Architect's rendering of the proposed Nimitz Library.
Architect's rendering of the proposed Nimitz Library and Educational Center.

Nimitz Library Records, 1969-1974

MS 240

A collection in the
Special Collections & Archives Department,
Nimitz Library

Naval Academy Seal

United States Naval Academy
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5029

Prepared by: Mary R. Catalfamo
(Edited by David D'Onofrio, August 2012)


Descriptive Summary

2.75 linear feet.
Access to the Nimitz Library Records is unrestricted.
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Preferred Citation:
Nimitz Library Records, MS 240
Special Collections & Archives Department
Nimitz Library
United States Naval Academy

Historical Sketch

Construction of Nimitz Library, the United States Naval Academy Library, was completed in the spring of 1973 and the building was dedicated on the seventh of September of the same year. Designed by the architectural firm of John Carl Warnecke (1919-2010), Nimitz Library brought together, at its opening, the roughly 365,000 volumes of library materials that had previously been dispersed across six smaller libraries located throughout the Academy.

Scope and Content Note

The Nimitz Library Records (Manuscript Collection No. 240) cover the time period 1969 through 1974 and are concerned with Library planning and construction, the Library opening and dedication, and some of the Nimitz Library’s early history. The collection consists of collateral equipment lists, interior design brochures, photographs, records pertaining to the Nimitz Library dedication, and a few news articles.

The Nimitz Library Records are contained in twelve binders and two boxes of records which occupy 2.75 linear feet of shelf space in the Special Collections & Archives Department of Nimitz Library.

Related Collections

Various proposals, plans, programs, etc. for a new Naval Academy Library (which evolved into the Nimitz Library) can be found among The United States Naval Academy Library Records (Manuscript Collection No. 239).

Materials pertaining to the SHORSTAMPS Program, the Commercial Activities Program, and Efficiency Review/Accreditation at Nimitz Library can be found in the Nimitz Library Personnel Projects Records (Manuscript Collection No. 243).

Container List

Box Folder  
1-2 Congressional Record, November 1973

Copies of statements by Representative Frank Horton of New York, who served on the Academy’s Board of Visitors.

3 Correspondence, 1970-1973

Discussion of the dedication ceremony, naming of the Library, and a proposed permanent exhibit on Admiral Nimitz.

4 Dedication Ceremony Invitation, 1973
5 Dedication Ceremony Parking Pass, September 7, 1973
6 Dedication Ceremony Program, September 7, 1973
7 Dedication Ceremony Script, September 7, 1973
8 Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, USN: A Selected Bibliography, 1973
9 Floor Plans, undated
10 Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1970

Invitation and program.

11-12 Guest Lists, 1973
13 Map Overlays, undated

Overlays showing the various locations of the Naval Academy Library over the years.

14 Nimitz Bust, 1972-1973
15 Nimitz Library Fact Sheet, 1973
16 Nimitz Portrait Dedication Program, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Operation Order, 1973
2 Planning Documents, 1969-1973
3 Press Clippings, 1970-1974

Photocopies of documents from binder 10-12.

4 Speeches, 1973
5 United States Military Academy Proclamation, September 7, 1973
1 Collateral Equipment List, 1969

Lists of required library furnishings and equipment, including desks, draperies, microfiche readers, etc.

2-3 Collateral Equipment List (Revised), 1971
4-5 Collateral Equipment List by Room, undated
6-8 Interior Design Brochure, undated

Brochure by Eleanor Le Maire, Associates, Inc., consisting of floor plans, photographs, and specification sheets for library furnishings.

9 Gunlocke Furniture Catalog, undated

Office and library furniture catalogs from The Gunlocke Company, Inc.

10-12 Nimitz Library Photos and News Coverage, 1970-1974

Includes photographs of the ground breaking ceremony, the library under construction, and the structure after completion.