

Naval Historical Collection Reading Room Closed for March 2017

March 13, 2017


The Naval Historical Collection reading room in Mahan Hall, along with the Rare Books Collection, will be closed during March for stacks maintenance and cleaning. We will provide limited public services to faculty and students for research and curriculum support by appointment. Contact NHC@usnwc.edu for additional information.

 

Navy higher education libraries announce digital archives and preservation collaboration

February 22, 2017

U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Library has announced initial implementation of TRIREME digital repository and preservation system. The name TRIREME comes from the ancient Mediterranean maritime vessels with three banks of oars. It stands as a metaphor for the three institutions of higher education involved in the initial pilot project: the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; and NWC.

TRIREME is the result of a two-year collaboration between Navy higher education libraries and a leading software developer in digital preservation technology and was launched worldwide today. It is open to the public. 

The system is now in full production, storing metadata and content in the cloud and holds approximately 1,600 items from the initial test cases ingested by the three institutions participating.

“TRIREME addresses a growing institutional need to preserve, curate, and disseminate the U.S. Navy’s intellectual output and permanent federal records that originate in a variety of analog and digital formats,” said Allen Benson, director of the NWC Library. "Among the major current issues are never-ending electronic records management tasks and protecting against file format obsolescence. These are time-consuming activities for archivists, records managers, and their institutions to manage and ensure the permanent accessibility—forever—of digital content with maximum integrity. TRIREME promises to make this easier and more affordable through a three-institution partnership.” 

The NWC Library is now seeking to extend the scope of TRIREME to include preserving For Official Use Only (FOUO) information and documents containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), for example, to meet the federal requirements for capturing and managing e-mail as permanent electronic records. This project will explore the adaptability of TRIREME to non-public, restricted access information, developing documentation for future implementations by the other Navy libraries, and investigating new types of services that can be built on a shared platform. 

“We believe that by employing the same software, standards, and protocols,” Benson said, “the sustainability and potential for future development of TRIREME are enhanced.”

The future goals of TRIREME focus on three areas: development of a comprehensive corpus of electronic documents that represent all the intellectual output of the U.S. Navy’s higher education institutions since their founding, digitization of special collections, and development of long-term preservation policies that comply with published standards and adhere to a professional code of ethics.

The publicly accessible website is https://trireme.access.preservica.com.

For any questions or input, please contact the archivists at NHC@usnwc.edu.

 

Edward S. Miller Naval History Research Fellowship Announced

July 18, 2016

The Edward SMiller Research Fellowship in Naval History.

The Naval War College Foundation intends to award one grant of $1,500 to the researcher with the greatest need who can make optimum use of the naval history research materials located in the Naval War College’s Naval Historical CollectionNaval War College Museum, and Henry E. Eccles Library.

Further information on the manuscript and archival collections held at, and finding aids from, the Naval Historical Collection are available on request by email (NHC@usnwc.edu) or on the Naval Historical Collection website at https://usnwcarchive.org/

The recipient will be a Research Fellow in the Naval War College’s Maritime History Department, which will provide administrative support during the research visit. 

Submit a detailed research proposal that includes a full statement of financial need and a comprehensive research plan for optimal use of Naval War College materials, a curriculum vitae, at least two letters of recommendation, and relevant background information to Miller Naval History Fellowship Committee, Naval War College Foundation, 686 Cushing Road, Newport RI 02841-1207, by 1 October 2016. For further information, contact the chair of the selection committee at john.hattendorf@usnwc.edu.  Employees of the U.S. Naval War College or any agency of the U.S. Department of Defense are not eligible for consideration; EEO/AA regulations apply.

Miller Naval History Fellowship Committee 
Naval War College Foundation 
686 Cushing Road
Newport RI 02841-1207

For further information, contact the chair of the selection committee at john.hattendorf@usnwc.edu.  Employees of the U.S. Naval War College or any agency of the U.S. Department of Defense are not eligible for consideration; EEO/AA regulations apply.

 

Naval Historical Collection Joins Naval War College Museum, NWC Maritime History Department, and NWC War Gaming Department to Celebrate Battle of Jutland 100th Anniversary

April 18, 2016

The Naval HIstorical Collection presents Part I of a 2 part online exhibition celebrating the Battle of Jutland's 100th Anniversary and the battle's impact on Naval War College history and the Navy's future leadership. Starting in 1919, all students who attended the Naval War College studied the Battle of Jutland. As last as the 1990s, Professor Frank Snyder included the battle as a key element of his teaching. 

In a joint project with the Naval War College Museum, the NWC Maritime History Department, and the NWC Department of War Gaming, documents from the Naval Historical Collection enabled these departments to create a new Battle of Jutland war game, in the style of the 1920s, to experience it as Chester Nimitz, Ernest King, or Harold Stark might have experienced it. 

To learn more visit the Naval Historical Collection at https://usnwcarchive.org/exhibits.

To participate in the game on 10 May 2016, register at https://www.usnwc.edu/About/NWC-Museum/Jutland.aspx

 

 

Naval Historical Collection New Staff Complete with Hiring of Assistant Archivist

December 1, 2015

Ms. Elizabeth M. Delmage was selected as the new Assistant Archivist for the Naval Historical Collection at the U.S. Naval War College. Elizabeth will serve as Assistant Archivist under the direction of Head Archivist, Ms. Dara Baker. Ms. Delmage brings a broad range of archival and special collections experience with her in her new position

Prior to taking on her new role at NHC, she served as Archivist/Special Collections Librarian at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum where she oversaw archival acquisitions, processing, outreach, and managed the institution's special collections. Ms. Delmage specialized as a processing archivist working on a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant at the Georgia Historical Society and as a Manuscripts Specialist arranging, describing, and re-housing records in the United States Sanitary Commission collection held by the New York Public Library, New York City. Earlier in her career, she served as Special Collections Reference Librarian with the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Ms. Delmage graduated from Providence College with a Master of Arts in Modern European History and earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archival studies from the University of Rhode Island. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Providence College.

New Archives Technician Begins Work at Naval Historical Collection

September 10, 2015

Robert W. Marchetta has joined the NWC as Archives Technician for the Naval Historical Collection (NHC). In addition to his duties with the NHC, Mr. Marchetta is enrolled as a graduate student at Simmons College in the Library and Information Science program with a concentration in Archives Management.  

Prior to coming to the U.S. Naval War College, Mr. Marchetta, an army veteran, gained archival experience working as an intern for the Worcester Historical Museum and volunteer for the Northborough Historical Society. He brings with him extensive experience in records and files management, contracting, procurement methods, and logistics management.

Mr. Marchetta earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Endicott College, completed the Genealogical Research Program at Boston University, and studied management, leadership, and organizational development at the Army Management Staff College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

 

NHC Head Archivist Presents at Society of American Archivists Annual Conference

September 10, 2015

Naval Historical Collection Head Archivist, Dara Baker, chaired a panel last month at the Society of American Archivist's Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio August 19-23, 2015.

The panelists sparked a conversation about the technological and archival skills needed to meet digital-age users’ reference expectations and were one of the most tweeted panels at the conference.

 

U.S. Naval War College Selects Head Archivist 

July 6, 2015

The Naval War College announces the appointment of Dara A. Baker as Head Archivist, Naval Historical Collection (NHC), effective 28 June 2015. 

Ms. Baker joined the NWC Library as an assistant archivist in the fall of 2014, coming via the Export-Import Bank of the United States where she served as Senior Archivist, Historian, and Legislative Researcher.

She is a graduate of Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. She earned her Master of Library Science with an archives concentration from University of Maryland, College Park and her Master of Arts in History (U.S. Political History) from Harvard University. In 2013 she was certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists and was selected as a member of the Archives Leadership Institute 2014 cohort.

In addition to her archival practice, Ms. Baker brings strong leadership, managerial, and teaching skills to her new role as head of the NHC. 

 

Naval History Research Fellowship Announced

May 12, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship in Naval History. The Naval War College Foundation intends to award one grant of $1,500 to the researcher with the greatest need who can make optimum use of the naval history research materials located in the Naval War College’s Naval Historical Collection, Naval War College Museum, and Henry E. Eccles Library.

The recipient will be named a Research Fellow in the Naval War College’s Maritime History Department, which will provide administrative support during the research visit.  Interested applicants should submit a detailed research proposal that includes a full statement of financial need and a comprehensive research plan for optimal use of Naval War College materials; a curriculum vitae; at least two letters of recommendation; and relevant background information.  Proposals and related information must be submitted by 1 August 2015 to:

Miller Naval History Fellowship Committee
Naval War College Foundation
686 Cushing Road
Newport RI 02841-1207

For further information, contact the chair of the selection committee at john.hattendorf@usnwc.edu.  Employees of the U.S. Naval War College or any agency of the U.S. Department of Defense are not eligible for consideration; EEO/AA regulations apply.

 

20-Year Project Captures Navy’s Women’s History

March 18, 2015

The Naval Historical Collection recently made available online more than eighty oral histories of women who served in the WAVES, SPARS, and Marines during World War II.  The original interviews were recorded and collected by long-time NHC Curator Evelyn Cherpak beginning in the early 1990s.  The interview transcripts have since been digitized and can now be read online through the NHC's Digital Collections.  More information about the project can be found in an article by the Naval War College's Public Affairs Office.    

 

NHC Launches Exhibit Marking 130 Years of the Naval War College

March 13, 2015

The Naval Historical Collection today launched a new web exhibit to help commemorate the 130th anniversaries of the Naval War College’s founding and first class.  In October 1884, the Navy established the College in Newport and the institution welcomed its first students in September 1885.  The exhibit, entitled “13 for 130”, features thirteen documents selected from the College’s archives highlighting aspects of the College’s long history of educating leaders.  The exhibit can be explored online at https://usnwcarchive.org/exhibits/show/nwc130.

 

Accessing NHC's Student Thesis Collection 

December 31, 2014

For those interested in accessing NHC's Student Thesis Collection, please contact the staff of the Naval Historical Collection at nhc@usnwc.edu. We will be happy to assist you in finding a thesis by a former student or on a particular topic.

Student theses have been placed into a digital index by author that is accessible to NHC staff. Digital copies of most theses are not currently available from the NHC or NWC website.   

 

NHC Staff Makes Hidden Collections More Accessible

November 21, 2014

In early 2014, following a visit from Senator John McCain where he expressed interest in his grandfather’s studies at the Naval War College, archives staff member Teresa Clements took on a monumental task: creating a digital index for over 5,500 student papers in the college’s Naval Historical Collection. Ms. Clements recently discussed her project—which she completed after four months of diligent research and cataloging—in an interview with Bruce Newbury on WADK Newport’s Talk of the Town. Ms. Clements highlighted student papers that caught her attention, including that of the Navy’s first African-American admiral, Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely, and spoke about NHC’s future efforts to increase access to its collections.  

Ms. Clements' work makes finding these important records easier for all researchers. You can read more about the project in an article from the Naval War College Public Affairs Office.

  

Newest Archivist Reports to Naval Historical Collection

October 24, 2014

Ms. Dara Baker has joined the Naval Historical Collection as Assistant Archivist, effective 22 September 2014. She is a graduate of Cornell University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in History. She earned her Master of Library Science with an archives concentration from University of Maryland, College Park and holds a Master of Arts in History from Harvard University.  Prior to joining the Naval War College, Ms. Baker served as Senior Archivist, Historian, and Legislative Researcher at Export-Import Bank of the United States.  There she created and began execution of a master plan for the archives focused on digitization, electronic records management, arrangement and description, and exhibitions. A large component of her duties involved outreach and reference services on historical and legislative questions. Ms. Baker has been involved with the archival community on the national and regional levels, serving as Chair of the Communications Task Force for the Society of American Archivists (2012-13) and Program Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Region Archives Conference. In addition, she has teaching experience as an Adjunct at Dowling College, a Lecturer at Princeton University, and as a Harvard University Teaching Fellow. To contact Ms. Baker directly, you may reach her at dara.baker@usnwc.edu.

 

Naval Historical Collection Hires First of Two New Archivists

July 17, 2014

Scott Reilly was selected as Assistant Archivist for the Naval Historical Collection effective 30 June 2014.  Prior to coming to the U.S. Naval War College, Mr. Reilly served as Senior Archivist, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, where he was involved with all aspects of the state archives, including strategic planning, recruitment, development of standards and best practices, reference and research services, appraisal, and website design and digitization projects. He also chaired the State Historical Records Advisory Board promoting the use and preservation of Vermont’s historical records. Prior to this, Mr. Reilly played a key role as Project Lead in developing policies and procedures to reclassify 88,000 inactive litigation case files for the Attorney General, State of Texas.  Mr. Reilly graduated from University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in History and earned his Master’s in Information Studies with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of Texas at Austin.  Anyone interested in contacting Mr. Reilly directly may reach him at scott.reilly@usnwc.edu

 

Nimitz Graybook Now Available Online

February 26, 2014

A high resolution facsimile edition of the Nimitz Graybook is now available on the Naval War College’s Naval Historical Collection website to scholars and researchers of World War II and interested parties. The Graybook contains dispatches and correspondence to the Pacific Command dating from December 7, 1941 to August 31, 1945. The 4,000 pages contained in the eight volumes of the Graybook are “the most authoritative source on the Pacific war available anywhere”, according to WWII historian Professor Douglas V. Smith of the Naval War College faculty.

The digitization was made possible through the generous support of the Naval War College Foundation and the Naval Order of the United States..