The Naval Historical Center is the official
history program of the Department of the Navy. Its lineage dates
back to 1800 with the founding of the Navy Department Library
by President John Adams. The Center includes a museum, art gallery,
research library, archives, and curator as well as research and
The Navy Museum: Exhibits relating to U.S.
naval history, 1775-present.
Navy Department Library: Collections relating
to naval and maritime history.
Operational Archives: U.S. Navy records on
operations, policy and strategy, ca. 1939-present, as well as
Curator Branch and Photographic Section: Naval
artifacts, including uniforms, armament, photographs, and artworks.
Navy Art Collection: Displays and traveling
exhibitions on naval combat artists.
Ships History Branch: Histories of individual
navy ships, 1775-present.
Naval Aviation History: Documents and collections
relating to naval aviation, 1911-present.
Naval Aviation News magazine: Publishes professional
magazine for active duty naval aviation personnel.
Early History: Research and writing on U.S.
naval history, 1775-1918.
Contemporary History: Research and writing on U.S. naval history, 1945-present.
Underwater Archaeology Branch: Advises on underwater archeology issues.