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Guide to the Naval History Society Records
1907-1943(bulk 1909-1936)
  MS 439.53

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

@ 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Celia Hartmann

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the Naval History Society's organizational and financial records (including account books, checks, and receipts). They document the establishment and administration of the Society from its foundation until it ceased independent operations: its formation, officers and bylaws, membership, finances, library and manuscript collecting activities, and its editing and publication of volumes based on materials in its manuscript collections. It shows the context of naval and maritime collecting by the Society through its officers' correspondence with members and other collectors, authors, historical societies and repositories, and the Office of Naval Records, Washington, DC; as well as the organization's internal governance and workings.


The Naval History Society Records form Series 53 of the Naval History Society Collection, comprising 53 individual collections named for famous naval figures and ships, as well as the records of the Naval History Society itself, and donated to the New-York Historical Society by the Naval History Society in 1925.

The collection is arranged in seven series. Within each series materials are in chronological order unless otherwise noted; original order within folders has been retained.

  1. Series I. Administrative records
  2. Series II. Correspondence
  3. Series III. Membership records
  4. Series IV. Library records
  5. Series V. Financial records
  6. Series VI. Manuscript collections and Society publication records
  7. Series VII. Ephemera