U.S. Naval War College
Newport, Rhode Island
Established in 1884 and located on Coaster’s Harbor Island, the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is the Navy’s oldest resident graduate program offering two Master’s degrees, Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) for military commanders from all U.S. services, and a world-renowned program for foreign officers. The Naval War College supports four missions for the Department of the Navy and the American people: to educate and develop leaders, to support the Chief of Naval Operations in defining the future Navy, to support combat readiness, and to strengthen global maritime partnerships.
The Naval Historical Collection (NHC) is the U.S. Naval War College’s institutional archives and a repository for manuscripts, oral histories, special collections, and rare books relating to the history of the Naval War College, naval warfare, and the history of the Navy in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island. Established in 1969 and currently focused on digitization and outreach, the great majority of NHC’s sources are open to the public. The Naval Historical Collection encompasses nearly 6000 linear feet of unclassified and classified materials from the last 250 years (1779 to the present) on topics ranging from American military and diplomatic history, leadership, strategy, war planning and irregular warfare, women’s history, and the history of education.
For the records of U.S. Naval War College, you will need to navigate through various collection levels: Record Groups or Manuscript Collection, Series, Box, and Folder to reach individual records. The levels represent the intellectual arrangement of the College’s collections and duplicate, as much as possible, the reading room experience of sitting at a table, opening a box, and flipping through a folder.
Naval War College content in TRIREME focuses on the International Seapower Symposium, held biannually at the U.S. Naval War College.
To find out more about our collections and to access non-digital material, contact NHC.