The Naval War College’s Naval Historical Collection was established in 1969 as a division of the Naval War College Library in response to a need for the professional care of archival, manuscript, and special collections materials dating back to the eighteenth century that had been donated over the years. In February of 1969, an archivist was hired to reconstitute the college archives that had been dispersed to various Federal Records Centers. Slowly, manuscripts and special collections materials relating to the designated collecting themes—the Naval War College, naval warfare, and the navy in Narragansett Bay—were collected, organized, and catalogued. In 1976, an oral history program began that focused on interviewing college faculty and staff.
Cherpak, Evelyn M.
"The Naval Historical Collection, 1969-2009: Forty Years of Collecting Naval History,"
Newport History: Vol. 78
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol78/iss261/3