The Special Collections & Archives Department (SC&A) of Nimitz Library contains rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other documents, as well as the official records (archives) of the U.S. Naval Academy. They are available for use by the midshipmen, faculty, and staff of the Naval Academy and by other researchers upon request.
SC&A is located on Nimitz Library's third deck where researchers may use the material in the 24-seat Annapolis Room (material cannot be checked out or leave the Annapolis Room). Staff will retrieve collection material from the closed shelving area at the researcher's request. Advanced notice of at least 24 hours will be needed for architectural drawings and map requests.
The staff of SC&A is happy to collaborate with faculty to create course-specific assignments/projects utilizing parts of the collection and host class sessions in the Annapolis Room to provide guidance and research time to midshipmen. Contact Dr. Bryan for more information.
Only a small portion of SC&A's material has been digitized, but that material is available to everyone online. Select topics include
|Civil War letters & papers||Midshipmen journals & letters|
|USNA publications||USNA photos|
|World War II battle reports, propaganda & photos||USNA history|
SC&A is located in the Annapolis Room on the third deck of Nimitz Library closest to Hopper Hall. Take the elevator by the main entrance up to the third floor and turn right and right again. The Annapolis Room is to the left of the painting of Admiral Nimitz.
SC&A is open Monday-Friday except federal holidays.
0800-1200 By appointment only
1230-1630 Open for walk-ins
Jennifer A. Bryan, Head of Special Collections & Archives/Archivist
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Adam Minakowski, Special Collections & Reference Librarian
M.L.S., University of Maryland
Samuel J. Limneos, Assistant Archivist
M.L.I.S., Drexel University