An alphabetical index to over 10,000 ship histories documenting nearly every ship that the US Navy has put to sea. Entries include physical information, commissioning, service record, notable actions, and decommissioning. Drawings, photographs, and documents are also included.
The National Archives’ Cartographic Branch holds ship engineering drawings for a majority of vessels commissioned by the United States Navy dating from the 1790s through the Korean War era. These drawings mostly consist of inboard and outboard profiles, deck plans, and sections, although additional general arrangement drawings exist for some ships.
These records document the ship during both active duty and as a memorial and exhibit. Materials consist of original ships plans and plans reproductions, prints, posters, audiovisual materials, and records of the Battleship Texas Commission and the Battleship Texas Advisory Board. Records are dated 1900-1990s, undated. Most of the original ships plans, as well as all of the reproductions, prints, posters, and audiovisual materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
Jane's Fighting Ships
Nimitz Library provides access to Jane's Fighting Ships online and in print.
Jane's Fighting Ships is an annual reference book of international warships organized by country. Each volume contains data, images and other information about these ships.
Our print run of Jane's Fighting Ships goes back to the early 1900s. The newest edition in our collection is in the First Floor Reference area. Older editions are available on the Third Floor at call number VA40. F52. Contact the engineering librarian for help finding older volumes.