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Digitized U.S. Navy Logs, 1801-1940

Date Posted: March 31, 2022       Categories: News

On February 8, 2002 the National Archives announced the availability of digitized U.S. Navy logbooks dating from 1801 to 1940 (https://text-message.blogs.archives.gov/2022/02/08/new-web-page-for-digitized-us-navy-logs-through-1940/).

1,987 file units of Logbooks of US Navy Ships, ca. 1801-1940 (NAID 581208) from the National Archives in Washington, DC, have been imaged and are now available to view and download in the National Archives Catalog. To make it as easy as possible to find and access those digitized logbooks, the National Archives recently published a new web page: Navy Logbooks: Catalog Links to Logs Through 1940.

There are currently 113 Navy ship names listed alphabetically on the web page, and under each ship name, you can find the links to corresponding logbooks listed chronologically. As additional logbooks from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., are imaged and uploaded to the Catalog, new links will be added to the web page to keep it up to date. (Navy logs for years 1941 and later are housed at the National Archives at College Park, MD. For a list of post-1941 logs in the Catalog, please see this page.)