US Navy: Official Sources

Government Printing Office
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
U.S.A.
Histories of every U.S. Naval ship until publication date 8 volumes, pub. 1959-1981
Library of Congress
National Archives & Records Administration
Washington, DC 20540
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.loc.gov
SHIPS PHOTOS & PRINTS
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.loc.gov

Mariners' Museum Library
100 Museum Road
Newport News, VA 23606
U.S.A.
Collection of NOAA records on USS Monitor
National Archives
Military Reference Branch
Washington, DC 20408
U.S.A.
Tel: 202-523-5385
All unclassified USN log books
National Archives
Photographic Archives Branch
Washington, DC 20408
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.nara.gov
Photos and Prints - Ships, yards, etc. 
National Archives & Records Administration
National Archives Branch, Southeast Region
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
U.S.A.
Tel: 404-763-7477
AREA: NC, SC, GA, FL
National Archives & Records Administration
National Archives Branch, Mid-Atlantic Region
900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
U.S.A.
Tel: 215-597-3000
AREA: PA, DE, MD, VA, WV
Assistant Director: Ms. Kelly Blake (215-597-0921)
National Archives & Records Administration
National Archives Branch, North East Region
201 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
U.S.A.
Tel: 212-337-1300
AREA: NY, NJ, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
National Archives & Records Administration
National Archives Branch, Great Lakes Region
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629-5898
U.S.A.
Tel: 773-581-7816
Fax: 312-353-1294
E-mail: archives@chicago.nara.gov

National Archives & Records Administration
National Archives Branch, New England Region
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02154-8104
U.S.A.
Tel: 617-647-8100
Fax: 617-647-8460
E-mail: achives@waltham.nara.gov
AREA: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
National Maritime Initiative, MD
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.cr.nps.gov
Specializes in preserving America's maritime heritage. Inventory pages on preserved historic vessels around the US.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), MD
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.noaa.gov

Naval Historical Center
Ship's History Branch
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, DC 20374
U.S.A.
Tel: 202-433-3643
Link: http://www.history.navy.mil
Ships' history 1959 to present
Naval Historical Center
Operational Archives Branch
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, DC 20374
U.S.A.
Some ships' logs to present
Declassified operational records
Naval Historical Center Photo Historical Center
Photo History Archives
Washington, DC 20374
U.S.A.
Tel: 202-433-2675
Link: http://www.history.navy.mil
Photos and Prints
Naval Sea Systems Command
Director of Congressional & Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20362
U.S.A.
Tel: 703-602-1575
Only official source for ships after WWII
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
Arlington, VA
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.navsea.navy.mil
Photos and Prints
NavyOnLine Home Page, DC
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.navy.mil
Official USN Home page
U.S. Coast Guard, MD
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.uscg.mil

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, MD
U.S.A.
Link: http://www.usmma.edu

U.S. National Archives
Military Records Branch (Archives I)
Washington, DC 20408
U.S.A.
Tel: 202-501-5385
Records of agencies, bureaus & headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area including written ship specifications, contracts and correspondence
U.S. National Archives
(Archives II)
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
U.S.A.
Tel: (301)-713-6800
Link: http://www.nara.gov
E-mail: inquire@nara.gov
(301) 713 6800 (General)
3rd Floor, Plans (301) 713 7040 (Ships Plans)
5th Floor, Photos (301) 713 6625 x234 (Photos)
Many existing USN ships plans 1776-1949 as well as Imperial Japanese Navy and Post WWII Japanese Navy Plans.
For information on ships built at Newport-News Naval shipyard, also see Plans of Newport-News-Built Ships